Not too many bands maintain a career for more than a quarter of a century. Almost none last that long despite the death of their charismatic front man.
But Alice in Chains is still churning out ferocious music, thanks largely to fiery guitarist Jerry Cantrell.
Singer and co-founder Layne Staley died in 2002, but the influential metal-edged band from the '90s Seattle scene has persevered and is as popular and as musically powerful as ever.
Alice in Chains headlines a strong lineup at Friday's 98ROCKFEST at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Other acts on the bill include Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Bullet For My Valentine, Halestorm, Young Guns and Gemini Syndrome.
There's also a free show, outside the Forum, starting at 3 p.m. with In This Moment, Otherwise, Beware of Darkness and Surrender the Fall.
Alice in Chains has plenty of well-known songs to choose from to make a great setlist, but look for the band to introduce some songs from its new album, "The Devil Put Dinsosaurs Here," which is due out May 28.
Details: 5:45 p.m. April 26, Tampa Bay Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Tickets: $29-$69. A limited supply of four-packs are available for $98. A limited number of VIP packages that include early entry, parking, private acoustic performance, commemorative laminate and more are available for $150. Information: 800-745-8000 or www.98ROCKFEST.com.
-- Marty Clear