It's been a long December and there's reason to believe maybe this year will be better than the last" was what fans were singing when it was announced at the start of the year that, after a decade long wait, Counting Crows will be returning to Australia.
The last full length tour of Australia was way back in 2003. A tour was initiated the following year in 2004 but had to be cut significantly short due to the passing of the lead singer's grandmother. They visited our shores again in 2009 to support The Who but this is the moment fans have been patiently awaiting- a national headline tour.
Counting Crows have been making music for over twenty years and manage to achieve the often elusive balance of both critical acclaim and commercial success.
Comprised of Adam Duritz, David Bryson, Dan Vickrey, David Immergluck, Charlie Gillingham, Millard Powers and Jim Bogios, they create a unique sound sometimes categorised as modern rock, pop rock or alternative rock.
Since 1993 Counting Crows have released five studio albums, four live albums, a compilation album and most recently a cover album. They have sold over twenty million albums worldwide, the most recognised being August and Everything After, Recovering the Satellites, Across a Wire: Live in New York City and Films About Ghosts (The Best Of…).
It is difficult not to sing along to 'Mr Jones', and it is infectious songs like this that they are best known for. Other chart-topping singles include 'Accidentally In Love' from the Shrek 2 soundtrack (nominated for a Golden Globe, Grammy and an Academy Award) and a cover of Joni Mitchell's 'Big Yellow Taxi' featuring Vanessa Carlton.
It is the deeper, darker songs like 'Round Here', 'Have You Seen Me Lately' and 'Colorblind' that fans fall head over heels in love with. The honest, heart wrenching lyrics married beautifully to the unmistakable, soulful voice of Duritz complement the rich sound of a seven piece band that evokes the musicality of 1960s and 70s.
In concert, the large band make a magnificent sight and sound filling the stage with enthusiasm, charisma and an interesting array of instruments (including a much loved accordion). Somehow though they still manage to form an intense crowd connection and make even the biggest venue feel like an intimate affair, such is the magic of Counting Crows.
Coming to Australia to perform at the Byron Bay Bluesfest on Thursday March 28th will be a perfect fit for Counting Crows. They will play alongside Paul Simon, Ben Harper, Santana, Jason Mraz, The Cat Empire and a constellation of other impressive artists. The Bluesfest will be held over the Easter long weekend in Byron Bay. Tickets start at $139, please visit the Bluesfest website for various ticket prices and packages.
Counting Crows will then embark on a series of sideshows throughout the country. Supporting them on tour is young Australian folk singer/songwriter/storyteller Jackson McLaren.
Counting Crows Live 2013 Tour Dates Wednesday March 27th: QPAC Concert Hall, Brisbane
Thursday March 28th: Byron Bay Bluesfest
Saturday March 30th: Hamer Hall, Melbourne
Sunday March 31st: Hamer Hall, Melbourne
Wednesday April 3rd: Perth Concert Hall, Perth
Saturday April 6th: Her Majesty's Theatre, Adelaide
Tuesday April 9th: Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney
Wednesday April 10th: Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney
Visit Live Nation for ticket options. Ticket prices vary depending on the venue but General Admission prices start at around $100. Then there are two VIP experiences available:
1. You Ain't Going Nowhere starts at $200 and includes a reserved seat in the first fifteen rows, digital download of the latest album, VIP laminate and a drink voucher.
2. Ultimate VIP starts at $300 and includes a reserved seat in the first ten rows, meet and greet with select band members, watch part of the soundcheck, merchandise item, digital download of the latest album, VIP laminate and a drink voucher.
Whether you are a Counting Crows devotee or just a fan of great music, don't miss your chance to see Counting Crows performing live while they are in Australia, you never know when an opportunity like this may come around again.