Round two of the Toledo Zoo concert series will feature Bob Dylan and Sheryl Crow in separate July shows.
The venerable Dylan, who tours almost constantly and who was last in Toledo in 2004, will be at the zoo July 12. Tickets are $49.50, $59.50, and $79.50. Crow, whose last CD was 2005's "Wildflower," will play at the Zoo July 30. Tickets are $43.50 and $53.50.
Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday at all Ticketmaster locations, www.livenation.com, www.ticketmaster.com, the Sports Arena box office, and by phone at 419-474-1333.
Dylan and Crow join a previously announced summer series that includes Steely Dan - which is sold out - the Moody Blues, the Tragically Hip and George Thorogood and Bryan Adams.
[NEWS] CELEBRITIES JOKE ABOUT ARCHBISHOP'S STANCE ON SHERYL CROW
ST. LOUIS (Associated Press): Roman Catholic Archbishop Raymond Burke did not attend a fundraiser headlined by singer Sheryl Crow because he disagrees with her support of abortion rights and embryonic stem cell research.
But his name sure came up just the same.
At the fundraiser Saturday for the Bob Costas Cancer Center at Cardinal Glennon Medical Center, Costas joked that Crow was appearing for three reasons: to help children, put on a good show and "get me excommunicated."
Comedian Billy Crystal said of the archbishop, "I respect his right to choose — his right to choose not to be here."
Crystal added, "After all, charity begins at home because that's where he is."
Burke resigned last week from the board of the Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center Foundation because Crow was providing entertainment at the annual fundraiser and concert.
Costas said before the event he respected Burke's position, but disagreed with it.
Crow has not commented directly on the matter, but the Missouri native joked that her dad was at the show in case there was trouble. Audience members gave her a standing ovation, and she thanked them for their support.
A spokeswoman for the archdiocese, Anne Steffens, said Burke remains committed to the medical center. The archdiocese will hold a special collection at parishes to benefit the hospital this summer.
Steffens said the collection had generated about $3 million (€2.2 million) for the foundation, but from now on, the proceeds would go straight to the hospital. Steffens said the archdiocese also would continue to sponsor a ball that benefits the medical center.
Crow, who grew up in the Missouri bootheel, appeared in a commercial last year in support of Missouri's Amendment 2, which protects embryonic stem cell research in the state. Burke campaigned against the measure, which passed.
The Roman Catholic Church believes embryonic stem cell research is akin to abortion.
Burke also called Crow "a well-known abortion activist" at a news conference last week.
[VIDEO / NEWS] BENEFIT CONCERT A SELL OUT DESPITE CONTROVERSY ON CROW
KTVI - myFOXstl.com -- The Fox Theater was full Saturday evening as a controversial singer takes the stage. Sheryl Crow sang at the fundraiser for Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, a catholic hospital. But the Archbishop of St. Louis says Crow's views violate everything the Catholic Church stands for. But the show goes on, controversy or not.
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[PICTURES] 19TH ANNUAL BOB COSTAS BENEFIT - APRIL 28TH
Domenica 29 Aprile 2007 / Sunday April 29, 2007
[SETLIST] 19TH ANNUAL BOB COSTAS BENEFIT - APRIL 28TH
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[NEWS] BOB COSTAS BENEFIT GOES ON WITH LITTLE PROTESTS - KSDK-TV
By Jasmine Huda
(KSDK) - Saturday night, thousands of people attended a charity event that has generated conversation and controversy.
Earlier in the week, St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke called a fundraiser for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center a "scandal," because Sheryl Crow is one of the performers.
The event at the Fox Theatre was the talk of the town during the past week. For all the buzz surrounding the archbishop's opposition to Sheryl Crow's appearance -- because she supports abortion rights and embryonic stem cell research -- the controversy seems to be dying down.
NewsChannel 5 counted just two protesters outside the Fox -- one sole protester who opposes the archbishop and one who supports him.
The top Catholic in St. Louis stepped down from the SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center Foundation Board saying Sheryl Crow's position on abortion and embryonic stem cell research are inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church.
But Bob Costas, the event host, says he's fine with that.
"People are entitled to their point of view," Costas said.
He says the Archbishop is entitled to his own opinion.
"I think it's pretty clear what the majority viewpoint is. But that doesn't discredit the minority. Everyone is entitled to their conscience and their perspective and I respect that and on we go."
The audience seemed to agree with him.
"I am Catholic, but I think everyone has their own opinion about what this event is, and what it's supposed to be," said Aaron Chapman.
"I think the majority of the people are behind this benefit," said Gloria Phillips.
A benefit that is about raising money to help kids.
Burke did not tell Catholics to boycott the event. He said that was a decision they'd have to make on their own. Saturday night's gala was sold out. All 4,200 tickets were sold.
Editor's Note: KSDK-TV is a sponsor of the Bob Costas Benefit for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center.
[NEWS] HOSPITAL FUNDRAISER OPENS ON A LIGHT NOTE - ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH
By Matthew Hathaway
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
Archbishop Raymond Burke made it to the Fox Theatre Saturday — but only as a punch line.
When Bob Costas, the evening's host, walked onto the stage he scanned the crowd, gazing into the back rows of the upper balcony before breaking the prolonged silence.
"All right," Costas quipped. "I guess the archbishop is not showing up."
Last week, Burke resigned from the board of the Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center Foundation because Crow — a vocal supporter of embryonic stem cell research — was scheduled to headline the annual fundraiser and concert.
"Sheryl Crow made it clear that she is coming here for three reasons," Costas told the crowd. The singer wanted to help children, put on a good show and, Costas said, "get me ex-communicated."
Later, comedian Billy Crystal, making another appearance at the annual event, joined the act.
"I respect his right to choose," Crystal said of Burke. "His right to choose not to be here."
After a round of applause, Crystal added: "After all, charity begins at home — because that's where he is."
Saturday's event benefits the Bob Costas Cancer Center at Cardinal Glennon Medical Center. The television announcer, who also emcees the fundraiser, spoke with reporters before engaging the crowd. Costas said he respected Burke's position but disagreed with it.
"I have no regrets or hesitations about carrying on with Sheryl Crow this evening," he said.
Costas said the controversy wouldn't affect planning of future benefits. Costas said he had never spoken to the archbishop about the event and had not received any personal appeal from Burke to drop Crow.
Anne Steffens, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese, said Saturday that some people seemed to misunderstand Burke's commitment to the Cardinal Glennon Medical Center.
Burke's beef, Steffens said, is with the charity foundation, which is independent of the hospital.
"We never have been against the medical center," she said.
This summer, the archdiocese again will hold a special collection at all parishes to benefit the hospital. Steffens said
that the collection had generated about $3 million for the foundation but that, from now on, the proceeds would go straight to the hospital.
Steffens said the archdiocese also would continue to sponsor the Fleur de Lis debutante ball, which benefits the medical center.
Crow, a singer who grew up in the Missouri Bootheel, appeared in a commercial last year in support of Missouri's Amendment 2, which protects embryonic stem cell research in the state. Burke campaigned against the measure, which passed.
The Roman Catholic Church believes embryonic stem cell research is akin to abortion.
In last week's news conference, Burke described Crow's planned appearance as "an affront to the identity and mission of the medical center, dedicated as it is to the service of life and Christ's healing mission."
Burke also called Crow "a well-known abortion activist."
Steffens said Saturday that Burke had received hundreds of e-mails about his decision to leave the board and that the messages were overwhelmingly supportive. She said that of the 797 e-mails sent to Burke, 647 supported the archbishop's position.
Crow has not spoken publicly about Burke's criticism of her and the event, and calls to her publicist have not been returned.
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One of the great things about celebrity is the way it can spin on a dime. One minute, you can be a well-regarded actress, the next the butt of a million jokes for exclaiming ''You like me! You really like me!" at the Oscars. One minute you can be a sexy British actor whose every stammer charms, the next you're a punchline for getting caught in a car with a prostitute (or, lately, tossing beans at a paparazzo). And as Sheryl Crow has learned the hard way, one minute you can be a glamorous pop artist, the next someone who gets squeezed by joke writers worse than any roll of Charmin.
It was quite a non-musical week for Crow, who got into a semi-set-to at the White House Correspondents Dinner with Karl Rove in trying to chat him up about global warming, and then became the most talked about bathroom spokesperson since the Ty-D-Bowl Man by urging people to use only one square of toilet paper -- this in a posting on her Stop Global Warming tour blog. Experiments were initiated from coast to coast to see if this was at all possible.
Like Keith Richards shrugging off his confession that he snorted his father's ashes, Crow backed off her commentary, saying she meant the posting as a joke. Even if that were true, it's going to take a while for her to shake off her new association with number two. Just try not to think of spinning rolls of t.p. the next time you hear her perform ''Strong Enough."
Source: Chicago Sun Times, web edition
Sabato 28 Aprile 2007 / Saturday April 28, 2007
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[NEWS] ST. LOUIS CATHOLICS DIFFER OVER ARCHBISHOP'S SHERYL CROW PROSTEST
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke made it clear he opposes a Catholic benefit Saturday night that will feature singer and Missouri native Sheryl Crow, who supports embryonic stem cell research and abortion rights.
Now members of his flock need to decide if they will attend.
Burke, speaking at a news conference Wednesday, said it’s unacceptable to let Crow headline a concert that will raise money for cancer research at the Catholic-run Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Catholic organizers of the concert disagree — they say performers shouldn’t be screened based on ideological beliefs.
Crow’s publicist Dave Tomberlin didn’t return several messages seeking comment.
Burke said he resigned as chairman of the board of directors for the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation. He said he had no choice after fellow board members refused to drop Crow from the benefit.
St. Louis Catholics have had a mixed reaction to Burke’s statement.
“I’m hearing people say: ’I don’t understand this at all,’ and I’m hearing people say: ’Good for the archbishop,”’ said Louise Lears, a nun at St. Cronan Church in St. Louis.
Lears said she was surprised Wednesday night when she heard Burke’s statement. She said many other parishioners didn’t connect Crow’s name with abortion rights activism.
Then Lears remembered that Crow appeared in political television ads last year supporting embryonic stem cell research.
“Frankly, once I thought through Sheryl Crow and the things she had said — and knowing what I know about the archbishop — it makes sense to me,” Lears said.
While she doesn’t support Crow’s position on embryonic stem cell research, Lears said she’s hesitant to support an outright ban on her performance. Lears said applying such a tough standard could keep speakers from attending events at Catholic universities or other institutions.
Burke got support from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights in New York. League President Bill Donohue said Burke made a brave stand.
“For a Catholic leader to give cover to someone who is not just incidentally pro-choice, but is a rabid abortion-rights activist would be morally unconscionable,” Donohue said in a statement.
Benefit organizer and practicing Catholic Allen Allred said the decision was made two years ago to have Crow headline the 19th annual Bob Costas Cancer Center concert.
