I bought tickets for the Wellington concert almost as soon as the gig was announced. I've been a fan of the band since I first heard 'Mr Jones' on the radio and seeing them on Jools Holland's programme way back in 1993. I travelled into town on Saturday night only to find a notice on the concert hall door saying that the gig had been postponed until Sunday night due to illness. No big deal although a bit of a let-down. Sunday evening, I go back into town, get into the hall, sit through a fairly average 30 minute set by a local singer songwriter and wait expectantly for the Crows to take the stage. All the gear is warmed up, instruments get their final tuning and eventually the keyboard player, Charlie Gillingham, comes out on stage and announces that Adam Duritz isn't able to sing tonight again! Sorry folks but at least you'll get your money back! Over the two nights I'd travelled around 100kms to get to these gigs but there were many who had come from a lot further afield and had even paid for flights and accommodation to see the band. All very disappointing for me but I thought 'well maybe he's got a sore throat or come down with some nasty bug that he just can't shake but then it's in the papers today that he'd done the soundcheck around 5pm on Sunday and everything was as good as gold but between that time and the start of the gig something had gone bad! I've read reports today that he's suffered from some problems with stage-fright recently as a result of some 'medication issues' but I'm sorry but that just doesn't sit well with me. While I can sympathise with anyone having health issues, I don't think that stage fright in a professional musician is really a satisfactory excuse for cancelling shows and not at least having the decency to come out and talk to the very people who've put them in the position they're in. Maybe I'm being a bit harsh on him and quite possibly I don't know the full facts but I think the he may just have lost the band some fans as a result of what's happened here. I'd love to be proved wrong about this but, from where I'm sitting it looks like he's been just a wee bit too precious about himself and losing sight of the reason he's doing what he's doing........... Rant over..............!!