Alice in Chains’ William DuVall is releasing recordings from his ‘80s cult hardcore band Neon Christ for Record Store Day

William DuVall Neon Christ
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William DuVall might be best known these days as the frontman charged with first filling Layne Staley’s prodigious shoes, then building his own legacy with Alice in Chains. But many years ago – 37, to be exact – he was playing electric guitar with Neon Christ, the cult hardcore band that also featured drummer Jimmy Demer, bassist Danny Lankford and singer Randy DuTeau.

Now, DuVall has helped compile a deluxe edition of the band’s 1984 recording for a special Record Store Day release. Side one of the album features the original Neon Christ 7" EP, and side two contains the four songs from the 1984 Labor Day session, all on heavyweight vinyl at 45 RPM for maximum fidelity.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.