Counting Crows will combine some of its hits with new material from its forthcoming album, “Somewhere Under Wonderland,” when the group makes its final stop on its recent worldwide tour.
The Los Angeles concert, at the Greek Theatre on Aug. 17, is expected to provide a glimpse of what’s next for the rock band, which formed in Berkeley in the early ’90s.
“Some people love our stuff, while others say we suck. I don’t really care. I love every record we ever made because they were the records I wanted to make,” said frontman Adam Duritz.
Counting Crows has sold more than 20 million albums since coming into the spotlight in 1993 with its multiplatinum “August and Everything After.” “Somewhere Under Wonderland” is the group’s first studio album of brand-new material in seven years and is slated for release Sept. 2.
“I’m really excited about ‘Under Wonderland’ and I love it,” said Duritz, adding that the new album contains some of the best stuff he’s ever written.
Most of the songs and the writing of lyrics came during a stopover in Duritz’s New York home last summer. Armed with snippets of sayings and collections of phrases stored on his phone, notebooks and his computer, Duritz holed up and wrote, coming out only to run the ideas past group members David Immergluck, Millard Powers and Dan Vickrey. The collaboration resulted in five new songs in less than a week.
“I was excavating pieces and seeing what was there. I couldn’t stop writing,” Duritz said.
The new album contains songs with titles such as “Earthquake Driver,” “God of Ocean Tides” and “Palisades Park,” the 8-minute album single that has become part of the tour’s encore performances.
“ ‘Palisades Park’ is the best song I’ve ever written. I wanted it to be the first song heard,” Duritz said. “It’s the story of two friends, kids from New York, and the world around them. They try all kinds of stuff, living out on the fringes. It doesn’t turn out well, which happens.”
“Palisades Park” is available now on iTunes. The short film of “Palisades Park,” directed by Bill Fishman, is also available.
Joining the group at the Greek Theatre is alternative rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket, another group that has been together — off and on — for 25 years. The band recently released the album “New Constellation.”