By: Fantastic Negrito

It is very surreal opening up for Temple of the Dog. I wouldn’t have imagined it in a million years. I feel like we are a small part of something historic.

I remember the movement out of Seattle, and how it redefined rock music. Temple of the Dog has such a unique place in that history — a group of friends coming together in a moment of loss and turning it into something eternal. Something that has the power to bring us all together 25 years later!

For me it’s like the last six months have all led to this moment. First getting invited to tour with Chris Cornell in Europe, and then in North America. That was like going to school every day, and then receiving a degree at the end of the tour. I learned more watching Chris Cornell on two tours than I learned in the previous five years.

It’s going to be another challenge playing historic venues like the Forum and Madison Square Garden, and getting the chance to see if we can connect with such a large audience. It’s also going to be a challenge condensing the show down to 40 minutes. But we’ve been on tour for a few months, so the band is very tight!

More than anything, we’re excited and humbled to have this opportunity to play alongside Temple of the Dog, at these venues. We even get to play a couple of nights on our home turf in the Bay Area. But in the end, I think I’m most excited about getting to Seattle — to feel the energy of that crowd, in the place where it all started.

~Fantastic Negrito

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