As the crowe flies, it would be a pretty short distance between then and now, eh? Above: in better days.
By Blurt Staff
Although the word “hiatus” has been tossed around in regards to the Black Crowes’ frequent disappearances while vocalist Chris Robinson and guitarist Rich Robinson went off to do their solo things, it’s always been an open secret that the dudes simply don’t get along and haven’t got along for ages. They debuted in 1990 and were quite prolific over the years, but the title of 2009’s Before the Frost… Until the Freeze, as their last studio album of new material, now seems rather prophetic in light of a statement Rich Robinson issued yesterday:
“It is with great disappointment and regret that after having the privilege of writing and performing the music of the Black Crowes over the last 24 years, I find myself in the position of saying that the band has broken up.
“I hold my time with the Black Crowes with the utmost respect and sincerest appreciation. It is a huge swath of my life’s body of work. I couldn’t be more proud of what we accomplished and deeply moved by the relationships people created and maintained with my music. That alone is the greatest honor of being a musician. I love my brother and respect his talent, 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.
“There are so many people who have helped and supported us along the way. I want to give a heartfelt thank you to all of our fans, our friends behind the scenes, and to everyone who was a part of the Black Crowes.”
As most Crowes watchers will agree, the Chris-Rich sibling dynamic has rivaled that of Oasis’ Liam and Noel Gallagher for occasional animosity. The only surprising thing is that it took this long for things to come to a head. When you read between the lines and ponder the “demands” that Robinson cited in his statement, it looks like an old rock ‘n’ roll story written anew.