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.
from his FB page
“I worked at this coffee shop for about six years called Raison d’etre and I worked there with tons of artists and musicians and Andy worked there and Steve Turner worked there and Roderick Romero, who is in a band called Sky Cries Mary, worked there; an amazing group of creative people that I worked with. It was crazy, cause when Andy and I worked there we mostly talked sports, which is kind of weird because the group of people that worked there at that restaurant really weren’t sports people. So I think that was kind of how we became really good friends. He was a big Cowboys fan and I was a big San Francisco 49ers fan. Then a kid named Mike Mora, whose dad Jim Mora coached the New Orleans Saints, started working there right around the same time so that was sort of our big connection. I think that was how I kind of ended up being in a band with him. He was just such a unique personality. I always say he was the Marc Bolan of our time. He kind of wasn’t afraid to push boundaries and do things that were a little bit outside of what everybody else was doing at the time. He was just super funny and really sweet and I miss him for sure.”
From an interview in Glide Magazine 2012
Ever wonder how the setlists get written? Stone Gossard cleared that up in this interview with The AV Club in 2013.
–AVC: So how do you guys go about making a set list? Are you all involved? Is it hashed out right before you go on?
–SG: It’s Ed’s process. We sort of leave it to him to begin to piece it together, and there will be days where he’s like, “I can’t do a set list. You do it, Jeff or Stone.” And it definitely used to be a more democratic process. But the longer we’ve been a band, the more important it’s been for him to find the emotional path in a set, and that’s really important. It’s a major benefit to all of us if he’s connecting with what’s going on and people are connecting with him. So he’s really good at continuing to work songs in and asking what you want to play. If you ask him to do a certain song or pull a certain song, he certainly will in general. But he’ll come up with the main set list before we go out and we’ll make adjustments if somebody says, “Oh, this one doesn’t work” or “I don’t know how to play this anymore” or “This tuning and that tuning are so similar that we don’t want to do those together.” There’s a lot of logistical reasons why you don’t want to play two songs back-to-back if everyone’s got to change guitars three times in a row. In general, he’ll spend a few hours figuring it out.
A shot from the video to Hunger Strike from
The show took place on Jan 30th, here is some coverage:
TICKETS AND SETLIST
Sonic Evolution Setlist:
Con Seattle Symphony:
1.- “Ashes” (de Yann Robin, inspirado en Kurt Cobain)
2.- “Beyond Much Difference” (de Angelique Poteat, inspirado en Pearl Jam)
3.- Mike McCready y Matt Cameron – “Walking the Horizon”
– INTERMEDIO –
Seattle Symphony con Mad Season:
4.- Long Gone Day
5.- River of Deceit
6.- I Don’t Know Anything
Mad Season sin Seattle Symphony:
7.- Wake Up (con Matt Cameron y Kim Virant)
8.- Lifeless Dead (con Jeff Angell)
9.- I’m Above (con Jeff Angell y Kim Virant)
Temple Of The Dog:
10.- Call Me A Dog
11.- Reach Down
12.- All Alone (con Sean Kinney y voz grabada de Layne Staley)
For more pictures see https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.791502494259966.1073741951.232077143535840&type=1
Playlist on YouTube
Very rare footage from the famous photoshoot.