The Riviera, Chicago, Illinois - March 13, 1997
Sheryl Crow & Dishwalla
Review by Stu Gotz for Entertainment Venue
Is that a knife in your pocket or an ugly shirt?
Well when I finally got felt up and past all the ugly merchandise, I was surprised to see the turn out for the show, not because this was the most packed I've ever seen the Riviera but because of the broad spectrum of people. There were kids as young as 6, bikers, dopers, yuppies, confused married suburbanites, and lesbians. I never imagined that Ms. Crow had suck broad appeal (no lesbian pun intended). OOPS… I left out one group of people. After sharing my thoughts about the audience with the Dude On The Right he added to it by saying "Yeah, and there's no fat people here either." How rude of him to make fun of the slenderly challenged. I say all you lard asses out there send him some hate mail.
On with the show…
When I was time for Ms. Crow to hit the stage she did, in my opinion, a real smart thing. Sheryl opened her set with her current hit "If It makes You Happy." What better way to instill excitement in a crowd than to start them off with a song they knew and loved. This "smart set" trend continued throughout the night. Sheryl would do a hit then three to four lesser known tunes and then another hit. By doing this she kept the attention of the audience the entire night. During some of those "in-between hits" songs Sheryl would dance and spin around the stage like a little girl playing lip-synch in her bedroom as nobody watched. My point? She really looked like she was enjoying herself. She was enjoying herself so much that she felt confident enough to take a shot at the HUGE Walmart Corporation before singing the song that got her latest album banned at their stores. You go girl!
Two songs later I had a horrible Hee-Haw flash back when SC's percussionists dawned a wash board on his stomach for a song. I don't know the name of the song but I was scared by the fact that I liked it. Earlier in the night some other things struck me funny. For example, thoughts of Joan Osborne raced through my head as Sheryl sang "Run Baby." Not only because both women have beautiful voices with great range but also because they seem to be sharing the same hair stylist. Also, Sheryl, well my editor won't let me write what I really want to, but let's just say she looks good in tight pants. Hey, don't ask me where these weird thoughts come from. They just come to me.
About an hour and twenty minutes after she started, Sheryl sang what I'll call the "I Shall Believe" song and thanked her audience as she left the stage. I knew, as did most people, that there would be an encore set. None the less quite a few people left. Boy did you assholes miss out!!!
What a cool surprise!
I, Stu Gotz, with out a doubt, bestow upon Sheryl Crow and her band my highest rating for a live musical performance. That's right… Two HUGE Thumbs Up with an extra POPPING Appendage.