In the 1990s, Alice in Chains ruled the radio alongside Seattle compatriots Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. That all appeared to end in 2002, when lead vocalist Layne Staley died of a drug overdose.

But last year, the band defied the odds when its first studio album in more than a decade, “Black Gives Way to Blue,” peaked at No. 5 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart and at No. 2 on the Top Hard Rock Albums chart. The title track is a tribute to Staley, and features Elton John on piano.

Go to to listen to music from the new album. Call 775-3458 for tickets.

When: 8 tonight

Where: Cumberland County Civic Center, Spring Street, Portland

How much: $45

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