Crow, from Kennett in Missouri’s Bootheel, was supposed to headline the act last year, but canceled after she discovered she had breast cancer, Allred said. She agreed to return this year, he said.
Burke said Catholics could decide for themselves whether to attend the event.
Allred said tickets were still selling well Thursday. About 3,500 of the total 4,300 seats have been sold, he said. Last year, the event raised more than €370,000 for the cancer center.
[NEWS] "I THINK WE'LL HAVE A SELLOUT"
Allen Allred, who organized the 19th annual benefit concert, said more than 3,500 of the 4,300 tickets have been sold for the event.
Source: semissourian.com via AP
[NEWS] BENEFIT TICKETS SELL DESPITE BURKE OPPOSITION
By Teresa Woodard
(KTVI - myFOXstl.com)
Despite controversy over Sheryl Crow's charity concert Saturday night, the show is on the verge of selling out. Organizers aren't sure if seats are highly sought after because of the controversy, the cause, or just because it's Sheryl Crow.
No tickets have been returned for the fundraiser for Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, a Catholic hospital. St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke says Crow's viewpoints are in direct opposition to the Catholic church.
Burke says he had conversations for weeks with the organizers of the fundraiser, and when they would not change their minds, he decided to resign from their board and publicly explain why Crow is, in the church's eyes, an inappropriate choice.
"This is someone who actively works against church teachings on life issues, one of the most important things we face today. The Archbishop absolutely had to stand up for this," says Kiera McCaffrey, of the Catholic League, based in New York.
Crow did an ad promoting Amendment Two, which was on the ballot in Missouri and protects embryonic stem cell research. She is also pro-choice.
Some Catholics can see past her politics, and instead see someone willing to help a hospital. "It's not for her," says Saint Louis University student Brian Howley, who is Catholic. "It's for the kids who are sick. Why would you want to take away money that's going to them?"
The Catholic League is criticizing media in St. Louis, saying too much time is being spent covering the controversy.
"The Archbishop is standing up for his beliefs. We absolutely applaud him, he's courageous and he's taking a brave stand. He's not afraid of criticism in this case. He's saying he's going to do what's right no matter what."
In years past, cameras have been allowed in toì the Bob Costas Gala, but not this year. Organizers say it is not because of the controversy. It's just what Sheryl Crow and the other performer -- Billy Crystal -- prefer.
Wake up Burke! The childrens are the issue! This (private) event is meant to raise money to help sick kids. Public health should have priority over religion, ever. So, listen to Sheryl: lay back, enjoy the show! ;-)
And for Sheryl: I'm proud of you!
Aleks, a (bad) Catholic
Venerdi' 27 Aprile 2007 / Friday April 27, 2007
[NEWS] KMOV: PAST PERFORMERS HAD SIMILAR VIEWS AS CROW; BURKE HAD NO PROBLEM
(KMOV) -- If Archbishop Burke is going to take a stand against Sheryl Crow, what about past performers?
News 4 took a look at celebrities who have performed at the Bob Costas fundraisers, since the archbishop arrived in St. Louis.
Archbishop Raymond Burke resigned over Sheryl Crow's scheduled performance, but did not over past performers with similar views.
John Mellencamp has participated in the Bob Costas fundraiser and has raised funds for politicians supporting embryonic stem cell research.
Comedian George Wallace performed at a fundraiser for a foundation supporting embryonic stem cell research.
Tim McGraw's song "Red Ragtop" was too controversial for some radio stations because of a reference to abortion, but didn't create controversy for the archbishop.
Burke had no problem with comedian Bob Saget whose standup routine is described as “unabashedly vulgar” or singer Huey Lewis who once appeared in a movie, naked from the waist down.
The archdiocese explains that it is Crow's level of activism that convinced Burke to take a stand in this case.
Event emcee Billy Crystal, Tim McGraw, Bob Saget and John Mellencamp, all donated money to politicians who support embryonic stem cell research and abortion rights.
Giovedi' 26 Aprile 2007 / Thursday April 26, 2007
[NEWS] ARCHBISHOP BLASTS SHERYL CROW APPEARANCE
Romano Prodi Archbishop Raymond Burke
Associated Press writer
Archbishop Raymond Burke denounced a Catholic charity Wednesday for scheduling a benefit-concert appearance by Sheryl Crow, who supports abortion rights.
Burke submitted his resignation as chairman of the board for the Cardinal Glennon Children's Foundation, saying the decision to let Crow sing on Saturday left him no other choice.
"It's very painful for me," Burke said during a news conference Wednesday. "But I have to answer to God for the responsibility I have as archbishop.
"A Catholic institution featuring a performer who promotes moral evil gives the impression that the church is somehow inconsistent in its teaching," Burke said.
Crow is set to appear at the 19th annual benefit for the Bob Costas Cancer Center at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. Costas will host the event, which will also feature comedian Billy Crystal.
Crow's publicist didn't return a message seeking comment Wednesday.
Event organizer Allen Allred said he was disappointed with Burke's decision, but that Crow would appear Saturday as scheduled.
"This is not an event that's about ideology," Allred said. "This is about helping kids."
Burke said it was a "scandal" to let Crow sing at the event and amounted to an act that could lead others to evil. He cited Crow's support for stem cell research and "procured abortion."
Crow appeared in television ads throughout Missouri last year asking voters to approve an initiative that enshrined the right to conduct stem-cell research in the state constitution.
Burke said he became aware of Crow's participation in the cancer benefit in February and asked other board members to cancel her appearance.
"They didn't accept my concerns," Burke said.
Allred said board members didn't honor Burke's request because they didn't want to play politics with performers at the annual event, which has featured big-name entertainers like Jay Leno in the past.
Costas released a statement supporting the board's decision.
"I have never applied a litmus test, Catholic or otherwise, concerning the politics or religious beliefs of any of the generous performers who have come to St. Louis to help this worthy cause, nor do I intend to ... ," Costas wrote.
Burke made national news during the 2004 U.S. presidential campaign by saying he would deny Communion to Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, a Catholic who supports abortion rights. He later clarified the statement to say Catholics can vote for such candidates if they believe the candidate's stance on other moral issues outweighs the abortion-rights stance.
Associated Press Reporter Cheryl Wittenauer contributed to this report.
[NEWS] STUDENT FACE GLOBAL WARMING ISSUES WITH CROW CONCERT
Robertson County Times - Wednesday, 04/25/07
Students face global warming issues with Crow concert
By Eric Miller
Robertson County Times
Two major players in the entertainment industry spoke to Springfield High School students about global warming last Wednesday.
Sheryl Crow, a grammy-award winning musician, and Laurie David, producer of the academy award winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, met with students in the SHS gym, emphasizing conservation, playing music, and giving information about global warming.
The event, part of the Stop Global Warming Tour, was sponsored by Channel One, a student news service played for SHS students in their classrooms each morning.
David delivered a prepared speech to the students about the dangers of global warming, but never glanced down at her teleprompter as she explained the threats of global warming and the possible positive impact of conservation.
“People build movements and movements move mountains,” David said.
Sheryl Crow played “Every Day is a Winding Road” and “Soak Up the Sun.”
Springfield Mayor Billy Carneal took to the stage and made Crow and David honorary Springfield citizens and gave them each a key to the city.
“I’m going to try it on every lock in this town,” Crow joked.
Students were also allowed to interact with Crow and David as several students asked submitted, pre-approved questions to the duo.
Afterward, several students said the event affected their perception of global warming.
“It brought a lot of facts to my attention. I didn’t realize it was quite as bad as it is now,” Will Dean, a junior, said. “It made me a lot more aware of what [global warming] is and what my family’s industry contributes to.”
Dean is the grandson of the founder of Dean Oil Company. His submitted question about how smaller businesses, including his family’s, can contribute to reducing global warming was one of several chosen, but was not one of the few spoken to Crow and David.
Dean Oil Company is a distributor of biodiesel fuel, an alternative fuel source containing no petroleum, according to the National Biodiesel Board web site.
Other students were similarly affected by the event.
“It’s definitely going to make me think about my actions and how they weigh on the large scale,” Joseph Hasty, a junior, said.
Abby Riley, a junior, believes Crow’s presence made the difference in holding the students’ interest.
“I don’t think the students would have paid as much attention,” Riley said.
Philips Electronics co-sponsored the event, contributing energy-saving light bulbs to each of the students.
Perhaps sensing the possibilities of supplying the entire student body with glass bulbs, SHS Principal Rick Highsmith said, “If I see one out of the packaging, it’s going in my house.”
[NEWS + VIDEO] COLLEGE TOUR WARNS OF GLOBAL WARNING THREAT
College Tour Warns of Global Warming Threat
By Jim Bertel
25 April 2007
The release last year of former Vice President Al Gore's award-winning film "An Inconvenient Truth" has turned global warming into a hot topic of concern in the United States. One of the film's producers, Laurie David, has become a leading advocate for environmental issues. David and singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow have just completed a two-week U.S. tour, raising the alarm about global warming with their music and their message. VOA's Jim Bertel had a chance to sit down with the two activists to talk about their "Stop Global Warming College Tour."
Change. That was the message of the "Stop Global Warming College Tour." Grammy Award-winning musician Sheryl Crow and Laurie David, a producer of the Oscar-winning environmental film "An Inconvenient Truth," headlined the tour, aimed at inspiring college students to make a personal change to stop global warming.
In an interview with VOA, Sheryl Crow said the two environmental activists hatched the tour idea over lunch while discussing how they could make a difference.
Crow told us, "My answer to everything is let's get a bus, so we got a biodiesel bus [a bus fueled by vegetable oil], and Laurie had the excellent idea of going to college campuses -- because, as we all know, throughout history the greatest social changes, I believe, have started at the college level."
The 90-minute shows were a mix of Crow's music and David's environmental message.
"The environment is a beautiful spring day,” explains David. “It is a shady tree, it's the air you breathe and the water you drink. And the environmentalism is the protection of those basic things. That's the accurate definition. And that makes us all environmentalists who still face the most urgent challenge of our lifetime -- global warming."
Scientists say carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles, factories and power plants cause global warming, and if efforts to curb this man-made environmental hazard do not increase soon, the results could be disastrous for the planet.
University of Maryland student Andrew Nazdin believes college students have an important role to play in saving the environment. "I see global warming as the threat to my generation. It's the defining challenge of my generation. If we don't step up and solve this climate crisis, my college degree, everything I worked for so far is not really going to be worth anything, because I am going to be living in such a dramatically altered world."
For many, the problem seems too big to make a personal difference. But David says cutting carbon emissions starts at home, by using energy-efficient light bulbs and appliances. She also says individuals can be the catalyst for change in government policy.
"People. Government doesn't change until people demand it. People have to demand it. And that is one of the reasons we are out here trying to ignite this movement. It is not going to happen until people demand it," says David.
