Two bands from opposite sides of the country have come together for one of the best tours to see this summer. Live from York, PA and Counting Crows from Berkeley, CA stopped at the Five Point Amphitheater in Irvine, CA on July 8th. This was my second time seeing Live and third for Counting Crows. Live took the stage first while it was still daylight and ended as it was almost night.
After a hiatus between 2009 and 2012, founding Live members Chad Taylor (Guitar/Vocals), Patrick Dahlheimer (Bass), and Chad Gracey (Drums) reunited but not with original vocalist Ed Kowalczyk, however, he returned to the band in 2016. In addition to the four original members drummer Robin Diaz and rhythm guitarist Zak Loy tour with the band. Live’s energetic set included the songs “I Alone,” “Lakini’s Juice,” “White, Discussion,” “Lightning Crashes,” and “Turn My Head.” A special guest joined in on “The Distance,” for percussion and it was none other than Jane’s Addiction’s Stephen Perkins. Live also performed “Love Lounge,” which is the band’s first song in over a decade from all the original members.
Counting Crows is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year as a band. Of their original lineup; vocalist Adam Duritz, guitarist David Bryson, keyboardist and Charlie Gillingham remain. The band also consists of guitarist Dan Vickrey who has been part of all the band’s releases since their second album, bassist Millard Powers who joined in 2005 replacing original bassist Matt Malley, and drummer Jim Bogios who has been a member since 2002. Each time I’ve seen Counting Crows, there is always something magical they bring to the stage each time. Between seeing them at both outdoor and indoor venues, the best way to see them is outdoors which goes well with their cool vibe.
The Beatles “Magical Mystery Tour,” was the band's intro song. Their 17-song set kicked off with Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby. My favorite thing about Counting Crows is that there is a story behind each song and Durtiz shares tales of writing the songs throughout the shows. Counting Crows played a number of singles including “Mr. Jones,” “A Long December,” “Hanginaround,” “Palisades Park,” “Rain King,” and “Holiday in Spain.”
The tour continues through September with stops in the East Coast and Midwest.