BLIND MELON REFORMS

From www.chartattack.com:

BLIND MELON REFORMS WITH NEW SINGER


New Blind Melon
Saturday will mark the 11th anniversary of Shannon Hoon's drug overdose death, but Blind Melon have experienced a rebirth in interest over the past year and recently reformed with a new singer.

Glen Graham (drums), Christopher Thorn (guitar), Brad Smith (bass) and Rogers Stevens (guitar) have added former Rain Fur Rent frontman Travis Warren (more info on Warren here) as their new vocalist and started writing new songs. The band members originally looked for a replacement for Hoon a decade ago, but decided to go their separate ways instead of carrying on with the grunge-meets-classic rock group.

Blind Melon have somehow kept a loyal fanbase over the years, and a two-day vigil was even held at Hoon's grave in Dayton, Indiana last month. The event was carried over the internet for Melonheads who couldn't attend in person, and it concluded with the eight-band Vigilstock concert in his nearby hometown of Lafayette. The vigil is apparently an annual event, so check out the band's fan site for updates around the time of Hoon's September 26 birthday if you desperately yearn to attend next year.

Interest from less avid fans of the band was spurred by last year's Best Of Blind Melon CD/DVD, which featured previously unreleased live material, soundtrack contributions and music videos.

Capitol Records released Blind Melon Live At The Palace, an October 11, 1995 concert recording from the Palace Theater in Hollywood, California, this week. A tribute album titled Twenty Stories Below is scheduled to come out on December 15 through New Zealand's YakMusic label.

Blind Melon formed in Los Angeles in 1989 and signed to Capitol two years later. Hoon was friends with Guns N' Roses' frontman Axl Rose and sang back-up on several songs on Use Your Illusion, which created a buzz in advance of the release of Blind Melon's self-titled debut in the fall of '92. The album spawned the hit single/video "No Rain" (featuring the infamous bee girl), and the band toured extensively in support of the disc before starting to record the follow-up (Soup) with Nirvana producer Andy Wallace in the fall of '94.

Hoon was in and out of rehabilitation facilities for his drug problems during this time, but went out on the road against a counsellor's wishes. He was found dead, at the age of 28, on the band's tour bus on October 21, 1995.

Listen to Travis Warren's Rain Fur Rent here.

[Published on: 10/20/06]

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dedhed6111 starstarstarstarstar Fri 10/20/2006 01:36PM
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dedhed6111

This is cool. Glad these guys are yearning to make music again, they're damn good at it. And they're writing new songs with the new singer, which is also cool, that they're not trying to play off their dead friend's hype. Rock on

Bill Clifford starstarstarstar Fri 10/20/2006 02:22PM
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Here's my thoughts; Initially I was Psyched to read this brief. But then I thought critically for a moment. I went ahead and opened the Rain Fur Rent mysapce page, and listened to the singer. Vocally, he is quite a Cloan for Hoon. So I don't know how I feel about that. I guess if these guys do strictly new material with Warren on board, then I'd be ok with that. But the rest of the band members, post Hoon's passing, never really had much success with anything else. So now if they start playing out and playing old Melon songs that, in my mind, as a fan of that band who saw them with Hoon four to five times live, because they want to "cash in" on their renewed "popularity," then that would be disapointing. There can only be one JimmY H, one SRV, one Jim Morrison, one Kurt ... and in my mind, there will never be another Shannon Hoon. He was ... he was a potent lyricist whom I had to sit and listen to on record. Live, he was captivating ... Maybe not always perfectly in tune, but passionate and captivating.

I just hope they won't try to "recreate" Blind Melon. It won't be without Shannon Hoon. Not for me anyway.