The 11-city tour wrapped up on Earth Day (April 22) with a large show in Washington. But the effort to bring about environmental change continues online, with a virtual march on Washington at stopglobalwarming.org.
"Instead of marching for just one day, let's march every single day until we are a million strong,” suggests David. “And we want to count every single person who says, 'I demand solutions now to global warming.' And we started with one marcher, and now we're getting close to a million."
"And what everyone has to know is that this is not a political issue,” adds Crow. “This is a human-rights issue, and we have to demand change. And the way change happens is for the movement to become so loud they can't block it out."
More than 700,000 people have enrolled in the "virtual march" so far. Crow and David promise the campaign will continue until the number of marchers is great enough to make government leaders realize the time to address the global warming crisis is now.
Mercoledi' 25 Aprile 2007 / Wednesday April 25, 2007
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[NEWS] STARS GLOW RED-HOT PINK
By Donna Freydkin, USA TODAY
NEW YORK — Between her missions to end global warming and cure breast cancer, Sheryl Crow is one busy activist these days.
With her recent toilet paper blog post creating a stir, the singer has moved on. Tuesday night, she hosted the Breast Cancer Research Foundation's annual Hot Pink Party Goes Cool spring gala at the Waldorf-Astoria. Crow, who just ended her Stop Global Warming College Tour, says that her TP comment was a joke.
And she managed to keep her sense of humor when her microphone malfunctioned at Tuesday's benefit. After walking over to a lectern, she said, "This is more embarrassing than the toilet tissue joke."
Elton John, newlywed Elizabeth Hurley and Nick Lachey's main squeeze, Vanessa Minnillo, were on hand to raise more cash to fund genetic and clinical research aimed at preventing and curing breast cancer. Crow, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year, now says she's cancer-free after undergoing treatment.
Hurley is a veteran of the annual benefit. "I look forward to it all year. It's fabulous to be part of something so successful at fundraising."
Hurley was wearing a John Galliano wedding dress that she wore in India. "I recycled it immediately."
As for life with new husband Arun Nayar, "it's lovely. When I get back (to London) tomorrow, my real married life will begin."
Minnillo, wearing Monique Lhuillier, didn't talk about reports she moved into a Manhattan apartment with Lachey but revealed she is ready for more life changes. She is not re-signing with MTV's Total Request Live, and her stint is over this month. "It's fun to be able to try new things," she said.
One of her new gigs is as guest creator of the Flirt makeup line, which is part of Estée Lauder. As for her own beauty routine, "less is better." She thinks men like a natural look, but adds that Lachey "also loves it when I get dolled up."
ORDINARY HEROES: SHERYL CROW THE ACTIVIST, BY BOBBY MULLER
Bobby Muller explain how Sheryl Crow can make the difference.
He's a real hero in my book.
[NEWS] NEWSBUSTER.ORG, APRIL 24, 2007
On Tuesday's edition of ABC's The View, the targets included Bush guru Karl Rove and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Gonzales was portrayed as brainless....but singer Sheryl Crow was "amazing," a heartfelt activist. Rosie O'Donnell insisted Crow's toilet-tissue comments were just a joke, not a serious request. First, the conversation shifted mysteriously from being addicted to watching women fight on The Bachelor on ABC to the cluelessness of Gonzales. Token non-liberal Elisabeth Hasselbeck agreed he needed to resign. Snippets included:
I spent Saturday with Sheryl Crow and Laurie David. No fist fights. No verbal insults. Just a couple of Hollywood heavyweights and a red state guy talking about saving the planet.
Whether you agree or disagree with their environmental message, I suspect you would be impressed with these women's dedication if you got the chance to spend the day with them.
On the tour bus after Crow and David's University of Maryland concert, I told Laurie she had the passion of a Southern Baptist preacher.
This is a woman on a mission from God.
The female version of the Blues Brothers took their ministry to save the planet Saturday night from the tour bus to the White House Correspondent's Dinner, where Laurie tried to convert Karl Rove. She soon found out that college kids listening to a rock star are more open-minded than presidential aides who feel besieged.
Mr. Rove was in no mood to hear a sermon about the environment. After the women pressed Karl on the issue, Sheryl touched his arm to emphasize a point. That's when the President's main man snapped.
"Get your hands off of me!"
And that was that. The only time things got uglier Saturday night was during Rich Little's Catskills comedy routine. But that's another story, too grim to discuss here.
Most public servants would find Rove's response surprising. Congressmen, senators and presidential aids are always bombarded by people pushing one position or another. And anyone in politics knows that patiently listening to citizens--no matter how much you disagree with what they are saying--is the price of admission to this profession. Besides, you may just learn something if you keep an open mind.
But apparently Team Bush is tired of talking and has adapted a bunker mentality. Seven years of bad press, foreign wars and personal attacks (every bit as nasty as those Bill Clinton endured) have left people like Karl Rove on edge.
The Bush Boys had better get their second wind. They still have 21 months to go before heading back to Texas. As for the Blues Sisters, their tour could not have gone better. Great crowds, great press and a messy finale that only brought more attention to the Global Warming crusade.
[...] Finally, Karl Rove continues to get bashed for his political cowardice and bad manners at the White House Correspondents Association dinner, when he rebuffed Sheryl Crow and Laurie David's efforts to talk global warming, shaking off Crow's hand on his arm with a gruff, "Don't touch me!" I debated former Bush 2004 campaign spokesman Terry Holt about it on MSNBC's "Scarborough Country" last night, and got a glimpse of that inbred Beltway culture Glenn Greenwald's been depicting so ably lately. When I suggested Rove was a hypocrite, embracing these incestuous media-administration get-togethers when they suit his purposes -- like when he was cheered for his ludicrous "MC Rove" rap performance at last month's Radio and Television Correspondents' Association Dinner -- and then blanching at a less-worshipful reception, Holt actually cut in to say: "You just sound like you're upset you didn't get invited." As if silly D.C. dinners are tough invites -- and as if I'd give up my Saturday night in San Francisco to attend that one, especially after the way they treated Stephen Colbert last year! [...]
Here we are at our final destination -- Capitol Hill. We just toured multiple states, talked to thousands of college students, spoke to many political figures in both parties, and wrapped it all up at a rockin' Earth Day celebration at George Washington University. (Thank you Larry, Tim, Faith, Carole, Bobby, Vice-President Gore, and Sen. McCain for making it a truly memorable and historic Earth Day.)
Our goal on the Hill today was to deliver to Congress the message from the road and the Virtual Marchers that Americans want solutions to global warming. The leaders we met with today told us that they are already writing global warming legislation, but indicated that this was going to be a very tough fight. They reinforced how important it is to hear from their constituents on this issue. Hear that America? We need you. (You can take action right now by logging onto nrdc.org and clicking on the link "Take Action".)
Everywhere we went today, we were asked by everyone from Congresspeople to Capitol Hill police about the "Rove incident." To set the record straight, the other night, we approached Mr. Rove at a dinner designed specifically to encourage conversations between people from different worlds. We were riding a wave of excitement having just come from talking to college students across the country about global warming. Obviously, we were very surprised that Mr. Rove found discussing such an important issue to be insulting. However, rather than continuing to focus on the encounter itself, can we now focus on the urgent need to act on global warming? We would welcome the opportunity to engage directly with the Bush administration in a constructive conversation about solutions to the global warming crisis.
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[NEWS - SGWT] CROW, DAVID ON GLOBAL WARMING MISSION
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WASHINGTON Apr 22, 2007 (AP)— Their college tour ended, Sheryl Crow and Laurie David describe their efforts to stop global warming as part of the most important mission of the times.
That's the hope of Grammy-winning rocker Crow and David, who produced "An Inconvenient Truth," the global warming movie that won the Oscar for best documentary.
"It's great to go out and play music, and I love that, too. And it's also nice to make money. But this is not that," Crow said Sunday in an interview. "This is a whole bunch of people dedicating their time, their lives, working for free, for a mission. And it is the most important mission."
The pair rode a biodiesel bus on a 12-campus tour to raise awareness about global warming by engaging students on the topic. It started earlier this month at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and was timed to end on Earth Day.
David said "federal inaction is no longer acceptable" and is pressing for Congress to enact a bill to impose mandatory curbs on carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases within two years. She predicted the 2008 election would revolve around three main issues: jobs, terrorism and temperature.
"I just feel like if this isn't addressed by this administration, if this administration isn't hearing this message loud and clear, then I feel like there's an irresponsibility," Crow said.
The two women planned to meet with House Energy Chairman John Dingell, D-Mich., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Monday.
Crow and David were interviewed before appearing at the tour's last show at George Washington University with Grammy-winning musicians Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Carole King.
Also speaking at the concert was David's husband, Larry, a comedian and producer best known as co-creator of the TV show "Seinfeld," and environmental advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
"Hurricane Katrina is just a taste of what's to come if we don't stop global warming," Kennedy told some 2,000 people who turned out for the songs and speeches.
Crow opened with "A Change Would Do You Good" and did a spirited duet with King on "I Feel The Earth Move." McGraw and Hill also performed.
Crow and David unsuccessfully tried to change the thinking of Karl Rove, President Bush's top adviser, at a correspondents' dinner Saturday night. "I honestly thought that I was going to change his mind, like, right there and then," David said the interview.
Crow dedicated the closing number of the concert, sang by all the performers, to Rove, wryly calling him her "new friend." The title: "We Can Work It Out," written and made famous by The Beatles.
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[WEBLOG - SGWT] Karl Rove Gets Thrown Under the Stop Global Warming Bus
Last night Thelma and Louise drove the bus off the cliff or at least into the White House Correspondents Dinner. The "highlight" of the evening had to be when we were introduced to Karl Rove. How excited were we to have our first opportunity ever to talk directly to the Bush Administration about global warming.
We asked Mr. Rove if he would consider taking a fresh look at the science of global warming. Much to our dismay, he immediately got combative. And it went downhill from there.
We felt compelled to remind the senior White House advisor that the US leads the world in global warming pollution and we are doing the least about it. Anger flaring, Mr. Rove immediately regurgitated the official Administration position on global warming which is that the US spends more on researching the causes than any other country.
We felt compelled to remind him that the research is done and the results are in (www.IPCC.ch). Mr. Rove exploded with even more venom. Like a spoiled child throwing a tantrum, Mr. Rove launched into a series of illogical arguments regarding China not doing enough thus neither should we. (Since when do we follow China's lead?)
At some point during his ramblings, we became heartbroken to think that`the President of the United States and his top adivsors have partially built a career on global warming not being real. We have been telling college students across the country for the past two weeks that government does not change until people demand it... well, listen up folks, everyone had better get a lot louder because the message clearly is not getting through.
In his attempt to dismiss us, Mr. Rove turned to head toward his table, but as soon as he did so, Sheryl reached out to touch his arm. Karl swung around and spat, "Don't touch me." How hardened and removed from reality must a person be to refuse to be touched by Sheryl Crow? Unphased, Sheryl abruptly responded, "You can't speak to us like that, you work for us." Karl then quipped, "I don't work for you, I work for the American people." To which Sheryl promptly reminded him, "We are the American people."
At that point Mr. Rove apparently decided he had had enough. Like a groundhog fearful of his own shadow, he scurried to his table in an attempt to hibernate for another year from his responsibility to address global warming. Drama aside, you would expect as an American citizen to be able to engage in a civil discussion with a public official. Instead, Mr. Rove was dismissive, condescending and quite frankly a bully.
Ultimately, we were left wondering what on Earth Mr. Rove was talking about when he said "the American people." If more than 60% of American voters, the Supreme Court, over 400 cities, the US National Academy of Sciences, numerous major US corporations, and others don't constitute the American people, then what does? The truth is, if this administration cared one iota about the American people, they would have addressed this problem long ago, and the sad reality is that this problem has been left to us, all of us, since the current administration has abandoned this issue entirely. In the absence of true leadership, we must guide ourselves. We can solve this, but we had better act fast.
By Sam Sessa
COLLEGE PARK // The speakers came from different corners of pop culture with a common message: End global warming.
Grammy award-winning musician Sheryl Crow, film producer Laurie David and her husband, Seinfeld co-creator Larry David, spoke and performed yesterday at the University of Maryland College Park's Cole Student Activities Building as part of the Stop Global Warming College Tour. Hundreds of students and fans gave them standing ovations.
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A National Cathedral spokeswoman informs us that Sheryl Crow will not be singing as planned at the church’s 11 a.m. Earth Day Service on Sunday.
A special service with prayers for victims, students and families of the Virginia Tech murders has been added to the church schedule at 4 p.m. Sunday, but spokeswoman Elizabeth Mullins said the two developments are unrelated.
“No reason was given by Sheryl Crow’s camp for her absence,” Mullins said.
Crow still is expected to attend Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner as a guest of Bloomberg News, as well as perform the next day at George Washington University as part of the Stop Global Warming Tour, according to representatives of both organizations.
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Sheryl Crow's gonna soak up the sun while it's still free.
The cost of global warming is another matter, and that's what brings Crow and environmental activist Laurie David to two local universities this weekend, capping an 11-date "Stop Global Warming College Tour" aimed at inspiring students to become part of the movement.
Saturday's concert at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House will be a 90-minute affair featuring a short performance by Crow and remarks by David, founder of Stopglobalwarming.org and co-producer of the Oscar-winning climate-change documentary "An Inconvenient Truth." There will also be clips from that film and from "Earth to America," a David-produced comedy special, as well as a dialogue with students.
Sunday's concert at George Washington University's Smith Center, doubling as an Earth Day celebration, will have additional guests, including Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Carole King, Bobby Kennedy Jr. and David's husband, producer-comedian Larry David. (As of press time, tickets for both concerts were still available for students, faculty and staff.)
"I feel this is the most important Earth Day that will take place in our lives," Crow said last week from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. "This is a real turning point."
The nine-time Grammy Award-winning artist met Laurie David in November at a birthday party David threw for a mutual friend. Hitting it off, the two followed up with a lunch, at which they hatched the idea of the college tour.
Crow says she had seen "An Inconvenient Truth" and read David's best-selling book, "Stop Global Warming: The Solution Is You!" "In 1990, I toured with Don Henley, who is a very, very committed environmentalist, so I was already very invested in the environmental movement," Crow says. "Laurie and I met over sushi, and both of us were asking the same question: What can we do together to get the message out?
"My answer to everything, of course, is to get a tour bus and take it out to the people, and that's what we did -- a bio-diesel tour bus, of course!"
The tour kicked off April 9 at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Texas was chosen as the starting point because it leads all states in fossil fuel emissions, largely because of heavy industry and an affinity for big pickups. David, who quit a successful career as a television executive, talent manager and producer of comedy specials to become a full-time environmental activist, identifies global warming as a man-made phenomenon caused by carbon dioxide from vehicles, factories and power plants, producing gases that are trapped in Earth's atmosphere and act like a blanket to hold in excess heat. Potential results include drought, rising sea levels, destructive storms and assorted health risks.
So it makes sense for Crow to perform such songs as "A Change Would Do You Good" (climate change excepted), "Everyday Is a Winding Road" and "Soak Up the Sun" acoustically with her longtime guitarist, Tim Smith. They also do a cover of the Beatles' "We Can Work It Out," which could serve as an anthem for the environmental movement.
So far, Crow says, "the reception's been amazing. We feel a little bit guilty over how much fun we've been having on a tour that's supposed to be disseminating information, which it is. Our sole objective is not to be preaching to the converted but hopefully be bringing some people over to the side of protecting the environment and also giving kids some idea of how they can be a part of that movement.
"As we've been telling them, it's not about doing everything, it's about doing something. And there's never been a social movement in this country that has not really, I believe, not only involved college campuses but, in most cases, stemmed from college campuses."
Activism begins at home, she says, even if it's a college dorm. The Web site http://www.stopglobalwarming.org offers simple solutions: Unplugging cellphone and laptop chargers when they're not in use. Buying paper towels and toilet paper made from recycled material. Reusing canvas bags for groceries, instead of plastic bags made from petroleum products. Switching to energy-efficient light bulbs. In fact, Philips Lighting Co. has partnered with the tour, offering students at the shows free compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs in an effort to motivate them to switch to energy-efficient lighting options.
The Web site also serves as a clearinghouse for links to scientific data, an electronic billboard for upcoming events and a sign-up center for the "Stop Global Warming Virtual March." As of Wednesday, more than 715,000 had signed up, with organizers hoping for a million names. Call it grass-roots activism in the Internet age.
On Monday, David and Crow will visit lawmakers on Capitol Hill to urge federal regulatory action to limit human production of greenhouse gases, most notably carbon dioxide emissions.
"It's dire -- it should be above all issues," Crow says. "We've got a good bead on what people are thinking and saying and desiring. We want some change here."
Crow is no stranger to Capitol Hill: She testified at copyright hearings in 2000, and just last month, the breast cancer survivor appeared with lawmakers to lobby for the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act. Crow was hoping to make another Capitol Hill appearance July 7 as part of the worldwide Live Earth concert series organized by Al Gore. The American concert was shifted to New Jersey's Giants Stadium after organizers, who had hoped to stage it on the Capitol's west front lawn, were thwarted by Senate Republicans led by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who said he would block the event, telling the Hill newspaper that "there has never been a partisan political event at the Capitol, and this is a partisan political event." The ranking Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, Inhofe has called climate change "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people."
"It's past debate." Crow says. "It's hardly controversial doctrine. There is global warming, humans are causing it and we have a short window to do something about it. It's absolutely fantastic to me that anybody would be disputing this. When you have 2,000 scientists from all over the world confirming that this is happening, anybody who's dragging their feet on it at this point is irresponsible.
"I feel like people in Washington who are not propagating this, moving this issue forward or doing anything about it are being extremely irresponsible and, I think, unethical by not getting the message out. We have a window of opportunity of about 10 years here, according to all these scientists who have been part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report [issued this month], and these are conservative scientists. It's already proven. Let's get past the debate and start moving forward with this."
On Earth Day on Sunday, the 2006 David-produced documentary on global warming, "Too Hot Not to Handle," will air at various times on several HBO channels, so it's hardly surprising that the college tour is being filmed as well. According to Crow, "We look at this as an opportunity to follow up 'An Inconvenient Truth' with what I feel are strong applications for everyone, ideas for how they can start living a greener life."
That includes musicians making significant changes in how they tour, sort of "Put on Your Green Shows." (In 1993, Crow did background vocals on "Put on Your Green Shoes," a multi-artist album aimed at stimulating awareness of environmental issues and celebrating the beauty of our planet. Among the featured artists was Willie Nelson, one of the first major acts to convert his tour bus to bio-diesel. He now owns his own bio-diesel fuel company.)
Many tours are attempting to go green, "so you're going to see a lot more of this," Crow says.
Meanwhile, the singer is decidedly upbeat about the media attention global warming is getting these days.
"It's interesting -- nine months ago, even six months ago, you weren't seeing even a small percentage of what's being written on the environment like you are now. It's front-page stuff, and magazines have devoted whole issues to it -- from Elle to Vanity Fair [both current issues, with Laurie David having guest-edited Elle], Newsweek and Time, even Sports Illustrated had an issue on it. It's everywhere, and I feel it's our responsibility to educate ourselves and become part of the movement because we live on a living organism. We depend on the Earth's health, and it's becoming sick, and it's going to affect how we live our lives."
Sheryl Crow and Laurie David
Appearing Saturday at 1 at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House and Sunday at 4 at George Washington University's Smith Center
Next: After Live Earth, Crow will perform at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago on July 28, then head back to the studio to finish her next album. The new album will reportedly have more of a country slant than past efforts. "I don't know what people will think it is -- there's definitely some powerful political messages on the record, so we'll see how it fares."
Giovedi' 19 Aprile 2007 / Thursday April 19, 2007
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[NEWS] LIFE FITNESS HONORS SHERYL CROW AS 2007 INSPIRATION ICON
Grammy Winner Symbolizes Health, Fitness and Performance
SAN FRANCISCO (March 29, 2007) – When nominations began for the inaugural Life Fitness Inspiration Icon award, one name arose time and time again – Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow.
“Staying fit for the future isn't just a goal for me; it is who I am,” said Crow “I love working out on Life Fitness products, so it is an honor to be recognized as the 2007 Life Fitness Inspiration Icon. And, if I can inspire others to get active, I know they too will be rewarded with healthier, happier lives.”
A cancer survivor and avid exerciser, Crow is well-recognized as a champion of health and fitness from her side-by-side training blog co-wirtten with friend Gabrielle Reece to her cover story in February's Self Magazine. Life Fitness will announce the award at the 26th Annual IHRSA International Convention & Trade Show in San Francisco.
“Sheryl is an inspiration through her music, through her commitment to fitness and through her resolve to live a healthy life after winning her recent fight against breast cancer,” said Mark McCleary, vice president of marketing for Life Fitness. “We couldn't think of a better recipient for an award that symbolizes everything that Life Fitness stands for – health, fitness and performance.”
Crow utilized the expertise of Life Fitness Academy trainer Greg Bahnfleth who customized a program for her to meet her goals. Her Life Fitness workout includes treadmill, elliptical cross-trainer, upright bike, cable motion strength-training gym and the new Summit Trainer. Crow, an avid runner who is training for several upcoming events, appreciated the cushioned running surface of the treadmill and the intensity of the Summit Trainer.
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Bahnfleth, who will continue developing programs that help Crow achieve her fitness goals, commented on her inspirational presence noting that “She can accomplish anything.”
