Crowes Keyboardist Released From Hospital; Tour Soldiers On

Black Crowes keyboardist Ed Harsch was released from a hospital in Laige, Belgium on Monday, four days after undergoing emergency surgery to correct a twisted intestine.

Harsch isn’t expected to immediately rejoin the band onstage, but he will travel with the Crowes for the remainder of its European tour, which concludes on July 25 at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London.

The Crowes are hoping that Harsch will be able to return to the keys by the end of the European shows, or at least in time to play the Fuji Rock Festival in Tokyo on July 30.

As we previously reported (see “Black Crowes Keyboardist Sidelined By Emergency Surgery” ), Harsch suffered complications from the intestinal problem after the Crowes’ concert in Cologne, Germany last week and was subsequently rushed to the hospital in Laige.

Despite Harsch’s illness, the Crowes still managed to fulfill its opening gig for Aerosmith on Saturday at Wembley Stadium in London
as well as back Jimmy Page at a special charity concert at London’s Cafe Du Paris on June 27.

For that show, which benefited a pair of children’s organizations that Page is affiliated with, the Crowes and the Zeppelin played a seven-song set that included “Shake Your Money Maker,” “In My Time of Dying,” and “Whole Lotta Love.” For the final number, a rave-up of Led Zeppelin’s “You Shook Me,” Page and the Crowes were joined by Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.

Tonight the Black Crowes are in Paris to headline a show at the Olympia.