TeamRock Interview: Next Soundgarden album has ‘colour where you want it to shine’

Next Soundgarden album has ‘colour where you want it to shine’

Source: TeamRock
Author: Martin Kielty

Photo: Soundgarden @ Boston 2013 Jeffgarden.com

Photo: Soundgarden @ Boston 2013 Jeffgarden.com

 

Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil hints at contents of their next album, planned for 2017 - as Badmotorfinger box set goes on sale

Kim Thayil has outlined the vibe Soundgarden fans can expect from their next album, expected to arrive before the end of next year.

The follow-up to 2012 comeback King Animal is underway, although it’s been interrupted by the band members’ separate schedules.

Thayil – who recently said they were a dozen songs into the work – tells WRIF: “We’ve already done some writing. We have more writing to do and then there’s the whole studio process.

“We’re shooting for later 2017. Some people whip out albums in a few weeks or a few months. Soundgarden takes months.

“We do something for a few weeks then come back later and revisit it.”

The guitarist says all four members are “fairly attentive of what we do” and that the process includes “four different, strong opinions and four songwriters – without the addition of the producer.”

Discussing the material so far he says: “It has precision where it needs precision. It has chaos and looseness where you want the song to be wild. It has colour where you want it to really shine. We really roll the thing over.”

He adds: “It’s definitely a fun and dynamic process.”

Meanwhile, Soundgarden have today released their extended box set edition of 1992 album Badmotorfinger – watch bassist Ben Shepherd’s unboxing video below.

Frontman Chris Cornell and drummer Matt Cameron are nearing completion of their Temple Of The Dog reunion tour.

Temple of the Dog 2016 Tour - Videos From First 4 Shows

Nov. 4 - Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater (Night 1) 
Full Show
Source: MusicandFireworks on Youtube [Link]

Nov 5. Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater (Night 2)
9 Videos
Our own videos:

14 videos
Jim Powers On YouTube [Link]

30 videos
Both Philly Shows Mixed
YouTube user mfc172 [link]

Nov. 7 New York City @ Madison Square Garden
9 videos
Our own videos:

24 videos (full show)
YouTube user aerofan2007

Nov. 11 - San Francisco (night 1) @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
6 Videos
YouTube user The Attitude [link]

Article (feat. Our Video) - NY Daily News: MSG Becomes Temple of the Dog

Madison Square Garden Becomes Temple Of The Dog
Source: NY Daily News
Author: Kevin P. Coughlin

Our Own Video Of Achilles Last Stand, Used In The Article

Madison Square Garden becomes the Temple of the Dog: review

Temple of the Dog — the grunge supergroup featuring members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden — reunited Monday night at Madison Square Garden for the first arena gig of their 25th anniversary tour and only their third official concert together.

The tour marks the 25th anniversary of Temple of the Dog’s self-titled, one and only album from 1991. It went on to be a million seller, yet the band members only performed a handful of club gigs in the Seattle area before retuning to their full-time bands.

Temple of the Dog, the grunge supergroup featuring members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, reunited Monday night at Madison Square Garden.

Temple of the Dog features an all-star lineup with Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell on vocals and Pearl Jam members: Stone Gossard (guitar) Mike McCready (guitar), Jeff Ament (bass) and drummer Matt Cameron, who has performed as a member of both Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. TOTD was formed in 1991 in tribute to the band members’ friend and colleague Andrew Wood, the lead singer of the Seattle band Mother Love Bone, who died in March 1990 of a heroin overdose just weeks before Mother Love Bone’s debut album, “Apple,” hit store shelves.

The concert featured not only the songs of Temple of the Dog, but also a few rousing Mother Love Bone compositions such as “Heartshine," “Stargazer," and “Star Dog Champion,” all performed with a passion that would have made Wood proud.

The loudest applause of the night came when Cornell introduced a song “that has probably been played in this building before” and launched into Led Zeppelin’s spacey, yet epic “Achilles Last Stand.”

The set opener “Say Hello 2 Heaven” was written by Cornell, originally to help him process the grief brought on by Wood’s passing. Tonight, it was an anthem that got the Garden crowd on their feet, singing along to match Cornell’s high, ear-piecing falsetto that proves why he is truly one of rock’s greatest voices of all time. Another crowd pleaser was “Hunger Strike," performed on the album as a duet between Cornell and Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder. Cornell had the crowd eating out of his hand, as they sang Vedder's entire verses of the song.

