Temple of the Dog have released a rare demo of ‘Black Cat’, a song recorded but not used for the one and only Temple of the Dog album.
Temple of the Dog was basically Pearl Jam with Chris Cornell on vocals. Eddie Vedder sang backing vocals on three tracks on the album and co-lead with Cornell on the main song ‘Hunger Strike’.
“Temple was about making an album simply for the joy of doing it. Chris Cornell said in a statement. “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.”
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.”
Temple of the Dog, 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), recently announced a reunion tour. Cornell has also hinted at the possibility of a second album in 2017.
“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
The 25th-anniversary edition of the Temple of the Dog album will be released on 30 September 2016.
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