Alice in Chains release self-titled album
Alice in Chains AKA Tripod is the eponymous third studio album by the American grunge band Alice in Chains.
Released on November 7, 1995, it was the follow-up to the highly successful Dirt. It marks the band's last studio album to feature vocalist Layne Staley, who would die of a drug overdose in 2002, and the last until Black Gives Way to Blue was released in 2009 featuring new vocalist William DuVall.
Although not as successful as Dirt, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and has since been certified double platinum, despite lack of support through touring. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart for the week ending November 25, 1995. It then fell completely out of the Top 10 the following week. The band opted not to tour in support of Alice in Chains, adding to the rumors of drug abuse. When asked about the frustration of not touring to support the record, Cantrell provided some insight into how Staley's addictions led to repercussive tensions within the band: "Very frustrating, but we stuck it out. We rode the good times together, and we stuck together through the hard times. We never stabbed each other in the back and spilled our guts and do that kind of bullshit that you see happen a lot."