Artist: William DuVall Venue: The Cutting Room (New York, NY) Date: 10/23/2019 Label: Independent Artist
You know his voice as being the crushing register behind the music of Alice In Chains these days but tonight singer William DuVall was going to be celebrating a different sound altogether. He recently released an acoustic solo album called “One Alone” and had locked in a string of performances at the City Winery venues across the country. With the NYC City Winery relocating at the time, this particular show would be held at The Cutting Room, a venue with a similar vibe to The Winery. Thanks to our supporting both venues with our events calendar for a number of years I found an invitation being extended to our outlet and we even held a fun contest for others to come on out and enjoy the show. I was excited to come since I had never managed to see William perform yet. Now as I mentioned this was to celebrate an acoustic album and solo show so there was only William and no band joining him on the intimate stage. There wasn’t even an opener to the set this evening, so it started at 8PM sharp.
Now before I begin let’s discuss the layout of The Cutting Room. This is pretty much a completely seated venue with a table service happening throughout the performance. A quick comparison is with how the now shuttered B.B. King Blues Club and Highline Ballroom used to do the seated shows and kept a minimum charge per set or per show. I arrived just before DuVall would hit the stage and would be sitting towards the back of the space since all of the closer tables were filled to the max. It was nice to see a healthy crowd ready to absorb the singer’s new music.
William started off with a number that was originally a Comes With The Fall song called “Waiting Out The Breakdown” and I will admit that this was a brand-new name to my mental music database. In a nutshell this was a band that DuVall had formed in 1999 and over time they became connected with Alice In Chains Jerry Cantrell which set the wheels in motion for their eventual collaboration. I love when stuff like this happens as it makes learning music history all the more fascinating. Next up would be the sole Alice In Chains number with “Never Fade” which is a song that he was actually a part of. There would be no “Greatest Hits” of AIC this evening and while some folks I spoke to found this to be disappointing I was completely pleased by this. As the show continued, William took us through his personal music history with more songs by CWTF and then a number by Madfly with “Chains Around My Heart”. This was a band that preceded CWTF and was more of a Glam Pop outfit. I had to say that it was interesting to hear all of this stuff done with a single voice and an acoustic guitar. William’s register was glorious tonight and cut through the silence of the room as all in attendance kept focused and let the music move them.
William spoke briefly at points about where his head was for some songs but overall he kept the banter to a minimum and instead let the music do the talking. He revisited some of his earliest output with “I Know” which was a song that he wrote for singer Dionne Farris and everyone seemed to like it. The show would feature two covers this evening with one by David Bowie “Lady Stardust” and another by Aerosmith with “Seasons Of Wither” and while I felt that they were an odd choice to do when promoting a new solo album, I had to say that they worked out rather well. The diehard Bowie fan in me preferred the way he did the Aerosmith number since I am rather fussy about covers of David’s stuff. Sure it sounded good but its one of my own quirks.
William mentioned a few times over the course of the night that his new album “One Alone” was available for sale this evening and this album comes care of his own DVL Recordings, so I hope that everyone was purchasing one before they left the show. He would close up the thirteen-song night with the albums first single “Til The Light Guides Me Home” and after a humble thank you left the stage and that was it. The whole show was just over an hour and I stuck around a little bit in hopes of seeing William make an appearance at the merchandise table. This didn’t seem to be the case and if I was reading the room properly, there was going to be a later evening performance by a popular area music personality. Overall this was a good time and I’d likely come out to see him again and I think that you should as well.
1. Waiting Out the Breakdown
2. Never Fade
3. Smoke and Mirrors
4. White Hot
5. Lady Stardust
6. Chains Around My Heart
7. Still Got a Hold on My Heart
8. So Cruel
9. Seasons of Wither
10. I Know
11. Keep Driving Me Away
12. No Need to Wonder
13. ‘Til the Light Guides Me Home
It wasn’t too long ago that we discussed William DuVall here on the website with the first single from his now released album (seen HERE) and the announcement about a short tour (discussed HERE). Now its time to add this talented musician to our run of awesome contests. Read on down below.
