Even though Toad the Wet Sprocket formed a year before I was born, when they started playing "All I Want" last night opening for Counting Crows, I had chills. It's funny how you can know songs that are about as old as you are, there's some kind of muscle memory from hearing it in the backseat of your mom's car, strapped into the car-seat, soaking up her musical influences.
The show was impressive whether or not you could identify anything other than the hits like "Walk on the Ocean." The band offered a combination of strong rock vocals enveloped in some very sexy guitar playing. Singer Glen Phillips' interaction with the audience felt natural. He thanked people for actually coming to the show "early," knowing how many waltz into a concert just in time to see the headliners. He also cracked some jokes, and asked if anyone had the score to the Miami Heat game, saying he knew it had to have been a hard choice for some of the people in the crowd, picking the concert over the game.
Counting Crows made an incredibly smart move by taking the stage and opening with "Round Here," one of their best known songs, which had fans screaming the moment they heard the intro.More »