Thread: Chris Robinson interview

jszfunk - 7/27/2018 at 11:34 PM

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/ex-the-black-crowes-singer-chris-robinson- says-he-feels-bad-for-his-brother-not-a-lot-of-people-are-interested-in-wha t-hes-doing/


Former THE BLACK CROWES singer Chris Robinson says that his brother Rich Robinson is "always putting negative stuff out there" about him because the guitarist is frustrated about the fact that "not a lot of people are interested in what he's doing" outside of his previous band.

In a recent interview with Joe Rock of West Babylon, New York's WBAB radio station, Rich said that he "wouldn't really ever wanna wish to play in THE CROWES again. It's too toxic," he said.

"I don't have a brother anymore," he continued. "I don't speak to him. We don't speak. I haven't spoken to him in four years. And I think that that is what it is. So I would never wanna go down that road again.

"It is a shame that it became about money, which it did. Regardless of how Chris wanted to spin it, or whatever it was. Ultimately, he wanted everyone's money. He felt that he was more important and bigger and better than everyone else, and that's delusional and not the case, and I just felt like it wasn't very righteous to live that way. And so the band split up. And now, with getting a few years away from it, I'm pretty happy it did."


Asked by Joe Rock to respond to Rich's comments, Chris said: "What do you want me to say? At the end of the day, I have a band and a career outside of that, and it makes all those guys mad. I mean, they lie about… My brother has to do what he has to do. At the end of the day, it must be sad for my brother, because he's doing an interview about his band or whatever, and all people really wanna talk about is me and THE BLACK CROWES. So it must be frustrating for him, and I think that's what you hear. That's just old news to me."

He continued: "Trust me, the only thing that I think my brother has a grip on is money. I don't think he really knows what he's talking about in terms of why he thinks I'm not in the band. But he's gotta do what he's gotta do. And it must be difficult for him; I feel bad for him. But other than that, best of luck. Everyone's got music to play, and he's a musician, and he's gotta do what he's gotta do. And I do what I want to do. And, like I said, I think that's what it's about. It's only interesting because of the misery. People like to [say], 'Oh, my family sucks too,' or, 'Mine doesn't,' or whatever — that's the only reason that it's kind of interesting. But music is music."

Chris added: "My brother's always putting negative stuff out there. It must be tough for him. Not a lot of people are interested in what he's doing. But good luck to him."

THE BLACK CROWES played their final show in December 2013.

Chris Robinson recently 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.

THE MAGPIE SALUTE will release its debut album, "High Water I", on August 10. It is the follow-up to last year's "The Magpie Salute (Live)", which was largely recorded in front of a studio audience in Woodstock, New York.

[Edited on 7/27/2018 by jszfunk]


Zambi - 7/28/2018 at 12:34 AM

What a d-bag.

I really don't follow this Robinson brothers feud that closely, but it seems like Brotherhood seems to do reasonably well being booked with the name brand festivals. But putting festivals aside, I wonder what the numbers look like in terms of attendance on their own tours. Does Pollstar still track that kind of thing down at the club/theatre tour level?

Magpie seems to get much more positive media attention. And critical reviews. And (Crowes) fan reviews for that matter.

Not that media attention or attendance numbers are the measuring sticks. But seems a bit dickish to say how sad it is nobody cares about what Magpie is doing when Brotherhood isn't really garnering any more attention themselves other than at festivals where other (headlining) bands are putting butts in the proverbial seats.

Both bands are headlining many of the same venues when their bands are at the top of the bill, or at least playing similarly sized venues in the same cities. Brotherhood is doing a hair better getting into the festival circuit while Magpie is doing better when teaming up with other headliners like Mule, Blackberry Smoke and Avett Brothers.

No breaking news here, but Chris is just an ass. (proven yet again.)


sckeys - 7/28/2018 at 01:52 AM

A whining pi$$ contest with folks who can’t be thankful for anything. They, like The Eagles, will likely see the change jar get low and have a big reunion.


