FROM: MITCH SCHNEIDER/LATHUM NELSON
THE BLACK CROWES…
FREE TO FLY AGAIN
For the second time in the band's career, a record company has missed its option for THE BLACK CROWES' next record.
Back in 1992, following THE BLACK CROWES' five-million selling SHAKE YOUR MONEY MAKER, American Recordings forgot to exercise its option on the group. The band then renegotiated with American Recordings.
THE BLACK CROWES' latest album–BY YOUR SIDE, released in January `99–marked their debut on Columbia Records. However, Columbia/American recently missed a timely option exercise.
As a result, sources say Pete Angelus, manager for THE BLACK CROWES, has had conversations with Columbia Records and it is unknown whether discussions have ensued with other labels.
This news comes on the heels of THE BLACK CROWES' triumphant and critically acclaimed six-show U.S. tour with Jimmy Page which featured both artists performing onstage together. The trek was launched with three sold-out shows at New York City's Roseland (October 12, 13 and 14) and concluded with two sold-out gigs at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre (October 18 and 19).
In the meantime, sources say that Angelus and Bill Curbishley, manager for Jimmy Page, are in discussions regarding a live BLACK CROWES/Jimmy Page album and summer 2000 tour.