NEWS JANUARY 2010

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Domenica 31 Gennaio 2010 / Sunday January 31, 2010

[PICS] MUSICARES PERSON OF THE YEAR - SHERYL CROW INTERVIEW



 

[PICS] 52ND ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS - SALUTE TO ICONES HONORING DOUG MORRIS

 


BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 30: Sheryl Crow and Taylor Swift at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY
Awards - Salute To Icons Honoring Doug Morris held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 30, 2010 in
Beverly Hills, California. Photo by Kevin Mazur.

Photo1&2: red carpet;
Photo 3: Sheryl with Richie Sambora;
Photo4: with Taylor Swift
Photo 5: with Katy Perry (L) and Taylor Swift (R)

 

Sabato 30 Gennaio 2010 / Saturday January 30, 2010

[LIVE REVIEW] 2010 MUSICARES (USA TODAY)

By Edna Gundersen, USA TODAY

LOS ANGELES — Friends and disciples led Neil Young on a journey through the past, singing his songs and his praises at the 20th annual MusiCares gala Friday night.

"He made the free world a better place to rock in," said actor/musician Jack Black, host of the benefit at the Los Angeles Convention Center. "Long may Neil run."

Named 2010's Person of the Year, Young, 64, was celebrated for his artistic and philanthropic contributions, especially his longtime commitment to Farm Aid and the Bridge School for children with severe speech and physical disabilities.

The Recording Academy charity event, which provides financial and medical and assistance to musicians in need, drew a record crowd of more than 2,200, including such brand names as Jeff Beck and Brian Wilson.

Black discouraged civilians from confronting celebrities with convoluted tales of adoration. "Keep it caveman," he said.

The stage served up a steady parade of stars, starting with John Mellencamp, joined by T Bone Burnett on guitar, performing a brawny version of Down By the River. Ozomatli's Mr. Soul, a brassy, bruising slice of psychedelic Latin rock, followed, and then the mood turned mellow with Jackson Browne's Don't Let It Bring You Down and a duet of Long May You Run by Stephen Stills and Sheryl Crow.

Stills returned for Crosby, Stills & Nash's Human Highway, and Crow reappeared for one of the evening's high points, a rendition of Helpless with Elton John, Leon Russell and Neko Case.

"As a philanthropist and humanitarian, you're one my heroes," said John, who spoke of Young's early support and generosity. "I'll never forget your kindness."

Ballads and midtempo tunes dominated the bill: Only Love Can Break Your Heart performed by Lady Antebellum, Tell Me Why by Norah Jones, Lotta Love by Jason Mraz and Shawn Colvin. The twangy harmonies of Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin and Lucinda Williams graced Comes a Time.

Introducing the harrowing The Needle and the Damage Done, Dave Matthews said, "Death is a wicked way for life to remind us how precious it is."

Rising band Everest turned Revolution Blues into Dylanesque punk. Elvis Costello, reminiscing about hearing early Young tunes on Radio Luxembourg, played The Losing End (When You're On).

Wilco, providing another peak moment, delivered an impassioned Broken Arrow that built to a cacophonous climax. Ben Harper, on acoustic slide guitar with three backup singers, revived protest tune Ohio. And Keith Urban and John Fogerty joined forces on a rollicking Rockin' in the Free World.

Not every effort soared. James Taylor's Heart of Gold felt unrehearsed, Dierks Bentley's flavorless Cinnamon Girl had none of the original's charm. And the Red Hot Chili Peppers' off-key A Man Needs a Maid lumbered. As for Josh Groban's formal treatment of Harvest Moon: bad fit.

In a live auction, Elton John coughed up $12,000 for the chance to sing background vocals on Brian Wilson's next album. Afterward, Black began to improvise, first with his shoes, which fetched $500.

"It has arch supports," he said. "Those are not included. I'll give you the socks later."

Next he offered his tie. "Flowers, colors — 50 bucks?"

A fan paid $100. And finally:

"Who wants my pants?" he said, dropping his trousers to reveal red boxers. He warned the cameraman, "Don't go close up!"

Black hoisted a large sign that Young had created backstage for performers. It read: "Just do what you want to do. Don't listen to anyone else."

"This should get more than my shoes," Black said.

Sure enough. Young agreed to sign it, and a bidder paid $20,000.

The flustered honoree took the podium and thanked the night's many musicians.

"I forgot how many songs I've written," Young said. "It's been a great night. Wore me out."

He expressed discomfort in gazing back, that it's difficult to recognize the prolific young artist who wrote Broken Arrow. And he wonders what's left in his quiver.

