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Top bands from the '90s team up

Counting Crows, Live and Collective Soul to play in Frederick

Counting Crows, Live and Collective Soul to play in Frederick

August 09, 2007|By ALICIA NOTARIANNI

FREDERICK, Md. - Counting Crows first found commercial success in 1993 with their debut album, "August and Everything After," and the hit single "Mr. Jones." Of their following six albums, three were best-of compilations or concert CDs featuring previously released songs.

David Immergluck, one of the band's guitarists, says the ability to compellingly repackage their music is part of the band's charm.

"That's the modus operandi of the band. We are constantly reinventing and reworking to find different nuances to the songs. The recorded version is not necessarily the end-all," Immergluck said in a recent telephone interview. He spoke from Louisville, Ky., after performing with Counting Crows in Buffalo, N.Y., the previous night.

Counting Crows will reinvent their music once again Wednesday, Aug. 15, at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick, Md. The band will perform along with Live and Collective Soul - other bands that burst onto the rock scene in the mid-'90s - as part of a tour of minor league ballparks.

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Counting Crows' No. 1 hit song "Accidentally in Love," from the movie "Shrek 2," sold more than 1 million records and earned nominations in 2005 for a Grammy, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. With overall sales of more than 20 million records worldwide, Immergluck said he and the other six members of Counting Crows are sometimes baffled by their success. Members include lead singer and pianist Adam Duritz, drummer Jim Bogios, guitarist David Bryson, keyboardist Charles Gillingham, guitarist Dan Vickrey and bassist Millard Powers.

"(Our fans) let us keep doing it," he said. "We are befuddled ourselves. We wonder."

Immergluck - "Immy" as fans know him - said he was initially skeptical about a concert tour at minor league baseball parks.

"Personally, my eyes glaze over when it comes to sports," he said. "But ballparks are cool venues in parts of the country we don't usually get to. There's an energy when the audience is pressed against the stage. It's exciting."

His band plans to release two albums in the coming months. First is another live CD, this one recorded in Paris, a sort of "deluxe version of 'August and Everything After'" scheduled for release in September, Immergluck said.

In November, the band plans to release a CD of new material entitled "Saturday Nights and Sunday Mornings," with the possible addition of a previously unreleased early demo track, he said. The band premiered a song called "Cowboys" from the album at its Buffalo concert.

"We premiered it last night and I saw it already today on YouTube. It was great (to see it so quickly)," Immergluck said.

Immergluck said he did not know what music the band would play at the concert in Frederick.

"Who knows? We change the set list every day. I wonder what we'll play tomorrow," he said. "People can expect what they always get from Counting Crows - a varied and honest show with a lot of passion. Now more than ever, when we're onstage playing, all bets are off."

Immergluck said he developed an appreciation for the spontaneity of live music growing up in Berkeley, Calif., and seeing acts like Kiss, The Kinks, Aerosmith, Humble Pie, Queen, Grateful Dead and even Muddy Waters in the San Francisco area.

"It excited me as a kid to see people playing live and to see what happens. ... If they try something new, you can feel it happen. It's really different than a scripted type of show," he said.

Live show

Live found success in the early '90s with the release of its debut album, "Mental Jewelry," and the follow-up CD "Throwing Copper." Like Counting Crows, Live has sold more than 20 million CDs and has had hit singles such as "I Alone" and "Lightning Crashes."

The four band members - Ed Kowalczyk, Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey - are from York, Pa., and have been playing music together since the seventh grade, a fact that Immergluck said he finds amazing.

"The more you play together, the better you respond to each other and the better you get together, allegedly. When you play with the same people you start to get ESP. I've been playing with Adam since '84, and we get something extra-sensory happening, but we're still behind (the members of Live)," Immergluck said.

Collective opening

Collective Soul became popular in 1994 with the release of the album "Hints, Allegations & Things Left Unsaid." The band's popular singles include "Shine," "Better Now" and "The World I Know."

Joel Kosche, 37, Collective Soul lead guitarist, also spoke in a telephone interview from Louisville, Ky. Kosche said Collective Soul plays the first musical set of the three bands on tour.

"The sun is still out when we play, so we can see the people we play to," he said. "Usually, with stage lights, it's hard to see the crowd, so this is a lot of fun. It's different."

With a 45-minute time frame, Collective Soul strives for efficiency in playing popular songs the audience wants to hear.

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