During an appearance earlier today (Monday, November 11) on“State Of Amorica: A Black Crowes Podcast “, formerTHE BLACK CROWESdrummerSteve Gormanwas asked for his opinion on the announcement that brothersChrisandRich Robinsonwere teaming up with new musicians to perform the band’s entire debut album,“Shake Your Money Maker”, on a 30 th- anniversary tour next year.
He replied (hear audio below): “It’s probably not unlike what a lot of people who have followed the band for years think, which is you can judge someone by what they say, but it’s far more important to judge people by their actions. People say anything. And I think that the way the band ended in 2014, which isChrisdemanding all the money from me and most of the money fromRich– that’s true; that actually happened. And that followed 20 years of him telling everyone that everyone else cared about money and that he doesn’t. And the purity test that he puts other people through has long just been…
“I don’t wanna get too deep into this, but a culture like that band – when you have a culture that’s got addiction and codependency and betrayal and loyalty and blind loyalty, when you have all these elements, you end up in a culture of secrecy and shame and embarrassment. And there’sso muchof that throughoutTHE BLACK CROWES.
“Now, again, the music’s the music, and somehow those damaged people, myself included, sometimes madetremendousrock and roll music, “he continued. “And that doesn’t take anything away from that. And so if people want to go hear‘Shake Your Money Maker’in its entirety played by men in their 50 s, then, by all means, go see it. It’s still my music – I’m not gonna play it ever again, but that’s still my music , as much as it’s anybody else’s music. And so I’m thrilled that people loveTHE BLACK CROWES‘music, and if they wanna go see a version ofTHE BLACK CROWES, or if they wanna go seeChrisandRichcalling themselvesTHE BLACK CROWESwith another band, they have the right to do that. me, it’s, like, who’s inFOREIGNER? I don ‘ t know. But if you wanna hear that music, go see it. “
Gormanadded: “I can’t say that it’s not sad that a band likeTHE BLACK CROWES, who, by our second album, had put ourselves in position to be in control of our own fate and destiny for the rest of our lives … We went from being a band that discussed, ‘Let’s buy a farm and build a studio and we’ll have our own world outside of Atlanta. Let’s buy a place over near Athens, where the land is cheap, and we’ll build a studio and we’ll have a compound and we can make music there forever. ‘ For a band that went from there to the 30 th anniversary, ‘Let’s hear an album start to finish, including songs these guys haven’t played in 20 years, ‘that’s sad – that’s what that is to me. It’s perfectly fine if they wanna [do it] – I mean, they have every right to do it. And, again, I don’t begrudge anybody that goes to see it, but it’s sad – it’salwaysgonna be sad. And I’ve said this a lot, but it’s true – there’s no anger in my book. I know that, because there has been a lot of anger in the past, and I know the difference. But there’s always sadness. But this is also exactly how it’s supposed to go, because this is their destiny – to do what they’re doing right now, despite the better efforts of myself and a lot of other equally, if nor more, capable people to provide guidance and leadership and true passion and true talent. l wasn’t enough to keep them from destroying the entire thing. That’s the band – that’s not the music. The music is eternal. “
The newBLACK CROWES (lineup features) **************** (Chris,Rich,EARTHLESSguitaristIsaiah Mitchell, formerTEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND (bassist) Tim Lefebvrealong withONCE AND FUTURE BANDmembersJoel Robinowon keyboards andRaj Ojha) on drums.
THE BLACK CROWESwill celebrate the tour announcement by playing an intimate gig at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City tonight (Monday, November 11) and at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California on Thursday (November 14).
Gorman, who played forTHE BLACK CROWESfor 27 years, released a book,“Hard To Handle: The Life And Death Of The Black Crowes – A Memoir”, in September.
Photo courtesy ofWestwood One
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