The Black Crowes have disbanded, as evidenced by Rich Robinson’s business dispute with brother Chris (below).
Rich Robinson, who founded the band with his brother Chris in their hometown of Marietta, released a statement early Thursday evening that 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.
There are so many people who have helped and supported us along the way. I want to give a heartfelt thank you to all of our fans, our friends behind the scenes, and to everyone who was a part of The Black Crowes.”
Of course there are two sides to every story, so we’ll await with what Chris has to say…
The Black Crowes went on hiatus in 2001, and in 2004, Rich began his solo journey with the release of his first album, “Paper”. The band reunited in 2005 and were actively recording and touring until their second hiatus in 2010. The band’s final performance took place on December 14, 2013 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California.
Both Chris and Rich Robinson have kept busy with solo projects and new bands as Chris continues to tour and record with The Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Glide recently spoke with Rich Robinson upon the release of his most recent release – The Ceaseless sight.