“Cigarettes & Alcohol,” meet “High Head Blues.”
In what may make for one of the more tumultuous rock and roll tours in recent memory, the Black Crowes and Oasis have confirmed plans for a joint North American trek, slated to kick off in Las Vegas on May 11.
Dubbed the Tour of Brotherly Love — a reference to the fraternal duo of Oasis’ Noel and Liam Gallagher and the Crowes’ Chris and Rich Robinson — the outing is currently scheduled to hit 16 cities and run through a June 7 gig at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, although organizers said additional dates may be added.
Considering the oft-times frictional nature of the Gallagher and Robinson brothers, Vegas bookies may be laying odds on how many dates the bands can complete on the tour at all, although Crowes manager Pete Angelus is confident that they’ll pull it off.
“The history, credibility, resilience, talent, passion and music of both bands speak for itself,” Angelus said in a statement. “God help us all.”
Before performing at the Rock in Rio festival in January, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher spoke glowingly of the Black Crowes and said he’s looking forward to the offstage intermingling as much the onstage performing.
“In the pure sense of rock and roll music, I think there’s just Oasis and the Black Crowes,” Gallagher said at the time. “There’s a lot of people who’ve got a rock and roll attitude, but I would like to think that there are two rock bands left, us and the Black Crowes.
“If it wasn’t for the fact that we’re touring with them, then we wouldn’t be going,” Gallagher added. “We’ve been fans of the Crowes for years and years and years. … I’ve gotten to know Chris and I’ve met Rich, so it’s a chance to go and play with your friends.
“The actual gig part of it, the hour that we play and the hour that they play, that’s not the most important part of the tour,” he said. “The most important part’s going to be on the tour bus at 6 o’clock in the morning, when Chris or Rich plays some music that you’ve never heard before. … It’ll probably make me a better musician or songwriter, so it’s like a spiritual thing.”
On the tour, the Black Crowes will tout their new album, Lions, due May 8. Oasis plan to release DVD and VHS companions to their recent double live effort, Familiar to Millions, on March 27.
Dates for the Tour of Brotherly Love, as provided by representatives for Oasis and the Black Crowes:
- 5/11 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
- 5/12 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
- 5/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
- 5/17 – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green
- 5/19 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
- 5/20 – Chicago, IL @ New World Music Theatre
- 5/22 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
- 5/23 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
- 5/25 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheater
- 5/27 – Boston, MA @ Tweeter Center
- 5/30 – Camden, NJ @ Blockbuster – Sony E Center
- 6/1 – Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music
- 6/2 – Detroit, MI @ Pine Knob Music Theatre
- 6/3 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
- 6/5 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion
- 6/7 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall