And the band seems to be having a good time with all the members together again. This is good to see, since in the last year or so before their hiatus, the Robinson brothers' feud seemed to overpower the music. I see Rich smile a few times, which used to be a rare occurrence when he was performing. At one point, I wonder whether Rich chuckles to himself about brother Chris' dancing style - that hippie head-slinging, chicken boogie - or if he is just happy to be onstage in Atlanta again with the "most rock 'n' roll rock 'n' roll band ever."
Recently added to the bill, the young lads of the 22-20s do a fine job opening for the Black Crowes Sunday evening. I listened to their CD a few times before the show and I like the harder, faster songs the best. The slower, ballad-type songs didn't grab me. But once the U.K. band takes the stage, I find myself dancing - slow song, fast song, whatever. The British blues-rock vibe resonates on "Devil in Me" and "Baby Brings Bad News." Singer Martin Trimble draws out his words while bassist Glen Bartup, drummer James Irving and keyboardist Charly Coombes barrel ahead. Catchy, very catchy.
All four band members are in their early 20s, and with their talent, the 22-20s can look forward to a long journey of musical success ahead. More than a few heads bob in the audience and several knees bounce in the balcony. Judging by a visual inspection, the band definitely made a few fans in Atlanta.
The Crowes have an expansive catalog from which to choose, so I could only speculate and hope about what I was going to hear at Sunday's show. The three previous Tabernacle shows featured "Greasy Grass River," "Soul Singing," "Horsehead" and a few covers like "Happy," "Mellow Down Easy" and "Willin'."
On Sunday, the Crowes open with the Band's "Don't Do It" and Rich sings lead. It's surprising, since he mostly plays guitar and sings back-up with Ford and Pipien. But it definitely pleases. "Stare It Cold" follows, with a crescendo that makes me wonder how Chris can sing the words because I can't even hear the tune. It reaches a crescendo a little high and loud for the second song of the set.
Pulling one from By Your Side, "Go Tell the Congregation" is like a Sunday evening church service happening at the Tabernacle. Chris preaches, the band serves as the choir, and everyone is saved. A common comment from Chris is "Sunday evening service with the Black Crowes." The audience waves their hands in the air as they feel the power of the music.
They sneak a few lesser-knowns in there, like "Girl From a Pawnshop," "How Much for Your Wings?" and "Young Man, Old Man." They are all full of that Southern boogie rock 'n' roll the Crowes are lauded for.
The encore is the best song selection I've seen over several dates: "She Talks to Angels" and "Shake Your Moneymaker." The crowd joins Chris in the former, and the latter just makes ya wanna wiggle yer butt.
Thursday night's show (with "Soul Singing" and "Hard to Handle") was as close as I came during the Atlanta stint to what I felt at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York during those first few shows of the tour. There was something missing for me Sunday. The NYC shows had incredible energy, and I think the band made it hard to live up to those performances. Maybe the boys were tired from four Atlanta shows in a row, maybe they just didn't hit the right note for me somewhere. But I'll be there next time 'cause I know the Crowes have what I need.
Killin it. So damn sexy
ooooohhhh, I'm so excited!! I can't wait to see them together!
come on man you know you got a bromance. you probably still rock that OutKast…