R.I.P. bud!

seanito420 starstarstar Fri 10/20/2006 04:14PM
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A few years ago the remaining members of Blind Melon formed a band called Unified Theory or something to that effect. It was okay, definately some good music, but atleast they were man enough to carry a new name. Shannon Hoon was a beautiful, tortured soul that can never be replaced. It makes me sad that they will use the Blind Melon name.

snappy Fri 10/20/2006 04:41PM
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snappy

I find the whole cult of Blind Melon to be sort of ghoulish but this seems in keeping with the incredible passion some folks have for this band. Without Hoon it's not going to be Blind Melon but I suspect it will do well commercially. Lead singers are something you can't replace without altering the basic DNA of a band.

gone_phishin_4_cheese star Fri 10/20/2006 07:42PM
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gone_phishin_4_cheese

this is the first time ive felt moved enough to post a comment on jambase, and to be honest i wish it was for better reasons then this. im really dissopointed in this news. Shannon is probably rolling over in his grave.

Rust1978 star Fri 10/20/2006 07:51PM
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Rust1978

sad.

surlybuf starstarstarstarstar Fri 10/20/2006 10:30PM
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I recently saw Alice in Chains. I know there is no replacing Layne Staley. He has a very unique voice, but the new singer they had freakin wailed. The band was as tight as could be and although not Layne, the new guy not only held his own but kicked some major ass while doing so. So if Blind Melon wants to go out and play some of the old shit, they should. Because this is their music as much as it is anybody's. I just hope the new guy for them can hold his own too. No it won't be the same, and it shouldn't. But different can still be good you whiners.

simple-alex starstarstarstarstar Sat 10/21/2006 07:56AM
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simple-alex

i dont think Shannon would be rolling over in his grave at all. As a band, they all shared a passion for making music, and im sure Shannon would want them to keep playing music. these guys shouldnt just never make music again because there lead man passes away. now it will be different, especially because of a change in vocal style, but they still want to play music, so they made a change to do it and i respect that. good luck guys

Matthew Jaworski starstarstar Sat 10/21/2006 08:08AM
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Matthew Jaworski

Some people sound better when they're dead.

toejamfball Sat 10/21/2006 08:27AM
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All my friends patronize me,
and they say "YO hey boy!
Have you found what you're looking for?"
It seems they don't really know me
Cause it's here, and it's what they can't see

Tones of home

Said you don't like the way I'm living
Tones of home
Tones of home
And so I wave goodbye
and I'm flyin, and I'm flyin home

Detroit Funk Sat 10/21/2006 01:17PM
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Detroit Funk

I don't like the Idea of Carrying on the Bling Melon name without Shannon.

trini. star Sat 10/21/2006 05:28PM
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trini.

"As I sit here in this misery,
I don't think I'll ever (no Lord) see the sun from here.

As I fade away, They'll all look at me and say, "Hey look at him! I'll never live that way."

But that's okay, they're just afraid to change.

When you feel life ain't worth living,
You've got to stand up and take a look around you,
look up way to the sky.

And when your deepest thoughts are broken,
Keep on dreaming boy,
cause when you stop dreamin' it's time to die.

But I know we can't all stay here forever,
So I want to write my words on the face of today.

And then they'll paint it and as I fade away,
They'll all look at me and say, they'll say,
"Hey look at him and where he is these days."

When life is hard, you have to change."


RIP Shannon.

phishphreak2009 starstarstarstarstar Sat 10/21/2006 09:14PM
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phishphreak2009

Come yall lets wait till we hear something bad till we criticize! I just started listening to blind melon over the past few months and this I was shocked to hear that this is happening. I wish them the best! If this is a horrbile failure then letss criiticize

Dicky79 starstarstar Sat 10/21/2006 10:13PM
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these guys WERE Blind Melon too. it's not fair to say what they can and cant do becuase shannon is dead. however, understand it's a tough pill to swallow for the fans. i'm torn, but i wish them luck. i listened to BM for shannon's voice though, nothing else.

