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COUNTING CROWS

PERTH CONCERT HALL, PERTH WA

Tuesday 7th April 2015

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COUNTING CROWS SETLIST: Round Here | Scarecrow | Mrs. Potter's Lullaby | Mr. Jones | Goodnight Elisabeth | Four White Stallions | Omaha | Possibility Days | Have You Seen Me Lately? | Miami | Like Teenage Gravity (Kasey Anderson cover) | God of Ocean Tides | When I Dream of Michelangelo | Mercury | Earthquake Driver | A Long December | Cover Up the Sun | Hanginaround ENCORE: Palisades Park | Rain King | Holiday in Spain Livin'

Last time Counting Crows came to Perth almost exactly two years ago the big question was would they play ‘Mr. Jones’ the band’s most famous song that they seem to have a distinct love/hate relationship with. This year most fans were waiting to hear how the new music we got in 2014 with ‘Somewhere Under Wonderland’ – the band’s first album of original material since 2008 - would sound live.

 


Tonight a packed Perth Concert Hall got to hear ‘that song’ as well as more than half of the latest record which featured heavily: ‘Scarecrow’; ‘Earthquake Driver’; ‘Cover Up the Sun’; ‘Possibility Days’ and the wonderful album opener and tonight first encore ‘Palisades Park’ all got a run.

 

 

From the moment he abled on stage singer Adam Duritz had the audience in the palm of his hand – a larger than life figure with his trademark dreads onstage Duritz is one of those remarkable performers who has a knack of instantly connecting with and audience, and one who can act out a song like few others, full of hand gestures, shrugs and with a face painted with emotion.

 


As far as the band went they we flawless, creating a fluid musical backdrop to Duritz’s almost animated prose.
One of the most pleasing aspects of tonight’s show was both that new music and the fact that the set had changed so much in just two years with only four remaining from their last visit: ‘Omaha’; ‘Hanginaround’; ‘Holiday in Spain’ and ‘Round Here’.

Now there aren’t a lot of bands in the world that can travel with an almost completely different set-list and pull it off so well, let alone threaten to bing the house down on multiple occasions.

 


The packed room and the noise it generated was proof enough that there are still plenty of fans out there in Western Australia for this little band from San Francisco. The band continues its Australian Tour in Sydney.

 

 

Tonight was a great night and the crowd let the band know in no uncertain terms. At the end of the show you are left with a stunning realisation: that Counting Crows may well be one of the best live bands out there today. Tonight was mesmerising. Come back soon.

 

 

by David Duncan Rockpit

photos by Elspeth Erickson Photography

 


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