Ever since they formed on a whim of the brothers Robinson (Chris and Rich), the acid-country, blues-rock band the Black Crowes have breathed the rarefied air that can only be found on the high strata of simultaneous indie and mainstream popularity.
“The whole idea behind this thing was to just get out there and make music,” Crowes drummer Steve Gorman says. “We never really thought about what would happen or where this was going to take us. We just sort of sat back and let things unfold.”
It has been a remarkable–yet tumultuous–road for the Black Crowes since forming in the mid 1980s. From chart-topping singles, to a revolving door of band members and a surfeit of musical offerings in between, the Black Crowes have enjoyed a run that could be best described by their 1990 breakout hit, “Hard to Handle.”
“It’s been an up-and-down ride,” Gorman says. “It’s going to be a bittersweet when we walk off that stage for the last night.”
Yes, Gorman and his band will say a temporary goodbye to the music world once again after their four-month tour. They’re also promoting their new acoustic double album, Croweology, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of Shake Your Money Maker.
In early 2002, the Black Crowes took a brief hiatus due to creative and personal differences before returning in 2005 with a critically acclaimed tour that ended with a live DVD taping at San Francisco’s famed Fillmore theater, a site which is not-so-coincidentally the venue of this tour’s final show.
“We don’t know what the future is going to hold, so for now we’re just enjoying our time with the fans,” Gorman says.
Whether it’s their final time onstage or just another pit stop, Gorman and his band mates do plan on playing every show like it’s their last.