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Blind Melon is an American rock band that performed from 1989 to 1995, stopping with the death of lead vocalist Shannon Hoon, shortly after the release of the band's second album.

The band reformed with a new lead vocalist, Travis Warren, in 2006, who left the band in 2008. The band continues to search for a new vocalist.


Early history

Blind Melon formed in Californiamarker in 1989, with members from Indianamarker, Mississippimarker, and Pennsylvaniamarker. The band signed to Capitol Recordsmarker in 1991 and recorded an unreleased demo. The band's initial popularity is partially attributed to 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 album an example being "Don't Cry".

The band's self-titled debut album, produced by Rick Parashar (Pearl Jam), contained thirteen songs and sold poorly until the "No Rain" single was released in September of 1993. The single, promoted by a music video featuring the "Bee Girl" (played by Heather DeLoach), helped launch the commercial success of the band, eventually leading the album to quadruple-platinum status, debuting in the Billboard top 40 on 10/9/93 and peaking at #11 on the Hot 100.


In 1994, the band began recording their second album, Soup, in New Orleansmarker 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. Possibly because of the more experimental sound (the album begins and ends with New Orleans style jazz and has a hodgepodge of instrumentation throughout), the album failed to meet sales expectations.

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". "Three Is a Magic Number" features in the film Never Been Kissed, as well as in the film Slackers several years later.

Against the advice of Hoon's drug counselor, Blind Melon went on tour in support of Soup. Hoon was found dead on the band's tour bus of a heart attack, due to 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.

Compilations and reunification

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 Chicagomarker. On December 15, 2006, a tribute album to Blind Melon was released by Yakmusic in New Zealandmarker 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 had reunited, with the addition of 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 Islandmarker.

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. Around this time, Billboard confirmed that a book about the Hoon era of the band is forthcoming.. Then, on September 17, 2008, the book A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon by Greg Prato was published.

In September 2008, Blind Melon played a number of European tour dates, with Warren as lead vocalist. On November 6, 2008, the band announced the departure of Warren. The reasons behind his departure are disputed: Warren states that he was ejected from the band after having lost his voice due to extensive touring , while the band cites unresponsiveness and lack of communication and that Warren chose to leave the band on his own. Initially, the band intended to honour their remaining dates, and announced Chris Shinn of Unified Theory as lead vocalist for the remainder of their tour. However, this was later retracted, and the tour cancelled, with the band stating that Shinn simply didn't have enough time to prepare.

After clearing the air with the rest of the band, Warren returned to perform a previously scheduled gig with Blind Melon on December 31, 2008 in Dearborn, Michiganmarker, which the band later announced would be the last show with him.

Blind Melon have stated their intention to continue looking for a permanent vocalist and carry on regardless. Current rumor has it that Craig Owens - a native of Michigan and long time singer of the hardcore band Chiodos, will be filling in for vocals for Warren.There has been no confirmation of this as fact.


Capitol Records released a 4 track EP entitled "Deep Cuts" in April 2009 as a digital download. The band had no input into this ep, but it is an official release.

It was reported on May 23rd that Smith and Thorn were invited to play with Codename Mike. and that Graham has formed a new band named Jakeleg. with his long time friend Joe Tullos. There has been no further announcement on the state of Blind Melon, so it is currently assumed that these developments are in addition to searching for a replacement for Warren.


Current members

  • Christopher John Thorn – guitar, steel guitar, mandolin, harmonica
  • Thomas Rogers Stevens – guitar, piano
  • Eric Bradley Smith – bass, flute, backing vocals
  • Glen Graham – drum kit, percussion

Former members

  • Richard Shannon Hoon – vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica (1991–1995, deceased)
  • Travis Warren – vocals, acoustic guitar (2006-2008)


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

Live albums


Year Title Chart positions Album
US US Main Rock US Mod Rock UK
1992 "Tones of Home" - 10 20 62 Blind Melon
1992 "No Rain" 20 1 1 17
1992 "I Wonder" - - - -
1994 "Change" - - - 35
1995 "Galaxie" - 25 8 37 Soup
1995 "Toes Across The Floor" - - - -
1996 "Three Is a Magic Number" - - - - Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks
1996 "Soul One" - - - - Nico
1996 "The Pusher" - - - -
2008 "Wishing Well" - - - - For My Friends
2008 "Tumblin' Down" - - - -

See also


  1. Prato, Greg. " Blind Melon". Allmusic. Retrieved July 24, 2005.
  2. Blind Melon Recording Album With New Singer,, October 20, 2006, Retrieved March 16, 2006.
  5. 2008 announcement regarding departure of Travis Warren,, November 8, 2008, Retrieved March 16, 2009.
  6. State of the Melon, Blind Melon Official Blog, accessed February 14, 2009, Retrieved March 16, 2009

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