Before Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Soundgarden turned the world of rock upside down by kickstarting the Seattle grunge scene on a national level, Mother Love Bone was pioneering the sound. All the surviving members of Mother Love Bone reunited on May 5 in Seattle to perform a benefit show to celebrate the life of fellow bandmate Andy Wood.
Mother Love Bone was active from 1987 until 1990 and was perfecting the sound before it single-handily changed the sound of rock and roll. Sadly, days before the release of the debut Mother Love Bone album, Apple, lead singer Andrew Wood died. That marked the end of the band.
However, it didn't mark the end of Mother Love Bone's legacy. Guitarist Stone Gossard and bassist Jeff Ament joined forces with Eddie Vedder and formed Pearl Jam. Those three men also teamed with Chris Cornell of Soundgarden for a super band called Temple of the Dog, whose band name was taken from the lyrics of the Mother Love Bone song "Man of Golden Words."
This isn't the first Mother Love Bone reunion, as they reunited for a concert in 2010 with Shawn Smith serving as the lead singer. Smith joined them again for this concert, as did local Seattle musician Ohm Johari. Mother Love Bone played nine songs and four encores in the big reunion concert.