The Counting Crows – Casino NB – 05/20/2015

Posted: 1st June 2015 by refrainmusic in Concerts

One of the most common musical names of the early nineties, just about everyone knew who the Counting Crows were at that time.  Today, not as well known, the venues are smaller, some members have changed, but some of the songs remain the same mixed with some new.  Most of the bands that have the longevity of more than two decades like the Counting Crows usually save some of their biggest songs, that draw fans out to the bitter end, until the last few songs or the encore.  But the Crows had a different plan, they started with some of their biggest songs, like their huge 1994 hit “Round Here” which I must admit I was surprised to here right out of the blocks.  I was even more surprised by song three which was probably their most recognizable song in “Mr Jones” from their debut album August & Everything After.

Counting Crows Concert Moncton NB Refrain Photography 2015

Counting Crows – Casino NB – 05/20/15 ~ Refrain Photography

Many 90’s act rest on the laurels of early successes but Counting Crows actually deliver something different, a little more in the present.  Singer Adam Duritz likes to elongate sections of songs I noticed, and the songs from their latest album, Somewhere Under Wonderland, fit in quite nicely.  I particularly liked one I’d not heard before a song called “Possibilty Days”, a thought provoking song with great lyrics.  There was also ventures into newer and more recognizable songs like the cover of Joni Mitchell’s hit “Paved Paradise” and “California”, both of which induced crowd sing along’s.  The music from the band was tight, well organized, and it was certainly one of the better ‘lit’ shows I’ve seen at the casino (photographers worry about these things).

Counting Crows Casino NB Moncton NB Refrain Photography 2015

Counting Crows – Casino NB – 05/20/15 ~ Refrain Photography

Courting the nostalgic only gets you so far with fans, the Counting Crows don’t appear to be chasing that particular fan base.  After 24 years together they appear to have picked up some long-term fans willing to extend them rope to experiment as a band; there were lots in the crowd of people as aware of their newer songs as they were the massive hits from back at the beginning of the almost 90 minute show.   Pulled out for a three song encore that included the hit “Rain King” the Counting Crows put on an entertaining and well rounded show from beginning to end.

Counting Crows Casino NB Moncton NB Refrain Photography Jason Lorette 2015

Counting Crows – Casino NB – 05/20/15 ~ Refrain Photography

Thanks to the Counting Crows, Casino New Brunswick, Evenko, and PPRL for another great night of music at the Casino.