In a bit of gigantic news for fans of the early ’90s grunge scene, Temple of the Dog announced its first-ever tour on Wednesday.
After the death of Mother Love Bone vocalist Andrew Wood in 1991, the remaining members of the band – Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament – began working with guitarist Mike McCready and Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron on some songs penned by Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell. It spawned into a full project, with a singer named Eddie Vedder around for additional vocal help.
Obviously, this predated Pearl Jam‘s eventual formation with Vedder, Gossard, Ament and McCready (and, later, Cameron), but Temple of the Dog’s one album has always been revered among fans. It’s prompted a handful of live performances in Seattle and then a few times over the next two decades with Cornell guesting alongside Pearl Jam, but never as a full-fledged tour until now.
The band now has a full website, with a lengthy message detailing the project’s background and the new tour:
After 25 years, the Temple doors will open once again this November when the band reunites for its first ever tour to mark the historic anniversary. “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,” said Cornell. “This is something no one has ever seen. We wanted to stop and recognize that we did this and pay homage.”
Here are the scheduled dates, as well as teh band’s official announcement video:
November 4 – Tower Theater – Philadelphia, PA
November 7 – Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
November 11 – Bill Graham Civic – San Francisco, CA
November 14 – The Forum – Los Angeles, CA
November 20 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA