Before Pearl Jam
was even a thought, guitarist Stone Gossard
and bassist Jeff Ament
were in the Seattle grunge anthem band Mother Love Bone.
Fronted by the charismatic Andy Wood,
Mother Love Bone became one of the local heroes of the early Seattle scene. The band's live shows were the talk of the town and Wood was poised be to rock and roll's next big hero. After gaining national critical attention with their debut EP, Shine
, in 1989, they signed with Mercury Records and headed to northern California to record their debut Apple
, with a then-unknown producer Terry Date,
who would later go on to work with Deftones, Pantera, Soundgarden
. Apple was one of the year's most anticipated releases and days before it arrived to the world, Wood was found by his girlfriend after he overdosed on heroin, he later succumbed to his addiction after falling into a coma in the hospital. The band came to a crashing halt. The album peaked at No. 34 on the charts and later Wood's roommate Chris Cornell
, along with his Soungarden
drummer Matt Cameron brought Ament, Gossard
together with Seattle musician Mike McCready
and formed Temple of the Dog.
They crafted a record in tribute to their late friend. Within a small amount of time, Ament, Gossard, McCready formed Pearl Jam
with Eddie Vedder.
As Pearl Jam continue to feel the success of their music, it all started with this tragic story and record that displayed wasted talent at its fullest. In 2016, a special box set marking the 25th anniversary of the record was released.