We’re looking forward to heading out to Philly in November for the tour kickoff of the Temple of the Dog reunion shows, following the anniversary re-release of their eponymous 1991 LP. The Temple reissue arrives on September 30th in several editions, including a super-deluxe package containing previously unreleased demos, alternate takes, live cuts and concert video.
One of those unreleased demos is Black Cat, a track which didn’t make the record and has never before seen the light of day in official form – though diehard fans are likely familiar. Listen below, thanks to Rolling Stone.
“Black cat, black cat’s gone,” Chris Cornell wails on the lo-fi recording, which doesn’t exactly hold up to the album cuts. “Gone for good, gone for long/Don’t believe I made it home/And I hope he don’t come home.”
Temple of the Dog is, of course, led by Cornell, with Pearl Jam members Jeff Ament, Mike McCready and Stone Gossard rounding out the lineup. The group first formed to honor late Mother Love Bone (PJ precursor) frontman Andrew Wood, who died of a heroin overdose the same year.
While the project was coming together, a San Diego-based singer named Eddie Vedder had ventured to Seattle to join Ament, McCready and Gossard and begin work on what would become Pearl Jam. As a result, Vedder wound up guesting on a handful of Temple of the Dog songs. We’d like to think he just hung out creepily in the corner (as evidenced above) until being summoned by Cornell to join in.
We caught a few Temple of the Dog reunions over the years, but can’t wait for their first official tour. We’ll be at the band’s first show in Upper Darby, PA in November. Order the reissue here.
Temple of the Dog 2016 Tour:
11/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater
11/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater
11/07 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
11/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Center
11/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Center
11/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum
11/20 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater
11/21 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater