LIVE: Rich Robinson @ Club Helsinki, 10/13/11

October 17th, 2011, 4:00 pm by Greg
Rich Robinson

Rich Robinson

There’s no question that Chris Robinson’s voice is at the heart of the Black Crowes’ sound, but younger brother, guitarist Rich Robinson, has always been the band’s backbone.

Last Thursday night, Young Rich (“Not so young anymore,” he responded to a fan yelling out his nickname) drove his solo project band into Club Helsinki, and not surprisingly, the two-hour show focused on his new album, “Through a Crooked Sun.” That the songs from the album – which had been released just two days earlier – made up more than half of his set list may sound like a daunting prospect for the crowd, but that really wasn’t the case.

While the songs were brand new, the sound certainly wasn’t. The flashback mode was in full effect. Launching into the opening “It’s Not Easy,” my concert companion Dennis said, “They sound like every opening act at the Fillmore,” after a moment’s pause adding, “And I don’t mean that in a bad way.”

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Rich Robinson, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

October 13th, 2010, 2:01 pm by Greg

Rich Robinson“I can’t remember how old I was, but I think the first album that I actually bought was by Prince. ‘Dirty Mind.’ Some girl had already given my brother Chris the first Prince album with ‘I Wanna Be Your Lover’ on it.

My dad was a huge Parliament fan, so we grew up loving Parliament/Funkadelic, Sly & the Family Stone and all that stuff. Then we started listening to Prince and the Time. I think that the first concert that Chris ever went to was Kool & the Gang and a band called Slave. The first concert I went to was Cameo with a guy named O’Bryan opening for them.

But also around that same time, I got way into AC/DC. I loved AC/DC. The first AC/DC album I bought was ‘If You Want Blood, You’ve Got It,’ the live record. I bought it because Angus was being impaled by his guitar on the cover. I thought that was so cool. I was like 10 or 11 years old or something like that.”

Guitarist Rich Robinson, his brother vocalist Chris Robinson and the rest of the Black Crowes wing their way into the Palace Theatre in Albany at 8pm on Friday. The tour – the band’s last before taking a lengthy hiatus – is dubbed “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” and promises a three-hour marathon concert featuring a 90-minute acoustic set followed by a 90-minute, fully plugged-in, rockin’ set. Tix are $42.50.

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