This sucks! The Black Crowes have announced they are officially ending the band.
Guitarist Rich Robinson, brother to frontman Chris Robinson, confirmed the sad news in a statement. It appears to boil down to bad blood between the brothers and money.
Rich said, “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.”
He continues: “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.”
The band formed in 1989 and relased its debut, Shake Your Money Maker, in 1990.
Their songs such as “Hard to Handle” and “She Talks to Angels” (my favorite) were extremely popular.
The band’s third release, Amorica, was the Crowes’ also went platinum, but no singles made the Hot 100.
The Black Crowes released nine studio albums total.
Fans of the group won’t be all that surprised to hear of the split.
Brothers Rich and Chris Robinson have been publicly feuding since their early days and have twice put the group on hiatus.
In an October 2014 interview with Rolling Stone, the band’s drummer, Gorman, thought the band would split.
Gorman stated, “The likelihood of us doing anything again is as low as it’s ever been. We could obviously all see things differently in a year, but I’ll be surprised if the Black Crowes do something again. Ever.”
Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson has yet to comment on the situation.