After a two-year hiatus, legendary rockers the Black Crowes are back on the road and capped off a three-night sold out run at the Ogden Theatre on Saturday night. Led by the rock star bravado of brothers Chris and Rich Robinson on vocals and guitar, the band played a crowd-pleasing, hit-filled superset of loud southern rock and roll.
New to the band for the comeback effort, guitarist Jackie Green was a force. His effortless solos were featured on most tracks and he was more than comfortable filling the lead role behind Robinson’s rhythm and collection of flashy custom guitars.
The Crowes wasted no time getting the crowd involved, opening the show with Dave Mason’s classic sing-a-long “Feeling Alright.” Playing behind a backdrop curtain of psychedelic lights, the six-piece band powered through two hours of bluesy rock anthems spanning their 20-year discography.
A lengthy encore started with an acoustic set that featured Greene on mandolin before breaking into a rocking medley of their seminal hit “Hard to Handle” with Deep Purple’s “Hush.” Chris Robinson then ended the night with a heartfelt a second encore of “She Talks to Angels.”
Over two decades since they reached stardom with the 1991 album “Shake Your Money Maker,” the Black Crowes still have the plenty in the tank. With the addition of one of the best up-in-coming guitarist on the scene in Jackie Greene, the act looks to be ending 2013 with a bang as they head to the west coast.
Nate Etter is a Boulder-based musician and a regular contributor to Reverb. You can reach him at Nate@EcoVessel.com.
Seth McConnell is a member of YourHub at The Denver Post and a regular contributor to Reverb.