Are the Black Crowes Reuniting for a Big Anniversary?

The brothers Robinson appear to be talking
Chris Robinson (L) and Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes perform at Hard Rock Calling in 2013
The Black Crowes Photo credit Getty Images

One of the most intense sibling rivalries in rock history may be easing enough for an epic reunion tour to happen. There’s speculation of a Black Crowes get-together in time for the 30th anniversary of Shake Your Money Maker.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Chris and Rich Robinson are in talks to reunite the band in 2020 to celebrate their debut album, and their manager told the paper he’s aware of a deal with mega-promoter Live Nation.

Shake Your Money Maker was released as a straight-up blues influenced rock record in 1990, at a time when almost everything else that came out fit neatly into some other genre. Their cover of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle” and the acoustic guitar ballad “She Talks to Angels” both went to #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart. The album also featured songs like “Jealous Again” and “Seeing Things,” setting the stage for a career that added more hits like “Remedy” and “High Head Blues.”

It’s not clear which other former band members would be part of a potential reunion tour. The Black Crowes last toured in 2013 with a line-up that included bassist Sven Pipien, who took over for Johnny Colt in 1997, Adam MacDougal on keys, who helped replace the late Eddie Harsch and original drummer Steve Gorman. But Gorman recently published a tell-all book about his time in the band and doesn’t seem keen on returning. The Black Crowes have employed a rotating list of second guitar players alongside Rich Robinson.

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