The Brothers Robinson call a cease fire! One of Rock’s dynamic duos have put aside their personal grievances and decided to get back together for 2020. An extended tour is planned to celebrate 30 years since the release of The Black Crowes’ debut album Shake Your Money Maker which will be played in its entirety as well as other hits. Chris and Rich Robinson will be the only original members from the band during this tour as the brothers wanted to start fresh and decided to bring supporting musicians with whom never worked with the band.
In preparation of the tour, the Robinson brothers decided to reignite a mini “Brothers of a Feather” acoustic tour. The tour which has only a handful of dates currently are scheduled in small to mid-size venues. Tonight, the brothers were playing The Foundry. This space is located in the upper level of The Fillmore building. An intimate room holding only 400 people was sold out for Tonight’s event. I got there when the doors opened to grab some rail as this place fills up quickly and naturally visibility gets increasingly more difficult the further back you get.
As the crowd filled in the GA floor, I spoke to the fans around me. A couple flew in from Detroit, explained that this was the band they listened to when they met. The have seen the brothers with The Black Crowes, and the solo projects The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and The Magpie Salute. They were ecstatic to have some prime real estate on the rail. They said they plan on attending the Red Rocks show on the upcoming tour. The gentleman to my right looked tired and when I asked if he was OK. He explained that he attended the Boston opener a few days ago, attended the free show earlier today at a radio station, and said once the music starts, he will be fine. When I asked how this room compared to the Boston show, he said The Foundry was a little bigger! The theme is intimate, with minimal stage set up 1 Persian -type rug, 1 small table draped within an exotic tablecloth, 3 mics (1 for guitar), 4 effect pedals, 4 monitors (no in-ear here, going old school), like I said. Intimate.
The set list was an incredible journey through the different milestones in the brother’s musical career. In between songs Chris told some funny stories on how/why songs were written, and their mindset during the creation. In no particular order, here are some of the songs from tonight’s set; “Soul Singing, Descending, Oh Josephine, Hotel Illness, Wiser Time, She Talks To Angels, Boomer’s Story, Jealous Again, Thorne In My Pride (which featured an incredible harmonica solo by Chris), Remedy.”
The last time the Robinson brother went out for this type of performance was in the mid-2000s, this ended up being “Brothers of a Feather: Live at the Roxy” (2007). I’m not sure if they plan on using anything from this mini tour, but I doubt Philadelphia would make the recording. The only sour point of the evening was the numerous mentions by Chris to some of the audience members to please limit the talking while they are performing. He quite eloquently explained that the vibe is being created and gets quickly reset when they are fighting audible conversations taking place in the room. I’m dumbfounded as to why they would even come to such a special show to behave in this manner. You could tell that it was getting a bit much when Chris semi-seriously said “We could just play ‘She Talks To Angels’ and leave? that would be punk, right?” The true music fans laughed along with Chris.
If this any indication of what can be expected this summer, it’s going to be one of the top three. The brothers have not lost a step (but then again, why would they?). Chris’ soulful raspiness along with Rich’s amazing guitar chops took the entire crowd back to a much simpler time. I cannot wait to see and hear them with a full stage production this summer!!!
Obviously, tickets are going fast for this much anticipated tour, I would suggest that you visit the band’s website to see when they will be in your area. You can click the link HERE for everything Black Crowes.
Article and Live Photographs by: Bob Linneman