To the fans:
Yesterday, The Black Crowes were notified by Marc Ford's attorney that Marc was quitting The Black Crowes and that it was effective immediately.
The last show of The Black Crowes summer tour was on August 12, 2006. The band has since been on a three week break. On September 5, two days before the start of the fall tour which begins on September 7, The Black Crowes attorney received a fax from Marc Ford's attorney immediately terminating his agreement with The Black Crowes.
The contract between The Black Crowes and Marc Ford stipulates that Marc must provide twelve (12) weeks notice if he wishes to terminate the agreement.
I am not going to comment on the timing of this notification or the way Marc has elected to handle his personal and business affairs with The Black Crowes, however I will state as a matter of fact, that this is not the first time that Marc Ford has breached his agreement with The Black Crowes.
Paul Stacey will be performing with The Black Crowes during the upcoming fall tour and Chris and Rich are currently in discussions with other guitarists.
THE BLACK CROWES :: NEW STUDIO ALBUM
THEIR FIRST IN SIX YEARS IS ON TAP FOR 2007
Management for THE BLACK CROWES has confirmed that CHRIS and RICH ROBINSON have been in the studio in New York and Los Angeles working on material for a new album.
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Pete Angelus, the band's longtime manager, reveals that the album is expected to be released sometime in 2007. It would mark THE BLACK CROWES' first album of new studio material in six years.
"From the inception of their reunion," says Angelus, "Chris and Rich have written a substantial amount of material which they have been sorting through recently with friend and producer Paul Stacey. We expect to continue recording at the conclusion of the fall tour and are planning for a 2007 release."
Angelus said that it remains undecided whether or not the record will be released through a major label or if they will choose to release the record independently.
Since reuniting and re-connecting with their loyal fans last year, THE BLACK CROWES have been performing what some called "the best shows of their career." While they achieved a career watermark by headlining their New Year's Eve show at Madison Square Garden, the band also played seven sold-out shows at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, performed five-nights at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles and were headliners at three of the most prestigious festivals in America (New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Bonnaroo, and Austin City Limits Festival). Summing up the allure of THE BLACK CROWES' concert experience, Mikael Wood of The Village Voice (12/28/05) said the band "remain one of rock's best live acts, as hard-grooving as during their heyday and caked with an extra layer of rambling-man soulfulness."
From the beginning, when they roared out of the gate with their multi-platinum debut album SHAKE YOUR MONEYMAKER in 1990, THE BLACK CROWES have played by their own rules. They've gone against the grain and formed an intimate connection with their audience, while maintaining their independence and creative freedom from standard industry practices. This has earned them the title of "The Most Rock 'N Roll Rock 'N Roll Band In The World." Along the way, they have achieved worldwide album sales exceeding 19 million. Their panoramic live shows are legendary for set lists that change every night and signature incendiary musical explorations. THE BLACK CROWES are one of the few contemporary bands who've shared the stage with Jimmy Page, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, AC/DC, The Who, Neil Young, The Grateful Dead and many other legendary artists.
THE BLACK CROWES' fall tour dates are listed below. For updates, check www.blackcrowes.com.
09.07 | Brown's Island | Richmond, VA
09.08 | Sovereign Center | Reading, PA
09.09 | Charlottesville Pavilion | Charlottesville, VA
09.10 | ALLTEL Pavilion at Walnut Creek | Raleigh, NC
09.12 | Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel | Providence, RI
09.13 | Landmark Theatre | Syracuse, NY
09.17 | 9:30 Club | Washington, DC
09.18 | 9:30 Club | Washington, DC
09.20 | Wharton Center For The Arts | East Lansing, MI
09.22 | Potawatomi Casino | Milwaukee, WI
09.23 | LeClaire Park | Davenport, IA
09.24 | Orpheum Theater | Sioux City, IA
09.26 | Playmaker's Pavilion | Fargo, ND
09.27 | Harrah's Voodoo Lounge | Kansas City, MO
09.28 | Harrah's Hotel & Casino | Council Bluffs, IA
10.06 | Pine Mountain Amphitheater | Flagstaff, AZ
10.07 | Lake Havasu RockFest | Lake Havasu City, AZ
10.08 | The Key Club Morongo | Cabazon, CA
10.11 | Big Fresno Fair | Fresno, CA
10.20 | Chastain Park Amphitheater | Atlanta, GA
10.28 | Sam Boyd Stadium | Las Vegas, NV
11.08 | Starland Ballroom | Sayreville, NJ
11.12 | Castaic Lake Recreation Area | Castaic, CA