Alice in Chains has called in a real ringer for their first album in 10 years, Black Gives Way to Blue, now set for a Sept. 29 release. The title track of the LP is a tribute to AIC's late lead singer Layne Staley, and the band wanted to add a piano line to the song. But not just any piano line, mind you; nothing less than a master of balladry would suit this track. And just such a master they got in the form of the Rocket Man himself, Elton John. "We sent him the track and got a call shortly after saying he thought it was beautiful and that he wanted to play on it," guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell explained. "We were blown away." As are we.