"I listen to some of those songs — who was that guy?" he said. "Look at Tony Bennett. He rocks. I look at that man and say, 'I can do this.' I'm going to keep on going, and I hope you do, too."

Source: USA Today, January 30, 2010

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[PICS] 2010 MUSICARES - RED CARPET - NEW PHOTOS


For Kevin! :-)

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[PICS] 2010 MUSICARES - RED CARPET, SHOW AND BACKSTAGE

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Sheryl Crow onstage at the 2010 MusiCares Person Of The Year Tribute To Neil Young at the Los Angeles Convention Center on January 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California (Photos by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)


John Mellencamp, Jack Black and Sheryl

[ GO TO PHOTO GALLERY 1 - RED CARPET ]

[ GO TO PHOTO GALLERY 1 - SHOW ]

[ GO TO PHOTO GALLERY 1 - BACKSTAGE ]

 

Venerdi' 29 Gennaio 2010 / Friday January 29, 2010

[PICS] 2010 MUSICARES - REHEARSAL - JANUARY 28, 2010


Sheryl with Stephen Stills at the 2010 MusiCares person of the year tribute To Neil Young rehearsals held at the Los Angeles Convention Center (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)


Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage


Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage


... the first sign is the deepest...

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Giovedi' 28 Gennaio 2010 / Thursday January 28, 2010

[VIDEO] GREEN CAR CHALLENGE: POST-RACE INTERVIEW

 


[NEWS] ARTISTS FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE FUNDRAISING EVENT

One-day effort raises 4 million at Haiti Relief brunch hosted by Paul and Deborah Haggis

Held at the home of director Paul Haggis, the celebrity-packed charity brunch was hosted by Artists for Peace and Justice (the charity he founded in 2009) and raised four million dollars for Haiti.

One hundred friends and supporters of APJ pledged to support the disaster-stricken nation over the next five to ten years, committing funds to building and funding schools, in a country where most children don’t have access to basic education.

Guests included APJ advisory board members, Charlize Theron, Josh Brolin, Maria Bello, Olivia Wilde, Jimmy-Jean Louis and Madeleine Stowe.

Moby, Sheryl Crow, Macy Gray and Jackson Browne each gave live performances.

Attendees were asked to make a minimum donation of $5000. A live connection was established at the event that gave guests the opportunity to chat with doctors and relief workers on the ground in Haiti, allowing them to hear first-hand about the progress being made.

In addition to the $5000 minimum donation, guests contributed not only dollars towards the current relief effort, but also pledged to support Haiti in the long-term.

What is Artists for Peace and Justice?

Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ), established in early 2009, is a fundraising effort founded by Paul Haggis and friends that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty and enfranchisement in communities around the world. Over the past year, APJ has directed its efforts to raising enough funds to fully sponsor three schools in Haiti in support of the initiatives of Father Rick Frechette and his team. These schools aren't just a place to learn but provide for a hot meal, clean water and a chance at the future to children who desperately need it. Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, APJ has focused its efforts on raising much needed funds for emergency relief efforts in the ravaged country that is only a few hours from our shores.

About Father Rick Frechette

For the past 22 years Father Rick Frechette has worked in the slums of Haiti. He came to the country as a priest and soon saw that what they needed more was a doctor. He began studying for his degree and continued working in the slums of Port-au-Prince on the weekends. The earthquake has devastated many of Father Rick's projects including both of his hospitals and an orphanage. Details are still coming in but for a country that suffers so much, these losses are devastating beyond belief.

Artists for Peace and Justice Advisory Board

Paul Haggis, Maria Bello, Josh Brolin, James Franco, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Natasha Koifman, Diane Lane, Michael Stahl-David, Oliver Stone, Madeline Stowe, Charlize Theron, Peter Tunney and Olivia Wilde.

For more information on Artists for Peace and Justice, please visit www.artistsforpeaceandjustice.com.

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Martedi' 26 Gennaio 2010 / Tuesday January 26, 2010

[NEWS] FOX RIVERSIDE CONCERT: CONTROVERSIES AND RANTS ABOUT THE MEDIA COVERAGE

- LINK 1 (Share and Save - The Press Enterprise)
- LINK 2 (Editorial - The Press Enterprise)
- LINK 3 (No Depression - alt.country and americana magazine)
- LINK 4 (www.instantriverside.com)

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[NEWS] ART & MUSIC @ THE FOX RIVERSIDE

Check it out
http://www.gregoryadamson.com/blog/?p=160

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[LIVE REVIEW] RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 22, 2009


pic by cheryl/facebook

Here's an enthusiastic review from Jason Gastrich, a real fan of Ms. Crow:

Excerpt: I had a 4th row seat in the middle section of the show. I was super close and the bassist was on my side with Sheryl in the middle (duh). I was impressed with her vocals and her ability to alternate playing the bass guitar, electric guitar and acoustic guitar while singing on every song! She’s a very talented musician! She also reminded me that music is about feelings, but more on that later.

