Review by Karen S. Hart.
Photos by Bryan Joe Corder (all right reserved)
Counting Crows took the stage to Time and Time Again, followed by St. Robinson in His Cadillac.
The lyrics tell the story, but when you see Counting Crows live, Adam Duritz brings the story to life with
his facial expressions, his hand movements, his body language – he takes you on his journey with him, as
in Colorblind; a beautiful, haunting, melancholy story. The fans were treated to being the first audience
ever to hear Counting Crows perform Cover Up the Sun, from their new album to be released in
September. Several more long-time favorites such as God of Ocean Times, When I Dream of
Michaelangelo and Anna Begins followed. A second song from the unreleased album was presented to
the fans, Johnny Appleseed’s Lament followed by A Long December and Return of the Grievous Angel.
The fans demanded, and received, encore performances of Palisades Park and Rain King.
Opening the show was the folk pop band, Daniel and the Lion singing the title track from their album,
Death Head. Need You had the crowd fired up and Flash Flood appeared to be the crowd favorite. Lead
vocals by Jimmie Linville during On Berlin were reminiscent of Christ Martin (Coldplay). A great way to
start the evening, and I look forward to more from this band.
Toad the Wet Sprocket arrived on stage to sing many of their well known hits from the 90s such as
Good Intentions, which had the fans on their feet. They followed with New Constellation, the title track
from their first new album in 16 years, which was a hit with the audience. Windmills and Brother got the
fans warmed up for All I Want, which garnered the band a standing ovation. Fall Down gave the group
their second standing O of the evening with nearly every fan on their feet. They closed their set with
Walk On The Ocean to thunderous applause from the crowd. Glen Phillips and crew sound as good as
ever … if not better.
It was a great night filled with fantastic sounds.