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Black Crowes to stage hands: no contact

We guess it's ok to look at this photo. By Josh D. Weiss/special

We guess it's ok to look at this photo. By Josh D. Weiss/special

The Black Crowes rocked the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Saturday night. Inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, they played a three-song mini set, closing with an awesome rendition of “Georgia on My Mind.”

Afterward, when he took the stage to accept the honor, front man Chris Robinson joked that Saturday night marked the first time in 20 years that the guys had all washed their hair.

As engaging as they were on stage, we hear it was a different story back stage. A couple of sources who had back-stage duties that night said the band was sort of particular.

There was to be no contact between the band and the various persons working back stage. No photos. No contact. One source said workers were told to not even look at the Crowes.

Hey, they’re rock stars, right? We suppose they’re sort of duty bound to be eccentric.

60 comments Add your comment

Deke

September 13th, 2010
7:40 am

I’ve been a fan from the beginning, and I sincerely hope this isn’t true.

Greg

September 13th, 2010
7:40 am

You have to take second-hand stories like that with a grain of salt… it is hard to imagine that these guys, who haven’t had much relevancy to the music scene in a while now, would think of themselves as big enough to make demands like that. However, it is also not outside the realm of possibility.

questions

September 13th, 2010
7:47 am

when is the show going to be replayed?

light

September 13th, 2010
7:47 am

Let God will be done thru this blog http://lightoftheearth.blogspot.com/

Jennifer Brett

September 13th, 2010
7:58 am

Questions:

Georgia Public Broadcasting aired the show live on Saturday. I’m not sure when they might rebroadcast or post online but their web site is http://www.gpb.org

Jennifer

Jake

September 13th, 2010
7:59 am

freaks. no surprise. bunch of weirdos.

Hamsamich

September 13th, 2010
8:29 am

Maybe back in the early 90’s they could pull this off… but now they are irrevalent excpet to the die-hard fans.

jim

September 13th, 2010
8:31 am

This story cannot be true. They are nice guys but not that good.

Drew

September 13th, 2010
8:32 am

Greg – relevancy is relative… After catching some of the VMAs last night they are clearly not in the pop music category any more. Pop music has shifted (for the worse), but that does not mean the Crowes aren’t relevant. After all, do you think they could pack the Tabernacle for 2 nights here in Atlanta this November if they weren’t relevant? What about that small San Francisco stop where they’re playing 6 nights at The Fillmore? Just because you might listen to Taylor Swift doesn’t mean that real music is dead.

Cayce Callaway

September 13th, 2010
8:39 am

My guess is the “don’t look at them” was hyperbole, but the no contact seems fair to me. In this age of no boundaries it’s probably tiring to be back stage with a new crew who’s snapping photos for facebook, recording videos for youtube and tweeting every move you make. If the crew was a pro crew, they wouldn’t even have to be told.

Mark

September 13th, 2010
8:43 am

Cayce nailed it.

The Crowes are an American treasure and the most misunderstood band of all time. It is sad to see them go. To those that have missed out, scoop up your tickets for November while you have a chance.

Confirm This

September 13th, 2010
8:47 am

I have been a HUGE fan/supporter of the Crowes for over 20 years. While I agree with alot of Chris Robinson’s rants about corporate sponsors and music, Jennifer Brett needs to contact the band to confirm or deny this because if it is true I have great seats to both Tabernacle shows, Charllote and two more stops FOR SALE.This is why, the Georgia Music Hall of Fame like GPB survives off donations from FANS and TRUE music supporters. It is also TAXPAYER subsidized. Most of the backstage workers are volunteers and alot are paying members of Friends of Georgia Music which hosts the event. If the Crowes did this in Ga. to Ga. at this event that FAR from corporate,I am done with them and will encourage others to be as well. Let us know something Ms.Brett.

Marshall Stacks

September 13th, 2010
8:50 am

I can believe it; I saw Chris Robinson waiting near a baggage claim at Hartsfield nearly 17 years ago. I had seen them play a few weeks before and was gassed that he was just standing a few feet away. I walked over and politely tried to say I was a big fan and thanks for the music. He kept acting like I wasn’t there. By the way, I was a kid at the time too, so it was’t like I looked like a process server or something. Yep, kept staring into the middle distance or looking at his watch while I told him he was awesome. Sure, I may have been bugging him; he was waiting on a friend or someone. Maybe he was really fried, but a quick nod and a “Thanks, man” (which I eventually got when my dad noticed and told him he was acting like an horse’s end to a kid) wasn’t too much to hope for. I think stars are entitled to their privacy and space like anyone else and I wouldn’t bug someone while they were eating or with their kids. I still love their music though; Rich is one of the most under-rated players in the guitar world. But don’t meet your heroes, because most of the time you’ll be let down.

