Temple of the Dog

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Temple of the Dog
General information
Genre (s) Grunge
founding 1990
resolution 1992
Last occupation
Chris Cornell († 2017)
Jeff Ament
Stone Gossard
Mike McCready
Matt Cameron
Eddie Vedder

Temple of the Dog was an American grunge - Supergroup . It was founded in 1990 by Chris Cornell in Seattle and dissolved two years later.

Band history

After the death of his former roommate and friend Andrew Wood ( Mother Love Bone ), who died of a heroin overdose on March 19, 1990 , Cornell wrote two songs ( Say Hello 2 Heaven and Reach Down ) that did not go with the music for which his actual band Soundgarden stood, which he did not want to discard either.

Together with Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron and Mother-Love Bone members Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard (with Mike McCready were about Pearl Jam to shape), he went into the studio to record the two songs as a single. A number of new songs were created, so that in the end it was decided to record a complete album under the name and so commemorate Andy Woods. Since the recordings for Temple of the Dog with those of Pearl Jams Ten overlapped, Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) was included in the song Hunger Strike . There is also a video for this.

The similarity between the song Times of Trouble and Pearl Jam's Footsteps can also be explained by the simultaneous production of the two albums. The chords are the same, only the lyrics and the vocal melody are different. Actually, the song was created during the songwriting for the Pearl Jam LP. However, Chris Cornell was so enthusiastic about the music that he wrote his own lyrics and melody for it.

The name "Temple of the Dog" is derived from a passage by Andrew Wood (Man of Golden Words).

Temple of the Dog made their first live appearance on November 13, 1990 at the Off Ramp Cafe in Seattle . At the same time it should remain the band's only complete gig. The last known live performance to date took place on September 3rd and 4th 2011 as part of the 20th anniversary of the Pearl Jam in East Troy , Wisconsin . The band played Hunger Strike, Call Me a Dog, All Night Thing, Say Hello to Heaven, Reach Down and the mother-love-bone song Stardog Champion.


Chart positions
Explanation of the data
Temple of the Dog
  CH 77 10/09/2016 (1 week)
  US 5 
06/27/1992 (48 weeks)
Hunger Strike
  UK 51 October 24, 1992 (2 weeks)



  • 1991: Say Hello 2 Heaven
  • 1991: Pushin Forward Back
  • 1991: Hunger Strike


  1. Last concert (English)
  2. a b Chart sources: CH UK US
  3. Music Sales Awards: US

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