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Sean Kinney

Background information
Birth name Sean Howard Kinney
Born 27 May 1966 (1966-05-27) (age 43)
Renton, Washington, USA
Genres Hard rock
heavy metal
Alternative metal
Occupations Musician, Drummer
Instruments drums
Years active 1987 - present
Labels Virgin/EMI
Associated acts Alice in Chains
Jerry Cantrell

Sean Kinney, born Sean Howard Kinney on May 27, 1966, is a musician best known for being the drummer of the influential grunge band Alice in Chains.

Kinney's interest in music was developed at an early age. He got his first drum kit when he was 5. By the age of 9, he was keeping the beat for his grandfather's band, The Cross Cats, and traveling the Northwest playing small venues. Kinney grew up in Renton, Washington, where he attended Liberty Senior High School in the Issaquah School District.


Alice in Chains

Sean Kinney met up with Alice in Chains when he was dating the sister of bassist Mike Starr. Through Starr, he was introduced to Jerry Cantrell who introduced them both to Layne Staley. Since the band's inception, Kinney has been the only drummer. His work can be heard on all of their albums: Facelift; Dirt; Alice in Chains; and Black Gives Way to Blue (Sept. 29, 2009) as well as their two EPs Sap and Jar of Flies (which featured the #1 hit song "No Excuses"). He also kept time on the band's live recordings: Unplugged and Live. He also sang chorus vocals through a megaphone on the hidden song from Sap entitled "Love Song." The album was named after a dream Kinney had about AIC recording some light acoustic songs, and in the dream they called the record Sap, because it was "sappy."[citation needed] Sean plays a large role in the presentation of the band, having helped designed artwork and stage setups for most of the band's albums and tours.

Other projects

During the decline in grunge popularity during the mid-nineties, Kinney was a member of a Willie Nelson tribute band that also included Johnny Cash, Kim Thayil of Soundgarden, and Krist Novoselic from Nirvana. Kinney also played drums for his Alice in Chains band mate Jerry Cantrell's solo album, Boggy Depot. Four years later, he founded the short-lived project Spys4Darwin with friend and fellow Seattle musician Chris DeGarmo of Queensrÿche fame. Joined by Mike Inez (AIC's bassist since 1993) and Vinnie Dombrowski, they recorded and released the 6-track EP, microfish, in May 2001.

Alice in Chains rebirth

In 2005, Kinney reunited with the other two surviving members of Alice in Chains -- performing at a benefit concert for the Tsunami Disaster. On March 6, 2006, they again performed together at VH1's Decades Rock Live concert, honoring fellow Seattle musicians Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson of Heart. That night they played "Rooster" with Comes with the Fall vocalist William DuVall and Ann Wilson. DuVall joined Alice in Chains as lead singer shortly thereafter. Since that time, Kinney has drummed for AIC at numerous events and concerts. From May 16-17, 2009, Alice in Chains was part of the annual rock festival, Rock on the Range at the Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

The band had set Black Gives Way to Blue as the title for the first Alice in Chains album in nearly 14 years, that came out September 29, 2009. This is also their first record under Virgin/EMI.



  • DW Drums
    • 7x14 Edge Snare Drum
    • 18x23 Bass Drum
    • 9x13 Rack Tom
    • 14x16 Floor Tom
    • 16x18 Floor Tom
    • 13x15 Floor Tom (left side)
    • 8x7 Rack Tom (left side)
  • DW 5000 Single Bass Pedal
  • DW Snare and Cymbal Stands
  • Remo Drumheads


  • Sabian cymbals (from left to right on kit)
    • 15" AA Sizzle Hats
    • 19" AA Rock Crash
    • 20" AA Rock Crash
    • 24" Vault Liquid Ride
    • 21" AA Meedium Thin Crash
    • 19" Paragon China
    • 20" AAX O-Zone Crash


  • Vater VHSKW Sean Kinney Signature Series Drumsticks
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All with Alice in Chains, unless otherwise noted

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