Remember that '90s alternative rock band whose singer OD'd right before they made it big? No, not Sublime... the other one with the dancing bee girl and the one hit song that didn't sound anything like the rest of their stuff. According to a very melodramatic press release, proto grunge southern rock band Blind Melon "continues...and begins again" with a new album, a new singer, and a tour to boot:
"Following the untimely death of their singer Shannon Hoon in 1995, for the members of Blind Melon, lives had changed, they had moved on. But music was still the force, their source. There was never a consideration to reform Blind Melon until Travis Warren, the young kid from Texas, walked into the room. The story that unfolds from that moment to this moment is one that will be told... that must be told. But not now. Now, we skip to the next chapter in this book. Now is when we say—after 12 years, the album is complete (details to follow) and the band—its past, present and future—is here for your eyes and ears.
Blind Melon is announcing its first concert dates in 12 years. It's a continuation of what they built but also a beginning of what they are building. As guitarist Christopher Thorn says "We are going to reconnect with our old fans and find our new fans." Drummer Glenn Graham adds "We're going to road-test the new album but we're also going to play all the old songs that we love... the ones that gave us this opportunity."
The release goes on to include some heartwarming quotes from their Myspace comments section. This newer, blinder Melon will be playing at the Cannery Ballroom on March 14th. Tickets go on sale January 18th and are available through selloutpresents.com and Grimey's New & Preloved Music.
However, this short and sweet description leaves quite a few burning questions unanswered. What did happen when this young kid from Texas walked into the room? Will it be as good as when the Doors toured with Ian Astbury? or Skynard with Ronnie Van Zant's little brother? Can the Bee Girl still fit into that costume?