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."
"Harder to Breathe"
"If I Never See Your Face Again"
"Makes Me Wonder"
"Won't Go Home Without You"
"Wake Up Call"
"Nothing Lasts Forever"
"Little of Your Time"
"Back at your Door"
"She Will Be Loved"
"Le ballet d'Or"
"Have You Seen Me Lately?"
"St. Robinson in His Cadillac Dream"
"A Long December"
"Holiday in Spain"
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