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10th April 2017

the magpie salute


MetalTalk's Gig Of The Week is a run of very special intimate shows from The Magpie Salute, the ten-piece band put together by Rich Robinson.

The Magpie Salute have a four night residency at the snazzy Under The Bridge venue, located in the grounds of Stamford Bridge, home of Chelsea Football Club.

Formed by Rich Robinson, the guitarist and co-founding member of The Black Crowes, The Magpie Salute is an exciting new band bringing together two other key members of Crowes' fame, guitarist Marc Ford and bassist Sven Pipien, alongside members of Rich Robinson's own band; drummer Joe Magistro, keyboardist Matt Slocum and guitarist Nico Bereciartua. The Magpie Salute also boasts a fine cast of vocalists, including lead singer John Hogg (Hookah Brown, Moke), former Crowes singer Charity White and background singers Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen.

the magpie salute

The band will be performing songs from The Black Crowes catalogue as well as solo material from Rich and Marc plus "whatever else may materialise," says Robinson. At the Gramercy shows, the band's setlists varied from night to night, keeping the music fresh for the musicians and the audience.

Ford comments: "I don't think I would do very well in a situation where there's no danger. It has to stay interesting to us. If we weren't into it, how could the listener be?"

They also recently revealed a performance of the song 'Coming Home', which begins with a tribute to late keyboardist Eddie Harsch who passed away on November 4th 2016, another founding member who was set to perform with the band in New York at the weekend.

The video was filmed in August last year at Applehead Studios, Woodstock where The Magpie Salute's seeds were planted, and features Harsch talking, rehearsing and performing with the band. "This recording came from the last time I got to play with Eddie Harsch," says Robinson. "He was my friend and musical teacher. His mastery and subtlety will forever be an inspiration."

The Magpie Salute also marks the reunion of the Rich Robinson and Marc Ford guitar team. Ford left The Black Crowes after their fourth album and 1997 Further Festival tour.

"The Crowes have had their share of guitar players," says Rich. "Each one has been really cool to play with and each one has brought their own unique playing to the band. That being said, I personally feel that Marc and I have a very deep musical connection. The way he and I played together on those records really showcases that musical bond.

"As I get older I realise what a gift it is to play with people with whom you share that language of music."

Marc says: "It's one of those things that was there before we met. Musically we were already family."

The Magpie Salute are:
Rich Robinson - guitar, vocals
Marc Ford - guitar, vocals
John Hogg - vocals, percussion
Sven Pipien - bass, vocals
Joe Magistro - drums, vocals
Matt Slocum - keys
Nico Bereciartua - guitar
Charity White - backing vocals
Adrien Reju - backing vocals
Katrine Ottosen - backing vocals

Wednesday 12th April: Under The Bridge
Thursday 13th April: Under The Bridge
Friday 14th April: Under The Bridge
Saturday 15th April: Under The Bridge

The opening night sold out within minutes of the tickets going on sale and with only a few left for the Thursday and Friday shows, a fourth show has now been added on Saturday 15th.

The back-to-back four date run follows the roaring success of four sold-out dates at The Gramercy Theatre in New York earlier this year where the band performed entirely different setlists each night.

the magpie salute

The Magpie Salute will release their self-titled debut album worldwide on June 9th via Eagle Rock Entertainment. Produced by Rich Robinson, the musically tight and expansive album was recorded live in the studio in front of an audience at Applehead Recording in Woodstock, New York, except for the full studio track 'Omission'. The album carries special significance as it marks the last recorded work by Eddie Harsch, the late Black Crowes keyboardist whose signature sound and gentle soul are woven into The Magpie Salute.

The deeply soulful rock 'Omission', written by Robinson and vocalist John Hogg, is the album's first single, arriving to radio in May, with a video to be released shortly thereafter.

In advance of the album's release, The Magpie Salute will issue a 10" vinyl 45 single of 'Comin' Home' and 'Glad And Sorry' on Record Store Day, Saturday April 22nd in the USA.

There is wide open musical freedom on the band's debut album, with half of the ten songs coming in over seven minutes in length and the musicians' wide-ranging roots are reflected in the diverse selections. They offer fresh takes of The Black Crowes' 'What Is Home' and 'Wiser Time' and interpret songs by Delaney and Bonnie ('Comin' Home'), Bobby Hutcherson ('Goin' Down South'), War ('War Drums'), Pink Floyd ('Fearless'), the Faces ('Glad And Sorry'), Bob Marley ('Time Will Tell', which The Black Crowes covered on their second album) and the traditional 'Ain't No More Cane'.


In an exclusive competition MetalTalk are giving our lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to see The Magpie Salute live in London at the Under The Bridge venue on Saturday 15th April.

The Magpie Salute performed the first of four nights of their residency at Under The Bridge on Wednesday night and played a whooping twenty-two songs in a riveting two hour set that featured many Black Crowes tracks plus numerous solo numbers and even covers of Small Faces and Led Zeppelin.

MetalTalk has FIVE pairs of tickets to give away to see The Magpie Salute this Saturday 15th April at Under The Bridge, London.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets then correctly answer the question below. Be quick as the competition closes at midnight on Good Friday.

How many members of The Magpie Salute are there?

A) 8
B) 10
C) 12

Competition closes at midnight Good Friday. Winners will be notified by email. Winners names will be added to the guest list with a plus one. Winners must provide for their own travel/accommodation costs. No alternative prize is offered. Good luck!



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