[NEWS - SGWT] THE DAILY NEWS JOURNAL, MUFREESBORO, TENNESSEE - APRIL 18, 2007
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Crow brings Earth Day message to MTSU
By SAMANTHA E. WILLIAMS
Grammy Award-winning singer Sheryl Crow says the biggest social movements start on college campuses, and that's why she made a stop at MTSU Tuesday to promote awareness of global warming in conjunction with the university's "Earth Day" celebration. Crow and global warming activist Laurie David, founder of Stopglobalwarming.org, visited the school as part of the "Stop Global Warming" College Tour.
The 90-minute presentation included a short performance by Crow, as well as discussion and clips from the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," which David helped produce with former vice president Al Gore. The film recently won two Academy Awards. For Crow, who spent many of her childhood days outdoors, the inspiration to get involved came from a desire to provide a safe, clean environment to future generations.
"If you change one thing, you'll probably change two things, and so on," Crow said. "There is a movement happening."
David said "An Inconvenient Truth" really brought to light the seriousness of the global warming issue and made it understandable.
Many MTSU students were excited to get a chance to see Crow.
"I am excited to see Sheryl Crow. I love her music, and I'm glad to see her focusing on the environment," said graduate student Sontha Strinko.
Junior Carl Caum said he recently became a global-warming activist, and that's one reason he attended Tuesday's event.
"(After seeing the film) I realized just how serious this is," Caum said. "I have been doing my own independent research on the facts."
Others were happy to see MTSU take an initiative to educate students on global warming.
"It's nice to see the university has taken on a global interest and is promoting something environmental," said Senior Andrew White.
The two-week tour began in Dallas April 9 and is making stops at 10 universities throughout the Southeast.
"We wanted to go to a part of the country where people aren't necessarily talking about (global warming)," David said.
Crow and David encouraged students to sign up on www.stopglobalwarming.org to become part of the "Stop Global Warning" virtual march, which will be presented to Congress in Washington, D.C., on April 23. Each person that attended Tuesday's event received a compact fluorescent light bulb from Philips, which sponsored the tour, to encourage them to switch to energy-saving and cost-efficient means in their homes. The college tour stop was in conjunction with MTSU's "Earth Day" festivities which run through Saturday. The festivities also feature information booths set up by student organizations, local bands and Comedy Central comedian Zach Galifianakis.
Martedi' 17 Aprile 2007 / Tuesday April 17, 2007
[NEWS - SGWT] DAILY COMET - APRIL 16
Crist, Crow bring attention to climate change
By BRENDAN FARRINGTON
Associated Press Writer
Singer Sheryl Crow has campaigned for several Democratic politicians, including former presidential nominees John Kerry and Al Gore, but Monday she gave an endorsement of sorts to Republican Gov. Charlie Crist.
Between songs at a rally to stop global warming at the University of Florida, Crow gave a shout out to Crist, who was sitting in the front row.
"Vote for candidates like your governor," Crow told the crowd of about 2,000. "We have to protect our planet."
Crow is on tour with Laurie David, who produced the film on climate change, "An Inconvenient Truth," to rally people to be more energy efficient and raise awareness about global warming. Neither had problems appearing with Crist, who talked about climate in his first State of the State speech in January and is vowing to promote alternative fuels.
"This is not a political issue. I think sometimes the issue gets bogged down in politics and I think there's no time for that at this point. There's no time for debate," Crow said. "We're elated to be aligned with a Republican."
During the rally, David praised Crist for being vocal on the issue.
"This governor has talked more about global warming in his 100 days in office than other governors have in their whole term," she said.
While Crow and David were taking questions from the audience, one man asked to get an answer from Crist on what he's doing to stop new coal plants.
"We're trying to encourage solar, we're trying to encourage wind power, I use an ethanol vehicle in Tallahassee, we're getting solar panels installed at the mansion in Tallahassee," Crist said. "We're trying to lead by example, is the answer."
Crow ended the event with her hit "Soak up the Sun," which clearly pleased Crist, who tapped his foot in time with the music.
"This is a great song for the Sunshine State," he said.
Afterward, Crist said the event was inspirational.
"It raises it to a level of an emergency to a degree which is not inappropriate. It gives all of us pause and the desire to make a difference," he said.
Lunedi' 16 Aprile 2007 / Monday April 16, 2007
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In US Earth Day Prelude, Calls for Greenhouse Gas Cuts
US: April 16, 2007
WASHINGTON - Earth Day seems to have morphed into Earth Week or possibly Earth Season, with more than 1,300 US events that focus on sharp cuts in the greenhouse gas emissions that spur global warming.
Officially, Earth Day is April 22, but demonstrations began on Friday, with a "coffin for coal" march in Washington and a "Billionaires for Coal" protest in New York City, featuring formally suited "billionaires" taking a humorous jab at Wall Street institutions that finance new coal-fired power plants.
These two were among protests arranged in 15 US cities by the Rainforest Action Network in advance of Saturday's national Step It Up 2007 campaign to raise awareness of human-caused climate change.
The brainchild of Bill McKibben, an environmentalist at Middlebury College in Vermont, the campaign is meant to culminate in a day of climate action aimed at cutting carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050.
Rather than a mass march on Washington -- reminiscent of anti-war protests of the 1960s and 1970s -- the campaign called for local events around the country. So far, these include a hike to the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, a march and rally in Seattle and a solar-powered concert and fair in Tucson, Arizona.
"When we were trying to pick a date, we didn't want to do it on Earth Day because we didn't want to step on the events that people would already be planning," McKibben said in a telephone news briefing.
"We were sort of thinking ... one day a year for the Earth doesn't seem to be working out to be quite enough -- maybe we need two and maybe we need a kind of an Earth Week, and I think that's what we're trying to lead into here."
[NEWS - SGWT] THE BIRMINGHAM NEWS (BIRMINGHAM, AL) - APRIL 14
Crow sings, promotes saving energy
By Greg Garrison
Rock singer Sheryl Crow got off her "Stop Global Warming" tour bus Friday afternoon at UAB, flipped her hair down out of a ponytail and immediately started beating her environmental drum.
"I have a fan base," Crow told several reporters gathered to meet her. "I don't take that lightly. I'm very careful about the issues I choose."
Most people come to hear Crow's music. These days, they also get a dose of earnest lectures about the need to drive hybrid cars and use energy-saving fluorescent light bulbs.
"This is the most important movement of our time," she said. Crow refused to answer when asked if she had a boyfriend, but said, "I'm only gonna go out with a guy who drives a hybrid."
Crow has been traveling to college campuses across the country with entertainment executive Laurie David, the wife of "Seinfeld" TV show co-creator Larry David.
David played a video clip of her husband, star of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," riding a horse through Las Vegas with a lantern, shouting, "Global warming is coming," as Elvis impersonators scattered. They also played a clip of Al Gore describing polar bears drowning while looking for ice in the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."
Crow and David urged college students to take at least small steps. "I turn off the faucet when I'm brushing my teeth," Crow said.
She said the tour bus runs on vegetable oil. "We have the weirdest cravings for popcorn all the time."
They are hoping to spark activism in the younger generation to mobilize against global warming.
"We are asking them to make a change," David said. "This is going to impact everyone. The science is all there. This is a problem that is happening now."
Several hundred UAB students in Bartow Arena cheered as Crow played acoustic guitar and sang three of her songs, "A Change Will Do You Good," "Every Day Is a Winding Road" and "Soak Up the Sun." She also played accordion and sang the Beatles' "We Can Work It Out."
She said she has written an environmental message song, as yet untitled, that will be released in the fall. "It's a sweet little rocking global warming song," she said.
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[NEWS - SGWT] THE TIMES-PICAYUNE (NEW ORLEANS) - APRIL 14
Wanna soak up the sun? Then do something about global warming, pop star Sheryl Crow told an audience of college students during an awareness-raising concert tour stop in New Orleans.
By Keith Spera
A spoonful of Sheryl Crow helped the medicine go down.
In front of 400 Loyola University students at the Republic on Thursday night, Laurie David, wife of "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David and a producer of "An Inconvenient Truth," unspooled 25 minutes' worth of sobering statistics and scenarios about the looming danger of global warming.
Then Crow, the self-described Thelma to David's Louise during their cross-country tour of 11 college campuses, leavened the message with a sampling of acoustic hits.
Traveling in biodiesel tour buses, Crow and David are headed to Washington, D.C., to meet with members of Congress. En route, they hope to collect 1 million e-mail addresses in a "virtual march" sponsored by StopGlobalWarming.org -- grass-roots activism in the Internet age.
They met in November at a birthday party that David threw for a mutual friend. They went to lunch, brainstormed and hatched the idea of the Stop Global Warming College Tour.
"At that moment, the message was starting to hit the front pages of newspapers," Crow recalled Friday, after leaving New Orleans for the tour's next stop in Alabama. "Both of us were thinking, 'What can we do?' My answer to everything is, 'Let's get on a tour bus.' "
Crow could be engaged in more lucrative activities -- she is volunteering her time. Is it incumbent on performers to work toward the common good?
"It's a personal decision for me, because it's such a personal issue," Crow said. "I couldn't stay at home if I had the opportunity to do this. So we created the opportunity.
"I feel like the town crier. I feel compelled to be doing as much as I can to educate people as to what is happening and what our role to at least slow the process down should be. That's why I'm out doing this. Because I feel compelled to."
So she and David organized a traveling roadshow through the Southeast, with a documentary film crew in tow. They routed the tour through college campuses, where major reform movements often originate, and certainly involve, students.
By way of introduction Thursday night, David referenced her alter ego, the actress who plays Larry David's fictional wife on "Curb Your Enthusiasm." That character is Larry's "dream wife," Laurie noted. "She's a thousand times nicer to him than I am."
From that point on, she was all business.
The snarky labels often pinned on environmentalists -- "tree-hugger" and the like -- are misleading. The environment threatened by rising temperatures is "not something you drive to or visit," like a national park, David said. "It is a beautiful spring day. Or the air you breathe and the water you drink."
She regionalized her message, citing the loss of bald cypress trees, the erosion of the Louisiana coastline and, of course, Hurricane Katrina.
The difference in acting now or later, David said, is to either endure a car crash at 5 mph, or 50 mph. Even if the extent of the danger is unclear -- and to the overwhelming majority of scientists, the dangers are pretty clear -- improved efficiency and subsequent cost savings are worthy goals. Not everyone can afford a hybrid car. But small gestures, amplified by millions of participants, can help. "It's not about sacrifice," she said. "It's about change."
Such as switching to more energy-efficient light bulbs. Unplugging cell phone and laptop chargers when they're not actually charging something. Buying paper towels and toilet paper made from recycled material. Reusing a canvas bag for groceries, instead of the plastic bags made from petroleum products.
