Temple of the Dog released their one and only self-titled album thirty years ago…and we thought we’d revisit this legendary band and record.

Combining members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, this rock supergroup was an absolute force.    Led by Chris Cornell, the album was created to honor Andrew Wood, Cornell’s roommate and dear friend who sang in a band (Mother Love Bone) with Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament.   Sadly, Wood died of a drug overdose.

So, Gossard and Ament hooked up with Cornell and Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron to create an incredible and moving record for their departed friend.   From the classic “Say Hello To Heaven” to the iconic “Hunger Strike” (featuring vocals from Eddie Vedder), the album is close to a masterpiece.

To think that the album was recorded in just fifteen days and produced by the band itself is amazing.    Temple of the Dog was released on April 16th, 1991…and remains one of the coolest records of that time.   Check out some videos below!

– East Side Dave

Temple of the Dog - Hunger Strike (Alpine Valley, 9/3/2011) [PJ20/PJDW]

Temple of the Dog - Hunger Strike (1991)I don't mind stealin' bread from the mouths of decadenceBut I can't feed on the powerless when my cup's already overf...

"East Side" Dave McDonald. Co-Host Of The Morning Rat Race (6 to 10 AM). Digital Content Coordinator & Producer.