My Favorite Mistake is one of my favorite songs. The intro guitar lick is grabbing and her cooing brings us to the poetry very nicely. Sheryl sings about stuff – which is cool. I hear beautiful stories (and sad stories) about things she has encountered. I like her tidbits of wisdom along with her sincerity, transparency and emotion. I had always chuckled inside at the song My Favorite Mistake and I could tell at the show that it was a serious song to her, so the song is a little different to me now.

The concert was so good that I’ve been listening to most of her catalog since. My iPod has 112 Sheryl Crow songs and I’ve found there are a number of other great songs. I like how they tend to feature different instruments in different songs. The off-the-hook bass line you’ll be humming in your sleep opens Leaving Las Vegas. The super catchy, gotta pick up my guitar and find the intro/main hook in Soak Up the Sun is sweet. And anyone who has the guts to “Tell everyone to lighten up” puts a smile on my face!

Before the show, I don’t think I ever heard Love is Free. Wow, that capoed acoustic guitar riff (the bassist played in concert) is really cool… and I’m gonna have to find it now. Hope it doesn’t delay this paper too long. I’ll put the link to the YouTube video right here when I get back…

“All I wanna do is have some fun!” Yes! Tell me about it. And she does. All with some sweet glass (or is it sweet ass?), slide guitar and a bouncy bass line.

During the show, there was a song where Sheryl Crow, guitarist Steve Stroud and their bassist played the same style Fender electric guitar! I can’t remember the name of that song because I think it was one I was unfamiliar with. I did think it was in interesting idea, though… and I’m of course partial to Fender because I own an American Fender Strat that only keeps sounding better and better.

The full review @ http://mylifebeach.blogspot.com/2010/01/sheryl-crow-concert-and-band-review.html

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Sabato 23 Gennaio 2010 / Saturday January 23, 2010

[PIC] SHERYL & NICOLE


Photo: Handout/Getty Images

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[LIVE REVIEW] SHERYL CROW OPENS THE FIRST NIGHT OF ENTERTAINMENT AT THE FOX

By VANESSA FRANKO
The Press-Enterprise

Excerpt from: http://www.pe.com

The Fox Performing Arts Center in downtown Riverside opened with the cheers of a nearly sold-out crowd Friday night as Sheryl Crow took the stage at the recently renovated venue.

Music lovers nearly filled the Fox's 1,600 seats as the singer-songwriter kicked off the season of programming at the city-owned theater. Crow will perform again tonight.

Concertgoers expressed excitement at seeing the theater, which cost $32 million to refurbish, as well as seeing Crow.

Josh Maldonado, of Grand Terrace, wanted to surprise his wife, Katie, who is a fan of Crow, with tickets.

He said the nostalgia of the theater attracted him as well as it being close to home.

As the crowd entered, people explored the lobby, the new bar and the theater's various levels.

Crow shot to stardom in the mid-1990s, selling millions of albums with hits such as "All I Wanna Do," "If It Makes You Happy" and "Everyday Is a Winding Road."

Tim Heinige, of Moreno Valley, and his mother Nancy are big fans and were excited to see Crow in an intimate venue that didn't require going to Orange County, Long Beach or Los Angeles.

"I've always hoped they would do something with this," he said of the Fox.

The singer, who performed on the "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief" telethon on Friday with Keith Urban and Kid Rock, will donate the net proceeds from her Fox performances to Partners In Health and World Vision, both in Haiti providing relief to earthquake victims. The show also was a benefit for the American Cancer Society.

Crow took the stage at 8:45 p.m., wearing a black tank top with spaghetti straps, black pants and black boots.

She started her opening number, the hit "A Change Would Do You Good," playing an acoustic guitar with a strap studded with rhinestones, backed up by a four-piece band and two singers.

Singer-songwriter Lakin opened with an acoustic set, her voice ringing through the Fox. She was well-received by the audience, who cheered after every song.

Source: http://www.pe.com


[PICS] HOPE FOR HAITI NOW


AP Photo/Mark Davis/Hope for Haiti Now


AP Photo/Mark Davis/Hope for Haiti Now


AP Photo/Mark Davis/Hope for Haiti Now

VIDEO - LEAN ON ME

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[NEWS] SHERYL CROW TO DONATE FOX PROCEEDS TO HAITI

By Vanessa Franko on January 22, 2010 2:07 PM

Sheryl Crow will join Keith Urban and Kid Rock for the "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief" tonight.

