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.
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.
Hoon even appeared in the “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…