COUNTING Crows singer Adam Duritz claims being famous can be a “rough ride” and comes with a lot of emotional pressure.
The frontman’s band is headlining the O2 next month on the closing night of Bluesfest, having sold more than 20million albums worldwide since forming in California 27-years-ago.
Counting Crows singer Adam Duritz claims being famous can be a “rough ride” and comes with a lot of emotional pressure[/caption]
During that time Adam’s seen the band’s songs used in hit movies like Cruel Intentions and Shrek 2, he’s dated Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox and won an MTV Video Music Award.
But for all his success, Adam, 54, revealed there is a dark side to fame and has given his take on why so many musicians die tragically young.
Speaking exclusively to The Sun Online, he said: “It’s not a normal thing.
“It involves a lot of solitude at times. People have spent a lot of their life in their own head and then you find yourself ‘the guy’, everybody wants a piece of you, everybody suddenly thinks they know you.
The frontman’s band is headlining the O2 next month on the closing night of Bluesfest, having sold more than 20million albums worldwide since forming in California 27-years-ago[/caption]
“You go from someone who spends a lot of time alone to someone who spends all their time being looked at by everyone.
“By the same token you go from a stage in front of 10,000 people to a hotel room on your own every night.
“Those are a lot of emotional pressures. It can choke people who have some mental instability… and a lot of musicians and artists do.
“It’s a rough situation and it’s something we all try to survive. It’s trying every day. It takes its toll.
“Fame seems like the most fun thing in the world everyone wants to be popular. That’s what everyone thinks they want but it’s a rough ride at time.”
Counting Crows are celebrating 25 years since the release of their smash debut album August And Everything After.
Counting Crows are celebrating 25 years since the release of their smash debut album August And Everything After[/caption]
The album proved a huge success, selling 7million records, but Adam doesn’t think it’s any better than the albums that have followed it.
“It’s a little weird for me at times to have an album that sold that many. It’s not really any more important to me than other records, but it’s more important to other people, and that’s a weird imbalance at times.
“I think sometimes you and the zeitgeist meet at the right moment. It just happens sometimes. I don’t think it’s better than the other records.”
When the album exploded, Adam’s life changed.
Recalling being mobbed by fans, he said: “People went a bit wild man, I got chased out of movie theatres, all kinds of things.
Adam, 54, revealed there is a dark side to fame[/caption]
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“I’ve often said fame isn’t something you do, it’s something other people do to you. Everybody starts acting really weird.
“I don’t think we changed at all. My friends were still my friends, they still are now.”
He appreciates his fans’ tolerant attitude to the band, who are renowned for unpredictable setlists that can omit hit songs.
They usually decide what they’re playing after dinner on the night of the gig, according to Adam, so when they reach London next month there could well be some surprises.
Counting Crows plus special guest Alison Krauss perform at The O2 Arena in London on Sunday October 28th as part of this year’s BluesFest. www.bluesfest.co.uk
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