[LIVE REVIEW] IRVINE, CA - JULY 30 (OCREGISTER.COM)
Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow bring their party to Irvine
Review by Martha Ramirez
The Orange County Register
Rock also slowed things down with “Care” (“a song about giving a damn”) as well as “Only God Knows Why” (another standout moment) and his expected duets with co-headliner Sheryl Crow on the smash single “Picture” and a cover of Stephen Stills‘ “Love the One You’re With.” All of that was an ideal excuse for some fans to sit down in between more party-heavy material.
For the lovesick “Picture,” what could have been cloyingly sentimental instead turned comedic when a nude image of Rock (with his private parts blurred) taken from an eBay screen-shot was blasted on screen. That brought immense laughter but also a sigh of disappointment from the singer, who uttered in disbelief: “Three damn dollars.” (Don’t feel too bad, Kid: the pic actually was going for $3.13.) Crow must have been in on the gag as she put extra emphasis on the word “picture” during the song, although the cool rasp in both singers’ voices made the duet that much better.
Not one to be outdone, Crow pointed out during her opening set that she turns 50 next year – though the enduring singer-songwriter (and cancer survivor) looked more like a 20-something while rocking a disco top and some funky bell-bottom jeans that showed off her amazing figure. Yet her set was initially tentative: she seemed uncertain, slowly getting into the moment but eventually getting deeper into her performance and, as time went one, dancing and playfully interacting with the audience.
“You ready to party? Got your beer? Got your Jim Beam?” she asked a cheering crowd, while also acknowledging that some surely had their weed, too. As with Rock, the crowd clapped, danced, cheered and toasted along to her songs, and she gave them much of what they wanted: “My Favorite Mistake,” “All I Wanna Do,” “Soak Up the Sun,” “Everyday Is a Winding Road,” “If It Makes You Happy,” even “Real Gone” (from the Pixar flick Cars) and the soulful “I Shall Believe.”
“It’s good for y’all to go to church right before Kid Rock comes out,” she told the rowdy crowd, before showing her appreciation in an unusual way: “I feel like an airline saying this, but I know y’all have a lot of summer tours to choose from. We appreciate y’all flying with us.” Seems like these fans will definitely be flying with them, again.
[NEWS] SINGING THE PRAISES OF BOB DYLAN (TOLEDO BLADE)
Here’s what they had to say to the following questions: What does Bob Dylan mean to you? And what do you consider to be the essential Dylan song?:
Grammy winning singer/ songwriter who has played several times with Dylan:
“As a songwriter I would say there are only a few people who you must study if you want to have the most important, most potent references and inspiration, and Dylan is definitely one of them, if not the most important. I think he rises above even being a songwriter or a poet in the fact that he in some ways was kind of metaphysically chosen to give voice to a whole movement and you don’t see that kind of synchronicity with him that you do with other artists.”
What it was like to play with him: “For me it would be like just hitting some tennis balls with John McEnroe. I can’t hold a candle to him, but it certainly ups my game. He’s masterful and he’s generous and he’s also challenging and just unique in every way.”
Essential song: “‘A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall.’ I can remember an interview with him where he said he liked to approach songwriting where each line could be the first line of a new song, a different song, and that song [‘Hard Rain’] for me, every line is important and has meaning. It’s such a lean song.”
[NEWS] CHEYENNE FRONTIERS DAY ATTENDANCE LOOKS GOOD
CHEYENNE -- Last Saturday's Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo was the second-highest attended rodeo since the 100-year anniversary, according to CFD General Chairman Rod Hottle.
"We had 13,984 people show up for the rodeo, and Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow brought out 18,478 on Friday night," said Hottle. "That was more than KISS last year, so we are quite pleased with that."
Source: Wyoming News.com
[PIX] SACRAMENTO, CA - JULY 26 - SET #3
Our Love is Fading
A Change Would Do Your Good
My Favorite Mistake
All I Wanna Do / Stuck in the Middle of You
If It Makes You Happy
Soak Up The Sun
Everyday is a Winding Road
I Shall Believe
[PIX] SACRAMENTO, CA - JULY 26 - SET #3
Pix by Chris Hudson/Team Sheryl
.Thursday July 28, 2011
[PIX] SACRAMENTO, CA - JULY 26 - ANOTHER FANTASTIC SET!
Pix by Getty
[PIX] FRESNO, CA - JULY 27
Pix by Chris Hudson/Team Sheryl
[NEWS] SHERYL CROW SHOOTS FROM THE HIP (BAKERSFIELD.COM)
Sheryl shoots from the hip
BY MATT MUNOZ, Bakotopia.com editor
It was a balmy 90 degrees at the opening of the annual Frontier Days Rodeo in Cheyenne, Wy., on a recent Friday as Sheryl Crow prepared to headline the opening day concert with friend and collaborator Kid Rock.
But sitting on her tour bus en route to the evening's show, the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning artist had a little more on her mind than just which cowboy hat she'd be sporting. Facing a mountain of criticism from animal rights activists for agreeing to appear at the rodeo, Crow attempted to make amends by donating a portion of the show's proceeds to an organization protecting endangered wild mustangs. Many of her critics were not appeased, but Crow chooses to take the uproar in stride, perfectly in keeping with her laidback, live-and-let-live vibe.
"I can expect that, because there are a lot of people who just don't want to believe the truth and that's the reality that no matter how much you convey the truth, there are people who are just going to hate me for whatever reason and they'll find a reason, and today the reason is the horse thing," said Crow in a telephone interview to promote her Thursday concert at Bakersfield's Fox Theater.
"The reality is, is that wild mustang horses from the open territories of America are not allowed nor would they be allowed in the rodeo, and I've been extremely supportive of open range horse herds, so people are gonna believe and hold onto what they want to."
Crow's honest, direct approach to music and stardom has been a hallmark of her career, from her first big break as a backup singer with Michael Jackson to her status today as one of the most successful female solo artists of all time.
"It's just part of being a high-profile person, people make up their mind about who you are well before you ever come in contact with them, and that's basically the attitude they cling too," she said.
Crow started her climb to super-stardom in 1993 with the release of "Tuesday Night Music Club," an album that overcame a slow start and blasted her up the international pop charts on the power of the singles "All I Wanna Do" and "Leaving Las Vegas." Seven albums later, she's most comfortable doing things her way, rolling with the punches of stardom.
'A project of joy'
Crow's latest record, "100 Miles to Memphis," marks another chapter in her illustrious career. An ode to the 49-year-old rocker's Southern soul roots, the album's spirit conjures the spirit of 1960s Stax Records with solid rhythm and blues, along with reggae and ballads, all presented with her unmistakable breathy urgency present in much of her best work. It's an artistic departure from hit singles like "If It Makes You Happy," "Soak Up the Sun," "First Cut Is the Deepest," "Leaving Las Vegas," and "Every Day is a Winding Road," songs that have helped make her a radio darling for nearly two decades.
Still, the album is undeniably Sheryl Crow and a bit of an antidote to the heavier themes of her recent recordings, which reflected struggles in her personal life like her 2006 battle with breast cancer and the end of her engagement with cyclist Lance Armstrong.
"My last record was a much heavier record. It was very personal. It was about going through the breast cancer experience, having gone through a public breakup. Also, it definitely dealt with what was going on in our nation and in the world. There were a lot of different statements made on that record, and coming off that record I just always felt like I wanted to be less cerebral and a little more emotional. I had been listening to a lot of my early influences, which were coming out of Memphis, because I grew up so close to there. It felt it was time to reinvest in my early influences to make that record. I just loved every minute of it. It was just a project of joy for me to make..."
That buoyant spirit was a welcome return for Crow, a small- town Missouri girl who became a bonafide Angeleno when she began pursuing her musical dreams. She still recalls the simple pleasures of the real Tuesday Night Music Club gatherings, where strumming with pals and a 12-pack was a regular evening plan.
"I have great friends that I still do that with. I don't live in LA anymore; I have different friends now. And you know life changes when you have kids and there's a little less beer drinking for sure, a little less spontaneity, but you know it's a trade-off. But I have great collaborators, people I love writing with, people that are kindred spirits, so I can't say that I miss it, because it's still very much a big part of my life."
Another thing she said remains a big part of her life is the long line of influential performers who helped shape her artistry, namely a certain Bakersfield legend.
"Buck Owens is part of my upbringing. I used to watch him all the time, and seen him at the Grand Ole Opry on numerous occasions, watched him on 'Hee Haw' and grew up always knowing who he was," she said, adding that she's excited to finally make her first appearance on her idol's home turf.
"I'm excited to get there. I feel a connection to Bakersfield because it's part of really the first times I ever got played at the radio. I got tons of radio with 'Leaving Las Vegas' there, so yeah we're looking forward to getting there."
Any chance of a tribute to Buck somewhere in the evening's set?
"You never know," she said slyly.
[NEWS - ITA] KID ROCK. NUOVO SINGOLO COLLIDE FEAT. SHERYL CROW
KID ROCK torna nelle radio italiane venerdì 29 luglio accompagnato dalla magnetica voce di Sheryl Crow e dal piano di Bob Seger, con COLLIDE, il terzo singolo estratto dall’album Born Free, uscito il 16 Novembre su etichetta Atlantic.
COLLIDE, una splendida ballad soul dai sapori southern rock, arriva in radio dopo il successo del secondo singolo “Care” con il featuring di Mary J Blige, in vetta alla classifica delle canzoni più suonate dalle radio e rimasto nella classifica dei singoli più venduti per 14 settimane.
