Eddie Vedder’s Temple of the Dog Absence Involves ‘Family’


Eddie Vedder yet again did not show up at Temple of the Dog’s second show in Seattle at the Paramount last night, their 2016 reunion tour closer. The Seattle Times are reporting that family commitments led to Vedder missing Temple of the Dog’s Seattle concerts.

Their musicianship was steady and they all seemed to have improved with age. The only element missing was Eddie Vedder, who because of previous family commitments couldn’t reprise his “Hunger Strike” vocal on the album. The crowd sang the part, as they sang every lyric all night.

Alternative Nation can confirm that Alice In Chains drummer Sean Kinney attended the Temple of the Dog concert last night. Vedder attended the Seattle Seahawks football game with actor Bradley Cooper on Sunday. Check out a photo of Vedder at the game below, followed by a video of “Hunger Strike” sans Vedder.

Vedder attended Game 7 of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians a few weeks ago, and he was in New York at the NYC Public Library at the 7th annual Action for Jackson to celebrate the progress of EBRP and EB research on November 3rd, just a few days before Temple of the Dog performed at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Temple of the Dog kicked off their reunion tour on November 4th in Philadelphia at the Tower Theatre, a 90 minute drive from New York.

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Mike McCready told Team Rock in a recent interview just prior to Temple of the Dog’s tour that there ‘hasn’t been any discussion’ surrounding Eddie Vedder participating in Temple of the Dog’s reunion tour.

“I haven’t heard whether he’s going to be a part of this or not. I would love it if Eddie would do it. It’s kind of up to him and Chris [Cornell] but there hasn’t been any discussion about it so far.”

McCready also discussed songs he is excited to play on the Temple of the Dog reunion tour.

“I’m totally excited about it. Reach Down, I get to have a big old solo on it. I’ve gotten to be a better guitarist hopefully than I was 25 years ago. I want to do a different take on that. And in terms of doing covers I think it’ll be exciting. I want to play Love Bone songs, I’m hoping that’s going to be part of it. To bring those songs to life, the Love Bone songs from Apple, and having Chris sing Stardog Champion or any of these great songs, will be poignant and, I think, important to people.”

He also revealed that Jeff Ament asked Chris Cornell about doing a Temple of the Dog reunion tour at Mad Season’s reunion show in January 2015.

“Over the years I’ve heard hundreds of people come up to me to say how much this record means to them, and it has grown into this mythical thing. That’s why we’re going to go out and tour and try to play these songs for the first time properly. We’ve only done a handful of shows in the beginning and then we’ve done a couple here and there with Chris since. We did a Mad Season & Seattle Symphony show that I put together two years ago, and Chris was singing some of Layne [Staley]’s old lyrics. And when we did some Temple songs, and Jeff and Stone came out and we did Reach Down and Say Hello 2 Heaven, and the crowd response was immense. We were surprised with how fast the tickets sold [for the Temple shows], but it has turned into something that’s bigger than all of us.”

  • Lucky Neko

    Family? What is PJ & TOTD to him, crap? Whatever…

  • Evan Chase

    let the man be its perfectly fine having a life outside of music and depending on the issue family does come first

  • Bruno Sílvio Martins

    Who cares? TOTD is Cornell and the rest of PJ, not Vedder. He sang in two songs. Granted, one of them happened to be a massive single, but that doesn’t make the album or the reunion dead if he’s not there for one damn song. I actually think it’s better if he’s not there. It’s not all about him that way. I’m betting it was his choice not to be there for that reason. Seems like the type of thing he would do.

  • larry cornwater

    WTF are you trying to say?

    • EdsMyMan

      Lol. I thought I made that clear. Actually, I was trying to say that a lot of people claim to be PJ fans because Pearl Jam IS cool but really THEY are just not cool.

      • Corndog

        ?? I don’t know where you live, but where I’m from that’s nonsense. Pearl Jam haven’t been considered ‘cool’ for 20 years. I’d say 95% of people here don’t even remember who they are. For example, I work in an office with 9 other people and I know for certain none of them had ever heard of them.

        I really couldn’t care what is considered cool. Stopped worrying about such things a long time ago when I was a teenager.

  • Corndog

    That whole first paragraph? I have no idea what you’re talking about. You’re making little sense.

    People in my office was just an example. The fact that Pearl Jam can sell out stadiums the world over while being relatively unknown to the masses is testament to how good they are and how loyal the fans are. I can’t speak for America, but around other parts of the world this is not a band that is well known or in the public eye.

    Calling names? No, see I have a problem with people not showing other people basic respect. You’ve been particularly nasty to me for no reason. I just want people here to show mutual respect to one another; something you appear incapable of, and certainly not a concept that is limited to my own personal perspective. What, they don’t have respect where you come from?

