The old saying is "the show must go on" and despite the loss of Chris & Rich Robinson's
father Stan on Tuesday, The Black Crowes went ahead with their performance last night at Iron
City in Birmingham, AL. In an emotional evening, the band dusted off a series of four lost
classics in the middle of their show.
The run of bust outs began with the first "Evil Eye" since Halloween in 2010. The band
then meshed "Evil Eye" into a cover of "Lucifer Sam" by Pink Floyd, which also had gone
unplayed since that same October 31, 2010 show
in New York City. As if that wasn't enough, the run continued with the first "Title Song"
since April and concluded with the live debut of "Lowdown," a song they recorded for the
sessions that eventually turned into "Ballad In Urgency." From there, the
Crowes' set was heavy on the hits such as "Wiser Time," "Remedy," "Hard To Handle" and
"She Talks To Angels."
review of the performance summed up the situation wisely, "With
not one but two band members dealing with the loss of their father, the band could've
easily skipped over a medium-sized market like Birmingham – and the lost revenue would've
barely put a dent in their collective bank accounts. Instead, they showed an honorable
commitment to the people of Birmingham, and the crowd showed their respect with a packed
house and plenty of applause at the end."
[Published on: 9/12/13]