Why Are Black Crowes Billboards Popping Up Across America?

Black Crowes Billboard on Virgil near Melrose, Los Angeles, Nov. 2019

The Black Crowes are up to something.

Billboards featuring the legendary Georgia band's logo have been seen popping up in various cities across the country, including Detroit, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Milwaukee, Norfolk, and more. The billboard photographed above was seen in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles.

The billboard sightings are turning up the rumored buzz that brothers Chris and Rich Robinson are planning on reuniting the Black Crowes for a tour next year. It would be the first time the band has played together since December 2013.

Fueling those flames is the band's original drummer, Steve Gorman, telling radio station WBAB that he knows on good authority that the brothers are indeed going to reunite, but that he doesn't expect to hear from them.

“They're not about to say, 'We wanna give up money.' I mean, that's what this tour is about,” Gorman said. “When you're booking a tour before you have a band, you're not booking a tour for musical connectedness and satisfaction. That said, they have every right to do it, and I don't begrudge anybody that can make a living playing music, especially songs they wrote.”

Gorman is the author of Hard to Handle: The Life and Death of the Black Crowes--A Memoir, in which he details the constant chaos and egomania that plagued the band throughout its original run.

“I think they're in a place where, I would imagine, they're not interested in having anybody from the past work with them,” Gorman added to WBAB. “It just makes it cleaner and easier, because to bring people back to do it right, you have a lot of explaining to do, you have a lot of apologizing to do, and you've gotta make up for a lot of damage you've caused. I don't think either one of those guys has any interest in those steps; they just wanna go get what they need. So, I could play the game of, 'What if they call?' It's not going to happen."

In the meantime, fans wait in anticipation to see what exactly The Black Crowes do next.

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