Counting Crows - Roundhouse, London
Dive into a pile of 90’s mainstream rock compilations and you’d be hard pushed to find a CD that didn’t feature Counting Crows classic ‘Mr Jones’. The 1993 single, pulled from the band’s debut August And Everything After brought the US group to the world’s attention and over 20 years later they’re still going strong, with over 20 million sales and an Academy Award nomination under their belts!
The Crows have recently released their seventh studio album Somewhere Under Wonderland and have been promoting the collection with a series of shows, including two sold out night’s at London’s Roundhouse, with The Fix heading along for the second night's shindig.
I can’t say I’m a font of knowledge as far as the band is concerned but I was happy to hang around after my three song allocation in the photo pit and came away suitably impressed.
I imagine many fans attended both Camden gigs, so it must have been a treat to find their second helping considerably different from their encounter with the band the previous evening, as I believe the set was almost completely changed.
Vocalist Adam Duritz led the band through a performance filled with songs from various stages of the band’s career, including ‘Sullivan Street’ and ‘Omaha’ from their debut, ‘A Long December’, the title track from third album Hard Candy and a couple of gems from covers collection Underwater Sunshine (or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation), in the shape of 'Untitled (Love Song) by The Romany Rye and Kasey Anderson's 'Like Teenage Gravity'.
The second night set list seemed a resounding success with the capacity crowd, who were very vocal throughout, even during the airings of the sparkly new songs from the band's current offering, with the words to tracks like 'John Appleseed's Lament', 'Earthquake Driver' and 'Elvis Went To Hollywood' roared back at the singer. I can't guarantee any of the songs from Somewhere Under Wonderland will appear on compilations celebrating this decade a few years down the line, but I can say, for now, it's an album that's certainly worth investigating.