Black Crowes Tour With First Album In Seven Years


February 29, 2008

After seven years without a new studio album, the Black Crowes are particularly keen to play some fresh tunes.

So when they launch their latest tour in Sayreville, N.J., on Sunday to promote the March 4 release “Warpaint,” they will perform all the songs from the album from start to finish.

“We want this album and we want these songs to have a little space and time on their own before they get mashed up into … all the other material we play,” said singer Chris Robinson, who leads the Black Crowes with his younger brother Rich, the band’s guitarist.

The Black Crowes’ last album, “Lions,” came out in 2001. After constant sibling rivalry, they went on hiatus for three years, and got back together in 2005.

The current lineup includes two new members, North Mississippi Allstars guitarist Luther Dickinson and keyboardist Adam MacDougall, who join bassist Sven Pipien and drummer Steve Gorman.

“I feel the band has been very good the last few years, even with all the changes and things,” Robinson notes. “We’ve done a lot of different things, really opened it up, played a lot of catalog, played a lot of covers. We’ve hit a lot of things musically that I think were interesting for us.

The “One Night Only” theater tour wraps March 20 in Los Angeles. The Black Crowes will then wing their way to Australia and New Zealand for the first time since 1991.

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