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The Black Crowes Go On Un-Hiatus

The Black Crowes will flock together once more, hitting a New York stage for a five-night run. The stoner Southern-rock band have been on “hiatus” since January 2002 and haven’t played a show together since the previous October – and while the band, media and fans have all submitted to the word “hiatus,” everybody knows the Crowes were really broken up, so this little get-together is a pretty big deal.

Currently the plan is to take these few shows on and see how it all goes – if the Robinson brothers pull an Oasis and spend the whole time bickering like children, well, then, this will probably be it for the Crowes (at least until they get their own Hell Freezes Over tour 20 years from now). If things go well, on the other hand, the band may consider an extended reunion.

Since their blowout, bandleaders and brothers Chris and Rich Robinson have had dueling solo careers, but neither really took off. Singer Chris released two albums, and, of course, has also been busy impregnating Kate Hudson and raising the resulting child. Guitarist Rich, meanwhile, pieced together a live Crowes double-LP, formed the short-lived band Hookah Brown, then set off on his own, with his first solo record released last summer.

The upcoming shows will take place March 22-27 at the Hammerstein Ballroom, with supporting talent including Ben Kweller, The Bees and The Soundtrack Of Our Lives. No word on whether the rest of the band’s lineup will be on hand or if it’ll just be a Robinson affair. Remember, last we heard, drummer Steve Gorman had officially left the band for “personal reasons.”

As for all you Crowes-jonesin’ Canadian fans, if you’re in a New York road trip state of mind you can check out the band’s website for info on the tix (which go up for grabs on January 25).

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