Blind Melon

Blind Melon

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Blind Melon is back. After the original singer Shannon Hoon's untimely death, the band regrouped with Travis Warren as lead vocals. Their return has been long awaited & welcomed by longtime fans as well as new listeners. With their soulfull rock & enery-ramped show, Blind Melon will open your eyes.

Biography

Blind Melon formed in California in 1991, with members from Indiana, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania. The band signed to Capitol Records the same year and recorded an unreleased demo. The band gained buzz from vocalist Hoon's association with Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose, and Hoon's backing vocals on several Guns N' Roses tracks on 1991's Use Your Illusion albums, most notably "Don't Cry".

The band's self-titled debut album, produced by Rick Parashar (Pearl Jam), contained thirteen songs spanning a wide sonic palette. The aggressive dual lead guitars and shouted vocals of "Soak the Sin" and "Tones of Home" evoked heavy metal and classic rock; "Time"'s spacious bridge and ambient, winding outro shared commonalities with Grateful Dead-style improvisational music, while acoustic songs "Change" and "No Rain" hinted at pop and folk influences. Their "No Rain" single became a smash success in November of 1993, led by a popular music video featuring the "Bee Girl" (played by Heather DeLoach). Thematically, the video suggested a social outcast eventually finding a supportive community through trial and error. Subsequently, Blind Melon went platinum four times. They went on to open for Neil Young, Lenny Kravitz, Soundgarden and The Rolling Stones.

In 1994, the band began recording their second album, Soup, in New Orleans with producer Andy Wallace. The album was released in 1995, and predominantly featured shorter songs with a less conventional alternative rock approach. The lyrics to "St. Andrew's Fall" referenced a suicide jump, while "New Life" discussed the forthcoming birth of Hoon's child. "Mouthful of Cavities" featured backing vocals from Jena Kraus, who subsequently recorded a solo record with Christopher Thorn and Brad Smith.

In 1995, Blind Melon contributed a version of the song "Out on the Tiles" to the Encomium tribute album to Led Zeppelin, as well as a promotional CD with a cover of the Schoolhouse Rock! song "Three Is a Magic Number".

Against the advice of Hoon's drug counselor, Blind Melon went on tour in support of Soup. Hoon was found dead on the bands tour bus of a cocaine overdose on October 21, 1995 in New Orleans. The remaining members released Nico (named for Hoon's daughter, only thirteen weeks old when her father died) in 1996, with the profits going to a program that helps musicians with drug and alcohol addiction. Nico contained unreleased songs from the Soup recording sessions, as well as other songs often recorded with only partial instrumentation. The closing track, "Letters from a Porcupine", was recorded as a telephone message left by Hoon on Thorn's answering machine. Nico included covers of Steppenwolf and John Lennon songs.

Blind Melon officially disbanded on March 4, 1999 and the various members went on to other projects. However, in 2002, Capitol Records released a Classic Masters CD showcasing twelve Blind Melon songs. Thanks to stronger-than-expected sales, the band released The Best of Blind Melon in 2005, a CD+DVD package that features Blind Melon performing live from a September 1995 concert in Chicago. On December 15, 2006, a tribute album to Blind Melon was released by Yakmusic in New Zealand featuring bands from all over the world. In April 2006, Capitol Records released the Live at the Palace CD that was re-released October 17, 2006 with a new package.

On September 15, 2006, it was announced that Blind Melon has reunited with a new lead singer, Travis Warren, formerly of Rain Fur Rent. On November 9, 2006 three new Blind Melon songs were released: "Make a Difference", "For My Friends" and "Harmful Belly". On October 7, 2007 Blind Melon performed their first show in twelve years in Providence, Rhode Island. On April 22, 2008, the band released For My Friends on Adrenaline Records. The first single, "Wishing Well", was released on March 4, 2008. A U.S. tour in support of the album began February 28, and Billboard confirmed that a book about the Hoon era of the band is forthcoming. Now as fall approaches, Blind Melon gears up for another headline tour from September through November.

Discography

Discography

Studio albums
Blind Melon (September 22, 1992) [4X Platinum] 4X Platinum in Canada
Soup (August 15, 1995) Gold in Canada
Nico (November 12, 1996)
For My Friends (April 22, 2008)

Compilation albums
Classic Masters: Blind Melon(January 29, 2002)
The Best of Blind Melon (September 27, 2005)

Live albums
Live at the Palace (April 4, 2006)