She's also opening the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside this weekend with a show tonight and one tomorrow night.

She will donate all net proceeds from both performances to Partners In Health and World Vision, two organizations on the ground in Haiti providing relief to victims of the deadly earthquake.

"I, like all of us, feel helpless to know what to do to make things better for the people of Haiti. I am blessed to be able to donate my concert proceedings to Partners in Health and the World Vision organizations. I encourage every person to give what they can," she said in a press release that was sent out about the donation.

Also, her performance with Urban and Kid Rock will be available for purchase on iTunes as of Saturday, with proceeds going to Hope for Haiti Now charities.

Source: http://blogs.inlandsocal.com

 

Mercoledi' 20 Gennaio 2010 / Wednesday January 20, 2010

[CHARITY] SHERYL TO ATTEND "SAVE THE DATE" FUNDRAISER GALA


[NEWS] SHERYL JOIN HAITI TELETHON LINEUP

Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Sting, and Keith Urban are among the artists who will perform on Friday night’s (January 22) Hope For Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relieftelethon, which will be televised, started at 8:00 p.m. EST.

The two-hour event will be televised on all of the major networks as well as on MTV, VH1, BET, CNN, CMT, PBS, Bravo, and a number of other networks. The telethon will also be streamed live online.

Haitian native Wyclef Jean will host the show from New York City; George Clooney will host from Los Angeles, California; and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will report from Haiti.

Jay-Z will perform from London, England, where he will be joined by Bono, The Edge, and Rihanna in a joint performance. Coldplay will also perform from London.

New York’s lineup includes Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Sting, Shakira, Blige, and Jean. Swift, Urban, Kid RockDave Matthews, Timberlake, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, and Sheryl Crow will perform in Los Angeles, where Rock and Crow will sing together.

Starting Saturday (January 23), the night’s performances will be available for purchase via iTunes for 99 cents each. All proceeds will go to Haiti relief.

Source: MTV

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Venerdi' 15 Gennaio 2010 / Friday January 15, 2010

[NEWS] AMERICAN VI: "REDEMPTION DAY" CONFIRMED!

Well, confirmed is an understatement ;-)

From Vanity Fair

"...there will be a Cash original ("First Corinthians"), the title track (a traditional gospel tune) and a version of Sheryl Crow's "Redemption Day." The latter, says Rubin, "is a song [Cash] brought in and loved. He said he'd give up all the other songs just to be able to do that one; it was his favorite, content-wise."

Wow! That's REALLY flattering :-)

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Lunedi' 11 Gennaio 2010 / Friday January 11, 2010

[NEWS] AFTER CAMPAIGNING FOR OBAMA, SHERYL CROW AT ODDS OVER HIS ADMINISTRATION'S HORSE PLAN

By Martin Griffith (CP) – 6 hours ago

RENO, Nev. — Sheryl Crow has spoken out against the war in Iraq and in support of embryonic stem-cell research and efforts to combat global warming. Now, the singer is trying to ride to the rescue of thousands of wild horses that roam the American West.

After campaigning for President Barack Obama in 2008, the Grammy-winning singer has become a leading critic of his administration's plans to remove as many as 25,000 mustangs from the range and ship them to pastures in the Midwest and East.

Since coming out in favour of a moratorium on government roundups of mustangs in November, Crow has lobbied Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, dropped off books and DVDs about wild horses for Obama at the White House and appeared in a video produced by equine activists.

To no avail, she also called on the president to halt a roundup of about 2,500 mustangs in Nevada, which began late last month as part of the administration's strategy to remove thousands of mustangs from the range.

"My main concern is that horse numbers not be dwindled down to where they can become extinct," she said, fearing the roundups are leaving mustang herds with too few breeding horses.

The government says the number of wild horses and burros on public lands in the West stands at nearly 37,000, about half of them in Nevada. It believes the number that can be supported on the range is about 26,600.

An additional 34,000 wild horses already live away from the range in federal-run corrals and pastures. Those are nearly full at a growing cost.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Crow said the romantic symbols of the American West are being sacrificed, in part, because of ranchers' drive for land. She disputed the government's position that booming mustang numbers are threatening the horses with starvation, and harming arid rangelands and native wildlife.

"I think there has to be a better way than taking them away from their native lands," she said by phone from New York. "I feel so passionate about the issue because wild horses are one of the last remaining ties to the land as it was and our history in America."

The 47-year-old rocker became acquainted with the issue when she rode an adopted wild horse named Smokey in Colorado's Sangre de Cristo Mountains in July 2006, several months after she and cycling champ Lance Armstrong broke off their engagement.

