In 1995, a grunge supergroup of sorts, Mad Season, released their only album, Above. Formed by Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready and Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin, the band also featured bassist John Baker Saunders from Walkabouts. With both Staley and Saunders dead as a result of drug overdoses (in 2002 and 1999, respectively), there was no follow-up album, although it was re-released in an expanded edition last year. Next year, as part of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra’s Sonic Evolution show, Mad Season will reunite with two very special guests taking place of the deceased pair: Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan.
Mad Season’s reunion, taking place on January 30th, will featured solo and orchestral versions of Mad Season songs. There will also be a Seattle Symphony Orchestra-commissioned work by McCready that he’ll perform along with the orchestra. You’ll be able to pick up tickets for the performance here.