Alice In Chains On Intolerance, The Rock Hall Of Fame And Jane’s Addiction
“A cloud is my home/ Only some get in/ Got a ‘maginary friend” sounds like something famed humorist/atheist Bill Maher may have written if he was a songwriter. Actually, it’s from “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here,” the title track from Alice In Chains‘ fifth studio album released earlier this year. The provocative lyrics (“The devil put dinosaurs here/ Jesus don’t like a queer”) come off as a bit anti-religious, but guitarist/songwriter Jerry Cantrell says that that wasn’t his intent.
He tells Radio.com, “I didn’t really sit down with a thought in mind to write some anti-religious rant. You soak stuff up and you spit it back, you turn a mirror on it and you reflect it back … Some of the most horrible things [people do] are done in the name of what you believe in and saying that someone believes something different. Somehow it’s sanctioned in your religious beliefs to kill somebody because they believe something else. That’s straight f***ed up man.”
Drummer Sean Kinney continues, “[The] denying of science and fact. It’s hard to move forward as a culture and species, if you don’t use all these things, enlighten yourself, instead of to just push it away.”