TOTD also touched on the music of another Seattle area band, Mad Season, of which Mike McCready was also a member of, along with the late Layne Staley of Alice in Chains on vocals. “River of Deceit”, a minor alternative rock hit in the mid-1990’s was well received by the Garden crowd, as were cover numbers by David Bowie (“Quicksand”), The Cure (“Fascination Street”) and Black Sabbath (“War Pigs”).

The concert featured not only the songs of Temple of the Dog, but also a few rousing Mother Love Bone compositions such as “Heartshine,” “Stargazer," and “Star Dog Champion.”

Perhaps the loudest applause of the night came when Cornell introduced a song “that has probably been played in this building before” and launched into Led Zeppelin’s spacey, yet epic “Achilles Last Stand,” featuring masterful, looping guitar work by McCready and Stone Gossard. Afterward, Cornell laughed as it hit him: “I never imagined I’d be singing ‘Achilles Last Stand’ on stage at Madison Square Garden!” an obvious nod of praise to his childhood rock 'n' roll heroes.

The name Temple of the Dog comes from a lyric by Wood in the Mother Love Bone song “Man of Golden Words," which Cornell performed Monday night as a solo acoustic number. The “one-off” band played two short opening sets in Seattle in 1990, and has occasionally performed TOTD songs with Cornell during guest appearances at Pearl Jam concerts, but otherwise the group has never played together live since recording the album.

Setlist:

1. "Say Hello 2 Heaven"

2. "Wooden Jesus"

3. "Call Me a Dog"

4. "Your Saviour"

5. "Stardog Champion" (Mother Love Bone cover)

6. "Stargazer" (Mother Love Bone cover)

7. "Seasons" (Chris Cornell song)

8. "Jump Into the Fire" (Harry Nilsson cover)

9. "Four Walled World"

10. "I'm a Mover" (Free cover)

11. "Pushin’ Forward Back"

12. "Hunger Strike"

13. "Quicksand" (David Bowie cover)

14. "Heartshine" (Mother Love Bone cover)

15. "River of Deceit" (Mad Season cover)

16. "Holy Roller" (Mother Love Bone cover)

17. "Reach Down"

Encore:

18. "Man of Golden Words" (Mother Love Bone cover)

19. "Times of Trouble"

20. "Achilles Last Stand" (Led Zeppelin cover)

21. "Missing" (Chris Cornell song)

22. "Fascination Street" (The Cure cover)

23. "War Pigs" (Black Sabbath cover)

Encore 2:

24. "All Night Thing"

Temple of the Dog - Philly Night 2

Updated Our "What's Mine Is Ours" Page For Last Night's Show & A Placeholder For Tomorrow Night.

We have Philly Night 2 photos up already but we're being a little slow to get those videos up because of some technical difficulties lol

We'll keep working on it though and update it as often as we can.  The NY stuff should go up much faster, and probably before the Philly videos are all there. 

In the meantime, here's a video that isn't from us of "Missing" from last night's show:

Temple of the Dog Kick Off Tour In Philadelphia; Setlist & Video - ConsequenceOfSound

Source & Full Article with Video Links: ConsequenceOfSound 

Setlist:
Say Hello 2 Heaven
Wooden Jesus
Call Me a Dog
Your Saviour
Stardog Champion (Mother Love Bone cover)
Stargazer (Mother Love Bone cover)
Seasons (Chris Cornell song)
Jump Into the Fire (Harry Nilsson cover)
Four Walled World
I’m a Mover (Free cover)
Pushin Forward Back
Hunger Strike
Quicksand (David Bowie cover)
Heartshine (Mother Love Bone cover)
Holy Roller (Mother Love Bone cover)
Reach Down

Encore:
Man of Golden Words (Mother Love Bone cover) (with Pink Floyd “Comfortably Numb” tag)
Times of Trouble
Achilles Last Stand (Led Zeppelin cover)
Baby Lemonade (Syd Barrett cover)
Fascination Street (The Cure cover)
War Pigs (Black Sabbath cover)

Encore 2:

All Night Thing

 

"Whiplash" Interview: Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil Discusses Vinyl Reissues, Potential New Album + More

Source - LoudWire 
Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com

 

Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil Discusses Vinyl Reissues, Potential New Album + More

 

Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil was the guest on Full Metal Jackie’s Los Angeles-based Monday night radio show. He discussed the vinyl releases of ‘Louder Than Love’ and ‘Down on the Upside,’ shedding light on how time has treated their classic records as well as the new era of musicians the band impacted as well as peering into what Soundgarden has planned in the near feature. Check out the chat below.

