Having been a Counting Crows fan since 1993, I was thrilled last November when I finally got to see them live in Italy. The Californian band played a two-hour concert in Padua to a sea of adoring Italian fans (plus a couple of Americans). Between songs, lead singer Adam Duritz cracked jokes to a crowd that, for the most part, failed to laugh. Not because Duritz wasn’t funny but because many in the audience didn’t speak English. It made me wonder, what must it be like to play for fans that don’t understand your lyrics but love your music regardless? And, besides coming for the pasta, what would make you want to tour in a country so different from your own? With these questions spinning in my mind, I interviewed Duritz.