Temple of the Dog Reunion Still Possible, Says Chris Cornell

2012-08-07

Story by Anne Erickson

Soundgarden frontman isn’t ruling out reunion of ‘90s rockers Temple of the Dog

Temple of the Dog may have been short-lived, but the early ‘90s side project between the Pearl Jam and Soundgarden members lives on through eternal hits like “Hunger Strike” and “Say Hello 2 Heaven.” So, with the recent revival of grunge rock in the wake of “Nevermind’s” 20th anniversary, does Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell think Temple of the Dog has a chance to ever get back together?

“I don’t know, you never know,” Cornell laughed, speaking with VH1. “The only times that’s ever happens seems to be once every ten years at a Pearl Jam show. Especially with Matt [Cameron] now being in Pearl Jam.” Cameron joined Pearl Jam after the breakup of Soundgarden back in 1997, and now that both bands are fully functioning again, Cameron has divided his efforts between both bands. ”If I walk onstage and sing with Pearl Jam, it’s Temple of the Dog. So that’s happened. And it’s always really fun.” Fingers-crossed a Temple of the Dog reunion become a reality!

Soundgarden got back together in January of 2010 after a 14-year hiatus. Cornell and the grunge guys are currently wrapping up recording sessions for their first new album since 1996?s “Down On The Upside,” due out sometime this fall. Cornell says chapter two of Soundgarden is more laid back than the earlier years. That’s a good thing.

“It’s been good, it’s been cool, it’s been relaxed,” Chris said. “For our first international touring, we were in our twenties and we scoured the Earth in a van, which we drove. We moved our own gear and played every little hamlet in every country we were in. Now it’s much more relaxed. We don’t drive. It’s great, it’s fun.”

 




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