How are you, Kim?

Great Jackie, how are you doing?

Great, thank you so much for being on the show.

Great to be here.

Lots going on with Soundgarden, obviously. You have re-released 1989’s Louder Than Love on vinyl. There’s also a vinyl 20th anniversary reissue of Down on the Upside from 1996. What changes about the importance of Soundgarden albums years later, now removed from the context of the time and place they were first released?

One thing that the band has noticed since getting back together in 2010 is how the young musicians in bands cite us as an influence. That’s certainly sort of a surprise for us. That’s probably where we would have loved to have been when we started playing. To be like the guys in our record collection, the people that inspired us, the people that got us playing together. I think for that reason, it’s good for us to keep the catalog active. There are some upgrades to this. It’s on 180 gram vinyl, which is really important to audiophiles. I myself and perfectly happy with the scratches and pops. I know other people are a little more discerning when it comes to their vinyl.

Kim, what made you fully understand the longterm impact that albums like Superunknown and Down on the Upside made on people’s lives?

The longterm impact was appreciated after the band had been apart for 10 to 12 years. I would meet other people in bands. I’d meet people who were younger most of our initiate fans who are probably in their 40s or 50s or 30s now. You meet young musicians, you meet kids who’d say that this record got me through high school or college. Maybe even junior high or younger. They’d describe how important it was to them. Then I’d remember having those very powerful feelings in regards to my Ramones records or Aerosmith records, [Led] Zeppelin records or Stooges records.

I thought, ‘This is great. This is perfect, we’ve done something right that years later we’re still seeing that kind of impact from people’s personal lives’. I think importantly, even more exciting was to find that many of these people learned how to play guitars and drums or keyboards or whatever. They started their own bands — that was really satisfying to learn that we had that kind of impact on people who wanted to write their own songs and start their own bands.

In our culture of streaming and downloads, why is it important to you that Louder Than Love and Down on the Upside be rereleased on vinyl?

What I’ve noticed and what makes it important that we keep these things out on vinyl / CD and cassette and especially vinyl, is that I found that people who enjoy music, music is the activity that they’re pursuing. These people like to listen to things, whole albums, they like to listen on vinyl. It took me years to grow away from vinyl and get used to the portability of CDs. But I currently maintain my collection of both CDs and vinyl. People who enjoy music as a secondary activity, something that they might use alongside some other activity like jogging, working or driving, I think those people are perfectly happy with MP3s.

Whereas vinyl is definitely for people where listening to music is the primary activity and the goal of that particular activity on any given day. I myself probably have music that feels great when I’m driving or if i’m doing something else. But when I listen to music it’s pretty much there in front of the stereo or with headphones on. I think people who listen to vinyl, and people who purchase vinyl, are definitely oriented towards music as that primary activity and not as an accompaniment to some other thing they’re doing.

Sonically, Kim, what did you feel needed to be addressed when remastering the old albums?

Especially with Louder Than Love, remastering was necessary because of the newer technologies and the potential for increased quality in the listening experience that have developed over the past 28 years. I think that in it of itself is one issue that is addressed by remastering. There are certainly others, the fact that when this record came out there wasn’t this commonly available digital technology. We have it on the players, it’s more available in professional studio systems. That gives us an extra ability in fine-tuning the volume and the tone, frequencies that we would have put down on tape. All of these, both these albums are remastered from the original analog tapes. So I think you’ll get a warmer and more accurate representation of when they were recorded.

Musicians grow and mature, improving their musical sensibility. How has your understanding of making and playing changed since Soundgarden first started?

