San Francisco rockers Counting Crows have announced their first UK tour in over 4 years.

The multi-platinum 7 piece will bring their live show to Birmingham, Bristol, London, Manchester and Glasgow in April, after touring in Australia and a string of European dates.

“All I could say when I saw the plans for a UK/EU tour was ‘It's about time” – says Adam Duritz – “It's hard to explain to fans why bands occasionally let so much time pass between visits. The truth is sometimes life just gets in the way and, before you know it, it's been a few years. Personally, I'm just glad we're going back. I have a lot of great memories of past tours. Remembering where we've been always gets me excited about where we're going.”

The tour follows the release in 2012 of Underwater Sunshine (or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation), a collection of more and less known songs ranging from the 1960s to our days.

Produced by Counting Crows and Shawn Dealey, Underwater Sunshine features tracks written by artists such as Big Star, Gram Parsons, Tender Mercies, Kasey Anderson and The Faces.

A new live album will be released to coincide with the dates.

UK dates are:

APRIL 2013

Fri 19th Birmingham O2 Academy
Sat 20th Bristol Colston Hall
Mon 22nd London Hammersmith Apollo
Tue 23nd London Hammersmith Apollo (NEW DATE)
Thu 25th Manchester O2 Apollo Manchester
Fri 26th Glasgow O2 Academy