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.