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ANOTHER BLACK CROWE FLIES THE COOP:

September 8, 2006

Apparently being a Black Crowe is too hard to handle for certain members.

Just a week after veteran keyboardist Eddie Hawrysch exited the Black Crowes for “personal issues,” guitarist Marc Ford has unexpectedly flown the nest on the eve of the band’s a massive fall tour.

A spokesperson for Ford issued a statement citing health issues as the reason the musician called it quits this time around: “All the difficult work he has done to gain his longest period of sobriety ever was in jeopardy while touring.”

But in a post on band Website, Crowes manager Pete Angelus announced that Ford’s hasty departure Wednesday–the day before the Georgia rockers were set to kick off their trek in Richmond, Virginia–was less than amicable.

Angelus said that Ford’s lawyer faxed the band’s attorneys a letter notifying them that the guitarist was “immediately terminating his agreement” with the Crowes without giving 12 weeks notice required by his contract.

“I am not going to comment on the timing of this notification or the way Marc has elected to handle his personal and business affairs with the Black Crowes, however I will state as a matter of fact, that this is not the first time that Marc Ford has breached his agreement with the Black Crowes,” Angelus said.

Angelus said that Ford will be replaced for the time being by Paul Stacey and that frontman Chris Robinson and his guitarist brother, Rich, are currently talking with other guitarists about rotating in.

Ford was one of the key players in the Crowes’ heyday, when they scored with such hits as “Hard to Handle,” “Jealous Again,” “Twice as Hard,” “She Talks to Angels” and “Remedy.” But he was fired in 1997 due to drug problems. Last year, Ford was invited back for the Crowes’ much-ballyhooed reunion after a four-year hiatus.

Days before the tour kickoff, the Crowes tapped veteran keyboardist Rob Clores to sub for Hawrysch who, at 49, was the bandy’s oldest member. He apparently left the group due to declining health.

Despite the personnel problems, the Crowes’ camp confirmed that the Robinson boys have been logging time in studios in New York and Los Angeles working on the band’s first new album of original material in six years.

“From the inception of their reunion, Chris and Rich have written a substantial amount of material which they have been sorting through recently with friend and producer Paul Stacey,” said Angelus. “We expect to continue recording at the conclusion of the fall tour and are planning for a 2007 release.”

The Crowes are scheduled to continue their fall jaunt Friday in Reading, Pennsylvania. They’ll open for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Sunday night in Raleigh, North Carolina, then continue on their own throughout September and October, including a headlining slot at Las Vegas’ Vegoose Festival, before wrapping things up Nov. 12 in Castaic, California.

The tour was supposed to coincide with the release of The Lost Crowes, a highly anticipated double-album of rarities. But the band postponed the album to Sept. 26 due to “a recently discovered manufacturing error.”

Courtesy of www.eonline.com