Alice In Chains' Mike Inez: "Picking very hard is part of my tone secret - I attribute that to Zakk Wylde!"

Bassist Mike Inez of Alice in Chains performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre on September 04, 2019 in Mountain View, California
(Image credit: Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagic)

“It’s so funny—I’ve never done the Van tour,” admits Mike Inez. “All these other guys are like, ‘We used to live in a van and eat McDonald’s and wipe our asses with McDonald’s napkins.’ And I’m like, ‘I was on a private jet with Ozzy when I was 23 years old. I never did that.’ I’m not even saying it in a boastful way; it’s just reality.”

The trajectory of Mike Inez’s musical career is so whimsical, it would be a fairytale if it weren’t entirely true. He was plucked from obscurity by Ozzy Osbourne, tapped by Alice In Chains (AIC) at the height of its popularity, landed in Heart at a time when he needed the atmosphere of love they provided, and returned to a resurrected, stronger, tighter, emboldened version of AIC in 2006.

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