Counting Crows Cover Taylor Swift’s ‘The 1’ & Adam Duritz

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The frontman likened the show to “a work of art — like some combination of Broadway show and Universal theme ride.”

Adam Duritz and Dan Vickrey of Counting Crows perform onstage at 'SiriusXM presents Counting Crows live from the Troubadour' at Troubadour on June 05, 2023 in West Hollywood, California.

Adam Duritz and Dan Vickrey of Counting Crows perform onstage at ‘SiriusXM presents Counting Crows live from the Troubadour’ at Troubadour on June 05, 2023 in West Hollywood, California. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for SiriusXM

Taylor Swift‘s The Eras Tour has been attended by several celebrity fans, and now we know Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz was one of them.

The singer/songwriter spoke with the Los Angeles Times in a Wednesday (Sept. 6) interview and gushed about his experience at the pop star’s career-spanning concert.

“I was floored,” Duritz said of seeing Swift live. Despite not keeping tabs on the pop star’s music over the past decade, the rock singer admitted that he tuned back in with Swift’s 2020 pandemic album releases, Folklore and Evermore. “I was a big fan when she started, but I hadn’t listened to her for about 10 years. My girlfriend is obsessed and she got us tickets and she made me a playlist — I couldn’t believe how good the Folklore and Evermore stuff was. A lot of big shows don’t interest me because it just seems like it’s people plus dancers plus whatever. But this was a work of art — like some combination of Broadway show and Universal theme ride.”

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Duritz enjoyed Folklore so much that during the Crows’ Las Vegas concert at Palms Casino Resort on Saturday, he took to the piano to perform a cover of the album’s opening track “The 1,” with an accordion carrying him through most of the song and the rest of the backing band joining him for the track’s conclusion.

“But we were something, don’t you think so?/ Roaring 20s, tossing pennies in the pool/ And if my wishes came true/ It would’ve been you/ In my defense, I have none/ For never leaving well enough alone/ But it would’ve been fun/ If you would’ve been the one,” Duritz sang on the chorus of the track.

Watch Duritz perform “The 1” in the fan-captured video below.

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