Matchbox Twenty, Counting Crows Create Legendary Night in Nashville

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Matchbox Twenty Counting Crows Nashville
Tayhlor Stephenson for Nashville Noise

Distinguished rock bands Counting Crows and Matchbox Twenty brought their summer tour, A Brief History of Everything, to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night.

The Crows took the stage first and the band, led by Adam Duritz, took the audience through a time travel in their 90-minute set. They began with “Catapult,” a single off their 1996 album Recovering the Satellites and finished with a performance of “Hanginaround,” a song from their 1999 album, This Desert Life.

Counting Crows played a leisurely set and for the most part they strategically allowed Duritz’s impeccable vocals to take the spotlight.

Their encore consisted of “Palisades Park” and “Rain King,” a fan favorite.

“I hope you’re having fun so far,” Duritz said to the Nashville crowd. “You’re in for a f****** amazing night.”

Matchbox Twenty took the Bridgestone stage next and they did so with a bang. Their opener included “Real World,” “She’s So Mean” and “Bent.” The Rob Thomas led band performed with high energy throughout their set and fans fed off that energy.

“Man Nashville, look at you guys coming out tonight,” Thomas said excitedly before continuing, “This is our Saturday night and we can do with it what we want.”

Matchbox Twenty truly seized the night and they never slowed down. They ended their set with an upbeat performance of their popular 1997 hit, “Push.” Their four-track encore performance included a cover of Simple Minds’ “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” along with their originals, “3 AM,” “Long Day” and “Bright Lights.”

The Nashville stop of the A Brief History of Everything Tour made for a legendary night.

To see if the two bands are coming to a town near you, check out their full list of tour dates.