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REVIEW: Counting Crows at PNC Pavilion

Photo Cred: Undark Photography

Counting Crows hit the stage at PNC Pavilion last Saturday and you could tell by the vibe that the crowd was ready to hang with our Rain King.

There was the usual ambient noise, something less like playing music and more like testing your equipment, coming from the organ, but when David Bryson started into the all-too familiar opening riff of "Round Here," the swell of the crowd was overwhelming. The stage was set for a nostalgia trip for all of us Crows fans. After the 18 months we have had - it's about damn time, right?

In May, the band released their first EP, Butter Miracle, Suite One - since 2014! Earlier this year, frontman Adam Duritz teased both the album and tour via his popular online cooking show by making a recipe for…buttered toast. For those of us avid Crows fans, as much as we enjoyed watching Adam cook on Instagram Live and YouTube the past year, it was fantastic to get to hear some new music!

The setlist included favorites and sprinkled in some of the new soon-to-be favorites. The shock of seeing a fresh-faced Adam Duritz, complete with Elvis sideburns, wore off quickly as he started walking through the lines of all of our favorite songs.

I have said this time and time again, but Adam Duritz is a genius storyteller. However, if you are expecting a high energy performance from Duritz, you are obviously a new fan of Counting Crows. The lyrics and melodies ARE the show.

 Counting Crows have enchanted listeners worldwide for more than two decades with their intensely soulful and intricate take on timeless rock & roll. Exploding onto the music scene in 1993 with their multi-platinum breakout album, August and Everything After, the band has gone on to release seven studio albums, selling more than 20 million records worldwide, and is revered as one of the world’s most pre-eminent live touring rock bands.

Counting Crows

Open Album

  1.Round Here
  2.Mrs. Potter's Lullaby
 3.Earthquake Driver
 4.Mr. Jones
 5.Black and Blue
 6.Anna Begins
 7.I Wish I Was a Girl
 9.God of Ocean Tides
 10.Washington Square
 11.The Tall Grass
 12.Elevator Boots
 13.Bobby and the Rat‐King
  14.Rain King
 15.A Long December
  18.Hard Candy
  19.Holiday in Spain

*EDITORS NOTE - Courtney Phenicie was under the weather and did not attend the show as to not get others sick. Brandon Wheeler aka Undark Photography graciously helped to fill in the details. Get Vaccinated, wear a mask, and be safe y'all.


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