Chris Cornell, Duff McKagan Will Play Mad Season Reunion with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra
One of grunge's most beloved bands, Mad Season, will reunite in January with the help of two big names. Soundgarden's Chris Cornell and former Guns N' Roses member Duff McKagan will fill in for deceased members Layne Staley and John Baker Saunders. Surviving members Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) and Barrett Martin will lead the reunion, which will feature the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, The Seattle Times reports.
Mad Season, a supergroup of sorts with Staley from Alice in Chains, McCready from Pearl Jam and Martin from The Screaming Trees, broke up in 1999 following Saunders' death. Staley passed in 2002, leaving McCready and Martin to carry on the legacy. The pair have reunited previously, most recently in 2012, as Consequence of Sound notes.
The band released one album, 1995's Above, which was reissued just last year.
"It was kind of a failed attempt at trying to get everybody to not be drinking or doing drugs," McCready said about Above. "Not that you can really control that. You have to figure that out for yourself. It's been really hard to go back and listen. I miss Baker. I miss Layne. I wonder how Layne would be met these days, what kind of music he'd be making or if he'd be a father. And his lyrics [on Above] in particular still sound fresh to me. They still make me feel, and that's good." (Saunders and Staley both succumbed to drug addiction).
Above featured "River of Deceit," "I Don't Know Anything" and "Long Gone Day."
For ticket information, visit the Sonic Evolution website. Check out a performance from the '90s of "Long Gone Day" below.