The Documentary Film About Late Blind Melon Frontman Shannon Hoon Due for Release in 2020

After many years in the works, a documentary that using video footage shot by and about Blind Melon’s Shannon Hoon is expected to be released in 2020. All I Can Say had a test screening at 2019’s Tribeca Film festival and was created with footage the late frontman conceived and shot shot between 1990 to 1995. His friend and photographer, and former touring bandmate Danny Clinch had over 200 hours of footage. He created a Kickstarter back in 2015 to fund a film made from the clips. The film currently screening at festivals but will have a wider release in 2020. Hoon died of a drug overdose on October 21st, 1995. The band has continued without him sporadically ever since. Clinch is a well-known photographer and documentary filmmaker who has helmed many films including two award-winning concert films and documentaries about Pearl Jam. Continue reading

Druids – Monument

When Iowan trio Druids‘ EP Spirit Compass (Self-release) hit my ears sixteen months ago, I was staggered by the apparent ease with which the bandmelded the darkness of Sabbath and the violence of Mastodon with the joyous, Summery Grunge of Blind Melon. It made for a heady mix and new offering Monument (The Company) promises the same excitement amid a paradoxically heavy flexibility. Continue reading

Blind Melon Books Headline Tour Dates, Working On New Music

Essential 1990s band Blind Melon has booked a string of upcoming tour dates. The band has been touring off and on for the last few years and have intimated that they have been writing new music for a future single and album release. The band has been performing with singer Travis Warren since 2006, and on occasion late lead singer Shannon Hoon’s daughter Nico. Blind Melon’s last album For My Friends was self-released in 2008 and was the first since Nico’s namesake album in 1996. Continue reading

Anthrax Manager Tom Maher Passes Away From Cancer

Sad news on this holiday to report as longtime Anthrax manager Tom Maher has passed away on Christmas Eve, after a battle with cancer. No further details are available. Through his work with Singerman Entertainment and La Jolla Booking, in his thirty-year career, Tom also had ties to Motörhead, Guns `N Roses, Blind Melon, Zebrahead and work on the Ronnie James Dio album, A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life. We send our sympathies to Tom’s family and friends at this difficult time. Continue reading

Trees – Trees

Search online for bands named Trees and the only entries you’ll find are references to the glorious British Folk outfit of the late sixties and early seventies. Deep in the recesses of Finland, however, comes another such incarnation: one that joins the gathering of acts that have revitalised the genre this year. Continue reading

Video: Soilwork – Death In General

Soilwork, photo credit Hannah Verbeuren

Soilwork, photo credit Hannah Verbeuren

Soilwork have released their new video for their song ‘Death In General’. You can see the video at this link at Toontrack

Soilwork Drummer Dirk Verbueren commented on working with Toontrack for the première:

“Toontrack’s software and sounds are essential not only to Soilwork but to myself for the work do daily at my Die Crawling Studio. It’s really an honor to have a company whose products are a pivotal part of one’s creative process to première our new video.”

 

Front man Bjorn “Speed” Strid commented on the video and about working with its director, Hristo Shindov:

Recording the video for “Death In General” was absolutely spectacular. After finishing up our North American Tour at The Whisky in Hollywood, we got up at 5am the next morning and drove into the desert. Joshua Tree is truly a magical place and was the perfect setting for this song and the mystical feeling it generates. Blind Melon guitarist Christopher Thorn was very kind to let us use his land for the shoot and he also welcomed us into his home. Director Hristo Shindov and his assistants did a fantastic job, capturing the vibe of the song with stunning footage. The dancers, Daisy and Flannery also did an absolute outstanding job, as they danced in the sunset. Truly magical. We are very proud to present this video for one of the most powerful songs that we have ever written. Hope you enjoy it and that you somewhat can imagine the feeling we had while recording it! We highly recommend sipping on a real good tequila or mezcal while watching it…”

 

Soilwork kicks off their year-end tour of Europe tonight, “The Tour Majestic”, in Malmö, Sweden. Support comes from Hatesphere and T.A.N.K.

Soilwork tour dates, with Hatesphere and T.A.N.K.
Nov 27: KB – Malmö (SE)
Nov 28: X-Herford – Herford (DE)
Nov 29: Kufa – Lyss (SI)
Nov 30: Le Port Franc – Sion (SI)
Dec 01: Colony Club – Brescia (IT)
Dec 02: Backstage Halle – Munich (DE)
Dec 03: Schlachthof – Wiesbaden (DE)
Dec 04: Hellraiser – Leipzig (DE)
Dec 05: Winter Basinfire Fest (CZ)
Dec 06: Bi Nuu – Berlin (DE)
Dec 07: Logo – Hamburg (DE)
Dec 08: Luxor – Koln (DE)
Dec 10: 013 – Tillburg (NL)
Dec 11: Biebob – Vooselaar (BE)
Dec 12: Les Trinitaires – Metz (FR)
Dec 13: Les 4 ecluses – Dunkerque (FR)
Dec 14: Trabendo – Paris (FR)
Dec 15: Antipode – Rennes (FR)
Dec 16: Rocher de Palmer – Bordeaux (FR)
Dec 17: Le Chato’do – Blois (FR)
Dec 18: CC John Lennon – Limoges (FR)
Dec 19: CCO – Lyon (FR)

 

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