Guitar icon and architect of grunge Jerry Cantrell began the final leg of his touring cycle in support of his celebrated 2021 LP, Brighten. Cantrell has been touring in support of the 2021 release relentlessly - his first solo effort in nearly twenty years.
The album touted a roster of elite players including contributions from Duff McKagan of Guns N Roses on select tracks, Greg Puciato of Dillinger Escape Plan on backing vocals and drummers Gil Sharone and Abe Laboriel, Jr.
As for the live iteration of the band, Cantrell boasts a powerhouse ensemble of players including the likes of co-producer Tyler Bates on guitar, Puciato providing backing vocals, Gil Sharone behind the kit, George Adrian on bass and Michael Rozon playing pedal steel.
The setlist spanned Cantrell's breadth of work, compiling a comprehensive weave of selections from Brighten, songs from his 2002 full length Degradation Trip and even cuts from his 1998 solo debut, Boggy Depot.
Of course, no Jerry Cantrell set would be complete without a healthy dose of Alice In Chains, to which Cantrell obliged saving at least half the set for the a run of AIC classics. Among the essentials that made the setlist, "Them Bones", "Sea Sorrow", "No Excuses" "Man In A Box", "Down In A Hole', "Would?", "Got Me Wrong" and "Rooster" all sent fans into hysterics from the second the song began.
Tipping his hat to one of his heroes and showcasing his musical pedigree, Cantrell closed the show with his rendition of "Goodbye", the closing track from Elton John's 1971 Madman Across The Water album -- also the closing track to Cantrell's 2021, Brighten. Making for a powerful punctuation on a night that was nothig short of unforgettable.
Check the gallery of images captured by rock photographer, Maurice Nunez below. Catch the remaining dates of Jerry Cantrell's Brighten Tour through April 1st. A list of remaining dates can be found below.
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