Twenty items from ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell's closet went on the block ealier in the month and in ten days close to $5,700 was raised. All proceeds from fans in Australia, Japan, Belgium, Canada, England and the USA will go to MusiCares and the Layne Staley Fund.
Fans who would love to help support the Layne Staley Fund and missed out on the auction can visit the AliceInChains.com store and order their own Layne Staley 2008 calendar. Money from the sales of the calendars will go towards the Therapeutic Health Services in Seattle, WA to assist in heroin recovery for local musicians.
For more information on the charities, visit www.musicares.com.
Cantrell recently told MTV.com that ALICE IN CHAINS is working on new material and hopes to have an LP recorded by the end of 2008.
"Definitely possibly," Cantrell responded when asked whether fans could expect an ALICE record next year. "I don't think you can put a time limit on it, because first we have to come up with a record we're satisfied with, and I think we can do that."
He continued, "The body of stuff that's been coming out so far — all the riffs and song ideas — are really cool. It's really aggressive and everything ALICE was, but it's moved on into a different thing too. It's [indicative of the] transformation of this band. The dynamic is different, and it should be. But Mike, Sean and I, we're still here. We're still a big part of how this band sounds. The elements that remain and the element that William [DuVall, new singer] brings to the band are powerful things. I couldn't put a time on it, but I can tell you that [writing songs] is what we are working toward. We're gathering material and doing other business to help this band move forward."