The Black Crowes’ former drummer Steve Gorman discussed the band’s break up and a possible reunion in a new Appetite for Distortion interview. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.
“What ultimately ended it was [Chris Robinson] demanded the lion’s share of profits, after 25 years of being partners. Not just to me, but to his own brother [Rich Robinson]. To cross that bridge back in another direction, to blow something up on the edge of a 25th anniversary tour, which would have been the biggest tour we’d ever done, to put it to that point and then destroy it over greed, that’s a new realm. I mean no one has done that, people have taken control of bands before, but it usually happens a lot earlier.
I don’t think anyone has ever waited 24 years to make a powerplay. No dude, we’re trying to end this thing respectfully. The idea to go out and legitimately say to everyone who supported the band, ‘Thank you.’ [Chris] doesn’t think that way, he doesn’t care. He just saw it as, ‘I need all of it.’ In his mind, The Black Crowes were him. In Rich’s mind, The Black Crowes were him. They both struggle with wanting credit for things that a group of people created.”
“If The Black Crowes did get back together, and I don’t say that there won’t be an idea floated out there, it’s going to come down to the fact that one or two people in the band are out of money. That’s all that’s going to do it, and people hate hearing that shit. I don’t say that with glee, it’s sad, but the reality is Chris is going out this year and doing Black Crowes covers. He’s doing a five week tour with a bunch of people to just play Black Crowes music. That tells me one thing, he needs money. He doesn’t want to share it with his brother, or me, or anybody, because he needs all of it, so he’d rather have 100% of a small amount of money than 33% of a shit load of money. That’s the reality of it, and it’s sad.”
Listen to the full interview below.