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Counting Crows Bio and Ticketing InfoCurrently comprised of Adam Duritz (vocals, piano), David Bryson (production and guitar), Charlie Gillingham (accordion and keyboards), Dan Vickrey (lead guitar), David Immerglück (guitar, banjo and mandolin), Jim Bogios (drums) and Millard Powers (bass), the Berkeley, CA-based octet Counting Crows, derive their name from an British nursery rhyme about the superstitious counting of magpies (a member of the crow family), and they can trace their origins to when Duritz, a former member of the renowned Bay Area band, The Himalayans and Bryson started playing gigs together in and around local coffeehouses. The material the duo performed was deeply indebted to Van Morrison, R.E.M., Mike and the Mechanics, Nirvana, Bob Dylan, and The Band – and those influences have remained to this day.
Initially, guitarist David Immerglück occasionally played with the duo of Duritz and Bryson and with other local musicians and wound up eventually playing on several songs on what would become their critically and commercially successful debut effort, August and Everything After and on every successive album after, but at the time he declined joining the band full time, as he was a member of Doom and Camper Van Beethoven. By 1993, Counting Crows’ lineup had solidified around the aforementioned duo of Duritz and Bryson (also as a primary songwriter), Matt Malley (bass), Charlie Gillingham (keyboards) and Steve Bowman (drums) and quickly became renowned in the Bay Area for their live shows in which there’s a fair degree of improvisation – and as a result, Geffen Records signed the then-quintet.
Although they were relatively unknown outside of the Bay Area alternative rock scene, Counting Crows came to national prominence when they filled it for Van Morrison at the 1993 Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, where they were introduced by The Band’s Robbie Robertson and played a cover of Van Morrison’s “Caravan.” With a suddenly skyrocketing national profile, the band worked with the legendary bluesman, producer and arranger, T-Bone Burnett on their debut effort, August and Everything After, which was released during the late fall – and featured “Mr. Jones,” a song reportedly written about Durtiz’s childhood friend Mary Jones, a bassist for The Himalayans and Kenny Dale Johnson, a drummer for Chris Issak’s backing band, Silvertone, the desire of the average, working musician to make it big, and the fantasies of what that success would bring. When MTV began playing the video for “Mr. Jones” in December 1993, the song became an unexpected and massive hit, and along with critical praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, appearances on Saturday Night Live and Late Show with David Letterman, the band’s debut effort became the fastest selling album since Nirvana’s Nevermind – arguably because “Mr. Jones” was the antithesis of the doom and gloom of the grunge period. Interestingly around this time, the band recruited the Bay Area guitarist Dan Vrickey as a lead guitarist and backing vocalist.
Throughout 1993 and 1994 the band toured extensively to support August and Everything After, and they shared stages with a number of popular and renowned acts including Cracker, The Cranberries, Suede, Bob Dylan, Los Lobos, Jellyfish, Midnight Oil, and The Rolling Stones. And although their debut effort sold over 7 million copies, success took a toll on the band – Steve Bowman (drums) left the band, and Duritz reportedly suffered a nervous breakdown, which was not his first.
Counting Crows’ much-anticipated sophomore effort, Recovering the Satellites was deeply inspired by Duritz’s nervous breakdown and unease with newfound fame and was released in mid October of 1996 – and as a result was arguably their moodiest, darkest effort to date. By July 1997, the Bay Area-based band went on a co-headlining tour with The Wallflowers, which featured Bettie Serveert, Engine 89, Gigolo Aunts and That Dog opening – with each opener playing for a three week stretch of the tour. Their touring schedule was interrupted when Duritz needed surgery to fix nodules on his vocal chords but after recovering from the procedure, the band ended a lengthy stretch of touring with a show at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom that was recorded for part of a live double album, Across a Wire: Live in New York City, which featured a predominantly acoustic set from the band’s appearance on VH1’s Storytellers.
By the end of the 90s, Duritz and Company had performed at Woodstock ’99 and released their third full-length effort, This Desert Life, which featured “Hangingaround” and “Colorblind” songs that appeared in Cruel Intentions. Just as they were about to embark on a co-headlining tour with Live, David Immerglück, who had played on every Counting Crows album at that point, was once again invited to join the band as a full-time member, and the guitarist, mandolin player and backing vocalist accepted.
