No, they didn't play "Mr. Jones," which understandably turned a few folks off on Tuesday night at Bayou Music Center. But Counting Crows did, for the majority of its 100-minute set, play a smattering of hits that more than satisfied a packed house in Houston. The seven-piece band, fronted by ever-morose Adam Duritz, rolled through hits such as "Round Here," "Hanginaround," "A Long December," and my personal favorites, "Omaha" and "Rain King" as the crowd sang along in unison.
This has been the summer of 90s revival, as bands like Stone Temple Pilots, Counting Crows, and numerous others have hit the road and played before packed houses in cities across the country. And while one of the 90s biggest pop hits was lacking from Tuesday night's set, one can't help but feel Duritz has long since tired of playing "Mr. Jones" over and over and over again. All in all, the Crows brought their A-game on Tuesday night.
As for opener Toad the Wet Sprocket, having been a fan for a long time but never seeing them live before, I didn't know what to expect. But fans were in for a real treat, as the band played a number of songs off its new release, "New Constellation," an album that was funded in part by a successful Kickstarter campaign from the band. Those tracks, coupled with hit singles like "All I Want," amped up the crowd, which was quite impressive and lively as opening acts go.
It was a great night of nostalgia and new music at Bayou Music Center, and I'm looking forward to seeing what both bands having in store in the future.