Temple of the Dog

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Temple of the Dog was formed in 1990 by Soundgarden's Chris Cornell as a tribute to the late Andrew Wood, frontman of Seattle, Washington rock group Mother Love Bone after Wood died of a heroin overdose. Cornell, Wood's close friend and roommate, helmed the project, which took its name from a lyric in the Mother Love Bone song, "Man of Golden Words." The band also included Soundgarden's drummer Matt Cameron, Wood's former bandmates Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard, and lead guitarist Mike McCready . Eddie Vedder, at the time auditioning for the position of vocalist in Pearl Jam, also provided co-lead and background vocals on several songs. One song Vedder provided co-lead vocals on was Hunger Strike, which became the band's biggest hit. Ament, Gossard, McCready, and Vedder formed Pearl Jam not long after recording for Temple of the Dog. Interestingly, Cameron went on to become Pearl Jam's drummer over half a decade later.

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