Counting Crows perform ‘Butter Miracle’ Tour in Rochester Hills to an appreciative crowd

Counting Crows

By Jason Hoffman, Rock At Night Detroit

Live Review: Counting Crows-The Butter Miracle Tour 2021-Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, Detroit–August 15, 2021

Counting Crows-Adam Duritz – sans the familiar dreds

On a Sunday evening Rock At Night arrived at the Meadow Brook Amphitheatre in Rochester Hills, Michigan, a beautiful venue located right on the campus of Oakland University, which is about an hour north of Detroit.  It was about two hours before the Counting Crows Butter Miracle Tour show.  The parking lot wasn’t too full but I could see the excitement and anticipation on the faces of the people doing a little tailgating.

I imagine for most people this was one of their first shows since the COVID outbreak. It felt good to be going out on a summer evening and see Counting Crows, the GRAMMY and Academy Award-nominated band that has weathered three decades. The band’s glam-influenced EP Butter Miracle: Suite One, their first album in seven years, was released on May 21,2021,

By the time Counting Crows took the stage  around 9 p.m., the pavilion was full and the hill was booked solid with people.  The band opened with “Goodnight Elisabeth” and led right into “Pale Blue Eyes”.  Adam Duritz told the crowd,  “We are really glad to be on fucking tour” and  “Glad to see people outta’ their houses.” Indeed!

A highlight was a nice three-song acoustic set which included Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil”.  The band played favorites like “Mr. Jones” but also songs like “Bobby and the Rat-Kings” which is from the new EP.   The show seemed a little more downbeat compared with some of the past tours but overall I enjoyed it.

The supporting acts are both singer/songwriters out of NYC  Sean Barna and Matt Sucich.

PHOTO GALLERY

SETLIST

Goodnight Elisabeth / Pale Blue Eyes
Hard Candy
Mr. Jones
Colorblind
Omaha
Mercy
Recovering the Satellites
Round Here
God of Ocean Tides
Start Again (Teenage Fanclub Cover)
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

Encore
Palisades Park
Hangingaround
Holiday in Spain

Butter Miracle Tour Dates

August 7 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Hard Rock Atlantic City
August 8 – Boston, MA @ Leader Bank Pavilion
August 10 –Youngstown, OH @ Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater
August 12 –Franklin, TN @ FirstBank Amphitheater
August 14 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
August 15 – Detroit, MI @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
August 17 –Indianapolis, IN @ TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
August 19 – Chicago, IL @ Ravinia
August 21 – Saint Louis, MO @ Saint Louis Music Park
August 24 –Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
August 26 – Salt Lake City, UT TBD – to be announced June 8 at 10am MT
August 28 – Spokane, WA @ Pavilion at Riverfront
August 29 – Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Amphitheater
August 31 – Portland, OR @ Edgefield
September 3 – Berkley, CA @ The Greek Theatre
September 4 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre
September 6 – Murphys, CA @ Ironstone Amphitheatre
September 8 – San Diego, CA @  Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
September 11 – Redondo Beach, CA @ BeachLife Festival
September 12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre
September 15 – Austin, TX @ Moody Amphitheater at Waterloo Park
September 17– Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
September 18– Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP
September 20 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
September 23 – Jacksonville, FL @ Daily’s Place
September 24 –Atlanta, GA @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
September 26– Simpsonville, SC @ CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park
September 28 – Greensboro, NC @ White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex
September 29 – Wilmington, NC @ Riverfront Park Amphitheater
October 1 – Washington, D.C. @  The Theater at MGM National Harbor
October 2 – Richmond, VA @ Altria Theatre
October 5 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom