Temple of the Dog announced their first ever tour to honor the 25th anniversary of their self-titled album.
The band was formed by Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell partially as an homage to his roommate, Mother Love Bone’s lead singer Andrew Wood, who died of a heroin overdose in 1990. The name Temple of the Dog comes from the lyrics of Mother Love Bone’s “Man of Golden Words”: “I want to show you something, like joy inside my heart, seems I been living in the temple of the dog.”
While the band only recorded one album and performed one live show as a full band, their self-titled 1991 album was certified platinum for sales over one-million copies in 1992. The mega-hit “Hunger Strike” featured Pearl Jam’s then-new frontman Eddie Vedder, who is also featured on two additional Temple tracks.
“We [want] 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 said.
The Temple of the Dog 25th Anniversary Tour hits The Forum in Los Angeles on November 14th. A special ticket sale for fans signed up to the Ten Club, Soundgarden and Chris Cornell email lists ends Wednesday, July 27th. General on-sale tickets will be available at noon on Friday, the 29th.
Fans can also look forward to a 25th anniversary reissue of Temple of the Dog’s album to be released on September 30th. Quotation above via avclub.com.