The group has recorded a full album's worth of new
material, but opted to launch a month-long tour prior to the release of
the still-untitled project. The group's first New York appearance in
more than 13 years occurred at the cozy Canal Room, and was met by a
Blind Melon's members look pretty much the same as
they did a decade ago, while both Stevens and Thorn modeled similar
"Dick Tracy"-style hats. And from the first note of "Galaxie," the
crowd whooped, hollered and sang along to just about every word and
The layoff has not dulled the band's chops, either.
Expectedly, all eyes were on Warren to see how he would handle Hoon's
spot, but he sang the classics perfectly throughout the evening.
The crowd certainly approved also, as I've witnessed
few shows where the audience was as intensely into the performance for
such a sustained amount of time. This was especially evident on
renditions of such nuggets as "2x4," "Change" (which saw renowned
photographer Danny Clinch supply harmonica, just as he did during the
group's Woodstock '94 set), "Soup," "Soak the Sin" and a pre-encore set
closing rendition of "Time." On the latter, Warren encouraged the
audience to sing Hoon's opening "woo-hoo-hoo" part.
There may have been a dip in the crowd electricity
during some of the new songs -- including such standouts as "Wishing
Well" and "Make a Difference" -- but that was probably attributed to
the fact that these tracks have not been consumed by the masses just
For the encore, the group kicked things off with a
pair of songs that the original Melon lineup never performed on stage
during the Hoon era: the gorgeous acoustic ballad "Mouthful of
Cavities" -- on which Warren dueted with a female vocalist -- and a
cover of Steppenwolf's "The Pusher." Closing the set was -- take a
guess -- "No Rain," which saw a pair of hardcore fans hop up on stage
and sing almost the entire song with Warren.
Here is Blind Melon's set list:
"Toes Across the Floor"
"For My Friends"
"Make a Difference"
"Soak the Sin"
"Right Set of Eyes"
"Mouthful of Cavities"