Touring with Toad the Wet Sprocket was a no-brainer for Counting Crows after the former's Glen Phillips called head Crow Adam Duritz to propose the outing late last summer.
"I was a really big fan of theirs," notes Duritz, 49. "We did a bunch of tours with Glen when he was playing solo, and I thought his solo records just kept getting better and better, and were maybe even better than the Toad records.
"(Phillips) called me and said he'd put the band back together and they'd been playing some shows, and if we had a tour he'd love for them to go out with us. I said 'Sure' and called our managers and said, 'What do you think about Toad for the summer?' They said 'Fine,' so here we are. It's a great fit."
The summer tour is also letting Counting Crows get fans primed for "Somewhere Under Wonderland." The group's seventh studio album -- and first of new material since 2008 -- is due out Sept. 2, and Duritz says he's "kinda flipped out" about the nine tracks that will be part of the set, including the eight-minute opener "Palisades Park.
"I think this record's pretty amazing," says Duritz, who worked on the material at his New York home with bassist Millard Powers and guitarists David Bryson and David Immergluck "The songs are different from anything I've ever written before, I've got to say. They're a little more imaginative, a little more imagery-heavy. They're willing to be a little goofier and have a little more of a sense of humor, occasionally.
"It's really cool. "I wanted to make, like, a record-record, something digestible, not real taxing to listen to. So that's what this is."
Counting Crows and Toad the Wet Sprocket
7:30 p.m. Friday, July 18
SoundBoard in the Motor City Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit
Tickets are $38-$5e.
Call 1-866-782-9622 or visit www.soundboarddetroit.com
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