Counting Crows

Counting Crows and Matchbox Twenty at the Forum in Inglewood, CA

Counting Crows and Matchbox Twenty played the Forum on July 31 as part of their A Brief History of Everything Tour. In 1995,  Matchbox Twenty formed in Orlando, FL while Counting Crows formed in 1991 in Berkeley, CA. Although they were separated by 4 years, both bands had a huge part of 90's music. The opening band was Rivers & Rust. Counting Crows went on at 7:30 p.m. and played around 90 minutes.

Lead singer Adam Duritz stated “It’s been a dream of ours to play The Forum,” and this was their first time ever playing the historic arena which was once the Lakers' homes and has hosted many of the biggest artists over 5 decades and it was their turn to make history. Being a bay area band, Counting Crows represented San Francisco with lighting backdrop set up to look like the Golden Gate Bridge. Counting Crows is very close to their original lineup with the exception of drummer Jim Bogios who joined in 2002 and bassist Millard Powers who joined in 2005. The night was filled with classics like "Mr. Jones," "Hanginaround," "Palisades Park" and "Rain King." Although Counting Crows are know having softer songs, they put on a real rock show.

Match Box 20 closed the show playing set packed with hits such as "Push," "Bent," and "English Town," while saving "# A.M.," "Long Day," and "Bright Lights," for the encore. Matchbox 20 rocked so hard and Rob Thomas moved and jumped around the stage so much that his microphone came crashing down before "Bent." Thomas said “I was trying to be all cool, but that was definitely not cool," which added some laughter to the show. Just like Counting Crows, Matchbox 20 has had very little personnel changes. Their newest members are rhythm guitarist/keyboardist Matt Beck who has been with the group a decade and drummer Stacy Jones, however original drummer Doucette now plays rhythm guitar mostly and drums on some of the bands bigger hits. Due to technical difficulties, the band wasn't able to play their encore as planned so they started playing jazz trio style music as Thomas made up a song about lemonade. With there still being issues onstage after that, Thomas picked up an acoustic guitar and the band played Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time,"  until the problem was fixed than went into the encore that was originally planned.

Images by Alex Kluft