The Black Crowes

Photos and Review by Raven Divito

On April 13, 2024, The Fox Theater in Oakland, CA got electrified by The Black Crowes who were live and in person on their Happiness Bastards tour. Led by the iconic duo of Chris Robinson on vocals and his brother Rich Robinson on guitar, along with longtime bassist Sven Pipien, the band showcased their timeless rock and roll chops to a sold-out crowd.

With the addition of new members Nico Bereciartua on lead guitar, Cully Symington on drums, and Erik Deutsch on keyboards, TBC brought a fresh energy to their performance while staying true to their classic sound. Their rich musical history, with over 30 million albums sold worldwide and a ranking of #92 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock, served as the backdrop for a great evening of rock and roll.

As they took the stage, a large cutout of Chuck Berry stood in the background, a nod to the band’s influences and musical roots. In a poignant encore tribute, they paid homage to Berry by performing his classic hit “Carol,” showcasing their reverence for the legends who paved the way for their own success.

Frontman Chris Robinson exuded charisma and confidence, effortlessly commanding the stage with his smooth rock star moves and infectious grins. A massive mirror with vanity lights behind him added a unique dimension to the performance, giving a fresh perspective on the crowd’s reaction and interaction with the band.

Throughout the 17-song set, The Black Crowes delivered a masterclass in rock and roll, blending their signature sound with the energy of their new lineup. From “Beside Manners,” to “Kicking My Heart Around,” and “She Talks to Angels,” the band rocked the crowd, giving fans everything they came for and more.

As the concert came to a close, it was clear that The Black Crowes were totally solid in their status as one of the most dynamic and captivating bands in rock. With their third reunion since 2019, the brothers Robinson have proven that their bond and musical legacy are stronger than ever, leaving audiences eagerly awaiting their next chapter.