Review: Black Crowes at the Ogden, 11/13/13
THE BLACK CROWES at THE OGDEN THEATRE 11/13/13
While the crowd on Wednesday night seemed completely receptive to first of the Black Crowes' three nights at the Ogden Theatre, the place pretty much exploded with energy once the band launched into "Remedy" about an hour and a half into its set and kept igniting the packed venue with a fair amount of grit and muscle on covers of Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle," which segued into Deep Purple/Billy Joe Royal's "Hush."
The band came out strong, opening with the hearty medium tempo rockers, "Under a Mountain" and "Nebakanezer," both from 1996's Three Snakes and One Charm before delving into a fair amount of deep cuts, which the band has been doing on its current Lay Down With Number 13 tour, the first trek after a two-year hiatus.
Early in the set, after the band plowed through "Cypress Tree," frontman Chris Robinson dedicated the rarely played "No Use for Lying" to all the young lovers in the audience. Opening with Rich Robinson's slow intro on guitar, which sounded like it was run through a rotary effect and wah pedal, parts of the song felt like a distant cousin to Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun."
The extended psychedelic jam on "Nonfiction" featured some deft guitar soloing from both Rich Robinson and Jackie Greene, who joined the band earlier this year and replaced Luther Dickinson while "Paint an 8," another seldom played cut, was one of the more vigorous tunes of the night.