A little more than three months after taking to the Internet to release their "Live At The Greek" concert album, Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes have inked a deal with TVT Records to release the album in retail stores, beginning on July 4.
The retail "Live At The Greek" will feature new packaging, exclusive video footage, and one additional track, a cover of Willie Dixon's "Mellow Down Easy," that did not appear on the Musicmaker version of the album (see "Jimmy Page, Black Crowes Discuss 'The Greek'").
The commercial release of the double live album will coincide with Page and The Crowes' upcoming arena and amphitheater tour, which kicks off on June 24 in Chicago and is currently scheduled through an October 1 date in Cleveland.
"Live At The Greek" has already spawned a hit single in the Led Zeppelin cover "What Is And What Should Never Be," which charted in the top 10 of rock radio. The follow-up single is also another Led Zeppelin classic, "Ten Years Gone," which has just been sent out to radio.
"We definitely wanted to impress Jimmy as much as we could," Crowes vocalist Chris Robinson told MTV News of the joint concerts captured on "Live At The Greek." "It's not like you want to go in there and just [joke around]. We take it rather serious.
"When you're playing these archetypal songs that have built this entire [rock] culture, in a sense, songs that mean so much to rock and roll culture, you don't want to f*** around," [RealVideo] Robinson added, laughing.
In related news, on June 20, The Black Crowes will issue "A Tribute To A Work In Progress: Greatest Hits 1990-1999," a compilation album of 16 tracks from the band's first five studio albums, including such cuts as "Hard To Handle," "Thorn In My Pride," "A Conspiracy," "Good Friday," and "Kickin' My Heart Around."
Dates for the Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes' upcoming tour:
- 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