The Magpie Salute will play four London shows on the bounce after fans flocked to snap up tickets for the first three gigs.

The Rich Robinson-fronted collective sold out their opening night at Under The Bridge in minutes.

And tickets for two additional shows are almost gone.

The Magpie Salute will now play April 12, 13, 15 and 15 with tickets for the final date on sale from 10am on Friday. The back-to-back shows follow the roaring success of four sold-out dates at The Gramercy Theatre in New York earlier this month.

The band will be performing songs from Robinson’s Black Crowes catalogue as well as the guitarist’s solo material and music by fellow former Crowe Marc Ford.

“We’ll play whatever else may materialise,” added Robinson. At the Gramercy shows, the band’s set lists varied from night to night keeping the music fresh for the musicians and the audience.

Ford added: “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?”

Formed by Robinson, The Magpie Salute is an exciting new band bringing together two other key members of Crowes fame – guitarist Ford and bassist Sven Pipien, alongside members of Robinson’s own band includng 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 band recently revealed a performance of the song Coming Home, which begins with a tribute to late keyboardist Eddie Harsch (who passed away on November 4) – another founding member and Black Crowes alumni who was set to perform with the band.

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,” added Robinson. “He was my friend and musical teacher. His mastery and subtlety will forever be an inspiration.”

The Magpie Salute 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.


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