Drummer Steve Gorman says that "it's hardly a surprise" that Chris and Rich Robinson are rumored to be reuniting for a BLACK CROWES tour next year.
Former manager Pete Angelus recently told The Wall Street Journal that he is "aware of the deal" that the Robsinson brothers "made with Live Nation for a 2020 tour," while another source that is "familiar with the matter" simply said that "there might be something in the works."
Speaking to Andy Hall of Iowa rock station Lazer 103.3, Gorman said that it's a good bet that BLACK CROWES will be performing live again in the coming months. "Everything I'm hearing from sources in the industry is that they're going out next year," he said (hear audio below). "And it's hardly a surprise… They've painted themselves into some pretty brutal corners, and so they're gonna do this. And it's not gonna involve anybody from THE BLACK CROWES — it's just the two of them — and if they think that's good, then… I don't begrudge anybody who goes out and makes a living playing music, especially in your 50s. I mean, if you can do it, that's great. But there's a band, and then there's a brand, and those are two very different things."
Last year, Chris put together a band called AS THE CROW FLIES to perform primarily BLACK CROWES songs. Meanwhile, Rich was most recently involved with THE MAGPIE SALUTE in which he was joined by Marc Ford from THE BLACK CROWES, bassist Sven Pipien (also from the CROWES) along with lead singer John Hogg (HOOKAH BROWN, MOKE), drummer Joe Magistro and guitarist Nico Bereciartua.
Gorman recently told Ultimate Classic Rock that Chris and Rich "have every right" to go out on the road with new musicians and call it THE BLACK CROWES. "When I quit the band in 2001, I relinquished my right to the name," he explained. "I never thought I'd be back to begin with. And I never was cut back in on that side of things as far as a third of the partnership in terms of who owns the name THE BLACK CROWES. And that's fine."
Pressed about whether there is any scenario under which he would be willing to return to THE BLACK CROWES for a hypothetical reunion tour, Gorman said: "Not that I can imagine, and I have a really active imagination. So I would say no. And the truth is this, I have absolutely no interest in being in a room with either one of those guys, much less onstage with them for a year and a half."
THE BLACK CROWES have been inactive since they played their final show in December 2013.
Gorman's book, "Hard To Handle: The Life And Death Of The Black Crowes - A Memoir", was released last month.