Shannon Hoon

Shannon Hoon
Shannon Hoon was a talented singer songwriter who fronted the band Blind Melon. Shannon epitomized the wreckless carefree attitude of the Generation X’ers. Mad, confused, ambitionless with no direction they wanted to make a statement. The only thing was no one could figure out what to complain about. Shannon and his generation took the excess’s of the 60’s,70’s and 80’s, rolled them up into one big joint and smoked it. While in his teens Shannon was asked to join a band and he took to it like a fish to water. He had a unique voice and was a natural on stage. He soon left his home town of Lafayette , Indiana and headed for LA. He soon hooked up with what was to become “Blind Melon”. He was befriended by Axl Rose who invited him to sing back-up on a GNR tune. On the strength of a demo the band was signed by Capitol records. After two singles failed to sell Capitol was ready to drop the band but released “No Rain” because it was a concert favorite. With the bee suit theme video it became one of the most popular videos on M-TV and the album went gold. During the shoot Shannon reportly was on LSD and walked around naked half the time. Shannon was a wild man and dove into the LA style consuming about every drug he could get his hands on. As Shannon’s drug use escalated it soon became apparrent that he had developed a severe substance abuse problem. At a concert on halloween night while on LSD he went over the edge by urinating on the audience. He was subsequently arrested. Realizing he had a problem he did a stint in re-hab but relapsed shortly afterward. Again he did rehab and was straight for about 3 months but when “Blind Melon” performed at Woodstock in 1994 he took LSD and gave the performance of a lifetime. The birth of his daughter mellowed him out for a while but when out on the road he began using heroin and cocaine again. While on route to New Orleans he engaged in an all night cocaine binge. The band then checked into their hotel rooms. Shortly afterward Shannon left his hotel room. What happened next remains a mystery. Shannon was found dead in the roadies tour bus, dead from a cocaine overdose on October 21st, 1995 at the age of 28. The CD “Soup” was released posthumously after his death and dedicated to his daughter. During his short life Shannon journaled all his travels on video thru a fish eye lens. Like the rest of his contemporaries he burned out too fast

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