Temple of the Dog to Reunite for First-Ever Tour


Temple of the Dog to Reunite for Fall Tour

–Joe Lund

Twenty-five years have passed since Seattle-based supergroup Temple of the Dog released their sole, self-titled studio album. To mark the anniversary, band members Mick McCready, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, and Matt Cameron are joining frontman Chris Cornell for a five-city reunion tour in November. Knowledgeable rock fans, of course, will recognize the above names as members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden

In brief, Temple of the Dog sprang from the ashes of beloved Seattle band Mother Love Bone, in the wake of Mother Love Bone leader Andrew Wood’s tragic death in 1990. Cornell, a close friend of Wood, recruited MLB members Gossard and Ament, with McCready and Cameron soon coming on-board to round out the quintet. The five friends recorded the self-titled Temple of the Dog as a tribute to Wood–“simply for the joy of doing it,” Cornell later said. Afterwards, the project disbanded and each of the five members went on to find success in Soundgarden and Pearl Jam, respectively.

Although Temple of the Dog have occasionally regrouped to play the one-off show, they’ve never toured, until now. In a prepared statement, Cornell said the band’s 25th anniversary provided an opportune time to remedy that. “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,” he said. “This is something no one has ever seen. We wanted to stop and recognize that we did this and pay homage.”

The five-city trek coincides with a lavish reissue of the band’s 1991 Temple of the Dog album. Slated for release on Sept. 30, in a variety of formats, the album features a new mix by producer Brendan O’Brien. Both the “Super Deluxe” version and the 2-CD version will include, as a bonus, five studio outtakes and seven demo recordings. The “Super Deluxe” edition includes a DVD as well. Tour dates are as follows:

Nov. 4 — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Tower Theater)
Nov. 7 — New York, New York (Madison Square Garden)
Nov. 11 — San Francisco, California (Bill Graham Civic Center)
Nov. 14 — Los Angeles, California (The Forum)
Nov. 20 — Seattle, Washington (Paramount Theater)