The Return of Temple of the Dog

Temple of the Dog wrapped up their 25th anniversary tour last month in the place where it all began. The supergroup from Seattle finished their 8 date reunion tour in their hometown to a sold out Paramount Theatre over 2 nights, and gained nothing but excellent reviews from Rolling Stone, with The Morning Call saying it was “indeed, pretty amazing”.

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Picture taken by Erin Lindsay. The Paramount Theatre in Seattle where Temple of the Dog returned after 25 years away.

It was no surprise that the rest of their previous tour dates were to a sell out crowd also, as many eager fans waited a quarter of a century to finally see the band that merges the best of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. However, the band lacked a singer to front with Chris Cornell; Eddie Vedder. The absence wasn’t that big of a loss, considering on the band’s one and only album, Vedder only sings on one song.

Yet, the remaining 5 members delivered unique setlists to their fans. The concerts were strong with 25 songs performed every night, compromising of their own songs, and covers from Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Mad Season among others. You can check their setlists out here.

The supergroup formed following the death of the band’s close friend, Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone. He died in 1990 from a drug overdose, and the members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden came together to form a band in honour of Andy. Considering they only made one album together, it has been regarded as one of the best pieces of music from the Seattle scene.

Hopefully Temple of the Dog can expand their tour and bring it overseas to their many fans from outside the US in the new year, as no doubt, shows over here and around the world would be a massive success for the pioneering band.

 

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