TVD Live Shots: Counting Crows and Rob Thomas at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, 9/10

There must have been a run on baby sitters this past Saturday night because by all appearances it was date night at Mountain View’s Shoreline Amphitheatre where couples gathered to let loose without the kids for hometown favorites Counting Crows and Rob Thomas as support.

After a brief opening set by K Phillips, Rob Thomas took the stage for a generous hour and fifteen minute set backed by a full stage production that had the crowd on their feet all the way back to the lawn for a career-spanning set that included a smattering of Matchbox Twenty favorites (highlighted by an acoustic rendition of “3 AM”), a cover of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” and of course Santana’s “Smooth” (which Thomas dedicated to “Uncle Carlos” who was sadly not in town to join on guitar).

As if the enthusiastic crowd wasn’t already riled enough, Rob’s trip through the 100’s section of the amphitheater turned the ladies into giddy schoolgirls at which point everyone around was happy the kids weren’t around to witness that.

Counting Crows kicked things off on a decidedly mellower note, frontman Adam Duritz strolling casually onto the stage during the intro music to take a seat on one of the risers as the band settled into position. Looking calm and relaxed, Adam stepped up to his mic as the band kicked into “Round Here” and wowed the already-standing crowd with his soaring vocals.

With the room sufficiently hooked, Adam and the band steadily turned up the heat, unleashing the light show as the evening crescendo’d with their breakthrough hit, “Mr. Jones” followed by “Hanginaround.” But the show was by no means over, and a visit by Rob Tomas during the encore for “Rain King” kept the fans’ feet glued to the ground through the band’s final goodbyes.

COUNTING CROWS

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ROB THOMAS

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ROB THOMAS SETLIST
Something To Be
Mockingbird
Her Diamonds
Fallin’ to Pieces
Lonely No More
Unwell (Matchbox Twenty song)
Fire on the Mountain
3 A.M. (Matchbox Twenty song)
Let’s Dance (David Bowie cover)
Someday
Disease (Matchbox Twenty song)
Pieces
Streetcorner Symphony
Smooth (Santana cover)
This Is How a Heart Breaks

COUNTING CROWS SETLIST
Round Here
Daylight Fading
Scarecrow
Colorblind
Good Time
Omaha
Cover Up the Sun
Recovering the Satellites
Up All Night
God of Ocean Tides
When I Dream of Michelangelo
Big Yellow Taxi
Goodnight L.A.
A Long December
Mr. Jones
Hanginaround

ENCORE
Palisades Park
Rain King
Holiday in Spain

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