When I woke up this morning, rolled over, and naturally grabbed my phone… 😉 The first thing I saw, was without doubt, the biggest piece of rock news this MONTH. Temple of The Dog are hitting the road!
Temple of the Dog were started by Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, who had been a roommate of Andrew Wood, the lead singer of Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone. Andrew died on March 19, 1990 of a heroin overdose, the day Cornell got back from a tour. As he went on to tour Europe a few days later, he started writing songs in tribute to his late friend. This led to two songs, “Reach Down” and “Say Hello 2 Heaven,” which he recorded as soon as he got back from touring.
From there Chris approached Mother Love Bone musicians Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard. They were still deciding what their next steps would be. The band was completed by the addition of Soundgarden (and later Pearl Jam) drummer Matt Cameron and future Pearl Jam lead guitarist Mike McCready. They named themselves Temple of the Dog, a reference to a line in the lyrics of the Mother Love Bone song “Man of Golden Words.”
The album was recorded in only 15 days, produced by the band themselves. Eddie Vedder, who had flown from San Diego, California to Seattle, Washington to audition to be the singer of Mookie Blaylock (which eventually became Pearl Jam), ended up providing backing vocals.
So on top of getting together for their first ever tour, Temple of The Dog will also release some special 25th anniversary editions of their record.
Temple of the Dog will be released September 30 through UMe as a single CD, remixed by Brendan O’Brien, as well as a few tweaked-up editions.
Double-disc versions on CD and LP package the original album and a few alternate takes on the first platter, while the back half of the collection is filled with with demos and outtakes.
A “Super Deluxe Edition” adds a DVD featuring footage from the band’s 1990 performance at the Off Ramp Café, as well as reunions at Pearl Jam shows and a couple of songs that all but Vedder performed together during a 2015 Mad Season concert with the Seattle Symphony. It also features the band’s classic video for “Hunger Strike.”
The “Super Deluxe Box” also includes a Blu-ray audio disc, stickers and a litho print that all come packaged in a “magnetic flip top box.” You can find out more about all of the different re-release options over here, while the upcoming Temple of the Dog tour schedule can be found below.
Temple of The Dog Tour dates:
11/04 Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theater
11/07 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
11/11 San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Center
11/14 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
11/20 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theater
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