The Truth About Temple Of The Dog’s Collapse

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Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone lead singer Andrew Wood became a prominent figure in alternative rock music with his unique vocal talent and songwriting skills. EspeciallyMother Love Bone’s importance was almost impossible to overlook, considering some of the band’s members, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, would join Pearl Jam, one of the most famous rock bands, a short time later.

Wood was successful, popular, and one of the founders of Seattle grunge music, but he struggled a lot with his severe drug addiction problems for years. He decided to fight it and went into rehabilitation in 1989 before their first album’s release, but he couldn’t get rid of it. Wood passed away because of a heroin overdose on March 19, 1990, and it affected his friend Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, who wanted to honor him with a project.

Temple Of The Dogs’ Formation Process

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After losing his dear friend such early and unexpectedly, Soundgarden icon Chris Cornell wished to pay tribute to his late friend and musician Wood by starting a new project. Cornell founded a Seattle-based rock supergroup named Temple of the Dog in 1990. It included Gossard on rhythm guitar, Ament on bass guitar, Mike McCready on lead guitar, and Matt Cameron on drums, along with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder as a guest musician.

With a star-studded lineup, the supergroup began working on the previous materials such as ‘Reach Down’ and ‘Say Hello 2 Heaven,’ which Cornell had written while he was on tour before losing Wood. Also, they recreated Gossard, Ament, and Cameron’s materials for their upcoming album. With the addition of the new tracks, Temple of the Dogs was ready to record and share their debut record with rock music lovers.

The Debut Album And Break Up Of The Band

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Temple of the Dog released their self-titled debut studio album on April 16, 1991, along with the band itself; the album was a last goodbye to the late Mother Love Bone singer. The album received positive reviews from the fans and music critics, and some of them defined it as a combination of Mother Love Bone’s theatrical ’70s-rock and Pearl Jam’s hard-rock music. However, it didn’t become popular and commercially successful in the beginning.

A year after its release, ‘Temple of the Dog’ achieved mainstream success and attention, so the only record the band created hit the charts worldwide. The main reason behind that can be their record company, A&M seeing Soundgarden and Pearl Jam members’ potential. Unfortunately, the band didn’t continue to create and release new works after 1992, except for reuniting for special events. The group members didn’t unveil any details about their collapse, which turned into a tribute project.