Randy California

September 13th, 2010
8:51 am

My granddad says they weren’t much to look at, anyway, even back in the day.

Witness

September 13th, 2010
8:58 am

Know a buddy who works at a diner in Reynoldstown, the drummer was there and he said he couldnt get two words out of the guy. Pretty big egos for being “kind of” famous. Way to go, “Georgia” music hall of fame, you will truly be remembered forever…Jerks.

Stage Man

September 13th, 2010
9:00 am

I was working the show and never heard anything along those lines. They were nice guys and said hello when I stood next to them for about ten minutes on stage left. They did however have some “requests” that are pretty much industry standard for national multi platinum acts. I am not sure why someone decided to start that rumor. I do this for a living and guess what, every group is sort of “particular”!!

Jason

September 13th, 2010
9:08 am

Way to take a rumor and smear our hometown rock heroes with it.

Witness

September 13th, 2010
9:10 am

Hah…hometown rock heroes..right

Mark

September 13th, 2010
9:11 am

Agreed, Jason. We have the fortune of being home to one of America’s greatest rock bands, and as if we weren’t (as a city) already unappreciative enough, we have this garbage to put the final nail in the coffin.

Jen

September 13th, 2010
9:16 am

I used to work backstage at events at a large concert venue. You’d be surprised how often “the talent” requires that no staff interact with them (up to and including no-eye-contact). It was, of course, much more commonplace with singers/bands of a certain magnitude. Coming from Chris, such a request probably wouldn’t surprise anyone (we all know he’s kinda weird), but from the others? Can anyone, other than die-hard fans, even name them?

Confirm This

September 13th, 2010
9:29 am

Stage man I hope you are right and I hope someone from the band clears this up. We paid over 100 per ticket to be there for the 3 songs they did.I have attended this event before and performers/inductees ALWAYS have gone out of their way at this event to do backstage photo ops for all fans as well as pre-show stuff. I knew the Crowes didnt do any of that Sat. but knew they were on tour and probably rushed. The main reason fans/ Georgians volunteer or pay alot to be at this event is for two reasons, 1. The Ga Music Hall of Fame exists soley due to alot of hard work,donations,State support & this is the BIG night for workers & donors. 2. It is well known that if you are a paying FAN that attended to support a particuliar inductee, You have the chance to meet,greet & photo them. Normal Venue/Concert industry rules dont apply on Ga HoF Night. O.K. Crowes didnt do any meet & greet. But, if they had the audacity to actually make rules against it.. WOW. Artists WAY more successful & famous than them have alway’s met Regular Folk at THIS event.

JC

September 13th, 2010
9:35 am

Even if every word of this is true, it’ll make me like them even more. Looking forward to the Tabernacle show on Nov 20th.

SB

September 13th, 2010
9:39 am

I have an interesting story all the way back to 1992 whent he Crowes played in Savannah GA. I was working local security and was a big fan. After the show , after the public was gone I was in the backstage area and asked Rick to autograph apicture I had which he kindly did. Then their manager came over and wanted to ahve me fired like what I had done was the end opf the world. Yet Rick signed my picture and said nothing. So maybe some of this is management or security people and not so much so directly from the band.

SB

September 13th, 2010
9:40 am

Rich Robinson…sorry for the typo on previous post

Dookie-Boy

September 13th, 2010
9:45 am

HANDS OFF THE CROWES!! You idiots stay away from them as mixing with the little people, like yourselves, isnt their style. Now GO HOME!

Confirm This

September 13th, 2010
10:00 am

This is a “CHARITY” event for Georgia Music, the Hall of Fame and Georgia music FANS. The Hall has operated in the red since the doors opened & is in danger of being closed. Nothing corporate about this for Chris Robinson to protest. A stunt like this if true could dicourage donors & fans of the Hall from attending,volunteering or donating. Having a Hall of Fame means alot to artists, Fans of ga music & their friends/family of all Ga music. From the Allmans to R.E.M from James Brown to Ludacris, TLC, Usher on& on. If true, Really Sad.

