The Temple of the Dog‘s music is being held hostage by London Bridge Studio’s (located in Seattle) co-founder Rajan Parashar and Temple’s producer Rick Parashar. A&M Records filed a lawsuit against the Parashar brothers demanding the return of the Temple’s master recordings. The court documents state that Rick Parashar backed out on a deal in 1993 to give the rights of the master recordings to A&M Records for $35,000 dollars. Rick Parashar died last year, and he left sole possession of the music to his brother Rajan Parashar.
A&M Records did not know Temple of the Dog never received the recordings until recently, and so the label immediately filed the lawsuit. Rajan Parashar’s lawyer admitted that his client is in possession of the music, and he stated that the Temple’s music belongs to Rajan Parashar. “It’s unclear why A&M Records, which is now part of the conglomerate Universal subsidiary Interscope Geffen A&M, are suddenly seeking the master tapes, but 2016 does Mark the 25th anniversary of Temple of the Dog,” attorney Warren Rheaume told the Seattle Times.
The Temple of the Dog album was recorded in London Bridge Studio, and it was the only project recorded by the band. Due to the emergence of Pearl Jam, the album was ignored but it did manage to sell over one million copies. The band has reunited on stage a few times over the past years, including an appearance at a Neil Young benefit concert last year. The Temple of the Dog band consisted of Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, Chris Cornell, Stone Gossard, Matt Cameron, and Jeff Ament. The band’s hit singles include “Hunger Strike,” “Say Hello 2 Heaven,” and “Pushin Forward Back.” “Hunger Strike” would impact the music charts in the US, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
Vedder, McCready, Gossard, Ament, and Cameron would go on and form the legendary band Pearl Jam. The Seattle band has sold over thirty million albums in the US, and more than sixty million records worldwide. Pearl Jam has released ten studio albums, which include Ten, Vs., Vitalogy, No Code, Yield, Binaural, Riot Act, Pearl Jam, Backspacer, and Lightning Bolt. “Jeremy,” “Last Kiss,” “Black,” “Even Flow,” “Just Breathe,” “Yellow Ledbetter,” “Sirens,” and “Better Man” are some of the band’s most-known songs.