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Counting Crows Enchant Fans on Opening Night of Oneness Tour at Hard Rock LivE!

Photo: Ehud Lazin

On June 14, 2024 in Hollywood, Florida, the iconic Hard Rock Live was the perfect backdrop for Counting Crows to kick off their highly anticipated Oneness Tour with Santana. Known for their rich storytelling and emotionally charged performances, Counting Crows did not disappoint, delivering a show that was both nostalgic and invigorating.

"For more than two decades, the GRAMMY and Academy Award-nominated rock band Counting Crows have enchanted listeners worldwide with their intensely soulful and intricate take on timeless rock & roll. Exploding onto the music scene in 1993 with their multi-platinum breakout album, "August and Everything After," the band has gone on to release seven studio albums, selling more than 20 million records worldwide. They are revered as one of the world’s most pre-eminent live touring rock bands, known for their dynamic and heartfelt performances."

The evening began with "Round Here," immediately drawing the audience into Duritz's evocative world. His voice, rich with emotion, carried the weight of every word, setting a reflective tone for the night. The band's chemistry was palpable, each member contributing to the intricate tapestry of sound that defines Counting Crows.

As the set moved into "Miami," the energy shifted to a more upbeat tempo, fitting for a performance in the city the song is named after. The crowd's enthusiasm was infectious, and Duritz's engaging stage presence made it feel like an intimate gathering despite the large venue.

"Mr. Jones," arguably the band's most famous song, was met with a roar of approval. The timeless anthem of dreams and aspirations resonated deeply, with the audience singing along to every word. It was a powerful reminder of the song's enduring relevance and the band's ability to capture universal emotions.

"Colorblind" provided a poignant interlude, with its haunting melody and introspective lyrics creating a moment of collective stillness. The haunting piano and Duritz's tender vocals were a beautiful showcase of the band's softer side.

The set continued with "Omaha," "Recovering the Satellites," and "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby," each song a journey through the band's extensive catalog. "Goodnight Elisabeth" and "Anna Begins" were particular highlights, with their intricate storytelling and emotional depth. Duritz's heartfelt delivery made these songs feel personal and raw.

"Rain King" brought a lively energy back to the stage, its infectious rhythm and catchy chorus getting everyone on their feet. The surprise cover of Taylor Swift's "the 1" was a delightful twist, showcasing the band's versatility and ability to reinterpret contemporary hits with their unique style.

Photos: Ehud Lazin

"A Long December" was a standout moment, its melancholic yet hopeful lyrics resonating powerfully as the crowd swayed and sang along. The poignant reflection on the passage of time and the promise of new beginnings was beautifully rendered.

The encore included "Hanginaround" and "Holiday in Spain," leaving the audience on a high note. The former's upbeat tempo and catchy lyrics contrasted perfectly with the latter's introspective tone, encapsulating the band's range and depth.

Adam Duritz and his bandmates delivered a set that was both a nostalgic journey through their greatest hits and a fresh, invigorating experience. The band's ability to connect with their audience, combined with their musical prowess, made for an unforgettable opening night. As the final notes of "Holiday in Spain" echoed through the venue, it was clear that Counting Crows still have the power to captivate and move their fans, old and new alike. This show, part of the Oneness Tour with Santana, set the bar high for what promises to be a remarkable tour!




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