Lions is the sixth studio album by American rock band The Black Crowes.
It was released in 2001 as their first album on V2 Records following
their departure from Columbia Records, and is their only studio album
to feature guitarist Audley Freed. Lions was recorded in New York City
in January and February of that year, and was produced by Don Was. Bass
guitar duties were shared by Rich Robinson and Was, as Greg Rzab had
left the band and was not replaced until the tour that followed the
release of the album. The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at its
peak position of 20, selling more than 53,000 copies in its first week.
Lions received mixed reviews; although the overall sound of the album
generally garnered praise, a frequent complaint was the lack of
"memorable" songs. The critics who rated Lions lowest considered it a
poor imitation of the band's influences, such as Led Zeppelin. The band
supported Lions with two North American tours (one with Oasis
co-headlining), and a short tour of Europe and Japan in between.
Soundboard recordings of several concerts were available for download
to those who owned the album. Following the tour, the band went on
hiatus until 2005.
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Roman Emperor Caligula was murdered by Cassius Chaerea and the
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