On Monday, brothers Chris Robinson and Rich Robinson went on The Howard Stern Show to talk about their reconciliation and officially announce the news that’s been swirling in rumor form for months: The Black Crowes will head out on a massive 30th-anniversary tour in 2020.
In addition to announcing the forthcoming tour and introducing the new band lineup—which features the brothers Robinson alongside guitarist Isaiah Mitchell (Earthless), former Tedeschi Trucks Band bassist Tim Lefebvre, and Once & Future Band members Joel Robinow (keys) and Raj Ojha (drums)—the band revealed that they would play a surprise pop-up show on Monday night at New York’s intimate Bowery Ballroom.
Fans quickly lined up at the Bowery box office to snag their last-minute tickets for the first live Black Crowes show since an early-2014 benefit show in Boston. True to the billing of the forthcoming tour, the Robinsons and company spent their brief set working through the entirety of their 1990 debut album, Shake Your Money Maker. For their encore, the band returned to deliver a sing-along rendition of The Rolling Stones‘ “It’s Only Rock n’ Roll (But I Like It)”.
You can watch a handful of videos from the first The Black Crowes show in half a decade below:
The Black Crowes – “She Talks To Angels” – 11/11/19
[Video: L Ron Jesus]
The Black Crowes – “It’s Only Rock n’ Roll (But I Like It)” [The Rolling Stones cover] – 11/11/19
[Video: L Ron Jesus]
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The brothers Robinson have buried the hatchet… @theblackcrowes played their first show in 5+ years last night at @boweryballroom, running through ‘Shake Your Money Maker’ and a @therollingstones cover for good measure… . 🎥: Ian Hawkins . #chrisrobinson #richrobinson #blackcrowes #theblackcrowes #shakeyourmoneymaker #rocknroll #liveforlivemusic
The Black Crowes will play one more intimate warm-up show at L.A.’s The Troubadour on November 14th. More details on ticketing will be announced in the coming dates.
In related news, The Black Crowes were recently included in the November edition of our L4LM Monthly Mix. You can listen to the full playlist below and read our liner notes here.
Live For Live Music Monthly Mix – November 2019
For a full list of 2020 The Black Crowes reunion tour dates, head here.
Setlist: The Black Crowes | Bowery Ballroom | New York, NY | 11/11/19
Set: Twice as Hard, Jealous Again, Sister Luck, Could I’ve Been So Blind, Seeing Things, Hard to Handle, Thick N’ Thin, She Talks to Angels, Struttin’ Blues, Stare It Cold
Encore: It’s Only Rock n’ Roll (But I Like It)*
*Rolling Stones cover
^Otis Redding cover