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Malfunkshun, Andrew Wood before Mother Love Bone

Malfunkshun was a Seattle-based rock band formed in the early 1980s, credited as one of the pioneers of the grunge movement. The band was formed by brothers Kevin Wood and Andrew Wood, who were both passionate about music from a young age.

Malfunkshun’s music was a fusion of hard rock, heavy metal, and punk, with influences from bands like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and the Stooges. The band’s sound was characterized by Andrew Wood’s powerful vocals, which had a distinctive range and were often compared to those of Freddie Mercury and Robert Plant.

The band released a few demo tapes and played local gigs, but they never managed to record a full-length album before dissolving in 1988, but their work was later edited in Return to Olympus by Loosegroove, a label launched by Gossard and Ament, band-mates of Andrew Wood in Mother Love Bone that formed Pearl Jam.

Andrew Wood died of a drug overdose in 1990. The loss of Wood was a huge blow to the Seattle music community, and his death is often cited as one of the reasons why grunge became so popular in the early 1990s, with Temple of the Dog being a tribute album to him, among other things.

In the years since Andrew Wood’s death, Malfunkshun’s legacy has continued to grow. The band’s music has been reissued on several occasions, and Kevin Wood has continued to play and record music under various names. Malfunkshun’s influence on the grunge movement can still be heard in the music of bands like Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and of course, Pearl Jam.

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Temple of the Dog 2016 Tour

In 2016, Chris Cornell announced that Temple of the Dog would be reuniting for a limited tour to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the band’s self-titled album. The tour was highly anticipated by fans of the band and the grunge genre as a whole, and tickets sold out quickly for all of the dates.

The tour kicked off in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 4, 2016, and featured several members of Pearl Jam joining Cornell on stage, including guitarist Mike McCready, bassist Jeff Ament, and drummer Matt Cameron. The tour was a nostalgic trip down memory lane for many fans, with Cornell and the band playing hits from the Temple of the Dog album, as well as some Soundgarden and Audioslave favorites.

The band received rave reviews for their live performances, with many critics and fans noting that Cornell’s voice had not lost any of its power or range over the years. The tour was a chance for fans to relive the glory days of the grunge era and celebrate the music of one of the genre’s most beloved bands.

One of the highlights of the tour was a performance at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, where the band was joined on stage by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder for a rendition of “Hunger Strike,” the iconic duet that had helped to launch both bands’ careers. The performance was a powerful tribute to the late Andrew Wood, and a reminder of the enduring impact of Temple of the Dog’s music.

The tour wrapped up on November 21, 2016, in Seattle, Washington, the birthplace of the grunge movement. The tour was a bittersweet reminder of the talent and influence of Chris Cornell and the grunge era as a whole, and a testament to the enduring power of their music.

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The Death of Chris Cornell

Chris Cornell was the singer, and songwriter of Temple of the Dog, although he was best known as the lead vocalist for the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. On May 18, 2017, Cornell was found dead in his hotel room in Detroit, Michigan, at the age of 52. His death was ruled a suicide by hanging.

Cornell had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, and had reportedly been sober for several years prior to his death. However, his wife later stated that he may have taken an extra dose of the prescription anti-anxiety medication Ativan, which can cause suicidal thoughts and actions as a side effect.

The news of Cornell’s death was met with shock and sadness by fans and fellow musicians alike, with many paying tribute to his talent and contributions to the music industry. A public memorial service was held for him in Los Angeles, which was attended by a number of high-profile musicians and celebrities.

In the years since Cornell’s passing, his legacy has continued to be celebrated by fans and musicians around the world. Several tribute concerts and events have been held in his honor, and his music continues to inspire new generations of fans. However, his death has also raised awareness about the importance of mental health and the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

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Temple of the Dog – Historia (parte 5): justo después

Mother Love Bone ganó visibilidad en 1992 cuando la canción “Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns” se incluyó en la banda sonora de la película Singles. El proyecto The Malfunkshun nunca vio la luz, hasta que Stone Gossard y la discográfica Loosegroove Records de Regan Hagar publicaron el álbum “Welcome To Olympus” hace unos años. El EP The Shine y Apple están descatalogados y se han convertido en objetos de coleccionista altamente demandados (y bastante caros); sin embargo, hay una recopliación de estos proyectos titulada, simplemente, Mother Love Bone que sigue disponible.

Bruce Fairweather se marchó y unió a varios proyectos de Seattle, el más conocidos de los cuales es Love Battery; Greg Gilmore ha participado también en algunos proyectos menos conocidos.

En junio de 1997, un director llamado Scott Barbour estuvo en Seattle, entrevistando a Chris Cornell y Stone Gossard para un próximo documental sobre Andy Wood. El OK Hotel, sala donde tuvo lugar el primer concierto de Mother Love Bone, albergó una noche de música filmada para el documental; entre los grupos que aparecieron estaban Macaw, un nuevo proyecto de Ben Shepherd, ex-Soundgarden, y Devilhead, en el que participan Brian y Kevin Wood, hermanos de Andy.

Música, conexiones, amor y amistad que fueron siempre la base fundamental de Mother Love Bone y Temple Of The Dog continúa.

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Temple of the Dog – History (part 4): why it can’t happen again

Then, in the spring of 1991, Soundgarden entered the studio to begin recording what would become the legendary Badmotorfinger. Pearl Jam were in the studio around the same time, recording their debut album, Ten (equally legendary, of course). The albums were released, the respective bands exploded, and suddenly the media and the fans were desperately hungry for more (pardon the pun). A&M saw the opportunity and struck while the iron was hot, rereleasing and actively promoting Temple Of The Dog to an audience who didn’t and couldn’t possibly understand the project’s spirit and origins. New fans couldn’t understand why Eddie was relegated to the shadows in the “Hunger Strike” video, or why he didn’t sing on more of the songs. Others were angry at the attention Eddie seemed to be receiving, and didn’t understand that he’d been invited to join the project, not that he forced his way in, or was put there by the manipulations of the record company.

