Mother Love Bone, the Seattle proto-grunge band best known for featuring eventual Temple of the Dog and Pearl Jam members Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard, reunited for their first show in eight years over the weekend, at a May 5th benefit the Neptune Theatre in their native Seattle, Washington. The show, an inaugural event supporting the local healthcare non-profit Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare, marked the first performance to feature the original lineup of Gossard, Ament and Greg Gilmore in eight years. The group tapped an array of fellow musicians to fill in for late Mother Love Bone frontman Andrew Wood over the course of the 14-song, 25-minute set, including Carrie Akre (Hammerbox, Goodness), Adam Czeisler (Sweetwater), Shawn Smith (Brad, Pigeonhead), Om Jahari (Hell's Belles) and Robb Benson (Stereo Embers).
Now, thanks to a generous fan, footage of the entire show is available to watch online. Check it out now, and find the full set list here, via Setlist.fm.
Formed in 1987, Mother Love Bone rose to fame as witty, raucous torchbearers for Seattle's alt-rock scene at the turn of the Nineties. Their story came to a tragic, abrupt end just three years later on March 24th, 1990, when Wood suffered a fatal heroin overdose just days before the band were due to release their anticipated debut album, Apple, forcing the album's delay and the band's dissolution.
Ament and Gossard formed Temple of the Dog shortly thereafter in honor of Wood; later, they linked up with Eddie Vedder to form Pearl Jam. Following a two-decade hiatus, the band reunited onstage in 2010 for a one-off at the Seattle venue Showbox. In 2016, Mother Love Bone reissued their entire discography (plus bonus tracks and rarities) under the title Mother Love Bone: On Earth as It Is.