NEW YORK — The Black Crowes celebrated the completion of their new album, Lions, by taking roost at a Manhattan nightclub Saturday and performing a 10-song set in front of a celebrity-studded crowd that included 3 Doors Down, Mick Jagger and Moby.
Taking the stage of The Bank shortly after midnight, frontman Chris Robinson and sibling guitarist Rich Robinson led the Crowes through four new songs to kick off the concert, an invitation-only bash hosted by V2 Records owner Richard Branson.
After premiering Lions tracks “Midnight From the Inside Out,” “Lickin’,” “Greasy Grass River” and “Young Man, Old Man,” the Black Crowes then rolled out several familiar cuts, including “Seeing Things,” “HorseHead,” “Wiser Time” and “Thorn in My Pride.”
With new bassist Andy Hess in tow, the Black Crowes finished up the evening by enlisting foreign aid on a pair of numbers. Gordie Johnson, lead singer and guitarist for Canada’s Big Sugar, laid down some slide guitar on a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Oh Well.”
Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones, a V2 Records labelmate and past UK touring partner of the Black Crowes, helped close out the evening by singing lead vocals on “Twice as Hard,” the first track off the Crowes’ 1990 debut, Shake Your Money Maker.
According to the Crowes’ publicists, producer Don Was, guitarist Peter Frampton, singer Nona Hendryx, glam rock band Spacehog and actors Liv Tyler, Liev Schreiber and Chris Robinson’s mother-in-law, Goldie Hawn, were among the guests who turned out for the record completion party.
Produced by Was and recorded at a studio converted from an old Yiddish theatre on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the Black Crowes’ Lions is due in mid-May.