Say Hello 2 Heaven – Temple of the Dog to Reunite for US Tour

Say Hello 2 Heaven - Temple of the Dog

On March 16, 1990 Andrew Wood, singer/songwriter for Mother Love Bone, a rising Seattle band on the cusp of mass acclaim, was found in a comatose state byAndrew Wood his girlfriend and died shortly after as a result of a heroin overdose. At the time, his close friend and roommate Chris Cornell was about to tour with Soundgarden in Europe. Cornell’s way of coping with the loss was to write two songs in Wood’s memory. He stated, “Right after Andy died, we (Soundgarden) went to Europe, and it was horrible, because I couldn’t talk about it, and there was no one who had loved him around. I wrote two songs, “Reach Down” and “Say Hello 2 Heaven”. That was pretty much how I dealt with it. When we came back, I recorded them right away. They seemed different from what Soundgarden naturally does, and they seemed to fit together. They seemed like music he would like. I got the idea to release them as a single, and to get at least Stone and Jeff, or all of Love Bone, to play on it. I had the idea for a couple days, then, with an artist’s lack of self-confidence, I decided it was a stupid idea. Somehow those guys heard the tape, and they were really, really excited. Stone and Jeff and our drummer, Matt, had been working on a demo for what ended up being Pearl Jam, so we had the idea that we would make an EP or a record, and maybe even do some of Andy’s solo songs.”

Backed by the enthusiasm of Mother Love Bone guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament, Cornell, along with Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron and newcomers guitarist Mike McCready and vocalist Eddie Vedder, was persuaded to form Temple Of The Dog. “Say Hello 2 Heaven” is an intensely stirring composition that musically and lyrically pays immense tribute to Wood. From its somber opening guitar line to Cornell’s passionate approach, the song is a powerfully moving prayer-like statement. It lyrically contrasts the darkness and reality of the “poor stargazer’s” failed existence with the hope and light of his soul and a dream of heaven. Chris Cornell’s scintillatingly soaring vocal delivery is one of rock music’s finest moments.

In celebration of the album’s 25th anniversary the super group will reunite for a five show tour appearing in Philadelphia, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle.

“Please, mother of mercy take me from this place
and the long winded curses I keep here in my head
Words never listen and teachers, oh, they never learn
But I’m warm from the candle though I feel too cold to burntemple of the dog
He came from an island and he died from the street
And he hurt so bad like a soul breaking but he never said nothing to me
So say hello to heaven, heaven, heaven…
So say hello to heaven, heaven, heaven…
New, like a baby..Lost, like a prayer
The sky was your playground but the cold ground was your bed
I said poor stargazer..She’s got no tears in her eyes
But smooth like a whisper
She knows that love heals all wounds with time
Now it seems like too much love is never enough
Yeah, you better seek out another road cause this one has ended abrupt
So say hello to heaven, heaven, heaven…
So say hello to heaven, heaven, heaven…
I never wanted to write these words down for you
with the pages of phrases of all the things we’ll never do
So I blow out the candle
and I put you to bed
Since you can’t say to me now
how the dogs broke your bone
there’s just one thing left to be said
So say hello to heaven, heaven, heaven…
So say hello to heaven, heaven, heaven…”