A review of their show at The Gorge in George, WA July 11, 2003
By Melody Alderman
Tonight was one of many tour dates of a co-headlining tour between Counting Crows and newbie John Mayer. Yes, Mayer has been gaining a lot of traction with his mushy pop radio friendly hits, but the fact that the Counting Crows took the stage prior to Mayer, as if they were his opening act, seemed, well... wrong. The co-headlining tour forced the band to cut their set down to a little over an hour. For a band that has released several CD's, there were many songs that had to be sacrificed from the set list. But, Counting Crows still managed to make the most of their time.
The large group (all 7 of them), took to the stage with an acoustic version of "Have You Seen Me Lately?" Adam seemed very relaxed and in good spirits, telling the crowd that the evening would include a mix of acoustic and electric songs. By the third song, David Bryson began playing the intro to "Mr. Jones," leading the band into a beautifully soft version of the otherwise upbeat tempo song.
Songs from the new CD Hard Candy were played including "Miami," "American Girls," "Richard Manuel Is Dead" and others. The group also performed their hit rendition of "Big Yellow Taxi," originally recorded and written by the legendary Joni Mitchell. The cover songs did not end there though. Counting Crows delved into a version of Bruce Springsteen's "Thunder Road" (one of the most beautiful songs ever written), along with "Friend Of The Devil" by Grateful Dead. There were also Crows classics such as "Omaha," "Anna Begins," "Rain King" and others.
In what has become tradition for Counting Crows, they neared the end of the set with "Hangin' Around," inviting opening act Maroon 5 back out on stage. This is something the band has always been very welcoming with. Whatever artist they are sharing the bill with, Adam usually always invites them to share the stage for a song or two. One of the best examples of this was in Irvine, CA when Ed Kowalczyk of Live joined the band in a version of TLC's "No Scrubs." John Mayer was not asked to join, maybe not wanting to take away from his entrance on stage for his own set.
Last came the song "Hard Candy" which closed the band's set. With that, Counting Crows left the stage much, much too soon.
when you're sleeping?
Does he keep you safe and warm?
Does he tell you when you're sorry?
Does he tell you when you're wrong?
I've been watching you for hours
It's been years since we were born
We were perfect when we started
I've been wondering
where we've gone"
Song * Murder Of One
Album * August & Everything After
This isn't gonna be easy
But I don't need you
You got a piece of me
But it's just a little piece of me
And I don't need anyone
And these days I feel like
I'm fading away"
Song * Have You Seen Me Lately?
Album * Recovering The Satellites
No one gets to come in
Pull me out from inside
I am folded, and unfolded,
I am colorblind"
Song * Colorblind
Album * This Desert Life