Kid Rock ha sempre manifestato la sua ammirazione per l’amica Sheryl Crow, nel presentare BORN FREE alla stampa ha dichiarato: “Una cosa che mi ha entusiasmato è stato il nuovo duetto con Sheryl Crow, bellissimo. Sheryl sarebbe un’ottima moglie, ma non sono abbastanza furbo da sposare una donna così bella e brava..”
Il sodalizio tra i due cantanti continua: quest’estate infatti, Sheryl Crow sarà l’ospite fisso del BORN FREE TOUR 2011, il tour Americano di Kid Rock.
BORN FREE, ottavo album in studio di KID ROCK, in America è disco di platino per le vendite oltre il milione di copie. Il disco è stato prodotto dal famoso produttore Rick Rubin, (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Linkin Park) e mixato da Greg Fidelman. Kid Rock e Rick Rubin, come due amici, hanno trascorso parecchio tempo raccontandosi il loro passato e, cominciando dall’hip hop, ne hanno esplorato i vari aspetti per poi aprirsi e aprire nuove strade.
Concepito durante i suoi tour in Paesi come l’Afghanistan e l’Iraq, dove KID ROCK ha suonato per esprimere la sua vicinanza alle truppe americane impegnate nelle missioni, BORN FREE è un esplosivo inno rock alla democrazia e alla libertà, una riflessione su “quanto siamo fortunati tutti noi ad essere nati in un paese libero”.
La maggior parte di BORN FREE è stata registrata dal vivo nell’ arco di due settimane a Los Angeles con un cast stellare di musicisti tra cui Benmont Tench, tastierista di Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker, Chad Smith, batterista dei Red Hot Chili Peppers, David Hidalgo chitarrista e cantante dei Los Lobos e Matt Sweeney, chitarrista degli Chavez. Altre parti sono state incise a Nashville, Atlanta e Detroit, città natale del rocker. BORN FREE vanta anche la collaborazione di Bob Seger, Sheryl Crow, Zac Brown, Trace Adkins e Mary J Blige.
"Crow joined Rock's set for "Picture" and Stephen Stills' "Love the One You're With." Sharing the stage with the energetic Rock seemed to infuse Crow with more oomph than she showed during her own set.
Crow sometimes appeared disengaged while performing her greatest hits, less Malibu-mellow than going-through-the-motions." -Carla Mayer/SB
.Tuesday July 26, 2011
[VIDEOS] MUSIC GIVES TO ST. JUDE KIDS PROMO VIDEOS
[NEWS] ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL ANNOUNCES SHERYL CROW AS AMBASSADOR FOR MUSIC GIVES TO ST. JUDE KIDS
MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- GRAMMY® award-winning artist Sheryl Crow is trailblazing a new music campaign called Music Gives to St. Jude Kids, which mobilizes the music industry – artists, fans, record companies and sponsors - to raise funds that will support the lifesaving work of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, one of the world's premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases.
Moved by her visits to the hospital, her own battle with cancer and her role as a mom, Sheryl is helping Music Gives to St. Jude Kids rise to the top of the charts and feels grateful that a place like St. Jude exists to help children who are dealing with deadly diseases like cancer.
"A cancer diagnosis is a complete and total show stopper that leaves a family feeling completely helpless," said Crow. "By uniting the music industry through Music Gives, we are going to help give these families hope by raising funds for St. Jude, a place that is on the cutting edge of cancer research and always looking for a cure."
Music Gives to St. Jude Kids unites artists and their fans to get involved and support St. Jude through a variety of opportunities including concert promotions, text to donate messages, social media and a range of other fundraising opportunities. To help launch the program, Ticketmaster and Live Nation are showcasing the program by running a summer promotion that provides consumers the option to select an add-on donation to St. Jude for select events beginning July 26 through August 22. Fans selecting an add-on donation on Ticketmaster.com or livenation.com will have 100% of their donation go to St. Jude.
In addition to Crow, musical groups Kings of Leon and Stone Temple Pilots have joined Music Gives, with more artists to be announced in the near future.
Music Gives to St. Jude Kids engages fans in the lifesaving work of St. Jude in a variety of ways including:
- Let your favorite artist know you care.
- Donate in your favorite Music Gives artist's name at the Music Gives to St. Jude Kids website.
- Keep the music on repeat.
- Become a monthly Partner in Hope for St. Jude.
- File sharing allowed!
- Share Music Gives to St. Jude Kids exclusive content with your friends and family through social media.
St. Jude has enjoyed the support of the music industry since the hospital's beginnings in 1962 when St. Jude founder Danny Thomas called on the support of entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Ray Charles and later enlisted ALABAMA frontman Randy Owen. Since then, dozens of artists and musicians have visited the hospital in support of the St. Jude mission.
The campaign is the brainchild of Danny's grandson, musician Jason Thomas Gordon, and builds upon this rich history by cultivating a new era of musicians and fans to join the fight against childhood cancer.
"St. Jude is a part of my blood in the same way that music has always been. To bring them together is a great feeling," said Gordon. "You always hear people say how music saved their life. A band or a song changed them, healed them in some way. Well, this is that expression being manifest in a very physical way. This is music truly saving lives."
Visit the newly launched Music Gives to St. Jude Kids website for behind the scenes video from Sheryl's recent visit to the hospital, free music downloads, special offerings and more information about the artists supporting this program. Be sure to also "like" St. Jude on Facebook and follow @StJude on Twitter for the latest updates. Get involved today, visit www.stjude.org/musicgives.
About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family's inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information, go to www.stjude.org and follow St. Jude on www.facebook.com/stjude and www.twitter.com/stjude.
[VIDEO] SHERYL TO AUCTION 1959 MERCEDES 190 SL FOR JOPLIN TORNADO RELIEF
[NEWS] SHERYL CROW AUCTIONS HER TOPLESS MERCEDES-BENZ
By Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY
If all you want to do is have some fun, you might want to consider buying Sheryl Crow's 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL.
The pop star's gorgeous car is going up for auction in a few weeks to raise money for Joplin, Mo., which was devastated by by tornados.
After the tornado in Joplin I was moved to help rebuild a city so close to where I grew up in Missouri," says Crow. "My hope is that the auction of my 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster will bring in funds to help rebuild the schools in the area."
The 190 SL is described by Gooding & Company, the auction house that will set it off on Aug. 21 at Pebble Beach, Calif., auctions, as "an iconic, grand-touring convertible."
The car is white with a white hard top, optional black soft top and whitewall tires. It was completely restored in 2005. It has new brakes, suspension, a reconditioned Becker Mexico radio with speaker and a new interior of black leather upholstery. Gooding says Crow considers the 190 SL to be her personal favorite and it is expected to fetch up to $80,000.
Proceeds from the sale of the car will benefit the Joplin Schools Recovery Fund, created by the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its Joplin-based affiliate, the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri.
"This is a very heartfelt donation to auction an item that has such special meaning to Sheryl and her family," CFO President Brian Fogle said. "We very much appreciate how committed she is to her Missouri roots."
Source: USA Today
.Saturday July 23, 2011
[PIX] CHEYENNE, WYOMING - 22 JULY
Pix by De Lupardis Photo Agency - office of Cheyenne, WY
.Friday July 22, 2011
[INTERVIEW] KID ROCK ON SHERYL - THE SACRAMENTO BEE
I love when Kid Rock talks about Sheryl. Here's an nice excerpt from an interview published on the Sacramento Bee. The last part is very sweet :-)
Why did you want to bring Sheryl Crow on tour with you?
I just wanted someone to party with, and she parties so (expletive) hard. With me and her, it's weird, because I've got to be the responsible one. She is tossing TVs out windows, drinking all the whiskey, stereo on 50 at 4 in the morning. I am like, "Sheryl, we've got to get a good sleep for the show tomorrow." (laughs)
We just have a good chemistry, and we had the opportunity. It seemed like a good time to do it.
You two dueted on the song "Picture" in 2002, and "Collide," from "Born Free." Do you perform other songs together as well while on tour?
Absolutely. Me and Sheryl like to rock 'n' roll. People think we will be sitting out there singing "Collide" and slow dancing. They're mistaken. Sheryl always joins me for a rocker.
Does she bring a different audience than you typically draw?
It is hard to tell. Because the show is – even if you don't like Kid Rock, you should come for the people watching. That is what my friends tell me. My friends say, "Dude, your crowd's wild." ... Just hardworking people who want to have fun. It is not the cool, reserved crowd. It is not the indie-rock crowd. There are no Radiohead fans there. Just beer drinkers who want to hear some rock 'n' roll and have a great time.
But the chicks definitely really get into (Crow). They are up there dancing and having a good time. She kind of maybe validates me a little bit. Like, "Maybe, he's not such a scumbag. If Sheryl Crow thinks he's OK, and she's a neat gal, maybe he is (all right)."
Source: Sacramento Bee, 22 July 2011
[VIDEO] SHERYL TALKS ABOUT HER FENDER TELECASTERS
OK, i'm horny now... :-)
[NEWS] LOCAL BOY HOPES TO SING WITH SHERYL CROW (23ABC)
Young Musician Starts Internet Campaign
Cris Ornelas - 23ABC South County Reporter
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- A Bakersfield boy has started an Internet campaign in hopes of getting to sing with one of his favorite musicians.
Justin Pittman is just 10-years-old but is already a veteran musician.
Sheryl Crow is set to play the Fox Theater July 28 and Justin hopes there will be an unscheduled duet that night.
Justin started showing his musical talent as early as 2-years-old.
"First he started off with a little kiddie guitar, just at a toy store somewhere, and then we upgraded to a better guitar and then we eventually started giving him lessons," said Justin’s mom, Kris Pittman.
