Exclusive: Black Crowes To Release Live Shows Online
In the spirit of Pearl Jam's release of authorized "bootlegs" from its 2000 tour, the Black Crowes will make every show from its upcoming summer trek available via a secure online site, Billboard.comIn the spirit of Pearl Jam's release of authorized "bootlegs" from its 2000 tour, the Black Crowes will make every show from its upcoming summer trek available via a secure online site, Billboard.com has learned. Passwords will be encoded on the Crowes' new album "Lions," due May 8 on V2, and fans will be able to copy an as-yet-undetermined number of full shows throughout the tour.
"You will be able to sample everything, pick the shows you like the best, and download them and have your own live CDs," V2 president Richard Sanders says. "There is no fee involved at all."
"We've always allowed people to tape our shows, but this is a way to bring the shows to people every day," Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson tells Billboard.com "They won't be touched up. We play what we play is what we play, and we're pretty confident in it. I think it will be really cool."
Last year, the Crowes participated in a like-minded promotion via Musicmaker.com, which allowed fans to customize an album's worth of tracks recorded during the group's fall 1999 tour with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. A double-disc set was later issued to traditional retail on TVT.
"Each show will be uploaded a week after it is performed," Sanders says of the new campaign. "Every night the band will send us a package with a CD burn, which will be a left/right channel mix, similar to a board tape. If we can get them up sooner, we will." The first concert tapped for the promotion will take place Friday (March 16) at the South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.
The Crowes are gearing up for a North American tour with Oasis, which kicks off May 11 in Las Vegas. The band has also scheduled a series of headlining dates beforehand, including May 6 at Memphis' Beale Street Music Festival. Billboard.com can exclusively reveal that the Crowes will play a special showcase gig April 9 at a London club, much in the vein of a New York showcase last month.