Nineties alt-rock supergroup Temple of the Dog announced last month that they’ll perform eight concerts this November to commemorate the 25th anniversary of their sole, self-titled album. The group is made up of Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell and four current Pearl Jam members — Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready, and Matt Cameron — and since news of the reunion shows broke, fans have wondered if Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder would appear at the shows.
McCready has now addressed the buzzy issue in a new Rolling Stone interview. “I can’t say anything about that,” he said. “I don’t know if he is, that’s kind of up to him.” For the same story, Cornell commented that he doesn’t “think that’s even been discussed.” Vedder sang on Temple of the Dog‘s “Hunger Strike” and lent backing vocals to three other tracks on the album, which predated Pearl Jam’s debut, Ten, by only a few months.
Temple of the Dog have never toured before, adding further intrigue to November’s shows. The string of sold-out dates kicks off Nov. 4 in Philadelphia and concludes with two shows on Nov. 20 and 21 in the band’s hometown of Seattle. Because Pearl Jam have been on tour all summer, Temple of the Dog haven’t yet begun rehearsals, per Rolling Stone. That’s particularly notable because Cornell says the band likely won’t perform Pearl Jam or Soundgarden songs at the gigs.