ahhh...Blind Melon. I never really got into them because of the No Rain video and the Axl Rose connection...then I listened to them and caught some live stuff...really great jam band as well as delivering outstanding songs. I wouldn't be able to sleep at nite if I was in that band knowing that they were on the verge of fantastic commercial and critical success...then Hoon took the band with him to the grave.
I believe they tried to replace Shannon RIP....but couldn't find anybody that had the charisma and career ready voice that they needed....they were fantastic. I'll bet they still get royalties and paychecks from their few releases tho...
Excellent band. I saw them at a small club in Hollywood before they really hit it big....what an awesome live band! I also saw the latest incarnation with the new singer (which I hear has already left the band) and they weren't bad....nowhere near the magic they had with Hoon though. The new songs are just meh,....I bought the new release and gave it several listens, but it just doesn't grab me.
Soup is actually a better album than the first in my opinion. Very, very creative album. Shannon Hoon could sing to anything. As a lead vocalist as well, I can't believe the stuff he sang over and somehow found these amazing melodies. Truly a vastly talented guy, as was the band.
My friends and I had tickets to see Blind Melon in Boston for the week or two after Shannon died. We were really shocked by the news. I have saved most of the ticket stubs from shows I have seen over the years but unfortunately brought that ticket back for a refund (we were still in school at the time). I am sure that would have been a great show.