You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Counting Crows

When a band jumps from small clubs and coffee houses to packed outdoor sheds in less than a year, as DGC Records act Counting Crows has done, there's bound to be something lost in the transition. With the Crows, what's lost is energy.

Cast:
Band: Adam Duritz, David Bryson, Matt Malley, Ben Mize, Charlie Gillingham, David Immergluck.

When a band jumps from small clubs and coffee houses to packed outdoor sheds in less than a year, as DGC Records act Counting Crows has done, there’s bound to be something lost in the transition. With the Crows, what’s lost is energy.

Nearly motionless under the bright lights, as if still encumbered by a small stage, the Bay Area folk/rock act has developed the bad habit of lazily walking through its material, bringing little excitement or artistic inspiration to the live arena.

Only dreadlocked singer Adam Duritz, who spent most of this brief, 70-minute show waffling between subtle phrasing and overdramatic acting, offered any noticeable vim.

Obviously Duritz had a bit too much vim, since he lost his voice by the end of the show, and the remaining two of three soldout dates at the Greek were postponed by a week.

This concert did have one redeeming factor, of course: the songs. Duritz’s Bob Dylan/Van Morrison-inspired tales of everyday dreams and struggles were as affecting here as on the T-Bone Burnett-produced, triple platinum “August and Everything After” record, despite the nonchalance with which they were performed.

Tales of unfulfilled promise and failure of spirit (“A Murder of One,””Mr. Jones”) and common mediocrity (“Perfect Blue Buildings”) were, at times, spellbinding.

But the Counting Crows’ effortless performance (perhaps owing to the band’s murderous touring schedule of late) left much of the set boring and disappointing.

Counting Crows

Greek Theatre, Los Angeles; 6,197 seats; $22.50 top

Production: Promoted by Nederlander. Reviewed Sept. 25, 1994.

Cast: Band: Adam Duritz, David Bryson, Matt Malley, Ben Mize, Charlie Gillingham, David Immergluck.

More Legit

  • The Band's Visit

    Broadway Box Office: Promising Start for 'The Band's Visit'

    When a band jumps from small clubs and coffee houses to packed outdoor sheds in less than a year, as DGC Records act Counting Crows has done, there’s bound to be something lost in the transition. With the Crows, what’s lost is energy. Nearly motionless under the bright lights, as if still encumbered by a […]

  • Judd Apatow

    Judd Apatow on Weinstein Co. at Power of Women Luncheon: 'Shut It Down'

    When a band jumps from small clubs and coffee houses to packed outdoor sheds in less than a year, as DGC Records act Counting Crows has done, there’s bound to be something lost in the transition. With the Crows, what’s lost is energy. Nearly motionless under the bright lights, as if still encumbered by a […]

  • War Paint review

    Broadway Musical 'War Paint' Will Close Earlier Than Expected

    When a band jumps from small clubs and coffee houses to packed outdoor sheds in less than a year, as DGC Records act Counting Crows has done, there’s bound to be something lost in the transition. With the Crows, what’s lost is energy. Nearly motionless under the bright lights, as if still encumbered by a […]

  • Springsteen on Broadway opening

    'Springsteen on Broadway' Opening: Don't Clap Along With The Boss

    When a band jumps from small clubs and coffee houses to packed outdoor sheds in less than a year, as DGC Records act Counting Crows has done, there’s bound to be something lost in the transition. With the Crows, what’s lost is energy. Nearly motionless under the bright lights, as if still encumbered by a […]

  • SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY

    Theater Review: 'Springsteen on Broadway' Is an Intimate, Living Autobiography

    When a band jumps from small clubs and coffee houses to packed outdoor sheds in less than a year, as DGC Records act Counting Crows has done, there’s bound to be something lost in the transition. With the Crows, what’s lost is energy. Nearly motionless under the bright lights, as if still encumbered by a […]

  • Tony Awards

    Tony Awards Set a Date for 2018 Telecast

    When a band jumps from small clubs and coffee houses to packed outdoor sheds in less than a year, as DGC Records act Counting Crows has done, there’s bound to be something lost in the transition. With the Crows, what’s lost is energy. Nearly motionless under the bright lights, as if still encumbered by a […]

  • Young Frankenstein musical review

    West End Review: 'Young Frankenstein,' The Musical

    When a band jumps from small clubs and coffee houses to packed outdoor sheds in less than a year, as DGC Records act Counting Crows has done, there’s bound to be something lost in the transition. With the Crows, what’s lost is energy. Nearly motionless under the bright lights, as if still encumbered by a […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content