Black crows on a wire near Jeju City on Jeju Island. © Matt Lemon Photography. All Rights Reserved.
The Black Crowes
Not only was it well worth freezing my hands off to take these photos (see more below) after passing by Mt. Halla on the picturesque Road 516, but when I started thinking about what story to add to this post — it obviously had to be about The Black Crowes, only “the most Rock ‘n’ Roll Rock ‘n’ Roll band in the world” — I also found out that as recently as last month, Chris and Rich Robinson announced the band’s reunion, though the rest of the band is entirely new, and a new tour in 2020 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their 1990 debut album, $hake Your Money Maker.
Not enough with that, I also found a video of the band’s full gig at the E-Werk in Cologne, Germany, on November 17, 1992, as part of their High As The Moon tour. Ten days prior, I had seen the Crowes at Die Halle in Berlin-Weißensee, a venue in a listed building ensemble that is now called Motorwerk, reflecting its past as factory for electric engines. The venue’s illustrious musical history1 includes performances by Kraftwerk, The Velvet Underground, Motörhead, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Ramones and others.
The Crowes started playing with the entire hall in the dark aside from a net adorned with light bulbs hanging above the stage like a curtain, which then opened and revealed the Crowes rocking on rugs — to this day, the best opening to a gig I’ve ever seen. I didn’t think I would travel to the States in 2020 but now…
The above photo may look like these two black crows aren’t getting on with one another, just like Chris and Rich Robinson at times, but in fact, the photo is cropped from the original below.
1 Why Can’t I Be Good
Wim Wenders filmed Lou Reed performing Why Can’t I Be Good at Die Halle for his 1993 film Faraway, So Close!