Chris Robinson was on The Howard Stern Show on Tuesday morning. The former Black Crowes singer, now the frontman for the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Music was in the forefront of the conversation. He didn’t hold back in sharing criticisms of Dead & Company guitarist John Mayer and his brother (and co-founding member of The Black Crowes) Rich Robinson.
It was a 75-minute conversation between Stern and Robinson. The interview started with a discussion of The Black Crowes’ 1999 tour with Jimmy Page. Robinson mentioned he received Robert Plant’s seal of approval to sing Led Zeppelin songs. The Georgia native also talked about his upbringing and his father’s musical career.
Then the discussion went this way: “Donald Trump is president, John Mayer’s in the Grateful Dead and my brother is a Black Crowes tribute band.” Chris was referring to the band Magpie Salute, a band with Rich, and former Crowes members Marc Ford & Sven Pipien. When Howard pushed Chris for his thoughts on John Mayer, Robinson responded “the Grateful Dead has turned into this giant nipple that everyone sucks off of to get money.” He added, “I’m not a big John Mayer fan. Jerry Garcia is a hero of mine. Everything that Jerry Garcia ever talked about or stood for – John Mayer is the antithesis.” When Stern tried to rebut Chris’s take, Robinson offered, “he knows all the licks, there’s nothing unique about his playing. Jerry was one of the most unique musicians in the world. Jerry never played anyone else’s licks and now here’s John Mayer playing everyone else’s licks.”
Chris also spent a few minutes talking about his brother and other members of the Crowes. Robinson said he doesn’t hate his old mates, but wouldn’t perform with them again even if the group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. The vocalist also took aim at Rich’s songwriting skills. Listen to a pair of clips from the interview:
In another part of the interview, Howard asked Chris about meeting his idols. Robinson related a story about Warren Haynes introducing him to Gregg Allman. Gregg wasn’t impressed and said “who gives a shit!” upon the introduction. Listen to Chris Robinson tell the story: