Soundgarden, Pearl Jam & Temple Of The Dog Perform At 2014 Bridge School Concerts
This morning we awoke to the tragic news Chris Cornell had died. Cornell was a prominent figure in the Seattle rock scene that developed in the late ’80s and early ’90s. The vocalist not only fronted Soundgarden, but he was the lead singer of “supergroup” Temple Of The Dog featuring members of Pearl Jam. With both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam on the lineup for the 2014 installment of the Bridge School Benefit Concerts, fans hoped for a Temple Of The Dog reunion and thankfully the group played its big hit “Hunger Strike” both nights.
Soundgarden performed similar five-song sets on October 25 and 26, 2014 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Cornell led his longtime band on “Fell On Black Days,” “Blow Up The Outside World,” “Black Hole Sun” and “Dusty” both nights. On the 25th Soundgarden played “Burden In My Hand” and subbed in “Zero Chance” the next night.
Pearl Jam went a different route as they only repeated two songs from one night to the next. Eddie Vedder & Co. opened with “Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town” on the 25th as part of a set that featured covers of “Rain” (The Beatles), “Last Kiss” (Wayne Cochran) and “Fuckin’ Up” (Neil Young) along with originals “Daughter,” “Sleeping By Myself” and “Given To Fly.” The set concluded with Cornell coming out for the first performance by the full Temple Of The Dog lineup since Pearl Jam’s PJ20 concerts at Alpine Valley in 2011. Chris and Eddie dueted on “Hunger Strike.” TOTD reprised “Hunger Strike” the next night as part of a Pearl Jam set that also included “Better Man,” “Elderly Woman…,” “The Kids Are Alright,” “Sirens,” “Black,” “Just Breathe” and “Throw Your Hatred Down.” Neil Young joined in on the latter, while Lukas Nelson added to “Just Breathe.”
Watch Temple Of The Dog’s final performance of “Hunger Strike” with Eddie Vedder captured by President Pizza: