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The singer has obtained a temporary restraining order against a 45-year-old man, who, she claims, was ranting about her on Facebook and ultimately told an employee at the Screen Actors Guild in Los Angeles that he was going to shoot Crow.
According to Crow, it appeared that Phillip Gordon Sparks "was deeply disturbed because his posts were delusional, rambling, filled with profanity and laced with angry rants."
The Grammy winner states that, according to what she heard from her personal manager, Sparks started writing about her on Facebook and online fan forums in April, accusing her of breaking into his home to look for his gun, as well as "filming him surreptiously," trying to get him arrested and stealing money from him.
Sparks also claimed that Crow and movie producer Harvey Weinstein were harassing him to keep quiet about a failed reality show, according to anecdotes from his posts included in Crow's filing.
"All of these allegations are, of course, totally false," she says in her TRO petition, filed last Tuesday in L.A. Superior Court.
She says she was compelled to take action when she heard that Sparks had gone to the SAG office about a week ago and told someone he would "just shoot [Crow]."
The 50-year-old mother of two, who revealed last month that she's been living with a benign brain tumor, also sought protection for her immediate family, in-laws, nanny, assistant and managers.
A hearing is scheduled for Aug. 14 on whether to make the temporary order permanent.
Flight For Life Colorado officials, KBCO staff and promoters with AEG Live gathered at the helipad at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood this morning to announce the show, which will also mark the 35th anniversary of the popular Triple A radio station.
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By Heather Youmans
Nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow performed at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa Wednesday evening, treating a near-sold out crowd to 80 minutes in folk-rock heaven.
Opening act Honey Honey — a cross between KT Tunstall, the Civil Wars, and Mumford and Sons — set the tone with their bluegrass-inspired tunes.
Crow performed with feeling and vitality.
She sang beautiful and moving renditions of all the favorites: "All I Wanna Do," "Leaving Las Vegas," "My Favorite Mistake," "The First Cut is the Deepest," a cover of Cat Stevens's song, "Strong Enough," "Soak up the Sun," "Everyday Is A Winding Road," "Can't Cry Anymore" and "Real Gone," which is featured on the "Cars" soundtrack.
Later in the evening, she brought out longtime friend and Southern California-based songwriter Jeff Trott, who joined her on guitar for "If It Makes You Happy," one of the many hits they wrote together.
Occasionally, Crow threw in a few obscure pieces like "Home" and "Members Only," which she wrote about Saddam Hussein launching missiles at New York, according to an earlier performance.
Also included was "Best of Times," about the supposed end of the world in December, off her soon-to-be-released and yet-to-be-named album.
"God knows when it's gonna come out," Crow said. "I am gonna wrestle that mother to the floor and then I'm going to get a record deal."
The tune was undeniably rooted in bluegrass and acoustic folk music. Her Motown influences, such as the Jackson Five, Al Green, Sly and the Family Stone, and Stevie Wonder, were also apparent in the writing.
The latter is no surprise considering Crow first reached the spotlight as a back-up singer with Michael Jackson.
But after Crow played the new song in between two hits, it was obvious the writing could not measure up to the memorable melodies found in her best-sellers.
Through it all, Crow maintained her signature sound. Her voice was surprisingly agile for a singer-songwriter, usually known for enigmatic, pleasantly imperfect voices, but not necessarily for technique. Although Crow's vocals tend to be laid-back, she chose her powerful, bluesy moments wisely.
Those few impressive, gritty licks showcased the ping in her upper register. However, a good portion of her songs rested in the lower register, which was muddy sounding in the monitors, while the harmonica playing was piercing.
Crow took some improvisational liberties, which the audience accepted. But still, some nuances were left out and weak parts of her register were exposed as vocal fatigue set in — most notably in "Soak up the Sun."
Fatigue is understandable, considering Crow sang almost the whole time and spoke very little.
When she did speak, she was warm and inviting. She made her performance personal, interacting with the audience and sharing things about her own life.
When she's not on the road, Crow resides in Nashville with her two children, ages 2 and 5. Her kids don't know what she does and they don't care, she said.
In fact, the family took a trip to Disneyland before the concert.
"You think the Sheryl Crow tour is all sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll right?" she joked. "It's more like bottles, diapers and wiping snot."
