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Temple of the Dog

Temple of the Dog was a project band formed in tribute to Andrew Wood, the flamboyant singer of Mother Love Bone who died of a heroin overdose in 1990. The core of the group consisted of Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and drummer Matt Cameron, and Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard. Temple of the Dog released a self-titled album in 1991, which included contributions by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready. Chris Cornell wrote and dedicated two songs to Andrew Wood, "Say Hello 2 Heaven" and "Reach Down". The highlight of the album, however, is the duet between Cornell and Vedder on "Hunger Strike". Though the material was originally performed only a handful of times, the album sold fairly well thanks to the exposure gained through Pearl Jam and Soundgarden's own success. More recently, Pearl Jam (with Cameron now drumming for them) performed "Hunger Strike" with Cornell at a concert in 2003.


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