In a blog posted on Blind Melon’s myspace page titled Heartbreak Hotel: Room 667 the band announced they had parted ways with vocalist Travis Warren. According to the band, they had to cancel two weeks worth of dates because Warren was having throat problems but instead of following his doctor’s advice and resting his throat Warren continued chain smoking, here is a quote from the band “God dropped a Stradivarius down Travis’s throat, but the reality is that he treats it like a broken pawnshop fiddle. It is very difficult to maintain a rigorous touring schedule while chain smoking. ”
The band tried to set Warren up with a specialist to make sure everything was OK with his throat before starting the tour back up. Warren apparently blew off his scheduled appointment, then stopped communicating with the band altogether. Finally after two weeks of trying to make contact with him, Warren contacted the band’s manager and according to the band Warren said the following during a 20 minute conversation “Travis stated that if we couldn’t understand that he needed this time to himself, then he didn’t want to be in a band with us anymore. He complained about being underpaid and overworked (we all make the same thing and we all work as hard as he does). He said that he didn’t want to play the US anymore and that he was under-appreciated. He complained about playing the same songs in the same towns.”
Blind Melon tried to keep their tour on schedule by getting Chris Shinn, lead singer for Unified Theory, to fill in for Warren, but it proved to be an impossible task for Shinn to learn the band’s song in a mere two days. According to the band “We are canceling the tour outright and will now start to shovel our way out of this enormous mess. We will have more news about what our plans are concerning the future this week. 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…..We’re going on a journey and we’ll bring you back something great…….”
As always there are two sides to every story and this is the band’s version. There is no word as yet if Travis Warren will be making a statement sharing his side of the story. You can read the entire blog by checking out Blind Melon’s myspace page.