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2/16/24

Someone is sure giving love a bad name on "Cross Your Fingers," the second single from The Black Crowes' upcoming album Happiness Bastards. Thankfully, the heartbreak is balanced by some sweet guitar licks courtesy of Rich Robinson, and that soulful chorus makes it all seem okay—even if just for a couple minutes.

Happiness Bastards, due 3/15 on their own Silver Arrow Records, is the Crowes' first new album in 15 years. The Jay Joyce-produced set has already yielded "Wanting and Waiting," which has gone top 10 at AAA, Americana and Active Rock. Wethinks the Lainey Wilson-featuring "Wilted Rose" is a keeper too.

The Red Light-managed Crowes will support Happiness Bastards on the road beginning 4/2 in Nashville and will proceed to such locales as Los Angeles' Greek Theatre (4/12) and New York's Radio City Music Hall (4/27). Europe is on tap in May and June, which is the perfect time to shake one's money maker.

GIVE IT UP FOR SHINEDOWN
1/22/24

Mediabase presented Shinedown with an award commemorating their status as the greatest rock band in chart history with the most No. #1s, Top 5s and Top 10s in the Mediabase Active Rock category. The multi-platinum band has achieved a record-breaking 23 chart-topping songs total (21 in Active Rock), including "A Symptom of Being Human."

"Our congratulations to Shinedown for this remarkable feat," Mediabase President/CEO Philippe Generall said. "Their success serves as a testament to their exceptional talent and the unwavering support of their fanbase."

Shinedown is currently nominated for Rock Artist of the Year at this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards. They are also up for Rock Song of the Year for “Dead Don’t Die” and Favorite Tour Photographer for Sanjay Parikh. Frontman Brent Smith recently made a surprise appearance at iHeartRadio’s ALTer EGO in Anaheim, California to introduce Bush alongside Alt 98.7’s Booker & Stryker.

Pictured above thanking their lucky stars nobody from HITS was allowed in the building are (l-r) Smith, Barry Kerch, Mediabase's Alissa Pollack, Eric Bass and Zach Myers.

BLACK CROWES UNVEIL FIRST NEW SET IN 15 YEARS
1/12/24

As tipped here back in November, The Black Crowes will take flight again with their first new album in 15 years, Happiness Bastards, which is due 3/15 on their own Silver Arrow Records. Produced by country hitmaker Jay Joyce, the 10-track set is led by the strutting rocker "Wanting and Waiting," which is out at midnight ET (click here for a 30-second teaser).

The set is the follow-up to 2009's Before the Frost … Until the Freeze and sports a guest turn from Lainey Wilson on the song "Wilted Rose." Still led after 40 years by the brotherly tandem of Chris and Rich Robinson, the Crowes will embark on an extensive world tour in support, with dates to be announced.

"Happiness Bastards is our love letter to rock 'n' roll," declares Chris Robinson. "Rich and I are always writing and creating music. That has never stopped for us, and it is always where we find harmony together. This record represents that." Adds Rich, "Our years of experience writing and making music and touring the world are represented in this record, and we were brilliantly guided by one of the best producers in the business, Jay Joyce. I am incredibly proud of what we put together."

Ahead of the album release, the group, managed by Mark DiDia at Red Light, will visit the Pearl Concert Theatre at Palms in Las Vegas for one-off shows on 2/9-10. Will Mark finally be unveiling that long-rumored line of Crowes-branded hockey pucks? Stay tuned.