THE BLACK CROWES: 2020 Reunion Tour Rumors Heat Up

THE BLACK CROWES: 2020 Reunion Tour Rumors Heat Up

A reunion of THE BLACK CROWES appears to be on the horizon. According to The Wall Street Journal, several sources close to the band aren’t denying that a 2020 tour is being planned. The group’s former drummer, Steve Gorman, has been informed of a potential comeback, although he was not approached to participate. Former manager Pete Angelus said that he is “aware of the deal” that Chris and Rich Robinson “made with Live Nation for a 2020 tour,” while another source that is “familiar with the matter” simply said that “there might be something in the works.”

THE BLACK CROWES have been inactive since they played their final show in December 2013.

Last year, Chris put together a band called AS THE CROW FLIES to perform primarily BLACK CROWES songs. Joining the singer in the new group are fellow former CROWES members Adam MacDougall, Andy Hess and Audley Freed, plus Marcus King and Tony Leone.

Rich Robinson is currently involved with THE MAGPIE SALUTE in which he is joined by Marc Ford from THE BLACK CROWES, bassist Sven Pipien (also from the CROWES) along with lead singer John Hogg (HOOKAH BROWN, MOKE), drummer Joe Magistro and guitarist Nico Bereciartua.

In a recent interview, Gorman said that Rich and Chris Robinson will “probably be on the road soon together with a whole new band calling it THE BLACK CROWES.”

THE BLACK CROWES drummer and co-founder, whose “Hard To Handle: The Life And Death Of The Black Crowes – A Memoir” was released last month, made his comments while promoting the book on the Detroit radio station WRIF.

Speaking about THE BLACK CROWES‘ untimely demise, Gorman told WRIF’s Meltdown: “The band blew up in 2014 in a manner that will never be anything short of disgusting. Chris demanded all the money, after 27 years, from not only me, but from his brother. ‘If we’re gonna continue, I need all the money,’ basically, was what he demanded. And, of course, Rich and I said ‘no,’ and that was the end of THE BLACK CROWES. It was an insane thing for him to have done. Right when we were about to do a 25th-anniversary-slash-farewell tour — we were gonna wrap it up and say, ‘This is it,’ and we just wanna thank our fans and thank each other and just go out on a high, for once. That wasn’t possible… And when it happened, it was so over the top, it was kind of laughable. And Rich and I literally did laugh — we were, like, ‘Oh my God! Are you kidding?’ So that was the end of the band.”

As for his decision to write a book, Gorman said: “A couple of years [after THE BLACK CROWES split up], Ed [keyboardist Eddie Harsch] died, and then, within a few months of Ed‘s passing, I was aware of a real calm, a real sense of… I knew the band was over, but now with Ed gone, THE BLACK CROWES that I loved and THE BLACK CROWES that mattered to me, there was no way, with Ed gone, that that could ever happen again. And not that I expected it to, but now it was real clear that we had crossed the rubicon. And my anger had completely gone away and my bitterness had completely gone away. I was sad, and I will always be sad about how the band ended and how the band never lived up to its potential, but I was at peace with it. And I could see how much greatness we did and how great it was. And it just all fell into place where I wasn’t thinking about it consciously, but within, I would say, six months of Eddie‘s passing, I just said out loud one day to my wife, I said, ‘I think I’m gonna write a book.’ It just hit me, like, ‘I’m ready to do this now.’ ‘Cause I never wanted to write a book where I was angry or bitter. Now, I write the book, there’s passages where I’m writing my mindset at the time, and, yeah, I would be furious about things that were going on. But when I was writing it and now that I’m talking about it, it all makes perfect sense. It just sits where it sits, and I’m cool with how everything shook out. It’s not how I would have wanted it, but I can’t imagine it any other way.”

According to Gorman, THE BLACK CROWES had two members that suffered from LSD (Lead Singer’s Disease), the tendency for the lead singer of a rock band to become egotistical and impossible to work. “One of ’em happened to play guitar,” he explained. “We had two guys that were… Their internal struggle, their existential I-hate-my-brother nonsense, it’s horrifying on the most basic level, which is they’re siblings — they only have each other in life as family and as true life partners. So that’s a tragedy right there — when you see two brothers that can’t get along and can’t show the slightest amount of respect for each other, that’s a sad thing on a human level. As far as how it impacted the band, it’s contagious and it’s toxic, and their relationship infects every element of the band’s existence and it becomes impossible to function in any sort of efficient or collectively inspiring manner, and that was the ultimate fatal blow to THE BLACK CROWES.”

