After months of speculation, Chris and Rich Robinson are reforming the Black Crowes for a five-night stand at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. The March 22-23, 25-27 shows -- the Crowes' first since O

After months of speculation, Chris and Rich Robinson are reforming the Black Crowes for a five-night stand at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. The March 22-23, 25-27 shows, the Crowes' first since Oct. 31, 2001, are the only ones booked at this stage of the reunion, according to group manager Pete Angelus.

"Regardless of the speculation, we are going to see how these shows at the Hammerstein evolve before giving any further consideration to additional shows," he says. Tickets will be available Jan. 25 via a presale on the band's official Web site and Feb. 5 via Ticketmaster.

The Robinsons have yet to announce which, if any, musicians will back them at the shows, but Billboard.com has learned that drummer Steve Gorman and guitarist Audley Freed will not be involved in the reunion. The shows will feature support from the John Butler Trio (March 22), the Bees (March 23), the Soundtrack Of Our Lives (March 25), North Mississippi Allstars (March 26) and Ben Kweller (March 27).

Since the Crowes went on hiatus in early 2002, Chris has released two solo albums, while Rich issued his first last fall.

"I'd love to do it," Rich told Billboard.com in September about a possible reunion. "Chris and I are brothers and I love him. It would definitely be a cool, comfortable thing to do, but I'm proud of [the solo album] and I am glad I got to do it. Still, there's something familiar about [the Crowes]. I love those songs and the work we did together."