Rob Thomas and Counting Crows Wow Coney Island Crowd

September 13, 2016 by
Charlie Gillingham and Adam Duritz

Charlie Gillingham and Adam Duritz / photo by Howard B. Leibowitz/ courtsy of B.L.Howard Productions

The capacity crowd at the Ford Amphitheater in Coney Island witnessed a rousing performance by Rob Thomas and Counting Crows, as their North American tour made a stop in Brooklyn.


Rob Thomas at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk / photo by Howard B. Leibowitz / courtesy of B.L.Howard Productions

To the delight of the scores of his fans, Thomas’ set featured a helping of Matchbox 20 songs, including “3 A.M” and “Bent,” as well as “This Is How A Heart Breaks” from his solo debut album and an emotional “Baby I’m A Star,” Thomas’ tribute to Prince.

Counting Crows’  17-song set had a number of Crows signature tunes such as “Omaha,” “Recovering the Satellites” and “Mr. Jones.” Adam Duritz  encouraged concert goers to sing along and told of his New York City inspirations for “Sullivan Street” and “Washington Square.” They included a cover of Joni Mitchell’s classic “Big Yellow Taxi,” along with a heartfelt version of Coby Brown’s “Hospital.” They began their three song encore with  “Palisades Park,” from their Somewhere Under Wonderland album, a  perfect  addition and especially fitting, as the official video was filmed in Coney Island.

This wondrous American tour continues until the end of the month , with stops in Las Vegas, Denver, Albuquerque, Houston and Kansas City and fittingly winds up in Nashville.   “Twenty years ago Rob and I were like kids running around Italy in the middle of the night getting drunk and playing gigs. I still love nothing more than touring with my friends….” said Adam Duritz. “Music is about good friends getting together and celebrating life. Our fans are going to be doing that in the  audience and we will be doing  that on stage as well…..” said Rob Thomas. 

Charlie Gillingham /David Bryson

Charlie Gillingham and David Bryson /photo by Howard B. Leibowitz / courtesy of B.L.Howard Productions

Adam Duritz

Adam Duritz / photo by Howard B. Leibowitz / courtesy of B.L.Howard Productions