Gorman said that he has not been in contact with either Rich or Chris since he started working on his memoir. “I know that they were both very upset that I was writing the book,” he said. “They don’t even care what’s in it; they hate that I would have the audacity to establish a narrative, ’cause in their mind, it’s all about them. And they’ll probably be on the road soon together with a whole new band calling it THE BLACK CROWES, and that’ll be fine — if people wanna hear ‘Hard To Handle’ every night, that’s totally cool. But it’s not the band that I gave my life to for 27 years, and that a lot of other people did too. That’s just two guys in their 50s who’ve painted themselves into a corner going out and playing music. And again, they have every right to do that. But my book is about a band; it’s not about a brand.”

The drummer went on to say that Chris and Rich will likely be reuniting on stage soon out of necessity more so than a genuine desire to be creative together.

“I don’t think either one of ’em wants to do it,” Gorman said. “In a perfect world, I don’t think they’d ever be in the same room together again. I just don’t think they have a lot of options right now.”
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Former MACHINE HEAD Guitarist PHIL DEMMEL Is 'Pretty Sure' New Song 'Do Or Die' Wasn't Written About Him

Former MACHINE HEAD Guitarist PHIL DEMMEL Is 'Pretty Sure' New Song 'Do Or Die' Wasn't Written About Him

Phil Demmel says that he is “pretty sure” none of the lyrics in the new MACHINE HEAD song “Do Or Die” were written about him.

Released on Friday, “Do Or Die” has been described by some fans and media outlets as a “diss” track dedicated to MACHINE HEAD‘s detractors, in particular those who have been critical of the band’s last album, 2018’s “Catharsis”.

When one fan tweeted on Friday that he “lost all the respect” that he had for MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn “after Robb tried to keep himself relevant by dogging out Phil,” Demmel responded: “How did he dog me out? I keep hearing this is a dis track but I’m not hearing anything resembling a dis to me, Personally.”

Phil later added: “Thanks for the concern but I’m pretty sure NONE of it’s about me.”

Demmel announced his exit from MACHINE HEAD a year ago, explaining at the time that he wanted “to step away and do something else musically.” Phil, who first played with Robb in VIO-LENCE in the late 1980s and early 1990s, went on to complete the Flynn-fronted act’s “Freaks & Zeroes Tour” last fall before officially leaving the band.

Last spring, Demmel told the “In The Pitts Of Metal And Motor Chaos” podcast that MACHINE HEAD ended up becoming a Flynn solo project toward the end of his time with the group.

“We weren’t a band,” he said. “That was Robb‘s trip, and we were basically just being told what was gonna happen… Everything had changed over time. Shit, we were together for 16 years and stuff changes after that. It’s been the band that he started. So things shift, and as they weren’t what we agreed to or what we wanted to be a part of, we just left. So we do our own thing, and he does his thing.”

Demmel told SiriusXM‘s Liquid Metal that there were “a lot of things” that he couldn’t do while he was a member of MACHINE HEAD, including speak to the press. “There was a point where we were taking liberties and still doing [interviews],” Phil said. “It got to be where the talks that came along with it, it was unbearable. It was just like, ‘Man, I’m punching the clock here. I’m gonna show up. What songs do you wanna play? Okay. Cool. We’re gonna play the songs. When are the dates? Okay. Cool.’ For the last cycle, it was the paycheck. That was my living. I didn’t like my job anymore.”

Demmel also said that the musical side of MACHINE HEAD took a sharp turn for the worse during the writing stage for “Catharsis”, an album that he said he hated.

Phil revealed that he decided to quit MACHINE HEAD after spending “many stressed-out nights” talking with his wife and occasionally “losing sleep” over everything that was going on with the band. “And it just got to the point to where I [couldn’t] do this anymore,” he explained. “It’s unhealthy for me physically, it’s totally unhealthy for me mentally, and it’s taking its toll on my family now, and there’s where I’ve gotta draw the line,” he said. “This isn’t fun, and I’ve gotta quit my job. And there was a straw that broke the camel’s back.”

Flynn is the sole remaining original member of MACHINE HEAD, which was formed in the early 1990s in the San Francisco Bay Area.

MACHINE HEAD has just embarked on the “Burn My Eyes” 25th-anniversary tour. The shows are seeing MACHINE HEAD‘s original drummer Chris Kontos and guitarist Logan Mader join the band onstage again to play the group’s classic 1994 debut album in full.

Demmel and drummer Dave McClain have been replaced in MACHINE HEAD by Wacław “Vogg” Kiełtyka (DECAPITATED) and Matt Alston (DEVILMENT, EASTERN FRONT), respectively.

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