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  posted on 9/4/2008 at 02:40 PM
Black Crowes: It's still all about the music
Southern rockers play Royal Theatre
Mike Devlin, Times Colonist
Published: Thursday, September 04, 2008
What: The Black Crowes
When: Wednesday night
Where: Royal Theatre


A concert by the Black Crowes is a lot like a good house party.
And as everybody knows, a house party ain't rocking the dock unless you've got some great tunage to ease tension or stir emotions. Good conversation? Meh. Music generally provides the glue to the party proceedings, and in similar fashion last night at the Royal Theatre it was music that molded the Black Crowes' performance.
It would appear the Atlanta-bred rock 'n' roll outfit, eight members strong on this night, is in a Bob Dylan groove at the moment. During a performance last week in Minneapolis-St. Paul, the Crowes covered both the Band (Dylan's former backing band) and Girl From the North Country.
Last night during it groove-heavy two-hour set, they plucked from out of nowhere Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo), a quirky tune from Dylan's most-maligned outing (1970's Self-Portrait).
It was an odd choice, sung as it was by guitarist Rich Robinson, who rarely sings within the group. But it said a lot about where the Black Crowes are at these days.
The band's set touched on all facets of its 20-year career, including the era in which these southerners were truly famous (that would be between 1990 and 1992, when it sold in the neighbourhood of 10 million records.) But those early days of the Black Crowes, of which we heard snippets of last night -- a spirited, show-closing Twice as Hard was one -- are for the most part long gone.
The group spends little time playing its more well-known songs; only rarely will you hear She Talks to Angels or Hard To Handle, if ever, which has them teetering on a very slippery slope.
To be fair, the group's latest album, Warpaint, is a monster achievement -- a throwback to the time when the Crowes were monsters themselves, both on and off stage. The Crowes, outfitted by two soulful back-up singers, delivered a half-dozen songs from Warpaint last night, including Oh Josephine, one of the strongest songs from the pens of brothers Chris and Rich Robinson, the group's primary songwriters.
Warpaint debuted at No. 5 on the sales charts earlier this year, making it the band's highest-charting effort in 16 years. We could think of a more deserving recording. But despite its excellence, far and away the night's biggest success was Thorn in My Pride, a gem from 1992's masterful The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion. It stretched near the 20-minute mark, and not a moment of it was wasted.
The jam during Lay It All On Me, which closed the band's debatable 2001 recording, Lions, was a similar masterpiece of atmosphere: No one in the group shone brighter than each other, and they worked in union to achieve a genuine buzz. This is a band which truly enjoys playing music together.
Standouts of the night were the band's relatively new recruits, guitarist Luther Dickinson and keyboardist Adam MacDougall, who carried a lot of the weight early. But when it came down to serious business, much of that was handled by the band's Big Three: The Robinsons and drummer Steve Gorman, who have been there since the beginning.
Each is a beauty (in the Bob and Doug McKenzie sense) and can play his respective arse off. When the band's show grew tedious, and it did during a prolonged stretch, it was still a treat to watch these three in action.
The Crowes perform tonight at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver. You can bet the show will bear very little resemblance to the one which preceded it. That's a good thing on many levels, save for one: The wallet. Because you'd have to see every show on the band's world tour to grasp not only who they were, but where they are going, and why.
At the Royal Theatre, that was no easy feat.
mdevlin@tc.canwest.com


 

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  posted on 9/4/2008 at 03:01 PM
they rock anywhere they go

rich is really underaprciated as a composer

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  posted on 9/4/2008 at 03:19 PM

 

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  posted on 9/4/2008 at 05:00 PM
Damn fine review. Thanks for posting. Love the BC.

 

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  posted on 9/4/2008 at 06:40 PM
Is Luther gettting a chance to do any vocals on this tour?

 

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  posted on 9/5/2008 at 01:58 AM
Hey Now! Seeing the Crowes here in Mesa (Phoenix), AZ. We be jammin!

 

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  posted on 9/5/2008 at 07:49 AM
I saw them back at the start of the tour and Luther did not even have a microphone. And how he could be left out of a review is beyond me. Going down to Richmond, VA to see them two nights. Can't wait.
 

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  posted on 9/5/2008 at 07:55 AM
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I saw them back at the start of the tour and Luther did not even have a microphone. And how he could be left out of a review is beyond me. Going down to Richmond, VA to see them two nights. Can't wait.


Amazing. His work has been spectacular on this tour. Quite a few shows are available here:

http://bt.etree.org/?searchs=&cat=215

 

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