Mike McCready Would Love to Make Another Temple of the Dog Album
Temple of the Dog’s 1991 self-titled album was intended to be a one-off project, made before its members achieved fame in Soundgarden and Pearl Jam as a way to mourn the death of Andrew Wood of Mother Love Bone. But guitarist Mike McCready now says that he’s in favor of the supergroup getting together again for more music.
“I really hope so, I’d love to. I’m there,” he told Classic Rock. "If anybody wants to start writing for Temple of the Dog, I will be there to play guitar if they want me. We’re very busy with our band right now and Chris [Cornell] has been on such a long tour, so he’s been very busy. So in terms of timing, who knows, But I hope we can do new songs.”
In November, Temple of the Dog are getting back together for a five-city tour — their first-ever stint on the road — in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their album, which is getting the deluxe edition treatment. Although Eddie Vedder sang with Cornell on the hit single “Hunger Strike,” which has been, along with the rest of the record, been given a new mix by Brendan O’Brien, he is not participating in the tour, but he has an open invitation to join them at any stop.
The reissue comes following a court battle for the rights to the master tapes. Last year, A&M Records sued Rajan Parashar, the owner of Seattle’s London Bridge Studios, where it was recorded, citing the label’s purchase of the tapes in 1993. Parashar, whose late brother Rick produced the album, claimed that he was not a party to the deal and therefore they belonged to him. He’d been in possession of the tapes the whole time.
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