‘It’s about time!’ Counting Crows announce first UK tour after four year hiatus

By Danielle Wainwright

Academy Award-winning Counting Crows have announced their first UK tour in more than four years, with Manchester as their only tour date for the North.

They are bringing their live show to Birmingham, Bristol, London, Manchester and Glasgow in April, after touring in Australia and a string of European dates.

With only five dates in the UK, fans will have to fight it out when tickets go on sale on January 25, as it may be uncertain when the band will return.

The tour will preview their sixth studio album released last year titled, Underwater Sunshine (or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation), a collection of songs ranging from the 1960s to now.

The album has received many mixed reviews of the collaborations with lesser-known musicians in comparison to their highly rated fourth album Hard Candy.

Adam Duritz, veteran lead singer and pianist for the 22-year-old band, expressed his excitement for his long overdue arrival in the UK.

He said: “All I could say when I saw the plans for a UK/EU tour was ‘It’s about time. It’s hard to explain to fans why bands occasionally let so much time pass between visits.

“The truth is sometimes life just gets in the way and, before you know it, it’s been a few years. Personally, I’m just glad we’re going back.”

Produced by Counting Crows and Shawn Dealey, Underwater Sunshine features tracks written by artists including Big Star, Gram Parsons, Tender Mercies, Kasey Anderson and The Faces. 

Tickets go on sale at 9.00am on January 25 priced £33.50.

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