Ardent fans of Alice in Chains who haven't played live for more than four years will be able to look back at what they've been missing when the Seattle rockers release a live retrospective Dec. 5.
The album, tentatively titled Live, is being mixed by the band's longtime producer, Toby Wright.
The 15-song CD will cover three major performance periods in the group's career, according to sources close to the project.
The band's early days will be represented by a 1990 concert at Seattle's Moore Theatre that was made available on the home video "Live Facelift." The show featured the band's first bassist, Mike Starr.
Next up are recordings from a 1993 show in Glasgow, Scotland, which was captured by BBC's Radio One. The third segment covers the band's last concert appearance, opening for Kiss in Kansas City, Mo., in July 1996.
Only two of the 15 performances on the collection previously have been released on CD. "Rooster," from the Glasgow show, appeared on Nothing Safe: Best of the Box. A version of "Queen of the Rodeo," recorded in Dallas in 1991 and featured on Music Bank, also will be included. Both collections were issued last year.
The album will be AIC's first "plugged-in" live LP. The group released an MTV Unplugged album in 1996.
As for the band's current status, the group remains on open-ended hiatus. Guitarist Jerry Cantrell has been working on a follow-up to his 1998 solo album, Boggy Depot, while drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez have teamed up with former Queensrÿche guitarist Chris DeGarmo (who also played in Cantrell's live band) to record demos for a potential project. Singer Layne Staley has remained musically inactive since the group recorded two new tracks, "Get Born Again" ( RealAudio excerpt) and "Died," for Music Bank.