Counting Crows concert to showcase both albums

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    By CHRIS PETERSON

    The Counting Crows will be playing at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City tonight along with The Wallflowers. Both bands’ combined totals on Billboard music charts well exceed 150 weeks in the top 200, and the two groups have been playing for sold-out crowds during their combined summer tour.

    Few bands have grown faster than the folk-rock group Counting Crows. Its 1993 debut release, “August and Everything After,” was embraced by millions who helped the newly emerging band sell over 6 million copies of the album.

    The follow-up album, “Recovering the Satellites,” was released Oct. 8, 1996, and is proving to be a strong follow-up, considering how fast big bands can die.

    In past interviews with the press, Adam Duritz, lead vocalist for Counting Crows, said after the success of the first album, people would come up to him and say his band should be called “Counting Your Blessings, Because You Stink.” The criticism toward his band forced Duritz into a writing block that delayed the follow-up album.

    Counting Crows recovered and emerged with a strong second album that has reached the 2 million mark. They will be playing songs from both albums tonight after the opening bands The Wallflowers and Gigolo Ants. Tickets for the show are still available at the box office for $24 or by calling SmithTix at 1-800-888-8499.

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