[17], The music video for "Rooster" was released in February 1993,[18] and was directed by Mark Pellington. This upset the band a great deal, especially Jerry Cantrell,[citation needed] who has stated how much of a foolish double standard existed at the time, as "Rooster" simply portrayed actual history with realism, yet MTV routinely showed gangsta rap and other violent videos in which gratuitous violence/death/killing was portrayed and clearly glorified. Editors’ Notes Original Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley shines in this powerful performance, which would be one of his last live appearances ever. Unplugged is a live album and DVD by the American rock band Alice in Chains, released on July 30, 1996 by Columbia Records. “Brother” by Alice In Chains, MTV Unplugged Listen to the new album, Rainier Fog: https://aliceinchains.lnk.to/RainierFogOn tour this spring and summer. The acoustic arrangements of the harder songs sound like novelties, and the rest sound like rehashes of their previous work, only without much energy. [37], This article is about the Alice in Chains song. With no welcoming or warning, Alice in Chains starts their legendary concert, Unplugged. ", and introduced a new song, "The Killer Is Me". Jerry Cantrell's father was a consultant on the video, as it explores Cantrell Jr.'s interpretation of his father's war experience.[19]. [7] Cantrell wrote the lyrics from the standpoint of his father.[12]. This song means a lot to me. Metal Hammer ranked "Rooster" at No. Introduction to track 4 "Sludge Factory" contains portions of "Enter Sandman" by Metallica, and is actually at the end of track 3. The album debuted at No. There's a variety of reasons for their inactivity -- primarily it's due to the health of certain members -- but the lack of concerts made the Unplugged performance seem … The MTV Unplugged was Alice in Chains' first … Pieretti, who walks/runs extremely well with a prosthetic leg, performed a very graphic and difficult scene in which his leg was "blown off" by a land mine and Elliott's "Rooster" character offers life-saving medical aid on the battlefield. [1] It spent 20 weeks on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and peaked at No. The only apparent way to distinguish this red counterfeit pressing from this other red counterfeit pressing of MTV Unplugged is the slightly different matrix runout pattern. The music video featured real Vietnam War documentary/news footage as well as some very realistic, graphically re-enacted combat scenes. The intense combat scenes for the video were actually filmed on location in Angeles National Forest in January 1993 and have been favorably compared to Oliver Stone's classic Vietnam War film Platoon. Also featured are scenes of a group of children playing with bubbles. Despite this, the album eventually gained more recognition and praise after the death of vocalist Layne Staley, mainly due to his powerful performance despite his condition, and is now considered an iconic live album. The album was re-released as a CD/DVD package on September 18, 2007. The home video release has received gold certification by RIAA. Part of the live acoustic performance series "Unplugged" put out by MTV. Watch our community members perform this song. [F Eb Ab Fm Bb Db B Abm] Chords for Alice In Chains - Rooster (From MTV Unplugged) [Official Video] with capo transposer, play along with guitar, piano, ukulele & mandolin. MTV Unplugged version as played live. "[14], VH1 ranked the song at No. [11] A full length DVD of the concert was also later released on October 26, 1999. by Thompson Square with Travis Thrasher. Actor James Elliott (Southland, Entourage, Mafia II, etc.) It was Layne Staley's idea to have big candles decorating the stage to keep it dark and moody, as the band never liked bright lights on stage, so Staley himself bought the candles at Seattle's Pike Place Market. To be honest, I didn’t really sit down intending to do any of that; it just kinda came out. [citation needed]. [36] The character was also wearing an Alice in Chains' T-shirt with a rooster printed on it. The song was also released in the, This page was last edited on 24 January 2021, at 14:25. They then go into the "formal" take which was used on the CD. There's a variety of reasons for their inactivity -- primarily it's due to the health of certain members -- but the lack of concerts made the Unplugged performance seem … The show first aired on MTV on May 28, 1996. Alice in Chains perform an accoustic concert as part of the MTV Unplugged series. I'll never forget it. It felt like a major achievement for me as a young writer. But it lacks