After 25 years of numerous personal and professional ups and downs, The Black Crowes have officially broken up, guitarist Rich Robinson announced via a press statement on Jan. 15th.
According to Rich, the split arose over money issues between himself, his brother, vocalist Chris Robinson, and other members. “I love my brother and respect his talent,” Rich stressed, “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.” He added, “I hold my time with the Black Crowes with the utmost respect and sincerest appreciation. It is a huge swath of my life’s body of work. I couldn’t be more proud of what we accomplished… There are so many people who have helped and supported us along the way. 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.”
The band, which took shape during the mid-1980s Atlanta music scene as Mr. Crowe’s Garden before turning to a more blues-rock style as the Black Crowes in 1990, has certainly not been without its inner conflict, particularly between the Robinson brothers. Various other members have gone through the ranks over the years, and Gorman himself left for a short time in the early ‘00s. Several times they have announced “hiatuses,” but none with the finality this particular dispute indicates. Meanwhile, Rich Robinson continues as a solo artist, while Chris leads his group, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood.