Hey, it's Adam, I just wanted to let all our fans know that Counting Crows will hit the road this summer on a tour of America's baseball parks. We're starting on July 22nd in Wilmington, DE at Daniel S. Frawley Stadium, the Home of the Blue Rocks. We're gonna hit 23 different ballyards all across the country (they're all listed below), mostly in smaller towns.
One of the reasons I'm so excited about this little jaunt we've decided to call "The Rock 'n' Roll Triple Play Ballpark Tour" is that we got really lucky and talked both Live and Collective Soul into coming along for the summer. We've even got Third Eye Blind hopping on for a few shows. Most of you probably know that Live are both old friends AND old touring partners of ours. We spent the summer together when CC was touring on our 3rd album "This Desert Life." What you may not know is that on Saturday, May 21st, 1994, Third Eye Blind played their 1st show ever opening for Counting Crows at the historic Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. We've never toured with Collective Soul before but we've played festivals together and ... well, they're just a great band.
The other reason I'm really excited about this summer is that I grew up in a college town and I've always loved those kinds of places. That's why Counting Crows has always done so many tours outside the big cities. I'm definitely a city boy myself. Hell, I live in New York City. But this is a big country and, as much as I love a city, too many bands forget that there's a hell of a lot of America out there that's not New York or Chicago or LA. We haven't forgotten that and we're never going to forget it.
So if you live in Pawtucket, Rhode Island or Fargo, North Dakota or Sedalia, Missouri or Sauget, Illinois or any of the other 20 or so yards we'll be playing this summer, then we'll see you there. If not, get in the car and take a drive. Like I said, it's a big beautiful country. You ought a see it anyway. That's what I'm gonna do.
Okay. So that's settled. Now on to the "press release" part of this...uh...press release. I didn't write this next part but it's still important (it's got all the tour dates, after all) so read the whole thing. Anyway, this is the end of my personal compositional involvement (note the big word usage). It's been nice talkin' at ya. Here's the rest:
Counting Crows hail from the San Francisco Bay area and consist of Adam Duritz (vocals and piano), Jim Bogios (drums), David Bryson (guitar), Charles Gillingham (keyboards), David Immergluck (guitar), Dan Vickrey (guitar), and Millard Powers (bassist).
Counting Crows success dates back to their 1993 debut album "August And Everything After" and the hit single "Mr. Jones." Subsequent albums include "Recovering the Satellites" (1996), which included the hit song "A Long December"; "Across A Wire: Live in NY" (1998); "This Desert Life" (1999) and "Hard Candy" (2002), which featured the band's Top 10 cover of Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi." In 2004 the band released their first ever "Best Of" set "Films About Ghosts," which featured songs from every phase of Counting Crow's recording career, followed by the live album "*New Amsterdam: Live at Heineken Music Hall 2003," which appeared in 2006 and was greeted with universal awe and acclaim (This is Adam again. Okay, I admit I added the end of that last sentence. It just sounded better that way).
The band's most recent successes include a #1 hit with the song "Accidentally In Love," the opening theme for the movie "Shrek 2," which aside from selling over a million records, garnered nominations in 2005 for a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award (none of which we won, which still pisses me off-sorry, Adam again). Counting Crows has sold over 20 million records worldwide (I didn't write that but it's cool, huh?).
LIVE, a band that came of age in the early nineties, one of rock's most creative periods, remains intact. The same four guys who debuted at the middle school talent show in York, PA and saw the release of their debut album "Mental Jewelry" and their breakout follow up "Throwing Copper," are still together making music 20 years later. LIVE has sold over 20 million CDs worldwide and has had numerous singles reach the Billboard charts including such hits as "Selling the Drama," "I Alone," "Lightning Crashes," "Lakini's Juice," "Dolphin's Cry" and "Heaven."
Formed in the early 1990's, Collective Soul has enjoyed major popularity as a successful rock band for over a decade. Since the release of their first album "Hints Allegations & Things Left Unsaid" in 1994, Collective Soul has sold over 10 million CDs worldwide and has had 19 singles reach the Billboard charts including such hits as "Shine," "Gel," "Better Now," "December," "The World I Know," "Heavy," "Why Part 2," "Where the River Flows," "Precious Declaration," and "Listen."
Tickets for all shows begin going on sale in June, check www.countingcrows.com for on sale dates and fan club pre-sales. All children under 12 will be admitted for free!