Holy crap! Pearl Jam-Soundgarden mashup/supergroup Temple of the Dog are reuniting! File this one under “from out of left field”, but it’s real. We promise. Temple of the Dog were massive in the 90’s despite only releasing one album way back in 1991, and also despite its members going on to become huge rockstars in separate bands. They never toured, but that’s about to change, as the band have announced they’ll be hitting the road for a brief arena run later this year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their lone album.
I imagine they’ll also be playing quite a few Soundgarden tracks, given that Chris Cornell is the frontman, and probably even some Pearl Jam stuff (eek, it’s not Pearl Jam without Eddie Vedder), but I’m really surprised by this announcement. It definitely came out of nowhere, and it’s also a shame that they’ll only be playing a very limited run. Here’s what Chris Cornell had to say about it: “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. This is something no one has ever seen.”
UMe will naturally be reissuing the band’s lone album complete with demos and unreleased tracks, which is set for a September 30th release and can be pre-ordered here. Check out the tour dates below, but be warned, they’re likely not playing anywhere near you if you’re outside of a major metropolitan city on the east or west coast. The bold date is the local one, as always. Thank god for living in one of the largest cities in the world. It’s also worth noting that their NYC date falls on Election Day, so if Donald Trump becomes President, I can drown my sorrows in Temple of the Dog.
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