Five years later, the Marietta-birthed band will return to the road to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their landmark debut, “Shake Your Money Maker.” It will mark the first live shows for The Black Crowes since 2013.
The 46-date summer tour kicks off in June in Austin and Rich Robinson, along with his frontman brother Chris, will receive their homecoming at 8 p.m. June 27 date at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood. Tickets are $35-$386 and are on sale now via www.livenation.com.
The fraught relationship between the Brothers Robinson seems to have been stabilized, with Chris stating, "I'm thrilled and blessed to be playing with my brother celebrating the music we've made and bringing our lives together full circle,” and Rich adding, “First and foremost, I'm really happy to have my brother back in my life. To be able to play music again together and celebrate the first record we made as kids, is a gift. To have these songs stand up after 30 years is something I could've never fathomed."
“Shake Your Moneymaker sold more than 5 million copies on the strength of their swampy blues rock that colored a sinewy cover of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle” and the ballad, “She Talks to Angels.” The band plans to perform “Moneymaker” in its entirety along with other hits, which will likely include “Remedy” and “Hotel Illness.”
According to Rolling Stone, the Robinsons have enlisted a new band to back them: Isaiah Mitchell from Earthless, session bassist Tim LeFebvre and keyboardist Joel Robinow and drummer Ojha of the Once and Future Band.
Chris and Rich Robinson are Marietta natives who formed the first incarnation of The Black Crowes in 1984 while attending Walton High School. They named the band Mr. Crowe’s Garden after the children’s book “Johnny Crow’s Garden,” and eventually modified the name and their sound.
The Robinson brothers appeared on Howard Stern's SiriusXM show on Nov. 11 (note, some language) to discuss their return.
Melissa Ruggieri has covered music and entertainment for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution since 2010 and created the Atlanta Music Scene blog. She's kept vampire hours for more than two decades and remembers when MTV was awesome.