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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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Unreleased Temple Of The Dog Material May Surface

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.

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Chris Cornell About Writing Lyrics

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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.

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Some News About Temple Of The Dog

Some news for the Temple Of The Dog fans:

After the master tapes of the band’s self titled album have been returned by Rajan Parashar (the brother of late Rick, the producer) to A&M Records, it is believed that the record label is planning the deluxe reissue to commemorate the 25th anniversary of release. You can read more about it here.

Moreover, in the interview with Rolling Stone Mike McCready said he would like to reunite the band for concerts

“We did a couple of Temple Of The Dog songs last January. I did Mad Season with a symphony and Chris was nice enough to come out and sing for that. My feeling was, ‘Wow, it would be cool to do this again.’

“I don’t know what the answer is with the re-release of the record, but I would love to do something for the anniversary. That’s kind of Cornell’s thing.

“I would love to play live anytime with those guys. I’d play live with them in a heartbeat.”

If any further news follow, I will definitely inform you

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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.

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Mike

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Chris Cornell About David Bowie

I’ve played his song ‘Lady Stardust,’ from Ziggy Stardust, live in my solo shows over the years because I always loved it on the album, and, for some reason, it reminds me of Andy Wood. I wanted to play it in tribute to him, but then I ended up writing a bunch of songs for Temple of the Dog and those took precedence. When Soundgarden split up in ’98, I came across that song, and I remember sitting in my car in the driveway listening to it, and there’s that lyric, ‘He was all right, the band was all together,’ and it’s so hopeful. My band had just broken up. And it really gutted me. So that was when I started doing it. I haven’t played it more than a couple times live, but it’s like the one song of his that I’ve always been drawn to. I just really love it.

See more on http://www.alternativenation.net/chris-cornell-says-david-bowie-song-reminds-him-of-andy-wood-soundgardens-break-up/

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Lzzy Hale and Corey Taylor Covering ‘Hunger Strike’ by Temple of the Dog

Check this version, it’s a very decent cover

Here’s the original version

And if you watched the video carefully, you probably know that the lighthouse which appears at the beginning and as the cover photo of this blog is West Point Light.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Point_Light

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