Pearl Jam and Soundgarden members reunited as Temple of the Dog last weekend
Seattle grunge fans attending last weekend’s Bridge School Benefit concert in Mountain View, Calif., got a huge treat in the surprise reunion of grunge rock supergroup Temple of the Dog. The reunion wasn’t a complete surprise, as speculation began after it was announced both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam would perform Saturday night (Oct. 25) at Neil Young’s annual benefit concert series.
According to Rolling Stone, when Pearl Jam thrust into their final song of the evening, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell came onstage for a performance of Temple of the Dog’s most recognizable hit, “Hunger Strike.” The performance was the first time Temple of the Dog has reunited since a September of 2011, when they got together to celebrate the release of Pearl Jam’s documentary, “Pearl Jam Twenty.”
Temple of the Dog was together from 1990 to 1992. The group brought together Soundgarden and Pearl Jam members, including Cornell, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, bass player Jeff Ament, guitarists Mike McCready and Stone Gossard and, at times, Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder. “Hunger Strike” was a duet between Cornell and Vedder.
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