The Details: William DuVall is the voice behind the mighty Alice In Chains and now that they have completed a massive tour, it’s time to deliver something much different to his world of fans. As noted just above, he’s recently released a solo acoustic album and has embarked on a brief tour at a number of the City Winery locations. With the NYC space being worked on at the moment, this show will be held at the awesome Cutting Room. This will be a special night of music and perhaps even some stories behind the new music he has released. It’s going to be a great time for sure and thanks to the marketing powers that be at The City Winery, some of the PiercingMetal readership will be attending this event at The Cutting Room for absolutely free. Let’s go over some of the details on how you participate in this giveaway.
Though we didn’t receive any alerts on this one, while perusing the various other providers of Internet Entertainment, we stumbled upon the news that William DuVall (lead singer for the legendary Alice In Chains), would be embarking on a solo acoustic tour. Take a look at his Official Facebook statement and the proposed dates. I’ll return at the close with some additional editorial.
ATLANTA!! D.C.!! NEW YORK CITY!! PHILLY!! BOSTON!! NASHVILLE!! and CHICAGO!! I am coming to you. Live. Up close. Personal. Solo acoustic. Featuring songs from my upcoming album, “One Alone” (oadvl.com). I would absolutely love to see you there. Tickets are on sale now at the links below (click the venue name to purchase).
PiercingMetal Thoughts: You might laugh at the notion that I have not yet managed to see Alice In Chains with Mr. DuVall handling the vocals and sadly enough, never with the late great Layne Staley either. I’ve been curious of course but I’ve always seemed to have something else locked in at the time and you know how busy this media metropolis can get when it comes down to it. I’ve heard their works together for sure and I think he rules as their vocalist and is the perfect compliment to their material without question. As I cobbled this news together, I wanted to remind the readership about the review of the first single “Til The Light Guides Me Home” which we did back in July. I’d like to see this show when it hits my region but right now my main goal at that point in time is likely finishing up with my New York Comic Con stuff and seeing how to be a part of the Original Misfits show that will be in town the weekend before. Always something to do here but if I go I will announce it and as I close up this notice I wonder what you readers think about the news. Will you be checking out the solo acoustic tour? Let’s chat about that stuff down in the comments section. See you next time.
Artist: Willliam DuVall Title: “Til The Light Guides Me Home” (Single) Label: DVL Recordings Release Date: 7/22/2019 Genre: Acoustic Rock Rating: 4/5
You know his name from being the crushing register behind the last few Alice In Chains albums and if you were following him before that position you might be ahead of a lot of us when it comes to the overall body of work by singer William DuVall. Recently the musician released the first single from what I believe to be his first ever solo album and this is an acoustic effort to boot so a very different perspective can be taken on it. The song is called “’Till The Light Guides Me Home” and I’ve put together a few thoughts after giving this the once over on Spotify. Continue reading “Til The Light Guides Me Home” (Single) by William DuVall→
The song “I Don’t Like Mondays” is not going to be hitting too many live music fans playlists as long as awesome tour announcements keep being rolled out on this generally not looked forward to day. It was only hours ago that I shared the update from Iron Maiden (seen HERE) and now comes the news that both Korn and Alice In Chains will be heading out on a summer co-headlining run. Check out the full press release and dates below the poster. Happy Monday to you all if I didn’t say it earlier.
The Press Release:
Hard rock legends KORN and ALICE IN CHAINS have announced an epic co-headline amphitheater tour across North America this summer. Underoath will join as special guest on all dates, with Ho99o9 and FEVER 333 opening on select dates. Produced by Live Nation, the 30-city outing will kick off July 18th in Del Valle, TX at Austin360 Amphitheatre and make stops in Dallas, Nashville, Toronto, Denver and more before wrapping September 4th in Mountain View, CA at Shoreline Amphitheatre.
Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, March 1st at 10am local time at LiveNation.com. Citi is the official presale credit card for the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Tuesday, February 26th at 10:00 a.m. local time until Thursday, February 28st at 10:00 p.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Continue reading Korn and Alice In Chains Announce Summer Co-Headlining Tour→