Temple of the Dog is officially returning.
The rock super group—Chris Cornell (Soundgarden), Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Mike McCready, and Matt Cameron (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam)—announced this week that it has reunited and will tour together for the first time ever. The group also announced that it will re-issue its self-titled 1991 record this fall to mark the 25th anniversary of its release. The album will be re-issued Friday, September 30th via UMe. It will be available in four different formats—four-disc Super Deluxe Edition, double LP vinyl, two-disc Deluxe Edition CD set, and standard single-disc platform. Pre-orders for physicals are open now. They can be placed here. Each pre-order includes a detailed list of the contents of each presentation.
The band’s tour launches November 4th and currently spans only five cities—Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle—winding down on November 20th. Pre-sale tickets are currently open for fans signed up with Pearl Jam’s official fan club, Ten Club, and to the e-mail lists of Soundgarden and Chris Cornell. Fan pre-sales end next Wednesday, July 27th. General public ticket sales begin at 12pm local time next Friday, July 29th. $1.50 from each ticket sold will benefit the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation. An additional $1.50 from each ticket sold will benefit Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation.
Temple of the Dog originally rose from the remnants of Mother Love Bone. That band ended after then front man Andrew Wood died from a drug overdose. Wood was, coincidentally, Cornell’s room mate and close friend. After Wood’s passing Cornell went on to write the songs ‘Say Hello 2 Heaven’ and ‘Reach Down’ in order to process his grief. Those songs would also go on to be included in Temple of the Dog’s sole album. Eventually Gossard and Ament, two of the original members of Mother Love Bone, added Mike McCready to the band’s lineup, who was then followed by Cameron on drums. The resultant album, according to TOTD’s members, was originally not meant for commercial release. As Cornell recalls of the album, “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.” When the band crafted ‘Hunger Strike’ Cornell felt that the song needed a duet. Enter Eddie Vedder, who would eventually go on to front Pearl Jam. The song would go on to be the band’s biggest hit and would peak at #4 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Chart.
Temple of the Dog did have a very limited number of shows in November and December of 1990. The band’s upcoming shows this fall mark the first time since those shows that the band has ever toured together. There was a performance in 2015 in which Cornell joined his former TOTD band mates for a performance of ‘Reach Down’ and ‘Call Me A Dog’ at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. In 2014 Cornell also joined the band for a performance at the Bridge School show and for two nights at PJ20 in Alpine Valley, Wisconsin. More information on Temple of the Dog’s upcoming concerts and album re-issue is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news at http://www.facebook.com/TempleofTheDog.
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