Alice In Chains had been riding high for a couple of years. Facelift, their debut album, had produced a couple of hits (most notable ‘Man in the Box’), but it was 1992’s release of Dirt which really propelled them in to the spotlight with tracks such as ‘Would?’ and ‘Angry Chair’ getting loads of airplay.
Unfortunately we missed Clawfinger by the time we got to Brixton, although I’ve been lucky enough to see them live since, and I wasn’t keen on The Wildhearts. But Alice in Chains not only put on a good performance but I also loved the stage set. The front of the stage was draped with ceiling to floor meshed chains which the band played behind. It was incredibly visual and worked well in Brixton Academy.
They also finished the gig on a high with the last three tracks consisting of ‘Them Bones’, ‘Rooster’ and ‘Would?” to send the crowd home happy and humming.