Last night (Saturday, Oct. 3), American rock band Counting Crows brought its Somewhere Under Wonderland Tour to Boulevard Pool as part of the “Set Your Life to Music” summer concert series at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Special guest Citizen Cope kicked off the night with a bluesy and rock-infested performance before the Counting Crows rocked a packed crowd with a high energy set including, “Round Here,” “Mr. Jones,” “A Long December” and “Hanginaround.”
Upcoming events at Boulevard Pool include Garbage with special guest Torres (Oct. 10); Father John Misty with special guest Mikal Cronin (Oct. 15); and The Neighbourhood with special guests Bad Suns and Hunny (Oct. 30).
About Counting Crows
Counting Crows is an American rock band from Berkeley, California, formed in 1991. The band consists of Adam Duritz (lead vocals, piano), David Bryson (guitar), Charlie Gillingham (accordion, keyboards), Dan Vickrey (lead guitar), David Immerglück (guitar, banjo, mandolin), Jim Bogios (drums) and Millard Powers (bass).
Counting Crows gained popularity following the release of its debut album, August and Everything After (1993), which featured the hit single “Mr. Jones”. They have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and received a 2004 Academy Award nomination for their song “Accidentally in Love“, which was included in the film Shrek 2.
The band’s influences include Van Morrison, R.E.M., Mike + The Mechanics, Nirvana, Bob Dylan, and The Band.
Counting Crows, and Adam Duritz in particular, have become renowned for the energetic, passionate nature of their live performances. Duritz frequently extends and rewrites songs live, adding extra verses or alternate middle sections and/or endings, sometimes fitting most of another of the band’s other songs into the middle of the first. On a live performance on Howard Stern’s Sirius broadcast radio show, he delivered an altered version of “‘Round Here” that Stern said was one of the best performances in his studio he had ever heard, with anchor Robin Quivers agreeing. He often uses other artists’ lyrics in these sections as well, ranging from well-known acts, such as Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison and George Gershwin, to obscure Bay Area bands, including revisiting material from his days working with Sordid Humor.
Most songs have been altered at some point during the band’s history; the ones most often subjected to this treatment include “Round Here”, “Goodnight Elisabeth”, “Rain King”, and “A Murder of One”. Examples of this can be heard on the MTV Live at the 10 Spot disc from Across a Wire: Live in New York City (on which “Round Here” contains lyrics from “Have You Seen Me Lately?”) and the VH1 Storytellers disc (“Anna Begins” has an extended midsection with new lyrics, and the introduction to “Mr. Jones” includes lyrics from “Miller’s Angels” and from The Byrds’ “So You Wanna Be A Rock & Roll Star”). Fansites have attempted to keep records of these alternate lyrics, or “alts”. – Wikipedia