Fans are hungry for Temple of the Dog.
The Seattle supergroup, which consists of Chris Cornell and Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready, and Matt Cameron, turned millions of heads last month when they announced their first proper tour in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their self-titled debut. They also intend to release an expanded reissue of their album with rare or unheard tracks.
Now, in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Cornell and McCready mull over what the show might offer, and although the vocalist admits “it’s still a mystery,” there are plenty of ideas abound. They also discuss the possibility of future reunion shows as well as a second full-length album.
On playing Temple of the Dog in sequence:
“We’ve discussed what other songs we might play in addition to the 10 songs from the album,” says Cornell. “But it was mostly left on the table to be discussed as a later date. It’s still a mystery to me.”
“Playing albums in sequence can be awesome or it can be very limiting,” says McCready. “I hope we mix it up a little bit.”
On playing Mother Love Bone material:
“I think that makes a lot of sense,” says Cornell. “There are also some songs that [Andrew Wood] wrote outside of Mother Love Bone that may or may not be something we can do. There’s some other songs from that period we discussed, but there’s been no decision made about anything other than what’s on the album.”
On playing Pearl Jam and Soundgarden material:
“…that doesn’t feel right in my gut,” Cornell says. “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.”
“I’d love for this to be its own thing,” McCready says. “We can maybe do some [Mother] Love Bone songs and some cool covers. But if Chris wants to do ‘Better Man,’ please. That’s fine with me.”
On whether Eddie Vedder pops up at a show or two:
“I can’t say anything about that,” says McCready. “I don’t know if he is, and that’s kind of up to him. I would love it if he did.”
“I don’t think that’s even been discussed, but we certainly haven’t planned on it.”
On the future of Temple of the Dog, additional reunion concerts, and a second album:
“I hope if these go well, there will be more [shows] in the future,” says McCready. “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.”
Regarding a new album, Cornell says, “We’d have to feel really great about the songs. It’s a scary thing. I don’t want to say they’d have to live up to the [first] album, but I wouldn’t want it to take away from it either. It was the same issue with reforming Soundgarden. I’m super excited about writing new songs as long as we don’t detract from what came before, and ultimately we did that. I think the same thing would apply to Temple.”
Needless to say, they have a lot of planning ahead, but fortunately for them, they have plenty of time until the tour kicks off on November 4th in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In the meantime, revisit Dusty Henry’s recent Dusting ‘Em Off on the self-titled album in anticipation of the new reissue, due out September 30th.
Temple of the Dog 2016 Tour Dates:
11/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater
11/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater
11/07 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
11/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Center
11/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Center
11/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
11/20 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater
11/21 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater