The surviving members of the legendary Seattle grunge rock band Mother Love Bone reunited for the first time in eight years over the weekend to play a five-song set at Seattle’s Neptune Theater as reported by Consequence of Sound. The appearance was for a benefit concert for Seattle SMASH (Seattle Musicians Access to Sustainable Healthcare) and featured local vocalists Shawn Smith (Pigeonhead) and Ohm Johari (Hell’s Belles) joining Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, Bruce Fairweather, and Greg Gilmore on stage. The group performed four Mother Love Bone originals as well as their classic rendition of the Argent song “Hold You Up.”
Mother Love Bone had reunited once before in 2010 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their sole recording, Apple. Lead by the charismatic Andrew Wood, Mother Love Bone became one of the hottest bands in the underground Seattle music scene of the late ’80s, with Wood tragically dying of a heroin overdose just before the band was set to release Apple in 1990. The band dissolved after that, with Ament and Gossard teaming up with close friend Chris Cornell to record the seminal Temple of the Dog record, in a tribute to Wood. Of course, the rest is history as around the same time Ament and Gossard first met Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready and together they formed Pearl Jam, who to this day is one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. Mother Love Bone released a stellar compilation album a few years back in the form of On Earth As It Is: The Complete Works, which collects all of the band’s recordings into one neat package.
You can watch fan-filmed footage of Mother Love Bone performing at the Seattle SMASH benefit concert in the player below.