She gained more of a rapport with the audience when she got out from behind her instruments (guitar, keyboard and harmonica), and started clapping her hands and dancing around the stage.
Crow is the ultimate female front woman, a true show woman, and skilled musician.
Throughout the set, she closely communicated with her seasoned, five-piece band. She was not her own separate entity, but one of the boys.
Crow also gave band members their own spotlight, as she stepped back and became a part of the band.
Memorable moments from band members included keyboard and B3 organ solos by Josh Grange, gritty guitar solos by Peter Stroud, and others during the encore.
Crow will be making 11 more stops all over America, and in Canada in support of her new album. Her next local show is July 27 at Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay in San Diego.
As pop-country rocker Sheryl Crow sang her 1993 hit "All I Wanna Do," modified for her performance at the OC Fair, the screaming crowd flung their hands in the air with glee. The night would be one of happy nostalgia, where audience members would frequently turn to their neighbor and shout, "Ahh, I love this song!" Crow's familiar lyrics center on letting go and living in the moment, a sentiment that everyone in the packed amphitheater--from thirty-something gals in cowboy hats to that one older dude who stood there pumping his fists emphatically the entire night--could relate to.
She likes a good beer buzz early in the morning. Hey, me too. She's got a crummy job that don't pay near enough. Hear, hear. Let's all just soak up the sun.
Crow, a 50-year-old breast-cancer-surviving mother of two, is a machine. Dressed in skin-tight leather pants, super-high heels and a fitted blazer that she shed halfway through the show, the petite crooner looked relaxed as she opened with the crowd-pleasing "Steve McQueen" while jamming on her guitar with her shaggy-haired bandmates. She entered her true element with "Leaving Las Vegas." Her voice was strong, bright and riveting as she hit the chorus, prompting the audience to nod their heads and sing along.
Crow emphasized how happy she was to be back in California. She had moved back from LA to Nashville, not far from the town she grew up in, while battling cancer, and continues to live there today. After some banter about county fair gluttony, she announced she'd be playing a song that "unless you're a real fan, you wouldn't know," then launched into "Member's Only," a song from her 1998 album The Globe Sessions.
One of the most heartfelt moments of the night came when Crow sang the Cat Stevens cover "The First Cut is The Deepest." All females in the crowd, I'm sure, reminisced on their first heartbreak as they belted, "Baby, I'll try to love again, but I know . . ." So cheesy, so good.
After introducing a song from the new album, she ended with some all-time Sheryl Crow favorites, including "Strong Enough," "Home," "If It Makes You Happy" and, finally, "Soak Up The Sun."
The night reminded fans why they love her so much. She's a gutsy, gorgeous woman with a pretty normal life. (She mentioned that unless she's at a show, she's in bed by 10:30 p.m., and her kids have no idea what she does for a living, nor do they care.) And her songs are so catchy, so real, so fun.
And hey, if that makes you happy, it can't be that bad.
by Ben Wenter
Maybe that was an unfair expectation, for Crow has never been anything more than solidly predictable herself since she emerged nearly two decades ago with the sleeper smash Tuesday Night Music Club. Yet unlike all but a few younger acts on Pacific’s roster, the 50-year-old rocker is still a relevant figure in contemporary music – more than she has been in the past decade, actually, thanks to recent forays into richer musical heritage and a successful crossover into the country market.
That’s why it was so disappointing to see Crow cruise through a hits parade with little regard for either the rest of her first-rate catalog or what direction she might take next during her first O.C. show in years and her only Southern California appearance this summer.
Of course, the fact that she stuck almost exclusively to radio fare that built her reputation is probably reason enough for Wednesday’s near-capacity crowd to consider this among the best shows of Pacific’s five-week run. Give the people what they want, indeed, and Crow obliged: Out of 15 songs in roughly 90 minutes, only three tunes were less than familiar to even casual admirers – four if you count her Cars contribution “Real Gone.”
That tally of deep cuts included an adequate reading of the political-made-personal piece “Members Only” (from her self-titled 1996 disc) and a soothing rendition of “Home” (from her best album, 1998’s The Globe Sessions), along with a new CCR-driven groove that didn’t seem fully ready for public consumption.