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Sun 10/22/2006 06:10AM
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BlowsAgainsttheEmpire

i actually heard about this several weeks back. looking forward to hearing anything new that blind melon churns out.

to the person who mentioned aic. william duvall who is vocalist now isn't exactly new, he is previously familiar with the material as he has toured in jerry cantrells band before.

mikemix starstarstarstarstar Sun 10/22/2006 09:04AM
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mikemix

Its not like BLIND MELLON had 7 studio albums and 4 live ones and been a big part of the Music scene for years and years. Bottom line Mtv made them what they were the album was good but the selfishness of shannon destroeyed the lives and family of his fellow band mates. They will probablly be better not haveing SHWILLIE SHANNON I know how my singing voice goes to shit when i rage..( have you ever heard JER DOG - exactly... Bottom line play it over and over and over on any radio station for one day
youll start to like it too

kevfro Sun 10/22/2006 12:15PM
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Blind Melon without Shannon Hoon isn't Blind Melon. Maybe they should call themselves Melon or maybe Blind?

Alice in Chains without Layne Staley is just plain ridiculous!!!!

Also Mike Mix or whatever, Bind Melon (the original) created beautiful music and MTV didn't really do them any favors. " No Rain" was a cut from their first studio album circa 1992. They went on to make two more amazing albums. One being SOUP! Have you ever listened to it?
Long live original bands with their original members.
Well... I guess Floyd did alright with the whole Gilmour for Barret deal...
peace

Alex.Anastas Sun 10/22/2006 07:59PM
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Alex.Anastas

I had the awesome chance to see the actually Blind Melon at Jones Beach on Long Island, and it was awesome!

I have to say, to all the haters, how would you feel if Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, or Dave Grohl, or the rest of Sublime and the Long Beach Dub Allstars had never made music again? I mean, give them a chance!

thraner Mon 10/23/2006 05:49AM
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mikemix - you've obviously never heard of Soup or Nico, two of my favorite albums of all time. A lot of people don't understand that there's so much more to Blind Melon than the funny No Rain video with the bee girl, and that's a sad thing.

NatureBoy! starstarstarstar Mon 10/23/2006 08:08AM
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NatureBoy!

For those that thought Unified Theory was "Blind Melon" without Hoon, you couldn't be further from the truth.
From 2001:
Now, two of the four surviving members — guitarist Christopher Thorn and bassist Brad Smith — are trying to carve their own musical identity separate from their celebrated past. They may be on their way with the band Unified Theory and the release of their self-titled debut album. Also in the band are original Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen and impressive newcomer, vocalist and guitarist Chris Shinn.

So, that's why it was not called BM or anything, cause it melded Pearl Jam, Blind Melon and "newcomer"

I'm thrilled that so much material has surfaced. Live BM has been a difficult thing to find, good quality live anyhow. If you swap one member, wether deceased or quit, you can still call the band whatever you want. Besides, we're talking 11 years, not months! Respect has been paid, and the music is what this is all about anyhow,
Remember that this is jambase, a music appreciators forum, before you go telling people to stop making music!
when life is hard you have to change!

Detroit Funk Mon 10/23/2006 09:25AM
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Detroit Funk

Nature boy and Zander... No one is telling them not to make any music anymore. But after Jerry died they didn't tour as GRATEFUL Dead anymore. Sublime toured as LBDAS after Brad died. Bottom line is that Shannon was the voice of Blind Melon. His presence on stage was what made the show. I have absolutly no problem when people moving on and continuing to create music. But to capitalize on a name associated solely with the spirit that drove it is just wrong.

YEMolly starstarstarstarstar Mon 10/23/2006 10:05AM
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YEMolly

How did MTV do so much for Blind Melon? By playing "No Rain?" Playing one video of theirs isn't doing something for the band (not to mention the fact that "No Rain" is one of my least favorite songs by Blind Melon). Oh wait, I think they may have played the "Galaxie" video a time or two. Come on...
Not real sure how I feel about the new singer/no name change, etc., but I wish the best for them and hope, for my sake, that I like his voice.

...I'll disintegrate over time if I expect my body to try and keep up with my miiiiiiind...