Since Soundgarden first started, certainly you become a more experienced and better player just from the function of time. Also the function of the frequency of performing or playing. Any professional musician or anyone in a band who is touring is certainly getting many more hours under their belt of playing and performing under what might be a stressful situation. Having a few thousand eyes staring at you. Some people thrive in that and some people, they get their — they work their nerves and jitters out onstage. I think over the years, we’ve developed that kind of familiarity of the instrument, the audience, the music and the material. That’s one thing that improves. But certainly over the years, there have been many other songwriters and artists that are publishing. That material itself has some influence or inspiration on the people who are listening to it.

The guys in Soundgarden included. I think when we came up, we probably, our record collections consisted of a lot of pop rock, classic rock, some metal and some art-rock stuff. As well as your jazz and blues records. Since then, we’ve had all kinds of movements. Everything from the indie and lo-fi movement to the brief little venture in lo-fi to the rap which was popular, even though it started in the late ’70s it got real popular in the mid to late ’80s and early ’90s. EDM, which [laughs] I’m not the hugest fan of, but it does have its moments. Certainly all these musics are social, so regardless of what genre you have an affinity for, you’re going to become exposed to them because of the music your friends and family are playing. These things all contribute to the base of understanding of our band, socially and culturally and it’ll find its way into our songwriting.

Culturally and musically, in a lot of ways Seattle was an opposite of Los Angeles. How would Soundgarden be a different band if you came up in L.A.?

I don’t know how different it would have been. There’s sort of a little more of a complicated biography with the band. A few of us moved to Seattle from Chicago; we were raised in Chicago. I was born in Seattle, but raised in Chicago. Matt Cameron is from Southern California, so our first full length album was released on a Long Beached based label, SST. They were releasing records by other bands from San Pedro, Long Beach and the L.A. area. It’s very likely that we would have still been affiliated with SST and some of the artists that were playing around in L.A. I think that’s the kind of people we were, as individuals, both socially and culturally.

I doubt very much that we would have been the kind of band that was into, I’m referencing by ’80s imagery now, but spandex and bikini girls dancing on the hood of your car, oh I don’t know, cocaine. Those are cliches of the L.A. scene and we weren’t interested. There are other things that drew our attention and i think if we were L.A., we still wouldn’t have been caught up in that. I think. There are other aspects of geography, maybe we would have spent more time on the beach. Maybe that would have come into our music. More time driving too, we certainly got some of that in.

Kim, is there anything you can tell us more about what’s to come in terms of Soundgarden. There’s some other rereleases, new music, timeline? Anything that you can share?

There are definitely other catalog projects that I’ve been overseeing over the past year and one of them is the record I referred to, earlier from the SST label which is out of Long Beach. That record, Ultramega OK, we’ve remastered and [it’s being] remixed here in Seattle … and we’re hoping to put that out early next year. We’ve moved the labels, we’re putting that out on Sup Pop. All the paperwork is in order. We have something slated for Black Friday and I think the most exciting thing in the next few months is we’re hoping, we plan to, the street date of November 18th with the 25th anniversary boxed for Badmotorfinger.

So there’s still a lot more to come.

Yeah, you’re talking about a catalog that was probably overlooked for a decade or so.

But not a band that hasn’t been noted, as you mentioned, as an influence for so many other bands. The band, of course, important to the genre and has some serious historic significance and so glad that you guys are still together and making new music. It’s amazing.

Yes and we’re certainly happy about that. Like I said, well I didn’t say this. In previous interviews, you’ve pointed out the most exciting thing was having the new material be so fresh and to add to the new material with the individual musical experiences we’ve acquired over the past decade or so. That kept everything with the same songwriting and personnel dynamic, augmented that personal dynamic with these new ideas, new music and new experiences that we’ve acquired over the past decade or so. It’s with any relationship with family or loved ones, boyfriend / girlfriend. Sometimes you grow apart. You grow apart when you’re together, you grow apart when you’re away but after this long period of time we’re still sort of where we’re at with each other and that’s been a very positive thing.

Probably because only those years where the band was not together we were all still in touch and all sharing similar social circles and the same friends. So we’re always constantly doing things together and running into each other. It was just a matter of getting the four of us all on the same page and putting our nose to the grindstone and do the work that was required to keep the Soundgarden machine going the way it was when we split in the late ’90s. I think the added maturity and growth was probably a bonus as well.

I know you all have a lot going on. When do you think you guys are going to get back to with a new record in terms of a release and will there be Soundgarden tour?

