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Review by Brett Taylor
The band realized this as they took the stage on Friday night at the Riverside Theatre. The opening night of a wrap it up, retrospective tour that celebrates the last twenty years of their career. During this tour the band was finally allowed to satisfy both the more familiar rock and roll fan that longs for the radio hits that brought the Crowes' all of their success, as well as the die hard "amorican" who expects to see the band open up and jam on deeper cuts. One must remember, without those early radio staples such as "Hard to Handle" or "She Talks to Angels" from 1990's Shake Your Money Maker, the Crowes' wouldn't be allowed the opportunity to bring the magic of the longer jams in the tours that followed. The Black Crowes have never answered to what is popular or the smart thing to do as far as their career goes, and I think that has always benefited both them and the audience, allowing them to continue as long as they have.
The "Say Goodnight To the Bad Guy's" farewell for now tour were split into one acoustic and one electric set. The band has realized that this will allow for them to give a proper overview to their whole canon,: bring some long jams in for the diehards (the electric set's first three songs clocked in at 50 minutes!) as well as playing the more familiar "hits" for the lay fan. For anyone who hasn't seen this band live, I would highly suggest that you do. They have been touring non-stop for nearly 5 years now, and after this tour have decided smartly to take some time off to prevent the infighting and mental implosion that can happen when spending so much time together. Meanwhile the Crowes has been building and peaking since reforming after the last hiatus in 2001. Returning with the original classic lineup, and then regrouping with guitarist Luther Dickinson to record some of the bands finest albums: Warpaint and Before the Frost...Until the Freeze. This year's Croweology had the band acoustically re-recording many of the hits and familiar covers over the years as homage to 20 cosmic years. It's unfortunate that we must say Goodnight; the band is firing on all cylinders. I guess they are leaving us wanting more.
Friday night they proved that they COULD satisfy everyone. I'm for one hoping that the hiatus doesn't last very long, and the Crowes will take flight again soon.
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