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Above: Chris on stage with brother Rich Robinson during a Black Crowes performance in New York City, 2008.
What’s the status of the Black Crowes. Do you know when the band might pick up again?
[Sighs] “I don’t know… When I’m not dealing with something, I don’t really deal. [Laughs] Everyone wanted to do the Black Crowes last year, so we did it. We had a grand old time, saw a lot of old friends and made some new ones. I feel good about it, and that’s as far as I’ll go with it until something in the wind changes.”
What is it about brothers in bands? The Kinks, The Everly Brothers, Oasis, Creedence – it’s always such a hard dynamic, isn’t it? Have you ever talked to –
“A psychiatrist?” [Laughs]
No, I was going to say another musician who has a brother in his band.
“Well, I’ve known the Gallagher brothers for 13, 14 years. I don’t see them that often, but… I don’t know, man. Put it this way: It’s tough enough being family. Your parents fuck you up, school fucks you up – everything. And then you throw music onto it, and ambition and opinions and drive. And then you throw success in there, all the fame and money and fortune and ego. Very few families are built to deal with that kind of shit. It’s complicated.” [Laughs]
The Van Halen brothers never seem to fight with each other. It’s sort of like them against the world.
“Yeah, there’s them. AC/DC are that way, too, but they have to be because they’re small. [Laughs] They need to protect each other around the watering hole; one guy has to look out for the other one. But it’s a different thing in that band – it’s two guitarists. And in Van Halen it’s the guitarist and the drummer. With the Kinks and Oasis, it’s the singer and guitarist. And us. I guess it’s kind of like looking at yourself in the mirror. It’s a strange trip.
“As we dig deeper into the science and perceptions of the brain, we realize that everything is completely askew. It’s hard to have anybody look at something the way same. It can be relative things, obscure things, reality. The science of how we operate as weird mammals is deep. Throw being in a band into that, you know?”
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