On August 21, ALICE IN CHAINS performed atop Seattle's iconic Space Needle. The quartet — vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell, vocalist/guitarist William DuVall, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney — was the first band ever to play on the Space Needle's brand-new "The Loupe," the world's first and only revolving glass floor located 500 feet in the air. It's powered by 12 motors and offers 360-degree views over the largest city in the Pacific Northwest. The Space Needle has been a defining landmark of Seattle's skyline since 1962 and The Loupe is part of its recent $100 million renovation.
A clip of the performance can be seen below.
Said Cantrell in a statement prior to the gig: "I've visited the Space Needle many times in my life and it's going to be a real honor and a total trip for us to play there. We're so proud of this album and to be able to celebrate its release with a performance at one of our town's most iconic landmarks is really special. It sorta reminds me of the time we did the 'Again' video, but instead of being six feet in the air rocking out on a glass floor, we'll be 50 stories high… slight difference."
The Space Needle show was for an audience of SiriusXM subscribers; the satellite radio company will broadcast ALICE IN CHAINS' acoustic performance exclusively on Friday, August 31 at 5 p.m. ET and PT via satellite and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.
The Space Needle performance is part of a week of ALICE IN CHAINS-themed events in Seattle to celebrate Friday's (August 24) release of the band's new album, "Rainier Fog". On Monday night (August 20), the Seattle Mariners hosted "Alice In Chains Night" at Safeco Field, while a pop-up shop and retrospective exhibit will open on Thursday (August 23) and Friday at the Crocodile, featuring limited-edition merchandise, rare photos, memorabilia, music gear and more.
Photo credit: Pamela Littky