Words & Photos by Rod Snyder
Blind Melon was in Philadelphia last Saturday night playing at the city’s Theater of Living Arts on South Street. There was already a festivity in the air with it being Cinco de Mayo as well as the South Street Spring Festival in full swing. I had only seen the original band once before, and that was at Woodstock ’94. So I was looking forward to seeing them again, just in a slightly smaller setting.
The current band consists of original members Roger Stevens, Christopher Thorn and Glen Graham, but bassist Brad Smith has been MIA for this tour. Travis Warren continues to take on vocals for the band.
They played to a packed theater for close to 2 hours, culling songs from their back catalog and a few of their newer numbers. The band put on a show that made me realize how prematurely the original band came to an end. The musicians sounded great and it was like no time had been lost at all. They just picked up right where they left off. Travis Warren sounded great to me and romps around the stage in a similar fashion as Shannon Hoon, minus the white dress and LSD! For as few shows as these guys play these days, they put on a hell of show.
St Andrews Fall
Mouthful of Cavities
Dear Ol’ Dad
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