Matt Cameron Talks ‘Amazing’ Unreleased Temple of the Dog Material


Pearl Jam/Soundgarden/Temple of the Dog drummer Matt Cameron discussed Temple of the Dog in a new Radio interview.

“It’s the 25th anniversary [of Temple of the Dog], but we had to go through this contentious court battle to get these idiots to give us our master tapes back. And that’s when Chris posted that [to Facebook]. But yeah, we’re figuring that stuff out now, as far as the re-release goes.”

He later said, “I do not enjoy the current philosophy, where it’s sort of expected that you release all of your outtakes and rehearsals and demos, I really don’t like that aspect of it at all. But the fans really like it, so I’m always talked into having those things in our Soundgarden re-releases. We’re trying to get Badmotorfinger off right now, we’re trying to figure out what to put on that, and there were a lot really cool outtakes and things like that. I personally, as a songwriter and as a performer, don’t really want people to hear that [laughs]. But I guess as a fan, it’s cool to hear the inner workings of how a record gets made.”

What extras might make it onto the Temple of the Dog reissue?

“I think there’s probably alternate takes, and I think Chris made demos. But his demos are pretty freaking cool. Some of his demos are amazing. I think that would be OK. But I guess it depends on the quality. But as a musician, I like people to hear the finished product. It’s not a deal breaker for me, it’s more of a philosophical difference I guess. The process of creating music is fantastic, as an artist, but there’s got to be some privacy there.”