The Black Crowes are an American rock and roll band that has sold over 30 million albums. They were labeled by Melody Maker as “The Most Rock ‘n’ Roll Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World”. In 1990, the readers of Rolling Stone voted them ‘Best New American Band’. The band has opened for rock and roll bands such as Heart, Robert Plant, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Dave Matthews Band and The Grateful Dead. The band is listed at number 92 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock”.
The band released its first studio album, Shake Your Money Maker, in 1990. On the strength of singles “Hard to Handle“, “She Talks to Angels“, “Jealous Again“, “Twice As Hard“, “Sister Luck”, and “Seeing Things”, their debut album received multi-platinum certification and eventually sold over three million copies. Their cover of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle” and their acoustic ballad “She Talks to Angels” both broke the Top 30 on the pop charts in 1991 while “Twice As Hard” and “Jealous Again” were moderate hits. The band launched its own tour that May and later took part in a Monsters of Rock tour in the Soviet Union, where they opened for Motley Crue and Queensrÿche, among others.
The band regrouped, adding Sven Pipien on bass prior to its next recording sessions. By Your Side was released in January 1999; the album stripped away the more adventurous sounds of Amorica and Three Snakes and One Charm in favor of leaner, soul-influenced songs ready for radio. The album’s more mainstream approach spawned singles in “Kickin’ My Heart Around”, “Only a Fool”, and “Go Faster”.
In May 2001, the band released Lions on Virgin mogul Richard Branson’s V2 record label. Singles “Lickin’” and “Soul Singing” had a solid presence on rock radio and Lions peaked at number 20 on the charts. The Black Crowes were inducted into the Guitar Center Rockwalk, a walk of fame honoring notable musical acts and artists. Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher and Slash were on hand for the ceremony. The band effectively dissolved in January 2002 with the departure of drummer Steve Gorman and an announcement that the band was “taking a hiatus.”
After several attempts at revitalizing the band, tours, albums and members….On April 21, 2010, the band announced an August 3 release date for the double, all acoustic album Croweology, as well as tour dates for the “Say Good Night to the Bad Guys Tour,” which will feature two 90-minute sets at the majority of shows: one acoustic and one electric. Another hiatus will follow the tour.
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Hard to Handle
She Talks to Angles
Goodbye Daughters of the Revlolution
Kicking my heart Around
Only a Fool