OysterDead starstarstarstar Mon 10/23/2006 11:35AM
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OysterDead

Pabst: You are correct! There just afraid to change!

surlybuf Mon 10/23/2006 07:28PM
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One More Saturday Night is probably the worst song ever. Bob should let it go.

mikemix Wed 10/25/2006 10:15PM
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mikemix

journey still tours as journey with no Steve Perry hmmmm.Yes, iv heard soup. dont be a blind fan, Hence the word BLIND...I never said they were bad musicians I said mtv helped them monatarily and help grow their fan base by 100000x so bash me all you want. When i here the DEAD play a dud ill let you know it, cause they wernt on top of it ....find your bands down falls and youll really now if you like them........MIX

All Loving Liberal White Guy star Thu 10/26/2006 04:05PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

this sucks. first we have to hear the agonizing truth that alice in chains is out there with a new lead singer and still performing under the name ALICE IN CHAINS and now this. you can be blind mellon without shannon hoon. at least perform under a differnet name. and whats the deal with queen sans freddie mercury and some new unknown dude as thier lead singer. there must be a lot of rock stars turning over in their graves these days. it's only a matter of time before sublime reforms with one of the dudes form OAR as thier lead singer and maybe nirvana will reform with billy corgan on vocals since his shiney dome is always complaining on his blog about how kurt cobain took the wind out of his sails.

All Loving Liberal White Guy Thu 10/26/2006 04:07PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

p.s. thank you jambase for not putting an exlclamation mark when you listed BLIND MELLON REFORMS on the newswire. very professional.

lbz71 Fri 10/27/2006 08:43AM
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When Duane and Berry died Greg, Dickey, Butch, and Jaimo carried on, they added many differnt people to the line up over the years. Now that Dickey isn't there, they don't play the songs he is well known for, but they still play everything that Duane and Berry were a part of. I see nothing wrong with it. If the original members of Blind Melon feel that continuing would be what Shanon would have wanted then who are we to critisize. I didn't know him personaly. And as much as I love a good soap box to stand on, especially about music, I can't speak about issues that deal with the death of band member and the course of a band, because I have no experience with it.

HOPEFULPHAN starstarstar Fri 10/27/2006 12:39PM
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blind melon was one of the most underated bands ever. i still listen to them often. that being said ill give them a chance with the new guy, before i make up my mind. phish was/is my favorite band and i still go see trey, even though hes the reason they are no more. even without shannon hoon im guessing 4 out of 5 members from blind melon is still far from the average band. at least its not gary cherone!

All Loving Liberal White Guy Fri 10/27/2006 03:31PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

PURE SHAME!!

BlowsAgainsttheEmpire Sat 10/28/2006 05:15AM
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BlowsAgainsttheEmpire

Actually the ABB do play Dickey Betts composed songs onstage these days just not the ones he sang.

Jessica(instr), Revival(Gregg sung), In Memory of Elizabeth Reed(instr) are played frequently.

True Gravity(instr), Les Brers in A Minor(instr) and Blue Sky(Dickey sung) have been played since the split but VERY infrequently.

Seven Turns(Dickey sung) Nobody Knows(both sung at different times), Back Where It All Begins(Dickey sung) Ramblin' Man(Dickey sung) haven't been played at all.

k_witt starstarstarstar Sat 10/28/2006 12:59PM
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k_witt

Shannon Hoon, may he rest in PEACE. My heart sank the day he died. I have several friends who went to Purdue in Lafayette, IN who knew him. One of Shannon's good friends died of an accidental drug overdose about 3 years prior to his own death.

Blind Melon will never be the same without Shannon. God rest his soul.