"When I was younger I picked up a guitar, and I used to not know any chords," Justin said.
Now Justin knows dozens of songs and plays every day.
"He’s a fast learner; he can pick up music really quick," Kris said.
He has even tried writing his own songs.
“I only did one. It's not easy writing a song. I'm trying to write another one," Justin said.
His favorites are John Mayer, Tom Petty and Sheryl Crow.
"I want to be a rock star when I grow up, be famous," Justin said.
So when he heard Crow was coming to Bakersfield for a concert, he got excited.
"She just has really good music, and she is very talented," Justin said.
Justin and his parents started an Internet campaign in hopes he will be invited to play with Crow when she performs at the Fox. There's a Facebook page and a YouTube video with Justin playing two of his favorite Sheryl Crow songs. He hopes Crow hears this message.
“I really think you are talented, and I really want to go on stage and play with you at the Fox Theater,” Justin said.
There’s no word yet on if Sheryl Crow is even aware of the campaign.
If you'd like to help Justin make his dream come true, here is the link to his Facebook Fan page:
Sheryl Crow in Sweaty Moorhead, MN
Review by Alan (BlackDogScratchin)
I decided to make the trip up to Moorhead on a whim. I have been a huge, huge fan of Sheryl's for the longest time and think of her as my ultimate role model. Anyways, I'm a college kid and working two jobs and trying to make tuition was supposed to be my goal for the summer. However, I decided to go out and just do this one thing as a gift to myself in a way. Let me tell you it was worth every penny. Never have I ever felt so enthused and had such a surreal experience.
Here's how it started. I am from the Milwaukee area, so it was about a nine and a half hour drive with gas/coffee stops to get to Moorhead. I kept myself occupied, listening to some Sheryl bootlegs that I hadn't listened to for some time. The roads were fine but what was not fine was the heat. Never a fan of air conditioning, I road with my windows down and felt disgusting by the time I got to my dive of a hotel. I also found that I developed a blister of sorts from my foot being in the same place for so many hours driving. This is all beside the point, though and has nothing to do with the concert.
I was told to meet at the gates around 7:30. I got there at around 6:30 and was told where the meet and greet was taking place by various people, directing me to various places. Eventually I met up with Ralph Viera from her management team and he told me what was on the agenda. He also gave me my merchandise item which was a Sheryl towel and tote bag. I was just getting so pumped up. The meet and greet would now be starting at 8 so I had time to mingle with three really nice ladies who were also having the meet and greet. We had a good time and once the clock hit 8 we started all getting really antsy. At around 8:20 Ralph met us and took us back to sit next to Sheryl's bus at the tables where Chef Chuck's food had been served earlier. According to the pictures from Team Sheryl on Facebook, I was sitting next to the chair that Sheryl graced for dinner. Anyways, Ralph was really cool and got us some towels from the dressing room for us to wipe off with from the sweltering heat/rain combination that had been happening that day. Also while we were waiting, we all ended up meeting Chris Robinson, Nayanna, Stephanie, and Doyle Bramhall. We shook their hands and talked a little bit and then the time came for us to see Sheryl. I was really flustered and nervous. I brought my bouquet of flowers that I had bought for Sheryl earlier and got in the room. We waited outside her curtained off dressing area (which seemed pretty decked out inside with a dresser, lamp, and of course a bottle of wine) for a little while and then she finally appeared. I'd love to see a picture of me seeing her first come out. I was just dumbfounded and thought I was dreaming. She came over to say hi. The girls all told her how much they loved her. Then I gave up my bouquet and received a hug from her (the first one given to any of us). She thanked me and then talked to another meet and greeter. She asked us where we were from and was amazed at how far we had driven to see her. It was then time for pictures. The girls went first and one of them started going into hysterics. Sheryl was of course very generous and gave her a hug and seemed to be pretty taken from her passion for music which she had discussed with Sheryl a bit. It was then time for my picture and I bounced on over to her and she told me that I reminded her of someone. As the picture was being taken she told me who...his name was Chris or something. But I really enjoyed this. I got around four pictures taken and then the other meet and greet went in for his pictures as the hysterical meet and greeter continued crying. Sheryl came over to talk a little more and then say goodbye. She was in a rush. The show was scheduled to begin very soon. She gave us all hugs again and I was so stunned by what was happening. I touched her hand as we let go of our hugs and just thanked her. It was just incredible. She is just incredible, totally down to earth, totally normal, and quite simple my hero and totally how I expected her to be. Sheryl ended up giving the hysterical girl on of her necklaces from her dressing room as we were leaving. The girl also ended up getting her arm signed (Sheryl said she was nervous about it when the girl said it was for a tattoo) and her guitar signed. Then we all booked it out for the show which was bound to start in a good two minutes.
It started and I ran as fast as I could over when I heard "Dance to the Music." Not to sound conceded, but I had the best seat in the house. Literally, I was eight feet away from her, first row, right in front of her. "Our Love Is Fading" came on and I was stunned, still overwhelmed by what had just happened. The show went on, Sheryl talking to the audience who was clearly drunk. I myself chose to stay sober for the life-changing event...I'm also underage. Sheryl went through her hits including: "If It Makes You Happy," "A Change Would Do You Good," "Leaving Las Vegas," "Can't Cry Anymore," "All I Wanna Do," "Strong Enough," "Everyday Is a Winding Road," "Real Gone," "Soak Up the Sun," "Steven McQueen," and a last minute choice of "Home." Sheryl also did some cuts from 100MM including the aforementioned "Our Love Is Fading," "Summer Day," "Long Road Home," "Peaceful Feeling," and the title track. When she sang "My Favorite Mistake," I swear to God she looked at me and sang the part about being the only one that I ever loved. It was just surreal. I know it sounds childish. But we were singing to each other for quite a few seconds there. Sheryl also danced on a pole before starting "Leaving Las Vegas." The stage set up was quite interesting also...it was being used for some play or something.
I was so pleased by her selections of songs of the night, though. From previous setlists I was expecting "Redemption Day," "C'mon, C'mon," and "Sweet Rosalyn." But this was great. And let me say that being front row after just meeting her changes the entire view of the concert. I mean it was just an awesome concert. She is absolutely incredible. She only played the wurly, acoustic and electric guitars, and the harmonica for "Real Gone" but it was incredible. She actually noted to the audience (as she had stated at the meet and greet earlier) that she had broken her finger earlier in the day so her playing may have been flawed. I didn't hear a single flaw. Some other banter included talking about how she had taken Wyatt to the community pool earlier. Even though it was closed they let them in and she returned the favor by giving them all tickets to the show. She also spoke about taking him for a haircut, how she had been practicing on getting the high Mariah Carey pitch (she then tried it out..haha), and how it was "sweaty" out. Also, I must say there was obvious chemistry going on with her and Doyle. But I'm not one for gossip. But it's pretty clear. She joked around a lot with the band though. It was fun and she was clearly having a good time.
The security at the show, though, was absolutely horrible. There were no guards right in front of the stage so everyone could have easily stormed the stage. Thank God they didn't, but instead, many of them would just walk up to her in the middle of her singing, reach out and grab her hand. Some went up to get a picture taken while standing in front of her singing, and some went up just to get a fricken picture up close. Security was getting angry and Sheryl was also it seemed...but I was too! It was obnoxious and embarrassing. So I'm not expecting her to go back to that place. Some audience members were cool though and bought Sheryl a beer and one brought her up a water spray thing which she practiced out on all the band members. She told the beer guy, "Thanks for the beer. I'm actually drinking coconut water tonight." One audience member was also talking his phone; she had him come over to her while she sang "Everyday Is a Winding Road." She sang into the phone and ended with a good ole "Hi Dad."
Anyways, she closed the show with "I Shall Believe" and even the band members seemed to be in awe. It was just great. I was in awe and the hysterical girl next to me started bawling. The entire show was great. And I didn't think it was possible, but I have even more respect for Sheryl now after it. She is a rock and roll superstar and there is no doubt that the show was a class act rock show. It was marvelous. It was funny to me that she played all of my personal favorite songs from 100MM...besides "Peaceful Feeling" (never got into that one). However, after the performance, I now really enjoy the song. It's just one of those things I guess... The band and her just had a great thing going. It was all very laid-back, yet so very, very good.
I'm not saying that I'll go to a meet and greet again anytime soon because my mom would kill me. But it was all so worth it. I actually got a pick from Sheryl and everything. But it was great and surreal and all in all life-changing. I will never ever forget it and love and respect Sheryl Crow all the more now.
Thanks a lot for the review, Alan!
[PIX] TEARS OF HAPPINESS (BY NIKKI LUNDEN VIA FB)
A set of cute pictures taken at the VIP backstage in Moorhead-Fargo. Click on the album and read the captions!
Crow provides cool tunes on hot night By: John Lamb, INFORUM
Pic by Dave Wallis / The Forum
MOORHEAD – It took Sheryl Crow nearly 20 years to play her first show in Fargo-Moorhead, but the rock singer made the most of the day.
Before playing a show at Bluestem Center for the Arts on Monday, she had a great day in Fargo, going on a bike ride, taking her son to Josef’s School of Hair Design for a haircut and taking a dip at the Island Park Pool.
The highlight for 2,009 fans, however, was the nearly two-hour concert that mixed her pop hits with a handful of tunes from last year’s blue-eyed soul album, “100 Miles to Memphis.”
There was more sweat than sun to soak up Monday night at the Bluestem Center for the Arts, but Sheryl Crow didn’t let the heat and humidity get in the way of having some fun with her fans.
The Missouri native must have felt right at home with the sweltering weather. And a warm welcome from the crowd of 2,009 didn’t hurt.
