Jerry Cantrell first rose to prominence as a member of Alice In Chains, one of the prototypical grunge bands from Seattle. His work with Alice In Chains as the lead guitarist and main lyricist gave the band that heavy metal edge to their unique grunge style. Jerry’s raw lyricism elevated the band to the top of the alternative metal heap. In 2006, he was nicknamed “Riff Lord” by British hard rock/metal magazine Hammer.
How Rich Is Jerry Cantrell?
Alice In Chains rose to international prominence from the grunge movement of the 90s, along with other bands of the era such as Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. The band sold over 30 million records worldwide along with two No.1 albums and six Top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart. Following the band’s global stardom, Cantrell came out as a solo artist on the soundtrack for the movie The Cable Guy, where he contributed the track, Leave Me Alone. He released his first album, Boggy Depot in April 1998 and his second album, Degradation Trip as a tribute to the band’s lead vocalist, Layne Staley, who passed away due to a suspected heroin and cocaine overdose in 2002. Alice In Chains disbanded for a few years following Staley’s tragic demise and reunited in 2005, when William DuVall took over as lead vocalist. They released their sixth album, Rainier Fog in August 2018, which debuted at No.12 on the billboard 200.
When talking about his personal life, Jerry said
“It’s weird to be 52 years old and have been in a band for 30 years and still doing it at a high level. In life, a lot of time is about finding your family, and it’s not blood family. I found my family. We’re still going through this thing.”
He wrote the song, Rooster for his father Jerry Cantrell Sr., who went by the name “Rooster” while serving in the US Army during the Vietnam War. Actually, it was Jerry Sr’s childhood nickname, which he got due to his hair as it used to stand upright like a rooster. The father and son were featured in the music video for the song, in which Jerry Sr. recalls his experiences during the war. Perhaps, Alice In Chains’ most famous song Man in the Box, which is about censorship in the mass media, was written by Jerry while he was completely stoned. In 2012, Jerry was ranked 37th on the list of Guitar World’s “Greatest Guitar Player of All Time.” He is currently preparing for the 2019 Alice In Chains tour. From his astounding career as a rock star, he has amassed a net worth of around $30 million.