The Nasty Blues Traveler The Black Crowes Feud on the Howard Stern Show
In 2001, the members of Blues Traveler and The Black Crowes exchanged harsh words for each other on the Howard Stern radio show. Check out the full story below!
It’s rare for a feud to play out over live radio, but that’s exactly what happened in 2001 when the two members of Blues Traveler, and The Black Crowes, were booked as separate guests and were scheduled to appear that same morning on Howard Stern’s radio show. Blues Traveler released an album at the time called Bridge, while the Black Crowes released their own album the same week called Lions. The morning started with the arrival of Blues Traveler frontman John Popper and he was told that Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson would not be entering the studio until Popper left. Today, let’s explore how the beef started, what happened during the severe show, and the aftermath.
The Black Crowes and Blues Traveler would perform together as part of the Horde Feistval, which represented Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere. It was a rock festival that was the original idea of ââBlues Traveler and it would run from 1992 to 1998 and it would be inspired by Janes Addiction frontman Perry Farrell’s Lollapalooza festival, which premiered in 1991. The 1995 version of the festival made the headlines of black crowes. the festival with Blues traveler. Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, Wilco and Morphine are on the bill. Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson told the LA Times in 1995 why he preferred the horde festival to lollapalooza, saying, “Lollapalooza just didn’t translate to me as much as a musical thing as an MTV thing.” . It just seemed more fabricated, more fabricated. It’s like the McDonald’s counter-culture. You’re not going to get a lot of culture in the mall, and Lollapalooza looks like a big mall – but with more piercing stalls. John Popper and Chris Robinson would even meet on stage at that year’s festival. The festival was even notable for promoting contraband with the Morning Call Newspaper interviewing Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman who told the newspaper, âEvery night you go out, and every time I can look out. it looks like the first thing i see is a big tree over there with a few mics hanging on. People bring pretty sophisticated equipment, actually.
It would appear that between 1995 and 2001, there was a beef brew between the two groups with its outdoor release in 2001. In May of this year, Chris Robinson and his drumming teammate Steve Gorman were booked for the show. Howard Stern. That same morning, John Popper was also booked. They have been booked independently so that they do not appear at the same time, but usually whenever the stern receives guests on the same morning, it is common for them to meet in the green room or chat in the hallway of the hallway, That didn’t happen that morning, as Popper would first appear on Stern’s show. Much of the interview focused on Popper’s recent weight loss after undergoing stomach stapling surgery. And towards the end of Popper’s appearance, Stern mentioned that the Black Crowes were coming next and asked Popper about the reported feud between the two parties. Popper for his part would claim he didn’t know why Chris Robinson hated him and brought up an incident where they were both sitting with Warren Haynes at the fillmore and Haynes would take Popper to the side and tell him Chris Robinson was and I quote “A real mood” and tells Popper that he won’t be taking the stage until he leaves. Popper would go on to say that Chris Robinson was and I quote “the only real villain he’s ever met in rock n ‘roll”. . Stern’s amateur vinyl producer Baba Booey was going back and forth between the green room where the Black Crowes were waiting and the studio where Popper was talking to Stern, Robinson was telling Howard Baba Booey producer that Blues Traveler was and I quote ” an act of novelty. who made his comeback to the studio. Popper would tell Stern that he thought The Black Crowes was a great band and that he liked guitarist Rich Robinson, but he started hurling Chris Robinson-style insults, as you can see here. We’re just from Memphis where we played, so I tried not to get him to see me because he won’t come out unless I’m there. Oh good? He just has a poll in butt and I watched him yell at a fan just because. Uh oh, ummm they just wanted to be sure John was going to be gone before I walked in. I don’t know what I did, but cool. ‘one mentioned that you should have had your mouth sewn instead of your stomach. Right. Wow. What did you say. See you soon. We had them on our Horde tour ago. couple years and they were cool they put up a lot of tapestries and stuff and the one thing he wanted to tell me how good the candle was should melt when you do this very good performance. . This take, look guys in it. You know, turn on the lights, you wanna work, you wanna sing. You know why you need a melted candle. Chris and I are opposites, I was fat and he was thin. He married Kate Hudson, I would make her happy in bed. Oh oh! Hey now! I watched an almost famous man and the only sad thing about this movie is that she lives this almost everyday because he’s like a 70s rockstar. Oh boy, now I wonder what he doesn’t love you. Now I have the repository. So what was it with John Popper. Good. Once Popper finally left the studio, Robinson and Gorman walked in, here’s what Htey had to say about the feud. So what was it with John Popper, I didn’t know you I don’t care, I just don’t care to be with him, I don’t like his band I don’t like not what they do, I don’t like We did the horde tour, in 1995 which was their thing, but that year it was the most successful concert tour we have had . We basically took the tour back, put a bunch of acts we wanted, we set the ticket prices the way we wanted so more people would come and after he talked about our band it’s like hey hos playing harmonica, have fun. do you know what i led? I don’t need to hear that, it was one thing for us to play with a subgroup like that anyway. you know what I mean? But we were paid so generously that I could bear to listen to it from my fancy dressing room every night. Popper jumped his mouth too much. What did he say. He had a problem with the fact, well, I don’t know what his problem was, what he said was that they compromised their integrity by welcoming us and we were only there because we were a strong ticket seller in the southern markets.
I managed to find 2 reviews of the HORDE Festival in 1995. One was from a newspaper in Hartford that gave a pretty scathing review to Black Crows and a glowing review to Blues Traveler. The title would read: HORDE TOUR GIVES GREATER BILLING THAN BAND FAULT. The article would say the blues traveler should have made headlines. A separate review from the LA Times echoed the same sentiments saying
Performing in front of a large crowd at the Olympic Velodrome, the four mainstage groups of HORDE offered lessons in the use and abuse of rock history, with Wilco’s most knowledgeable user, the head of shows Black Crowes the worst abuser, and Blues Traveler and Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers somewhere in between.
It would turn out that the beef between the two groups would be canceled in the 2010s, as Popper would appear on sirius xm on the Sit With Alfred and Chris show when he was promoting his book when he revealed he had met Robinson at an airport a few years ago and they had a cordial discussion. He is said to claim that Robinson appears to have settled in the last few years and that drugs were likely the source of the feud without providing many details. Here is an excerpt from the interview. Looks like you’ve patched things up a bit with Chris. Yeah you know I ran into him at an airport a little while ago and he looked like he got old. Yeah, maybe it was the divorce. Yeah, I feel like I’ve aged too, but maybe he doesn’t care about that. I think part of the problem with us and the Crowes was that when they were hanging out with us they were really doing, it was a little dark, you know they were on drugs. Are we talking about drugs? I can’t say because I wasn’t there. The thing is, the one they liked to hang out with was Bobby, our bass player he really had, he was really serious about this stuff too. Seemed like it was just this time that they were going through a lot and you made the biggest of it. Perhaps. Maybe that was part of the wrath of that time, okay because I emailed Steve Gorman from the crows, I don’t even know him, but he responded and I was like we’re talking to John Popper. I want to know if you have any incentives. Yeah, eh? And he’s not going man, he wrote me a really cool email to say no I don’t know and he’s going through his own drama with them.
In 2015, Robinson would come back to the Horde Festival and say, “I had a lot of fun at HORDE”, “Everything was done for the right reasons.” It does it for the guys in today’s video, thanks for watching. Make sure you click the Like button and subscribe. And as always, if you have any suggestions for future topics, use the google form in the description box below. Take care.