The issue, she emphasized, should be non-political. A screen behind her flashed quotes from Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Barack Obama, D-Ill.
"You don't have to do everything," David said. "But we all have to do something."
Then it was star time. Dressed down in jeans and a short jacket, Crow strolled onstage with longtime guitarist Tim Smith. As she gazed around the Republic, she thought it looked familiar.
"I think we played here," she said. "What was this place called before it was the Republic?"
The Howlin' Wolf.
"No, that doesn't ring a bell."
But Crow has a history with the town. She recorded her second album, 1996's "Sheryl Crow," at Daniel Lanois' now-defunct Kingsway Studio at the corner of Chartres and Esplanade.
On Thursday morning, she made the obligatory pilgrimage to the Lower 9th Ward, mingling with Common Ground volunteers.
"We had a great day, one of those top 10 days in your life," Crow recalled. "I hadn't been to New Orleans since Katrina. It was very moving. You don't get the scope when you're watching TV. If all people could go down there, we'd see a lot more people volunteering to rebuild houses and writing checks. It's an overwhelming experience."
Locals testified firsthand to the effects of a major hurricane.
"I got a sense from the kids we met that they are extremely savvy on this topic," Crow said. "In Texas, at the colleges we've played already, they weren't directly making the correlation between extreme weather and global warming.
There's that misconception that 'global warming' means really nice warm days in December. That's not what it is.
"I felt like the people of New Orleans and the students had made that connection. That warm waters mean huge hurricanes. It's looming. It's nerve-racking."
Onstage, she didn't dwell on doom. Armed with acoustic guitars, she and Smith delivered agreeable versions of "A Change Would Do You Good" and "Every Day Is a Winding Road." Their amusing, brother-and-sister-like banter was born of spending the past 11 years together on the road. Before a spry take on the Beatles' "We Can Work It Out," Crow asked for a volunteer to play tambourine. By chance, she selected Alex Ducro. He graduates from law school in May, but is also the drummer in the local rock band Catch Velvet.
With Crow on accordion and Smith on acoustic, Ducro stood between them with a tambourine and represented.
"He was great," Crow said. "He was the best we've had so far, for sure."
She switched to bass for a final "Soak Up the Sun." Then David returned and the two fielded questions. For the campaign to be effective, it must inspire more than alarm.
"My biggest concern is that people will get so overwhelmed that they'll feel like it's too late to do anything now," Crow said. "That's Laurie's main message -- that it's not about doing everything, but doing something. We do have an opportunity here, and the opportunity must be seized. We only have a window of eight to 10 years until it's not going to be fixable.
"My objective, even though we're being funny, is to get people thinking, and to help change their consciousness about how they live."
Though she plays some of the same songs, Crow is in a much different frame of mind on this particular tour.
"This is a whole different game than just playing music," she said. "I feel there is a real urgency. People that come hear me play in the normal setting aren't going to get the information they're getting now. But I don't know that I'll ever tour again without talking about this. Because this is all around us. It's a part of every breath we take."
[NEWS - SGWT] BILLBOARD MAGAZINE - APRIL 13
Crow Goes Back To School For Environmental Tour
By Jonathan Cohen, NY
Sheryl Crow has headed back to school to dialog with college students about the growing problem of global warming. Crow and environmentalist Laurie David (wife of comedian Larry David) are in the midst of a bio-diesel bus tour through U.S. college campus that visits Birmingham, Ala., tonight (April 13).
The issue is a personal one for Crow, whose family has owned a home on the Gulf Coast of Florida since she was a toddler. "There have been several really bad shark attacks in the last three years up on the Panhandle, which is where our house is," she tells Billboard.com. "Come to find out, from talking to the fisherman, that the cold water was registering at 89 degrees! That's frightening, when you make the correlation between that and Katrina, knowing that warm waters mean colossal storms. It only looks to be worse in the future. That is really what propelled me toward this issue."
At the campus events, Crow is performing songs like "A Change Will Do You Good," "Everyday Is a Winding Road" and "Soak Up the Sun" acoustically with guitarist Tim Smith. "I think we bring a little bit of comedy to the evening, but really, the objective is to light a fire under everybody, to propel this environmental movement," she says. "We open up the floor to questions and answers, to have a dialog with students. We also want people to be part of a campaign toward leadership, and vote for people who are environmentally conscious."
While on the road, Crow and company are being trailed by a documentary film crew. "We're hoping to make a documentary, kind of following up [the Al Gore film] 'An Inconvenient Truth,' about what you can do on a personal level and in your businesses," she says.
The Stop Global Warming College Tour wraps on Earth Day (April 22) in Washington, D.C. The next day, Crow and David "will be up on Capitol Hill, talking to some Congressmen about plans for the future."
As for Crow's own musical future, she was tight-lipped about her next studio album, which will reportedly have more of a country slant than past efforts. "I'm finishing it now and I'm hoping it will be out before Christmas," she says. "There's a song on there I'm hoping will come out first, which is very environmentally conscious, in the tradition of Bob Dylan. That's another objective of mine; I'm really encouraging artists to write about what's going on, because we seem to be very distracted by some lightweight topics. I think it's time to start writing about the reality of what's around us."
"There are a couple of surprises on it," she continues. "Until I'm ready to start talking about it, I'm not going to say very much. But people will be very surprised. I'm working with some very interesting people."
Venerdi' 13 Aprile 2007 / Friday April 13, 2007
[NEWS - SGWT] AL.COM
Activist Laurie David, singer Sheryl Crow get fired up about global warming
by Mary Colurso
Laurie David and Sheryl Crow want you to turn out that unnecessary light in the hallway.
The next time you brush your teeth, make sure the water's not running until you actually need it.
Insulate your water heater. Unplug electronic devices when you're not using them. Bring cloth bags to the supermarket.
And here's a big one: Consider buying a hybrid car.
David, producer of the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth," and Crow, an eco-conscious rock singer, believe that activism begins at home.
They'll be in Birmingham today to warn the public about the dangers of global warming -- and offer practical tips to combat it -- during a 7:30 p.m. appearance at UAB's Bartow Arena.
The free event is part lecture, part rally, part concert. It's also one of 15 dates on a "Stop Global Warming College Tour" aimed at students in the Southeast.
"If people leave this event remembering just one thing, I hope it would be that the problem is urgent and we can solve it," David says.
"I think this is about raising consciousness, as well," Crow adds. "Just doing the smallest act can make a difference."
Global warming, they explain, is a man-made phenomenon caused by carbon dioxide from cars, factories and power plants. These produce gases that are trapped in the Earth's atmosphere and act like a blanket to hold in excess heat. Drought, rising seas, destructive storms, health risks and environmental damage can result.
To make such points without preaching, the women's 90-minute program here will include a music performance by Crow, a zippy talk by David, clips from "An Inconvenient Truth" and segments from the "Earth to America!" comedy show.
Education and entertainment can be a potent mix, says David, the wife of TV's Larry David ("Curb Your Enthusiasm").
"Scientists are not necessarily the best communicators," she says. "I understand this issue and can talk about it in a way that's not too wonky."
David left a successful career as a television executive, talent manager and producer of comedy specials to become a full-time activist focusing on environmental and political topics.
Her resume includes a book about global warming ("The Solution is You: Stop Global Warming - An Activist's Guide"), appearances on several TV talk shows and public-awareness campaigns with senators such as John McCain and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Crow, best known for radio hits such as "Soak Up the Sun" and "Everyday is a Winding Road," says she was pleased to lend her voice to David's cause.
"For me, this is a very personal issue," Crow says. "I find God in nature, and it frightens me when I find things changing so drastically within my lifetime. I get really nervous about what's happening every day when I read the newspapers. I go to Florida and I see people who can't even go in the ocean because the sharks are coming in. The water is too warm for them.
"I feel like I'm less of a celebrity and more of a lay person on this issue," Crow says. "I'm a citizen of the world asking: What is it I can do?"
Plenty of suggestions will be offered at tonight's show and are detailed on David's Web sites, www.lauriedavid.com and www.stopglobalwarming.org. Among her initiatives is a Virtual March on Washington, an effort to unite concerned citizens and lobby legislators via the Internet.
Some, including Birmingham weatherman James Spann, might challenge David's assertion that our day-to-day activities cause global warming. They believe the planet's climate is heating up naturally and is not a cause for concern.
Both sides of the controversy can quote scientific research to support their claims, but according to David, "the debate is long over."
"It's taken a long time for people to connect the dots," she says. "A thousand scientists from 100 countries are in agreement on this one."
David and Crow's "Stop Global Warming College Tour" will end April 22 on Earth Day at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. On April 23, the women plan to lobby the U.S. Congress for laws to ease and prevent global warming.
David says she'll be plain-spoken with any legislator she meets, just as she'll be with ordinary folks in Birmingham.
"Here's one way to think of it," she says. "Would you rather have an accident going 5 miles per hour or an accident going 50 miles per hour? That makes a very clear statement."
General-admission tickets to the "Stop Global Warming College Tour" are available at the UAB ticket office in the bookstore of the Hill University Center, 1400 University Blvd. Doors at Bartow Arena will open at 6:30 p.m. for walk-ups to fill any remaining seats. Call 934-8001 for more information.
Crow, David try to raise awareness on global warming
by Michelle Mathew
Issue date: 4/12/07 Section: Entertainment
Global warming activist Laurie David is terrified with the state of the world.
David and musician Sheryl Crow visited the University yesterday as part of their Stop Global Warming College Tour where David spoke about the realities of global warming and Crow performed three songs.
The University was the third stop for the duo, who is traveling across the Southeastern U.S. in a bio-diesel fueled bus, encouraging college students to do their part to stop global warming.
"We need college students to ignite with this issue," David said.
David said she has many ideas for students to get involved with the movement, including changing light bulbs from incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescent light bulbs, urging schools to go carbon neutral and joining the national movement.
The event, sponsored by the Union Program Council, was at the Union Theater and drew a large number of University students.
David opened the evening's show by sharing facts with students regarding the effects of global warming and telling them that everyone is an environmentalist.
David went on to say that Hurricane Katrina is "just a taste" of what can happen if global warming is not controlled. She said everyone, including those who drive cars and those dependent upon coal and oil, contributes to global warming.
"Louisiana is in danger of losing its state tree, the bald cyprus," she said. "No other issue is going to impact your lives more than global warming."
David said the first step in changing the state of the world is to "change how we think."
"Wouldn't pulling out a plug you're not using be worth more than melting all of Antarctica?" she said.
David then showed the audience a clip from "An Inconvenient Truth," the Academy Award-winning documentary she produced.
"People build movements, and movements move mountains," she said. "This is not a political issue; it's about ethics."
David said it is important to know that this issue of global warming is very real and very serious.
"These are the facts and this is science," she said. "What we do now will effect how much hotter it will get ... The power resides in each and every one of you."
