The Magpie Salute is an American rock band formed in 2016 by former Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson. The band also includes former Black Crowes members Marc Ford and Sven Pipien as well as Rich Robinson band members Matt Slocum, Joe Magistro, Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen.
Rich Robinson announced the formation of the Magpie Salute in October 2016. In addition to Robinson the group also features former Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford, bassist Sven Pipien and keyboardist Eddie Harsh as well as keyboardists Matt Slocum, drummer Joe Magistro, vocalist Adrien Reju and vocalist Katrine Ottosen from Rich Robinson's solo band. This announcement came on the heels of a series of shows Rich Robinson performed earlier in 2016 in Woodstock, New York where he was joined by Ford, Pipien and Eddie Harsch. Harsch was slated to be a member of the band until his sudden death in November 2016.
They performed their first concerts in January 2017 at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City. They were originally only scheduled to perform three concerts, but due to demand, they added a fourth show. They performed songs from the Black Crowes as well as Robinson and Ford's solo careers.
During an interview Rich Robinson stated:
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.
Rich Robinson - guitar, vocals
Marc Ford - guitar, vocals
John Hogg - vocals, percussion
Sven Pipien - bass, vocals
Matt Slocum - keyboards
Joe Magistro - drums
Nico Bereciartua - guitar
Charity White - backing vocals
Adrien Reju - backing vocals
Katrine Ottosen - backing vocals
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