2002 saw the release of the band’s forth full-length effort, Hard Candy, which featured a cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi.” although interestingly enough, two versions of that cover exist – a version that appears on the original version of the album as a hidden track, and a version recorded with backing vocals by Vanessa Carlton, which later appeared on future reissues and it also featured “American Girls,” a collaboration with Sheryl Crow and arguably their most radio friendly song in some time. Also, the album featured “Holiday in Spain,” a dual language collaboration with the Dutch band Bløf, sung partially as a musical round. During the middle of the Hard Candy tour, drummer Ben Mize, who had replaced Steve Bowman left the band and was replaced by drummer Jim Bogios, who was a member of Ben Folds’ and Sheryl Crow’s backing band. After the tour, bassist Matt Malley left the band and was replaced by Millard Powers. The following year saw the release of their greatest hits compilation, Films About Ghosts and toured with John Mayer and the Graham Colton Band.
Their single “Accidentally in Love” appeared on the soundtrack for Shrek 2 and was nominated for an Academy Award. Later re-issues of Films About Ghosts featured the song starting in 2004. Two years later, saw the release of New Amsterdam: Live at Heineken Music Hall, a live album comprised of live performances from their Hard Candy tour, as well a previously unreleased single “Hazy” co-written by Gemma Hayes and a cover of Jackson C. Frank’s “Blues Run the Game,” among others.
The next few years saw the release of Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings, an album that was produced by Gil Norton, who had produced Recovering the Satellites and was conceived as half of a rock album, half of a an acoustic/country-ish album. After leaving their long-time label home, the band has continued to record albums and tour and have had rather ambitious and successful tours with Michael Franti and his band Spearhead, Augstana and hip-hop artist NOTAR, The Wallflowers and Maroon 5, as well as variety of side projects and solo releases with the band’s latest effort, Somewhere Under Wonderland being released last year through a distribution deal with Capitol Records. It’s been a strange and long run for the band with lineup changes and label disputes among others but in over the course of their almost 25 year existence, the band has sold over 20 million albums and have a reputation for an incredible live set.
Top 3 Counting Crows Tracks:
|Accidentally in Love|
|A Long December|
|Big Yellow Taxi|
Counting Crows Albums
Somewhere Under Wonderland
- Palisades Park
- Earthquake Driver
- God of Ocean Tides
- Elvis Went to Hollywood
- Cover Up the Sun
- John Appleseed's Lament
- Possibility Days
Counting Crows Members
- Adam Duritz
- David Bryson
- Charlie Gillingham
- Dan Vickrey
- David Immerglück
- Millard Powers
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|$9.00||Counting Crows — 09/20/2015|
Concord Pavilion (formerly Sleep Train Pavilion); Concord, CA
|$13.00||Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows — 08/20/2017|
PNC Music Pavilion (formerly Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre); Charlotte, NC
|$15.00||Counting Crows — 10/02/2015|
Irvine Meadows; Irvine, CA
|$15.00||Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows — 08/15/2017|
1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre; Tampa, FL
|$16.00||Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows — 07/25/2017|
Shoreline Amphitheatre; Mountain View, CA
|$18.00||Counting Crows — 05/14/2015|
Massey Hall; Toronto, ON
|$19.00||Counting Crows — 08/29/2015|
PNC Bank Arts Center; Holmdel, NJ
|$20.00||Counting Crows and Rob Thomas — 08/20/2016|
Riverbend Music Center; Cincinnati, OH
|$21.00||Counting Crows and Rob Thomas — 09/28/2016|
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre; Maryland Heights, MO
|$22.00||Counting Crows and Rob Thomas — 09/25/2016|
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion; The Woodlands, TX
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|$1,561.00||Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows — 08/12/2017|
Bridgestone Arena; Nashville, TN
|$426.00||Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows — 08/19/2017|
EverBank Field; Jacksonville, FL
|$287.00||Counting Crows — 05/06/2015|
TCU Place; Saskatoon, SK
|$255.00||Counting Crows — 09/04/2015|
Sydney State Theatre; Sydney, New South Wales
|$235.00||Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows — 07/26/2017|
Grand Sierra Resort and Casino; Reno, NV
|$212.00||Counting Crows — 09/04/2015|
Paramount Theatre Huntington; Huntington, NY
|$201.95||Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows — 07/26/2017|
Grand Sierra Theatre; Reno, NV
|$175.00||Counting Crows and Rob Thomas — 08/02/2016|
Bank of America Pavilion; Boston, MA
|$165.00||Counting Crows and Rob Thomas — 09/03/2016|
Chateau Ste Michelle Winery; Woodinville, WA
|$165.00||Counting Crows — 05/23/2015|
Mile One Centre; St. John's, NF