After the untimely loss of their lead vocalist, Shannon Hoon in 1995, Blind Melon took a hiatus for several years with no hope for fans to see their revival. But now, Blind Melon is back restoring their classic 90’s alternative rock with a twist - a new lead vocalist, Travis Warren.
The four surviving members of the original group, Rogers Stevens (guitarist), Brad Smith (bassist), Christopher Thorn (guitarist), and Glen Graham (drummer), were ready to kiss the days of Blind Melon goodbye when they disbanded in 1999, but everything changed in 2006 when Smith and Thorn were asked to produce a few tracks for Texas-based singer/songwriter, Travis Warren. Warren looks and acts the part of a Blind Melon member perfectly. While working with Warren on his demo, Smith jokingly said to Thorn that Warren “could sing Blind Melon songs in his sleep,” and with that, the reformation of Blind Melon began.
Travis Warren was a controversial addition to the band for some fans, but since his introduction to the group, he has received critical acclaim from die-hard fans everywhere. Warren’s vocal style has often been compared to the likes of rock legends Robert Plant and Perry Farell, and according to Troy Carpenter of Billboard Magazine, “sounds eerily like Hoon.” The group’s comeback has been met with tremendous support with their first club tour selling out completely, as well as earning a Rolling Stone Magazine award for “Best Replacement Frontman.” Blind Melon’s recent performances have paid an energetic and emotional homage to their roots as a group, while also continuing to add a new and refreshing spin on their neo-psychedelic take on alternative rock. And Warren pays a beautiful tribute to former vocalist, Shannon Hoon, while also adding his own flare to the group.
It seemed as though the group had finally gotten its bearings, until a recent Long Island Pulse interview with Christopher Thorn revealed that bassist, Brad Smith, is taking a break from the group. Thorn says, “Brad is doing Brad for now..." Although Smith has taken a temporary leave, it seems as though Blind Melon is more determined than ever to produce an unforgettable show.
Catch Blind Melon w/ The Orphan The Poet and Well-Known Strangers at Concord Music Hall TOMORROW, May 8th. Tickets available HERE.
Written by Kaitlin Logan
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