Alice in Chains add a subtle metal flair to Rush's hypnotic 2112 ballad "Tears," in a cover featured on the album's upcoming 40th anniversary reissue. Singer William DuVall delivers a grittier approach to Geddy Lee's original melody, and Jerry Cantrell spices up the instrumental sections with grandiose, harmonized electric guitar lines. The revamped "Tears" is Chains' first studio recording in three years.
The 2112 reissue, called 2112 – The 40th, includes other covers, like Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins and Nick Raskulinecz's "Overture," Steven Wilson's "The Twilight Zone" and Billy Talent's "A Passage to Bangkok."
The reissue is available December 16th and includes the remastered album and bonus disc with Rush's 1976 concert at the Capitol Theatre. There is also a video for Grohl/Hawkins/Raskulinecz's "Overture" and the album retrospective 2112 – 40 Years Later (featuring a Q&A with Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson).
A deluxe edition of 2112 – The 40th includes a 3LP 200-gram vinyl edition. Each version of the reissue includes newly designed artwork by original artist Hugh Syme and extensive liner notes about the album recording.
Alice in Chains toured throughout the year, wrapping their latest headlining jaunt in October. The band released their fifth LP, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, in 2013.