“It’s sweaty,” the singer noted while toweling off before her second song, “A Change Would Do You Good.” The change could’ve been a reference to a change of clothes as those in the crowd tried to keep their cool with beverages and fanning themselves.
Crow is on the road behind her last disc, “100 Miles from Memphis” and scattering the disc’s soul-tinged tunes through the set added to the steamy atmosphere, even if those in attendance seemed more interested in her older hits.
Opening with “Memphis’ ” punchy “Our Love Is Fading,” the singer sat behind her keyboard. She heated up during “Change,” working the sides of the stage and even sliding down a post on the porch set of Trollwood’s ongoing “The Music Man” before taking on “Leaving Las Vegas.”
A fan offered to cool her down, giving her a bottle of beer during “My Favorite Mistake.” She passed on that cold one, but took a spray bottle from the crowd later to cool down her band during “Every Day is a Winding Road.”
Crow’s tunes are best served in summer as she had the crowd on its feet and singing along on “Soak Up the Sun” toward the end of the set. Bubbly but with a light voice, she was wisely accompanied by two singers and her guitarist/producer Doyle Bramhall II, all of whom shined on the main set’s soulful “Peaceful Feeling.” Bramhall used to play with Eric Clapton and closed out the song riffing a “Crossroads”-like solo.
[NEWS] SHERYL CROW DUNKS IN FARGO POOL
You can only imagine the surprise at Island Park Pool in Fargo Monday afternoon when rock singer Sheryl Crow showed up for a swim before her big concert in Moorhead.
Temperatures were in the 90s with a heat index near 100.
Not only did Crow swim in the pool and pose for pictures. She also gave the lifeguards free ticket's to her show Monday night at Bluestem Amphitheater in Moorhead, MN.
[PIX] ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 16
Pix by Chris Hudson / Team Sheryl
.Sunday July 17, 2011
[PIX] ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 16
St. Louis Photographer Kenny Williamson has posted some stunning photos on his website. Check'em out!
Sheryl Crow reflects on her music, children and performing with Michael Jackson and Kid Rock
FARGO – In 1994, Sheryl Crow was the singer known for the poetry-inspired party anthem “All I Wanna Do.” Seventeen years later, she is still out having fun – she’ll play the Bluestem Center for the Arts in Moorhead on Monday night. But a bout with breast cancer, adopting two baby boys and a busy schedule has ensured every day is a winding road for the 49-year-old rock star.
Crow talked earlier this week from the road about her latest disc, last summer’s “100 Miles from Memphis,” a collection of soul-flavored tunes. The title references the distance from her hometown, Kennett, Mo., to the musical city.
She also spoke about how cancer affected her – she recently published a cookbook, “If It Makes You Healthy,” and the men in her life – her sons, who she was putting down for naps, tour mate Kid Rock, and Michael Jackson, whom she sang back-up for in the late 1980s.
Q: “100 Miles from Memphis” is an album very close to home for you. You’ve called Memphis music “the biggest inspiration for what I do and why I do it.” Why did it take this many years to make this record?
A: When I moved to LA, I had a demo of stuff that was kinda categorized as blue-eyed soul, and every label that came out to see me play, they all wanted to give me development deals, but they all said, “We don’t know what to do with a blue-eyed soul singer right now.” What was on the radio then was definitely not that. It was Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, Paula Abdul and Madonna. I kinda just started getting into Dylan and more folk-oriented music and had success with it. I was just sort of evolving into figuring out what I wanted to be doing. Before I knew it, 15 years had gone by and I felt it was a great time after that highly political record I’d made (2008’s “Detours”) to delve into the Memphis influences.
There are some good Southern, soul grooves on this album. Is this as close as you’ve come to a dance album?
Oh yeah, definitely. I would never go into the dance world. That’s not my domain. Although I like it, I appreciate it, I couldn’t do that and be believable.
The album ends with the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.” What did you learn from Michael Jackson?
I learned a lot just by observing him, watching him perform every night. There were things I could apply to what I wanted to do and things I could look at and say, “This would definitely not work for me.” His show every single night was exactly the same, like it was a Broadway show, which was great and worked for him, but I couldn’t do that.
From Michael Jackson to someone you’re on the road with now, what do you learn from Kid Rock?
He’s interesting. I don’t know of any artists who can do what he does. He crosses the spectrum of different styles of music, but he’s authentic as far as who he is on stage is who he is. … It’s a joy to watch him. He’s so into music. He loves what he does. He loves other artists. He listens to other artists and learns from what they do. The other night, the Fourth of July, I was at his house, and he was playing me stuff I might not have heard, like this guy Darrell Scott (guitarist from Band of Joy). He’s just a fan, and I love that about him.
You both were scheduled to play the North Dakota State Fair in Minot this month, which was canceled because of flooding. Any plans to reschedule?
We don’t know yet. It’s all very new and in the works. I hope we do. If I know Bobby (Kid Rock’s real name is Bob Ritchie), he’ll make a big point to get us back there.
You wrote a cookbook after your bout with breast cancer. How has cancer affected the way you do things?
I knew I wasn’t going to die from my diagnosis, but it was definitely a game-changer. It was quite possibly the hardest year and without question the best year. In so many ways it helped me remember who I came to be and pointed out some things in my life that weren’t working any more – people that were taking energy as opposed to bringing me energy. Giving myself the ability to say “no” to people was a big lesson for me.
How have your two boys changed your music?
Your life informs your art. They’ve had everything to do with everything in my life, and that influences how I approach my music. So they are probably the most important influence on me.
Have you thought about doing a kids’ album?
I’m always singing about teeth and brushing your teeth, and I’m always thinking, “Where are those songs?” You never know. It would be a very obnoxious record, I’m afraid, one that parents probably wouldn’t want their kids to listen to.
Do your kids have favorites of your songs?
My 1-year-old doesn’t know what I do, but my 4-year-old does, and it’s work to him. It takes mommy’s attention away from him, so he’s not that interested in me playing guitar.
Is it harder to hit the road now with your family with you?
It’s definitely more challenging. They do great, and by and large, it’s the only life they know. My 4-year-old has friends now, and he misses his buddies and cousins, and he’s going to get to the point where being at home and having a normal life is more fun than being out on the road with mom. So I don’t know exactly what will come next.
You’re working on an album that will come out next year. Rumor is it will be a country album.
All I can say: It will be a Sheryl Crow record. That’s all I can tell you.
Would you ever do a straight-up country record?
Yeah I would, but the kind of country music I like is much more country than what other people like, what gets played. But that’s alright.
You did up here at WE Fest, a country music festival.
Keith Urban sat in with us (on a cover of The Eagles’ “Take it to the Limit”). It was a load of fun. Great audience.
[PIX] BUFFALO, NY - SHOW + BACKSTAGE (JULY 13)
Pix: Chris Hudson/Team Sheryl
[PIX] HOLMDEL, NJ - BACKSTAGE (JULY 12)
Pix: Chris Hudson/Team Sheryl
.Thursday July 14, 2011
[VIDEO] STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU / ALL I WANNA DO - HOLMDEL, NJ
[VIDEO] LOVE THE ONE YOU'RE WITH - HOLMDEL, NJ
[NEWS] TWO OTC STUDENTS TO COOK FOR SHERYL CROW
Two Ozarks Technical Community College students -- Nathan Frazo and Mark Dandurand -- will help prepare a meal for Sheryl Crow and her band.
"I couldn't believe it," said Frazo, a 21-year-old in OTC's culinary program. "I wouldn't have thought I'd be doing anything like this in the near future or really at all, come to think of it."
Crow will be in town for a concert tonight at the O'Reilly Family Event Center at Drury University.
Lisa Gardner, department chair for culinary arts and hospitality management at OTC, said she was contacted a couple of weeks ago by a representative for Chuck White, who is Crow's personal chef, requesting assistance preparing a meal.
Gardner's impression is that White partners with culinary schools in towns where the band performs and allows "top students" to help prepare the meal.
"This is a fabulous opportunity," said Gardner. "I would love to say I helped cook for Sheryl Crow. It's a nice thing to have on your résumé."
The students will help prepare a healthy three-course meal for 16 people.
"As much as it's exciting to do it for her, it's exciting to work with a private chef," said Dandurand, a 25-year-old about to graduate. "It's not often you have a chance to pick their brain and say 'How did you get in here? How did you get into this?"
The two students were recommended because they both placed nationally at SkillsUSA, a national competition where people compete in 22 areas of skilled trades and technologies, including restaurant service.
Jayme VanMeter, who heard about the students' opportunity, was impressed that a celebrity would do this.
[NEWS] @ ROCK'S HOME (STLTODAY.COM)
Another track, "Collide," features Seger and Crow, Rock's tour mate.
"It's so much more fun touring when you have someone out there you respect and love so much," he says of Crow, whom he brings out during his set on the "Born Free" tour. "She loves to rock 'n' roll, and she's really focused, and that comes off to fans."
Crow and her sons visited Rock at his home July 4.
"We were talking music, and we had a fire going, and guitars," he says.
[PIX] HOLMDEL, NJ - JULY 12 - SUPER SET (52 PHOTOS!)
.Tuesday July 12, 2011
[VIDEO] "PICTURE" @ HERSHEY
Epic final :-)
[PIX] HERSHEY, PA - JULY 10, SHOW & BACKSTAGE
Pix: Chris Hudson/Team Sheryl
[PIX] BOSTON, MA - JULY 9
Pix: Chris Hudson/Team Sheryl
.Monday July 11, 2011
[NEWS] SINGER'S DONATION TO WILD HORSE GROUP CRITICIZED
By MARTIN GRIFFITH , 07.10.11, 08:45 PM EDT
RENO, Nev. -- Sheryl Crow, hailed as a champion of wild horses that roam the range in the West, has been criticized by a national animal rights group that is calling her a hypocrite for performing at a Wyoming rodeo.
