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Counting Crows


Nissan Pavilion

August 16, 2008

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by twinmama14

I have been to many, many concerts throughout my 35 years. Never have I seen anything like the Counting Crows' performance at Nissan Pavilion in Virginia. They were the last band of the night to play. It is my opinion that lead singer, Adam Duritz, must have been drunk and/or high based on the "performance" he gave. He opened with their popular hit, Rain King. Well, thankfully the audience knew the song and sang it out loud because Duritz sang (or rather barely spoke) about every 3rd or 4th word of the song. He stumbled around the stage, managing somehow to stay upright. The next several songs were mostly spoken and were practically unrecognizable renditions. His presentation was overly dramatic, and I'm convinced he was looking at hallucinations he was seeing in the palm of his hands. Duritz did not speak to the crowd at all until about the fifth song had finished. Then, it was only to talk about a time he was on a magazine cover with a celebrity he had never met before. (What?!?!) At that point, my friend and I chose to leave the venue. We were hardly alone. About 1/3 of the audience also began to leave. Thankfully, I was there that night to see Maroon 5 (who gave and EXCELLENT performance), so the evening wasn't a complete wash. Had I been there mainly to see Counting Crows, I would have been very angry.

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On 08/20/2008 at 06:30:46 [PDT] Disgustedfan wrote:
twinmama14, I agree with you 100% Adam was blitzed! I was disgusted and disapointed. However, we did hang out for the entire concert, just hoping he might come out of his haze long enough to remember the words to atleast one song. By the end, he did sober up enough to pull together a couple of songs and amazingly enough was able to read a few Charitable Organizations off a sheet of paper. Quite frankly, I was terrified the guy was going to fall off the stage during most of the concert. I think we stayed just to see if he could complete the night without injury. Unfortunately our respect for his great talent was injured.

On 09/18/2008 at 09:37:58 [PDT] Kittenine wrote:
We had pretty much the same experience last night at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. He started off the show slurring and being very overdramatic, and ended very abruptly with no encore. Everything in between was pretty mediocre and I'm sad I stayed and watched the train wreck.

People were leaving in droves during their set, and by the time it was over, I'd say almost half the venue was empty.

What a sad, sad day for Counting Crows fans. I wish I hadn't payed so much for the tickets.

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