Published Nov 18, 2019When we look back on the year 2019 in music, future generations of humanity will surely only remember one thing — the time that Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz shaved off his iconic, decades-old dreadlocks. Those planning a future museum exhibit surrounding the ratty hairs should fear not, however, because he kept them in a baggie at his friend's house.
In August, Adam bid farewell to the mop that had helped define his career. Now, in a new interview with SiriusXM, he opened up about the tough but ultimately heartening experience.
"I'd been thinking about it for a while," he said of his decision to shed the dreads. "I was getting tired of it." Ultimately, he made the swift decision while visiting London. On a whim, he shaved them and saved them in a baggie at his friend's house. He forgot to take them home, however, so hopefully his British buddy didn't toss them in the bin.
As for the new lighter feeling on his head, Duritz said, "I'm getting used to it. It's weird because I have accomplished a lot in my life, and every single bit of it was done with those on my head.... Previous to that I was a kid or a bum — those are the two choices from my childhood and my 20s."
He even went as far as making a biblical allegory regarding the loss of his beloved locks. "It's entirely possible they're the only reason I can sing well… We don't know.... Maybe I can no longer make records. But we're going to find out. It's entirely possible it has nothing to do with the hair, but Samson probably thought the same thing and look how screwed he ended up."
Watch Adam Duritz discuss his dreadlock loss below.