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History This article appears to contradict the article Shannon Hoon. Please see discussion on the linked talk page. August Learn how and when to remove this template message Formation, debut and success — Blind Melon formed in Los Angeles in March after West Point, Mississippi transplants Rogers Stevens and Brad Smith, a guitarist and bassist respectively, met vocalist Shannon Hoon , a native of Lafayette, Indiana.
The band debuted with a four-song demo, The Goodfoot Workshop, in Blind Melon embarked upon a tour supporting Soundgarden late that year.
Promoted by a successful music video featuring Heather DeLoach playing the "Bee Girl", "No Rain" helped the band achieve international recognition. The band pioneered their double-guitar techniques on this album. The two guitarists would often play the same chords but in different octaves, one track with distortion and one without. Both guitarists frequently used the muted 'chuk' technique to accent the spaces between chords, a funk-rock guitar technique. The album eventually attained quadruple- platinum status, debuting in the Billboard top 40 on October 9, and peaking at No.
Soup and Hoon's death — The group toured extensively in support of their debut, performing dates in Europe and Mexico and supporting such acts as Neil Young and Lenny Kravitz late in Amidst rising success, the band began to experience personal and legal problems related to drug and alcohol abuse, leading to multiple stints in drug rehabilitation for Hoon. The lyrics to "St. Andrew's Fall" referenced a suicide jump, "Skinned" spoke about the life of a serial killer, and "New Life" addressed the forthcoming birth of Hoon's child.
Despite the debut of the lead single, " Galaxie ", at number 25 on the Billboard charts, Soup ultimately failed to meet sales expectations. LaVeck has praised the tune's "'70s feel-good vibe" and "rolling jam-band rhythms".
The band initially employed a counselor to assist Hoon's rehabilitation, but this attendant was soon dismissed. Aftermath and breakup — although it would ultimately take them over a decade to do so. In , they issued Nico , an album of outtakes and demos named for Hoon's daughter, who was only 13 weeks old when her father died. Nico contained unreleased songs from the Soup recording sessions, as well as several songs 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. The album also included covers of Steppenwolf and John Lennon songs. Its profits went to a program that helps musicians with drug and alcohol addiction. They knew to bring in a new singer to sing his lyrics would not have had the same magnetism. On December 15, , a tribute album to Blind Melon was released by Yakmusic in New Zealand featuring bands from all over the world.
On October 7, , they performed their first live concert in twelve years in Providence, Rhode Island. On November 6, , the band announced the departure of Warren, despite having unfulfilled concert dates. However, this was later retracted, and the tour cancelled. Warren ultimately returned to perform a previously scheduled gig with Blind Melon on December 31, , in Dearborn, Michigan , which was announced as his final show.
Smith and Thorn played with Codename Mike , while Smith also toured with Revis as a guest member and Thorn played briefly with Awolnation. Graham formed the band Jakeleg with his long-time friend Joe Tullos. Second reformation and new album —present On November 2, , Blind Melon announced its reformation and Warren's return.
On the status of the group, Graham stated late that year that "Blind Melon is still a functioning entity, Travis Warren is our current vocalist as he has been since ; however, we are only doing the occasional one-off and currently have no plans to record full length CDs.
Nico Blue, Hoon's daughter, took the stage to sing the song "Change. We've been writing a bunch, and we have a song and a video done, so we just mixed the new song last night actually.
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