.

Maroon 5 and Counting Crows Bring Together Kids and Their Parents

July 28, 2008 12:10 PM ET

Rare is the tour capable of both gobbling up the allowance money of teens and inflating the credit card balances of grown-ups, but the double-bill of '90s rockers Counting Crows and 21st-century superstars Maroon 5 seems poised to empty pockets of khakis and short shorts alike all summer long.

The Friday night tour launch at Virginia Beach's Verizon Wireless Amphitheater brought out tons of children in Maroon 5 gear accompanied by parents wearing Counting Crows t-shirts. Both demographics were eager to see their favorite Adam: Levine, in the case of the kids, Duritz for the adults.

Maroon 5 performed all of the hits the kiddies love, including "Harder to Breathe" and "This Love" from their 2002 debut Songs About Jane and "If I Never See Your Face Again" from last year's It Won't Be Soon Before Long. However, the group did manage a few concessions to mature attendees: "The Sun" included a snippet of Sly and the Family Stone's "If You Want Me to Stay" and a cover of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" queued up "She Will Be Loved."

After a mini-exodus of the youngsters, Counting Crows dug into their most melancholy material ("A Long December," "Colorblind"), with sunnier bits such as "Mr. Jones" and "Hanginaround" mixed in. Duritz, who hobbled through the crowd on a cane before the show, bounced around for the duration of the set, which was strong, but truncated due to a late start. "Holiday in Spain" was the sole encore, and although most of the babies were long gone, Duritz saw fit to close the show with "our lullaby."

Set Lists:

Maroon 5
"Harder to Breathe"
"If I Never See Your Face Again"
"Makes Me Wonder"
"Tangled"
"The Sun"
"Can't Stop"
"Won't Go Home Without You"
"Shiver"
"Kiwi"
"Wake Up Call"
"Nothing Lasts Forever"
"Sunday Morning"
"Little of Your Time"
"Back at your Door"
"She Will Be Loved"
"This Love"

Counting Crows
"Le ballet d'Or"
"Have You Seen Me Lately?"
"Hanging Tree"
"Mr. Jones"
"Colorblind"
"Cowboys"
"Good Time"
"Round Here
"St. Robinson in His Cadillac Dream"
"A Long December"
"Hanginaround"
"Holiday in Spain"

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com