Comprised of Pearl Jam members Jeff Ament, Mike McCready and Stone Gossard and Soundgarden‘s Chris Cornell (with Pearl Jam’s frontman Eddie Vedder making guest appearances on a couple of songs — most notably “Hunger Strike”) Seattle, WA-based supergroup Temple of the Dog formed in 1990 to honor late Mother Love Bone frontman Andrew Wood, who had died of a heroin overdose earlier that year. And if you know your alt rock/indie rock history, you’d know that Ament and Gossard were bandmates with Wood, and Cornell was Wood’s roommate and close friend, and as you can imagine, it gives the material deeply personal feel.
Now, this year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of their full-length album and to celebrate the occasion, the album will be re-released on September 30, 2016 in a deluxe package that will feature previously unreleased demos, live material, alternate takes and concert video. And although the members of the Seattle alt rock supergroup have played a handful of legendary shows back in the early 90s and a couple of reunion appearances over the years, this year will also mark the first time that the act has gone out on a headlining tour.
“Black Cat,” was a previously unreleased demo that finally sees the light of day, and as you’ll hear it’s a propulsive and percussive, bluesy dirge that pairs Cornell’s signature wails with grimy blues power chords in a song that manages to channel Led Zeppelin and Soundgarden’s “Spoonman.”
The band is making a small handful of tour dates at the moment, including a Madison Square Garden show on November 11, 2016. Check out tour dates below.
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