27 years ago today the world lost the mighty Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone, one of the pioneers of the Seattle scene in the 1990s. I’ve always said that without Andrew Wood, there would never be the success of my favourite bands today.
I can easily say that Mother Love Bone’s album, Apple, is my favourite album of all time. I don’t use that term lightly. Each song on the album is so unique and different to the rest. It’s simply a marvellous piece of music.
Andrew himself was so unique. So eccentric and raw. He unfortunately did not get to spend enough time on this planet, to make more music and fill the world with his grace and talent. But he will always be remembered as a true legend.
Last Friday, Canadian rock band Rush released a reissue for 2112, as this year marked the landmark album’s 40th anniversary. The reissue features a variety of raw and rare, live and unreleased songs, along with covers by artists carefully selected by the band.
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”.
Pearl Jam is to me, one of the best bands of all time. Starting out in Grunge‘s birthplace, Seattle, they were one of the main pioneers for this genre, along with Nirvana, Soundgarden and others. What makes Pearl Jam so amazing is their passion; you can feel it in their songs. Even the music they bring out today has the same spark that it had decades ago, and not many bands can keep that up.