The Counting Crows have long been on my list of bands I'll never get sick of, and they've also long been on my list of bands I hadn't seen live. For whatever reason, my schedule and theirs has never coincided, until recently.
Over Thanksgiving weekend, they played at The Wiltern Theatre (one of my favorite music venues in LA, where I also saw Glen Hansard in June). I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but my long wait was rewarded with a performance that was clear & tight, yet loose & fluid at the same time. Adam Duritz loves to meander his vocals during live sets (as anyone who owns Across A Wire: Live In New York City knows) making each and every song and performance completely unique and new, even after 20+ years of performing. He didn't disappoint, singing each song with refreshed emotion while each instrument perfectly intertwined with every nuance of Adam's vocals. It sounded like they came up with each variation on the spot, but they played with the tight excellence of a band who seeks perfection each night.
Here is the setlist from the show. It was a good mix of favorites and covers from their most recent album, Underwater Sunshine (or what we did on our summer vacation). iTunes and Spotify playlists from the setlist are below.