electricity in more ways than one. Cantrell said of the song in a 2006 interview with Team Rock: That experience in Vietnam changed him [his father] forever, and it certainly had an effect on our family, so I guess it was a defining moment in my life, too. Staley responded to the heckler by shouting, "Hey, fuck you, man!" Other actors who appear in the video include Casey Pieretti (well known real-life amputee actor/stunt performer); and popular character actor Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite, Lost, etc.). [6], Ned Raggett of Allmusic said that the song "[keeps] both the volume and the tenderness in play while tackling a slightly unexpected subject" and that it "alternates between almost dreamy verses, and surging, blasting choruses. 12 on its list of "The 100 Best Metal Songs of the 90s" in 2018, and at No. Note that while the CD also lists the final song as "Killer Is Me," the DVD's track list lists the song as "The Killer Is Me." Jon Gries's character is shown being shot in the chest during intense combat with North Vietnamese infantry troops and dying in the arms of Elliott's "Rooster" character in the final emotionally charged combat scenes of the video. He said it was a weird experience, a sad experience and he hoped that nobody else had to go through it.[8]. It is the fifth song on the original pressing of the album and sixth on others. It brought us closer. He's heard this song. The harmonies of Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell are so vital to what set Alice In Chains apart from their contemporaries. Unplugged is a live album and DVD by the American rock band Alice in Chains, released on July 30, 1996 by Columbia Records. It was an environment that wasn’t good for anyone, so we took off to live with my grandmother in Washington, and that’s where I went to school. William DuVall joined the band in 2006 as co-lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, replacing Staley, who died in 2002. His final ever performance was in the same year, when Alice in Chains replaced Stone Temple Pilots in an opening slot for the newly reunited Kiss. 91 on its "America's Hard 100" list in 2013. How to play "Rooster" Font −1 +1. It meant a lot to him that I wrote it. [4][5] "Rooster" spent 20 weeks on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and peaked at No. New Year Sale: Pro Access 80% ... Rooster – Alice in Chains. He was totally cool, totally calm, accepted it all and had a good time doing it. [21][22][23], "Rooster" was one of the 150 songs banned by Texas-based radio chain Clear Channel Communications on its memo suggesting that certain songs were "inappropriate" for airplay on its 1,170 radio stations in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. It was recorded on April 10, 1996 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Majestic Theatre for the television series MTV Unplugged. Live performances of the song can also be found on the " Heaven Beside You " single, the compilation album Nothing Safe: Best of the Box , and the live album Live . 2 on its list of "The Top 10 Best Alice in Chains Song" in 2020. [citation needed] At the time the video was also the longest music video ever aired in full on MTV (running approximately 7 minutes long). which was greeted by laughter from the audience. 10 April 1996. Featured peformers: Layne Staley (vocals), Jerry Cantrell (guitar, vocals), Sean Kinney (drums), Mike Inez (bass), Scott Olson (guitar), Toby Wright (producer, recording engineer, mix engineer), Alice in Chains (producer), Alex Coletti … "[10], Cantrell wrote the song while living at Chris Cornell and Susan Silver's house in Seattle at the start of 1991. [26], The song is featured in several films and TV shows, such as Supernatural (2005) (episode 19 of season 2),[27] Terminator Salvation (2009),[28] This is 40 (2011),[29] and Daria (1997) (episode 2 of season 2). The show was directed by Joe Perota and first aired on MTV on May 28, 1996. [1][2] The band was offered to do the segment numerous times prior to the actual taping before finally accepting. Jerry Cantrell often introduces his father on stage before playing the song at Alice in Chains' concerts. Unplugged is a live album and DVD by Alice in Chains. Alice in Chains - Unplugged (DVD) Rip5.1 - Vídeo Dailymotion On June 15, 2018, "Rooster" was featured on the ending of Part 5 of the Netflix series The Ranch, when character Rooster Bennett (played by Danny Masterson) leaves the show. [7] Alone, late at night, Cantrell kept thinking about his father and the psychological scars from his time in the Vietnam War that contributed to the breakdown of his family. MTV Unplugged, an Album by Alice in Chains. This was all my perception of his experiences out there. I certainly had resentments, as any young person does in a situation where a parent isn’t around or a family is split. Unplugged is a live album and DVD by the American rock band Alice in Chains, released on July 30, 1996 by Columbia Records. