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Non Omnis Moriar

So apparently it IS true. Chris Cornell really died. After a couple of days I am starting to slowly accept this fact but I don’t think I will ever come to terms with what happened. It’s extremely painful to know that the one who kept you from committing suicide long time ago, has now done it himself.

I have created this page to commemorate the musicians who have influenced me, particularly Layne, Andy and Kurt. However, since that moment others have joined them on the other side: Mike Starr, Scott Weiland and now Chris Cornell. Last week, I was on the verge of deleting this blog because I got scared of how many more alleys I would have to add to this little graveyard. However, in the end I decided to keep calm and carry on.

The answer to the question ‘why?’ is in the poem of an ancient Roman author Horace.

I have completed a monument
More lasting than bronze and far higher
Than that royal pile of Pyramids (…)
My end won’t be complete, and a great
Part of me will evade the death god

This is the quintessence of any art. By creating, you leave a piece of yourself in your work. Thanks to the book you write, the picture you paint or the song you sing, you never die completely. In the past, people believed that the person only wholly dies when the last person who knew him/her dies as well because as long as the memory lives, this person lives, too. Now, in the era of media and the Internet this is truer than ever before.

So in the end I decided that I will keep blogging here and I will create an alley for Chris in this graveyard. I will do it because I will always perceive him as a living person. He is very alive for me and always will be.

And as for the news about the funeral, see this link.

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Andrew Wood’s Last Video

Temple of the Dog Talk About Their Reunion

I post a lot about TOTD recently but in the end we have all been waiting for the news for 25 years so why not? 😀

Here is an article from Rolling Stone where they reveal details:

When Temple of the Dog – the early 1990s grunge supergroup featuring Chris Cornell and Pearl Jam‘s Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready and Matt Cameron – first began contemplating a tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their sole album, they weren’t sure how it would be received. “We were a little anxious about what size venues we could play,” Ament tells Rolling Stone. “We’ve never toured and are essentially a baby band.”

They decided to hit just five cities, playing a mixture of big theaters and arenas. Much to their shock, nearly every ticket disappeared within minutes, with scalpers charging upwards of $1,399 for primo seats at the Madison Square Garden stop. “We’re super excited,” says Ament. “We can finally road test these songs and see what they become.”

The songs – born out of the extreme grief Cornell felt after Mother Love Bone singer Andy Wood died of a heroin overdose in March 1990 – will be re-released on September 30th in four different configurations. The biggest one will contain two CDs, 1 DVD and 1 Blu-ray Audio disc. It contains seven unheard demos, five studio outtakes and live footage of Temple of the Dog shot between 1990 and 2011. Longtime Pearl Jam producer Brendan O’Brien remixed the album.

“The quarter-inch tapes got lost,” says Ament. “The only way we could’ve used the original mixes would have been pulling it off a CD, which would have been inferior. Brendan really didn’t mess with the levels, but he just pulled back a bit on the effects and reverb. The new mix is just a bit crisper. The way we listen to music is so different than 25 years ago. People have gotten used to so much clarity on the top end, and I think he really brought a lot of that out.”

Pearl Jam have been on the road for the past few months, meaning that Temple of the Dog have yet to begin rehearsals for the tour kicking off November 4th in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania and wrapping up November 21st after a two-night stand at Seattle’s Paramount Theater. “We’ve discussed what other songs we might play in addition to the 10 songs from the album,” says Cornell. “But it was mostly left on the table to be discussed as a later date. It’s still a mystery to me.” Playing the album in sequence is a possibility. “Playing albums in sequence can be awesome or it can be very limiting,” says McCready. “I hope we mix it up a little bit.”

Pearl Jam have made the Mother Love Bone song “Crown of Thorns” a regular part of their live show, and it seems likely that Temple of the Dog will dip further into Mother Love Bone’s catalog. “I think that makes a lot of sense,” says Cornell. “There are also some songs that Andy wrote outside of Mother Love Bone that may or may not be something we can do. There’s some other songs from that period we discussed, but there’s been no decision made about anything other than what’s on the album.”

Cornell has performed the Pearl Jam songs “Better Man” and “Footsteps” (the latter having many similar musical elements as Temple of the Dog’s “Times of Trouble”) at his solo shows, but he doubts fans at these Temple of the Dog shows will hear any Pearl Jam or even Soundgarden tunes.

“I feel like that doesn’t feel right in my gut,” he says. “That’s nothing that I talked about with anybody. It’s just you asking and me reacting. It doesn’t feel like the right thing, but I might change my mind.” McCready feels the same way. “I’d love for this to be its own thing,” he says. “We can maybe do some [Mother] Love Bone songs and some cool covers. But if Chris wants to do ‘Better Man,’ please. That’s fine with me.”

Then there’s the issue of Eddie Vedder. He’s not billed at any of the shows, even though he sings half of Temple of the Dog’s most famous song, “Hunger Strike,” and contributed backing vocals to three others. Might he drop by a show or two? “I can’t say anything about that,” says McCready. “I don’t know if he is, and that’s kind of up to him. I would love it if he did.” Adds Cornell: “I don’t think that’s even been discussed, but we certainly haven’t planned on it.”

There are no Temple of the Dog plans beyond this November, but the group doesn’t rule out booking more shows. “I hope if these go well, there will be more in the future,” says McCready. “That’s kind of why we didn’t want to do an extensive tour. We just wanted to feel out the landscape. I hope we can go to Europe. It depends on how much fun we have with it, and how much people get out of it.”

But the group stresses that a second Temple of the Dog record is less likely. “We’d have to feel really great about the songs,” says Cornell. “It’s a scary thing. I don’t want to say they’d have to live up to the [first] album, but I wouldn’t want it to take away from it either. It was the same issue with reforming Soundgarden. I’m super excited about writing new songs as long as we don’t detract from what came before, and ultimately we did that. I think the same thing would apply to Temple.”

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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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Mike McCready About Temple Of The Dog

Temple Of The Dog’s eponymous album‬ was released 25 years ago, on April 16, 1991.

Here is what Mike McCready says about it

I know I’m a day late, but…

My memories of Temple Of The Dog are getting to hear these incredible songs on Chris Cornell’s demo tape and getting to be part of this project. Temple was my first real record to play on and it was glorious!

On “Reach Down” they let me go crazy on the lead. I remember recording “Hunger Strike” and using the ‘out of phase’ pickup on my strat to start the riff.

“Pushing Forward Back” was in a strange time-signature that Stone wrote so I struggled with it for a bit.

I will always be grateful to Chris for giving me a chance and trusting me, a hyper guitar player that he didn’t know, to play on his beautiful music! Forever grateful to Stone, Jeff, Matt and Ed as well!

I remember being late for the video shoot at Discovery Park and almost not being in the video! Glad I made it…

I miss Andy.

love,
Mike

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We Remember Andrew

Andrew Wood might not be physically on Earth but he remains with us through his music.

You will never be forgotten.

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