Written and Photographed by Danielle Boise
The Counting Crows teamed up with Rob Thomas for a co-headline tour with special guest K. Phillips at Atlanta’s Chastain Park Amphitheatre on Monday, July 25. And nothing is better at beating the Monday blues than a dose of good music, and that’s exactly what this tour did. Counting Crows have always paired up with remarkable acts, along with introducing new acts on their tours.
Rob Thomas was Smooth, and man he has not lost a beat. Thomas filled This is How a Heart Breaks with energy as he drenched two t-shirts in a 16-song set that included some notable songs from his Matchbox Twenty days, like 3AM and Unwell. He also played some of his stellar solo material, including Fallin’ to Pieces and the chart topping Lonely No More. However, the real treat was when he did a cover of Prince’s Baby I’m a Star. I almost feel like every artist that passes through Atlanta now feels the need to include a Prince tribute and it was nice to see this little gem performed by Rob Thomas. In between the switch over from Rob Thomas to Counting Crows the skies acted like they wanted to erupt into a shower. It ended just in time for the Counting Crows to take the stage.
Counting Crows soulfully have etched out a part of music history for over twenty years. Jumping into the mainstream consciousness with 1993’s August and Everything After, they followed it with six other studio albums including the hit songs Mr. Jones, Omaha, High Life and The Last December (which they performed with gusto).
As great as their albums are, they are truly a live band. They should be experienced in person to soak in every nuance of their sound. And the Atlanta show was no exception. The 20-song set list from the intro of Lean on Me to a cover of Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi was perfectly timed, humble and honest. For me though, hearing 1492 and Recovering the Satellites was perfection.
This is a combo worth shelling out money to see perform live. Counting Crows and Rob Thomas will be touring through September 30, if you get a chance definitely try to make it out to a show.
Check out the full photo gallery of all three acts here.