By Damian Fanelli
Temple of the Dog—the supergroup featuring members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden—kicked off their 25th anniversary tour with two Philadelphia shows this past Friday and Saturday.
Although the majority of the recently reunited band’s set lists was pulled from their self-titled 1991 album, they also paid tribute to a few of their heroes, including Led Zeppelin, the Cure, David Bowie, Black Sabbath and Free. They even played a song by Mad Season, a short-lived Nineties alt-rock/grunge band featuring TOTD/Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready (and, of course, the late Layne Staley).
Below, you can check out performances of Zeppelin’s “Achilles Last Stand,” Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” Bowie’s “Quicksand,” Mad Season’s “River of Deceit” and Free’s “I’m a Mover.” You also can enjoy the band’s Friday-night performance of their own Chris Cornell-penned January 1991 single, “Hunger Strike.”
“When the album Temple of the Dog came out, it was about a little more than a year before it started getting a lot of airplay,” Cornell told the Philly crowd Friday night, adding that MTV initially ignored their “Hunger Strike” music video. “But then a band called Pearl Jam and a band called Soundgarden started getting a lot of fucking airplay.”
Cornell when on to tell the crowd about an MTV intern who realized that Temple of the Dog featured members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden; the intern tipped off his network that they should be playing “Hunger Strike.”
“They started playing the video and then a lot of people heard the album, which was good,” Cornell said. “It was good for us and it was good for Andrew [Wood] because I felt it got his story out there and people could seek out his music.”
Besides Cornell and McCready, Temple of the Dog includes Jeff Ament, Matt Cameron and Stone Gossard.
For about the band’s brief tour—and the recently issued 25th-anniversary version of Temple of the Dog—head to templeofthedog.com.
Led Zeppelin’s “Achilles Last Stand”
Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs”
David Bowie’s “Quicksand”
Mad Season’s “River of Deceit”
Free’s “I’m a Mover”
“Hunger Strike” (Temple of the Dog)