Alice in Chains guitarist/singer Jerry Cantrell is a little bit of a car guy. He’s been featured in the latest issue of Motor Trend magazine talking about his current collection of cars and told a funny a story about when he tried to buy his first car, a vehicle he attempted to purchase with cash he made off the success of their first record Facelift. The story goes he walks into a dealership wearing a leather jacket, cut-off jeans and wearing generally what we wore back in the early nineties. The salesman wouldn’t even let him in a new car.
“I remember having cash in the bank to write a check, not put it on a plan, but actually to buy it, and that’s what I wanted to do. That was a sense of pride that I had earned the money to do that and that I could. So that was special, and it’s funny because the first car lot that I walked on, the guy wouldn’t even let me get in the car because of how I looked,” he continues, “I’m like, ‘Dude, are you serious? I’ve got cash to buy a car, a brand-new car. I don’t have to have somebody to cosign it. I need to buy a car.”
Apparently he then went across the street and bought a new Ford Explorer.
“So I looked across the street—it was an auto row area—and I’m like, ‘You just lost a sale, dude. I’m going to walk across that street, I’m going to buy a car. I’m going to come back over here and I’m going to show it to you.’ And I did. I walked across the street, bought a f–kin’ Ford Explorer, and when I got the paperwork done, I came back by the window and probably flipped him off and then drove off,”
Also in Alice in Chains news the band payed a little tribute Burt Reynolds. Bassist Mike Inez posted this to his Instagram.
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Alice in Chains’ new album Rainier Fog is available now.