The Black Crowes have often seemed more comfortable on stage than anywhere else, so it makes sense that the first fruit of the band’s successful reunion tour will be four concert albums via Instant Live.
All the shows were taped during a stint earlier this month at San Francisco’s Fillmore and feature a total of 85 songs. They are expected to begin shipping early next week and can be ordered via Instant Live’s Web site.
Beyond nuggets from their sizable back catalog, the Crowes have been sprinkling in such covers as the Otis Redding-popularized “You Don’t Miss You Water,” the Beatles’ “Yer Blues,” Ry Cooder’s “Boomer’s Story” and Neil Young’s “Pardon My Heart” into their sets.
The group is winding down its stint of support dates with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and will begin a fall headlining tour Sept. 4 in George, Wash. Dates are on tap through an Oct. 30-31 stint at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre.
And although Kate Hudson (wife of Crowes vocalist Chris Robinson) recently told a Dutch magazine that the band is planning to return to the studio in the near future, no details have been confirmed. The Crowes have been absent from the studio since 2001’s “Lions,” their lone set for V2.