The Black Crowes are calling it quits, says founding member Rich Robinson.
In a statement released today, Robinson said, “It is with great disappointment and regret that after having the privilege of writing and performing the music of the Black Crowes over the last 24 years, I find myself in the position of saying that the band has broken up.”
According to the statement, the decision was prompted by his brother Chris Robinson’s demand for complete control of the band.
“I love my brother and respect his talent,” writes Robinson, “but his present demand that I must give up my equal share of the band and that our drummer for 28 years and original partner, Steve Gorman, relinquish 100% of his share, reducing him to a salaried employee, is not something I could agree to.
Robinson, the group’s guitarist and songwriter, founded the band with his brother Chris in their hometown of Marietta, Georgia. Their first album, Shake Your Money Maker, yielded multiple hit singles, including “Hard to Handle.” Their follow up, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, rose to Number One on Billboard’s Top 100 Album Chart. The group’s catalog also includes Amorica, By Your Side and a live collaboration with Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.
“There are so many people who have helped and supported us along the way,” Robinson said in conclusion. “I want to give a heartfelt thank you to all of our fans, our friends behind the scenes, and to everyone who was a part of The Black Crowes.”