WarEagleRK - 7/28/2018 at 02:00 AM

"At the end of the day, it must be sad for my brother, because he's doing an interview about his band or whatever, and all people really wanna talk about is me and THE BLACK CROWES. So it must be frustrating for him, and I think that's what you hear. "

The irony of him saying this at that time.


Dino - 7/28/2018 at 03:06 AM

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fender31 - 7/28/2018 at 11:05 AM

I guarantee you the Black Crowes will get back together at some point.


robslob - 7/28/2018 at 10:30 PM

It's too bad Chris and Rich have such an acrimonious relationship. Why can't they both just have their own bands and let it ride?

Rock and roll has a history of this kind of BS. Ray and Dave Davies squabbled for a lot of years.

It's been written (I believe this was in Gregg's book but can't remember for sure) that Duane Allman used to kick Gregg Allman's ass every single day for years when they were growing up. Until one day Gregg decided he had enough and beat Duane up so bad that he had blood coming out of one of his ears. That was the last of the fights.


Chain - 7/29/2018 at 01:19 PM

While they seem to have a complicated relationship, most likely exacerbated by being in a successful and lucrative band together, I can't help but wonder if much of this continued drama is more about getting press than actual hatred between the two.


fender31 - 7/29/2018 at 03:34 PM

That is great Chris has Audley Freed in his band.


WarEagleRK - 7/29/2018 at 03:53 PM

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That is great Chris has Audley Freed in his band.


That band did a brief tour and is done. I don't think there was anything more planned than a quick month or two on the road playing Crowes songs. This from the guy who months before blasted his brother for doing a Crowes cover band.


jparadise - 7/30/2018 at 01:13 PM

It's kinda funny that here in Nashville....I think it's next month, their bands are playing the same venue back to back nights.


Buckeye - 7/30/2018 at 05:48 PM

I saw Magpie last week. They played all their new stuff so I didn't know but 2 songs and I still really enjoyed it. Marc Ford and Rich are a combo very reminiscent of our favorite band. They played a instrumental that was so Allman-ish it gave me goosebumps. Just fantastic.

CRB live I have one word....booring. And the organ 'work' is more annoying live than on record.

I love the BC; they are my generations greatest rock band but Chris is an ASS. My wife isn't a big Jam band fan but admitted that Rich is one of the coolest rockers out there. He is just mellow and has class. It obvious to me that he was the "glue" in the Crowes.


shep66 - 7/31/2018 at 12:04 AM

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I saw Magpie last week. They played all their new stuff so I didn't know but 2 songs and I still really enjoyed it. Marc Ford and Rich are a combo very reminiscent of our favorite band. They played a instrumental that was so Allman-ish it gave me goosebumps. Just fantastic.

CRB live I have one word....booring. And the organ 'work' is more annoying live than on record.

I love the BC; they are my generations greatest rock band but Chris is an ASS. My wife isn't a big Jam band fan but admitted that Rich is one of the coolest rockers out there. He is just mellow and has class. It obvious to me that he was the "glue" in the Crowes.


I saw them last week as well. Wonderful band Rich has put together. The fact that he has 2 former Crowes and he had Eddie Harsh says something about what he was dealing with. I for one am super excited to see what music this band is going to bring going forward.

Feel sorry for all the drama he's had to suffer in the name of music. The Crowes were beyond compare, but a specific component brought them down. Similar to Oasis.


BabaOrion - 7/31/2018 at 05:26 PM

I am/was a big fan of the Black Crowes, but Chris Robinson just makes me cringe. His comments regarding the Crowes and his brother use to anger me, but that anger has been replaced by pity. He obviously suffers from some sort of extreme insecurity and/or delusion. I can't image what the Crowes had to deal with.

I've long been under the impression that when Chris takes the stage on his club tours or on the side stage of some festival, that he looks out into the audience and sees a sold-out arena.


