In 1991, The Black Crowes were poised to join ZZ Top on tour in support of their debut album, ‘Recycler.’ However, their journey took an unexpected turn when they found themselves ousted from the tour. Initially believed to be a dismissal by ZZ Top, the details of the incident were not known to The Black Crowes’ lead singer, Chris Robinson. Here’s a closer look at the unfolding events surrounding this intriguing incident.
The Unraveling Mystery: What Led to The Black Crowes’ Dismissal from the ZZ Top Tour?
The original agenda for The Black Crowes encompassed supporting ZZ Top’s tour from January to May 1991. However, midway through the tour, the band found themselves abruptly removed, with the explanation citing business matters rather than musical considerations. The anticipated three-night homecoming for The Black Crowes was curtailed, culminating after just two nights.
Chris and Rich Robinson pointed fingers at ZZ Top manager Bill Ham, attributing the band’s dismissal to Chris’s comments about ZZ Top’s use of corporate sponsors on the tour. Despite prior warnings not to make disparaging remarks, Chris specifically cautioned against Miller Brewing and Lone Wolf Productions, ultimately leading to their unexpected exit from the tour.
Unveiling Chris Robinson’s Remarks: The Inside Scoop on the Controversial Incident
After their abrupt removal from the tour, the band participated in an interview to address the situation. Chris Robinson expressed a sense of constant censorship, stating: “They weren’t allowing us to be the Black Crowes. They were trying to censor what I was trying to say… I don’t need a big corporation telling me about the only thing in my life I have control over, really, which is my music.
Insights from ZZ Top: Their Response to The Black Crowes’ Tour Controversy
Contrary to speculation, ZZ Top asserted that the band had no involvement in The Black Crowes’ dismissal from the tour. In an official statement, ZZ Top’s representatives clarified: “This decision was arrived at entirely within this organization and not as has been suggested as a result of corporate pressure. Miller Brewing has been a partner in this tour since its inception and has been very accommodating to ZZ Top and has asked absolutely nothing of the opening acts which have appeared. It is out of a sense of common decency and courtesy coupled with a moral and ethical obligation that this action has been taken.” This clarification from ZZ Top and their party suggests that the situation stemmed from a misunderstanding.