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For true Melon fans, there are well-documented accounts of the recording of their second album Soup, another chapter deciphering the songs, and still another about the lackluster sales performance of the release. At one point, he managed to get sober, but when he was back on the road and away from his daughter, he quickly feel back into old habits.
This impartial positioning is what makes the book more captivating than the actual subject matter.
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In one chapter, final impressions of Hoon are shared. In a book like this, the author runs the risk of culling interviews that reflect only the genius of the band.
But Prato pulls no punches, sets up no judgments, and presents the story pretty much from the point of view of those who were there. This alone is a monumental feat, not to mention editing these interviews from over 50 names listed at the beginning of the book. Stay connected.
One of the most tragic stories of the s rock world was that of singer Shannon Hoon and his band, Blind Melon. Only two records into a promising career, Hoon was dead from an overdose at the age of As one of the top breakthrough artists of , Blind Melon land two prime tour opening spots — Neil Young and Lenny Kravitz.
Additionally, the group grace the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine… naked. They were the opening act, there was a middle act — it was either Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, [or] Social Distortion. That was great for them to be on that.
Neil Young likes an hour between when he goes on and the act before him, so a lot of the time, they were going on about the posted door time. Plus, being the first band on a three-band bill, they were going on [when] it was daylight. I mean, there was no one there. Half the time they played, there would be people in a 33,seat outdoor shed. And then, all of a sudden, the video starts taking off, and there would be like seven teenage girls standing by the stage screaming.
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Within a week, there was actually a crowd showing up to see them. You could literally watch it happen.
Just getting to see six weeks worth of shows was amazing. And they had Jim Keltner as the drummer — it was a thrill to meet him. My memories of that tour, like most tours, have nothing to do with playing.
Neil was touring with his kids, one of whom had severe cerebral palsy.