The rest of the set largely reflected her chart history, from her breakthrough single “All I Wanna Do” to her cover of Cat Stevens’ “The First Cut Is the Deepest” (replete with a meandering story about meeting its author) and on through a rousing finish, with a hearty handling of “If It Makes You Happy” and the playful “Soak Up the Sun” leading to an overwrought encore of “Everyday Is a Winding Road.” The audience, on their feet virtually the entire time, sang along to every word.
So what’s to gripe about, right? Only that Crow is capable of much more, thematically and energetically.
The first point is almost forgivable: She shouldn’t be faulted for playing it smart (or should that be safe?) before a fair-going crowd that might not have appreciated a set of dusted-off obscurities. Still, it showed a lack of faith in both her material and her fans’ patience that she completely dismissed her last three albums, two of which (2008’s robust Detours and 2010’s soul-drenched 100 Miles from Memphis) are among her finest and all of which nearly topped the charts – so it isn’t as though no one ever heard them.
Worse, however, is that Crow initially seemed to lack the enthusiasm to properly pull off this gig. Maybe a day at Disneyland with her two toddlers (among the many topics that lead to dead-end asides this night) left her wiped out. Regardless, at first she seemed to be phoning in her performance, meagerly executing staple songs with all the excitement of a lounge lizard crooning “Feelings” for the thousandth time.
It didn’t help that the show’s sound engineer had things all out of whack; her vocals were so far out in front of her sterling five-man band that for the first half of the set that crew might as well have been playing inside the Hangar over at the fair. The gap began to narrow with thicker rock jams like “A Change Would Do You Good” and “Real Gone,” both punctuated by superb fretwork from Peter Stroud and Audley Freed (once of the Black Crowes), who traded solos with the harmonious skill of Don Felder and Joe Walsh back in the Eagles’ heyday.
Yet Crow’s voice continued to overwhelm everything – unfortunately so for “Everyday Is a Winding Road.” By that point it was painfully obvious that her lung power was failing, her biggest notes routinely cracking.
No question she had fun up there: Despite obligatory sauntering to the sides of the stage early on (it felt like she was hitting marks), Crow, clad in tight black leather pants and an equally clingy top that made her look like a middle-age Leather Tuscadero, eventually began to loosen up, smile more, toss in some vamped oomph on key phrases. Why it took so long to warm up to 8,000 eagerly cheering fans, then, is baffling. She clearly knew how to turn on those booster jets for a similar set at Stagecoach in April.
And not going the extra mile by bulking up her set with bonuses that could have lent greater heft to her performance is simply a letdown, even if doing so would have required losing a pretty terrific opening turn from rustic but ripping Americana group honeyhoney. Sheryl Crow is better than this – or, at least, she can be.
Setlist: Sheryl Crow at Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, July 25, 2012
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Sheryl with Wyatt and Levi pose at Cars Land in Disney California Adventure park on July 25, 2012 in Anaheim, California. Cars Land recreates the town of Radiator Springs from "Cars" (Photos by Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)
Sheryl Crow shines at Wente Vineyards
Sheryl Crow should just start writing her acceptance speech right now.
For, if justice is served, she'll certainly need one after she's voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And that should happen in 2018 -- 25 years after the release of the debut record "Tuesday Night Music Club" -- which will mark her first year of eligibility.
The case for her induction to the hall -- pop music's most elite and prestigious club -- was outlined once again on Monday night at the lovely Wente Vineyards in Livermore. It consisted of 16 songs, which combined to scream that Crow deserves to be ranked among the finest female rock stars of all time, right up there with Hall of Famers like Janis Joplin, Grace Slick and Debbie Harry.
There might not be another rocker -- male or female -- who has delivered a larger number of memorable hits over the past 20 years. Crow played roughly a dozen big ones during her outing in Livermore, which hardly emptied the cupboard.
Unfortunately, Crow's performance wasn't quite as impressive as her set list. She was a bit low on energy, even during many of the big rockers, and that set the tone for the surprisingly mellow fans as well. It took until the 14th song, the philosophical pop-rocker "If It Make You Happy," for the party to really start rolling. By then, however, we were already approaching the finish line.
Backed by a steady five-piece band, Crow certainly didn't horde the hits for the end. She opened
the show with a run through "Steve McQueen," "All I Wanna Do" and "Leaving Las Vegas," a tantalizing triple-shot that somehow failed to push this gig into high gear.
