Published Jul 20, 2016To coincide with a forthcoming 25th anniversary re-release of the self-titled debut from Pearl Jam/Soundgarden offshoot Temple of the Dog, the Seattle-based supergroup have announced their first-ever tour.
A press release confirms that a five-show tour has been booked to support the upcoming reissue, which went up for pre-order today (July 20). The sextet of vocalists Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell, guitarists Stone Gossard and Mike McCready, bassist Jeff Ament, and drummer Matt Cameron will play Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle in November.
Cornell noted of the dates in a statement: "We wanted to do the one thing we never got to do ... play shows and see what it feels like to be the band that we walked away from 25 years ago."
While this will be Temple of the Dog's first tour, the band have performed sporadically. Their live debut took place at Seattle's Off Ramp Café in 1990 while they were making the album, though Vedder did not perform that evening.
Over the years, they have got together to perform tracks like the iconic "Hunger Strike" on bills that both Pearl Jam and Soundgarden were on. That Soundgarden drummer Cameron joined Pearl Jam in 1998 has made it easier for Cornell to do the occasional walk-on as well.
As for the upcoming re-release, Temple of the Dog lands September 30 through UMe as a single CD, remixed by Brendan O'Brien, as well as a few tweaked-up editions.
Double-disc versions on CD and LP package the original album and a few alternate takes on the first platter, while the back half of the collection is filled with with demos and outtakes. This includes previously unreleased numbers "Angel of Fire" and "Black Cat."
A "Super Deluxe Edition" adds a DVD featuring footage from the band's 1990 performance at the Off Ramp Café, as well as reunions at Pearl Jam shows and a couple of songs that all but Vedder performed together during a 2015 Mad Season concert with the Seattle Symphony. It also features the band's classic video for "Hunger Strike."
The "Super Deluxe Box" also includes a Blu-ray audio disc, stickers and a litho print that all come packaged in a "magnetic flip top box." You can find out more about all of the different re-release options over here, while the upcoming Temple of the Dog tour schedule can be found below.
11/04 Philadelphia, PA - Tower Theater
11/07 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
11/11 San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Center
11/14 Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
11/20 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theater