When did shannon hoon die

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when did shannon hoon die

A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon by Greg Prato

One of the most tragic stories of the 1990s rock world was that of singer Shannon Hoon, and his band, Blind Melon. Despite scoring one of the decades most enduring singles and videos, No Rain,and a quadruple platinum hit with their 1992 self-titled debut album (in addition to touring alongside rocks biggest names), Hoon could not overcome a dangerous drug addiction. Only two records into a promising career, Hoon was dead from an overdose at the age of 28. A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other is the first book to tell the groups story-culled from over 50 exclusive interviews (including the surviving band members and those closest to the band) and featuring many never-before-seen photos. I am honored that Greg has painstakingly accounted for what the hell happened during those crazy times. He has summed up all the chaos, jubilation, and paranoia that is Blind Melon. -Brad Smith, Blind Melon bassist
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Richard Shannon Hoon (September 26, – October 21, ) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. He was the lead singer of the band Blind.
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Some rock anniversaries are cause for celebration; others are moments to pause and consider how quickly time can pass, and how distant a once-familiar era of music can become. Others are just plain depressing. Today, we mark the latter, as it's been 20 years since Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon died of a heart attack brought on by a cocaine overdose. On Oct. Blind Melon 's second album Soup had dropped two months earlier, and Hoon turned 28 just a month before, making him a few weeks shy of joining rock's infamous 27 club.

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Shannon Hoon, the lead singer, appeared on stage wearing a false moustache and glasses, and a red, flashing clown's nose. He looked like a man with an insatiable lust for life. It is the image by which he will be best remembered.

But stories have been comparatively few about Hoon the man, not the addict, and the people he left behind. The band was to have played a gig in New Orleans that night. Hoon had been arrested for drunken and disorderly conduct during the recording of the album. In September , Hoon was upbeat and optimistic. He was awe-struck at the birth of his daughter and vowed to be a good father.

Dayton, Ind. Back in , there weren't 1, people in the whole town, one of whom was Richard Shannon Hoon, better known as Shannon. He was a pretty typical member of the high school graduating class of '85 — an athlete with a love of jam bands like the Grateful Dead. Dayton is adjacent to the significantly bigger but still small Lafayette, Ind. But, for a town so small, Lafayette has turned out an impressive list of famous names.


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