LIVE REVIEW - Hollywood, Florida - 16 March 2013 (by Armen)

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Thank you Armen for the great review and for the photos!

Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow returned to South Florida a month after playing the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. Her set list for her March 16 show at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida was nearly identical to her previous visit, yet this was a different experience. As with all casino shows, it was tightly timed starting at 8 pm and over by quarter to ten, allowing players to return to the casino floor. Playing electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and harmonica while handling vocal duties, Crow delivered a highlight to the Saint Patrick ’s Day weekend activities.

Dressed in a sleeveless top, skintight black pants, and cowgirl boots, the lovely Miss Crow and her band tore through a 15-song set that was a blend of greatest hits and a few new numbers mixed in from her upcoming untitled country themed release. After playing her hit cover of Cat Sevens’ The First Cut Is the Deepest and introducing the band, an unexpected potential title came from a gentleman up front. As guitars screamed, the man yelled “Play that sh*t, man!” This amused Crow to no end as she repeated it during the show. She even suggested that it might make for a great title for her new album, if not for it being unsuitable for Middle America.

As stated this was a different environment from the theater show at the Kravis last month. This was a concert atmosphere with an enthusiastic crowd that clapped, danced and yelled. She got the crowd clapping prior to busting into Shotgun, a new high-energy gem. Then she said “C’mon let’s get dancing! I’ll wait for ya!” Always connecting with her audience, Crow chatted often.

  • Calendar please: Early on when talking to the crowd, she wasn’t sure what night it was, asking “Is this Friday or Saturday night? I’ve been on the tour bus a little too long.”
  • Radio: The band has been promoting shows by making the rounds “doing some country radio, where you can still hear guitar solos and Southern rock.”
  • Josh’s Factoids:  As with last month’s show, Crow checked in with band mate Josh Grange. Josh offers tidbits to the band about each tour stop. Sheryl noted that Josh “has an exceptional aptitude for worthless information.” He offered that Florida means “Feast of Flowers in Spanish.” With the shift to daylight savings time that week, he suggested the band should “set your watch back 7 years” when visiting Florida. Crow noted that “Florida is well-known for its barley pop (beer).”
  • Mommy’s Job:  Prior to playing Real Gone she said that since most of her shows are after her kids are in bed, they don’t see much of their Mom’s work. Real Gone from the animated movie Cars soundtrack gave her cool points with her kids.

Security kept a tight grip on the crowd. Unlike the Kravis show, there were no opportunities to get up front to the stage at the end. That said it closed strongly with If It Makes You Happy, then an encore of You’re No Good that would make Linda Ronstadt proud and finally Every Day Is a Winding Road to end it. As the audience left the venue, it was apparent why this talented genuine performer has had a 20-year long career that has spanned virtually all musical genres and is beloved by her fans.

Set list: Steve McQueen, All I Wanna Do, Easy, My Favorite Mistake, Can’t Cry Anymore, A Change Would Do You Good, The First Cut Is The Deepest, Real Gone, Call Me When I’m Lonely, Strong Enough, Shotgun, If It Makes You Happy; Encore: You’re No Good (Ronstadt cover), Every Day Is A Winding Road

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