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Anticipated Black Crowes reunion tour comes to Bethel Woods and 5 other NY, NJ venues in July

Anticipated Black Crowes reunion tour comes to Bethel Woods and 5 other NY, NJ venues in July
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From a press release:

The Black Crowes’ Chris and Rich Robinson will herald the 30-year anniversary of their landmark quintuple platinum debut album “Shake Your Money Maker” with a world tour beginning June 17 in Austin, Texas.

While it will not stop in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area, several venues are within a two-to-four-hour driving distance. The closest is the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, New York on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, and the band will also play at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey on Tuesday, July 14; the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey on Friday, July 17; the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York on Saturday, July 18; the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, New York on Saturday, July 25; and the Darien Lake Amphitheater in Buffalo, New York on Friday, July 31. The only Pennsylvania concert will be Saturday, Aug. 1 at the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, just outside of Pittsburgh, over five hours away.

Tickets and VIP packages are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets.

To celebrate this surprising announcement, the band will play two intimate shows, first at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City this evening, followed by the Troubadour in Los Angeles on Nov. 14.

The Black Crowes, which Melody Maker proclaimed as “the most rock ‘n’ roll rock ‘n’ roll band in the world,” will be playing their debut record, described by Rolling Stone as, “a guitar-party cracker that marries Southern R&B crunch and Anglo cock-strutting attitude,” in its entirety, plus all the hits from the band’s illustrious catalog. The ever-volatile Robinson brothers have not played a show since 2013, when they vowed never to play or speak together again. Thankfully for fans, time seems to have healed these wounds.

Chris Robinson said of reuniting, “I’m thrilled and blessed to be playing with my brother celebrating the music we’ve made and bringing our lives together full circle. Long live rock ‘n’ roll and The Black Crowes!”

Rich Robinson added, “First and foremost, I’m really happy to have my brother back in my life. To be able to play music again together and celebrate the first record we made as kids is a gift. To have these songs stand up after 30 years is something I could’ve never fathomed.”

In 1990, when journalists were lamenting the death of rock as cheesy pop and hair metal dominated the charts, Atlanta’s Black Crowes gave the genre a swift and much-needed kick in the ass with “Shake Your Money Maker.” Fueled by singles “Jealous Again,” “Twice as Hard,” “She Talks to Angels,” and the rollicking cover of Otis Redding’s “Hard to Handle,” the band immediately took the rock world by storm, topping Rolling Stone’s “Best New American Band” readers poll in late 1990.

The Black Crowes went on to release eight studio and four live albums, selling in the tens of millions along the way. They sold out shows around the world, had legendary guitarist Jimmy Page join as a member, got kicked off a tour with ZZ Top for insulting the sponsor, got screwed by bad record deals, got married and divorced, fought among themselves and the rest of the world – in other words, they’ve done everything a legendary rock group should do.

Today, radio legend Howard Stern, one of The Black Crowes’ earliest supporters, shocked fans and rock journalists alike by officially announcing the reunion of Chris and Rich Robinson, who will tour as The Black Crowes once again, playing the iconic record start to finish. This 2020 reunion and tour produced by Live Nation is sure to further cement the band’s legacy as one of the best and most loved rock bands of all time.

See NEPA Scene’s photos of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood performing at the 2018 Peach Music Festival in Scranton here.