The "All I Wanna Do" singer planned to donate a portion of the proceeds from her July 22 concert at the Cheyenne Frontier Days to a wild-horse protection group that's suing the government to try to halt a big mustang roundup in Nevada. Crow is the opening act for Kid Rock on a summer tour that includes the Wyoming gig.
But Showing Animals Respect and Kindness claimed that wild horses are abused at that event in a special race just for them.
"How can an organization dedicated to helping wild horses take blood money that was based, in part, on abusing wild horses? We believe what Ms. Crow is doing is nothing but PR spin," said Stuart Chaifetz, a spokesman for the Illinois-based group.
The group, also known as SHARK, called on the Cloud Foundation to reject the donation.
Ginger Kathrens, executive director of the Colorado-based group, said she and other activists consider Crow a true champion of wild horses. Crow has adopted a wild horse and contributed time and money to the cause of keeping them on public lands, she said.
SHARK's criticism is unjustified because rodeos are prohibited under the 1971 federal Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act from using mustangs removed from the range by the government, Kathrens added.
"I think it's important for people to know the wild horse act prohibits the activity they're concerned about," Kathrens told The Associated Press. "They are not using wild horses off our ranges in that race."
A spokesman for Crow agent John Marx at the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills, Calif., referred inquiries to Crow's publicist, who did not respond to an email. In a statement issued on her website last week, Crow said she was aware of "the contrasting and very passionate opinions that people have about this event and rodeos in general."
She said she was making the donation "in recognition of these differences and out of my love for wild horses."
Chaifetz said Crow only decided to make the donation after its protests over her involvement at the rodeo.
He said SHARK helped coordinate a June 24 protest at a Crow book-signing in Salt Lake City at which activists showed up with a banner reading, "Sheryl Crow: Betrayer of Horses."
The Cloud Foundation is trying to win an emergency injunction to block the federal Bureau of Land Management's roundup of 1,700 mustangs scheduled to begin this weekend along the Nevada-Utah line.
A hearing on the request is scheduled Thursday in U.S. District Court in Reno.
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.
[VIDEO] "IF IT MAKES YOU HAPPY" & "STEVE MCQUEEN" ENDING GUITAR SOLO
[VIDEO] KID ROCK AND SHERYL CROW TALK ABOUT TEAMING UP ON TOUR
[LIVE REVIEW] BOSTON, MA - JULY 9 (BOSTON GLOBE)
Kid Rock, Crow lead party at Comcast Center
By Sarah Rodman
[...] Whether it was rollicking rockers infused with a little country flavor - including “Low Life’’ which led into the Georgia Satellites’ “Keep Your Hands to Yourself’’ - the braggadocio of his chest-puffing rhymes - especially “Cowboy’’ and an epic medley that included “Somebody’s Gotta Feel This’’ and “Fist of Rage’’ - and even a couple of tunes that showed his tender side - including “Care’’ and “Picture,’’ performed with opener Sheryl Crow - Rock was having as good a Saturday night as the most joyful audience member. (Crow returned for a spirited cover of Stephen Stills’s free-love classic, “Love the One You’re With.’’) [...]
[...] For her hourlong set Crow stuck mostly with the hits, scoring big cheers with the steadily warming crowd on tunes such as “Soak Up the Sun,’’ “Every Day Is a Winding Road,’’ and “If It Makes You Happy,’’ but still managing to work in some of the steamy soul tracks from her latest album, “100 Miles From Memphis.’ [...]’
[PIX] ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - 8 JULY - SET #2 BY JANET (JRforum)
Thanks Janet (JRforum)
[LIVE REVIEW] BOSTON, MA - JULY 9 (BOSTON HERALD)
Explosive rock show is Kid’s play
By Jim Sullivan / Boston Herald
Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow: the naughty and nice tour?
An oversimplification, maybe, but sort of.
Kid Rock, born Bob Ritchie, is much less menace to society than consummate, ageless entertainer.
He’s made his considerable bones as a poor man’s Beck, a rap/rock/whatever genre-scrambler who’ll pump up his ego as he salutes Grandmaster Flash, Johnny Cash, the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd, while over the years, Crow has been more of a middle-of-the-road folk-rocker.
But they found some common ground last night in front of 10,000-plus at Comcast Center.
Crow played a sassy, rocking, hit-packed hourlong opener. Rock followed with two hours of crazy-quilt stuff — hard-hitting, quasi-profane rock, with window dressing that included multiple flashpots and, during “Midnight Rider”/”Cowboy,” pole dancers.
Near the end, Crow joined to duet on Crosby, Stills and Nash’s playful “Love the One You’re With,” and then she and Rock followed with their power ballad, “Picture,” a touching performance that segued into a reanimated Beavis and Butt-head on the video screen, sneering, “He’s like Kid Soft Rock.” On that, Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker Band launched into a jam that went into ZZ Top’s “La Grange” and Ted Nug-ent’s “Cat Scratch Fever,” and included turntable scratching and drumming by Rock.
Near the end, a shirtless Rock sang the song Beavis and Butt-head wanted, “Bawitdaba,” and it brought the house down.
Throughout, Rock dropped the F-bomb like confetti, praised the joys of booze and pot, invoked big-time pride in his native Detroit and rang the classic-rock nostalgia bell during the encores of “All Summer Long” and “Born Free,” with a fireworks finale.
Rock, who had a major birthday this year, celebrated on stage with the semi-profane, hilarious “Forty,” where he saluted elders such as Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones — of whom he sang, “Almost dead!”
Just a guess, but it looks like Rock is going to be having his grown-up adolescent fun for a long time coming.
Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow at Comcast Center, last night.
Source: Boston Herald
.Saturday July 9, 2011
[BLU-RAY REVIEW] LIVE AT THE PANTAGES (BLOGCRITICS.COM #2)
[LIVE REVIEW] HARTFORD, CT - JULY 7 (HARTFORD COURANT)
Kid Rock's performance Thursday at the Comcast Theatre in Hartford was vulgar, amoral and generally in poor taste; in other words, the evening went off without a hitch. Atop a double bill that also featured the far more boundaried Sheryl Crow, Detroit-born Bob Ritchie's stage alter ego blitzed through a parade of the explicit in a show that left nothing to the imagination, a result just fine with those who came to join the high priest of the lowbrow in his cacophonous revels.
Not that he comes anything other than as advertised. Kid Rock has made a career out of rooting around in the rough parts of life, and although he celebrated his 40th birthday in January, couth was not one of the gifts he received. He was insistent and aggressive from the get-go Thursday, plowing through his opener "American Bad Ass" with a rhythmic bark against the song's stout punch.
His 10-piece band hammered at thick rap-rock backdrops, mirroring the singer's raw attitude as he snapped at the lyrics of "Cowboy," a pair of pole dancers gyrating behind him onstage. The show was clearly not for children (although there were plenty of them there), and strived not to be for adults whenever possible, as Kid Rock shrieked with all the rebellion he could muster, driving the insistent "Somebody's Gotta Feel This" and wailing through the hardcore imagery of "Sugar."
Kid Rock's ability to manage his outlandishness was clear in a guest appearance by Crow, who tethered the show to a more moderate demeanor as she joined in for a propulsive, straight-arrow rendition of "Love the One You're With" and a pleasant remake of the pair's duet hit from 2001, "Picture." After she left, the show went back to the hard stuff with "So Hott," where the electric guitars at its throbbing heart had competition from dancers wriggling their wares well above banks of flame that erupted throughout the tune. Kid Rock screeched across the face of the powerhouse closer "Bawitdaba," and returned for a three-song encore in which his earnest piano ascent of "Only God Knows Why" was sandwiched between two more blowout hits, including a finale of the blustery "Born Free."
Crow's set was mannered by comparison, dressing melodic pop rock with her husky vocal signature. She skated across the chipper R&B of "Our Love is Fading," and romped into the robust hooks of the hearty "Steve McQueen" as she etched its edges on electric guitar.
Her hour-long set felt like the abbreviated roundup of hits it was, with pleasant enough detours such as an interpolation of "Stuck in the Middle With You" between portions of the loopy "All I Wanna Do." She shifted from the percolating "Soak up the Sun" to the pulsating anthem "Peaceful Feeling" before closing her set on keyboards, building the hopeful gospel of "I Shall Believe" as an effective cap to a set that only partially allowed her to show the best of what she has to offer.
Kid Rock's Thursday set list: "American Bad Ass," "God Bless Saturday," "You Never met a [expletive] Quite Like Me," "Lowlife/Keep Your Hands to Yourself," "Midnight Rider/Cowboy," "Care," "Cocky," "Somebody's Gotta Feel This/Fist of Rage/I am the Bullgod/Forever," "Sugar," "[Expletive] 40," "Purple Sky," "Flyin' High," "Love the one You're With," "Picture," "Cat Scratch Fever," "So Hott," "Bawitdaba," (Encore) "All Summer Long," "Only God Knows Why," "Born Free."
Sheryl Crow's Thursday set list: "Our Love is Fading," "A Change Would do you Good," "Steve McQueen," "My Favorite Mistake," "All I Wanna Do/Stuck in the Middle With You," "If it Makes you Happy," "Everyday is a Winding Road," "Soak up the Sun," "Peaceful Feeling," "I Shall Believe."
