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Temple of the Dog Biography


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Birth Place: USA
Years Active: 1990–1992, (One-off reunions: 2003, 2009)
Genres: Alternative Rock, Grunge, Hard Rock


Temple of the Dog was an American rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1990. It was conceived by vocalist Chris Cornell of Soundgarden as a tribute to his friend, the late Andrew Wood, lead singer of Malfunkshun and Mother Love Bone. The line-up included Pearl Jam members Stone Gossard on rhythm guitar, Jeff Ament on bass guitar (both ex-members of Mother Love Bone), Mike McCready on lead guitar, Matt Cameron on drums and Eddie Vedder providing lead and backing vocals.

The band released its only album, the self-titled “Temple of the Dog,” in April 1991 through A&M Records. Although earning praise from music critics at the time of its release, the album was not widely recognized until 1992, when Vedder, Ament, Gossard and McCready had their commercial breakthrough with Pearl Jam. On the strength of the single, “Hunger Strike,” the album ended up selling more than one million copies, achieving platinum certification by the RIAA while reaching #5 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.