If you watched MTV at any point during the early and mid-90’s, you must remember the ubiquitous “bee girl” music video for the Blind Melon song called No Rain. The catchy tune was accompanied by the video which featured a chubby girl in a bee costume who struggled to find her place in the world until discovering a group of like-minded bee enthusiasts dancing out in a field. It would be Blind Melon’s biggest song and help to spur their debut album to multi-platinum sales.
Unfortunately, Blind Melon didn’t produce another song as big as No Rain, and critics weren’t as kind to their sophomore album, titled Soup. Lead singer Shannon Hoon was still struggling with previous drug addiction issues and halfway through their tour to support Soup, Hoon died of a drug overdose the night before they were to play a show at Tipitina’s in New Orleans on October 21, 1995.
The band briefly considered getting a new singer and continuing, but nothing quite panned out. The remaining members, along with some guys from the band Squirrel Nut Zippers, did record an album called The Scoundrel’s Waltz with a New Orleans singer/songwriter named Joe Tullos. The somewhat obscure album is not difficult to find, but just didn’t fit the mold set by Blind Melon.
Eventually, the four remaining band members would go their separate ways for a brief time. Bassist Brad Smith and guitarist Christopher Thorn would stick around Los Angeles and get into producing. Lead guitarist Rogers Stevens would go to New York City and form a group called Extra Virgin with singer Rene Lopez. Stevens would later do some work with former Spacehog singer Royston Langdon, but nothing really took off. Drummer Glenn Graham would go to North Carolina and eventually sell his drum set.
In the late 1990s, Smith and Thorn teamed up with former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Krusen and singer Chris Shinn (now the lead singer of Live) to form a group called Unified Theory. They cut an EP and a full length album, but never saw the critical or commercial success of their previous works and disbanded in 2001. If anything, it helped to spur a renewed interest in Blind Melon.
Blind Melon reunited in 2007 with a new lead singer named Travis Warren. Not only was Warren was a huge fan of Hoon, but he could also mimic his unique voice quite well. In April of 2008, they released an album of all new tracks called For My Friends and toured extensively to promote it. The band briefly separated while some of them worked on Brad Smith’s solo project called Abandon Jalopy, but they are now currently back together and still playing shows.