    I’m not angry, and I do not wish to block anyone but if you continue to be so abrasive then that option is last resort. I don’t see why you can’t relax and stop being so confrontational. I mean you’re arguing with me for what, because we like the same band? Um, what?

    As for your platform, I really don’t care. It has no bearing on me or on this site. Rush what now? Never heard of them. I have no idea why you’d want to cut and paste comments from here, but whatever works for you I guess. Are you as unpleasant there as you’ve so far been here?

    No, Ed is not your man. Pretty sure he’s married…

    • Danny Blau

      No offense man, but Pearl Jam are not unknown to the masses. Aside from being able to sell out stadiums, their old songs still have a big radio presence all over the country and their last two records had top 40 singles that got a lot of radio play. They are 1995 popular where they are the biggest thing in the world, but even kids that haven’t really listened to them have heard a song or two or at least know who they are. They are the most successful US rock band in history.

      • Corndog

        Hi Danny. No offence taken at all:)

        Sure, I can understand what you’ve said being the case in America but where I’m from there are three types of people in relation to PJ. There is type 1, like me, folks that were teenagers when Ten came out and have been fans ever since. Type 2, folks that were around when Ten came out but weren’t fans although they maybe vaguely remember that one song about that guy Jeremy who was still Alive, sung by the fella with the really deep voice. Type 3, this in my personal experience is the most common type. You mention PJ to these people and they have no clue who you’re talking about. Total tumbleweed.

        If Pearl Jam were on the radio twice a year here it would be an event.

        This of course is in no way scientific and is merely a generalisation based on where I live. I’m European. Irish specifically. Given that it’s Northern Ireland too I’m in the only part of the UK that will still be part of Europe as we have dual British/Irish citizenship here:)

  • Danny Blau

    Pure speculation but I think Eddie might not have done it mainly because it is current Pearl Jam but with Cornell singing. Since this is their tour, he might have felt like “I don’t need to be there and take away any focus. That was there thing largely and they should be able to enjoy it and treat it as such”.

    • Corndog

      Seems reasonable.

  • Corndog

    We did post your comment. Occasionally, moderators have to sleep:)

  • Corndog

    While TOTD is not an album that i listen to very regularly, i think that it is a little unfair to say that Hunger Strike was the only decent song. Personally i think that there are plenty of decent songs on the album; but you really need to be in the right sort of mood to listen to it. Do you not even like Times Of Trouble?

    May i ask why you call his wife a muppet? I don’t know a great deal about her so i’m just curious. Do you mean she looks like a muppet, or acts like one, or both? I presume it’s not a term of endearment:)

  • Corndog

    I don’t really know a great deal about his wife, but i just googled her and think that she looks a little bit like Anne Hathaway and Liv Tyler’s DNA was combined and used to clone her:) Why do you think she’s a muppet? You don’t have to answer if you don’t want to, i’m just curious. As i said, i know nothing about her.

    Hunger Strike is good, possibly great, no argument here. I can understand that you don’t like Cornell, i imagine his voice isn’t for everyone. While i personally quite like his voice, i really can’t stand Soundgarden. Their music has never really done anything for me at all, but i do have to say that i think he is a very good singer IMO.

    I can’t agree that the record is overrated, but it’s not one of my favourites either. Like i said i have to be in the right mood to listen to it, and there are some really good songs on there but i freely admit i’m not as fond of it as some of the other regulars on this site. I’d take it over Soundgarden any day of the week and twice on Sundays though.

    I bought TOTD around 1992 (still have the same CD) and you’re absolutely right; the only reason i bought it is that i saw the video for Hunger Strike on MTV and already had a massive man crush on Eddie Vedder so got it hoping for more of the same. I was very disappointed that other than HS he was essentially only on backing vocals on a few tracks. I gave it a chance though, and i liked it. I don’t love it, but i do like it:)

    I’m not lying, because i didn’t buy a ticket as i don’t live in America. Had they been playing where i live i would have tried my hardest to get a ticket as it is somewhat of a ‘historic’ event, but yeah, i would have totally been hoping that your uncle Eddie showed up. I imagine (as others here have pointed out) that is likely the reason that he didn’t show. He must be aware of how rabid his own fans (including myself here) are and probably didn’t want to take the limelight off the other guys as TOTD was really their thing. I mean he didn’t even know Andy. I’ve always thought that it was weird over the years when he has discussed Andy while playing live, saying things like how he would have loved to play here. Just seems odd to talk about someone in that way when you never actually met them.

    How do you feel about Eddie doing MLB’s Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns? Personally, from the performances i have seen on Youtube i think he kind of murders it, but i would give my left nut to hear Eddie circa 1992 singing it. Love the guy, always will, but i miss that voice.