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Maroon5, Counting Crows Show Mutual Admiration On Tour

Of the Oakland Press

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It wasn’t a hard sell to get Counting Crows and Maroon 5 — at least the frontmen — to agree to tour together this summer.

“I was given a call ... saying ‘We have a really good idea for a tour this summer. How would you feel about going on tour with Maroon 5?’” recalls Counting Crows singer Adam Duritz. “And I said, ‘I think it sounds like a really good idea.’

“We’ve known each other a long time because we toured together years ago (with

John Mayer

headlining) and we like each other’s bands. We used to watch each other every night. So we knew that we honestly liked each other’s bands, which is a good thing because when you’re on tour all summer it’s nice to be able to hear some music you like.”

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, meanwhile, says that he’s been “a fan for a long time” of Counting Crows and says that early tour, when Maroon5 was just starting out with its eventually multiplatinum debut album, “Songs For Jane,” was inspirational for his band.

“(Counting Crows) over the years have been non-nonsense,” Levine explains. “And that’s inspiring for a band like us because we kind of straddle this world of pop music ... and those guys have always been so much about the music, and so are we.

“There’s a lot of smoke and mirrors these days, so it’s nice that I think we both have the same touring ethics and we both go out there and hit the road and it the old-fashioned way, still. I like the fact that’s a shared idea, obviously, we have with the Crows.”

Counting Crows are making the first touring run for their fifth studio album, “Saturday Nights and Sunday Morning,” which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart when it was released in March — the group’s highest showing since 1996. Maroon 5, meanwhile, continues to support its sophomore release “It Won’t Be Soon Before Long,” which debuted at No. 1 in May of 2007. The group released an expanded edition of the album with B sides and a live DVD in July.

Maroon 5, Counting Crows and Augustana perform at 7 p.m. Friday (Aug. 29) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $75 and $45 pavilion, $30 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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