Thread: An intimate night of conversation and music with Chris Robinson - 5/16 in NYC

AlPaul - 5/5/2017 at 12:40 PM

I'm interviewing Chris Robinson live on stage in NYC on 5/16. Will sell out.
Get your tickets: http://bit.ly/2pdAcle

This is part of the great BackStory series for which I interviewed Warren a couple of years ago when Ashes & Dust came out. We will discuss the new Chris Robinson Brotherhood album and much more. Will finish with an intimate acoustic performance by Chris and Neal Casal. I'm excited. Spread the word.


JimSheridan - 5/5/2017 at 01:29 PM

Al, I hope you are able to get Chris to open up and express his thoughts. I understand he is notoriously shy and introverted, not inclined to say much, fearful of the public eye.



Oh wait, it's not April Fools Day.


Charlesinator - 5/5/2017 at 01:34 PM

Can't be there Alan, but I have to ask will the subject of the Black Crowes come up? I'm sure I'm not the only fan who felt slighted that they/he couldn't have found a way for at the very least a farewell tour. I can respect him wanting to play guitar. Do his own thing ... However, because of the fact of the way the Black Crowes ended, he will never receive a nickle more from me for his fake hippy dippy BS.


AlPaul - 5/5/2017 at 02:16 PM

Well, I'm not going to ask questions in that vein, but it will be discussed. Everyone has the right to spend their money and time as they see fit. I just think you should follow the music you love, so if you find it hippy dippy BS, by all means, stay away. Some people signed off the ABB after the Dickey parting and they sure missed a lot of great music.


Charlesinator - 5/5/2017 at 03:13 PM

Apples and oranges Alan. I loved the music of the Black Crowes. They had replaced the ABB as my favorite band mainly by releasing new and quality music. And ... they gave the illusion they cared about the fans ... that it was really and truely about the music and the "brotherhood." I bought the first CRB cds and attended several shows. I think Neal Casal is great. (I believe I caught him when he was in Blackfoot.) However, when Rich's allegations which were confirmed by Steve Gorman that Chris wouldn't do a 25th anniversary BC tour unless he got all the money, then I had to wash my hands of his phony ass. Too much LSD and too much time in La La Land isn't good for a Southern boy. Just ask Gregg. Anyway you do what you've got to do, but CR is where he is because of the Black Crowes and their fans who he sold out. You know it. I know it. And he ought to know it.


AlPaul - 5/5/2017 at 04:24 PM

Charles,

I'm not really disagreeing with you, actually. It's just that the truth is always more complicated than it seems.

Over the years, I have had professional disputed with Rich, Chris and the Black Crowes organization. Arguments over magazine covers, who will be in a story, deals made and reneged on (and not by me). I couldn't listen tot he BC for a while. Eventually I realized I like the music. In the end, that wins out. These type of things are a hazard of my job, and the BC are far from alone in this regard. Yet in all my personal dealings with both Rich and Chris, they've been really nice, thoughtful, easy to talk to.

The comparison I meant to make was more along the lines of this: fans wanted Dickey to return for final shows. it would have been emotionally satisfying for them (us), but the idea overlooked the emotional and realistic needs of those involved. I have no idea what went down with the BC, but it was clearly an emotionally complex and volatile situation.


bird72 - 5/5/2017 at 04:45 PM

Have seen Crowes back years ago, a couple times, and listened to new stuff on youtube. I like the mojo and feel of what he does, but I have trouble getting into his singing ability and style. But he puts a good flavor on it.....


porkchopbob - 5/5/2017 at 05:28 PM

Music is very personal to us all, but unless you're directly involved with the band, why take any band's personal conflicts (especially familial bands) or short comings to heart yourself? Seems like a waste of energy to me.


Wis608 - 5/5/2017 at 05:30 PM

Ask him why he is such an a hole, and why he wanted to turn the BC into a
GD wanna be band. He is the last person I would ever want to interview. Good Luck!


porkchopbob - 5/5/2017 at 05:52 PM

Dang, tough crowd, but the internet is where our id shouts things our mouths probably wouldn't. I'll just say I hope it goes well and I'll get the word to my NYC-area peeps.


BrerRabbit - 5/5/2017 at 05:58 PM

Just another negative noob, ignore it.

Gig sounds like fun Al ! Long trek from Oregon tho. Will this be a broadcast?


AlPaul - 5/5/2017 at 06:38 PM

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Will this be a broadcast?


Yes. will be livestreamed. I'll post info when I have it.


jszfunk - 5/6/2017 at 02:34 PM

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and why he wanted to turn the BC into a
GD wanna be band.


