Andrew Wood, the charismatic frontman for Mother Love Bone passed away due to a heroin overdose on March 19, 1990. For many fans this date is etched in their minds as the day the music world changed drastically. A shooting star burned out way too soon, before he even began to realize the success he would surely have been.
In the late 80s and early 90s the Seattle grunge scene seemed poised to explode. Bands like Mother Love Bone, Nirvana, and Soundgarden had developed a devoted local following and while the other front men were interesting there was just something special about Andrew. He moved with a grace that others were lacking, his childlike smile and joy in his music was definitive, and his lyrics from the heart. His disappearance from the world and the music scene sent ripples to the far corners of the world. Even now it's a question in many minds:
What would music be like if Andrew had lived and continued on his musical journey?
The "grunge" community paid tribute over many months and years after Andrew's death. Andrew's roomate, the late Chris Cornell ( May 18, 2017) of Soungarden, along with Eddie Vedder and some of Andrew's MLB band members chose to honor their friend by forming the group Temple of the Dog. Candlebox frontman Kevin Martin, another close friend wrote the song "Far Behind" in Andrew's memory. Alice in Chains also paid tribute, dedicating their first album Facelift to Andrew and their second album contained the song "Would" about Andrew and others lost to heroin addiction.
Mother Love Bone's album Apple was released after Andrew's death and became the symbol of "what if" in the music world. David Browne of The New York Times stated “Apple may be one of the first great hard-rock records of the 90’s. Andrew Wood could have been the first of the big-league Seattle rock stars.”
The following video is a live performance, while there is an actual video for this song, I love hearing Andrew's voice and watching him do his thing freely and unrehearsed or edited.