Peace, Love & Harmony

reggie500 Tue 10/31/2006 05:05PM
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heard the songs...its amazing. different...but the same

Putnameter starstarstarstar Wed 11/1/2006 10:17AM
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Putnameter

You know what, im not one to judge bands who reform, because there must be some kind of enery still between the living members. Of course, we cant set our expectations too high on seeing BM back together, the music will be there, but shannon's element cannot be expected to return. The new singer will help the flow of the music as he adds the vocals, but do not allow yourself to be dissapointed. The world still revolves and life goes on. Who knows maybe this will be a theraputic thing for the remaining members. I will definetly go see them live, but im not expecting blind melon, there is no melon w/o hoon.

camlwlk1 starstarstarstar Mon 11/6/2006 08:01AM
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camlwlk1

Haven't any of you heard the phrase "don't judge a book by its cover"? Yes Hoon was one of the best frontmen of all time, and Melon will not be the same without him! However if after 10 years they feel the need to return, who the hell are you to judge them for playing their own music! Have we forgotten that Blind Melon is an awesome group? There was other people in the band as well! I am happy that the music will live on. It shouldn't have to die with Shanon! I think he would be happy to know his music and spirit are still bringing people together. What makes you people think you can speak for Shanon or Blind Melon? These guys lost there best friend, you lost nothing! Let them decide what to do with their own music! if you can do better go ahead! But I don't see anyone gathering together to see you play your skin flute!

All Loving Liberal White Guy Mon 11/6/2006 05:55PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

if that book has a steaming turd on the cover, chances are that i won't read it.

Oceanside Tue 11/7/2006 02:15PM
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Oceanside

what about chris shinn???

Pete starstarstarstar Thu 11/9/2006 08:40AM
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Pete

It will certainly be hard to not judge Blind Melon's new front man. Comparisons will happen, and not sure if he can fill the void in Hoon's absence.

reggie500 Thu 11/9/2006 08:33PM
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they have the songs up at blindmelonmach2.com

raszputini Sat 11/18/2006 09:20AM
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This whole thing is kinda silly. There is NO BLIND MELON without Shannon. I echo other comments. Where is Chris Shinn? For those of you who never checked them out Unified Theory was the real deal, not a new Blind Melon. That stuff is incredible - check out "Passive", "Not Dead Yet", Bloodletting, ----all of it is great.

JAKEROD starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/29/2006 10:32PM
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YOU ALL READ THIS!! I FELT COMPELLED TO JOIN AFTER READING THIS SHIT FROM ALOT OF YOUR MINDS- The "New" (but same) BLIND MELON has no and should not have any reverance to the past- think about it- what makes shannon so fucking great right now? The fatct that he is a legend, because we cannot ever know what more great things could have been done.. just like his heros; janis, john lennon, morrison etc. the fire for them is alive because its fuled by uncertainties- I used to personally know the new "Frontman" for "The New" Blind Melon and this is a cinderella man story- as he idolized Hoon since years before i met that scraggly ass texan who brought a storm of new sounds to the central coast of california over i think 8 years ago at the tender age of 18 with a half tatted full back peice of shannon to prove this is a dream come true and since i know how amazing he can play the guitar as it is (Phenominal!) and can sing with the best of anybody BAR-FUCKIN-NONE in this industry! He is simply the new cat in town- show him and the rest of the melons the respect that they deserve!! cause they're still willing to entertain you- and push on when they really didnt have to.. I think its great and believe me - trust me you stupid arogant idiots who whine that replacing a frontman kills bands- Do you think you can stick a lollipop up your ass and eat it- and still enjoy the taste cause of what it is originally? thats what the radio is these days- this is NOT! look for previews i urge you-- will be in your cd library or ipod or whats it matter your probably just gonna rip it for free anyways.. Hola back - with some intellect next time

JAKEROD starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/29/2006 10:33PM
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YOU ALL READ THIS!! I FELT COMPELLED TO JOIN AFTER READING THIS SHIT FROM ALOT OF YOUR MINDS- The "New" (but same) BLIND MELON has no and should not have any reverance to the past- think about it- what makes shannon so fucking great right now? The fatct that he is a legend, because we cannot ever know what more great things could have been done.. just like his heros; janis, john lennon, morrison etc. the fire for them is alive because its fuled by uncertainties- I used to personally know the new "Frontman" for "The New" Blind Melon (like the quotations huh? haha) and this is a cinderella man story- as he idolized Hoon since years before i met that scraggly ass texan who brought a storm of new sounds to the central coast of california over i think 8 years ago at the tender age of 18 with a half tatted full back peice of shannon to prove this is a dream come true and since i know how amazing he can play the guitar as it is (Phenominal!) and can sing with the best of anybody BAR-FUCKIN-NONE in this industry! He is simply the new cat in town- show him and the rest of the melons the respect that they deserve!! cause they're still willing to entertain you- and push on when they really didnt have to.. I think its great and believe me - trust me you stupid arogant idiots who whine that replacing a frontman kills bands- Do you think you can stick a lollipop up your ass and eat it- and still enjoy the taste cause of what it is originally? thats what the radio is these days- this is NOT! look for previews i urge you-- will be in your cd library or ipod or whats it matter your probably just gonna rip it for free anyways.. Hola back - with some intellect next time

