Make Rock Great Again Tour with Melissa Etheridge
Margaret Court Arena - Melbourne, Australia
Friday, 6 April 2018
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By Andy Hazel
[...] Crow dispatches with that hit early on in her set, along with 'A Change Would Do You Good'. It seems like a bold move, but, like so many great songwriters, or performers who are very good at finding collaborators, it’s easy to forget just how many well-known songs Crow has performed. While that’s a big part of what’s brought her here, the low energy crowd and the early time-slot mean that Crow has to lean on her charisma to win us over.
“Thank you for being here instead of at the footys,” she says with a wilful clumsiness, referring to the Carlton v Collingwood game taking place a few hundred metres away. “I’m not sure who is playing but I’m rooting for Melbourne.” After some back and forth with the audience, who are eager to correct her playful misunderstandings of the game, she plays 'My Favourite Mistake', her Cat Stevens cover of 'The First Cut Is The Deepest' and 'Strong Enough' all received with increasing enthusiasm.
Much of Crow’s set feels like music that would soundtrack a montage sequence from a 90s romantic drama involving rain, missed chances that precedes an inevitable reunion. And it suggests a familiarity that you don’t mind revisiting. Songs that weren’t meticulously edited on a laptop and compressed for tiny speakers, from a time when politics was boring and films didn’t need to have gross-out comedy to be funny and sweet. It might not have been a better time for everyone, but, for the people in Margaret Court Arena who mumble their way through the verses then belt the chorus of 'If It Makes You Happy', it’s an era to which they love returning. [...]
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At Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, Sheryl Crow clutched a stuffed koala bear and told the audience what a pleasure it was to be here, away from the political madness of her own country. Crow and her incredible band (including Australian Musician friend Peter Stroud) rocked hard and delivered all of the hits that the fans had come to hear, including; Everyday Is a Winding Road, All I Wanna, My Favorite Mistake, Strong Enough, If It Makes You Happy, and many others. A duet between Sheryl and Melissa on the classic Allman’s song Midnight Rider was a very special moment too.