NEWS JUNE 2008

Saturday June 28

[NEWS] AT EASE!

To all of my faithful readers: the time has come for my vacation, YAYYYYYY! That mean there will be no updates or additions to this site until my return.

Have fun everyone and see you in a couple of weeks or so.

I love you!
- Aleks


[PICS] HARD ROCK CALLING - HI-RES - HYDE PARK, LONDON, JUNE 28

 

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[NEWS] CROW TO PERFORM AT AREA BENEFIT

Sheryl Crow is this year's performer for the Genworth Children's Advantage Classic benefit.

The pop-folk singer will play Crowat VCU's Siegel Center at 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at an event hosted by tennis icons Andre Agassi and Stefanie Graf, as well as Michael D. Fraizer, chairman and CEO of Genworth Financial.

Tickets for the concert are $35, $50, $75 and $125 and will go on sale July 22 through the VCU ticket office by calling (804) 828-7267 or visiting www.siegelcenter.com (the site will be updated closer to the on sale).

This is the fourth annual fundraiser for the Children's Advantage Classic; all proceeds from the concert will benefit eight local nonprofit organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Boys & Girls Clubs of metro Richmond.

The past three events have raised more than $1.5 million for at-risk children.

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch (www.inrich.com)


[BLOGOSPHERE] OMG, DAVID WILD IS BACK!

... and, obviously, he has something nice to say about Sheryl, and her latest record ;-)

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From: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-wild/

Random Shuffle Shocker: Old White Guys Do It Better!

I'm talking about making rock & roll music, any old way you use it. What the fuck else could I be talking about anyway, you salacious, race-based bastards?

Generally speaking -- or should that be generally blogging - I'm not a big fan of the white man. In politics, for instance, or corporate America, white dudes are generally overpaid and frankly overrated. But late last night I was listening to my iPod on Random Shuffle and heard "Scare Easy" from the recent album by Mudcrutch, the original group that brought Tom Petty from Florida to El Lay. The band featured two other eventual Heartbreakers - the perennially under worshiped god Mike Campbell and the eternal keyboard guru Benmont Tench, as well as guitarist Tom Leadon and drummer Randall Marsh who missed out on rock fame by that much, as Maxwell Smart might say. Proving that sometimes late actually is better than never, Mudcrutch have delivered not only one of the year's greatest rock album, but one of Petty's better efforts ever. I was fortunate enough to catch Mudcrutch during a recent show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, and it was one of the most joyous, life-affirming concerts in recent memory. Old white guys may not be able to last quite as long as they once did, but at least we try hard, and like Petty says, we don't scare easy.

Here's further proof that after we Caucasians give up our historic hold on the presidency -- as well we goddamn should -- there ought to still be some gigs left over for old white guys -- which for the purposes of this discussion covers anyone over the age of 40.

HOME BEFORE DAWN -- Neil Diamond.
Both Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench can be heard on Diamond's latest and arguably greatest album - a mature and extremely passionate song cycle. To borrow a phrase from one of the inspired songs here, he shows some "Pretty Amazing Grace" for a white guy at any age. Home Before Dawn recently became Diamond's first #1 album ever -- one of the most encouraging and attractive examples ever of a mature white guy on top.

NOTHING BUT THE BEST -- Frank Sinatra
Okay, the Voice may have been silenced, and the man only rocked and rolled the way he wanted to, yet I defy you to find a better singer than Old Blue Eyes anywhere on the charts. Want to know why Sinatra still matters and charts so well? Take one listen to the opening "Come Fly With Me" and feel it for yourself, boys and girls. As an old white guy from the Garden State myself, the Chairman still makes me proud.

HALFWAY, PLEASED -- Curt Smith
For some, Smith may be just the other white guy in Tears For Fears, but to me, he's an old friend and fellow dad who's just made one of the stronger albums of 2008 by writing and singing beautifully about his own middle ages. As he presents songs about life, love and family here, there are moments of pure harmonic convergence that reminded me of Brian Wilson at his best. And speaking of Brian Wilson at his very best, I just got a first sneak preview of his upcoming album. Get ready because it's not just some marketing line this time -- Brian's Back!

