“Say hello 2 heaven”! No your eyes aren’t deceiving you, Temple of the Dog is reuniting and playing for the first time since forming in 1990. The tour celebrates the 25th anniversary of the band’s first and only self-titled album. Since coming together as a tribute to Mother Love Bone’s singer Andrew Wood, who died of an overdose, the now super group had only played a few shows.
The band consisting of Chris Cornell, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready and Matt Cameron will embark on a 5 city tour. “This is something no one has ever seen,” Cornell says of the official reunion. “We wanted to stop and recognize that we did this and pay homage.” After the death of Wood, former Mother Love Bone, bandmates Goassard, Ament and McCready were scouting a new singer, Eddie Veddar, who appears on the albums single track “Hunger Strike”. Six months after the release, Vedder would join the three to form Pearl Jam. Chris Cornell and Matt Cameron continued on to play in their band, Soundgarden. Cameron would later join Pearl Jam 1998.
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SPECIAL 25TH ANNIVERSARY REISSUE COLLECTION TO BE RELEASED BY UME ON SEPTEMBER 30TH
The tour marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Temple of the Dog’s first and only album, a self-titled set that was released by A&M Records on April 16th, 1991. “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,” Cornell says of the 2016 tour.
Temple of the Dog performed live only a handful of times, most notably in Seattle, in November and December of 1990. Those shows have become some of the most legendary Seattle concerts of all-time. Their 2016 shows mark the first time the band has ever toured. (Cornell joined Pearl Jam in 2014 at the Bridge School show and for two nights at PJ20 in Alpine Valley, WI, and the Temple line-up played “Reach Down” and “Call Me a Dog” at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall in January 2015.)
“This is something no one has ever seen,” Cornell says of the official reunion. “We wanted to stop and recognize that we did this and pay homage.”
Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 12:00 PM local time on Friday the 29th. $1.50 from each ticket sold will benefit the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation and an additional $1.50 will benefit Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation.Temple of the Dog’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:
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