JAKEROD starstarstarstarstar Wed 11/29/2006 10:35PM
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YOU ALL READ THIS!! I FELT COMPELLED TO JOIN AFTER READING THIS SHIT FROM ALOT OF YOUR MINDS- The "New" (but same) BLIND MELON has no and should not have any reverance to the past- think about it- what makes shannon so fucking great right now? The fatct that he is a legend, because we cannot ever know what more great things could have been done.. just like his heros; janis, john lennon, morrison etc. the fire for them is alive because its fuled by uncertainties- I used to personally know the new "Frontman" for "The New" Blind Melon (like the quotations huh? haha) and this is a cinderella man story- as he idolized Hoon since years before i met that scronny ass texan (inside joke) with an eerie accent close to that of shannons who became a quick good friend and brought a storm of new sounds to the central coast of california over i think 8 years ago at the tender age of 18 with a half tatted full back peice of shannon to prove this is a dream come true and since i know how amazing he can play the guitar as it is (Phenominal!) and can sing with the best of anybody BAR-FUCKIN-NONE in this industry! He is simply the new cat in town- show him and the rest of the melons the respect that they deserve!! cause they're still willing to entertain you- and push on when they really didnt have to.. I think its great and believe me - trust me you stupid arogant idiots who whine that replacing a frontman kills bands- Do you think you can stick a lollipop up your ass and eat it- and still enjoy the taste cause of what it is originally? thats what the radio is these days- this is NOT! look for previews i urge you-- will be in your cd library or ipod or whats it matter your probably just gonna rip it for free anyways.. Hola back - with some intellect next time

sageandserenity Thu 12/7/2006 08:50PM
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Okay, I have been a fan of Blind Melon since the beginning. I am proud of these guys for having faith in their musical talent and spiritual selves and move forward with THEIR band. I actually met and kicked it with these guys a few times, the last being in Houston on Oct. 20,1995. We were kickin it on the bus and they wanted my friend and I to ride to New Orleans,LA with them and hang through and after the show there. They were so mellow and cool, but something led me away. We gave our names and agreed to meet in NOLA the next day and hang. That never happened.... I also met Shannon and hung with him on the bus on the tour that they opened for Lenny Kravitz. Very cool guy. When I kicked it with him the night before his untimely death, he was withdrawn and seemed sad. More love to the band for keeping on. May Shannon's soul be free and within moments of peace and beautiful breezes that speak to the spirit. No reason to hate on the new guy...if the band likes him and they jive together, thats good enough for me!!
Love and Light.

sonyagirl starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/22/2007 11:40AM
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Regardless of all of the closed minded negativity that I'm reading here (which is surprising because I assumed that Jambase users were open-minded when it came to good music) I would like to take this opportunity to invite any Blind Melon fan who can channel their feelings for Blind Melon's music into something positive to join us at www.blindmelonforum.com (the current official website for the band). Come and discuss all things related to Blind Melon but please check the nasty negative attitudes at the door b/c it ain't that type of forum. I promise it's unlike any other forum you've ever discussed music in. Hope to see you there! Peace! :)


GrantedProductions starstarstarstarstar Sun 2/18/2007 06:07AM
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GrantedProductions

travis warren is actually gunna be a good addition to the group... he is writing plenty of the songs that will be featured on the upcoming album. hippies will be hippies, punks will be punks, haters will be haters, and so forth...