DETOURS -- Sheryl Crow
Okay, so Sheryl is clearly a woman -- a still red hot woman too, I'll unnecessarily mention -- but do yourself a favor and give this album a first or second chance because Crow has come through the good, the bad and ugly, and delivered her best and most pointed album yet. I've known Sheryl a bit since before she had an album out, and I've never felt her put more of herself in her music. This is a heartbreaking yet inspiring album that I suggest old white guys put on as they do the right thing and write those checks to the Obama campaign in the months still to come.

- David Wild

Friday June 2

[NEWS] SHERYL CROW, JOHN MELLENCAMP TO TOUR TOGETHER

For the first time in 15 years, John Mellencamp will tour Australia and New Zealand with special guest Sheryl Crow, who will be returning to Australia for the first time since 1997. The 10-day trek starts on November 15 in Sandalford, AUS and winds down on December 7 in Christchurch, NZ.

Mellencamp has sold nearly 2 million units in Australia over his career; he will perform his hits as well as debuting material from his brand new album "Life, Death, Love & Freedom" to be released on July 12. He will bring with him his touring band; Mike Wancic - his veteran guitarist of 30 years, keyboardist Troye Kinnet, violinist Miriam Sturm, drummer Dane Clark, guitarist Andy York and bassist John Gunnell.

Mellencamp was inducted earlier this year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and this past December received the ASCAP Foundation's Champion Award in recognition of the his outstanding use of music in the service of humanity. He continues to headline the annual Farm Aid event in the USA that he co-founded with Willie Nelson.

Crow will also perform her hits; "All I Wanna Do," 'If It Makes You Happy" plus feature material from her album "Detours" released earlier this year. There will also be a Sheryl Crow Live DVD released to coincide with the tour.

Shane Nicholson will be the special guest at the Australian indoor shows. He first came to prominence with Brisbane band Pretty Violet Stain and then released two solo albums: "It's a Movie" in 2003 and "Faith & Science" in 2006. Most recently he co-wrote, performed and co-produced the number one Australian album "Rattlin Bones" with his wife and music partner Kasey Chambers.

Tickets will go on sale for all events on July 7.

John Mellancamp/Sheryl Crow itinerary:
(Dates subject to change)

Nov 15 An Evening On The Green Sandalford, WA (special guest: Toby)
Nov 19 Adelaide Entertainment Centre Hindmarsh, SA (special guest: Shane Nicholson)
Nov 21 Rod Laver Arena Melbourne, VIC (special guest: Shane Nicholson)
Nov 22 A Day On The Green Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley, ViC (special guest: The Vandas)
Nov 25 Brisbane Entertainment Centre Brisbane, QLD (special guest: Shane Nicholson)
Nov 28 Acer Arena Sydney, NSW (special guest: Shane Nicholson)
Nov 29 A Day On The Green Bimbadgen Estate, Hunter Valley, NSW (special guest: Felicity Urquhart)
Dec 3 Vector Arena Auckland, NZ (special guest: Gin Wigmore)
Dec 6 A Day On The Green Alana Estate Winery, Wellington NZ (special guest: Gin Wigmore)
Dec 7 A Day On The Green Mudhouse Winery, Christchurch NZ (special guest: Gin Wigmore)

Source: .ticketnews.com

Thursday June 26

[VIDEOS] LA CIGALE, PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 25 (BY SUSHIE)

Review and pictures @ http://www.unsushidansmonlit.com/2008/06/26/la-cigale-fan-de-sheryl-crow/


There Goes The Neighborhood


If It Makes You Happy


Soak Up The Sun


All I Wanna Do


My Favorite Mistake


First Cut


[SET LIST] LE CIGALE, PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 25


Photo: Chris Hudson

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
CAN'T CRY
RUN BABY RUN
MISTAKE
FIRST CUT
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD
MOTIVATION
DETOURS
STRONG ENOUGH
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY  
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
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ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND
ROCK AND ROLL


[PICS] INSTYLE MAGAZINE, JUNE 2008 ISSUE


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[REVIEW] BERCY ARENA, JUNE 24

 

From: http://rockerparis.blogspot.com/

Hi Guys,

Very nice package this evening as Sheryl Crow is opening for Santana in Paris Bercy. I thought Bercy was completely destroyed as KISS blew the arena last week with their show full of pyrothecnics.

Different band and different audience tonight .