Despite the confusion, there were two more semi-reunions for Temple Of The Dog, one in October 1991, at the Foundations Forum showcase (which Pearl Jam and Soundgarden both attended), and another at the last Lollapalooza show of the ’92 tour. The first was planned, the second one purely organic, as a result of extremely high energy at the end of an amazing tour. Additionally, rumors flew thick and heavy that there would be another reunion at the end of the 1996 Lollapalooza, and apparently the management of both Pearl Jam and Soundgarden are continually inundated with offers and requests for charity appearances and the like. There’s also regular unattributed reports of a second Temple album.

What none of these people understand, and as much as I, or you, or any of us, would kill to see these two bands combine forces again, is the fact that Temple Of The Dog grew out of love, and emotion, and grief, and that it just can’t happen again. None of us can personally understand what Chris, Stone and Jeff went through at the loss of their friend, and it’s wrong for us to ask them to turn it on and off and treat it as a commodity. Instead, what we can and should do is enjoy, appreciate and respect the fact that they chose to share their grief with us in the best way they knew how: making music.

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Temple of the Dog – History (part 3): the album

His death hit the Seattle music scene hard; very hard. Not only for his bandmates, but for his friends, his coworkers, his housemates, one of which was Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell. Trying to find an outlet for his enormous grief, Chris penned a few songs in tribute to Andy, which were “Reach Down” and “Say Hello 2 Heaven.” He decided to ask Stone and Jeff, Andy’s friends and bandmates, if they’d like to record them, for a possible single release. At the time, Soundgarden had yet to become superstars, and Stone and Jeff were just beginning the painful work of putting a new vehicle together, following the untimely demise of Mother Love Bone. Chris recruited his Soundgarden compatriot Matt Cameron, who coincidentally at that time was working with Gossard, Ament and a new co-conspirator, one Mike McCready.

“It was initially my idea because of a couple of songs I recorded,” Chris [Cornell] explains, “but the idea was mainly to do a single as opposed to a whole record. And the thing was, the rest of the guys in Temple, they sort of thought, well, maybe we should make it a little bit longer project, like an EP or something. The more we talked about it, the more songs kept flying out, and it ended up being an album. It didn’t feel like a morose project. It felt sort of celebratory.” – Reflex magazine, 12/91

The sessions grew into the Temple Of The Dog project. Not all of the songs were directly about Andy; however, they didn’t fit into the Soundgarden format, and the “Gossman Project,” as it was allegedly called, was strictly experimental at that time. Stone, Mike, Jeff and Matt had recorded some demos together, with the two projects occasionally crossing borders, as demonstrated by the shared relationship between Temple Of The Dog’s “Times of Trouble” and Pearl Jam’s “Footsteps.” (“Times of Trouble” ended up on the demo tape that the project was circulating to potential members.) They were still recruiting members, and during the sessions they ended up auditioning a potential frontman: San Diego surfer boy Eddie Vedder, who first arrived in Seattle in the fall of 1990. The Temple Of The Dog album was recorded during the late fall and winter of 1990; Ament, Gossard and McCready would work with Chris at night, then jam with Eddie in the newly-christened Mookie Blaylock in the afternoons.

The album was released in April 1991, and initial sales were modest at best. The band members were still largely unknowns beyond the Seattle music scene, and no one really expected more to happen with the project than that. The band played one official, full show (as verified by Matt Cameron), at the Off Ramp Café, on November 13, 1990. (Eddie wasn’t there; our reckoning is that he had gone back to San Diego to pack his things up and drive back to Seattle.)

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Temple of the Dog – History (part 2): The death of Andrew Wood

At the same time, the infamous Green River was at its peak. For those not keeping a scorecard, Green River consisted of Mark Arm and Steve Turner, who would later go on to form Mudhoney, and Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament, who, well, you know. Bruce Fairweather, a bandmate of Jeff’s from his metal project Deranged Diction, also joined to replace Steve Turner. Stone, funk denizen that he is, often jammed with Andy and Malfunkshun. Jeff used to work with Andy at the same day job. Green River breaks up, Malfunkshun packs it in, and the three of them (plus Bruce Fairweather) get together to form their own project, Mother Love Bone.

From the start, Mother Love Bone thought big time. Wanted to be big time. They wanted to be rock stars, and their dedication paid off in the form of a record contract with Polygram, signed by Michael Goldstone, who would later bring Pearl Jam to Epic Records. “We wrote more songs and dreamed big dreams,” says Jeff Ament in the Mother Love Bone compilation liner notes. They recorded the Shine EP in November of 1988, and the record was released a few months later, in March of 1989. The project toured, received critical acclaim (and critical bashing).

Mother Love Bone spent the summer and fall of 1989 recording their first album, Apple. It was during this time that the band realized that Andy’s struggle with his demons was a serious one. He was persuaded to enter a rehab program, and completed it successfully. Shortly afterwards, the band played The Rocket’s (Seattle’s local music paper) 10th anniversary party in late December, and by all accounts were the stars of the show. Mother Love Bone was, by anyone’s reckoning, on the verge of making it big, of achieving all the dreams its members had for years.

Then disaster struck. Two weeks before Apple was due to be released, Andy Wood was found comatose in his apartment, the result of a heroin overdose. He remained in a coma for several days, and never recovered. Andy Wood died on March 19, 1990.

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