Source: Hartford Courant
[LIVE REVIEW] HARTFORD, CT - JULY 7 (MASSLIVE.COM)
By Donnie Moorehouse
[...] Opener Sheryl Crow (did you know the Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow audiences have converged? They have!) came out to help Kid Rock lift Stephen Stills’ “Love the One Your With,” and stayed on the stage to reprise their own duet “Picture.” [...]
[...] For her opening slot, Sheryl Crow has abandoned pushing her new Stax / Memphis soul sound and concentrated on her past catalog to the delight and occasional delirium of the crowd.
Crow rambled through “Steve McQueen,” “All I Wanna Do,” “If It Makes You Happy,” and “Soak Up the Sun,” before closing the set out by turning the shed into the Greater Hartford Church of the Yet-To-Be-Saved with the gospel inflected “I Shall Believe.” [...]
I went to see Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow last night at the Comcast Theater in Hartford CT. Yes I know, a show in Connecticut? I have only lived in this state for almost 11 years and I can count on two hands on how many shows I have been to (with more than half of them only about 15 minutes away from my house from the Ives Center at West Conn. University) because I love to see shows in New York, you can’t get the same vibe. But I have to say that last night in Hartford was as close to a New York crowd that I have experienced since I have become a “Nutmeger.” First things first, they will be at PNC this Tuesday night July 12 and you have to go, the show is so worth your money-you will have a great time.
Anyways, to begin with, Sheryl Crow was so freaking good that I was blown away and I would definitely go back to see her again. This was the first time I have ever seen her live and I have to tell you that I so did not expect what I saw last night. She “rocked the house out.” (sorry talking like Kid Rock, that’s what happens when you go to see him). Her band was as tight as a drum, they came out to the sounds of Sly & The Family Stone’s “Dance to the Music” and it took off from there, the visual make-up of the band also similar to the Family Band as well as Kid’s Twisted Brown Trucker band-so right off the bat you could feel the “unity.” Maybe it was because she is touring with the Kid but she seemed more relaxed than what I have ever seen from her (TV interviews, Blues concert with Clapton, etc.) and even she said the “F” bomb when speaking to the audience. (That is another bad habit that one picks up at a Kid Rock show, especially when one of his songs is titled “I’m 40 F*****G Years Old”). The first three or four songs I felt like I was at a Runaway’s show (I mean no disrespect Sheryl, I just wasn’t expecting such a rocking set) and I was making sure that this was Ms. Crow up on stage. Wow, the highlight for me was the song-“My Favorite Mistake.” Sheryl I will be seeing you again, make no mistake about that!!
Now for the Kid, this guy is so cool, he just has it. His motto has always been-“If it looks good, you’ll see it; if it sounds good, you’ll hear it, if it’s marketed right, you’ll buy it; but…if it’s real, you’ll feel it”- and I for one sure felt it last night. Of course if you don’t know who he is, there is a film clip that starts off the show depicting his rise to fame and by now we all know that self promotion is not something that he needs to work on. The video shots of him as a child to where he is now was very entertaining and it included his songs in the background to build up that adrenaline to a boiling point as we were all ready to explode with him; and he didn’t disappoint as everyone was out of their seat (and minds) and head banged to “American Bad Ass.” What a way to start off the show!! There he was with his blue fedora hat squeezed down to his eyeballs with jeans and a blue shirt that was showing off his forty year old abs-which are still like 20 years old. The energy in the humid air was so thick that it was exactly what I was expecting- a concert outdoors at the beginning of the summer on a beautiful night with a great lineup and the musicianship was so electrifying that it will be something that I will always remember. Right off the bat, the crowd is worked into frenzy and then he switches gears and goes right into the country-rock with the fun-“God Bless Saturday”- and surprisingly most of the crowd knew the song. (You know how concert crowds hate “we’re going to do a few tunes from our new record”-which is exactly what he said towards the end of his set when he jammed with his band mates on some bar stools as the acoustic guitars came out). This song is so good and is a perfect summer/weekend song-“God Bless Saturday!!!”-it’s what we live for, right?
One of the many highlights for me is when he started off with the Allman Brother’s classic-“Midnight Rider”- and worked it right into “Cowboy.” To this day I think this is one of the coolest songs ever recorded. Yes I wanted to turn my hat backwards and waved my right arm over my head back and forth while making believe I was the Kid-“because I want to be a cowboy baby!!!” By this time, it was so worth the drive and money. He kept the “old school” rap party going with a mesh of “Somebody’s Got To Feel This”/ “Fist of Rage.” With “Fist” I can picture my friend-Slats- loving this tune because he used to do that “rock/rap” thing with all the motions that the Kid does-I was out of my mind-this is so good!!! Loud guitars, massive drum beats with the Kid rapping and rocking-can it get any better?
As mentioned this is an adult party (but with plenty of kids there) and by the middle of the show I lost count on the “F” bombs as he went into “Sugar” (and those lyrics are really bad) but that’s what you are going to get when you see him-that part of him doesn’t go away at his shows. Then he tells the crowd that he turned 40 years old in January of this year and informs the audience that he wrote a song about it. Well you can imagine-every other word was the “F” bomb as he poked fun at Springsteen who is “62” and the Rolling Stones are “close to death” so that surly side of Kid never goes away. But then in an instant he takes it down to a such a calm level that makes you realize why he has taken photos with the last two American President’s we have had in office and he becomes this nice guy who can really sing. Sheryl came out to join him in a rocking version of the Stephen Stills song-“Love the One You’re With.” And then what the entire crowd was waiting for- to finally see them both perform-“Picture.” The girls were screaming just as loud for Sheryl, especially the ones behind me-my ears are still ringing just from their squeals. Kid Rock took it serious and showed his skills as a vocalist-it’s like I have always said-when someone else is up there and the other person knows they are good at what they do, then your game is taken up a notch (Steve Winwood made Clapton appear “God” like because Clapton knew Winwood is a stud). Kid knew that Sheryl’s sweet vocals were going to be a hit so he had to make sure he performed just like the recording and he did-the result was spectacular. (He added the audio tune on the “drink you away” part for more effect).
Then a clip of “Beavis & Butthead” came on as they are discussing the lyrics to “Picture” and asked why Kid doesn’t just “rock out” anymore and to stop making “soft rock.” From that point on, the frenzy returned to the crowd as the loud guitars returned along with the rap/rock genre which was back to stay for the rest of the night. The Kid did his best impression of Frampton as he talked with his guitar, then ran up to the drums and jammed away to Ted Nugent’s “Cat Scratch Fever.” Who knew that the Kid had all these skills? And the ultimate highlight of every show that he does is the forever classic-“Bawitdaba.” Folks I am telling you right now, there is nothing better than seeing him perform this song live-it is an epic experience. “MY NAME IS KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIDDDDDDDDDDD.” Last night I wish I was Kid!!! Thanks Mr. Rock for an unforgettable summer night. (Yes he did “All Summer Long”).
[NEWS] FANS RECALL SHERYL CROW'S EARLY DAYS (NEWS-LEADER.COM)
As the Missouri native prepares for her first Springfield show, fans and friends recall her early days.
When platinum recording artist and nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow takes the stage at the O'Reilly Family Event Center next Friday night, she won't only be performing for legions of fans. She'll be performing for old friends as well.
Over and over, people who knew Crow before she was famous speak of her down-to-earth ways, her devotion to her family and her generosity.
None of those friends knows her better than pharmacist Brian Mitchell, who grew up alongside Crow and her siblings in Kennett. Mitchell holds an honor many have doubtless dreamed of: he took Crow to her senior prom.
"It was in 1980," he said. "The first thing I always tell everyone about it is that Sheryl actually made her own dress. It was really pretty, and she was really proud of it.
"We had a blast, of course. I was as mesmerized by her then as her fans are to this day. So I was really honored that she said 'yes' to the invitation. I think I simply asked before anyone else did."
Stories come fast and easy for both Brian and his wife, Candace, who's gotten to know Crow since marrying Brian 13 years ago.
"He still has a photo in his wallet from that prom," Candace said with a laugh, "but he's got one of me, too."
The couple, who still live in Kennett, gave many instances of Crow's devotion to her old friends and to family. Candace met her for the first time in 1998 when Crow hosted "Saturday Night Live" in New York. "She invited us to come to the taping," Candace said. "Then, she invited us backstage, and we went to dinner with her, her band and the 'SNL' cast. She's just real down-to-earth."
Brian added that Crow called him in 1987 the night she got the news she'd been asked to join Michael Jackson on his "Bad" tour. "She was thrilled," he said. "She had absolutely no fear and nothing but confidence. It was the break she'd been working so hard for."
First time in Springfield
Although Crow has stayed close to her Bootheel roots, she's never had a concert in Springfield. "We've been trying to get Sheryl to come here for a while," said Howard Cotner, whose agency is responsible for bringing Crow to town. "It's never worked out in the past because of scheduling."
This time, though, serendipity stepped in. "She's been touring with Kid Rock," Cotner said, "and they're going to be in St. Louis on the 16th. So the 15th worked out in her routing for Springfield."
Cotner added that Kid Rock won't be on the bill. "This is strictly an evening with Sheryl Crow."
"It's always fun to perform close to home, and I'm excited to come to Springfield as I have never performed there before," Crow said via her publicist.
"There are a lot of things I really admire about her," said Springfield resident Anita Lael. "I have her cookbook, 'If it Makes You Healthy,' which is a take on her hit song 'If it Makes You Happy.'
"I also like it that she's a University of Missouri grad (like Lael herself)," she added. "Go Tigers!"
Crow is a passionate supporter of a variety of environmental and health-related charities, including The Natural Resources Defense Council, The World Food Program and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
A breast cancer survivor herself, Crow's name is on the Sheryl Crow Imaging Center, which opened earlier this year at the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Los Angeles.
