The Black Crowes will release their first proper live album on August 27th. The tracks were taken from the band’s two-night tour finale at Boston’s Orpheum, October 30th and 31st of last year. After the tour, the Crowes went on indefinite hiatus after drummer Steve Gorman quit.
“The shows were going so well, I just thought it would be great to record a live album,” says guitarist Rich Robinson. “We were all playing well together with great set lists spanning all of our albums. We had almost five hours of music to sift through.”
Whereas the Black Crowes’ first live album, Live at the Greek – a double-disc collaborative effort with former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page – focused on Led Zeppelin covers and blues standards, the upcoming album puts the emphasis squarely on the band’s own material.
“I love our shows,” Robinson continues. “Each night is so different because of the songs we play and the order they’re in. It’s always cool to hear the shows because of all the nuances that change from day to day. Basically, this album is us doing what we do best, playing live.”
Robinson is using his time away from the band to write movie scores, while brother Chris is readying the debut album from his new project New Earth Mud for the fall. The singer plans to debut some of the material on a short acoustic tour set to begin June 19th at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom.