Fans of the Black Crowes have a good reason to shake their moneymakers: The band has announced plans to reunite for a five-night run of live shows at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom on March 22-26.
Reunion rumors began last summer, when the band’s inactive Web site suddenly sprung to life, showing the band’s logo — two “Crowe” heads facing each other — accompanied by audio clips of its music. The buzz intensified when longtime manager Pete Angelus confirmed that he had met with frontman Chris Robinson and his brother, guitarist Rich Robinson, in August 2004.
The Crowes went on hiatus in early 2002 after a 15-year, seven-album career. Announcing plans to pursue solo careers, the Robinsons parted ways indefinitely. Both brothers formed new bands with organic monikers: the New Earth Mud (Chris) and Brown Hookah (Rich). Chris also started a family with his wife, actress Kate Hudson.
Billed as “All Join Hands,” each of the Hammerstein shows will feature a different opening act, hand-picked by the Robinsons. The openers include singer/songwriter Ben Kweller, blues-rock outfit the North Mississippi Allstars and Swedish rockers the Soundtrack of Our Lives.
Despite intense speculation among fans, Angelus says that the band will wait to “see how these shows at the Hammerstein evolve” before considering plans for a full tour or new album.