As a venue, San Francisco's famous Fillmore is a fitting choice for a band that constantly aspires to turn back clocks and make like it's 1969 - though you'd be hard-pressed to find even a modern-day hippie in the audience. The Black Crowes appear to be playing to a Welcome-Week-at-UC-Berkeley crowd, backwards caps and all. Most at this reunion show look too young to even remember Hard To Handle on the radio, which could be why it receives a tepid, golf-clap reception. Same goes for Jealous Again and Remedy, perhaps because the Robinson brothers seem only mildly enthused to be playing them. Chris Robinson's voice barely squeaks over languid guitar work by brother Rich, who looks thoroughly wasted. And it's hard to read Chris's facial expressions through the pound of stage makeup he's wearing, courtesy of spouse Kate Hudson. He looks as uncomfortable as we feel when she applies his foundation in the extras portion. Also worth noting: the look of hatred in lead guitarist Marc Ford's eyes as he watches them in a weird Almost Famous moment.
Dig the Black Crowes at Massey Hall Tuesday (May 16).