Blind Melon dropping new studio album in April

    Blind Melon, recently reformed after the death of former frontman Shannon Hoon, is preparing its first studio set since 1995’s Soup. For My Friends, scheduled for an April 22 release from Adrenaline Records, features the original lineup of Blind Melon and introduces Travis Warren as Hoon’s replacement. Warren, most recently of the group Rain Fur Rent, has the unenviable task of replacing Hoon, who was a recognizable presence in rock since his appearance in Gun ‘n’ Roses’s video for “Don’t Cry” and then joined Layne Staley and Kurt Cobain among alternative rock’s biggest tragedies. Blind Melon is optimistic about their new addition, however, and likens this record to their last album, but with a slightly more “experimental” edge. The first single from the album is entitled “Wishing Well.” Blind is scheduled to start a tour in support of For My Friends in late February. [Billboard]