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Rock Group Black Crowes on 'Hiatus'

The Black Crowes have flown the coop. The Atlanta-based rock band announced it has gone on “hiatus,” with lead singer Chris Robinson deciding to break out on his own and drummer Steve Gorman leaving the band.

In a brief statement released Tuesday, the band said: “For the time being, Chris Robinson is pursuing a solo career. Steve Gorman has left the band for personal reasons.”

The message, also posted on the band’s Web site, told fans to stay tuned for news about Rich Robinson, who is Chris Robinson’s brother.

No further details were released.

With their thin, leggy frames, long hair and velvet flared pants, the Black Crowes reinvented the look and sound of early ’70s bluesy guitar rock. Their first two albums, “Shake Your Money Maker” in 1990 and “The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion” in 1992, went multiplatinum.

The band also was known for its marijuana advocacy, and in the ’90s played shows and recorded for NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Chris Robinson, 35, married then 21-year-old “Almost Famous” star Kate Hudson on Dec. 31, 2000.

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