"It's always great to have someone in her position who'll go public," said Nixa resident and 12-year breast cancer survivor Deb Rainwater.
"When you hear someone you admire saying, 'Early detection will save your life,' you pay attention," she added. "It takes the stigma away.
"I've met people who are like 'poor me, I'm doomed,'" Rainwater said, "but then someone like Sheryl Crow comes along, and you see it's just a bump in the road."
[DVD REVIEW] MILES FROM MEMPHIS - BLOGCRITICS.COM
review by Donald Gibson
On her most recent studio LP to date, last year’s 100 Miles From Memphis, Sheryl Crow set out to honor classic R&B of the late ‘60s and ‘70s by composing and covering songs ostensibly in that stylistic vein. Despite a couple standout moments, however, the album just didn't live up to its potential, drawing on genre-specific clichés like horns and gospel-tinged backing vocals more than universal conviction.
Still, a rewarding live performance can transcend even the most lackluster material; and yet, for the most part, the one documented on Miles From Memphis: Live at the Pantages Theatre does not. The set begins encouragingly enough — Crow brings plenty of charisma to the stage, and her band here is outstanding — but it soon succumbs to the same stale motifs as on the album, which informs most of the show.
In fact, she spruces up older cuts in much the same dressing — “All I Wanna Do” morphs into Marvin Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up,” the curious transition leaving little to be desired; "Strong Enough" is usurped by an awkward reggae romp, with Crow at times affecting a faux-Jamaican accent — making this soul serenade seem like either a mismatched experiment of artist and genre or, worse, a contrived one.
Thankfully a stripped-down, pensive version of "Redemption Day," an underrated highlight of the Sheryl Crow album, along with the effervescent hit, "Soak Up The Sun," help ensure that Miles From Memphis isn't all for naught.
In the DVD’s bonus footage — a featurette that includes a two-song soundcheck along with commentary from Crow on her band and her aspirations for this particular project — she talks about why R&B and soul music has long resonated with her, and how that appreciation ultimately inspired 100 Miles From Memphis and, consequently, this concert film. She admires legends like Curtis Mayfield and Sly & The Family Stone, she explains, because within even their funkiest, most accessible songs they voiced messages of social and political relevance. “The opportunity to go out and carry on that tradition,” Crow concludes, “for me, is not just humbling but it’s really exciting.” It’s also really presumptuous, and any such assimilation does little to help her credibility in what is an all-around missed opportunity.
[NEWS] SHERYL CROW MAKES DONATION TO CLOUD FOUNDATION
Famous singer/songwriter stands behind preservation of wild horses on public land
DENVER, CO (July 7, 2011) – Legendary singer/songwriter–Sheryl Crow–announced today that she will be donating a portion of the proceeds from her concert at Cheyenne Frontier Days to The Cloud Foundation based in Colorado Springs. The donation from her upcoming concert at Frontier Days in Wyoming aims to promote awareness and increase appreciation for America’s free roaming wild horses.
“As part of my summer-long touring commitment with Kid Rock, I am playing the Cheyenne Frontier Days Festival in Cheyenne, Wyoming,” states Crow on her website.
“I am aware of the contrasting and very passionate opinions that people have about this event, and rodeos in general. In recognition of these differences, and out of my love for wild horses, a portion of the proceeds from the show will be donated to The Cloud Foundation, an organization dedicated to the preservation of wild horses on public lands.”
“We are very grateful for Sheryl’s continuing support to save the last wild horses still roaming free in the West,” states Ginger Kathrens, Executive Director of The Cloud Foundation. “The herds are so small now they run the risk of dying out.”
Sheryl Crow’s donation will go to build the Foundation’s new Save the Mustangs Fund.
In 1900 there were an estimated 2-3 million mustangs roaming free. Though protected by a 1971 Act of Congress it is believed there are fewer than 20,000 currently remaining on their legally designated rangelands.
.Thursday July 7, 2011
[NEWS] KID ROCK PSYCHED TO BE ON THE ROAD WITH SHERYL (ROLLING STONES)
But for the moment, Rock is psyched to be on the road with Crow. "She's my favorite duet partner," he says. "She loves country stuff and she can rock out with the best of them. She's not scared to let us take it up to 10 and she can also sit on a stool and make the hair on your arms stand up." He plans to switch up duets with her nightly. "Me and her doing the same shtick every night would get old … we've played so many covers. We've sat with guitars and picked Allman Brothers, Free songs, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty songs … we've talked about, ‘Hey, maybe we should record these shows every night, and pick different songs, and do some fun covers, and pop out that album we've been talking about doing for 10 years!'
Source: Rolling Stone magazine
[VIDEO] MY FAVORITE MISTAKE - SYLVANIA, OH - JULY 5
[LIVE REVIEW] PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 6 (PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE)
Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow delight audience with hits
Thursday, July 07, 2011
By Scott Mervis, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
It was more than a little strange when Sheryl Crow first appeared on a Kid Rock song.
He was this trailer park Southern rock rapper who ran Pamela Anderson, and she was a polished pop goddess with a flair for beachy LA fun.
Even the label hated the idea. But rather than an image-wrecking disaster, their little honky-tonk tryst on "Picture" turned out to be a surprise hit in 2003.
Eight years later, they're on the road together, with Ms. Crow in front of his choir.
She got the first call last night at the First Niagara Pavilion, taking the stage at the keyboard, looking fine at 49 in a white cami, hippie mini-skirt and cowboy boots. Her set started a little low on energy, but picked up when she got the Kid Rock crowd into it with beer and weed references and slipped into her sexy early hit "All I Wanna Do," merged with a cover of "Stuck in the Middle With You."
From there, she let her powerful pipes loose on the high notes of "If It Makes You Happy" and "Every Day is a Winding Road," the strain in her voice adding rock'n' roll grit.
Her band rocked it hard, capturing both the whimsy and fury of the '60s on "Soak Up the Sun" and "Peaceful Feeling," complete with the "Crossroads" riff. Before she left she mentioned taking her kid to the Carnegie Science Center, the Children's Museum and the National Aviary during the afternoon. Then she took us to church with the scorching gospel blues of "I Shall Believe."
The intensity was instant and white-hot when the self-proclaimed "Rock and Roll Jesus" ran on stage, in his shiny blue Western shirt, with red sirens whirling and flashpots firing for the rap-metal of "You Never Met A [Mother] Quite Like Me" and "American Bad Ass," declaring his passion for Johnny Cash AND Grandmaster Flash.
All these years later it's pretty amazing how he goes directly from the redneck rap of "Cocky" into a Skynyrd riff for "Lowlife," also a springboard for The Georgia Satellites' "Keep Your Hands to Yourself." Once he reminded his rather ripped crowd what a bad--- he was with "Midnight Rider" and his "Cowboy" anthem, he settled down at the piano for his touching apolitical manifesto "Care."
Then he took the Southern rock and mixed it with the hip-hop and the hammer of the gods for "Somebody's Gotta Feel This/Fist of Rage/I Am the Bullgod/Forever" and "Sugar," which isn't even the slightest bit sweet.
Kid Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker Band unplugged for the Mellencamp-like Americana of "Purple Sky." He had a little fun at his own expense with a hilarious romp (with an unprintable title) about turning 40.
The Kid Rock/Crow summit came late in his set for a stirring, funked-up cover of Stephen Stills' "Love the One You're With" and their Johnny-and-June treatment on "Picture," with a screen shot of a whole lotta Kid Rock and Beavis and Butt-Head there to make fun of him for being "Soft Rock."
During his traditional I-Play-Every-Instrument segment, he offered a Peter Frampton talkbox bit and snippets of killer classics like "La Grange" and "Cat Scratch Fever." "So Hott" came with jolts of fire and pole-dancers writhing in front of the American flag. "All Summer Long" and "Born Free" hit the spot as a feel-good crowd sing-alongs and "Bawitdaba" was an insanely over-the-top display of lasers, fireworks and metal bombast.
When Kid Rock first came along with that crazy new hybrid, it was hard to predict how far he could take it. Say this about 40-year-old Robert James Ritchie: he's still a blast to party with and he's doing a good deal better than Fred Durst.
Scott Mervis: email@example.com; 412-263-2576.
Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette
.Wednesday July 6, 2011
[PIX] SYLVANIA, OH - JUNE 5
Photo Credit: Kevin Simms
[NEWS] SHERYL SCHEDULED TO PERFORM AT MI FEST
Michigan International Speedway to host music festival
A new Michigan music festival is aiming for pole position among area rock fans.
A reunion of Jack White's Raconteurs and a performance by Sheryl Crow are among the highlights on tap for the inaugural MI Fest, a weekend camping event that will bow Sept. 16-18 on the grounds of Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn.
Organizers of MI Fest -- pronounced "my fest" -- will unveil their two-stage artist roster, including acts from White's Third Man Records, and other details today.
Farmington Hills promoter TGIF Entertainment Group, which has a four-year deal to produce the fest at MIS, is aiming for an opening-year crowd of 15,000.
Tickets are $59 through Friday and $79 starting Saturday. (Children 12 and under will be admitted free.) Camping is $35 for rustic sites and $50 for electric-ready sites. VIP packages are also available.
The music will run one day only, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 17; it is heavy on homegrown classic rock, with Michigan veterans such as Alto Reed, Mitch Ryder, the Rockets and Grand Funk's Mark Farner joined by Detroit-scene staples like Ty Stone, Jill Jack and the Howling Diablos.
