The Axl Rose/Shannon Hoon Friendship

In 1991, after the release of Blind Melon’s disappointing E.P. on Capitol Records called “The Sippin’ Time Sessions“, Shannon Hoon became re-acquainted with Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses, an old friend of his sister from their small hometown in Lafayette, Indiana.

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Rose invited Hoon to sing back-up vocals on several tracks on Guns N’ Roses now legendary “Use Your Illusion I & II” albums.  Hoon most notably sang a duet with Rose on the ballad “Don’t Cry” providing his beautiful high harmony vocals.

Shannon Hoon Guns N' Roses Axl Rose Vocals

Hoon even appeared in the “Don’t Cry” music video.

Shannon Hoon Blind Melon Guns N' Roses Don't Cry Video

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Shannon Hoon Axl Rose Guns N' Roses Blind Melon Don't Cry Music Video

Hoon also performed live on stage a few times with GN’R.  At this Gun’s N’ Roses concert on July 29, 1991 at The Forum in Los Angeles, California, Hoon sported a Blind Melon leather vest.


By taking Hoon under his wing, Axl helped jump start Blind Melon’s career and in the process the two formed a meaningful friendship.  These are Hoon’s credits on the Guns N’ Roses’ Use You Illusions I & II album.

Live And Let Die – Background vocals
Don’t Cry – Vocals
You Ain’t The First – Vocals
November Rain – Background vocals, choir
The Garden – Background vocals
Don’t Cry (alt. lyrics) – Vocals

Although not great friends, here is a photo of two front men gone way too soon.  Click on photo or link below to read about the photo…

Shannon Hoon Layne Staley Alice In Chains Blind Melon

Gone Too Soon: Layne Staley & Shannon Hoon Photo Together

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