Category Archives: Mother Love Bone

The Anniversary of Andrew Wood’s Death

Hard to believe but it has already been 28 years without Andrew …

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Andrew Wood’s Last Video

Temple Of The Dog Will Reunite For U.S. Tour In November

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.

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Big year for Temple of the Dog.
The massive ’90s supergroup, featuring Chris Cornell, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready, and Matt Cameron, is planning to hit the road this fall in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their self-titled album.“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 explains in a press release. “This is something no one has ever seen.”In anticipation, UMe will reissue their landmark album with an assortment of goodies fresh out of the recently uncovered masters, from demos to unheard tracks and a complete remix by producer Brendan O’Brien. Pre-orders are currently on-going for a September 30th release.source

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

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Jerry Cantrell About Andrew Wood

AIC’s “Would?” was written by Jerry Cantrell and was the first single released from the Singles soundtrack.

Cantrell said this about the song:

I was thinking a lot about Andrew Wood at the time. We always had a great time when we did hang out, much like Chris Cornell and I do. There was never really a serious moment or conversation, it was all fun. Andy was a hilarious guy, full of life and it was really sad to lose him. But I always hate people who judge the decisions others make. So it was also directed towards people who pass judgements.

From  Jeff Ament’s Army

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Alice in Chains & Greg Gilmore

Alice in Chains & Greg Gilmore (Mother Love Bone), 1990

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No Mother Love Bone Concert

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via In memory of Andrew Wood

Still I hope you will enjoy your weekend 🙂

Mother Love Bone Graffiti Reloaded

Jeff Ament paid tribute to his old band by spray painting Mother Love Bone graffiti on Easy Street Records’ store in Seattle.

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via Andrew Wood