I listened to a a podcast recently that had Rich on it and he mentioned something about the direction of the BC going/leaning towards GD style music on the last couple of releases. Did not sound to keen on it.

A Rich or Magpie Salute interview would be cool!!

[Edited on 5/6/2017 by jszfunk]


DeadMallard - 5/6/2017 at 04:36 PM

Look forward to it Alan.


AlPaul - 5/6/2017 at 04:50 PM

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A Rich or Magpie Salute interview would be cool!!


Tried for Guitar world and it didn't work out. Really wanted to do a nice story.

(Edited to remove more specifics, which I thought better of.)

[Edited on 5/6/2017 by AlPaul]


Charlesinator - 5/6/2017 at 10:42 PM

A Rich or Magpie Salute interview would be cool!!
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Hey jzfunk the new Guitar Player has Rich and Marc on the cover and a pretty decent interview. No shade thrown on Chris either.


WarEagleRK - 5/7/2017 at 05:31 AM

I've seen CRB 3 times in person and heard several recordings and I feel like the keys are always really high in the mix and almost the lead instrument. If it was more of an organ then I wouldn't mind as much, but I feel they are going for a more Brent Mydland late 80's era Dead sound. If Chris grew up on 80's Dead, then that makes more sense. I think Neal isn't used to his fullest potential in this band, and I say that as a fan of the band.

Adam is no Eddie on the keys.


jszfunk - 5/7/2017 at 11:45 AM

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A Rich or Magpie Salute interview would be cool!!
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Hey jzfunk the new Guitar Player has Rich and Marc on the cover and a pretty decent interview. No shade thrown on Chris either.


Thanks, will pick that up!!!!


IPowrie - 5/7/2017 at 01:01 PM

I'd want to know what the first record he bought was and who turned him on to the stuff he plays on his Jam On show.


Brendan - 5/16/2017 at 01:47 PM

Really looking forward to this!


stormyrider - 5/16/2017 at 03:41 PM

what's done is done and I certainly have / had no control over it
I enjoy both CR and RR and their new projects

looking forward to hearing the stream


AlPaul - 5/16/2017 at 05:01 PM

Stream will be on Guitar World You Tube channel.


LeglizHemp - 5/16/2017 at 05:07 PM

https://www.youtube.com/user/guitarworld/featured


The_Newt - 5/16/2017 at 08:10 PM

Please ask him why he and his brother loved to copy the Rolling Stones' music or riffs, and imitate Mick and Keith's personal lives, and why he's such an **** that Warren Haynes wrote the song Mr. High and mighty about him.

Thank you.


LeglizHemp - 5/16/2017 at 08:50 PM

i always liked the BC music. i saw them 2-3 times. but those guys always scared me for some reason. i mean i did the same drugs as them prob drank and smoked as much, but they were always scary, i don't know why.


LeglizHemp - 5/17/2017 at 12:41 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-rHSPzKf90


LeglizHemp - 5/17/2017 at 01:06 AM

1st dead show was a free show for him? in the back door? isn't he special.


Charlesinator - 5/17/2017 at 02:42 AM

OMG that was painfull. I felt sorry for Allen. Was Chris tripping? Chris was more coherent during the Stern interview. Of course Stern is basically an idiot ...


jszfunk - 5/17/2017 at 12:03 PM

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i always liked the BC music. i saw them 2-3 times. but those guys always scared me for some reason. i mean i did the same drugs as them prob drank and smoked as much, but they were always scary, i don't know why.


I tell you who scared me , were the Gallagher brothers, Liam and Noel. More so Noel.
I saw them once ,and when Noel was not singing he would stand back a few feet from the mic and just glare into the crowd. Every once and awhile he would say something to the audience , and from what it appeared it did not seem to friendly. I was just waiting for him to jump into the crowd and pop someone for looking at him the wrong way. Good band though.


hotlantatim - 5/17/2017 at 01:29 PM

Neal Casal was great with Ryan Adams in the Cardinals. I've seen him once with CRB.

I'm a big Crowes fan and they didn't short change me. After getting back together for thier last run in 2005....originally with Marc Ford on guitar and then ending with Jackie Green.....they toured a bunch, released some pretty good albums (that had a handful of great songs on them). They did some great acoustic HD TV shows, and a cool acoustic album of their hits.

