Fuel Premieres New Album’s Third Single; Confirms Album’s Release Date

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Fuel is giving audiences another preview of its new album.

The band premiered its new single, ‘I’m Gone‘ Friday. The song is the third from the band’s forthcoming album, Anomaly, which is scheduled for release Oct. 22. The band premiered the album’s then latest single,  ‘Don’t Say I‘ last month. Its premiere was preceded by that of the album’s lead single, ‘Hard.‘

‘I’m Gone’ is the heaviest song yet to feature in Fuel’s new album. The heavy guitars, rich sounds from the bass and drums, and gritty vocals give the composition an accessible sound and stylistic approach that makes it an easy fit for any modern rock radio station’s play list. By comparison, ‘Hard’ is more of a melodic rock type composition while ‘Don’t Say I’ is more of a rock ballad type opus.

founding member Carl Bell talked about the creation of the song’s musical arrangement in a prepared statement.

“As a songwriter, the brain becomes hypersensitive to any input and songs can come from anywhere at any time,” said Bell. “For ‘I’m Gone,’ I was working on another song entirely and I was just checking to make sure the guitar was getting sound through the channel. I absentmindedly just played a riff, and instantly I stopped and thought, ‘What was that? That was kind of interesting.’ I had just played the opening guitar riff to ‘I’m Gone.’ I stopped everything I was doing and just started developing the song. Got it to a good place, then recorded it into my phone, and came back later and worked it all out. I thought it was really cool how those guitars just jump right out at you.”

No information was provided about the lyrical theme featured in ‘I’m Gone’ in the press release announcing the song’s debut. Listening to the song though, the lyrics seem to infer a message of letting go of the past and moving on with life. That is just this critic’s interpretation.

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Jerry Cantrell Announces 2022 Tour Plans

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Jerry Cantrell will launch his tour in support of his latest album next spring.

The Alice in Chains guitarist made the announcement through a news release Monday. The document states the tour, dubbed the “Brighten Tour 2022,” is scheduled to launch March 24 in Minneapolis, MN and to run through May 8 in San Diego, CA. The tour also features performances in cities, such as Raleigh, NC; Salt Lake City, UT and Seattle, WA.

The tour is in support of Cantrell’s forthcoming album, Brighten, which is scheduled for release Oct. 29. Pre-orders are open. It is Cantrell’s first new album in almost 20 years.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale at 10 a.m. local time Friday here. The tour’s schedule is noted below.

Thu-Mar-24 Minneapolis First Avenue

Sat-Mar-26 Chicago The Vic Theatre

Mon-Mar-28 Detroit St. Andrews Hall

Tue-Mar-29 Toronto History

Thu-Mar-31 Pittsburgh Roxian Theatre

Sat-Apr-02 Atlantic City Music Box @ Borgata

Sun-Apr-03 Philadelphia Theatre of Living Arts

Tue-Apr-05 New York Irving Plaza

Wed-Apr-06 Boston Big Night Live

Fri-Apr-08 Baltimore Rams Head Live

Sat-Apr-09 Raleigh The Ritz

Sun-Apr-10 Charlotte Fillmore

Tue-Apr-12 Orlando House of Blues

Wed-Apr-13 St. Petersburg Jannus Live

Fri-Apr-15 Atlanta Tabernacle

Sun-Apr-17 Nashville Ryman Auditorium 

Tue-Apr-19 New Orleans Fillmore

Thu-Apr-21 Dallas House of Blues

Fri-Apr-22 San Antonio Aztec Theatre

Sat-Apr-23 Houston House of Blues

Mon-Apr-25 Oklahoma City Diamond Ballroom

Wed-Apr-27 Denver The Summit

Thu-Apr-28 Salt Lake City The Depot

Sun-May-01 Portland Roseland Theater

Mon-May-02 Seattle Moore Theatre

Wed-May-04 Sacramento Ace of Spades

Thu-May-05 Los Angeles Belasco Theatre

Sat-May-07 Las Vegas House of Blues

Sun-May-08 San Diego House of Blues

Cantrell debuted Brighten‘s lead single, ‘Atone,’ and its companion video July 20 through Rolling Stone magazine.

Cantrell said in a prepared statement, the song’s arrangement, which features clear AIC influence along with an equally clear southern rock sensibility, that there was direct influence in the song from a more well-known composer in the track’s creation.

“As a fan of Ennio Morricone scores and Sergio Leone movies, it’s got a bit of that outlaw vibe, with a cool psycho hillbilly stomp” he said. “It’s been kicking around in my head for like 20-plus years, haunting me. Sometimes it takes a while for a good idea to find its best form. Such was the case with Atone.”

No information is provided in the press release regarding the debut of Cantrell’s new single. In listening to the song through, it comes across as a statement from someone wanting to make right what was once wrong. It is that classic theme of battling personal demons for all intents and purposes.

The video for ‘Atone’ follows Cantrell’s noted respect for Sergio Leone movies. It finds him out in an arid, mountainous setting. The black and white video has the look of something one might expect from one of Leone’s old spaghetti westerns.

The track listing for Brighten is noted below.

Brighten Track List



Prism of Doubt

Black Hearts and Evil Done

Siren Song

Had To Know

Nobody Breaks You



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