Did Axl Rose Bin Alice In Chains’ Demo, Jerry Cantrell Clarifies

Speaking to 93.3 WMMR, Jerry Cantrell explained the incident that took place between him and the Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose.

Jerry Cantrell is a musician who became a prominent figure in the rock scene as the founder, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter of Alice In Chains. Formed in 1987, the band rose to worldwide fame in the 1990s as part of the Seattle grunge movement. The frontman Cantrell also crossed paths with Guns N’ Roses during their formation period.

In 1988, Jerry Cantrell attended a GN’R gig at the Seattle Center as a huge band fan. As the story goes, he brought an Alice In Chains demo tape to give to the Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose. When the performance ended, Cantrell approached Rose to give him the demo. After he gave it to the frontman, who then walked away, he saw Rose throwing the tape away.

During an interview by 93.3 WMMR, Jerry Cantrell recalled this incident. He said that as Alice In Chains was a young band then, and he carried their demo tape around, hoping he would give it to someone who could open a door for the band. Following that, Cantrell revealed the details of the incident.

According to Cantrell, Guns N’ Roses greatly influenced Alice In Chains, and he gave Rose the demo tape because of that. However, contrary to what is believed, it was Rose’s security guard who threw the tape away. As Jerry said, Axl handed the tape to his security guard, and he tossed it.

In the interview, Jerry Cantrell recalled what happened between him and Axl Rose as:

“Yeah, it was funny. When you’re a young band, you carry around your demo tape to maybe get it to somebody who maybe could do something with it or open a door for you.

They were a huge influence on us, and they played a gig in Seattle, and I handed him a demo tape back at the show. In all fairness, he didn’t throw it away, his security guard threw it away. He handed it to his security guard as he was walking away, and his security guard tossed it. So, it wasn’t Axl. It, it was his security guard.”

As it seems, Axl Rose was not the one who turned down the Alice In Chains frontman. Although the demo tape ended up being thrown away, the band still managed to become successful and make a name as one of the greatest hard rock acts in history.