Crow was joined on rides there by friends, including Ginger Kathrens, executive director of the horse-advocacy group Cloud Foundation based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Kathrens is an Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced programs for the Public Broadcasting Service on a wild stallion named Cloud.

"Sheryl fell in love with the mustangs," Kathrens recalled. "We sat and talked about how we were losing the mustangs (to government roundups). She asked, 'What can I do to help?"

Kathrens credited Crow for "jump-starting" the movement for a roundup moratorium and bringing widespread media attention to the issue. Nearly 150 organizations have endorsed the request. "Sheryl is a big star and when she says this is something we should be doing the media perks up," Kathrens said.

Since the rides in the Sangre de Cristos, Crow has adopted a wild mustang named Colorado. She has 20 other horses on her ranch near Nashville, Tennessee.

"I was the kid who asked for a horse every year, but we didn't have the backyard for one," the Kennett, Missouri, native said. "Now, I ride every day I'm at the ranch. It's a very spiritual connection riding a horse."

Salazar said Crow's passion for horses came across in a phone conversation last month, which he initiated at the urging of his staff after she called for the moratorium. "I told her we didn't know we had the right solution here, but it was the solution we were offering and if there were other ideas we would be happy to entertain those ideas," he said.

Crow said she was pleased that Salazar pledged to open lines of communication with equine activists, but disappointed he ignored her plea to halt the roundups. While she will continue to press for the moratorium, she has no plans to talk to Obama. "He has enough on his plate," she said.

Meanwhile, there are other celebrities pushing the cause, including Willie Nelson, Lily Tomlin, Bill Maher and Ed Harris.

Ron Cerri of the Rebel Creek Ranch near Orovada, Nevada, said Crow and the other celebrities are "outsiders" who are unfamiliar with problems caused by the mustangs. He supports the administration's plan, saying the horses are hurting the range, native wildlife and livestock because they can double in population every four years.

"It's not only about the health of the range and the resources, but the health of the horse herds," said Cerri, who is president of the Nevada Cattlemen's Association. "It disappoints me it's not a consideration to them. It's an emotional issue to them."

Associated Press reporter Judith Kohler in Denver contributed to this report.

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Giovedi' 7 Gennaio 2010 / Thursday January 7, 2010

[NEWS] MARDI GRAS AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS

Akon, Sheryl Crow Among Universal Orlando Mardi Gras Performers

Orlando, FL, United States (CNS) - Universal Orlando has announced the line-up for their annual Mardi Gras festivities. Now in its 15th year, this year's Mardi Gras at the blockbuster theme park and resort will include superstar acts like Akon, Sheryl Crow, Blondie, and Dierks Bentley.

Mardi Gras at Universal Studios kicks off Saturday, February 6th with returning performers KC and the Sunshine Band. On Saturday, February 13th, Heart return to Universal to perform their hits like "Alone" and "Barracuda" at Mardi Gras once again, while Kool & the Gang join the line-up for another year, performing on Saturday, February 20th.

Mardi Gras will also bring some top country acts to the bill. CMA Award Winner Dierks Bentley performs on Saturday, February 27th, while #1 Country artist Miranda Lambert performs on Saturday, March 20th.

Current chart-toppers Akon and Flo Rida also hit the new Music Plaza in Universal Studios for Mardi Gras. "Sexy B----" singer Akon will perform Saturday, March 6th, while the Florida-native Flo Rida will perform Saturday, April 10th.

Music icon Sheryl Crow will perform Friday, April 9th, while soul diva Aretha Franklin performs Saturday, March 13th.

Mardi Gras celebrates its 15th year with the live entertainment, parades, Cajun cuisine, and tons of beads that has made it the biggest Mardi Gras celebration outside of New Orleans. The Mardi Gras concerts are included with admission to Universal Studios. Special After 5pm Mardi Gras tickets will also be available for admission to concerts and festivities.

Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort 2010

Full Line-Up:

* Sat., Feb. 6: KC and The Sunshine Band
* Sat., Feb. 13: Heart
* Sun., Feb. 14: Kool & the Gang
* Sat., Feb. 20: Blondie
* Sat., Feb. 27: Dierks Bentley
* Sat., March 6: Akon
* Sat., March 13: Aretha Franklin
* Sat., March 20: Miranda Lambert
* Sat., March 27: 3 Doors Down
* Sat., April 3: Beach Boys
* Fri., April 9: Sheryl Crow
* Sat., April 10: Flo Rida
* Sat., April 17: Chicago

Source: Celebrity News Service Reporter


Martedi' 5 Gennaio 2010 / Tuesday January 5, 2010

[PIC] GEETAR BABE