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Any Blind Melon fans in the house?

Anyone else consider Blind Melon the bridge that gapped Jamband, Grunge and mainstream together?

It's almost been nine years since the death of Shannon Hoon of a heroin overdose. I remember exactly where I was and what the circumstances were when I heard the news of his death over the radio. Most of you can replay the announcement of Jerry Garcia's death in your head, and I can replay the announcement of Shannon Hoon's death.

Blind Melon made some amazing music, yet they only released three studio albums, all of them undeniably brilliant. Their performance at Woodstock is probably one of the best sets ever. Damn, I miss them.

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dood, i love blind melon. i remember i was in the smoking pit at school, grade 10 (gross) when we found out he died. i could definitely see that kinda crossover... yeah they were great. never heard the last album but i really dug the first two. kudos LR (and guigs!) for bringing up this band, i don't really think they got the recognition they deserved (except for the damn bumblebee girl).

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I dig em,only seen em once though in 95 at the Commodore in Vancouver but it was a great show.

Not sure about the bridge thing though,I sorta remember some other bands at the time crossing that gap also,although they never reached the level Blind Melon did.

Off the top of my head I only recall Spin Doctors which we used to hear all the time in the lots on GD tour all the time.What a waste of air play spin doctors were....nutkick.gif

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I was pretty sure it was a coke overdose though.

Your correct \/\/illy,though he was a notorious herion user (addict) from my understanding,after some stints in rehab,he ultimatley OD'd due to cocaine,since while on methadone a user cannot get high but gets sick instead if they use herion,but cocaine still gets a user very high without the sickness.

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Don't you all recall that Robert Hunter came out and did a big piece in I think Rolling Stone where he basically said that Blind Melon were carrying on the legacy of the Grateful Dead. That and around the same time Jerry came out saying Jane's Addiction was one of the most important groups to come out in some time. Neither remark influenced me to listen to either bands music much but I do recall the remarks.

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hey... and if you went from guigsy's feelgood tale to this one (well this isn't particularly feelgood, but i digress) - the lead fellow from sublime, favourite band of the chick from guigs' story, died of a heroine overdose (i thought hoon died from heroine, guess not).

sh!tty.

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hey... and if you went from guigsy's feelgood tale to this one (well this isn't particularly feelgood, but i digress) - the lead fellow from sublime, favourite band of the chick from guigs' story, died of a heroine overdose (i thought hoon died from heroine, guess not).

sh!tty.

meggo,

Bradley Nowell (sublime),did OD of herion.

Shannon was on methadone,and herion has no effect on people who take methadone,except making them sick.

Shannon Hoon, the lead singer of the band Blind Melon, who died in 1995 of a cocaine overdose, is remembered for the music he wrote and the person he was. In past years, people have traveled from as far as New Zealand and Holland, as well as from all over the U.S. and Canada, to attend a vigil in his honor.

http://www.purdueexponent.org

At least most accounts I have read state it was cocaine,although some articles have said herion.

A loss to music regardless.

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Woodstock 1994 Review:

Woodstock ‘94 proved to meet my expectations as a random conglomerate of music, commercialism, and people severely lacking a unique identity. Not that it was all bad. Some of the music smoked with an intensity that is rarely seen. Unfortunately, this went unnoticed by the press who was more enthralled with the scene, adding to the pressure on the attendees to behave in a manner similar to those spectators at the original Woodstock.

Joe Cocker kicked off the first "official" day of the festival (August 13) with an uneven set of old and new, which included a cover of the jazz/blues Leave Your Hat On that rivalled versions performed by Merl Saunders. Naturally, Cocker also performed The Letter as well as a perfect and very inspired With a Little Help from My Friends. Surprisingly, these didn't end his set, and he returned to the stage to blast out a bluesy Cry Me A River and a very sweet You Are So Beautiful.

The Cranberries were truly awful. The backing music was adequate, but the vocals were some of the worst I've ever heard. It made me wonder how many overdubs they do in the studio to get it right!

Blind Melon -- while trashed by many critics -- was one of the best performances of the festival. Their high energy set reached out and drew the home viewer into the emotion of the happening in Upstate New York. The music blasted out by Blind Melon seemed carefully calculated to take the listener on a psychedelic journey as well as make a statement about the festival and those in attendance.

Everything seemed to click for the band during a newer song called Soup as singer Shannon Hoon began to escape from this world into a state of higher consciousness by chanting "And now I'll close my eyes really, really tight and I'll make you all go away, make you all go away, make you all go away." Singing the frustrations and pain of a generation, Hoon added, "Well I'll pull the trigger and make it all go away."

Between songs, Hoon made numerous social and political statements. At one point, he commented, "They're [the media] telling me you all have really distorted behavior. Well for $135 a ticket you should be able to distort whatever it is you want to distort!" Blind Melon continued the journey through the vortex as Hoon's surroundings began to alter and melt through the strange song Wilt.

The set peaked during the pairing of No Rain and Time. Hoon and company seemed to lose total grasp of reality and sanity as Hoon sang the slightly altered lyrics, "All I can do is read a book to stay awake. It rips my life away, but it's a great escape (and every one of you people need it!). All I can say is that my life is pretty lame, but I got this fu©ked up point of view from all of you!"

All hell broke loose during a blistering Time, and the band spun faster and faster through the vortex before crashing through the other side. Hoon turned this one into a statement as well, chanting "Who do you think controls you?" as a wake-up call to a generation. Did the audience get it? It certainly didn't appear so. While there should have been "500,000 fed up faces", all anyone seemed to see was the "pretty pretty colors" Hoon chanted about.

To quote Hoon, "It seems like all that they keep doing is comparing this Woodstock to the last one and all the protests and all the things that surrounded it in 1969. And now in the ‘90s it's hard for us to sing about what's really wrong because there's so many things wrong today. And no one knows where to really start." Amen, Shannon. There are a lot of things wrong today, and it is frustrating. But they aren't going to get better if people don't take a stand that is different from the status quo!

[credit: The Music Box online]

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mmmmmmmmmmmmmm, shannon hoon was such a freakin' hottie... what a stupid, stupid waste.

i remember when no rain came out, i had the song in my head for about 2 WEEKS straight. when i woke up, when i went to bed, alllll day long it was with me. fortunately i liked the song so it didn't cause me to tear too much hair outta my head.

and i LIKED the video, bumblebee girl fricken rocked! i wonder what she's up to these days....

good band. sh!tty ending.

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One of my all time favorite bands! I can't believe after years of being on here, I finally realize I am not alone in my love of the Melon.

I still listen to them all the time, although more often than not its in a mellow kind of mood.

BTW, I have no burner available but Esau I have a killer sbd copy of that show from the Commodore in 95. If you want it, lets figure out a way to seed this one out there.

I remember when I found out he died. I was just starting university and my younger brother called me in my dorm. "Are you sitting down?" was all he could muster, before he bawled the news out to me. That was one band that we both agreed on, and he immediately got his butt up to Waterloo for some Melon music with candles. Seems cheesy now, but it really helped then.

It really was a waste.......

Sean

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BTW, I have no burner available but Esau I have a killer sbd copy of that show from the Commodore in 95. If you want it, lets figure out a way to seed this one out there.

I was at the show so I'm not worried about getting it.

Plus,I'm not sure on their policies about taping shows or sharing them online.

If its cool,then just torrent it Sean,seems easy enough & no burner is required.

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