Just days after announcing their 46-date North American amphitheater tour in celebratiobn of the 30th anniversary of their debut album Shake Your Money Maker, the Black Crowes delivered a rollicking and tightly executed performance Thursday (Nov. 14), playing their biggest album from beginning to end for an invite-only show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood.
Opening with their 1990 hit “Twice as Hard,” the band charged through the album’s catalog, playing “Jealous Again,” “Hard to Handle,” and a crowdpleasing “She Talks to Angels” in a set that ran a little bit over an hour and wrapped with an encore of “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)” by the Rolling Stones.
Just three days earlier, the band had announced its return to the road, signing with CAA for an anniversary tour that seemed to folllow a period of detente between leader singer Chris Robinson and his brother and guitarist Rich Robinson, who often drew comparisons to the famous fueding siblings Noel and Liam Gallagher of British rock band Oasis.
“We toured with them, and we freaked them out,” Rich Robinson joked on an episode of Howard Stern, taped Monday for the tour announcement, recalling a particularly brutal brawl at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland during both bands 2011 Tour of Brotherly Love. “Chris was late to sound check and everyone was freaking out and he and I got into it and Liam and Noel walked outside our door and were going ‘listen to that.'”
There were no signs of tensions between the two brothers as they ripped through a tightly woven set with Chris sporting a black blazer and leather choker while Rich sported his own sportcoat and white camoflage jeans. The upper balcony of the Troubadour was taken over by music industry execs and poshy hipsters rocking vintage western wear and the occasional pair of overalls, but the floor was ruled by the diverse array of fans who had helped the band break through in the early 1990s and live on even as the grudge and alternative wave changed the sound of music. Now in their 40s and 50s, the crowd had a distinctly ordinary Angeleno bent with many likely having to report to work early the next morning (the ont ime start and show wrap before 11 p.m. seemed to be much appreciated).
Thursday’s underplay left no doubt that the Robinson brothers could not only get along, but deliver a tight set of hit songs that stand the test of time and bridge the gap between multiple generations of music fans. Their amphitheater tour promoted by Live Nation is going to be a no-brainer night for fans of Southern rock, guitar solos and lyrics that might change in meaning over time but are always easy to remember.
For a list of dates for the 2020 Shake Your Money Make Tour, click here.