Temple of the Dog’s lone LP will be re-released on September 30th in several editions, most notably a super-deluxe package containing previously unreleased demos, alternate takes, live cuts and concert video. Right now you can preview the reissues with “Black Cat,” a demo of a song that didn’t make Temple of the Dog, which has never seen official release until now. “Black cat, black cat’s gone,” Chris Cornell howls on the track. “Gone for good, gone for long/Don’t believe I made it home/And I hope he don’t come home.”
The Seattle supergroup – which also features Pearl Jam members Jeff Ament, Mike McCready and Stone Gossard – came together in 1990 to honor late Mother Love Bone frontman Andrew Wood, who died of a heroin overdose earlier that year. Early on in the process, Eddie Vedder teamed up with Ament, McCready and Gossard to form Pearl Jam. The singer guested on a handful of Temple of the Dog songs, most notably “Hunger Strike.” Temple of the Dog have reunited at a handful of Pearl Jam shows over the years, but this fall they’re launching their first tour.
The group has yet to figure out exactly what material they’re going to perform at the shows outside of songs from the album, but it’s unlikely they’ll do anything by Pearl Jam or Soundgarden. “I feel like that doesn’t feel right in my gut,” Cornell told Rolling Stone. “That’s nothing that I talked about with anybody. It’s just you asking and me reacting. It doesn’t feel like the right thing, but I might change my mind.”
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Temple of the Dog kick off their tour November 4th in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, and wrap up November 21st with a two-night stand at Seattle’s Paramount Theater. “I hope if these go well, there will be more in the future,” McCready told Rolling Stone. “That’s kind of why we didn’t want to do an extensive tour. We just wanted to feel out the landscape. I hope we can go to Europe. It depends on how much fun we have with it, and how much people get out of it.”
The various Temple of the Dog reissues are available for pre-order now.
Members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden have reformed seminal grunge band Temple of the Dog for a 25th anniversary tour. Watch here.