BoytonBrother - 7/31/2018 at 08:10 PM

Sad story whenever two brothers have a fallout. As for Chris, I wasn’t thrilled with his set at Peach. I mean, I enjoyed the music, but his singing seemed lethargic. I get that the Brotherhood is more mellow than the Crowes, but I was dozing off a bit. He needs a few rockin tunes mixed in so he can scream and belt out some lyrics like he used to. One of the best shows I ever attended was The Black Crowes with Jimmy Page back around 2002. Sick show, all Zeppelin tunes. Chris is the closest thing to old school Robert Plant. His version of “The Lemon Song” with Page is incredible.


WarEagleRK - 8/1/2018 at 07:03 PM

Steve Gorman is current writing a book that is coming out next year. It should be an interesting read about the history of the Crowes.


Bhawk - 8/1/2018 at 09:06 PM

I must be the only person who likes Chris Robinson and loves his voice, lol.

Went and saw As The Crow Flies, had a fantastic evening.


WarEagleRK - 8/1/2018 at 09:33 PM

I love the Black Crowes and Chris Robinson's vocals. The Crowes are one of my all time favorite bands. I like Chris Robinson Brotherhood, but not as much as I liked New Earth Mud.

I don't personally know him, but he makes it hard to like him with interviews like this.


JimSheridan - 8/2/2018 at 05:10 AM

Chris Robinson has a great rock voice. One of the best. Power and range and grit and soul. And it holds up live, don't ask me how.

I just haven't heard the CRB stuff that slays me like the Crowes did.


jparadise - 8/2/2018 at 07:03 PM

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I must be the only person who likes Chris Robinson and loves his voice, lol.

Went and saw As The Crow Flies, had a fantastic evening.


The Black Crowes are one of my all time favorite bands and I think of Chris as probably the best front man of my generation. That said, over the past few years, he's really been cringeworthy in the press. CR has always had kind of a big mouth, but it's been in overdrive the past few years. It's kinda sad. I saw ATCF too and they were killer, he's still got it. I just, as a fan, wish he'd learn what "walk softly and carry a big stick" meant.

IMO, Rich has the songwriting, but not really the voice. Chris has the voice, but doesn't really have the songwriting. They're just better when they're together, but seems like it isn't meant to be.

[Edited on 8/2/2018 by jparadise]


WaitinForRain - 8/5/2018 at 03:21 AM

Was excited to give CRB a try, caught them in a small venue in Portland, OR
They were boring, didn't stay for the whole show. They never caught fire.
2 guitar players on foreplay all night long. Fuggedaboudit.

Magpie has Marc Ford who is God. Love them.


alanwoods - 8/5/2018 at 01:13 PM

Saw Chris last night in Maryville, TN. Fun and enjoyable show and I like Neal Casal's playing, be it with CRB or Hard Working Americans. Your mileage may vary.

As the Crow Flies at Wanee was a fun set. And Magpie Salute is very good. I mean, any time you get to hear Marc Ford, it's a treat.

Chris doesn't seem like such an **** when he is on stage. Maybe he should just not do interviews.


Lee - 8/5/2018 at 03:07 PM

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Chris doesn't seem like such an **** when he is on stage. Maybe he should just not do interviews.


Totally agree. We have probably all been to shows where the guy is an ass on stage. I love Steve Earle but he would be Exhibit A for me. Chris always seems to put on a good show. I like both bands.

And I agree with WarEagle. New Earth Mud was my favorite incarnation of his bands (his and Magpie).

[Edited on 8/6/2018 by Lee]


The_Newt - 8/8/2018 at 02:35 PM

I like Chris and Rich's music, both with their side projects/bands, and the crowes; but Chris is a major D-bag and apparently even Warren got tired of his diva BS, and wrote the song Mr. High and mighty about him.


Zambi - 8/8/2018 at 04:09 PM

The grudge between Chris and Johnny Popper is also quite funny. The youtube clips of them on Howard Stern (separately) talking trash about each other are hysterical.


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