Counting Crows singer Adam Duritz told Joe Rogan that after releasing “Mr. Jones” and rocketing to stardom, he began to feel self-conscious about his image for the first time. The musician sat down with Rogan for an episode of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast released on May 21, 2021.
Rogan said on the JRE podcast he remembered watching “Mr. Jones” on MTV and “I loved that f***** video man, and I loved that you dancing in that living room or something like that, I’m like, ‘I want to be that free.’ You seemed so loose. You were so in the moment.”
Duritz responded, “S***, I want to be that free. For me, life is often very awkward and uncomfortable. But not on stage. On stage, I felt like, well this is the one place where everything I did felt fine.” He said when he first started making videos for his music, “it was easy,” because he just did what he would on stage. “There’s nothing wrong I can do, I can be as free as I want,” Duritz said.
Duritz told Rogan, “That lasted about a year and half, maybe two years. Something about getting really famous out of nowhere and all the kind of backlash that comes with it, I noticed a couple years later I was a lot more self-conscious.”
Duritz, now 56, and Counting Crows released “Mr. Jones” in 1991. The band recently released its eighth album, “Butter Miracle, Suite One,” on May 21, 2021.
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Duritz Told Rogan When He’s On Stage, He ‘Never Thinks of Anything’ & ‘Nothing Bothers Me’
Duritz told Rogan, “On stage, I never think about anything. When I’m playing, nothing bothers me. In front of cameras, I got really self-conscious in front of cameras, sometime in the middle of our second record. I just noticed I started to suck on video, maybe not suck on video, but definitely not like that ‘Mr. Jones’ video.”
Rogan said, “You became aware that so many people were watching or criticizing you, what was it?” Duritz replied, “I think it was that. At first I just didn’t care. I just thought there’s nowhere in the world more comfortable than I am here, so I’m fine. And then I think on our second album, when we got a lot of backlash and you get a little too big, you annoy the s*** out of people, especially in a band, because you get a really successful song they’re going to play it on the radio every five minutes. After awhile it’s like who wouldn’t get sick of it?”
Duritz added, “And then you get some backlash after that, people say some terrible things and then I started thinking, ‘Well, what do I look like on film?’ And then I got really self-conscious. Does this song make my ass look big? I noticed I got kind of crappy in front of cameras.”
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