Hailed by Spin as "one of the catchiest songs of Alice In Chains' history," lead single "Check My Brain" has blanketed rock and alternative radio and rocketed straight to No. 1 on Billboard's Rock Songs Chart and No. 1 on the R&R Rock Chart.
The riff-driven track appears on the band's highly anticipated new album, Black Gives Way To Blue (Virgin/EMI), available September 29th. Playboy gave the disc four stars, calling it "Alice In Chains' Back In Black," Revolver praised the record for its "dense tapestry of heavy guitars and soaring melodies" and Reuters wrote "the heavy guitars, submerged vocals and thunderous rhythm section assures fans that the band has lost none of its menace."
The "Check My Brain" video premiered yesterday on MTV2's "Unleashed," airing every hour on the hour. It also debuted on MTVu, as well as on MTVMusic.com, MTV2.com and MTVu.com. The clip was directed by Alex Courtes, whose credits include U2's "Vertigo," Wolfmother's "Woman" and the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army." The video can be seen below.
The band (guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell, guitarist/vocalist William DuVall, drummer Sean Kinney, bassist Mike Inez) has been previewing songs from the album during their current sold-out buzz tour, which wraps September 30th at the Avalon in Los Angeles. Alice In Chains will celebrate the release of Black Gives Way To Blue with a special two-night performance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on September 29th and 30th. Next up is a headlining tour of Europe, set to kick off November 12th in Glasgow.
Tour dates are as follows:
Sept. 15 Toronto, ON The Opera House - SOLD OUT
Sept. 16 Cleveland, OH House of Blues - SOLD OUT
Sept. 17 Detroit, MI St. Andrew's Hall - SOLD OUT
Sept. 19 Chicago, IL House of Blues - SOLD OUT
Sept. 20 Milwaukee, WI The Rave - SOLD OUT
Sept. 21 Minneapolis, MN First Ave - SOLD OUT
Sept. 24 Seattle, WA Moore Theater - SOLD OUT
Sept. 26 Portland, OR Roseland Grill - SOLD OUT
Sept. 28 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore - SOLD OUT
Sept. 30 Los Angeles, CA The Avalon - SOLD OUT
Nov. 12 Glasgow, Scotland Barrowland
Nov. 13 Birmingham, UK Birmingham Academy
Nov. 14 Manchester, UK Manchester Academy
Nov. 16 London, UK The Forum
Nov. 17 London, UK The Forum
Nov. 19 Tilburg, Holland 013
Nov. 20 Antwerp, Belgium Trix Zaal
Nov. 21 Weisbaden, Germany Schlachthof
Nov. 23 Dortmund, Germany FZW
Nov. 24 Prague, Czech Rep. Lucerna
Nov. 25 Warsaw, Poland Stodola
Nov. 27 Budapest, Hungary Petofi Csarnok
Nov. 29 Vienna, Austria Gasometer
Nov. 30 Munich, Germany Thearterfabrick
Dec. 2 Milan, Italy Alcatraz
Dec. 3 Fribourg, Switzerland Fri-Son
Dec. 4 Paris, France Bataclan