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart, and has been certified platinum by the RIAA. It was recorded on April 10, 1996 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Majestic Theatre for the television series MTV Unplugged. [7], "Rooster" was released as a single in February 1993. Recorded on April 10th, 1996 using Effanel Music Mobile Recording. [10] Alice Pattillo of Metal Hammer considers Alice In Chains' MTV Unplugged as the best live album ever made. We left him. The military weapons and gear used and worn by the actors in the video are not all period-authentic. Released 30 July 1996 on Columbia (catalog no. On New Year's Eve 2020, Post Malone covered the song at the Bud Light Seltzer Sessions. [13], The album initially received mixed reviews from critics. Alice in Chains Unplugged marked the second to last performance from Staley, who was battling a crippling addiction to herointhat was poignantly chronicled through the band's dark and agonising lyrics. His torn-up vocals are the passionate lifeblood of this acoustic set, fuelling the uneasy darkness of “Rooster” and delivering the lonesome howl that makes this rendition of “Down In a Hole” unforgettable. Track 1 - Published By Jack Lord Music / Buttnugget Publishing / Michael Inez Music / Lungclam Music (ASCAP) 2 on its list of "The Top 10 Best Alice in Chains Song" in 2020. [6] An acoustic version performed on Alice in Chains' MTV Unplugged concert was included on the live album Unplugged (1996). It is the fifth song on the original pressing of the album and sixth on others. 12 on its list of "The 100 best metal songs of the 90s" in 2018,[16] and at No. But that’s the great thing about music – sometimes it can reach deeper than you ever would in a conversation with anybody. Moreover, a few songs such as "Got Me Wrong" and "Sludge Factory" had to be replayed numerous times due to error. [30], MMA fighter Tim Kennedy, himself an Army veteran, uses the song as his entrance theme at UFC events. The show was directed by Joe Perota and first aired on MTV on May 28, 1996. The demo for "Rooster" was recorded at Eldorado Studios on Los Angeles' Sunset Boulevard during the sessions for the Singles (1992) soundtrack, co-produced by Alice in Chains with Dave Jerden. [20] Cantrell Sr.'s scenes were filmed on what was then Cantrell's great uncle's property and is now the site of Jerry Cantrell's family ranch in Atoka, Oklahoma. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1996 CD release of MTV Unplugged on Discogs. Staley was known for his distinct vocal style and tenor voice, as well as his … [34], On December 12, 2017, the song was released as downloadable content for the music video game Rocksmith as part of Alice In Chains Song Pack II, which also includes the songs "Nutshell", "No Excuses", "Down in a Hole", and "Heaven Beside You".[35]. [15], Metal Hammer ranked "Rooster" at No. Cantrell would later name his music publishing company as Rooster's Son Publishing. [3][6] Mike Inez's bass had the phrase "Friends Don't Let Friends Get Friends Haircuts..." written on it, directed at the members of Metallica who were in the audience and had recently cut their hair short. [1], Jerry Cantrell has attested to being fairly ill during the performance as a result of food poisoning from a hot dog consumed before the gig. A lot.[13]. [25], In an episode of Beavis and Butt-head, an Army recruiter tells the duo his nickname, "The Rooster"; upon hearing this, Beavis and Butt-head reply singing the lyrics "yeah, they come to snuff the rooster". It was beautiful. "Rooster" was a childhood nickname given to Cantrell Sr. by his great-grandfather, because of his perceived "cocky" attitude and his hair, which used to stick up on top of his head like a rooster's comb. The first time I ever heard him talk about it was when we made the video and he did a 45-minute interview with Mark Pellington and I was amazed he did it. The DVD's introduction to "Sludge Factory" also contains portions of ", On the DVD, the final song's title is listed onscreen as "Killer Is Me." [3], Cantrell said that one of his favorite things from the concert was when Staley said at the end of the show, "I wish I could hug you all, but I'm not gonna". [3] The show was recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Majestic Theatre and first aired on MTV on May 28, 1996. 