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January 12, 2005

Those “Hard to Handle” brothers Chris and Rich Robinson are ready to take flight with a reunited Black Crowes.

The long-in-the-works reunion will kick off with five Crowes shows March 22-27 at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, the siblings announced Tuesday

Tickets for the limited-engagement run will be available to fans Jan. 25, according to the band’s Website,

The March concerts, billed as All Join Hands, will be the band’s first shows since 2001.

Although the official lineup for the reformed Crowes is not known, message boards at are buzzing that longtime band members Eddie Harsch and Sven Pipien will join the Robinson brothers

There is speculation the band will gauge reaction to the New York shows before considering a larger nationwide tour.

Although the Black Crowes never officially broke up, the group has been on hiatus since early 2002.

In the years since, both Chris and Rich Robinson tried their own projects with little success. Rich’s band Hookah Brown disbanded after a brief tenure and his solo effort, Paper, dropped last year to mixed reviews.

Chris Robinson had equally lackluster results with his post-Crowes experimentations, 2002’s New Earth Mud and 2004’s This Magnificent Distance.

He’s been better known these days as accessory to wife Kate Hudson. The couple had their first child together in January of 2004.

Reunion talk ramped up after the band’s long-dormant Website again became animated in August, featuring two “Crowe” heads facing each other as audio clips of the band’s music played. At the time, Billboard reported that the brothers had met with manager Pete Angelus to plot a potential comeback.

The Black Crowes have sold more than 15 million records worldwide and performed more than 2,000 shows since their inception in 1990. At their peak in the early 1990s, they ruled rock airwaves with hits like “Hard to Handle,” “She Talks to Angels” and “Twice as Hard.”

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