Chris Cornell Remembers Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone


Story by Anne Erickson

Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell says he didn’t deal well with Andrew Wood’s death

Chris Cornell is on the road with Temple of the Dog for the band’s 25th anniversary reunion tour, and it’s been a nostalgic experience for Cornell. After all, he’s performing with a band he hasn’t made music with since the early ‘90s, and the tour dates are also bringing back memories of late Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood.

Cornell created Temple of the Dog in honor of Wood. The loss still hits him hard.

“I didn’t deal well with Andy’s death,” the Soundgarden frontman told The Guardian. “After he died, numerous times I’d be driving and I would look out the window and I thought I saw him. It would take me five minutes to update to the moment and realize, ‘no, he’s actually dead.'”

“This tour, in a sense, is the dealing,” he added. “It’s facing the reality.”

Temple of the Dog’s set lists for the reunion gigs have included an array of Seattle grunge favorites, including Mother Love Bone tunes and, yes, plenty of Temple of the Dog songs.

“The evolved, live versions of the songs hadn’t existed until now,” Cornell said. “I’m finding aspects to the song I never knew existed. That’s the miracle of music. No one can reinterpret a Picasso but a song can be remixed and covered and interpreted in an infinite number of ways. It’s a living thing.”

Temple of the Dog’s reunion tour includes Cornell, his Soundgarden band mate Matt Cameron, as well as Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard. Eddie Vedder, who sang on the band’s hit “Hunger Strike,” hasn’t performed at any of the shows so far.

Temple of the Dog will wrap up their tour with a pair of shows in Seattle on November 20 and 21.

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