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Counting Crows announce April 2013 UK tour dates

Counting Crows

Story by Jack Foley

SAN Francisco rockers Counting Crows have announced their first UK tour in over four years.

The multi-platinum seven-piece will bring their live show to Birmingham, Bristol, London, Manchester and Glasgow in April, after touring in Australia and a string of European dates.

Adam Duritz commented: “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. I have a lot of great memories of past tours. Remembering where we’ve been always gets me excited about where we’re going.”

The tour follows the release in 2012 of Underwater Sunshine (or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation), a collection of more and less known songs ranging from the 1960s to our days.

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

A new live album recorded on the band’s acclaimed 2012 US summer tour will be released on Cooking Vinyl to coincide with the dates.

The UK dates are (all April 2013):

19 – Birmingham O2 Academy
20 – Bristol Colston Hall
22 – London Hammersmith Apollo
25 – Manchester O2 Apollo Manchester
26 – Glasgow O2 Academy

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday, January 25 and are priced at £33.50 (£37.50 London), all subject to booking fee.