Alice In Chains is neither gone nor forgotten, but the release later this year of the Seattle band's long awaited boxed set should send a little more light the band's way.AIC hasn't been heard from since its last album, MTV's live "Unplugged," three years ago, yet the group's management maintains that they have not broken up. They confirm that the band has just finished mixing two new tracks which are destined for inclusion on the retrospective which is now expected out next fall. The sessions for the new songs initially took place with producer Dave Jerden (AIC's "Facelift," and "Dirt") last year, but scheduling and other problems led to Toby Wright ("Jar of Flies," "Alice in Chains" and "Unplugged") taking over the controls in September. All of the Alice In Chains members participated in the project. The bandmember most often cited as missing in in action, singer Layne Staley, recently joined Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, former Jane's Addiction drummer
Steven Perkins and ex-Porno for Pyros bassist Martyn LeNoble to record a cover of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1" for the soundtrack to the movie "The Faculty" (see "Layne Staley, Tom Morello, Others Cover Pink Floyd For Soundtrack").Guitarist Jerry Cantrell has remained in the spotlight with a solo album released last year. Management also confirms that bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney have been jamming with former Queensryche guitarist Chris DeGarmo in an as-yet unnamed side project.