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Counting Crows This Summer
“Counting Crows”, one of the smashing bands of the ‘90s, has announced will hit the road this summer with the “25 Years And Counting World Tour”.
The North American tour will start with a performance at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho on 27th of June and will include shows in locations like New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Denver and Chicago.
See the full list of dates and venues for “25 Years And Counting World Tour” at the end of this article. “Counting Crows” will be accompanied by another famous band in the ‘90s, “+Live+”, which was awarded several platinum discs and currently has Ed Kowalczyk playing the rhythm guitar and lead vocals.
Regarding the playlist for the tour, “Counting Crows” front man Adam Duritz stated they can play a different show every night, since the band has 25 years of music and 7 studio albums to choose from. Tickets for the tour have gone on sale on 6th of April.
In addition to the celebration of 25 years of music, Adam Duritz has launched as podcast a series of conversations between him and James Campion, author and music journalist. The subjects of these conversations, called “Underwater Sunshine!” range from life and music to any topic the two musicians found interesting.
“Counting Crows” means Adam Duritz on lead vocals, David Bryson, Dan Vickrey and David Immergluck on guitar, Jim Bogios on drums, Charlie Gillingham on keyboards and Millard Powers on bass.
The band was founded in 1991 in Berkeley, California. Dreadlocked front man Adam Duritz and guitarist David Bryson met in 1989 and began to write songs together. A year later they started to sing as an acoustic duo called “Counting Crows” mainly in the area of San Francisco Bay. After being joined by drummer Steve Bowman, bassist Matt Malley and Charlie Gillingham, they recorded a demo which enabled them to sign a contract with a record company.
Their first studio album – “August And Everything After” was recorded in 1993 with producer T-Bone. Duritz wrote lyrics filled with melancholy and melodic lines that mentioned some of the “great ones”, such as Bruce Springsteen, The Band, Van Morrison and Eagles. “Counting Crows”’ music had a specific theme, well-promoted in the ’90s: loathing towards self. But their music was quite joyful, bearing no risk to bring depression to its listeners, like the music of other grunge bands fashionable at that time (Nirvana, for example).
The vocals and the lyrics made the public and some critics compare the band’s front man Adam Duritz to Van Morrison and Bob Dylan. “Counting Crows” seemed to have been inspired by the same America that made The Band an icon for many future generations of musicians.
After recording their debut album – “August And Everything After” – but before its release to public, “Counting Crows” performed at the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” Ceremony from 1993. The ceremony inducted Van Morrison in the gallery of greatest musicians. However, since Van Morrison could not be present at the ceremony, “Counting Crows” had the honor to represent him.
The album was released in 1993 and in 1994 started his run in the charts, a run that lasted for 93 weeks. “Mr. Jones” reached 2nd position in the charts of 1993, while “Round Here” climbed to #4, bringing together fans of classic and alternative rock.
“August And Everything After” sold 10 million copies and transformed Duritz into a superstar: he appeared on the cover of “Rolling Stone” magazine and fans spent nights out on his lawn. The lead singer of “Counting Crows” had troubles with his new status, as he couldn’t talk to anyone anymore.
1994 was also the year in which the band performed as opening act for “”Rolling Stones”. Around the same time, Duritz wrote and recorded “Going Back to Georgia”, a duet for Nanci Griffith’s album called “Flyer”.
After making some changes in his structure – additional guitarist Dan Vickrey and new drummer Ben Mize – at the end of 1995 the band started the work on its second album.
Called “Recovering the Satellites” and released in 1996, the album became a double platinum, featuring several hits such as “Angels of the Silences”, which reached #3 and “A Long December”, which climbed to #5, both in 1996.
Two years later, in 1998, “Counting Crows” released “Across a Wire: Live in New York”, a double album featuring live performances: VH1’s Storytellers on the first disc and MTV’s Live From the 10 Spot on the second disc.
This album, as well as the third one, called “This Desert Life”, were inspired by Los Angeles and sang about how lonely the life of a rock star can be. A part of the fans saw this theme as a testimony of honesty, while the other part thought it was just an irritating self-lenient … whining.
In 2004 “Counting Crows” was nominated at “Academy Awards” for the song “Accidentally In Love” featured in “Shrek 2”.
In more than two decades, “Counting Crows” sold more than 20 million copies of their albums, offering its fans an extraordinary musical experience.
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See below the full list of dates and venues for the tour in North America.
June 27 – Taco Bell Arena, Boise, ID
June 29 – White River Amphitheater, Auburn, WA
June 30 – Sunlight Supply Amphitheater, Ridgefield, WA
July 2 – Grand Theatre – Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV
July 3 – Ironstone Amphitheater, Murphys, CA
July 6 – Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA
July 8 – FivePoint Amphitheater, Irvine, CA
July 10 – Mattress Firm Amphitheater, Chula Vista, CA
July 13 – Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA
July 14 – The Joint, Las Vegas, NV
July 16 – Red Butte Garden Amphitheater, Salt Lake City, UT
July 18 – Pepsi Center, Denver, CO
July 21 – Austin360 Amphitheater, Austin, TX
July 22 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Houston, TX
July 24 – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, Irving, TX
July 26 – Bancorp Arena, Tupelo, MS
July 28 – Oak Mountain Amphitheater, Pelham, AL
July 29 – Chastain Park Amphitheater, Atlanta, GA
July 31 – FLAl Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg,
Aug 1 – Coral Sky Amphitheater, West Palm Beach, FL
Aug 4 – Daily’s Place, Jacksonville, FL
Aug 5 – PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, NC
Aug 7 – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater, Virginia Beach, VA
Aug 8 – Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, VA
Aug 10 – Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, PA
Aug 11 – BB&T Pavilion, Camden, NJ
Aug 14 – PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
Aug 15 – The XFINITY Theatre, Hartford, CT
Aug 17 – Xfinity Center, Boston, MA
Aug 18 – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford, NH
Aug 22 – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
Aug 25 – New York State Fair, Syracuse, NY
Aug 26 – Blossom Music Center, Cleveland, OH
Aug 29 – Budweiser Stage, Toronto, ON
Aug 30 – KeyBank Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA
Sept 1 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH
Sept 2 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, MI
Sept 5 – State Farm Center, Champaign, IL
Sept 6 – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, Indianapolis, IN
Sept 8 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, Chicago, IL
Sept 9 – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, St. Louis, MO
Sept 11 – Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO
Sept 13 – Stir Cove at Harrah’s Casino, Council Bluffs, IA
Sept 15 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Sioux City, IA
Sept 16 – Mystic Lake – Amphitheater, Minneapolis, MN
Sept 18 – U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
Sept 19 – Breese Stevens Field, Madison, WI
Sept 22 – Pilgrimage Festival, Franklin, TN
Sept 23 – Bourbon & Beyond Festival, Louisville, KY