Flashback: The Black Crowes Remember QE2

October 12th, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg

Celebrating their 20th anniversary, the Black Crowes are winging their way into Albany for a marathon show at the Palace Theatre on Friday night.

The band – which is planning to take an extended hiatus after the current “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” tour – will be performing a 90-minute acoustic set followed by another 90-minute rockin’ electric set on Friday.

Over the years, the Black Crowes have had a special place in their hearts for the Capital Region, and they’ve played a wide variety of venues around town from Saratoga Winners to the Palace, from the Glens Falls Civic Center to the Times Union Center to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, where they headlined the H.O.R.D.E. Festival.

And although this year marks the band’s 20th anniversary, they actually made their Albany debut more than 20 years ago. In the late ’80s, they were an unheralded band still known by their original name, Mr. Crowe’s Garden, when they first graced an Albany stage at the late, great QE2.

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Q&A with the Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson

September 3rd, 2009, 2:10 pm by Greg

BeforeTheFrostReleased this week, the new Black Crowes album, “Before the Frost…,” features all new material recorded over the course of five nights in front of a live audience just down the road in Levon Helm’s Woodstock studio barn. It’s actually a live double-album, as it also includes “…Until the Freeze,” a free bonus download-only album.

“Before the Frost…Until the Freeze” is the second consecutive album that the Black Crowes have made in Woodstock, having previously recorded “Warpaint” at Allaire Studios in 2007.

Here’s a little Q&A with Chris Robinson about the band’s experience in Woodstock and their approach to music in general:

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