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Why Must the Music Die With the Artist?

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Why Must the Music Die With the Artist?

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Music from two of the grunge era’s greatest one shot bands fills Benaroya Hall, some of the songs blanketed with 20 years of dust. But there they were: members of Mad Season and Temple of the Dog, backed by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and featuring guest bassist Duff McKagan.

McKagan was filling in for original Mad Season bassist John Baker Saunders, who passed away in 1999, and Chris Cornell took the microphone for Layne Staley, now gone a dozen years. Eddie Vedder aside, the Temple of the Dog lineup was complete.

Reviews of the show have been remarkably good, with Rolling Stone noting that “what could have been little more than another rock reformation gig turned out to be a genuinely special, surprising show that both exceeded its own hype and outdid its own billing.” Dozens of cellphone videos of the show popped up on YouTube almost immediately, their comments sections overflowing with praise.

While that gig was going on, I was seated on my couch, watching Showtime’s ‘Quiet Riot: Well Now You’re Here, There’s No Way Back. Quiet Riot were one of the first hair metal bands to break nationally, racking up millions of record sales on the backs of hits like ‘(Bang Your Head) Metal Health’ and their cover of Slade’s ‘Cum on Feel the Noize.’

 

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