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  • Amicably Divorced: If paparazzi photos are to be believed, Chris gets along fine with his ex-wife Kate Hudson.
  • Big Name Fan: Jimmy Page, to the extent that he toured with the band, essentially acting as a third guitar player in The Crowes. They released a live album, recorded at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.
    • Slash has also said of them, "The Black Crowes were one of the bands that came out around the time that Guns N Roses was just peaking and there weren't too many, you know, blues bands around. Just guitars, bass drums kinda bands. They're still just one of those bands that just does what they do, and do it well. And they do it with heart. And they still have, for the most part, the same sound they had when they started out, and that was against the grain to begin with." The beginnings of what would eventually become Velvet Revolver also began when Slash was jamming with Crowes drummer Steve Gorman.
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    • Peter Frampton applauded them for bringing a dirty, fuzzy sound back to blues rock, after the clean, synth-heavy 80s.
    • Shortly after the release of Nevermind, MTV News identified Chris as being a Big Name Fan of Nirvana. In an interview, Chris said, "Everyone was so fascinated by Nirvana, because they sold so many records. Why couldn't you be fascinated by them because that guy writes really good lyrics, and they rock, you know? No one really mentioned any of that."
  • Genre-Killer: The breakout success in 1990 dealt a critical blow to Hair Metal's strangle-hold on the rock mainstream. Nirvana's Nevermind, released the next year, was just the coup de grace.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Lots of stuff:
    • Despite releasing most of the material from the abandoned "Tall" and "Band" session on the Lost Crowes anthology in 2006, it was still not every song from the sessions. Bootlegs still circulate, and some fans consider great numbers to among them.
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    • Just prior to releasing Amorica, Chris Robinson found out how much money had been set aside for EPK's (Electronic Press Kits, those unimaginative talking head interviews that every local news station airs). Apparently, this was a good chunk of money, and the band decided it could be spent better. They used the money to decorate the recording studio in crazy 60s gear (see the image on the main page), and bought a ton of marijuana, magic mushrooms, LSD, and alcohol of every variety. Then, members of the press, record executives, promoters, and other industry types were invited to a costume party - no costume, no admittance (according to Chris, "the costume aspect really helped to get every to put their guard down, open up"). Once inside, a bacchanalia ensued. Why is it listed under this trope? They filmed the whole thing. Obviously the footage could never see a legal release, but excerpts do circulate online. Years later, Chris would say that he'd love to see the footage come out, as it's reportedly "pretty awesome."
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    • The full live show at the Greek Theater with Jimmy Page. Only the Zeppelin covers and blues standards were allowed on the album; Jimmy playing the Crowes material was blocked by the record company. The tracks can be found online.
    • They also personally endorse bootlegging. Taking inspiration from their heroes, The Grateful Dead, they are perfectly fine with fans recording shows and trading them, as long as no money changes hands.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Chris is a lifelong fan of The Grateful Dead, and was ecstatic when the Crowes opened for them in '95. He has since shared bills with several Dead members successor bands, and his own post-Crowes band (The Chris Robinson Brotherhood) is heavily Dead influenced.
  • Rick Rubin: Head of their first record company, Def American. He quickly got on the band's bad side when, during the recording of their first album he tried to get them to be "more southern." In Chris' words, Rubin wanted them to "pose on our album cover in overalls, straw hats, holding pitchforks, with a piece of straw hanging out of our mouths. He also wanted us to change the band name to the 'Kobb Kounty Krowes,' you know, so the initials would be 'KKK.' We're like, 'we're from Atlanta, man. You're really gonna try to tell us how to be southern?'" They spent the rest of the 90s trying to leave Rubin's label. By the way, Shake Your Money Maker would be Def American's first top-ten album, while The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion would be the label's first number-1 album.
  • Rolling Stone: In 1990, the year of their debut album, Rolling Stone readers voted the Crowes the "Best New American Band."
  • MTV: The band appeared in the tenth episode of MTV unplugged, very early in their career (the same year their debut album was released, 1990). The show had yet to truly work out it's format, so the episode was half Black Crowes, and half Tesla.
    • They also performed at the 1992 Video Music Awards.
  • VH1: In 2001, before Network Decay set in, VH1 ranked them number 92 on their special 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock, as voted on by their rock music peers (they beat Lenny Kravitz by one spot!).
    • Also, they appeared on the fifth episode of VH1 Storytellers in August, 1996.
    • And were the subjects of a 1999 episode of Behind the Music.
  • ZZ Top: In 1991, in support of Shake Your Money Maker, they Crowes toured as the opening band for the legendarily bearded rockers. Not for long, though. The tour was sponsored by Miller Beer, and the Crowes (Chris and Rich, especially) resented the idea of corporate sponsorship. They also did not like the taste of Miller. After one-too-many anti-corporate, anti-Miller tirades onstage by Chris, they were kicked off the tour. As they happened to be fired in Atlanta, their hometown, it was front-page news on all the local papers.


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