Black Crowes Sign Deal With V2 Records

The Black Crowes are label-less no longer, as the Southern-fried rockers have just inked a recording deal with V2 Records, the home of such acts as Moby, Stereophonics, and Underworld.

The Crowes, who will kick off a joint tour with former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page on June 24 in Tinley Park, Illinois, have been free agents since splitting from Columbia Records last October (see “Black Crowes Talk About Free Agency” ).

Columbia had teamed with The Black Crowes’ longtime label, American Recordings, to issue the band’s most recent studio effort, “By Your Side,” which has only sold some 259,000 copies to date, according to SoundScan.

“We appreciate all the interest from the other labels,” guitarist Rich Robinson said in a statement, “but we’re especially happy to be at V2. Let’s face it, you can’t be hurt by having [label founder] Richard Branson’s private island and personal residence there available to
us.”

In February, The Black Crowes and Jimmy Page issued a concert double LP, “Live At The Greek,” as an Internet-only album available through Musicmaker.com.

After securing a distribution deal earlier this month with TVT Records, “Live At The Greek” will finally be released to retail outlets starting on July 4 (see “Page & The Crowes Get Retail Release Of ‘Live’ LP” ).

Dates where you can catch The Black Crowes taking flight with Jimmy Page this summer:

  • 6/24 – Tinley Park, IL @ New World Music Theatre
  • 6/26 – Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace Of Auburn Hills
  • 6/28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Star Lake Amphitheater
  • 6/29 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
  • 6/30 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
  • 7/2 – Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
  • 7/4 – Raleigh, NC @ Alltell Pavilion
  • 7/6 – Bristow, VA @ Nissan Pavilion
  • 7/8 – Camden, NJ @ Blockbuster-Sony Center
  • 7/10 – Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach
  • 8/13 – Phoenix, AZ @ Desert Sky Pavilion
  • 8/15 – Irvine, CA @ Irvine Meadows
  • 8/18 – George, WA @ The Gorge
  • 8/20 – Marysville, CA @ Sacramento Valley Amphitheater
  • 8/22 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater
  • 8/25 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
  • 8/28 – Dallas, TX @ Reunion Arena
  • 8/30 – Houston, TX @ The Woodlands
  • 9/23 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Mars Music Amphitheater
  • 9/25 – Tampa, FL @ Ice Palace
  • 9/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
  • 9/29 – Noblesville, IN @ Deer Creek
  • 10/1 – Cleveland, OH @ Gund Arena