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They were silent for years but this week we are flooded by good news from Temple of The Dog!
TEMPLE OF THE DOG — the Seattle supergroup featuring SOUNDGARDEN‘s Chris Cornell, PEARL JAM‘s Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard and Mike McCready, and drummer Matt Cameron (who plays drums with both SOUNDGARDEN and PEARL JAM) — has reunited and will tour for the first time ever since forming in 1990. The band will play five cities, Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle, in November.
A special ticket pre-sale for fans signed up to the Ten Club, SOUNDGARDEN and Chris Cornell email lists begins immediately and runs through July 27. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 29t at 12:00 p.m. local time. $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 came together from the ashes of Mother Love Bone following the death from a drug overdose of its frontman Andrew Wood, Cornell’s close friend and roommate. Cornell wrote future TOTD songs “Say Hello 2 Heaven” and “Reach Down” to help process his grief, “but the songs didn’t have any destination,” he says. “I was compelled to write them and there they were – written in a vacuum as a tribute to Andy. My thought was that maybe I could record these songs with the remaining members of Mother Love Bone and that maybe we could release them as a tribute.”
Mother Love Bone’s Gossard and Ament began playing with McCready, and they brought in Soundgarden’s Cameron to drum on demos. Because this was a collaboration, and a tribute, there was no commercial expectation for the Temple of the Dog album. It would be, Gossard would later observe, “the easiest and most beautiful record that we’ve ever been involved with.” Adds Cornell: “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.”
Gossard, Ament, and McCready were also simultaneously forming a new band, which more than six months later would be known as Pearl Jam. A singer from San Diego named Eddie Vedder, who was vying to lead the project, came into the studio to sing background vocals on three of the Temple songs. When Cornell thought another song, “Hunger Strike,” needed a duet, Vedder was enlisted. “Hunger Strike” became a hit single, peaking at No. 4 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
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.”
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
Yes, please! 😀
According to The Pulse Of Radio, SOUNDGARDEN, PEARL JAM and TEMPLE OF THE DOG drummer Matt Cameron told Radio.com that the 25th anniversary reissue of the latter group’s self-titled 1991 album may contain previously unreleased material. Cameron explained: “I think there’s probably alternate takes, and I think Chris [Cornell, TEMPLE OF THE DOG and SOUNDGARDEN singer] made demos. But his demos are pretty freaking cool. Some of his demos are amazing. I think that would be okay. But I guess it depends on the quality. But as a musician, I like people to hear the finished product. It’s not a dealbreaker for me, it’s more of a philosophical difference, I guess. The process of creating music is fantastic, as an artist, but there’s got to be some privacy there.”
Cameron admitted he’s not a fan of allowing fans to hear music at every step of the creative process, saying: “I do not enjoy the current philosophy, where it’s sort of expected that you release all of your outtakes and rehearsals and demos, I really don’t like that aspect of it at all… But I guess as a fan, it’s cool to hear the inner workings of how a record gets made.”
The drummer told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that SOUNDGARDEN has a fairly straightforward method of writing songs. “The way we’ve always written is four guys in a room just slamming it out. A lot of times Chris would write complete songs and he would record a demo and we’d learn his demos, and then sort of add our own spice to it, so to speak. But you know, everyone writes music in this group and that’s been a pretty huge benefit for us as a band over the years.”
Cameron hinted that SOUNDGARDEN is actually assembling a deluxe reissue of its classic 1991 album “Badmotorfinger”, which may also feature what he described as “a lot of really cool outtakes and things like that.”
SOUNDGARDEN is releasing vinyl reissues of its “Louder Than Love” and “Down On The Upside” albums next month, but they are bare-bones releases with no bonus material.
Quote for the weekend, never regret being sophisticated nor perfectionist ❤
“I know a lot of people who are simpletons, y’know? They’re very simple, they can enjoy their lives and be happy and secure just watching sports on t.v. and having a beer every once in a while.. I’ve always felt too complicated, so I envied those people. I’m not saying that I’m smarter than those people, it’s just that I’m too sensitive. I wish sometimes that I could just enjoy the simple things in life, and just forget about everything else.” – Kurt Cobain, 1993.
Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell says the band’s style means people often miss his lyrics – and it took a Johnny Cash cover to change perceptions
Chris Cornell was never complimented for his lyrics until Johnny Cash covered Soundgarden – and he believes it’s because of the way his vocal can be buried in his band’s music.
That’s one of the reasons he enjoys his solo work as much as working with Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd and Matt Cameron.
Cornell tells Courant.com: “You can’t always make out the words I sing with Soundgarden. When Johnny Cash covered Rusty Cage it was the first time I received compliments from my lyrics.
“To take this in another direction, when I covered Billy Jean by Michael Jackson, it was going to be a joke. I couldn’t do it in the form it was originally recorded in so I slowed it down. When I did that, it wasn’t funny any more – it’s an amazing story, brilliant lyrics.
“When you break out the acoustic guitar, the words are the focal point unless you’re the Jimi Hendrix of acoustic guitar. So the words have to have meaning.”
Cornell has been interested in stripped-down music since Soundgarden’s early era. “When we were super-loud and aggressive, I didn’t want to listen to that type of music when I was off stage,” he says. “When I got to my stereo I drifted towards more mellow recording artists.
“When I started writing for Temple Of The Dog I went to my room with my acoustic guitar, and I was happy to stay in that mode.”
His interest resulted in 2015 solo album Higher Truth, which he admits was “harder than I thought it would be” to make – but he adds: “It ushered me into a whole new world of songwriting.”
Meanwhile, he reports: “Soundgarden is in the middle of writing songs. After this tour the songs will become real and we’ll put an album out. There’s much more to Soundgarden. I get to play with my band and I get to go solo. It’s great for me.”
He’s currently touring North America, with dates running until the end of July.