Last night I found myself in a good sized arena, with a few thousand friends, watching my favorite band perform live. Today I am tired, slightly deaf, profoundly happy and will somehow tie this in to Role Playing Games. Forgive me as I wander slightly far afield with this but I can’t help myself.
Believe it or not, there is a tie in. Music has always played a big part in RPGs for me. I listen to it to get inspired when creating adventures for my players. I take ideas from concepts covered in songs and I use it to set the mood during RPG sessions. Among the bands that have had a lot of influence over me, Alice in Chains ranks pretty damned high. They are always on my play list while I’m sitting at my computer generating the next round of encounters and story ideas. They were there in 1990 with songs like “We Die Young” which influenced my writing style, and they were there in 2010 with songs like Lesson Learned while I was creating zombies and Orcs.
On to the review! In short, they kicked ass. Their set list included songs from their entire catalog. Among some of my favorites were We Die Young, Check My Brain, Rooster, Love Hate Love, Would? and Got Me Wrong.
The loss of Layne Staley in 2002 was obviously quite a blow to the band. I had seen them in 1993 an my hopes of seeing them live again were pretty much gone. Thankfully William DuVall came along with a voice eerily similar and quite enough talent to carry himself very well.
Alice played for about an hour and a half, and after a five minute break, came back for a five song encore. Jerry, Mike, William and Sean put on an amazing show. They’re one of the tightest bands I’ve seen live, jumping right into a song and hitting just about everything with perfect timing.
The bottom line – if you’re looking for some solid music to help you compose your epic adventures, you won’t go wrong with Alice in Chains. Seeing them live again simply reinforces my views. 5 out of 5 stars.
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