It has been four years since Counting Crows’ front man Adam Duritz sang “What is the price for all this fame and self-absorption?” on “Earthquake Driver,” a bouncy song from his band’s 2014 album, “Somewhere Under Wonderland.”
The Crows haven’t released a new album since then, but are now embarked on their “25 Years and Counting” anniversary tour.
Given the deep reverence their retro-rocking songs exude for the music of the 1960s and ’70s, it’s no surprise the band soars nightly when paying tribute to some of its key musical influences.
So while audiences will cheer for “Mr. Jones,” “Round Here” and other well-crafted hits by the Crows, the band’s members may get an even bigger charge when they play the Grateful Dead’s “Friend of the Devil,” Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi,” Velvet Underground’s ”Pale Blue Eyes” and Jackson B. Frank’s “Blues Run the Game.”
Counting Crows, with Live: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Mattress Firm Amphitheatre, 2500 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. $16.75-$75, plus service charges. (800) 745-3000. ticketmaster.com