I got to see them in 2500 seat theatres and ampitheatres, doing acoustics sets, fully on electric shows of deep cuts, and sets made up more of hits. They always jammed a lot and I didn't find that the music changed all that much in concert (probably a little less jamming with the Jackie Greene lineup at the end). No 2 shows were the same. The albums had a few new song types/sounds that wouldn't have been on their first 2 albums, but that's kind of expected all those years down the line.....

I heard Chris wanted ownership with his two partners, Rich & Steve, to be his employees (or minority partners to his majority). Even if that's right, it sounds like he was ready to move on. Nothing lasts forever and they made some great music and gave me 8 more productive years at the end I didn't expect.


hotlantatim - 5/17/2017 at 01:31 PM

I will look for the video Alan!


heineken515 - 5/17/2017 at 02:21 PM

“Let’s get this straight: I don’t like my brother, I don’t get along with him, I don’t want to be in a room with him and I don’t want to play music with those people in that band,” said Robinson in the segment, which you can sample below.

That antipathy extends even to the hypothetical possibility of the Crowes being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an event Robinson vowed he would refuse to attend — partly because he views a visit to the Hall as “like going to the mall.”

Robinson also doesn’t much care for Dead & Company, the touring act that sees guitarist John Mayer sitting in with surviving members of the Grateful Dead. Calling the Dead’s legacy a “giant nipple that everyone sucks off of to get money,”

Robinson aimed his ire at Mayer, unfavorably comparing his ability and artistic depth to Dead founder Jerry Garcia‘s.

“Everything that Jerry Garcia ever talked about or stood for – John Mayer is the antithesis,” argued Robinson. “There’s nothing unique about his playing. Jerry was one of the most unique musicians in the world. Jerry never played anyone else’s licks and now here’s John Mayer playing everyone else’s licks.”


Read More: Chris Robinson Airs Grievances Against His Brother Rich, the Hall of Fame and John Mayer | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/chris-robinson-complains/?trackback=tsmclip


thresher - 5/17/2017 at 02:57 PM

Should definitely start a new topic in relation to everything that spewed out of chris' mouth during that Howard Stern interview.


WarEagleRK - 5/17/2017 at 04:59 PM

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Please ask him why he and his brother loved to copy the Rolling Stones' music or riffs, and imitate Mick and Keith's personal lives, and why he's such an **** that Warren Haynes wrote the song Mr. High and mighty about him.

Thank you.


I thought early Crowes were more Faces than Stones.

Him and Warren seem to be ok now since they have done some shows together in the past couple of years.


The_Newt - 5/17/2017 at 09:00 PM

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quote:
Please ask him why he and his brother loved to copy the Rolling Stones' music or riffs, and imitate Mick and Keith's personal lives, and why he's such an **** that Warren Haynes wrote the song Mr. High and mighty about him.

Thank you.


I thought early Crowes were more Faces than Stones.

Him and Warren seem to be ok now since they have done some shows together in the past couple of years.


I'm writing about their entire music careers, and personal lives.

Chris does not like Warren Haynes. See one minute into this video and his body/facial language when Warren is mentioned. It's pretty funny.

https://www.facebook.com/RelixMagazine/videos/10154373285747307/

[Edited on 5/18/2017 by The_Newt]


thresher - 5/17/2017 at 10:05 PM

Love chris as a frontman for rock n roll but damn he just can't keep his mouth shut. That's probably what makes him good at what he does. That being said throwing insults at John Mayer makes chris sound immature and jealous. You know chris would rather it be him singing those songs and going on stadium tours with original Dead members but it isn't. To say John Mayer "just knows the licks," is ridiculous. John Mayer is deep-rooted in blues, as was Jerry, which is more than we say for chris - who can hardly play any licks well enough to take leads.


Zambi - 5/17/2017 at 11:50 PM

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Chris does not like Warren Haynes. See one minute into this video and his body/facial language when Warren is mentioned. It's pretty funny.

https://www.facebook.com/RelixMagazine/videos/10154373285747307/


In fairness, that could've been GIRD. Seemed like he was hiccuping as he asked "who?". That said, Chris Robinson is a d!ck. He really doesn't like Johnny Popper. Some choice clips from Stern show where he is bad mouthing Popper.

My 10th-11th grade algebra/math teacher went to high school with the Robinson brothers. [Yes, she was fresh out of college and it was her first teaching gig.... ]


shep66 - 5/18/2017 at 04:19 AM

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“Let’s get this straight: I don’t like my brother, I don’t get along with him, I don’t want to be in a room with him and I don’t want to play music with those people in that band,” said Robinson in the segment, which you can sample below.

