Counting Crows are known for going off-script during concerts, playing versions of songs that are very different from what you hear on the albums. "Rain King" was the first song they experimented with in this fashion, and it often turns into an improvised, extended jam.
In our interview with Adam Duritz
, he recalled a show in Vancouver opening a show for Suede and the Cranberries as the first time they tricked out the song. "I just said, 'Tonight in the middle of 'Rain King' after the solo, I'm going to give you a signal, everybody drop down,'" Adam said to his band before the show. "And they're like, 'What for, what are we going to do?' And I'm like, 'I've no idea. Something. I just want us to be the kind of band who can do this.' And they're like, 'Cool, let's try it.' So I did."