We’re planning that out as well. Right now there are some other projects that are taking up band members time. Matt’s got some Pearl Jam touring and projects. Chris and Matt together are working on this Temple of the Dog thing. Over the past year we’ve had a number of songwriting and jam sessions, Soundgarden, getting together to simply exchange ideas and document and record them. So we’ve had some rough demos of a dozen or so songs. We’ll continue to do this as everyone’s schedules open up. Hopefully next year we’ll find ourselves in the studio fleshing out these ideas.

Sounds like you’ll be busy. Good luck and always appreciate talking to you. Thank you.

Thank you, and I want to add, probably in the future this is probably the schedule. As Matt and Chris, especially with Matt involved in Pearl Jam there is plenty of catalog issues and releases that the band will be paying attention to during the touring downtimes. There’s other things that are being developed, compiled and collected for future releases over the next few years.

One thing you don’t have a shortage of is content.

We did accumulate a lot.

Thanks to Kim Thayil for the interview. For more information on the Soundgarden vinyl reissues and to grab a copy of your own, head to the band’s webstore. No tour dates are booked at the publication time, but keep up with Soundgarden on the road and more on their Facebook page.

 

Article: Loud Love - Soundgarden & The Heyday Of Alternative Metal

This week, Soundgarden’s 1989 album Louder Than Love is being treated to a vinyl reissue, as it deserves to be. The band’s major label debut—after releasing material on the prominent indie labels Sub Pop and SST—Louder Than Love cemented the up-and-coming Seattle band’s instantly familiar yet radical mix of hard-rock traditionalism and post-punk attitude. Naturally, Louder Than Love is being hailed for this reissue as a grunge milestone. Seeing as how it appeared a full two years before Nirvana’s major label debut, Nevermind, there’s no countering that argument. But there’s something else Louder Than Love should be hailed as: one of the milestones of alternative metal.

Grunge often gets called the nail in the coffin of 80s hair metal, but if that’s the case, alternative metal built the coffin. As a once vital and exciting crop of glam bands in the early 80s got watered down into gruel by the end of the decade, a disparate bunch of bands rose to fill the void. Faith No More mixed rap and synthesizers into their riffs; The Cult brought a dark, Doors-y vibe to their retroactive rock; Primus put a cartoony, virtuosic, Zappa-like spin on things; and King’s X’s melodic, progressive songs were grab-bag of styles and sounds.

Some of these groups had been around for years before getting tagged as alternative metal in the late 80s, a label that never really became popular. On a larger scale, Metallica and Guns N’ Roses were already digging an escape route out of the hair-metal purgatory American metal found itself in, but alternative metal was something else entirely: a loose confederation of oddballs, misfits, artists, and colorful characters whose anything-goes ethos fit better with the rising tide of alternative rock, which was just starting to make massive commercial inroads with R.E.M. and The Cure.

Alternative metal came into its own, though, thanks to the success of a handful of groups in the late 80s. Living Colour’s Vivid, Jane’s Addition’s Nothing’s Shocking, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Mother’s Milk, and Faith No More’s The Real Thing came out in 1988 and 1989, and they redrew the metal blueprint. None of them played metal in a strict sense; everything from goth to folk to funk to art-rock popped up on these albums, and they were more apt to sing poetry or politics than the tried-and-true metal topics of sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll. But for an audience weary of hair-metal’s decreasing returns—'88 and ’89 being the age where Warrant, Winger, and Slaughter reigned supreme—the vibrancy and diversity of alternative metal was a breath of fresh air.

That said, skaters and college kids were much more likely to rock out to alternative metal than your average headbanger in the late 80s. But some bands lumped into the alternative metal category had one foot squarely in the metal camp—most notably Queensrÿche and Voivod. Both groups openly expressed their love of science fiction, which imbued their music with a geek-inclusive mystique that hadn’t been seen since the heyday of progressive rock in the ’70s. Indeed, both Queensrÿche and Voivod felt like new, heavy-metal incarnations of Pink Floyd than anything else; Voivod even covered Pink Floyd’s “Astronomy Domine,” whose video saw plenty of play on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball in 1989.

