Out of all the bands to emerge from Seattle's grunge scene in the '90s, none have the same mythic aura of the Soundgarden/Pearl Jam supergroup Temple of the Dog. Scarcity does that.
When Mother Love Bone frontman Andrew Wood died of a heroin overdose in 1990, his roommate Chris Cornell wrote a couple songs to help process the grief. He then enlisted the remaining Mother Love Bone band members (Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready), his Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron, and a backup vocalist named Eddie Vedder (before Pearl Jam had officially formed) to record a tribute album for Wood. That project became Temple of the Dog, which released its lone self-titled album in 1991.
The intent wasn't for this tribute to be a big commercial project, but Temple of the Dog turned out to be a surprise hit (the single "Hunger Strike" reached #4 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart), and became a landmark album of the grunge era. The legend of Temple of the Dog only grew as Pearl Jam and Soundgarden became some of the biggest bands on the planet.
Temple of the Dog only played a few now-legendary shows in Seattle in 1990, but never toured. That changes this fall. To mark the 25th anniversary of Temple of the Dog, the band will release a special reissue the album on September 30, and hit the road in support of it. The five-city tour stops in Philadelphia, New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, before concluding back home at the Paramount Theatre on Sunday, November 20.
Tickets for Temple of the Dog at the Paramount go on sale next Friday, July 29 at noon via Ticketmaster and cost $94. Even with the high price point, this one's gonna sell out fast. Scarcity does that.
Temple of the Dog
Nov 20 at 8, Paramount Theatre, $94