Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm
Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Friday, 28 June 2019
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Sheryl Crow smashes it at Glastonbury and drops new album song hints
Glastonbury is in full swing and it is safe to say Sheryl Crow hit the Pyramid Stage with a bang.
The evergreen country singer reminded us single All I Wanna Do is 25 years old today and if the reaction of the crowd is anything to go by, it is as big a hit as ever.
Crow rifled through her long history of hits with the likes of If It Makes You Happy, Soak Up The Sun and My Favourite Mistake got the crowd singing along.
Supported by her sons - who are attending their first Glastonbury, Crow also revealed songs from her new album.
The new album is called Threads and will be released on 30 August. The eleventh studio album by the popular songstress features a host of potential hits including a collaboration with Stevie Nicks called Prove You Wrong.
Crow performed the song at Glastonbury, teasing fans by saying: "Wait until you hear Stevie Nicks sing it."
Other highlights include Redemption Day, which features Johnny Cash, and a song written by George Harrison and featuring Eric Clapton, Sting and Brandi Carlile called Beware of Darkness.
While UK fans will not be able to see Crow perform this summer the album will be available in a couple months. Fans can listen to it on streaming services including Amazon Prime Music , which confirms the expected August date.
Sheryl Crow dedicates ‘Soak Up The Sun’ to Greta Thunberg at Glastonbury
By Kevin EG Perry
The Missouri-born singer-songwriter paid tribute to the 16 year-old environmental activist
A day after hundreds of Glastonbury 2019 festival-goers joined the Extinction Parade protest, Sheryl Crow kept up this year’s theme of environmental activism by dedicating ‘Soak Up The Sun’ to 16 year-old activist Greta Thunberg. During her set she also called on fans to help protect the planet.
Earlier, Crow had kicked off her hit-packed set with 1996’s ‘If It Makes You Happy’, provoking an instant singalong from the sizeable Pyramid Stage crowd and a true ‘Glastonbury moment’. She then played ‘A Change Would Do You Good’, also taken from her eponymous second album. During ‘All I Wanna Do’, from her 1993 debut ‘Tuesday Night Music Club’, Crow came down off the stage and interacted with the front row as the crowd roared along.
Crow has previously said that her new album ‘Threads’, which will be released at the end of August, will likely be her last LP. She previewed a couple of tracks from the record, including ‘Prove You Wrong’ which on record will feature Stevie Nicks and Maren Morris. “If you like it now,” grinned Crow when she finished playing, “Wait until you hear it with Stevie Nicks on it.” She also played ‘Still The Good Old Days’, which was written with Joe Walsh of The Eagles.
With the weather unusually glorious by Glastonbury standards, ‘Soak Up The Sun’ proved to be an apt inclusion in her set. Crow closed the show with a storming ‘Everyday Is A Winding Road’, provoking one last singalong. All we wanted to do was have some fun (and save the planet). Sheryl Crow provided at least one of those, even if the second goal might lie at the end of a winding road.
Sheryl Crow, Glastonbury review: A show for when all you wanna do is have some fun
Sheryl Crow captured the festival ethos in just five words, as the 57-year-old, nine-time Grammy winner opened her first Glastonbury set in 22 years with her eponymous 1996 single If It Makes You Happy. Flags representing all corners of the world rippled in Pilton’s dusty breeze, held up by smiling millennials swaying shoulder to shoulder with retired hippies who, instead of flags, waved their sunhats. The heat, over 28 degrees, combined with Crow’s wholesome, country croon, united the crowd in a blissful, sun-drunk haze.
Partly influencing the crowd’s docility, too, was an overwhelming sense of reverence. Crow, who earned her stripes as a backing vocalist for Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson in the eighties before going on to sell 50 million albums, proved her voice had withstood the test of time, as her greatest hits – from All I Wanna Do to Everyday is a Winding Road – carried across the Pyramid stage with effortless aplomb. One millennial festival goer, hearing Crow for the first time, swiftly turned to her friends to crown the singer her “new girl crush. Fact”.
Having sold over 50 million albums, soundtracked James Bond and recently survived breast cancer, the Californian pop-rocker wears her experience on her sleeve. Casually dressed in a black t-shirt and glittery trousers, her face and physique not a day over 40, she swapped between her harmonica, electric and acoustic guitars with a lazy insouciance that kept the crowd at her tempo. Hands would go up at her command. The energy ebbed and flowed as she saw fit, and during a visit to her front row for a selfie, her acoustic still slung over her shoulder, fans kept a bashful distance.
Perhaps, however, Crow’s nonchalance was a little too infectious. By the time the environmental and gun law campaigner, who has publicly called for Trump’s impeachment, had made her first political address, “We need some change in America, that’s for sure,” she quipped, the crowd was too sleepy to care. A dedication to 15-year-old climate change activist Greta Thurnberg, ahead of Soak Up the Sun, was similarly ignored by fans who were far more interested in cooing over Crow’s two adopted children, both playing the maracas and ferrying around her instruments.
It says a lot about UK's current stage of apathy, that the biggest cheer of her set went neither to politics nor social justice. Intro’ing Still the Good Old Days featuring Joe Walsh, Crow grinned: “This song is about having fun no matter how old you are." Stage left, a blue sunhat was thrown defiantly into the air.
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‘If It Makes You Happy’
‘A Change Would Do You Good’
‘All I Wanna Do’
‘My Favorite Mistake’
‘Can’t Cry Anymore’
‘Prove You Wrong’
‘Best Of Times’
‘Still The Good Old Days’
‘Soak Up The Sun’
‘Everyday Is A Winding Road’