Am 25.09.2009 erwartet uns das neue Studio Album „Black Gives Way To Blue“ von Alice In Chains und ein Highlight wird der gleichnamige Titeltrack der Scheibe sein, bei welchem kein geringerer als Elton John einen Gastauftritt hat. Der Song wurde dem verstorbenen Sänger Layne Staley gewidmet.
Jerry Cantrell dazu: „We were thinking about adding piano to the track and a friend suggested we call Elton. I remember laughing and saying, ‚Yeah, I’ll get right on that.‘ But I decided it was worth trying and wrote Elton an email explaining what that song means to us that it’s a real, raw openhearted song for Layne. We sent him the track and got a call shortly after saying he thought it was beautiful and that he wanted to play on it. We were blown away. Elton John is a huge influence on me as a songwriter and having him on that song is an amazing honor for us.“
Sir Elton John äußert sich wie folgt: „I’ve long been an admirer of Jerry Cantrell and when he asked me to play on ‚Black Gives Way To Blue‚, I was very flattered and couldn’t resist. It was a great recording session with ALICE IN CHAINS for a beautiful song.“