Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
Throughout 2009, the Blind Melon Forum was able to raise $500 to help cover some of Nel Hoon’s costs with the annual vigil in celebration of Shannon’s birthday! Donations came in from all over the world from regular vigil folks as well as people who had never even heard of it before and they came in all amounts (ranging from $5 to $150). How cool is that? Nel was very touched and asked to thank you all for your incredible kindness!
So now it’s time to start thinking about the 2010 vigil that will take place in 4 months. The Blind Melon forum staff has opened up the 2010 fund and is counting on your generosity once again. Every dollar helps!
To donate via paypal (easiest and safest method), please click here
To donate via cash, checks or money order, please contact me here.
For more information about the vigil, check out the Vigil FAQ thread of the Blind Melon Forum.
Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
On January 8, 1994 Jason Patric hosted Saturday Night Live along with musical guest Blind Melon. Chris Farley was dressed up in a bee costume as Jason Patric introduced the band.
This “partnership” on SNL was not the band’s and Shannon Hoon’s only encounter with Mr. Farley. Chris Farley went to see the band performing live a few weeks later at the Roseland Ballroom in New York and also in August at the Woodstock festival.
Check this article out.
Many thanks to Greg Prato for the tip. - Picture above taken from “A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other”
Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010
Greg Prato recently interviewed Christopher Thorn for RollingStone.com about the forthcoming Shannon Hoon / Blind Melon documentary.
The still-untitled DVD is being directed by Colleen Hennessy and developed through Danny Clinch’s production company, Three on the Tree. While it will feature footage from several sources, the main focus of the film is the hours of footage Shannon Hoon shot himself over the years.
“…It’s one thing to read somebody’s writing, but when somebody looks into the camera, and you see the fear, the sadness, or the happiness. I would say it’s even more intimate… “ says Christopher Thorn. “…People are going to be absolutely blown away…” he adds.
Read the whole interview here.
Saturday, February 6th, 2010
A new melon website is online since a few weeks, this one is dedicated to the late Shannon Hoon and ran by Randall Peenk, a cool melonhead from Orlando, FL. I recently got in touch with Randall to know more about him and his plans for ShannonHoon.com.
“Right now it’s in it’s infant stage awaiting input from the fans as far as idea’s, artwork, etc. In the near future we will be adding a widget for people to donate to the vigil… It’s up to the Melonheads of the world to make it something we all can be proud of” he says.
“I registered shannonhoon.com right after seeing a commercial for the Behind the Music special. At the time, celebrity names were being bought up left and right for use by porn sites and the like. So, I wanted to protect it. To sort of do a favor for Shannon so to speak. I also thought Nico might want it someday“ says Randall.
Several people from the Blind Melon Forum encouraged him to use the domain to build him a proper site. With the help of Neil Shultz from gorockfest.com, Randall finally go it off the ground in January.
Randall is an early Blind Melon fan: “…I’ve been into the Melon since I first saw the video to No Rain. I rushed out the next day and bought the cassette and was instantly captivated. I was about 18 at the time and had a real positive outlook on the music coming out during that time, due mostly to Blind Melon as well as the grunge movement…” he says.
Randall was lucky enough to see Blind Melon twice in the 90’s. “… the first time was in 1993 when they opened for Lenny Kravitz. It was such an awesome show. I was at the front of the right side of the stage. Shannon grew visibly aggravated by some youngsters moshing and crowd surfing to the left, so he came and stood right in front of me and my friends. He proceeded to play change, and it was just beautiful. As the band started the next song (can’t recall what it was) I remember Shannon saying “While the band gets this song going, I’m gonna test out some of your local”, and began hitting a big bowl of weed, right in front of at least a dozen cops that sorrounded the stage. It’s good to be the king I guess! I also saw them the next year at Woodstock 94. A great show as well, though not as intimate with such a large crowd…”
Visit and enjoy ShanonHoon.com !
Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
Colleen Hennessey is currently working on a documentary about Blind Melon. “…we decided to start it at the very beginning of Blind Melon and go all the way to 2007. This has extended the editing process quite a bit…” she said (*). Colleen actually works at Three on a Tree Productions that is a Danny Clinch compagny, you may have seen her and her camera during the 2007/2008 tour.
“… there is also another company working on a documentary of Shannon’s childhood that is planning to go to Sundance in 2011. I meet them at the Vigil this year and they are wonderful and coming from the heart…” said Coleen (*).
Both documentaries are awaited in 2011.
(*) taken from Colleen’s post on the Blind Melon Forum
Thursday, September 17th, 2009
The annual Vigil will take place on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th September in Dayton, IN on Shannon’s grave. September 26th is the exact Shannon’s birth day.
If you can be there, it’s a great opportunity for you to meet hundreds of melonheads and Shannon’s family. A show is scheduled on Sunday in Lafayette, IN at Riehle Bros. Further information available here.