Rich Robinson announced Thursday (Jan. 15) that, after 24 years, the Black Crowes are breaking up.
“It is with great disappointment and regret that after having the privilege of writing and performing the music of The Black Crowes over the last 24 years, I find myself in the position of saying that the band has broken up,” the guitarist said in a statement. “I hold my time with the Black Crowes with the utmost respect and sincerest appreciation. It is a huge swath of my life’s body of work. I couldn’t be more proud of what we accomplished and deeply moved by the relationships people created and maintained with my music. That alone is the greatest honor of being a musician.
“I love my brother and respect his talent but his present demand that I must give up my equal share of the band and that our drummer for 28 years and original partner, Steve Gorman, relinquish 100% of his share, reducing him to a salaried employee, is not something I could agree to,” Robinson continued, referencing his brother, Crowes frontman and co-founder Chris Robinson. “There are so many people who have helped and supported us along the way. I want to give a heartfelt thank you to all of our fans, our friends behind the scenes, and to everyone who was a part of The Black Crowes.”
While promoting the Brotherhood, Chris has been discussing the Black Crowes in recent interviews, saying, “I don’t do frivolous things with music. The Black Crowes, to be honest, became a very tedious scenario. I…I know the Black Crowes are not going to turn around and be something that I think is super amazing again and fun and vibrant with the energy I’m looking for.”
The Black Crowes previously split up in 2002 and went on hiatus in 2010, only to return both times.