Alice In Chains mastermind Jerry Cantrell revealed his thoughts about William DuVall, who joined the band instead of Layne Staley. He spoke with Let There Be Talk and said (transcriped by Alternative Nation):
“There’s no replacing Layne [Staley]. William doesn’t sound anything like Layne. But, he operated with me in a similar fashion that Layne and I used to operate writing-wise and vocal-wise. That’s a hallmark of the band that has to be there for this band to continue. He fit in really well.
When we got together and started jamming, he was the guy I suggested. So we brought him in, and I think we might have done, if I remember correctly we did ‘Love Hate Love’ at soundcheck. He nailed it. I remember looking at Sean [Kinney, drums] and Mike [Inez, bass] and they’re like, ‘Alright, okay!'”
On Sponge frontman Vinnie Dombrowski:
“We set up a rehearsal place, I think Mike and Sean had invited Vinnie down from Sponge to jam with us. He came down and messed around on a couple of tunes, because they had done a project with him and [Chris] DeGarmo I think called Spys4Darwin.
So I think Vinnie came down and did a couple of tunes, but we didn’t really meld together as far as it sounding or feeling right, then William came in, and – bam – there he was.”
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