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Temple Of The Dog Premieres Previously Unreleased Track “Black Cat”

Temple Of The Dog Premieres Previously Unreleased Track “Black Cat”

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Temple of the Dog – the Seattle supergroup featuring Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam’s Jeff AmentStone 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. Read Cornell’s interview with Rolling Stone and listen to the band’s previously unreleased track “Black Cat” HERE.

On September 30th UMe will release a special Temple of the Dog 25th anniversary reissue collection of their landmark album, newly mixed by Brendan O’Brien. The collection will be available in four configurations, including a four disc Super Deluxe, a double LP, a two CD Deluxe, and a single CD. Physical pre-orders are available today along with a detailed list of the contents of each configuration HERE.

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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Temple Of The Dog Reunites And Will Tour For First-Time Ever!

Temple Of The Dog Reunites And Will Tour For First-Time Ever!

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Temple of the Dog – the Seattle supergroup featuring Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam’s Jeff AmentStone 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 27th. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 12:00 PM local time on Friday the 29th. $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.

The tour marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Temple of the Dog’s first and only album, a self-titled set that was released by A&M Records on April 16th, 1991. “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 says of the 2016 tour.

On September 30th UMe will release a special Temple of the Dog 25th anniversary reissue collection of their landmark album, newly mixed by Brendan O’Brien. The collection will be available in four configurations, including a four disc Super Deluxe, a double LP, a two CD Deluxe, and a single CD. Physical pre-orders are available today along with a detailed list of the contents of each configuration HERE.

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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Pearl Jam Reveal Tracklisting For Upcoming ‘Backspacer’ Album

Pearl Jam Reveal Tracklisting For Upcoming ‘Backspacer’ Album

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Pearl Jam have revealed the pre-order details and track listing for their upcoming album Backspacer via their official Website today. The track list below.

The LP is available in two formats through the band’s Website, as both a “Ten Club/Indie Package” CD (similar to the packaging of their last self-titled album, or Avocado as the site calls it) and 180-gram vinyl featuring a 24-page booklet featuring original art by cartoonist Tom Tomorrow.

Tracklisting:

1. “Gonna See My Friend”
2. “Got Some”
3. “The Fixer”
4. “Johnny Guitar”
5. “Just Breathe”
6. “Amongst The Waves”
7. “Unthought Known”
8. “Supersonic”
9. “Speed Of Sound”
10. “Force Of Nature”
11. “The End”

Pearl Jam recently announced a new batch of tour dates in support of their upcoming release of their ninth studio album Backspacer.

The album is scheduled to hit the streets on September 20th exclusively via Target stores, which will have the exclusive mass retail rights to the album. However, Pearl Jam’s Ten Club and independent record stores will also be carrying the album on that date.

Upcoming Tour Dates For Pearl Jam:
August 8 – Calgary, AB @ Virgin Fest
August 21 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
August 23 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
August 24 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
August 28 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival
September 21 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
September 22 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
September 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre
October 1 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre
October 4 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
October 6 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre
October 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre
October 9 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
October 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Spectrum
October 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Spectrum

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Pearl Jam Announce Tour Dates In Support Of ‘Backspacer’

Pearl Jam Announce Tour Dates In Support Of ‘Backspacer’

pearljambackspacerPearl Jam have announced a new batch of tour dates in support of their upcoming release of their ninth studio album Backspacer.

The album is scheduled to hit the streets on September 20th exclusively via Target stores, which will have the exclusive mass retail rights to the album. However, Pearl Jam’s Ten Club and independent record stores will also be carrying the album on that date.

Upcoming Tour Dates For Pearl Jam:
August 8 – Calgary, AB @ Virgin Fest
August 21 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
August 23 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
August 24 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
August 28 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival
September 21 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
September 22 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
September 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre
October 1 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre
October 4 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival
October 6 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre
October 7 – Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheatre
October 9 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
October 28 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Spectrum
October 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Spectrum


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