October 21, 1995: Shannon Hoon
dies at the age of 28.
Shannon Hoon -- a Lafayette
native and lead singer of the multi-million album selling band
Blind Melon -- died Saturday afternoon October 21, 1995 in New
Blind Melon recorded 'Soup'
just around the corner from where he died in New Orleans, and
the album begins and ends with a classic Bourbon St. brass band
funeral march. He even lays it on the line, straight out, on the
album's final track of 'Lemonade' (laced, I have no doubt, with
Barbancourt Rhum): "This far down South, I have no self-control." You ain't the first one, darlin'. And you won't be the last. I
hope you're shootin' the shit with Johnny Thunders right now,
he knows the score. The pisser is, you went out at the very point
where your lack of self-control was stretching your vision (and
vocal cords) to the max.