Chuck

September 13th, 2010
10:21 am

Georgia Music Hall of Fame? These guys have lived in L.A. for the last 15 years… which explains their screwy mindset. Yawn.

The Ghost of Elvis

September 13th, 2010
10:22 am

Who cares? I’ve met both Chris and Rich Robinson on separate non-concert occassians and they were both tolerable (Chris a bit more amicable than Rich). they were “working” and while I find it hard to believe there was a “no eye contact” rule; all the other stuff falls under the title of “professional behavior”. If a journalist interviews Warren Buffett it is inappropriate to ask for pro bono investment advice, or for insider info on a pending deal. When one interviews a Brave, Falcon or Hawk it is not appropriate to ask for comp tickets or an autograph or photos “for my kids”. How a person behaves in public (for example, at the baggage carousel at Hartsfield, or a Chops, is a completely different situation, and who among us hasn’t been testy while waiting for baggage, or upon being disturbed during dinner?

localstagehand

September 13th, 2010
10:49 am

Regarding the “volunteers” for the show, in years since Perdue was elected, the “local crew” at the GA Music Hall of Fame has consisted of predominantly state inmate labor. The guys were recently released from prison and staying in halfway houses. Maybe that has something to do with it. It definitely has something to do with the high school talent show appearance the program has live and on TV.

Jungleland2

September 13th, 2010
10:55 am

The Crowes are putting out some of the best music of their career. Before the Frost and Warpaint are amazing records (and their best since Amorica). If they want to be difficult rock stars, let ‘em.

Steve

September 13th, 2010
11:09 am

I’ve been hearing about this since the early 90s. Apparently they haven’t mellowed out with age and all the pot they’ve smoked. What a bunch of freaks. They could’ve written “She Talks to Angels” about themselves because it’s obvious they live in a parallel universe.

redneckbluedog

September 13th, 2010
11:23 am

Hmmm…they were one of the first bands to allow taping at their shows, so it’s not like they don’t appreciate their fans. Steve Gorman and Johnny Colt do sports talk radio shows, so it’s not like they are all that crazy, either…Sounds like a handler maybe went over the top on trying to protect their privacy…although I do think Chris is kind of a “legend in his own mind”..:-)

downsouth

September 13th, 2010
11:32 am

believe half of what you see and none of what you hear…

you either like them or you don’t

their live shows are smokin from all reports right now. they’ve turned it up a notch for the fans on this last hurray before the hiatus. can’t wait to see them at The Tabernacle in Nov!!! long live the Black Crowes! and thanks to Luther Dickinson for stepping in on guitar!!!!

Francie

September 13th, 2010
11:40 am

On 92.9 dave fm this morning, Mara Davis, apparently a co-host along with Monica Pearson for this event, did say that they were told not to look at or speak to any of the band members in The Black Crowes. Not spreading rumors – this is exactly what she said.

Hayseed Dixie

September 13th, 2010
11:47 am

At a certain point, you realize that:

A) your time is the most valuable thing you have, and

B) if you don’t do your job well, no one is going to give a crap who you are.

Roadies and stagehands can be severely deplete your energy.

Of course you don’t understand. You talk to the same 5 people every day.

Anonymous

September 13th, 2010
11:51 am

I was working this event, and it is true. We were told several weeks ago not to “approach or speak to” any of the Crowes. They turned out ok, though.

Mark

September 13th, 2010
12:06 pm

Most of the workers at these places are just kids hired part time. I agree with another poster here, they probably didnt want cell phone pics put all over facebook. Im sure the “Dont look at them” comment was made by a manager that had to be stern to his otherwise moronic workers.

Stage Man

September 13th, 2010
12:12 pm

I guess the important people (stage technicians and crew) were the only one’s not given those instructions. Maybe because without us, they don’t have a show and without them, we don’t have a job! Sorry Mara, btw you were great! That was a good comment about professional behavior “Elvis”. And yes, there were Dept. of Corrections trustees working the event and they were all great people who worked hard and are trying to make a difference in their lives. They are chosen because of this. Confirm This, there was no protest and I thought the show went great other than Charles taking a nose dive after his performance. (He is fine) I am sure it was something that was told to the volunteers etc by the Hall of Fame people to avoid any issues. To clarify, the actual production team for the artists and the venue were no given those instructions. The Crowes are great and I look forward to watching them in November instead of working the show!

