Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell Reflects On Deciding The Right Time To Retire

Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell recently spoke to Loudwire Nights and reflected on producing new music. He stated that he doesn’t consider retiring as long as his music satisfies him and contributes to what he has achieved before.

As you may know, Jerry Cantrell has been pursuing a solo music career besides Alice In Chains since he released his debut album, ‘Boggy Depot,’ in 1998. Cantrell’s third solo album named ‘Brighten’ dropped on October 29, 2021, and it features some notable names like Duff McKagan, Gil Sharone, and Vincent Jones. It was primarily praised for its sophisticated songwriting and emotional density.

Cantrell announced a solo North American tour to support the new album, which will begin on March 24, 2022, and end on May 8, 2022. His second solo album was released in 2002, so ‘Brighten’ came after 19 years of break. However, Jerry Cantrell continued to produce new music with Alice In Chains in this period. During his recent conversation, Cantrell talked about the pressure of putting out new material every time.

Apparently, Jerry Cantrell doesn’t think about retiring yet, even if producing new music creates pressure on him. He stated that he asks himself two questions each time he starts working on new material. First is whether it pleases himself, and the other is whether it contributes to what he produced before. Cantrell explained that his answers to these questions have been yes so far, and thus, he is eager to continue. However, if the answer becomes no in the future, he will consider retiring.

Jerry Cantrell’s words on the right time to retire:

“You want to make sure that, first off, you’re satisfying yourself. It’s a personal thing, I get off on that. I get off on taking the gamble and, in a very human way, not knowing that you can do it. First and foremost, you have to please yourself, and then secondly, is this a worthy addition to what you’ve done in the past? Thankfully, I’ve answered yes on that every time. I imagine when the answer is no, it’s probably time to hang it up.”

You can listen to Cantrell’s latest solo album below.