It was a far cry from what was seen at the 2011 Sonoma Jazz + festival, where Crow delivered one of the more energized concerts I've witnessed from her. Yet her vocals still sounded great at Wente and, of course, there was no knocking the set list.
For the most part, the best cuts were the slower songs, such as "Strong Enough," "The First Cut Is the Deepest" and "Home," all of which benefitted from a degree of world weariness in Crow's voice. She's grown quite crafty as a balladeer, having realized the power of the soft sell and learned different ways to showcase her own emotional depth. Crow exhibited just the right amount of sincerity on these tunes, which made the lyrics feel all that more poignant.
Those are signs of a mature artist, one whose life experiences are now as vital to her craft as her vocal range. Crow has certainly been through a lot over the years — especially in regard to health concerns. Most recently, Crow, a breast cancer survivor, announced to the public that she has a benign brain tumor.
She joked about her condition at Wente, quickly adding that having a brain tumor was nothing to joke about, and otherwise talked very freely about herself to the audience. Crow seemed absolutely comfortable in her own skin, which, given all that she's accomplished during her career, makes perfect sense.
She didn't exhibit much stage presence or charisma, but she made up for those deficiencies with -- stop me if you've heard this before -- her staggeringly impressive set list. She'd bring the show to a close with such fun fan favorites as "C'mon C'mon" and "Soak Up the Sun."
With her credentials for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame set in gold and platinum, Crow must now look to the future. It's been several years since her last sizable hit (2005's "Always on Your Side") and it will be interesting to see if she can make another run up the charts.
Or, perhaps, a Tony Award could be in her future. We'll find out when "Diner," Crow's new musical about the 1982 film of the same name, goes for a test spin at San Francisco's Curran Theatre in the fall.
Just in case it's a hit, Crow should start working on another acceptance speech right now.
"One of the disappointments was the draconian measures to prevent photos from being taken. I like to have those a visual reminders of the experience, but it wasn’t possible this time around. Despite that limitation, the show as a good one. Fast paced, high energy. Great performances all around from Sheryl and the band. One thing I didn’t know was how many instruments she plays in addition to vocals: electric & acoustic guitar, accordion, keyboard, and various percussion instruments.
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NEW BUFFALO, MI--(Marketwire - Jul 23, 2012) - Four Winds®, the premier gaming destinations in the Midwest, is pleased to announce that Sheryl Crow will perform in the new Silver Creek Event Center at Four Winds New Buffalo on Friday, September 7 at 9 p.m. Eastern. Tickets can be purchased beginning on Saturday, July 28 at 10 a.m. Eastern, exclusively through the Ticketmaster® Web site, www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at (800)745-3000. Ticket prices start at $65.
Sheryl Crow has sold more than 35 million records worldwide and has been nominated for 27 GRAMMY Awards®, which she has won nine times. She has released seven studio albums, including her debut, "Tuesday Night Music Club," in 1993, which went platinum seven times. Crow is known for hit songs including, "All I Wanna Do," "If It Makes You Happy," "Everyday Is A Winding Road," and "Summer Day," which is from her most recent album, "100 Miles From Memphis." She has also performed duets with musical luminaries such as Sting, Kid Rock, Mick Jagger and more. For more information about Sheryl Crow, please visit www.sherylcrow.com.
The Silver Creek Event Center is a 1,500 seat, multi-use facility that is located next to the casino floor. In addition to hosting concerts, the 70,000 sq. ft. event center can be reconfigured to host a variety of meetings, special events, conferences, and banquets. Details on all concerts at the Silver Creek Event Center, including on-sale dates, are available at: www.fourwindscasino.com/events.
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As part of the celebration, on August 28th, Universal Music is releasing A&M 50: THE ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION. A 60-track, 3-CD set curated by Alpert and Moss, The Anniversary Collection perfectly illustrates the impact the label is still having on contemporary popular music. The boxed set will retail for $22.74.
Our beloved Sheryl is featured on the Disc 1 with her first smash hit: "All I Wanna Do".
Here's the complete track listing
Disc 1 - From AM to FM
Brandi Clark and Sheryl before the concert in Carterville, IL on June 22. Brandi, who is a really talented singer-songrwriter, will open again for Sheryl on September 6 in Carmel, Indiana.
