Blind Melon, the ’90s neo-psychedelic alt-rock band that found commercial success with their 1993 hit “No Rain,” is back together, working on a new album, and bringing their unmistakable sound to Tally Ho Theater in Leesburg next Friday night, Aug. 2.
The band heads to Loudoun County during a period where they have harnessed the creativity of new material while keeping alive the vision, energy and sense of freedom that former front man Shannon Hoon brought to fans, according to Christopher Thorn, rhythm guitarist and one of the band’s founding members.
Formed in Los Angeles in 1990, Blind Melon’s original lineup consisted of Hoon on vocals, Thorn on rhythm guitar, lead guitarist Rogers Stevens, bass guitarist and backing vocalist Brad Smith, and drummer Glen Graham. Following Hoon’s tragic death from a cocaine overdose on the band’s tour bus in 1995, Blind Melon went through periods of inactivity before reforming in 2006 with new vocalist Travis Warren, from the band Rain Fur Rent. After another hiatus in 2009, the band started touring again in 2010, and in 2015, Nathan Towne took over for Smith on bass and backing vocals.