7. When I first played it to my father, I asked him if I’d got close to where he might have been emotionally or mentally in that situation. "Rooster" was the last music video to feature original bass player Mike Starr, who is pictured on the cover of the single. Recommended by The Wall Street Journal [7], In the liner notes of 1999's Music Bank box set collection, songwriter Jerry Cantrell said of the song: "I think there's some vibe on the demo that maybe we didn't get here (on Dirt), but this has something all of its own... quality, for one thing. Cantrell's father joined Alice in Chains during "Rooster" on stage for the October 19, 2007, show in Tulsa, at Cain's Ballroom. [32][33], "Rooster" was mentioned on the 2016 novel Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not? The electricity-free performances. [11][7] Silver is Alice in Chains' manager and Cornell's then-wife. The song was also included on the compilation albums Greatest Hits (2001), and The Essential Alice in Chains (2006). 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So many classics here including my absolute favorites of theirs with Nutshell, Rooster and Down in a Hole, all of which are given incredible renditions. Includes Album Cover, Release Year, and User Reviews. Rooster (Unplugged) Tab by Alice in Chains with free online tab player. "[9] Sandy Masuo of Rolling Stone wrote in her review "Unplugged certainly reaffirms the emotional range and technical prowess of Alice in Chains. A new song, "The Killer Is Me", was performed for the first time during the concert. Of course, I was never in Vietnam and he won't talk about it, but when I wrote this it felt right...like these were things he might have felt or thought. Estimated delivery dates - opens in a new window or tab include seller's handling time, origin ZIP Code, destination ZIP Code and time of acceptance and will depend on shipping service selected and receipt of cleared payment - opens in a new window or tab.Delivery times may vary, especially during peak periods. "Rooster" is a song by the American rock band Alice in Chains, featured on their second studio album, Dirt (1992), and released as the fourth single from the album on February 22, 1993. I didn’t have a lot of my father around, but I started thinking about him a lot during that period. And I remember when we played it he was back by the soundboard and I could see him. Between the end of 1993 and a performance for MTV Unplugged in the spring of 1996, Alice in Chains performed no concerts -- they didn't even support the release of their eponymous third album with a minor tour. "[8], The song was written by Alice in Chains guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell for his father, Jerry Cantrell Sr., who served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He didn’t walk out on us. Live performances of the song can also be found on the "Heaven Beside You" single, the compilation album Nothing Safe: Best of the Box, and the live album Live. But on Rooster, I was trying to think about his side of it – what he might have gone through. Alice in Chains performed an acoustic version of "Rooster" for its appearance on MTV Unplugged in 1996 and the song was included on the Unplugged live album and home video release. As there are no bald eagles in Vietnam, the closest thing to which the Vietnamese could draw a comparison was the chicken, thus leading to the pejorative "chicken men. And he was crying the whole time. Alice in Chains performed an acoustic version of "Rooster" for its appearance on MTV Unplugged in 1996 and the song was included on the Unplugged live album and home video release. [citation needed] It is also often mistakenly attributed to the 101st Airborne Division - in which Cantrell's father served[citation needed] - who wore shoulder sleeve insignia on their arms featuring a bald eagle. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2010 Red 180gr. Alice In Chains - Down in a Hole (MTV Unplugged - HD Video) MTV Unplugged version as played live. Directed by Joe Perota. The album has received platinum certification by the RIAA and the home video release has received gold certification by the RIAA. CK 67703; CD). Features Song Lyrics for Alice In Chains's MTV Unplugged album. [7][9], The "Rooster" nickname is often mistakenly attributed to a reference to men carrying the M60 machine gun ("Walking tall machine gun men"), the muzzle flash from which makes an outline or pattern reminiscent of a rooster's tail. "Rooster" is a song by the American rock band Alice in Chains, featured on their second studio