Although one of the greatest rock tragedies of the '90s will forever be the suicide of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain, there was another super-talented musician who died during that decade, but is sadly often overlooked -- Blind Melon's Shannon Hoon. Born September 26, 1967 in Lafayette, IN, Hoon began singing and playing music as a teenager, in addition to being a star high school athlete (wrestling, pole vaulting, etc.) and troublemaker (he was arrested several times). He left Lafayette in 1990 for Los Angeles, where he soon formed Blind Melon with guitarists Rogers Stevens and Christopher Thorn, bassist Brad Smith, and drummer Glen Graham. Whereas the music scene in L.A. at the time was focused on glam metal, Blind Melon rebelled against it, looking back to such early-'70s classic rockers as Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Grateful Dead for inspiration. Hoon's angelic voice was often compared to Janis Joplin's (he was also a talented lyricist), and the group created an instant buzz in L.A., eventually leading to a record deal with Capitol Records. Although the band would tour as part of an MTV 120 Minutes package tour (alongside Live, Public Image Limited, and Big Audio Dynamite) in early 1992, their debut album wouldn't be issued until later in the year. Hoon also guested as a backing vocalist on Guns N' Roses' overblown Use Your Illusion set, he was even included in the video for "Don't Cry."