Ballou

September 13th, 2010
12:29 pm

Who cares about their egos. The first two CD’s were good but the rest have all been a bunch of
self absorbed hippie BS.

Jesse

September 13th, 2010
12:36 pm

I can’t speak for the rest of the band, but I’ve hung out with Johnny Colt on numerous occasions, and while he’s wild as they come (but actually sober), he’s a truly kind and gracious person. He doesn’t come across as ungrateful or arrogant. Anyway, Johnny Colt is a good dude.

Confirm This

September 13th, 2010
12:39 pm

Mara Davis’ station plays their music & was a volunteer as well as Monica Kauffman. These people aren’t inmates, stagehands or kids.Dave F.M’s confirmation is enough for me. Zelma Redding, whose husband wrote & recorded “Hard to Handle”(crowes 1st hit) worked so hard to get us the Hall. I wonder if any of Otis Reddings friends & family that attend every year couldnt LOOK at the Crowes either backstage.This whole thing is about tradition & respect. Big diff. between a resturant,public,corporate event etc. This is a CHARITY event & the Hall depends on donors/attendees. One thing for the Crowes to NOT do any of the informal/formal meet-greets etc. like all the other Multi-Plantinum artists and frankly legnds alway’s have done to show appeciation to donors/fans/volunteers, but to issue a “NO LOOK” policy to anyone especially Mara Davis is really bad.I have been affiliated/worked in entertainment for 17 years. The only “NO LOOK” policy I have ever heard of was issued by Dianna Ross. Never seen it in a rider. Either way, my tix for Nov. aren’t for sale, I just tore them up. Yall have fun at the show.

Big Daddy

September 13th, 2010
12:47 pm

Those guys are awesome. Must have been security backstage they didn’t like !

Marshall Stacks

September 13th, 2010
12:59 pm

Ghost of Elvis: I could understand if he was testy and I would have backed off, but the dude was propping up a column at 10 in the morning. He wasn’t mobbed by sycophants or minders. No-one else was saying a word to him. If he was ticked off that I broke his cover, a quick word would have sorted it. But ignoring a fan seemed a little over-the-top and I got that even at 18. Plus, I was feeding his ego by saying how cool he was. I guess I should count myself lucky that the dude didn’t spit on me, but I guess he reserves that for when people tell him they *don’t* like him or his music.

And yeah, Johnny Colt is supposed to be one of the most down-to-Earth guys in rock who treats fans better than most. Think the Crowes kinda lost it when he left…

Marshall Stacks

September 13th, 2010
1:14 pm

The more I think about it, maybe the “No contact, no talking, no looking” rule is to save Chris from himself so he doesn’t shoot his mouth off/spit his way into a lawsuit…

Agree

September 13th, 2010
1:23 pm

I agree with Confirm.The Crowes wouldn’t even be there if it wasn’t for Otis, Allman’s and everyone who made Georgia music and music as a whole what it is. Who cares how they act or what they do anywhere else but to do this in Georgia to Georgians is inexcusable. Way to go fellows!!!!!

Slugworth

September 13th, 2010
2:20 pm

Also, with flu season coming upon us this is actually pretty common amongst performers. I can’t imagine how many opportunities performers have to get ill through constant contact and after years of it I’d probably be a bit stand-offish as well. It’s a costly risk in the end, even though it seems odd.

Marshall Stacks?

September 13th, 2010
2:32 pm

Marshall stacks – the truly great thing is that after 17 years, you seem to have finally gotten past the fact that someone you didn’t know ignored you in public. Well done.

Kentavo

September 13th, 2010
2:48 pm

Love their music, but I know first-hand they’re a bunch of primadonnas.

sman

September 13th, 2010
3:01 pm

I knew the Robinson bros. when they (and me) were teens. They were jerks then and it is certainly possible that they are still jerks. I don’t know them now, so I cannot say. However, they are a great band and I still listen to their music. You don’t have to like performers as people to appreciate what they do.

Sid Vicious

September 13th, 2010
4:22 pm

Can anyone tell me what the 3 song set list was? If they played “Midnight from the Inside Out” that would have been awesome to see in the Arts Center…