That antipathy extends even to the hypothetical possibility of the Crowes being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an event Robinson vowed he would refuse to attend — partly because he views a visit to the Hall as “like going to the mall.”

Robinson also doesn’t much care for Dead & Company, the touring act that sees guitarist John Mayer sitting in with surviving members of the Grateful Dead. Calling the Dead’s legacy a “giant nipple that everyone sucks off of to get money,”

Robinson aimed his ire at Mayer, unfavorably comparing his ability and artistic depth to Dead founder Jerry Garcia‘s.

“Everything that Jerry Garcia ever talked about or stood for – John Mayer is the antithesis,” argued Robinson. “There’s nothing unique about his playing. Jerry was one of the most unique musicians in the world. Jerry never played anyone else’s licks and now here’s John Mayer playing everyone else’s licks.”


Read More: Chris Robinson Airs Grievances Against His Brother Rich, the Hall of Fame and John Mayer | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/chris-robinson-complains/?trackback=tsmclip [/quote

Figured this would be a trainwreck, but waited for it to play out. Shame this guy is so full of himself. The realm of musicians that he operates in, rarely have this sense of self importance. It's really a shame when he was a part of such a wonderful band that made great music and performed even better.

Feel sorry for his brother and the rest of their former band.


BrerRabbit - 5/18/2017 at 04:59 AM

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“Everything that Jerry Garcia ever talked about or stood for – John Mayer is the antithesis,” argued Robinson. “There’s nothing unique about his playing. Jerry was one of the most unique musicians in the world. Jerry never played anyone else’s licks and now here’s John Mayer playing everyone else’s licks.”


Nice bash. I like this guy.


porkchopbob - 5/18/2017 at 01:05 PM

I don't really have strong opinion on The Black Crowes either way, but I found this interview with their drummer, Steve Gorman, incredibly engaging. He's now a sports radio host, which is evident, because the man can talk. It's a nice counter/companion to Alan and Stern's Chris Robinson chats.

https://www.jambase.com/article/steve-gorman-discusses-rise-fall-black-crow es-celebration-rock-podcast


JimSheridan - 5/18/2017 at 02:20 PM

I have only heard one Chris Robinson Brotherhood release, but it is a very sterile, watered-down Grateful Dead derivative sound. Chris really can't bag on John Mayer or the Dead if he releases stuff like that.

That said, I love Chris's voice.


OriginalGoober - 5/18/2017 at 03:40 PM

what happens to a rocker is fascinating stuff when they start to cringe over hearing their mega-hits with a former band?

Chris really didn't offer much when Howard started playing the BC music back to him. I was listening on the radio, and could feel him not digging it. He was more comfortable when Howard was stroking him, "You're the best, so talented, such a rebel....." Its what makes Stern a great interviewer , he knows his subject.


The_Newt - 5/18/2017 at 04:40 PM

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what happens to a rocker is fascinating stuff when they start to cringe over hearing their mega-hits with a former band?

Chris really didn't offer much when Howard started playing the BC music back to him. I was listening on the radio, and could feel him not digging it. He was more comfortable when Howard was stroking him, "You're the best, so talented, such a rebel....." Its what makes Stern a great interviewer , he knows his subject.


Too funny.

I'm not a fan of either Mayer or the Robinsons; but it was funny how Chris bashed Mayer and the dead guys, yet thinks nothing of butchering dead songs, and pretending to be Jerry/Mick, and being a huge **** .

I saw the crowes live once and my friends and I made fun of how Chris tried to be all androgynous and tried out dance moves like Mick Jagger on stage.

Even Gregg is not a fan of the Robinsons: "As he walks past us, Warren goes, 'Gregg, Gregg! This is the Black Crowes, the two brothers from Georgia I told you about.' And he looks at me … and Gregg goes, 'Who gives a **** ?' And he walked past us!" Chris recalled to Howard.


heineken515 - 5/18/2017 at 04:44 PM

Now that is funny, Gregg.


WarEagleRK - 5/20/2017 at 12:26 PM

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quote:
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Please ask him why he and his brother loved to copy the Rolling Stones' music or riffs, and imitate Mick and Keith's personal lives, and why he's such an **** that Warren Haynes wrote the song Mr. High and mighty about him.

Thank you.


I thought early Crowes were more Faces than Stones.

Him and Warren seem to be ok now since they have done some shows together in the past couple of years.


I'm writing about their entire music careers, and personal lives.

