Chris Cornell Says Temple Of The Dog “Motivated To Do Something Again”

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Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has hinted his other band Temple Of The Dog may be looking to record some new music and play some live shows in the future.

“It was a really amazing experience, so I think we’re all motivated to do something again”, Cornell recently told Den Of Geek, commenting on Temple Of The Dog’s first US Tour during November 2016.  “The only obstacle really is the same one which has always been there, which is that everybody’s always busy. So it literally has to be planned ahead by two years and that’s a hard thing to do.”

Initially coming together as a tribute to the late Mother Love Bone vocalist Andrew Wood (who had also been Cornell’s roommate), Temple Of The Dog also include Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron and Pearl Jam trio Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard and Mike McCready. A&M released the band’s lone, platinum-selling album Temple Of The Dog in April 1991, but the participants’ two other bands’ respective careers have precluded further studio recordings.

In November 2016, however, Temple Of The Dog played an acclaimed North American tour including a date at New York’s Madison Square Garden. According to Cornell, the experience has whetted Temple Of The Dog’s collective appetite for more.

“It’s definitely something we want to do,” he says. “Whether it’s the possibility of doing some new songs or just getting out and playing more shows, maybe in other parts of the world we haven’t gone into, I don’t know. But everybody kind of wants to do something.”

Cornell’s current primary focus, however, is completing Soundgarden’s new album, the long-awaited follow-up to November 2012’s King Animal.  In the meantime, the band are scheduled to play a series of North American shows during May 2017.  Their itinerary for the month kicks off at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia on 3 May and concludes on 27 May with a show at Rocklahoma in Pryor, Oklahoma.

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