album, Dirt (1992). The uncut (more graphic) version of the video is available on the home video release Music Bank: The Videos. Cantrell Sr.'s scenes, filmed in stark black & white, show him hunting in the woods as an older man, while having "flashback" memories of his youthful Vietnam combat experiences (which are shot in full color). The performance was released on DVD on October 26, 1999, and re-released as a CD/DVD package featuring unaired footage on September 18, 2007. Print. In a 1992 interview with Guitar for the Practicing Musician magazine, in response to the question "Do you feel you communicated with [your father] with this song? ", Cantrell said: Yeah. He was standing in the back and he heard all the words and stuff. [12] The songs "Angry Chair", "Frogs", and "The Killer Is Me" were cut from the original MTV broadcast but are included on both the CD and home video releases. The song was written by guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell for his father, Jerry Cantrell Sr., whose childhood nickname was "Rooster" and served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Layne Thomas Staley (born Layne Rutherford Staley; August 22, 1967 – April 5, 2002) was an American musician best known as the original lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which rose to international fame in the early 1990s as part of Seattle's grunge movement. It was recorded at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Majestic Theatre as part of the MTV Unplugged series of concerts and contains live, acoustic versions of the band's songs. Staley overdosed following their concert in Kansas City on Ju… With Jerry Cantrell, Mike Inez, Sean Kinney, Layne Staley. MTV Unplugged é um álbum ao vivo da banda americana Alice in Chains, lançado em 30 de Julho de 1996 pela gravadora Columbia Records.Foi gravado em 10 de Abril de 1996 no Majestic Theatre da Brooklyn Academy of Music em Nova York como parte da série de concertos MTV Unplugged, e contém versões acústicas das canções da banda gravadas ao vivo, além de … Accordingly, the taping took approximately three hours to finish. Dale Dye provided Elliott with some of his own personal combat gear which Dye had actually worn during multiple tours in Vietnam, including his military watch and map light, among other items. SHOTS. The M16A2 is used (which was not used until the 1980s), as well as the Nomex flight gloves which were not used until well into the Vietnam War. It’s more of a forum to dig deeper. In the liner notes of 1999's Music Bank box set collection, Jerry Cantrell said of the song: It was the start of the healing process between my Dad and I from all that damage that Vietnam caused. Jerry Cantrell reacts by throwing a bottle at Claypool and chasing him off the stage. One accurate version. [citation needed] AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote in his review of the album: "It doesn't offer anything that the albums don't already. Alice In Chains: MTV Unplugged is amazing. And he told me: ‘You got too close – you hit it on the head'. It even brought him to the point of tears. [8], A live album of the performance was released in July 1996, which debuted at number three on the Billboard 200, and was accompanied by a home video release. It was good for me in the long-run and it was good for him, too. * 6-part folding insert with 2 sides (12 pages total). He was back there with his big gray Stetson and his cowboy boots — he's a total Oklahoma man — and at the end, he took his hat off and just held it in the air. Alice in Chains is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1987 by guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney, who then recruited bassist Mike Starr and lead vocalist Layne Staley.Starr was replaced by Mike Inez in 1993. [7] Inez and drummer Sean Kinney did pay tribute to Metallica, however, playing the intro to their hit song "Enter Sandman" just before "Sludge Factory". The MTV Unplugged was Alice in Chains' first concert in two and a half years, and contains live, acoustic versions of the band's biggest hits and lesser-known songs. The show was directed by Joe Perota and first aired on MTV on May 28, 1996. The concentrated catharsis in Alice in Chains' music is still best heard with the amps cranked up to 11." [24] Along with "Rooster", other Alice in Chains songs such as "Down in a Hole", "Them Bones" and "Sea of Sorrow" were also included in the memo. Before "Angry Chair," Jerry Cantrell paid further tribute by playing the intro to "Battery" going into the Hee Haw song, "Gloom, Despair, and Agony on Me". 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