Friday, June 27, 2008

Blind Melon is back and not really "Tumblin' Down"

There's no Bee Girl dancing with outcasts among a beautiful field or the late Shannon Hoon spiraling with his shaded glasses. After officially disbanding in 1999, Blind Melon is back with a new lead singer, a new album and...they sound as good as ever.

Despite the smash hit "No Rain," many don't realize that Blind Melon released OTHER albums and singles that sparked interest not only on the charts, but in the public eye as well. However, the video that accompanied the #1 single off of the Blind Melon's self-titled album did catapult the band's popularity and certify their album platinum (for those not fully in tune with the RIAA certs, it means they sold over 1,000,000 units). And don't worry, I wouldn't dare mention the cult-classic video featuring "Bee Girl"** and lead singer, Shannon Hoon, without offering a proper viewing.

The band went on tour with Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, and Lenny Kravitz in support of their first album but was cut short due to Hoon's drug addiction. Just a short while later, during the tour to promote their following album, Hoon was found dead in New Orleans of cocaine overdose, leaving behind a 13 week-old daughter.

In September of 2006, Blind Melon announced that they would reunite with a new lead singer, Travis Warren. His voice is clearly unique, though you can hear freakishly close similarities to Hoon's style that defined Blind Melon in the 90's. For My Friends, from Adrenaline Records, was actually released in April of this year, but is now gaining the support and steam to push Blind Melon back into public ears. They're currently touring and promoting their new single, "Tumblin' Down". Enjoy!

Blind Melon - Tumblin' Down

**Wait! The Mountain Tempo can't mention "Bee Girl" without a sufficient update. After being booed off stage and eventually finding her dancing place in the "No Rain" video, the 25 year-old Heather DeLoach, now lives the relaxing life with of a college graduate and actor. According to her imdb profile, she did appear in Reno 911, ER and Balls of Fury.

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