Headbanger’s Ball gave a needed boost to alternative metal on those pre-Nevermind months, but it was Soundgarden that inadvertently waved the banner. No one embraced the tag of alternative rock at the time; as genre names go, it’s vague and clumsy. As a way to draw in new audiences, though, it didn’t hurt. Neither did the strength of Louder Than Love. Soundgarden had been releasing music since 1986, when two of their songs appeared on the seminal Seattle compilation Deep Six (alongside, among others, the Melvins, another band lumped briefly into the alternative metal category before establishing the band as a category unto itself). But Louder Than Love honed Soundgarden’s seamless blend of metal roots and forward-thinking weirdness, from the menacing psychedelic undertow of “Hands All Over” to the Zeppelin-esque stomp of “Loud Love.” Kim Thayil’s riffs lurched like wounded dinosaurs, and in Chris Cornell, alternative metal had a burgeoning, bona fide rock star with the potential to rival—if not displace—all the Kip Wingers and Sebastian Bachs of the world. 

But was it metal? Thayil didn’t think so. As quoted in Ian Christe’s book Sound of the Beast, the Soundgarden guitarist “hated heavy metal for years. […] I thought it stood for everything I hated about the rock industry and all the jocks, musicians, and jerks in high school.” He went on to add, “Some people think heaviness is distortion, loud volume, or kicking drums. They may all have a place in warranting a heavy sound, but above all it’s got to be mind-bending.” This sentiment was echoed later by John Stanier, drummer of Helmet, one of the most powerful bands to have been slapped with the alternative metal label in the early 90s. “We fell into the whole metal thing by accident,” Stanier says in Sound of the Beast. “We always hated it when people mentioned metal in conjunction with us.” But that was the whole point of alternative metal; purity and authenticity were rejected as false premises, while a freer synthesis of styles, approaches, and attitudes was the only rule.

By the time the 90s rolled around, the seeds of grunge had sprouted—and they’d done so in the soil of alternative metal. Nirvana’s debut album Bleach may have come out in 1989, but it had little impact outside the underground; meanwhile, fellow Seattle bands Mother Love Bone, Alice in Chains, and Soundgarden were releasing dark, brooding, heavy albums on major labels. They didn’t sell all that much, but they started a collective buzz, helping to prime listeners for the widespread acceptance of Nirvana when Nevermind hit like a brick in 1992.

“Smells Like Teen Spirit” didn’t happen in a vacuum; Soundgarden’s Louder Than Love and Alice in Chain’s Facelift had already sparked the hunger for heavy music that was subversive, mysterious, cryptic, and challenging. And, yes, from Seattle. And after Nirvana’s ascendancy to godhood, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains were removed from the alternative metal column and placed front and center in a new marketing brand that the music industry appropriated from the underground: grunge. It was far more lucrative, but far more restrictive.

The term “alternative metal” still pops up from time to time, but it’s no more relevant or meaningful today than “alternative rock.” Instead, it’s a relic. But the brief, nebulous era of alternative metal in the late 80s and early 90s remains a snapshot of a vibrant time when a brash new generation of heavy-leaning bands threw everything against the wall to see what stuck. Ultimately alternative metal was an imperfect, arbitrary, and ultimately cynical tag, a desperate attempt to find a marketing niche and identifiable brand for metal at a time when metal, at least on a mainstream level, was withering. But it also gave a boost to many good bands that might otherwise have foundered along without support or visibility, and in a way it helped pave the way for a crop of bands that rose to prominence immediately after grunge, from Tool to Neurosis. Alternative metal, flawed though it was, showed the world that heavy music had more life, vitality, color, and imagination to it than anyone during the hair metal regime ever dreamed.


Jason Heller is flying the alt flag on Twitter.

Hear Lost Temple of the Dog Song "Black Cat" - RollingStone.com

Source: RollingStone.com 

Video: Black Cat

Temple of the Dog - Facebook Photo

Temple of the Dog - Facebook Photo

Hear Lost Temple of the Dog Song 'Black Cat'

Track will appear on upcoming deluxe reissue of supergroup's 1991 grunge classic

 

Preview Temple of the Dog's upcoming reissues with a previously unreleased demo, "Black Cat." Temple of the Dog/Facebook

Temple of the Dog's lone LP will be re-released on September 30th in several editions, most notably a super-deluxe package containing previously unreleased demos, alternate takes, live cuts and concert video. Right now you can preview the reissues with "Black Cat," a demo of a song that didn't make Temple of the Dog, which has never seen official release until now. "Black cat, black cat's gone," Chris Cornell howls on the track. "Gone for good, gone for long/Don't believe I made it home/And I hope he don't come home."

