The Counting Crows adorned the stage at Stir Cove on Thursday night, and it was an interesting mix of nostalgia and those magical hits. Duritz spent much of his time during the first 45 minutes of the show explaining his roots, and the roots of their melodies. It was very introspective and soulful expression of how and why tunes like “Round Here” came to exist. I found it to be quite touching, while others around me found just another excuse to chat or visit the bar. Too bad for them, they missed some very intriguing commentary. Duritz shared a bit of his life history, the hardships and the good times, the loves he has had and lost, and the adventures that have brought him and the band to where they are today. When the balance of the 90-minute show was rife with hits and amazing band work, the full amphitheater sang loudly and proudly and gave the Crows the accolades they deserved.
For twenty-five years Adam Duritz and the Counting Crows have traveled the world to share their library of rock and alternative rock. Let’s hope they can continue for another twenty-five years.
Opening for The Counting Crows on Thursday was Live, the rock band from York, PA. Ed Kowalczyk and entourage put on a strong set of hard rock sounds and grunge like vocals. It was pretty lively (no pun intended) and entertaining. The concert-goers seemed to appreciate the volume and the commotion that comes along with Live, and it was a great way to open up the evening. Kowalczyk has only been back in the lead for a couple of years, but it is as if nothing ever changed.