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Candlebox, 2009
Background information
Origin Seattle, Washington, United States
Genres Post-grunge
Hard rock
Alternative rock
Years active 19912000
Labels Warner, Silent Majority Group
Associated acts The Gracious Few
Kevin Martin
Peter Klett
Scott Mercado
Adam Kury
Former members
Dave Krusen
Rob Reddick
Shannon Larkin
Bardi Martin

Candlebox is a post-grunge band from Seattle, Washington. Formed in November 1991, the band originally went by the name Uncle Duke; they later changed their name purportedly as a tribute to the Midnight Oil song "Tin Legs and Tin Mines" which contained the line "boxed in like candles".


Rise to Fame

Candlebox's eponymous debut was released in 1993 and sold more than 4 million copies; the album peaked at number 7 on Billboard's album charts. Their follow-up album, Lucy, was certified gold in 1996. Candlebox was the first successful act on Madonna's Maverick Records, which went on to sign Alanis Morissette, Deftones, and The Prodigy.

Live Performances, Albums, & Reunion

Candlebox is known for an explosive live show and throughout their career, they have toured with such bands as Living Colour, The Flaming Lips, Our Lady Peace, Rush, Henry Rollins, Aerosmith, Godsmack, and Metallica. They were also a featured band on the main-stage at Woodstock '94 and made repeat live performances on the David Letterman show.

Drummer Scott Mercado left the band in 1997 and was replaced by former Pearl Jam member Dave Krusen. Krusen left the band in 1999 and was replaced by Shannon Larkin of Ugly Kid Joe. Bardi Martin also left the band that year and was replaced by Rob Redick (formerly of Dig).

They are best known for the singles "Change," "You," "Far Behind," and "Simple Lessons." "Far Behind" entered Billboard's Top 20 in July 1993, peaked at #18, and didn't drop off the charts until January 1994. The videos for "Far Behind" and "You" were in seemingly perpetual rotation on MTV and became two of the most requested videos of 1993. The video for their song "Understanding" was directed by Gus Van Sant and is memorable for a long shot of lead singer Kevin Martin lip synching underwater.

In 2005, Kevin Martin was recording and performing as the leader of The Hiwatts. Peter Klett was recording and performing as the leader of redlightmusic.

In 2006, Candlebox reunited with their original line-up and embarked on a three-month North American tour from July to October of that year. Candlebox released a "Best Of" album on May 23, 2006.

Candlebox released their first studio album in 10 years, Into the Sun, on July 22, 2008, following up 1998's Happy Pills. The new album was produced by Ron Aniello (Lifehouse, Barenaked Ladies) and features performances by both Scott Mercado and Dave Krusen on drums. The first single, "Stand", was released to radio in mid-May. Candlebox officially commenced their tour in support of the new record in June 2008.

Candlebox has released a live CD/DVD called "Alive in Seattle" on September 2, 2008 [1].

On May 2, 2008 Candlebox attended the "Schaefer Eye Center Crawfish Boil" in Birmingham, AL, at which Seether and 3 Doors Down also played. On June 29, 2008 Candlebox performed outdoors at the "Stars & Stripes Fest" in Mt. Clemens, MI. The setlist included new songs from their upcoming CD as well as all of their hits. On July 4, 2008 Candlebox performed at the O'Fallon MO Heritage and Freedom Fest in front of a record crowd for this event.

On September 16, 2008 Candlebox performed in Newburgh, NY at the Orange County Choppers Showroom. The show was a free show and was open to the public. A Hudson Valley Radio station, WRRV (96.9 FM) put on the show.

On Sunday, November 9, 2008, Candlebox performed before a live audience at the Phoenix International Raceway prior to the Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500. Kevin Martin also sang the National Anthem prior to the start of the race.

Candlebox is currently on tour throughout the summer of 2009 and have begun writing their next album, slated for a 2010 release. Additionally, Kevin Martin is working on a new project with Chad Taylor, Pat Dalheimer, and Chad Gracey of the band Live, called The Gracious Few, who plan to release an album in Spring 2010.

Band Members

Current members

  • Kevin Martin - vocals, guitar
  • Peter Klett - guitar
  • Scott Mercado - drums (1991-1997, 2006-present)
  • Adam Kury - bass (2007-present)
  • Sean Hennesey - rhythm guitar (2006-present)

Former Members

  • Dave Krusen - drums (1997-1999)
  • Shannon Larkin - drums (1999-2000)
  • Rob Redick - bass (1999-2000)
  • Stewart Griffin - bass (2006-2007)
  • Robbie Allen - rhythm guitar (1998-2000)
  • Bardi Martin - bass (1991-1999, 2006-2007)


Studio Albums

Compilation Albums

Live Albums

  • Alive In Seattle CD+DVD (September 2, 2008)

Other Recordings

  • "Pull Away" - CD Single B-side for "You" (1993)
  • "Far Behind/Voodoo Child" (Slight Return) [Live Medley] - CD Single B-side for "Far Behind" (1994)
  • "Can't Give In" - Airheads Soundtrack (1994)
  • "Featherweight" - CD Single B-side for "Simple Lessons" (1995)
  • "Steel and Glass" - Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon (1995)
  • "Glowing Soul" - The Waterboy Soundtrack (1998)
  • "The Answer" - iTunes Only Bonus Track from Into the Sun (2008)


Year Title Peak Chart positions Album
US Hot 100 US Modern Rock US Mainstream Rock
1993 "Change" 18 Candlebox
1994 "You" 78 18 6
"Far Behind" 18 7 4
"Cover Me" 23 8
1995 "Simple Lessons" - 12 5 Lucy
"Understanding" - - 19
1996 "Best Friend" - - -
1998 "It's Alright" - 32 2 Happy Pills
"10,000 Horses" - - 13
1999 "Happy Pills" - - 17
2008 "Stand" - - 15 Into the Sun
"Surrendering" - - -
"Miss You" - - -
2009 "A Kiss Before" - - -

See also


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