11/4/93…Counting Crows @ The Vic Theatre, Chicago

Ok, so this wasn’t really a show that I “attended”, but I tried.  My friends & I really wanted to go to this show, but we just never got around to buying tickets.  So we figured we’d go to the venue and try to pick up some scalper’s tickets.  That didn’t work out too well.  So one of my friends came up with the bright idea of paying off one of the door guys.  HA!!  She walked right up to the “door guy” and offered him money to let us in.  This guy was like, “Um, honey, I’m a cop”. He proceeded to tell her he could arrest her for trying to bribe him.  We were freaking out a little and I think I pulled her away, like ‘forget it’.  It was pretty hilarious.  We ended up over by the backstage entrance and started chatting with some guys out there.  It turns out they were the opening band for Counting Crows.  They were really cool and we weren’t even trying to get any special favors from them.  We were just hanging out.  I wish I could remember their band name because one of the guys I was talking to came right out and asked me if I wanted to go in to see some of the show.  I was like, “ok.”  So he walked me backstage and pushed me ahead so I could see Counting Crows.  They were on their last song by this time “A Murder Of One”.  Their set list was super short…

  1. Round Here
  2. Another Horsedreamer’s Blues
  3. Mr. Jones
  4. Anna Begins
  5. Rain King
  6. Time and Time Again
  7. Open All Night
  8. A Murder of One
(Adam sings part of Bob Dylan’s “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” during part of the song)

I enjoyed it for a brief moment, but I could tell the security guards weren’t very keen on me being back there, so I just walked back out with him and thanked him.  It was cool and unexpected.  I wish I had seen a full Counting Crows show back when they first came out.  But I actually didn’t get to see them until years later at a show here in Austin.  That pretty much wrapped up our Counting Crows experience.  It was fun while it lasted.

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