While staying busy with Soundgarden since the band reunited in 2010, as well as releasing his fourth solo album, Higher Truth, in 2015, singer Chris Cornell found time last year to get back together with Temple of the Dog, the legendary one-off Seattle supergroup consisting of him, Soundgarden/Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, and Pearl Jam members Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Mike McCready (fellow Temple member Eddie Vedder sat this one out).
Temple of the Dog — which recorded a one-off album in 1990 (recently reissued) as a tribute to late Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood — played eight shows last fall to an ecstatic fan response, and Cornell mused that the band might not necessarily go back into mothballs.
“It was really an amazing experience so I think we’re all motivated to do something again,” Cornell told us. “The only obstacle really is the same one that’s always been there, which is that everybody’s always busy. So it literally has to be planned ahead by two years and that’s a hard thing to do. But it’s something that we definitely want to do. Whether it’s possibly doing some new songs or just getting out and playing more shows, maybe in other parts of the world we haven’t gone into, I don’t know. But everybody kind of wants to do something.”
Cornell and Cameron are on the road with Soundgarden this month, and will be back at work on a new album with that outfit later this year as well. Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Pearl Jam have yet to announce future recording or tour plans. The time may be right for the Temple to open its doors again…