First Black Crowes Reunion Dates Leak, Will Play Entire Debut LP
After months of speculation, the Black Crowes are set to reunite next year in honor of the 30th anniversary of their debut, Shake Your Money Maker. The shows will be the first time that brothers Chris and Rich Robinson have performed together since February 2014.
Although there has been no official statement, Blabbermouth has found a tweeted photo of a billboard in New York City that says the band will be playing on July 17, 2020 at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J., and again the next day at the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, N.Y. The sign adds that they will play the 1990 record "in its entirety plus all the hits."
In January 2015, a little more than a year after their last concert, Rich Robinson formally announced that the Black Crowes had broken up due to an internal power and financial battle. "I love my brother and respect his talent," he wrote, "but his present demand that I must give up my equal share of the band and that our drummer for 28 years and original partner, Steve Gorman, relinquish 100 percent of his share, reducing him to a salaried employee, is not something I could agree to."
While it's unknown which other former members will participate in the reunion, Gorman, who recently wrote a book about his days in the Black Crowes, does not believe he will be involved. Last month, he told us that he had not been approached about rejoining the band, nor did he expect to.
"This reunion, I’ve heard from many sources for several months that this is happening," he said. "This ain’t got nothin’ to do with trying to re-find a musical connection. This is a very different motivation and impetus, so the last thing that the brothers Robinson are going to do is involve someone who is going to take a chunk of the pie away from them."
"And again, they wouldn’t ever think of approaching me," Gorman added, "but it’s going to be a pretty tough thing to make sense of, six years after Chris said, 'I need all of the money or I’m never doing this again' and then suddenly saying, 'Okay, I’m ready to do it again.' I mean, it just speaks for what’s going on. They painted themselves into a corner and they need to go out as the Black Crowes, and I don’t think, frankly, they give two flying fucks who is in the band onstage with them."
Last year, Chris Robinson assembled a band called As the Crow Flies specifically to perform the music of the Black Crowes again.