Temple of the Dog will reunite for the first time ever to tour in celebration of their self-titled album issued 25 years ago. Temple of the Dog came together in 1990 in the wake of Mother Love Bone frontman Andrew Wood‘s drug overdose.
The seeds for the band were planted by Soundgarden‘s Chris Cornell, who was roommates with Wood. The album went platinum and the band has reunited for one-off performances, but they have never toured.
- Of the tour, Cornell said: “We wanted to do the one thing we never got to do … play shows and see what it feels like to be the band that we walked away from 25 years ago. Temple was about making an album simply for the joy of doing it. We weren’t concerned what anyone outside of our group of friends would think of it. It was the first and maybe only stress-free album that we all made. This is something no one has ever seen. We wanted to stop and recognize that we did this and pay homage.”
- Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Temple Of The Dog drummer Matt Cameron recently told Radio.com that the 25th anniversary reissue of the latter group’s self-titled 1991 album may contain previously unreleased material.
- Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam’s leadman, was part of Temple of the Dog, but he is not listed as among the members taking part in this tour. The lineup will include Cornell, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready and Cameron. The 25th anniversary edition of Temple of the Dog will drop September 30th. Tickets will go on sale July 29th.
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Temple of the Dog Tour Dates:
- 11/04 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Tower Theater
- 11/07 – New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
- 11/11 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Bill Graham Civic Center
- 11/14 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Forum
- 11/20 – Seattle, Wash. @ Paramount Theater
SIDE NOTES: A&M Records and London Bridge Studios co-founder Rajan Parashar came to an agreement last month over Parashar’s possession of the master tapes for the Temple Of The Dog album, with Parashar giving the tapes back to the label. A&M sued Parashar last year, claiming he wouldn’t return the master tapes. A&M said it bought the tapes in 1993, which Parashar, whose late brother Rick produced the disc, disputed.
- The Temple Of The Dog album was recorded in 15 days as a tribute to late Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood.
- Cornell and Wood were roommates, while surviving Mother Love Bone members Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard formed the nucleus of what became Pearl Jam.
- The record also featured two other members of Pearl Jam — guitarist Mike McCready and then-unknown vocalist Eddie Vedder.