The Seattle supergroup – which also features Pearl Jam members Jeff Ament, Mike McCready and Stone Gossard – came together in 1990 to honor late Mother Love Bone frontman Andrew Wood, who died of a heroin overdose earlier that year. Early on in the process, Eddie Vedder teamed up with Ament, McCready and Gossard to form Pearl Jam. The singer guested on a handful of Temple of the Dog songs, most notably "Hunger Strike." Temple of the Dog have reunited at a handful of Pearl Jam shows over the years, but this fall they're launching their first tour.

The group has yet to figure out exactly what material they're going to perform at the shows outside of songs from the album, but it's unlikely they'll do anything by Pearl Jam or Soundgarden. "I feel like that doesn't feel right in my gut," Cornell told Rolling Stone. "That's nothing that I talked about with anybody. It's just you asking and me reacting. It doesn't feel like the right thing, but I might change my mind."

Temple of the Dog kick off their tour November 4th in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, and wrap up November 21st with a two-night stand at Seattle's Paramount Theater. "I hope if these go well, there will be more in the future," McCready told Rolling Stone. "That's kind of why we didn't want to do an extensive tour. We just wanted to feel out the landscape. I hope we can go to Europe. It depends on how much fun we have with it, and how much people get out of it."

The various Temple of the Dog reissues are available for pre-order now.

New Temple of the Dog Box Set To Feature Jeffgarden.com Footage

The just-announced Temple of the Dog 4-Disc Box Set will feature some of our footage from the September 2011 PJ20 show. 

Our friend - and front-row staple at every Florida Songbook show - Steve Duchin [YouTube Channel , Facebook] - has helped compile the fan shot footage from the 2 nights with a pro audio mix. 

Order The Box Set Here

Full contents of the Box Set:

CD 1:

  • Original album newly mixed in 192/24 stereo by Brendan O'Brien
  • Plus 3 Alternate Mixes newly mixed from multi-tracks by Adam Kasper – "Say Hello 2 Heaven", "Wooden Jesus" and "All Night Thing"

CD 2:

  • 7 demos - 5 unreleased including 2 songs that didn't make final album sessions: "Angel of Fire" and "Black Cat"
  • 5 Studio Outtakes newly mixed from multi-tracks by Adam Kasper – "Say Hello 2 Heaven", "Reach Down", "Pushin Forward Back", "Wooden Jesus" and "All Night Thing"

Disc 3 (DVD):

  • 11/13/90: Off Ramp Cafe video shot by Badmotorfinger producer, Terry Date (previously unseen/unreleased) – "Hunger Strike", "Wooden Jesus", "Say Hello 2 Heaven", "Reach Down", "Call Me A Dog" and "Times of Trouble"
  • 12/90: "Say Hello 2 Heaven" originally shot on film and newly transferred to HD (newly edited and never before seen in its entirety)
  • 9/8/92: Lollapalooza, Phoenix "Hunger Strike" surprise performance
  • Official "Hunger Strike" music video
  • 9/11 PJ20 Alpine Valley fan shot and edited videos including:
  • 9/3/11: "Say Hello 2 Heaven"
  • 9/4/11: "Hunger Strike", "Call Me A Dog", "All Night Thing" and "Reach Down"
  • All HD quality; includes Pearl Jam's stereo mix from the live multi-tracks from this event plus HD pit footage from the Pearl Jam archives
  • 1/15: "Call Me A Dog" and "Reach Down" from Madseason's 2015 Benaroya Hall concert (newly edited and never-before-seen)

Disc 4 (Blu-ray Audio):

  • Newly mixed 96kHz 24-bit 5.1 Surround mix by Adam Kasper (Superunknown 5.1 mixer)
  • 96kHz 24-bit stereo mix by Brendan O'Brien
  • Official "Hunger Strike" music video in 5.1
  • HD versions of the bonus videos in stereo only

Magnetic flip top box package includes booklet with liner notes by David Fricke, a lenticular sticker and a poster.


PLUS exclusive 12"x12" litho with each Super Deluxe order.

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