Four years after disbanding The Black Crowes, feuding brothers Chris and Rich Robinson are setting aside their differences to embark on a reunion tour.
The brothers appeared on “The Howard Stern” show Monday on SiriusXM to officially announce the reunion, revealing that they will be playing their album Shake Your Money Maker in its entirety.
The Robinson siblings formed the band in 1984, going on to rock stardom while famously not getting along with each other for years, leading to the band’s demise in 2015.
Since then, Rich Robinson has focused on solo efforts and a new band, The Magpie Salute, while Chris Robinson has been fronting his own group, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and in 2018 hit the road with his As the Crow Flies tour, performing Black Crowes music with a non-Crowes band.
Rumours of a reunion first surfaced a couple weeks back when the profile picture was mysteriously updated on the band’s long-dormant Facebook page.
This was followed by the appearance of a poster in New York City’s Penn Station on Saturday, announcing a pair of of NYC-area tour dates in July 2020, which was first publicized by Spanish-language music website Dirty Rock.
According to the poster, the band will be performing its 1990 debut album, Shake Your Moneymaker, in its entirety, which brought them such radio hits as “Hard to Handle”, “She Talks to Angels”, “Jealous Again” and “Twice As Hard”.
Meanwhile, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that same cartoon logo has started to appear on billboards in the Wisconsin city.
The timing of a Black Crowes reunion makes sense for the band’s frontman; the future of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood has been up in the air since August, when the singer’s longtime collaborator, guitarist Neal Casal, tragically took his own life.
The odds of the band getting back together have appeared slim due to the ongoing acrimony between the brothers, especially after Rich insisted during a 2018 radio interview that the situation was so “toxic” that he and his brother hadn’t spoken since the band broke up.
“Being in a band that seems a lot more functional now, I wouldn’t ever really want to wish to play in the Crowes again. It’s too toxic,” he said. “I don’t have a brother anymore. I don’t speak to him. We don’t speak. I haven’t spoken to him in four years. And I think that that is what it is. So I would never wanna go down that road again.”
There has been no official confirmation from the band as of yet, but a tour announcement including additional dates is expected to be made shortly. It’s also unknown whether the band will be releasing any new music in conjunction with the tour.