Crow said she got involved with David and the tour after being frightened by the changes she was noticing in the environment.
"I feel compelled to work on this issue," Crow said. "This, for me, is the mother of all issues."
Crow said she has stopped using a blow dryer in order to conserve energy. She also joked about changing the way she dresses.
"I think I'm going to wear my own recyclable clothing line," she said.
Crow performed her songs and asked for a volunteer to come on stage to accompany her and her guitarist on the Beatles' "We Can Work It Out."
Vocal performance junior Leah Davis said she was so excited to be picked to go on stage with Crow and play the tambourine.
"I'm a huge fan [of Crow's]," Davis said. "I'm going to take a lot of the things they talked about home with me. Just because celebrities are taking action doesn't mean we can't either. I mean, we all share the same Earth."
David left the audience with the idea that students can make a difference.
"Students have always been on the forefront with social issues," she said. "The solution is with you."
The Stop Global Warming College Tour left for New Orleans last night and will end its run on Earth Day, April 22, at George Washington University. The duo will then take its message to Congress: The American public wants to see action to stop global warming.
Source: www.lsureveille.com (student newspaper for Louisiana State University)
Giovedi' 12 Aprile 2007 / Thursday April 12, 2007
[STATS] INTERESTING FACTS
# There are 88,967 people in the U.S. with the first name Sheryl.
# Statistically the 563rd most popular first name.
# More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Sheryl are female.
# There are 30,158 people in the U.S. with the last name Crow.
# Statistically the 1170th most popular last name.
There are 9 people in the U.S. named Sheryl Crow.
NB: All numbers estimated based upon statistical and demographic data from US Census Bureau.
[WEBLOG] TEXAS A&M - APRIL 10, BY MYSTI PASQUALE
Well… the most AMAZING thing that could have happened did, last night…
I got home from work and turned on the news. Then I heard them announce, "Sheryl Crow at A&M to play a free concert tonight."
"Oh my GOD!" I said.
I jumped up and ran out of the door to my car. I drove as fast as I could to Rudder Auditorium to see Sheryl.
I got there in enough time to get a ticket.
I was lucky to find a seat in the front row even!
The event was for the "Stop Global Warming College Tour". I got to hear Laurie David (producer of the Al Gore Movie) speak about Global Warming. It was interesting and moving actually. Then Sheryl came out and opened with "A Change will Do You Good". It was spectacular to see her so close up.
Molly, Dallas and I had seen her at the ACL festival a few years ago, but we weren't on the front row and what happened next was something I would have never dreamed of…
"Before the next song," she said, "I need someone to come up and help me play this Tambourine." Before I could even think I was up out of my seat with my hands in the air! she looked over and said, "yes, you in the front row!" and she was pointing at ME!!!!
I get up on stage and half way to shaking hands with my idol I realize, "what the hell am I doing!?" I can't play and instrument, I always say "I can play the radio, that's about it!" She is so amazing and nice she asks, "what's your name?"
"Mysti Pasquale", I say. "Oh, I love that name," she says.
"I love you," I say.
Then she announces to everyone, "This is Mysti Pasquale everyone!" Everyone is clapping. Then she says, "I love the name Pasquale because I used to eat at Pasquale's Pizza growing up, are you related to them?" she asks.
"Umm, no, I don't think so", I say coolly.
"Well that's cool", she says.
Then she picks up the tambourine and shows me the beat. She says "do this beat through the chorus, when the music gets a little low just hang out if you can't follow."
"I will probably be hanging out more than playing anyhow," I said jokingly.
"Okay, that's great," she says with assurance.
So the music starts and I am in so much awe of her and the fact that I am even speaking to her I wasn't even paying attention to the tambourine at first. Then I looked out to the crowed who was cheering and excited. I started to up my game and I guess I was doing a good job. Sheryl kept glancing over to me smiling and I was just standing there hitting the tambourine the best I could to the beat.
What song were we playing? It was a Beatles song, but I have to admit I don't know which one; I was in such a whirlwind of excitement… I was freaking out! At the end of the song I shook the Tambourine in one last ditch effort to do a "good" job.
She said, "Mysti Pasquale everyone!"
I gave her the tambourine and a hug and asked, "can I take a picture?"
"Sure," she said.
We got close like friends do to take an up close picture. I got off stage shaking and almost in tears… I was and still am in SHOCK! I then waited for her at the bus with other fans and she signed her "Very Best Of" album cover that I brought!
This was one of the most amazing nights I have ever had and was more then I could have ever hoped for! I love Sheryl!!!!
Speaking of Pasquale and pizza, I found this post on roadfood.com:
"We had a Pasquales in my small town of Kennett, MO. It was the greatest place to eat. I used to go there for lunch during high school. The stromboli sandwich was great. They were the first pizza place I had ever been to that had a buffett. I don't know if other Pasqaules had that or not, but I'm glad this one did. They had the best little pieces of garlic bread to go with the spaghetti. I was so sad when they closed. I know the man who owned it and for years tried to get him to reopen or at least make me a stromboli sandwich." (dwilcoxson)
Cool, eh? :-)
Mercoledi' 11 Aprile 2007 / Wednesday April 11, 2007
GLOBAL WARMING... IT'S NOT JUST FOR TREEHUGGERS ANYMORE
Tonight I attended the Stop Global Warming College Tour that's being put on by Laurie David and Sheryl Crowe. It was definitely an interesting event, I thought it was spectacular, and more students showed up than I would have expected. There's nothing like having Sheryl Crow perform a few songs for free to draw in the typically conservative masses of Texas A&M. Maybe the face of the university is changing or maybe global warming isn't a bipartisan political issue anymore. Maybe society really does view it as a moral issue. Despite the maybes, there were anti-global warming demonstrators out by fountains, as one would expect.
Although I believe that humans are the primary cause of global warming. I was somewhat disturbed by the video screens that flashed quotes by Jon Bon Jovi, Tony Hawk, Incubus, and The Philidelphia Eagles regarding the state of global warming and what we should do about it. It seems like such a silly thing to get unnerved about, but I think we tread in dangerous waters when we turn any social issue into a pop culture movement. It can be very beneficial to make an issue like global warming popular to the masses by getting famous spokespeople to provide their opinions and communicate to us the science and the policies that shape the issue. My question is, what happens when global warming isn't the hot topic issue anymore? What happens when famous people decide to allocate their time and money to a different cause? I'm not trying to be Debbie Downer here, but as an ecologist and environmentalist, I think it's an important question to ask. Don't get me wrong, I think the global warming march and Step It Up and all of these hip, cultural movements are doing good things and bringing about greater awareness right now. But we also need to be asking, what happens next? How do we sustain this interest and attain the political decisions that are needed regarding this issue? How do we ensure that "the masses" really understands what's at stake and aren't just focusing on global warming because "it's cool" (no pun intended).
So enough ranting. I enjoyed the event, Sheryl Crowe was beautiful, Laurie David is amazing, and I got a free lightbulb and tote bag! Not bad for a Tuesday night in Aggieland.
Sheryl Crow and global warming
Sheryl Crow spoke on Monday about global warming and was completely successful in relating to students her vision, along with Mayors from Dallas, Austin and Arlington. She spoke about the need for Dallas, which is the second most polluting city in the U.S., to create a better environment for it's city and the world. Just as influential with her singing, so she was extremely powerful in her speech as well. She touched on the impact of global warming to universities in particular. She spoke about the need for college kids to make a difference in their communities through small steps like saving energy with different types of light bulbs. Finally, she spoke about how each person can make an impact on our government.
[WEBLOG] GLOBAL WARMING TOUR OR: SHERYL CROW WAS AWESOME
[VIDEO - SGWT] STOP GLOBAL WARMING TOUR WITH SHERYL CROW COMES TO A&M
Only cool people play accordion ;-)
[NEWS - SGWT] SHERYL CROW AIMS OT IGNITE ACTIVISM
From: The Battalion, the Independent Student Voice of Texas A&M (www.thebatt.com)
The heat came to College Station as singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow and global warming activist Laurie David brought their Stop Global Warming College Tour to Texas A&M on Wednesday night.
For Crow, global warming is an issue she has found important for more than a few years. And with the help of David, she now has the resources to make it known.
"It's been an issue that has always been at the forefront of my mind," Crow said. "I worked with Don Hinley in 1999. Since then I've been doing small things, but until 'An Inconvenient Truth' I don't think many of us understood what exactly is going on, and that just really impacted me. Then I met Laurie, and we just took it on the road."
"An Inconvenient Truth," a documentary on global warming produced by David, was made to further promote awareness.
Crow and David said they began their tour with the hope that the enthusiasm of college students would help further the movement for this cause.
"We feel like the biggest part of the movement is here at the college level because of the enthusiasm and the commitment," Crow said. "We're just going to have to keep pulling people into this and make this the most urgent movement that we've experienced in at least our lifetime. To start a great heat wave, metaphorically speaking."
"It's fantastic to talk to people who can really make a difference, who have a loud voice and aren't jaded by everything," David said. Along with David and Crow, Philips Electronics supported the tour by promoting more efficient lighting choices by giving energy efficient, compact fluorescent bulbs to students attending the show.
"We're here to help Laurie and Sheryl get people started," said Paul Simonetti, director of brand communications for Philips Electronics North America. "We're doing this by promoting a program called 'Simply Switch and Save,' which is a program that encourages student to replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs."
Simonetti said the compact fluorescent light bulbs use 25 percent less energy than the more common incandescent light bulb and run for 10 years.
"[The bulbs are so efficient] that if every family replaced one incandescent bulb with one compact fluorescent it would be equal to eliminating the emission from a million cars," she said.
At the closing of the college tour, Crow and David plan to continue their fight against global warming by moving across the United States.
"After we go to Washington with hopefully, a list of a million names who have signed onto the virtual march, [we are going] to take some time to rest, get energized and then keep on going, probably to the Midwest next," Crow said.
With a free light bulb and a free concert, David and Crow asked simply for support and enthusiasm in their fight against global warming.
"Find out what other schools are doing, and get the campus organized," David said. "Start the movement. Start the movement with something you are passionate about. We're emphasizing small steps because we have to change as individuals. This is going to require a shift in consciousness. So start with a change in your individual behavior."
[NEWS] INSIDE SHERYL CROW'S STOP GLOBAL WARMING TOUR
Inside Sheryl Crow's 'Stop Global Warming' Tour
TUESDAY APRIL 10, 2007 05:40 PM EDT
By KC Baker
Life on the road with Sheryl Crow is easy – as long as you wear pajamas.
"There's no sleeping in the nude on the tour bus!" Crow, 45, joked to PEOPLE on the first day of her "Stop Global Warming College Tour," which kicked off Monday at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.
Crow and An Inconvenient Truth producer Laurie David are touring 11 campuses to inform college students about the climate crisis and how they can help stop it. (They also have a documentary team with them filming the tour.)
