09/11/06 - A Black Crowe Flies the Coop.
Just a week after veteran keyboardist Eddie Hawrysch left the Black Crowes for "personal issues," guitarist Marc Ford unexpectedly
left the group on the eve of the band's fall tour.
A spokesperson for Ford issued a statement citing health issues as the reason the musician called it quits this time around: "All the difficult work he has done to gain his longest period of sobriety ever was in jeopardy while touring." But in a post on band Website, Crowes manager Pete Angelus announced that Ford's hasty departure was less than amicable.
Angelus said that Ford's lawyer faxed the band's attorneys a letter notifying them that the guitarist was "immediately terminating his agreement" with the Crowes without giving 12 weeks notice required by his contract. Furthermore, Angelus said, "I am not going to comment on the timing of this notification or the way Marc has elected to handle his personal and business affairs with the Black Crowes, however I will state as a matter of fact, that this is not the first time that Marc Ford has breached his agreement with the Black Crowes,".
Ford was fired in 1997 due to drug problems but was invited back last year for the Black Crowes much talked about reunion, following a four year hiatus. Angelus said that Ford will be replaced for the time being by Paul Stacey who has been holed up with the bothers Robinson producing the new record that is slated for a 2007 release. In the meantime, Chris and Rich, are currently talking with other guitarists about rotating in.
The Black Crowes will continue their fall tour which was supposed to coincide with the release of The Lost Crowes, a highly anticipated double-album of rarities. But the band postponed the album to Sept. 26 due to "a recently discovered manufacturing error."
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