DETROIT - As rock fans wake up Thursday morning to the devastating news of Chris Cornell's sudden death after Soundgarden's show in Detroit, at least we can seek solace in the music he left behind.
That includes one of the most touching rock duets from the 1990s: Temple of the Dog's "Hunger Strike."
Cornell teamed up with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament and Mike McCready to pay tribute to friend Andrew Wood, who died of a drug overdose in 1990. Gossard and Ament had been in the band Mother Love Bone with Wood.
His death effectively ended the group's promising future. Gossard and Ament would move on to an extremely successful career with Pearl Jam, but not before this tribute to Wood.
Some have affectionately referred to Temple of the Dog as "Pearlgarden." They released just one album in 1991.
In "Pearl Jam Twenty," Cornell describes the song "Hunger Strike":
I was wanting to express the gratitude for my life but also disdain for people where that's not enough, where they want more. There's no way to really have a whole lot more than you need usually without taking from somebody else that can't really afford to give it to you. It's sort of about taking advantage of a person or people who really don't have anything."
Matt Cameron, who later joined Pearl Jam, played drums with Temple of the Dog.
"Hunger Strike" is a solemn tribute with chilling vocals from Cornell and Vedder -- listen here:
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