It’s been rough riding for Chris and Rich Robinson’s legendary band, The Black Crowes. The blues rock revivalists have been pretty successful in their career, but when it comes to setting up and maintaining a solid lineup (and not breaking up) the band has been quite unsuccessful. The lineup changes have been so sweeping, that the Robinson brothers are the only two members out of 20 total who have stayed throughout the bands creation in 1984. The band has been around for 25 years now, and has gone through multiple hiatuses, break-ups, line-up changes, reunions, and albums. So, it’s not exactly surprising when Rich Robinson announced the band’s breakup once again last week.
In his official statement, Rich Robinson 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."
"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% of his share, reducing him to a salaried employee, is not something I could agree to."
Although this may not be so much of a shock, it’s still quite bad news. The last full-length release by the band was back in 2010 with their acoustic album, Croweology, which wasn’t a very bad album by any means. Their last performance was even a year ago, so it has been quite some time since there had been anything new from them anyway. Maybe in 5 years they’ll announce that they’re getting back together again? Who knows what could happen with the band?
If you want to take a trip down memory lane, Stereogum did an awesome list of the top 10 songs by the band