The groundbreaking band will be the recipient of The 2020 Founders Award from Seattle’s internationally renowned Museum of Pop Culture
The annual Founders Award for Seattle’s cultural destination in the Museum of Pop Culture, will keep the honor close to home this year. The institution has announced that Alice In Chains will be the 2020 recipient and the roster of tribute performances for the event is an all-star cast of rock’s elite.
The December 1st event will pivot to a streaming platform for the first time ever, giving fans across the globe the opportunity to watch the festivities. Among the list of guest performances in honor of the grunge Gods include,
Ann Wilson, Billy Corgan (The Smashing Pumpkins), Dave Navarro, Chris Chaney (Jane’s Addiction), Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Dallas Green (City and Colour), Duff McKagan (Guns n’ Roses), Fishbone, Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Korn, Krist Novoselic (Nirvana), Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Mad Season), Mastodon, Metallica, Nancy Wilson, Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Shooter Jennings, Chris Degarmo (Queensrÿche), the debut musical performance of Lily Cornell Silver (daughter of Chris Cornell and Susan Silver) among many others.
In addition to the roster of impeccable talent on hand for the event, the likes of Les Claypool, Tom Morello, Sammy Hagar, Eddie Vedder, Jeff Ament, Vernon Reid, and Robert Downey Jr. will also be making special guest appearances, all of which culminates in a special performance from the guests of honor themselves, Alice In Chains.
Songwriter, guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell expressed genuine gratitude for the career milestone. “It feels truly special to receive the MoPOP Founders Award in our home town of Seattle. It’s also humbling to be joined by so many of our friends, peers and heroes to rock some AIC tunes. I hope people watching enjoy the show as much as we did putting it together. A big hearty thanks to everyone who participated in making this virtual thing happen during these strange times. Music has the power to unite, heal and inspire. It is all of ours. Let’s continue to create and celebrate that which feeds the soul. Rawk on!”
Alice In Chains drummer Sean Kinney added, “When we got to make our first record, I thought, ‘great, we will be able to make one record, do our thing and hope for the best.’ Now, 30 years later to get this award and still be touring and making music is the most amazing feeling. We are brothers with all of the craziness that goes with it. This is for Layne, Mike, and for all of us now. We can’t wait to get back out on the road once this hellish pandemic is behind us.”
The Museum of Pop Culture Founders Award broadcast is amplified by Amazon Music and Twitch and is scheduled for December 1st, 2020. The festivities begin at 6:00pm PT / 9:00pm ET.
Fans are encouraged to RSVP online for access to the streaming link – HERE