Jerry Cantrell Addresses The Common Features Of Jane’s Addiction And Alice In Chains

Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell spoke about Jane’s Addiction in a recent interview and stated that critics put too much effort into trying to end bands’ careers. He spotted this as a common point shared by Alice In Chains and Jane’s Addiction.

Jerry Cantrell has been with Alice In Chains since he founded the band in 1987. He first started as the lead guitarist but later replaced Layne Staley as the lead vocalist after he tragically passed away in 2002. The band is primarily associated with grunge music and has heavy metal elements in their sound. They rose to fame alongside other grunge icons like Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam in the 1990s.

Jane’s Addiction also caught immediate attention in the 1990s for being one of the earliest bands to embrace alternative rock and gain mainstream success in America. However, the fame and success, expectedly, came with a price for both bands. The more a musician receives public attention, the more accessible they become to criticism.

Jane’s Addiction was especially criticized for their name as the word ‘Addiction’ could negatively impact the public. Therefore, a reviewer around the late ’80s and early ’90s wrote their name as Jane’s (unprintable word) and spread hate towards the band. Cantrell reacted to this by stating how absurd it is for a person to hate and end a band’s career, especially when they are as influential as Jane’s Addiction.

Here is what he stated:

“Oh my God! I can’t tell you how much I hate that! The same thing happened to us. Our hometown rag, the Rocket, had a stick up their… about us, and they tried to stick it to us every chance they could. One of the most satisfying things in my career was the Rocket editor Charles Cross admitting that he did everything to kill us, but we just wouldn’t die.

To take an active part to try to wreck somebody’s career says a lot about you. A band might not be your favorite thing, but to write Jane’s (an unprintable word) is ridiculous. I love that band. They’ve been so influential.”

Cantrell also indicated that these criticisms were a common feature between the two bands because critics would also try to end Alice In Chains’ career. The Rocket Editor Charles Cross specifically came after Alice In Chains for a long time, but the band knew better than to be affected by it. He continued to state another common thing with Jane’s Addiction and said they both had a female name for their band, ‘Alice,’ and ‘Jane.’

Here is what Cantrell stated about having a female moniker:

“The reason we took a meeting with producer Dave Jerden is that he produced Jane’s Addiction, and we both had girl names!

The frontman clearly admires Jane’s Addiction and seems happy to have a few common grounds. Even though the critics always tried to ensure their failure, they have both managed to survive. Having a female moniker in the bands’ names is like a cherry on the top.