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Black Crowes fans, listen up: The band's upcoming 60-date tour could be your last chance to see the group in action for a while.
After spending much of the past five years on the road, the Black Crowes have announced that they will go on "indefinite hiatus" following the band's annual multinight run at San Francisco's Fillmore in late December. How long could this hiatus last? "They don't have a set time," longtime Crowes manager Pete Angelus says. "After the amount of touring they've done, they felt it's time to take a break."
But the band plans to go out with a bang. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its debut album "Shake Your Money Maker," the band will release a double-album Aug. 3 on its own label, Silver Arrow. The forthcoming set, dubbed "Croweology," will feature all-acoustic arrangements of hits and catalog picks, Angelus says. On top of that, in most markets of its Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys 2010 jaunt, the Crowes will play a lengthy three-hour set. (About 20 of the tour's shows will be electric only.) "It will be an hour-and-a-half acoustic performance, followed by an hour-and-a-half electric performance," Angelus says. "They want to give the fans something special."
The Crowes have done steady business on the road during the past couple of years, grossing $1 million from 12 concerts in 2009 and $1.7 million from 23 shows in 2008, according to Billboard Boxscore. In addition to back-to-back plays in San Francisco, the act will play multiple nights at the House of Blues in Boston and Nokia Theatre Times Square in New York, among others.