The reactivated BLIND MELON has parted ways with singer Travis Warren and has cancelled its U.S. tour which was set to begin on November 7 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The band initially hoped to be able to play some of the shows with vocalist Chris Shinn, who formed UNIFIED THEORY with BLIND MELON's Christopher Thorn (guitar) and Brad Smith (bass), filling in, but those plans have since been abandoned. "We've made an effort to prepare for the tour with Chris Shinn, but there is not enough time," the group explained in a posting on its MySpace page. "We are canceling the tour outright and will now start to shovel our way out of this enormous mess." The band added, "Chris made a super effort to try to get ready for the tour, but it's just too much to ask of him to get up to speed on all these songs in two days. It is not fair of us to keep promoters hanging on while we cancel the tour show by show, and it is certainly not fair to ya'll to drag this out. We are not cool with doing something unless we know it is going to be up to snuff, and it is just doubtful that we would be there by Monday. We will have more news about what our plans are concerning the future this week, as well as information on how those of you who purchased tickets can be refunded. We're sorry for the confusion, the bad vibes, the drama and the letdowns. We understand the disappointment and anger that you feel towards us. We are angry and disappointed too. We aim to make it up to you soon."For BLIND MELON's lengthy explanation for what led to the split with Travis Warren, read the band's MySpace blog. BLIND MELON's first studio album in 13 years, "For My Friends", was released in April via Adrenaline. The CD introduced Warren as a replacement for late frontman Shannon Hoon, who died in 1995. BLIND MELON's current lineup includes original members Rogers Stevens (guitar), Christopher Thorn (guitar), Brad Smith (bass) and Glen Graham (drums). BLIND MELON's "Wishing Well" video:
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