why would people be hatin when the rock n roll music scene is weak these days and needs to be brought back to what made us nod our heads in the 1st place!? all i'm saying is i'd rather listen to a reformed blind melon on rock radio than whatever emo/indie music that is surfacing these days.

jpotts1 Wed 12/5/2007 12:51PM
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I never was able to see blind melon live, so i cant use that to show that my opinion is greater than the next. All I know is that melon has always been my top band for many years, and just besause shannon died (god rest his soul) doesnt mean the music should. And now that the tour has started and they are playing 80% old material. Nico has actully been on stage singing "Change" and Shannon's mother, Nel, has actully been on stage with her stamp of approval. So if the mother is opened minded enough to help this music move forward and live on, why are so many of the fans not. you guys did not loose a son, all you lost was a hero like the rest of us. So get off the soap box and let the music live on. i probably will not feel the negative presence that these fans bring, but I will probably feel shannon's.

Show date 12-7-07 Tallahassee, fl

peace

hcb0172 Fri 12/7/2007 07:15AM
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Just came across this thread while reading about Travis Warren.

I was a huge Blind Melon fan... saw them quite a few times, opening for Neil Young, on their own, in NJ, and unfortunately in Houston on 10/20 (Shannon's last show).

Loved em so much I even have their original drum shipping container (6' blue trunk emblazend with BLIND MELON and tons of stickers) as a centerpiece of my memorabilia room.....

That said, I saw the reformed Melon last week. And they were fantastic. I've seen Unified Theory also, and really loved their music too. But I got to go to Charlotte last week and see BM at the Tremont Music Hall. Travis Warren is awesome. The band is what makes Blind Melon.

You will always have people who say Skynyrd isn't the same w/o the original lineup, or Allman Bros., or others.. and that's fine.

But this is the whole original band, not out on a nostalgia trip to make money. The new songs are great, and they pay homage to the old ones. Travis won me over from the first notes he sang, and before he sang Change, he humbly said "Guys, if it was me, I'd rather be out there with you watching Shannon up here."

Yeah, in reality, me too. But after 10 years, I'm glad the band is back. These are GREAT musicians, playing GREAT music. If you get a chance, check em out. I see most of the comments on this thread are from when the announcement of Travis taking over was first made.

If you want proof of how good it is, go to TTD and download some of the shows from this tour. The guys in the band have always been super nice. My brother has interviewed Rogers a few times, and I've met the other guys on occasion.

Believe me, I was skeptical this would be a bad tribute band. Sure the guy has Shannon's influence. But ya know what? So what. It's not like this is the Doors reformed.... to me, that's a tribute band now.. they're not writing new stuff.

This is the same guys, still in the prime of their careers, returning for the love of the music, and really because a lot of us fans wanted them to.

I'll always hold a place in my musical heart for Shannon.. but this is a new beginning, and I'm looking forward to it.

mizdacus Sun 12/9/2007 05:05PM
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I think there are way too many closed-minded people on here that need to keep there negativity to themselves. I am going to a show of theirs in Memphis tomorrow night and am totally looking forward to it. I have been a fan for many years and I think that it is absolutly fatastic that the band is together making music. No, Blind Melon will never be what it was without Shannon Hoon but I don't see a thing wrong with them carrying on the name. Stupid people- shut up.... peace and love

I'm gonna watch the bluebird fly

over my shoulder.....

And I'm gonna watch it pass me by

when I'm older.....

What do you think I'd see?

if I could walk away from me.....

-Candy Says

mizdacus Tue 12/11/2007 06:32PM
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I went to their show last night and it rocked my fucking face off! Travis Warren is NOT and never will be Shannon but he does him justice for sure. He was just as big a fan of him as anyone. They played some of their new stuff but mostly older songs, I had the pleasure of sitting by Brad Smith's family and his father even made mention of how much he sounds like Shannon. The guys still rock, HARD, and seem to be really happy... let them be