After selling out their four-night New York residency at The Gramercy Theatre, The Magpie Salute have announced their first ever shows on these shores.
The brainchild of The Black Crowes’ Rich Robinson, the group will play London’s Under The Bridge venue, positioned under Chelsea’s ground Stamford Bridge, on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th of April.
Together with songs by The Magpie Salute, the band will be performing tracks from The Black Crowes’ back-catalogue, solo songs by Rich and more.
48-hour presale tickets to the show went on sale from Planet Rock Tickets at 10am on Wednesday 25th January before the general on sale on Friday.
Alongside Rich Robinson, The Magpie Salute boasts two other former Black Crowes members, guitarist Marc Ford and Sven Pipien, alongside drummer Joe Magistro, keyboardist Matt Slocum and guitarist Nico Bereciartua. The group also features John Hogg on vocals together with backing singers Charity White, Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen.
To whet your appetite ahead of the show, we have an exclusive clip of the band performing the War song ‘War Drums’.
Explaining where the name comes from, Rich said: “The name The Magpie Salute comes from a superstition based in the UK.
There are many variations, but the version I’m drawn to is the belief that if you see a Magpie, you would do well to salute it ‘to ward off negativity, or to have a good day.’ The way you salute the Magpie, based on some traditions is to say ‘Good Mornin’ Captain.’
“The reason we salute is to show we’re unarmed, or what I like to say is ‘we come in peace’. The Magpie falls within the Crowe umbrella of species, figuratively and literally. Magpies can be black and white which represents the light and the dark. I figured all of these things touch on many aspects of my life and this experience.”
Praising The Magpie Salute guitar team, Rich continued: “The Crowes have had their share of guitar players. 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.”
See The Magpie Salute at the following show:
London Under The Bridge – Wed 12th
London Under The Bridge – Thu 13th