Obviously it's because it's a pretty good payday despite Chris and Rich Robinson dumping everyone else so they can keep most of the money and put the band on salary. And I'll bet dollars to donuts that Rich is getting a little less than Chris just on LSD principle. So now that that part's settled and out of the way... But why would a boogie rock band like the Black Crowes want a virtuoso who can hang competently with pretty much anyone on the planet, and have him play simple bluesy rock bass lines all night? We've already established why Tim took the gig...now let's establish why Chris and Rich chose a well known well paid sideman with a heavy jazz background when plenty of cheaper bassists could have easily done the gig and probably pulled it off just as well? Two reasons... Credibility with fans who might assume these are just a bunch of slapdash yahoos quickly thrown together so Chris and Rich could hurry up and cash in, and lack of baggage. Don't know if you've seen their longtime drummer's interviews. He's been vocal about Chris Robinson wanting the lion's share of the money and calling this reunion "sad" because he's not there. But he's the last original out of a band that's otherwise been a revolving door for players anyway, so what difference is it? So you combat it by getting some top players. How can you argue with Tim on bass? And I heard them live on Howard Stern yesterday, the band killed HARD, and let's face it, the Black Crowes are Chris and Rich and the drummer could be anyone who plays like they like. Steve Gorman was terrific on their stuff and has been since the beginning, but it's not like they're leaving him penniless, and he's just not the reason they exist. So you call in players who will do what you want happily and without complaint. And Tim's one of those guys who goes with the flow, brings what skills he thinks the band needs along with a whole lot of brainpower at the ready and the right gear to easily flow into the overall gestalt of the band, can grasp complicated parts in a flash and easy ones even quicker, doesn't get bent out of shape if you don't like something he's doing and suggest something else, is more than happy to play any kind of music no matter whether he gets a feature or not, and doesn't care in the least that he's not the decision maker as long as you pay what you agreed in a timely manner. And that's why he's now getting the big sideman bucks. He's great, he loves what he does, doesn't look down on music that's "not his style," finds reasons to accept gigs and not to turn them down other than previous commitments, and has a reputation for being an easygoing hang. And now he will always be able to find quality work till he retires or croaks, and he's set himself up to do whatever projects he wants to do as a leader as well. Some small-minded people call that "selling out." Whatever. I call it "being freaking awesome."