Sheryl Crow (before playing on June 25th at La Cigale as a headliner) has a real challenge : to please all these old geezers who don't seem to care, very hard task, Bercy is sleeping, The fact that it's an all seated concert that help either.

She's trying hard but doesn't get any response at all. Sad because she's really good . Her voice is crystal clear, she's in her late forties but believe me she's very very hot.

Setlist includes most of her hit singles : " all i wanna do " , " if it makes you happy " ," every day is a winding road " ...

After a short intermission Santana and his band ( 8 musicians included monster drummer Dennis Chambers ) are taking Bercy by storm , well sort of .

It's hard to sit down with the kind of music that Santana is playing but Bercy has done it .

Some fans tried to stand up down the front but after people in the first rows complained the tight security asked everyone to go back to their seat . Shame .

Even if the Band is smoking the atmosphere in the pit is DEAD . Both Carlos ' singers are trying hard to get people clap their hands , they barely get a response .

A huge screen is in the back and the lightshow is bright ( "a photographer's dream" dixit our mate Guino Patrice ).

Santana's lead guitar is perfect and as usual there is a special guest : Idrissa Diop for 2 songs ( Where's Sheryl ? ).

Finally after 90 min Bercy is standing up . ' Ouf ! '

Dennis Chambers shows us how good he is with a powerful solo .

The band is grooving from start to finish for a long and lively 2h30 min show

Source: rockerparis.blogspot.com/

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[PICS] SHERYL AND BRANDI

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Wednesday June 25

[AUDIO INTERVIEW] TAKE FIVE WITH SHERYL CROW - SMOOTH RADIO LONDON, 102.2

MP3 - 15m 42s - 192 kHz - 20 mb


[NEWS] SOMEBODY YOU NEED TO KNOW, BY SHERYL CROW


Photo: Chris Hudson

We have just completed the second leg of our US summer tour and I have got to let you all know about our new favorite artist: Brandi Carlile. She was our special guest for, sadly, only just a few shows during our latest swing through the Mid West.

Man, this gal is off the hook.

She has the most amazing voice I may have ever heard. Soulful. Country. Perfect in every way....and propelled by taste. No big crazy vocal gymnastics, just sweet renderings of some pretty great songs. She even gave Johnny a run for his money on "Folsom Prison Blues."

She had the audience in the palm of her hands, like no other opening act I've ever seen.

Please go check her out.

We want to keep these young artists out there making music and bringing it to you live, and the only way that can happen is if you buy the records and come out and support them when they come through your town.

It's your way of voting, see!

Keep it up, Brandi.

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http://www.brandicarlile.com/

Get a Live Taste: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxk1mV8eHU0

Source: Interscope News Service


[INTERVIEW] DAILY MAIL, JUNE 23 2008

By Louise Gannon

Sheryl Crow lives by her favourite credo, Have No Fear. She has locked horns with presidents, beaten cancer and somewhere along the way earned £6 million from global record sales...

Born in a small town in Missouri, Crow left home with a guitar and $20 in her pocket to try to make it as a musician in Los Angeles.

It took a tour with Michael Jackson and “more than 100 rejections” before she hit the music-industry jackpot in 1993 with the Tuesday Night Music Club album, winning her three Grammys and spawning the worldwide hit single All I Wanna Do.

"I wasn't young when I got famous. I was 30," she says. "It took a long time to get there, but when it hit, it hit fast and hard."

Stars including Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and Guns N' Roses invited her to collaborate with them, and she dated Eric Clapton and movie star Owen Wilson.

Two years ago, her engagement to Tour De France cycling hero Lance Armstrong ended and Crow, then 44, was suddenly diagnosed with breast cancer.

“I guess things went from bad to worse but the only option is to get through it,” she says.

“When I was lying on a radiation table after I found out that I had cancer, my only thought was, ‘I am the only person who can take care of myself.’ So that's what I did.”

Her latest album, Detours, was written during her recovery. She lives on a farm in Nashville, Tennessee, and is dating Steve Bing, the millionaire Hollywood film producer who has a son with Liz Hurley.

President Bush has ruined America

The country is in tatters politically and economically. We have been lied to on a daily basis for seven years. We have paid our taxes to White House liars and cheats. So many citizens have sleepwalked their way to destruction thinking more about reality TV than the political agenda. We fought a war that should never have been fought and now we are in a crisis that gets deeper and darker by the day. Bush is a puppet who surrounded himself with innately bad and ambitious people. I really think - whether he knows it or not - that he himself has been used by them. It's just a mess.

