Blind Melon Creates Tour In Support of New Album

                      

In recent years, the tale of Blind Melon has taken a dramatic turn – from an abrupt and tragic end, to a rebirth and reconnection with their legion of fans. No matter how you slice it, the group was responsible for some of the most memorable and pure-sounding rock music of the ‘90s. And with their reformation in 2007 with singer Travis Warren, Blind Melon are poised to pick up exactly where they left off a decade earlier – as evidenced by their forthcoming CD entitled For My Friends  set for release on April 22, 2008.

 

On February 28th Blind Melon are set to embark on a five month U.S. tour,  a continuation of what they built in the 90’s and the beginning of what they are building for the future. “We couldn’t have planned this and we certainly couldn’t have forced this.  It was meant to be and it was meant to be now,” commented bassist Brad Smith.  Guitarist Christopher Thorn adds,   “We weren’t waiting around for Travis to show up in our lives. But when we met Travis, we just knew Blind Melon had to reform and be a band again. We feel so lucky to have this second chance, this new beginning.”

 

Blind Melon originally formed in 1990 in Los Angeles, California, when five transplants from other states crossed paths – singer Shannon Hoon (from Indiana), guitarist Christopher Thorn (from Pennsylvania), and guitarist Rogers Stevens, bassist Brad Smith, and drummer Glen Graham (all from Mississippi). With a buzz created around the band, the groupÂ’s now-classic self-titled debut was released in 1992 and their song “No Rain” became a smash on radio and MTV.           

 

Unfortunately, it was around this time that Shannon Hoon’s drug addiction took a turn for the worse and he overdosed while on tour at the age of 28.  The four surviving members regrouped and issued an outtakes collection, 1996’s ‘Nico’ (named after Hoon’s then-baby daughter, and spawning such further Melon classics as “Soup” and “Soul One”), as well as the Grammy-nominated home video, ‘Letters from a Porcupine.’ At that point, an attempt to find a replacement for Hoon was abandoned, and in 1999, the group officially went their separate ways. Smith and Thorn subsequently formed a short-lived group, Unified Theory, as well as opening up their own recording studio (Wishbone), and becoming much-in-demand producers.  

 

In 2006, Smith and Thorn were asked to produce some songs for Texas-based singer/songwriter, Travis Warren, who also happened to be a diehard Blind Melon fan. While working with Warren in the studio, Smith jokingly said to Thorn that Travis “could sing Blind Melon songs in his sleep.” The idea was born. The four remaining members – who hadn’t been in the same room in years – came together to be reacquainted with each other, and to meet with Warren. Soon after, it had become apparent that they had finally located Blind Melon’s new singer. With Stevens and Graham reclaiming their spots as well, Blind Melon was back in business. Setting up shop at Wishbone, the reformed band spent most of 2007 writing and recording. But before issuing a new album, the group decided to introduce their newest member via a highly successful and completely sold out club tour in late 2007.  The tour elicited an overwhelming response from audiences and prepped both old fans and new fans for what Blind Melon has in store for 2008.

 

 

Blind Melon Tour Dates

 

Thursday, February 28th         Dexter’s                                  Riverdale, NJ

Friday, February 29th              Webster’s Theatre                 Hartford, CT  

Saturday, March 1st                 Hiro Ballroom                         New York, NY

Monday, March 3rd                 9:30 Club                                Washington, DC

Tuesday, March 4th                The Norva                               Norfolk, VA

Wednesday, March 5th           The National                           Richmond, VA

Friday, March 7th                    Tremont Music Hall               Charlotte, NC

Saturday, March 8th                Backbooth                              Orlando, FL

Sunday, March 9th                  Langerado Festival                 Everglades National Park, FL

Tuesday, March 11th              Jupiter Bar and Grill              Tuscaloosa, AL

Wednesday, March 12th         Rhythm and Brews                 Chattanooga, TN

Friday, March 14th                  The Cannery Ballroom           Nashville, TN

Saturday, March 15th              The Vogue                              Indianapolis, IN

Sunday, March 16th                 St. Andrews’s Hall                  Detroit, MI

Tuesday, March 18th               Rave                                        Milwaukee, WI

Thursday, March 20th             The Redstone Room              Davenport, IA

Friday, March 21st                  Station 4                                  St. Paul, MN

Saturday, March 22nd             Slowdown                                Omaha, NE

Monday, March 24th               Pop’s                                       Sauget, IL

Tuesday, March 25th              The Beaumont Club               Kansas City, MO

Thursday, March 27th             Belly Up                                  Aspen, CO

Friday, March 28th                  Fox Theatre                            Boulder, CO

Saturday, March 29th              Mesa Theatre                         Grand Junction, CO

Monday, March 31st               The Big Easy                          Boise, ID

Tuesday, April 1st                   El Corazon                              Seattle, WA

Thursday, April 3rd                 The Boardwalk                       Orangevale, CA

Friday, April 4th                      Independent                           San Francisco, CA

Friday, April 18th                    House of Blues                       Dallas, TX

Saturday, April 19th                 Antones                                  Austin, TX

Sunday, April 20th                   Meridian                                 Houston, TX

Tuesday, April 22nd                Varsity Theatre                       Baton Rouge, LA

Wednesday, April 23rd            Soul Kitchen                           Mobile, AL

Tuesday, April 29th                 Club Red                                Tempe, AZ

Wednesday, April 30th            Jillian’s                                   Las Vegas, NV

Friday, May 2nd                       El Rey Theatre                      Los Angeles, CA

Saturday, May 3rd                   The Coach House                   San Juan Capistrano, CA

Sunday, May 4th                      Canes Bar & Grill                  San Diego, CA

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University.

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