Live is stalled in similar commercial doldrums right now, but having something like that in common is hardly the stuff of which a mutually beneficial tour is made. Or maybe it is. Live, after all, draws somewhat from the same VH1-friendly crowd as Counting Crows. But their music comes from quite another direction. The Crows, of course, are led by perpetually wounded soldier of love Adam Duritz, whose songs seemingly revolve around revealing what a sensitive cat he is. Live's Ed Kowalczyk doesn't stop there, of course -- he's out to save the planet, preaching a message of universal love on The Distance to Here, accompanied by apocalyptic images of rivers raging and dolphins crying. Say this much for Kowalczyk and company -- they're not afraid to dream big.
Thank God for opening act Galactic, who put aside all such issues in favor of a high-stepping blend of New Orleans-style funk and rock that will shake the groove thing of all those arriving early. The band's recent album Late for the Future is well worth checking out. Can't wait to see 'em in concert as well.