About a half-hour down the road from the site of 1970's fabled Goose Lake rock festival, MI Fest is touting itself as a celebration of local rock heritage. An onsite art gallery will feature pieces by Detroit rock poster artists such as Stanley Mouse, Mark Arminski, Gary Grimshaw and Carl Lundgren, along with photography by Leni Sinclair and Sue Rynski.
Mouse, the Detroit-bred designer best known for his Grateful Dead album covers, will create the official MI Fest poster, to debut in August.
"That's what our event is about -- celebrating the history of Michigan while bringing in national names as well," says TGIF head George Gikas. "Around here, you don't have to go very far to have a full schedule of talent."
The fest's real coup is the Raconteurs, led by ex-Detroiters White and Brendan Benson. It will be the band's first performance since October 2008 and one of the only Jack White concerts planned for 2011.
MI Fest was conceived by MIS officials and Gikas, who helped produce the Great Lakes Wine Fest at the speedway last summer. The event joins a growing number of festivals and concerts at NASCAR sites as tracks seek to become year-round destinations.
"They've got the infrastructure, which is what attracted us most," says Gikas. "Handling a crowd is something they're accustomed to. From that standpoint, we felt comfortable that our guests would be safe and secure with the best amenities."
TGIF's most notable production to date was a Thanksgiving night charity show last year headlined by Alto Reed.
The 2011 economy presents challenges in launching a festival, says Gikas.
"We understood that for this to be successful we've got to be smart about it," he says. "We set our sights on something a little scaled-back, a single day of music, and we'll let it grow from there. We're being cautious, but we didn't want to cheapen the event either."
Contact Brian McCollum: 313-223-4450 or firstname.lastname@example.org
[LIVE REVIEW] SUMMERFEST - MILWAUKEE - JULY 3 (ONMILWAUKEE.COM)
[...] He might be f**kin' 40, but Rock clearly isn't ready to slow down, bringing out more strippers and beard-singeing flames for "So Hott" before inviting pal Crow out for a mini-set that included Stephen Stills' classic "Love the One You're With" and their smash "Picture," during which their chemistry and friendship shone through in knowing glances and a genuine embrace. "I saw your picture today and I sold it on eBay," Crow sang as a photo of a naked Rock holding his stones flashed on the screen and she joked, "you know a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do." [...]
[...] Crow opened the show with an easy, breezy set of songs that smelled and tasted like a lazy summer afternoon. Maybe I was crazy from the heat (did I mention that it was really hot?), but every one of her signature tunes felt like an invitation to a beach party.
"Steve McQueen" was dedicated to Bob Ritchie (aka Kid Rock), because he "likes to drink beer," as Crow, wearing a bedazzled short skirt, grey tank top and cowboy boots, alternated between keyboard and guitar. She served up "All I Wanna Do," and who among Rock's fans couldn't cotton to the sentiment about loving a "good beer buzz early in the morning?" From the looks of nearly everyone in the pavilion, all of them.
And between the chugs of beer she took during "Every Day is a Winding Road" and the surf-themed "Soak up the Sun," you had to wonder why Crow, or Rock for that matter, would ever tour in the cold winter months again.
.Monday July 4, 2011
[PIX + REVIEW] SUMMERFEST - MILWAUKEE - JULY 3
Pix by Chris Hudson/Team Sheryl and Erik Ernst/JSOnline.com
[...] The crowd cheered as Sheryl Crow joined Rock for an upbeat duet of Stephen Stills' "Love the One You're With" before they performed their collaborative hit, "Picture."
Deadlines prevented review of Kid Rock's entire set.
The breezy, soulful pop that filled Crow's hourlong set played well with the crowd, which stood, danced and sang along. Crow stepped behind a keyboard for the opening "Our Love Is Fading," grooved across the stage as she sang "A Change Would Do You Good," and grabbed an electric guitar and joined former Eric Clapton guitarist Doyle Bramhall II at the front of the stage to jam at the end of "Steve McQueen."
Much of the set focused on Crow's first decade of hits. Her first big single, 1994's "All I Wanna Do" led into 1996's "If It Makes You Happy" and "Everyday Is a Winding Road." Crow's long hair blew in the wind of an onstage fan as she urged the crowd to sing the feel-good pop of "Soak Up the Sun." [...]
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.Sunday July 3, 2011
[NEWS] SHERYL CROW: DOWN TO EARTH CELEBRITY (TOLEDO BLADE)
Artist performs in Sylvania Tuesday
BY ROD LOCKWOOD
Sheryl Crow’s career has taken her all over the world and splashed her face across the pages of every celebrity magazine in existence.
She was engaged to Lance Armstrong, was a backup singer for Michael Jackson, and has performed with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton. She’s won nine Grammys and most recently was in the news for accidentally flashing her underwear on a CMT awards show.
All of which indicates that life can be kind of weird for Crow, a solid midwesterner and bona fide top-notch musician who, by virtue of her glamorous looks and our out-of-control celebrity culture, has been forced to navigate two disparate worlds.
One minute she’s a working mother and an artist trying to figure out where the bridge should go on a song she’s written. The next she’s trying to make her way through an airport with paparazzi chasing her down.
"I’ve never been comfortable with the cameras in my face, but I really am uncomfortable with the camera in my kids’ faces and that’s a new thing in the last few years with the media outlets turning toward making money off pictures of people’s children. I think it’s a really unfair practice. My kids don’t understand that and it’s an intrusion and can actually be an assault basically," she said in a phone interview from a tour stop in Sioux City, Iowa.
"These guys run around with cameras like they’re in a war zone and it’s really silly. But there’s money to be made off celebrities’ kids, so that aspect of it is very unsavory. It is weird."
Crow, who is performing at Centennial Terrace in Sylvania Tuesday night, maintains an appealing down-to-earth vibe both in her music and persona. She speaks with an accent that is part southern and part midwestern and she’s never shied away from expressing her views on politics — very liberal — the environment, or any other cause that is important to her.
She makes decisions based on what’s best for her family — she has adopted two boys, Wyatt, 4, and Levi, 1 — and doesn’t seem to pay all that much attention to commercial considerations these days.
"I think your life in general informs your art. So everything in my life has become about them. They’re the first thing I think of in the morning and the last thing I think of at night," she said.
"And every decision I make they’re involved in the decision-making, or at least they inform my decision-making. There is something wonderful about how children reintroduce you to things in life that you don’t notice anymore or that you take for granted. So it’s great to observe life again in a fresh new way through the eyes of a child."
Crow’s track record of hits carried her through the ’90s when she worked hard to go from a backup singer for people such as Jackson and Don Henley to writing her own songs. Her music has always straddled pop and classic rock, and songs like "All I Wanna Do," "My Favorite Mistake," "Leaving Las Vegas," "If It Makes You Happy," "Soak Up the Sun," and "Everyday Is A Winding Road" are catchy enough to appeal to commercial radio, but cool enough to satisfy the critics.
A bout with breast cancer in 2006 reorganized her priorities, including focusing so much on changing her diet that she wrote a cookbook with chef friend Chuck White called If It Makes You Healthy: More Than 100 Recipes Inspired By the Seasons (272 pages, St. Martin’s Press, $19.99).
"I wound up changing the way I look at food largely because I was diagnosed with cancer five years ago. I wanted to, instead of taking the Tamoxifen, to explore other avenues for staying well and nutrition was the most obvious," she said.
She also rebooted her musical approach a bit by returning to her soul roots on "100 Miles From Memphis" last year. Growing up in Missouri, literally about a hundred miles from the iconic Tennessee home of the Stax/Volt and Sun record labels that produced such greats as Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and others, she heard that style of music all her life.
The recording sessions were so prolific that she and her band recorded 24 songs, many of which were left off the release.
"I’ve grown up singing it my whole life, but I’ve never fully committed to making a record that is sonically inspired by the Memphis sound. I moved to Nashville five years ago and it just felt like the logical transition at that moment. I was kind of at a turning point in my career where I just wondered what would be fun — fun to take out on tour and fun to sing."
A recently released concert DVD, "Sheryl Crow Miles From Memphis Live at the Pantages Theatre," captures Crow and her crack band featuring guitarist Doyle Bramhall II (who also is her boyfriend) performing 18 songs, many from the new album.
Expect to hear that sound — rhythm and blues, horns, some funk — at Centennial Terrace Tuesday and if it’s anything like the show captured on DVD the music should sound just about perfect in a timeless way on a summer night.
Sheryl Crow will perform at Centennial Terrace, 5773 Centennial Rd., with music starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $60.50 for limited VIP seats and $35.50 in advance for all the rest. They will be $40 the day of the show. Tickets are available at the Strahanan Theater box office, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd., Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, and online atticketmaster.com.
Contact Rod Lockwood at email@example.com or 419-724-6159.
Source: Toledo Blade
[PIX] CINCINNATI - CONCERT
Pix by Team Sheryl
[VIDEO] CINCINNATI - IF IT MAKES YOU HAPPY
[LIVE REVIEW] CINCINNATI, JULY 2 (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER)
[...] The best non-rap portion of the show was opening act Sheryl Crow’s return to the stage for three duets in a row with Rock. They performed their duet singles “Collide” and “Picture, as well as a version of Stephen Stills’ “Love the One You’re With.” (The pair appeared to be singing the Stills song off of a teleprompter, but I could not verify this. At the time I was distracted by being repeatedly hit in the face with a Confederate-flag bandana waved by a woman next to me.) [...]
Crow’s opening set was essentially a string of hit songs that had the pavilion crowd on its feet for most of her hour-long show. She played them all fairly straight, other than “All I Wanna Do,” to which she added a bridge of Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck in the Middle with You” to crowd-pleasing effect.