"Laurie and I just met in November, and now we're sleeping together," Crow said with a laugh. "On a bus in separate bunks!"
On a more serious note, Crow told PEOPLE: "When I learned how serious global warming is, I wanted to do something to help. So when [Laurie] and I were talking about what we could do, well, my answer to everything is to get on the bus and take it to the people, in true troubadour fashion."
And what is Crow doing to be eco-friendly? "I try to wash my clothes in cold water as much as I can," she said. "I turn off lights in rooms that I'm not using. I drive a hybrid. I'm getting solar panels for my house." Joking with her guitarist, Tim Smith, she added, "To save water, I'm only going to shower once a week, like I did when I was a kid – on Saturdays."
She also had her longtime tour bus retrofitted to use eco-friendly biodiesel fuel. "We're in a bus powered by vegetable oil, so we're craving French fries the whole tour," she said.
She began the tour by rocking SMU's packed McFarlin Auditorium, where she also urged students to join the virtual march at Stopglobalwarming.org. "At the end of our journey, we hope to be taking a million marchers with us to Congress to let them know that we demand a change," she told audience members, who were each given an energy-efficient Philips compact fluorescent light bulb.
At a Q&A session after the concert, students asked what they could do to help. Among the tips from Crow and David: Reuse plastic bags, inflate your tires and don't idle your car.
But one hunky student had more pressing matters on his mind: "Are you going to be in Dallas long?" he asked. Laughing, Crow told her longtime guitarist, Tim Smith: "Can you get his number? I don't have any homework to do!"
As the bus pulled away from the SMU campus and headed to Texas A&M in College Station, the group sat around talking about the day's events and munching on Doritos and pizza. "You would think that being on tour with a rock star that there would be a lot of drinking," David said. "Instead there's a lot of eating."
[NEWS - ITA] STOP GLOBAL WARMING TOUR
SHERYL CROW INIZIA TOUR DI SENSIBILIZZAZIONE CONTRO IL GLOBAL WARMING
DALLAS (Reuters) - La cantante Sheryl Crow ha iniziato oggi un tour in autobus che la porterà a visitare alcuni college americani per sensibilizzare gli studenti sul problema del riscaldamento globale.
Crow, vincitrice tra l'altro anche di un Grammy, parlerà del problema ai ragazzi e canterà alcuni dei suoi successi.
"Sono qui perché più approfondisco il tema del riscaldamento globale, più mi sento in dovere di fare qualcosa nel mio piccolo, qualunque cosa sia", ha detto ai giornalisti alla Southern Methodist University di Dallas, dove è cominciato il tour.
Crow -- che nel tour è accompagnata dall'attivista Laurie David -- viaggerà a bordo di un autobus alimentato a biodiesel per raggiungere diversi campus universitari, con l'ultima tappa il 22 aprile a Washington per la giornata dedicata alla Terra.
Come prima tappa invece è stato scelto il Texas per il fatto che è lo Stato americano che produce più emissioni, legate alle numerose industrie presenti nel suo territorio.
Anche altre stelle di Hollywood tra cui Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Redford e Daryl Hannah hanno deciso di sostenere la causa per ridurre le emissioni di anidride carbonica e limitare il fenomeno del cambiamento climatico.
L'ex vicepresidente Al Gore ha contribuito a far conoscere ulteriormente il problema grazie al suo documentario "Una verità scomoda" che ha vinto una statuetta all'ultima edizione degli Oscar.
Fonte: Reuters Italia
MUSICA: SHERYL CROW IN TOUR PER IL SURRISCALDAMENTO DEL PIANETA
LOS ANGELES - Sheryl Crow - ex promessa sposa del campione di ciclismo Lance Armstrong - ha iniziato la sua tourne'e in autobus per le universita' americane per aiutare a creare una coscienza sul surriscaldamento del pianeta. La cantante - che vanta tra i suoi estimatori l'ex capo della Casa Bianca Bill Clinton e che ha vinto diversi Grammy - e' diventata sensibile ai temi sociali dopo aver sconfitto il cancro che l'aveva colpita l'anno scorso. (Agr)
Certo che l'ultima frase e' davvero una grossa cazzata. Quando non si sa cosa scrivere, eh. :-(
The Stop Global Warming College Tour rolled onto the campus of SMU Monday afternoon with a garishly painted bus -- and rock star Sheryl Crow on board. After the obligatory kickoff stage show and news conference, a few reporters and photographers were invited (one station at a time) to the back of the bus for individual interviews with Laurie David (wife of Larry David of Seinfeld and now HBO fame) and Sheryl -- who's always struck me as a decent, down-to-earth type -- oh, so rare in the rock star galaxy. Turns out she is. Very nice. Very petite. Very pretty. Laurie David, equally nice and charming. Good time had by all.
I'm tempted to turn gossip columnist here and share what I've heard from friends in Austin about the Crow/Lance Armstrong romance and breakup. I won't. Suffice to say I've never heard a bad word about Sheryl. To the contrary, she's widely lauded for classy conduct in a very unclassy situation.
Anyway, I'll share some notes from the conversation that did not make it into the TV piece -- which airs at 6 and 9 tonight.
Asked Laurie about whether she thinks Al Gore will jump into the presidential race -- she traveled extensively with the former VP while he promoted his documentary on global warming. She thinks he will jump in later. She thinks Gore/Obama would be the best Democratic ticket.
Asked Sheryl if the tour was costing her money -- yes, she's turned down some dates but not a big deal. I teased her about being intimidating -- rock star and all. Laurie called her "the nicest rock star in the world." Sheryl said no. She claims Jon Bon Jovi is. Never met him but I'll take her word.
Sheryl promised four songs during the free concert. The rest of the time will be taken up with various pitches for getting involved in the cause of Global Warming. 7:30 tonight at McFarlin Auditorium. Free. Ten more universities over the next two weeks with the same drill -- all ending up in Washington D.C.
President Bush has begun to acknowledge the existence of a global warming problem of late and was not called out by either woman -- in fact, they made a point of emphasizing that Arlington physician/Mayor Dr. Bob Cluck was there and that he is a conservative Republican.
But they did go after Governor Perry who remains admantly on the other side of the issue. Laurie David used some of her time to slam the governor on that -- and for trying to "fast track coal plants."
They also noted that they are traveling on a "carbon responsible" bio-diesel bus, which runs on vegetable oil, and emits an odor that, apparently, has given both of them cravings for popcorn.
April 22 is “Texas Day” at the National Cathedral, and to celebrate, Sheryl Crow will perform at one of the two services that day in honor of the Lone Star State.
Just in case you’re wondering, yes, all the other 49 states get their special day at the Cathedral too. The states rotate “major state day” celebrations and are honored about once every four years.
But “Texas celebrations, which draw large numbers of pilgrims from the state as well as natives who now live and work in the Washington area, have been among the most noteworthy at the National Cathedral,” according to a press release Monday.
[REVIEW] BILLBOARD MAGAZINE // VINCE GILL & SHERYL CROW - "WHAT YOU GIVE AWAY"
This stately ballad is the second single from "These Days," Vince Gill's four-disc, 43-song platinum collection. Previous single "The Reason Why" earned Gill a Grammy Award for best male country vocal, his 18th such honor. Needless to say, the gifted singer/songwriter/musician hasn't lost his creative spark. The poignant "What You Give Away" is a challenge to how we live our lives and treat those around us: "You know there's gonna be a judgment day, so what will you say? No matter what you make/All you can take is what you give away." Gill's eloquent vocal is complemented by guest Sheryl Crow, and when the choir joins, it's heaven on earth. —Deborah Evans Price
Lunedi' 9 Aprile 2007 / Monday April 9, 2007
THE CONSPIRATOR FROM NASHVILLE
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[AUDIO INTERVIEW] RING OF FIRE - SHERYL TALKS ABOUT SGW TOUR - APRIL 7TH, 2007
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"The first task is to get to Nashville and on landing pick up a a hi-def video camera, a bass amp, a rental car and a Starbucks. Not necessarily in that order and as long as I am not hampered by an uncanny ability to get lost in the Metro Nashville area I hope to get settled, at least by sundown.
I’ve been asked to film Sheryl working in her studio with some fairly important people. Some we’ve met before etc. Progress in the recording department has been steady. Two weeks ago in a four day break in between comittments the band flew in and they recorded six tracks. More than one of them stand apart from the rest, with melodies and sharp life observant lyrics that Sheryl is known for.
More recently Sheryl has a different team on hand and the results have the potential to be more than just interesting. Anyway the idea is to capture it on film, both moving and still, and we’ll see what happens with it."
Pic 1: A singer, a producer and a drummer once met on Tuesday Nights only; Pic 2: Playing the Wurly (not pictured); Pic 3: Sheryl doing vocals; Pic 4:The old sticker bass
Pictures and captions by Chris Hudson
OMG!!!! Bill Bottrell and Brian MacLeod!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe my eyes!!!! *___*
Saturday 7 April 2007
Pic by Chris Hudson
[VIDEO] ABC NEWS - STOP GLOBAL WARMING TOUR / INTERVIEW
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[NEWS] LIVE AT THE FREESCALE TECHNOLOGY FORUM AMERICA 2007
After the pre-party reception in the FTF Technology Lab on Wednesday night (6:30 p.m.—7:30 p.m.), jump on one of our shuttle buses and head over to Hard Rock Live for the FTF Americas 2007 event party with an exclusive performance from Sheryl Crow.
Sheryl Crow is a nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer, guitarist, bassist, and songwriter. She first exploded on to the pop music scene in 1993 and has brought the world such hits as “All I Wanna Do,” “Every Day is a Winding Road,” “My Favorite Mistake,” and “Soak Up the Sun."
Last night, Hollywood environmentalist Laurie David asked me to screw. Screw in a lightbulb, that is.
Actually, she asked everyone at Elle magazine's big green issue party at Boulevard3 in Hollywood to go home and use the eco-friendly Philips bulb found in our gift bags. "Go home and change a lightbulb," David said. "And then tell three friends to do it."
David, one of the Oscar-winning producers of Al Gore's global-warming documentary An Inconvenient Truth, will hit the road on Monday for the Stop Global Warming College Tour, a two-week bus tour of college campuses with Sheryl Crow. David admitted she is a bit nervous about living on the bus with Crow, because they're new friends who don't know each other too well.
"There's no one more fun to be with on a bus than me," Crow said. "Just ask most of the men I ever met on the road."
Crow sang four songs, including one of my favorites, Cat Stevens' "The First Cut Is the Deepest."
Meanwhile, Elle's editor in chief, Robbie Meyers, promised David that there would be a third green issue next year.
Also at the party were David's husband, Larry David, Gabrielle Reece, Weeds star Kevin Nealon, An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim and his wife, Elisabeth Shue, Maggie Grace and singer KT Tunstall, who also performed.