WILMINGTON — Live Oak Bank at Riverfront Park provided a flashback to the ’90s when Counting Crows toured through Wilmington on Sept. 29 as part of the band’s Butter Miracle Tour 2021. The band released the first part of its eighth studio album, “Butter Miracle,” in May; it will release the second part at a future date.
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Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz greeted the crowd to introduce the band’s opening act, Frank Turner. Originally the front man for post-hardcore band Million Dead, the English musician is known for his acoustic-based solo career. He described himself as someone who looks like a folksinger but is really a punk rocker with an acoustic guitar.
Counting Crows book-ended their set with many of their lasting hits: “Omaha,” “Rain King,” and “Mr. Jones” among the tracks. Counting Crows opened with “Round Here” and ended the night with “Long December,” sprinkling in a Grateful Dead cover (“The Devil is a Friend of Mine”), and coming back for an encore with “Palisades Park,” “Hanginaround” and “Holiday in Spain.”
Below is the setlist, followed by photos taken of both acts by Tom Dorgan of MoonFrog Media.
- Round Here
- Hard Candy
- If I Could Give All My Love -or- Richard Manuel Is Dead
- Mr. Jones
- Good Time
- Mrs. Potter’s Lullaby
- Butterfly in Reverse
- God of Ocean Tides
- Friend of the Devil (Grateful Dead cover)
- The Tall Grass
- Elevator Boots
- Angel of 14th Street
- Bobby and the Rat‐Kings
- Rain King
- A Long December
- Palisades Park
- Holiday in Spain
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