The Rooster Returns


It's a project she set out to do more than a year ago, but the bleak circumstances of Covid put Ann Wilson's video cover of Alice In Chains "Rooster" on hold. In the pandemic interim the record company pushed her to release a live performance of the haunting chronicle of Jerry Cantrell Sr's Vietnam War experience. For Wilson it was a tribute to Chains' induction into the Museum Of Pop Culture in Seattle. She always wanted the video they made pre-pandemic to see the light of day because in Ann's words it's about "...maggots and war stuff and darkness and insanity..." Insanity that Cantrell felt honored the experience of US soldiers who fought in that war as well as the war they fought when they returned to their country. From Alice In Chains album "Dirt" the images in the video may drive home the feeling, but its lyric paint the scene effectively: Walkin' tall machine gun man..They spit on me in my homeland..Got my pills 'gainst mosquito death..My Buddy's breathin' his dyin' breath..Oh god, please won't you help me make it through? The video, like it's inspiration back in 1992, is powerful and horrific. Interestingly, it comes with a warning not to watch it if squeamish or eating. Maybe DO watch it if you're squeamish so you can absorb the impact of what war truly feels like to those who went through it.


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