The Black Crowes — specifically Chris and Rich Robinson — are being sued over royalties by former drummer Steve Gorman.
Per Rolling Stone, “Gorman, who along with the Robinson brothers and bassist Chuck Brandt (a.k.a Johnny Colt) formed a partnership in 1991 to collect royalties for the group, is suing to confirm the accuracy of his royalty payments and audit the partnership’s records. Gorman alleges he’s asked to inspect the royalty accounting on numerous times, but his request was denied. He’s suing for breach of contract, among other complaints.”
While the Robinsons have yet to comment on this lawsuit, Gorman has issued a statement where he says, “For more than five years, my attorneys and I have made repeated requests to review the Partnership’s books to confirm the accuracy of royalty payments and my share, but Chris and Rich have consistently ignored my rights under the Partnership Agreement.”
Gorman added, “I regret that it has come to this, as I remain incredibly proud of the music we created as a band, but their conduct has left me with no choice but to ask a court to order them to give me this information, which I’m entitled to under our partnership agreement and the law.”
While Gorman exited the Black Crowes in 2001, he rejoined the band in 2005 and has appeared on all eight studio albums from the band.