The brothers said in an interview released last month that one of the reasons they excluded co-founding drummer Steve Gorman and other members of classic Crowes lineups from the reunion was for the sake of their admittedly fragile relationship.
They have doubts they can withstand a tour together, let alone writing and recording sessions for what would be the band's first new album in 11 years.
"I have a bunch of stuff, but we want to make sure we do this properly," Rich told Classic Rock magazine. "We want to make sure we can do this before we get into a studio and make a record. That would be cool, but right now this is what we're focused on."
Just as they are uneasy about drudging up old arguments with former band mates, they say they need to prove to one another that they can cooperate on tour before heading into the recording studio.
Chris agreed, "I don't think we can do [a new album] until we see how this goes."
The frontman says therapy in recent years has worked wonders for him, but he still has doubts about what reuniting the old Black Crowes band would "trigger" within him. He and his brother have enough to work on between the two of them.
"One little thing, and you're back to fighting on the bus in 2006, you know what I mean?" Chris said.
Like everything else, The Black Crowes Shake Your Money Maker 30th anniversary tour this summer is in doubt due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. The tour is currently scheduled to begin on June 17 in Austin, Texas.
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