The co-lead vocalist and also the rhythm guitarist of Alice In Chains, William DuVall, has posted a new post on his official and verified Facebook account this week and showed off his deep respect for New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain who passed away earlier this month.
As you might already know, Sylvain Sylvain was one of the most iconic figures of the music industry, and he was already battling with it for the past two and three years. As his lovely wife Wanda O’Kelley Mizrahi announced, Sylvain has passed away at the age of 69.
In this way, the only surviving member of the New York Dolls is the frontman of the band and also famous actor, David Johansen.
After his tragic death, the legendary star William DuVall took his official Facebook page and recalled the story of how he and Sylvain wanted to record ‘Chains Around My Heart’ together. While calling Sylvain his ‘hero,’ he also stated that he still listens to the demo cassette of the record from time to time.
Here is what he said on his latest Facebook post:
“I idolized the New York Dolls as a kid. Along with the MC5 and the Stooges, the Dolls were like superheroes to me. I remember being in 7th grade in 1979 writing fictional short stories for a school that had Johnny Thunders as the main character. Fast forward sixteen years and somehow I struck up a fast friendship with Sylvain Sylvain circa 1995-96.
He was living in ATL then and I can’t remember how we met but he heard some of the songs I was writing and producing for my band at the time, Madfly, and he asked me to produce a solo album for him. In particular, he loved a song of mine called “Chains Around My Heart.” He told me he wanted to record that song or at least write something like it with me. For several weeks, we either met up or talked on the phone pretty much every day. This was the pre-cellphone era of answering machines.”
“So whenever Sylvain would call my apartment and I wasn’t home, he would sing “Chains Around My Heart” on my answering machine in his thick Noo Yawk accent. It’s one of the most treasured memories of my early career. I think I still have some of those micro-cassette tapes from that old machine somewhere.
We never ended up making that record of his but I really enjoyed that time getting to know him and hearing his many amazing stories. As cliche as it sounds, in Sylvain’s case, the old adage is true: They just don’t make ‘em like that anymore. Rest In Peace and power, Sylvain Sylvain. Thank you for all you did for rock-n-roll.”
You can check out the Facebook post right below.
I idolized the New York Dolls as a kid. Along with the MC5 and the Stooges, the Dolls were like superheroes to me. I…