BTW: I love the way how Sheryl support Brandi
... LOL! Typical Sheryl :-)
Congratulations Brandy and best wishes for a prosperous career!
Grammy award winning artist Sheryl Crow describes herself with this list: mom, musician, artist, Christian, hard worker, family member, volunteer— and breast cancer survivor.
While surviving cancer is a “moment” in someone’s life, it’s what they do afterward that matters, she said.
“I’m not defining my life by cancer but refining my life,” Crow said Saturday before a benefit for Back in the Swing, an Overland Park-based charity for breast cancer survivors. Back in the Swing raises money for national research, education and programs for after care.
Crow, a Missouri native and breast cancer survivor, shared her experiences and select songs before more than 1,200 people attending the sold-out event at the Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College.
The event also helped kick off “The Back in the Swing Cookbook: Recipes for Eating and Living Well Every Day After Breast Cancer.” Along with healthful recipes, the book includes scientific research, personal recovery stories, and tips for emotional and physical wellness. Cookbooks were available after the performance but the official release date is Aug. 7. The 288-page, full-color hardback by Andrews McMeel Publishing will retail for $29.99.
Barbara Unell and her husband, Bob, founded Back in the Swing in 2000 and events have evolved over the years. It first raised funds through an exercise class event. Later, one Overland Park shopping center offered discounts over three days and by 2010, it grew to 47 shopping centers and almost 900 retailers offering specials for the event. In 2011, Back in the Swing held parties at select retail locations during the month of October and will do so again this October, with a focus on the cookbook.
Barbara Unell said the parties are a more personal way to communicate Back in the Swing’s mission.
“Shifting from the shopping centers to the parties allowed us more contact with the shoppers,” she said.
SOURCE: Kansas City Star, 16 July 2011
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Barbara Unell and Kristen Christian shared how the organization is working to raise money through a summer celebration with Sheryl Crow to be held July 14 at 8 p.m. at the Carlson Center.
MEMPHIS, TN- (WMC-TV) - "My nephew Jason, my sister's son, has created a program called Music Gives, since he's a musician and he's already signed up Sheryl Crow," Marlo Thomas said.
"Cancer is tough enough to battle as an adult," Crow said. "I know. I waged my own fight."
Danny Thomas' grandson, musician Jason Thomas Gordon, created "Music Gives to St. Jude Kids."
Some of the biggest names in rock have signed up, including Kings of Leon and the Stone Temple Pilots. They're helping to direct their fans' donations to St. Jude.
"My niece Dionne who is 40 has a 40 something party twice a year to raise money. So they're all finding their way," Thomas said.
"Their parents all served with my father," Thomas said. "Now they're serving with us. So it's still that same kind of passion, motivated drive. They know what this place is and what it needs to always be. So it will never go off course because it will always be this pool."
Danny Thomas' three children; Marlo, Tony and Terry have devoted 50 years of their lives to supporting inspired St. Jude researchers who've saved countless children. The scientific breakthroughs St. Jude makes are shared freely worldwide. For the Thomas', St. Jude is a global-human family affair!
“I just played on a couple of songs for her new record. Sheryl is such an all-around talent. She's a record producer, no doubt about it. She knows her way around a studio, she knows about all about guitars, and has a great understanding of amplifiers and gear.
“What’s funny is, she was talking about this being her ‘Nashville record' – that's kind of how she's viewing it in the marketplace. Somebody in the studio said to her – and I think this was a great observation – ‘You know, Sheryl, here in Nashville we’ve been trying to make Sheryl Crow records for the last 15 years!’ [laughs] She got a big kick out of that.
“But it’s true. We’re all trying to get those sounds on My Favorite Mistake. I can’t tell you how many sessions I’ve been on where somebody brought that song up as a reference. Or Every Day Is a Winding Road – what a sound on that one, too.
“Her new stuff is classic Sheryl Crow. She’s very comfortable with who she is, and writes great songs. I was totally honored to be asked to be part of what she’s doing.”
I finally found some pix taken at the Vogel-Alcove benefit concert held on May 14, 2012. Nothing special to be honest... but, you know, it's always nice to see Sheryl performing! ;-)