Rob Thomas and Counting Crows kick off their first joint summer tour tonight in West Palm Beach, Florida. Rob says he can't still believe that after decades of friendship, he and Counting Crows, led by his pal Adam Duritz, have never teamed up before.
"I’ve known Adam for 20 years," Rob tells ABC Radio. "We’ve gotten drunk together all over the world, and somehow we’ve still never done a tour together!"
He adds, "We share some of our closest friends...some of my best friends are some of his best friends. So it just feels like a natural thing. Like, 'Let’s go out and find a reason that we can hang out and catch up over the summer,' y'know? And then while we’re doing it, we get to play music!"
Rob is promoting his latest solo album, The Great Unknown, on this tour. So, can we expect to see the two frontmen team up to sing together during the tour? "Yeah, of course we will," Rob tells ABC Radio. "I think that’s in both of our blood. It’s kind of the way we both roll, so I expect that to happen."
Next week, the tour arrives in North Carolina for a show that Rob and Adam initially considered canceling because of that state's controversial "bathroom bill," which some believe is discriminatory towards the LGBT community. But ultimately, Rob tells the Charlotte Observer that they decided to go on with the show, and instead donate money to LGBTQ causes.
"You’re talking about civil rights issues," Rob tells the paper. "People having a problem with the way someone was born...We’re in a world where gay marriage is a legal mandate. And we’re still talking about where somebody goes to the bathroom?”
The joint tour will wrap up at the end of September in Nashville.
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