Singer Adam Duritz has not had an easy time as of late. A nasty little flu virus has been overruling concert dates and has forced the Counting Crows to cancel several of their most recently scheduled appearances. Tonight’s show at London’s O2 Academy Brixton has also been shelved because of Duritz’s inability to shake the flu. The word on the street is that the gig has been postponed until June 1; fans are advised to hang onto their tickets to gain entry into the rescheduled gig. The band also canceled a previously scheduled show for May 18 at the Birmingham International Centre, because of the lingering illness. Upcoming dates for the Crows are: May 24 at the Centre, Brighton and May 26 at the O2 Academy in Sheffield. Be sure to keep track of any possible show cancelations and check with their upcoming tour dates by going online, where you can also obtain your own pair of Counting Crows tickets.
The Counting Crows became somewhat of an overnight sensation in 1994 when they released their debut album, August and Everything After. It was dark, somber and oh so melancholy, the perfect record for any brooding individual, looking to rattle their innermost emotions. As it turned out the only up-beat song on the tracklist, “Mr. Jones” became a massive success and the Crows’ ultimate ticket to stardom.
The Counting Crows thrived on their ability to completely blend Durtz’s soulful and tortured lyrics with the iconic sounds of the late 1960s and early 1970s. They were essentially able to channel a sound and style that not many other modern day bands were able to mimic. It was a resurgence of rock ‘n’ roll at its finest and the Counting Crows proudly stood at the helm of the mainstream rock world.
They released Recovering the Satellites in 1996, which spawned off the hit single, “A Long December,” which ultimately became a Top 10 hit on the Modern Rock and the Adult Top 40 charts. Two years later they returned with another effort, the two disc: Across a Wire: Live in New York. In 1999 they dropped their third studio album, this one titled This Desert Life. This record came highly acclaimed by critics, many of whom branded it as some of their finest work yet, noting the strong hooks on choruses and their memorable melodic lines. The record featured the successful songs “Hanginaround,” “Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby” and “Four Days.” Once again their record pointed to a comeback of age old classic rock. Steve Lillywhite produced their fourth album, Hard Candy, which was followed by a best of collection titled Films About Ghosts.
They wrote a highly successful hit single for the children’s film, Shrek 2 called “Accidentally in Love,” and two years later they released New Amsterdam: Live at Heineken Music Hall. In 2008 they appeared with their most recent studio album, Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings. Through the years, Counting Crows have managed to hang onto their classic rock beats that continually upstage any other competition on the scene.