Chris does not like Warren Haynes. See one minute into this video and his body/facial language when Warren is mentioned. It's pretty funny.

https://www.facebook.com/RelixMagazine/videos/10154373285747307/

[Edited on 5/18/2017 by The_Newt]


Chris Robinson Brotherhood opened for Mule last night and Chris and Neal came out and played "Sometimes Salvation" with them.


WarEagleRK - 5/20/2017 at 12:29 PM

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what happens to a rocker is fascinating stuff when they start to cringe over hearing their mega-hits with a former band?

Chris really didn't offer much when Howard started playing the BC music back to him. I was listening on the radio, and could feel him not digging it. He was more comfortable when Howard was stroking him, "You're the best, so talented, such a rebel....." Its what makes Stern a great interviewer , he knows his subject.


Too funny.

I'm not a fan of either Mayer or the Robinsons; but it was funny how Chris bashed Mayer and the dead guys, yet thinks nothing of butchering dead songs, and pretending to be Jerry/Mick, and being a huge **** .

I saw the crowes live once and my friends and I made fun of how Chris tried to be all androgynous and tried out dance moves like Mick Jagger on stage.

Even Gregg is not a fan of the Robinsons: "As he walks past us, Warren goes, 'Gregg, Gregg! This is the Black Crowes, the two brothers from Georgia I told you about.' And he looks at me … and Gregg goes, 'Who gives a **** ?' And he walked past us!" Chris recalled to Howard.


That was likely more Gregg being an ass and not knowing who they were and just brushing people off than not being a fan. Also during that interview Chris thought it was funny because he said Gregg was right.

I think Chris is an ass as well and find it disgusting the way the Crowes ended because of his greed, but let's at least be somewhat fair about it. He thought it was a hilarious situation that Gregg dismissed them. Gregg's treatment of people circa 1990 probably has nothing to do if he was a fan of them or not and more how much he was on at the moment.

[Edited on 5/20/2017 by WarEagleRK]


The_Newt - 5/20/2017 at 07:48 PM

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quote:
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Please ask him why he and his brother loved to copy the Rolling Stones' music or riffs, and imitate Mick and Keith's personal lives, and why he's such an **** that Warren Haynes wrote the song Mr. High and mighty about him.

Thank you.


I thought early Crowes were more Faces than Stones.

Him and Warren seem to be ok now since they have done some shows together in the past couple of years.


I'm writing about their entire music careers, and personal lives.

Chris does not like Warren Haynes. See one minute into this video and his body/facial language when Warren is mentioned. It's pretty funny.

https://www.facebook.com/RelixMagazine/videos/10154373285747307/

[Edited on 5/18/2017 by The_Newt]


Chris Robinson Brotherhood opened for Mule last night and Chris and Neal came out and played "Sometimes Salvation" with them.


Chris and Neal played what people wanted to hear, and both bands got a chance to promote themselves even though ticket sales have not been that good for mule recently.

Crowes songs are far better than anything by Chris or Rich's solo bands and side projects create.


WarEagleRK - 5/20/2017 at 08:09 PM

Ok, I get it. You really hate Chris Robinson.

Agreed, the Crowes have always been one of my favorite bands and the CRB isn't at that level.


The_Newt - 5/21/2017 at 03:24 AM

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Ok, I get it. You really hate Chris Robinson.

Agreed, the Crowes have always been one of my favorite bands and the CRB isn't at that level.


I don't "hate" him. I do agree with you that he's a douche and greedy, one of the main reasons why the crowes broe up, self-centered and difficult to work with-just look at the revolving door of crowes members through the decades, and makes music about a contest or all about his ego instead of working together with people and being cohesive.


jszfunk - 5/21/2017 at 02:06 PM

Thanks for the interview Alan. You did a great job with what you had to work with. Chris is a different cat for sure.

I did listen to the Stern interview. I would beg to differ that Howard is a great interviewer and knows his subject. Alan's was much better, IMHO. All Howard could do was reference pretty much the first album and talk about Chris's time with Page. You think Chris REALLY wanted to discuss the BC and Jimmy for a good part of the show? I doubt it. I am sure if it was anyone else doing the interview Chris more than likely would have shut it down.

Really did not like to hear negativity from Chris towards his brother and also when his wife started talking too. I understand they do not get along and whatever , but keep that stuff behind closed doors. It does not make you look to good, cause there are three sides to every story.

I like Chris as a vocalists. but his music is not my cup of tea. After I heard Rich's Live At The Knitting Factory 13 yrs ago, to be honest I was indifferent whether or not I ever heard any new material from the BC again. If they did great, if not ,fine. I was and still more interested in what Rich can do as a solo artist or in a band minus his brother.


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