Chris Cornell, Jerry Cantrell join Pearl Jam for impromptu grunge summit in L.A.

Was at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles last night for the third of four local Pearl Jam shows. Intended to just kinda hang out, drink in the atmosphere, take down a set list, compare it to tonight’s show, and then write up a nice and articulate review of both. Then Chris Cornell and Jerry Cantrell showed up. Here is a YouTube video in which the former Soundgarden frontman joins Eddie Vedder for “Hunger Strike,” thus reforming the complete lineup of Andrew Wood/Mother Love Bone tribute band Temple of the Dog:

Skeptics will note that not only did Cornell hit the high notes, he probably could have hit them even harder. That was pretty dang awesome. Unfortunately, no one has yet produced video of Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell hopping on stage to close out the night with the guitar solo on “Alive,” and perhaps that’s just as well: Suddenly unoccupied, PJ guitarist Mike McCready gallivanted about the stage like the grunge fairy, flinging handfuls of picks to the admittedly floored crowd throughout the singalong number, and eventually ending up shirtless. Cantrell, for the record, effing killed the lick.

There is no way for the 15-year-old who lives inside me to articulately deal with being there for this, and its significance for all those who grew up under the spell of the early ’90s Seattle scene cannot be underestimated. Here were the survivors, together, remembering, for the first time in a looooong time, and giving those of us who lived it nearly two decades ago the chance to look back with love in our hearts… and hope for the future.

When Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Matt Cameron, Jerry Cantrell, and Chris Cornell took a bow arm in arm at the end of the show, it was the sort of rock n’ roll reunion you pray for as a fan, and, thankfully, it was executed with the sort of musical integrity that makes you glad you took the time in the first place.

Were you there, Mixers? What did you think?

UPDATE: Cantrell video after the jump!

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  • DT

    That, my friend, was all kinds of awesome. It makes me long for a Soundgarden reunion, esp. since I’ve not been able to dig Cornell’s solo efforts, though I continue to dig his voice. Nobody’s been able to wail like that since Robert Plant.

  • amy decker

    genius. my heart skips a beat just thinking about it. wish I could have been there. hope you are well Whitney!

  • DAMN…

    I wish Cantrell had ditched the whole AIC reunion-thing and made a record with Chris Cornell instead to make up for that lackluster Audioslave!

  • Also….

  • There is a Cantrell link at YouTube…

    I tried embedding it here, but it must be a big no-no.

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  • S.O.

    That would have been awesome to see. But I’m still gleeful I saw Pearl Jam a few weeks ago open their tour in Seattle.

  • jas

    I am choking on my jealousy.

  • Kara

    I was the one Mike gave his Soundgarden shirt too! That show was all a dream…

    • Angie

      NU-UH!!!!! Was in the balcony both wed nites so I got to see it – but OH did I want to be up front1

  • rafael

    Muito bom!!!

  • Paul

    Most excellent!
    btw, that’s Stone gallivanting surely?

  • OBwan

    All I can say is WOW, F’ng, WOW =-D

    Had never seen PJ until last Thurs 10/1/2009 and last night 10/6/2009 @ the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, well, Universal City to be eggsact ;-) Have been a fan since Ten but just hadn’t been able to see them for various reasons til now. When I saw they were touring w/Ben Harper and the Relentless7 AND @ the former & famous Universal Amphitheatre I HAD TO BE THERE and for more than one show. Got tix to the first 3 shows then got layed off & decided to sell the pair for the first night (glad I didn’t sell the ones for days 2 or 3!) I’ve seen Soundgarden twice, the 2nd being on their final tour together and towards the end where they mos def showed their displeasures yet still put on a good show. The PJ show on 10/1/2009 was great and the show last night on 10/6/2009 was great but with some very awesome, choice sprinkles added on top for certain! Grunge history in other words!

    The setlists from the two shows I saw were very different w/the exception of the 1st encore and were both great choices of songs for sure. But the 2nd encore for the 10/6/2009 show took the cake and soooo much more.

    Still can’t believe we got to see & hear PJ do HUNGER STRIKE live AND WITH CHRIS CORNELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can die a happy man now! Never in my lifetime did I think I’d ever get to see PJ do that song let alone do it w/Chris! PHUCKEN AYE!!! Can ya tell I’m still stokin?? THEN, to have JERRY CANTRELL from AiC play the solo to Alive, PHUCK!!! LORD YOU CAN TAKE ME NOW!!!

    I only wish all the world’s PJ and grunge fans could have been there to bear witness to all of this!

    Peace everyone!


  • Sebastian

    This was really cool, but i hope they do something with Krist Novoselic, he’s the only of the “grunge bands that broke up” that colaborates with other grunge musicians like Chris and Jerry. And he was so key to nirvana, that not even jaco freaking pastorious could have replaced him in that band.

  • Brad

    I saw all three of those bands back in the early 90’s so this is cool and all but meh…been there done that while they were in their prime!

  • Jen

    Oh. My. God. I have been to countless Pearl Jam and Chris Cornell conerts, secretly hoping the other would show up for a TOTD jam. In my wildest dreams, I wouldn’t have imagined Jerry there, too. I can’t believe I missed this.

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