Black Crowes Unleash 'Lions' In NYC
Playing their first live show since last April, the Black Crowes crowded onto the tiny stage at New York's Bank nightclub on Saturday (Feb. 3) to unveil songs from their highly anticipated new album,Playing their first live show since last April, the Black Crowes crowded onto the tiny stage at New York's Bank nightclub on Saturday (Feb. 3) to unveil songs from their highly anticipated new album, "Lions," due May 15 on V2. In front of an audience of celebrities and select media members, the six-piece veteran rock outfit premiered four new cuts before storming through five vintage originals and a cover over the course of an hour-long set.
Shaggy frontman Chris Robinson and his bandmates -- guitarist/brother Rich Robinson, guitarist Audley Freed, new bassist Andy Hess, drummer Steve Gorman, and keyboardist Ed Harsch -- got heads nodding from note one of "Midnight From The Inside Out." Other new songs included "Lickin'," "Greasy Grass River," and "Young Man, Old Man."
The group also performed older favorites "Seeing Things," "Horsehead," "Wiser Time," and "Thorn In My Pride." Later, Gordie Johnson, of Toronto blues rockers Big Sugar, was called onstage for a cover of Fleetwood Mac's searing "Oh Well," popularized during the Crowes' tour backing Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page last summer.
Kelly Jones, diminutive frontman of U.K. rock combo Stereophonics, handled the first few verses of the sing-a-long "Twice As Hard." Jones is in town to perform an acoustic show with his bandmates Wednesday (Feb. 7) at Irving Plaza.
"Lions" is the Crowes' V2 debut, following five albums on Rick Rubin's American imprint. The band's tour with Page was documented on the two-CD set "Live At The Greek," issued last year via Musicmaker for online purchase and by TVT at traditional retail. As previously reported, a summer North American tour with Oasis is in the planning stages.
For a full review of Saturday's show, visit Billboard.com's Live Reviews section..