Having cancer has made me a better person

It forced me to completely reassess my life. I changed a lot of things, from how I ate to how I dealt with my emotions. I was always taught to put on a brave face and get on with life. This time I didn't. If I was angry or sad, I would let myself cry. I spent days crying. I allowed myself to open up. I used to think people only loved me when I was achieving, and I began to understand that the real people - my close friends and family - loved me whatever. It was during this period I decided to adopt my son, Wyatt. I began adoption proceedings right after I finished radiation treatment.

I first became famous as Michael Jackson's girlfriend

I was his backing dancer on the 1987 Bad tour. I wore a blonde wig and a lot of strange tiny clothes and the National Inquirer printed a story about me being his girlfriend and him paying me $2 million to have his baby. None of it was true. I toured with him for a year, and every night he stroked the inside of my thigh, but we barely even spoke. I don't know if he ever knew my name. I started out as a backing singer - I worked with Rod Stewart, George Harrison and Sting. You put up with a lot on the road. I didn't even own a passport before the Bad tour - but it's a baptism of rock 'n' roll. Nothing beats standing front of stage after that.

I thought about suicide a lot in my twenties

I suffer from depression, and at its worst there was a six-month period in my twenties when I couldn't dress, days when I couldn't leave the house. Antidepressants helped and so did therapy, but depression is a chemical thing that some people go through. It's always been part of my life.

Chrissie Hynde saved me from going insane

After Tuesday Night Music Club my life went mental. I had to work all the time just to keep up with myself, and I got completely stressed and started to lose it. Chrissie dropped by my studio when I was having a hard time. She must have recognised it, because she could see the signs I was trying so hard to hide. She just told me, ‘Music is not your life. It's just something you do.' I'd spent two decades trying to make a career, terrified that if I took any time out everything would fall apart. The very next day I did nothing. I didn't even listen to music. I allowed myself to have a break, and it changed everything. When you get successful you are suddenly required to work 24/7 flat out. I did that for almost three years. You start hitting walls and all of a sudden you flip out. It happened to Mariah Carey, and it happened to Britney Spears. If it's not the drink or the drugs, the exhaustion will get you every time.

The Ku Klux Klan targeted my dad when I was a kid

I come from a very small town in Missouri. My dad, Wendell, was a civil-rights lawyer and a bit of an Atticus Finch (the lawyer in To Kill A Mockingbird). He had one case where he represented some black guys. It was a political issue about illegally stuffing ballot boxes. My dad stood his ground and he got threats from the Klan. It was pretty scary. For a few nights, he had to sleep in the sitting room with a gun under his pillow. My dad believed in standing up for what is right and I guess I'm a chip off the old block.

I never used to be able to perform sober

Partying is part of rock 'n' roll. Think about it - it just makes sense. Going out on stage can be a totally terrifying experience. I felt that I couldn't perform without Jack Daniel's, and then afterwards I felt I couldn't go home without him. I did a lot of drinking early on because it helped me cope with what was happening. But I couldn't deal with it. I'm small and skinny and just a couple of shots would get me drunk; a couple more and I'd be all over the place. I had to knock it on the head. Now the greatest buzz is performing sober. You have so much adrenaline, you don't need booze.

I thought you couldn't be sexy if you wanted to be taken seriously until I posed in a bikini and Wellington boots

Suddenly being sexy was liberating. I appeared on a magazine cover with barely any clothes and I loved it. I was the girl who refused to wear make-up and would put on jeans every day so I was accepted as a real artist. I'd never want to look like a porn star, which is how some girls in this business are forced to dress, but I think looking cute is cool.

Barack Obama is our only hope

I think he has integrity and people need to wake up, seize their power and give this man a chance. I support him wholeheartedly and I like to believe he can start a new phase in the life of America. I am a political person, and as an artist I feel it is important to voice my opinions. My new album, Detours, is an old-fashioned political protest album. It's more important to me that it's heard than that it has massive sales.

I went on TV in a T-shirt that said, 'I don't believe in your war Mr Bush'

It was the week America invaded Iraq and I wore it on Good Morning America. A few months later, I performed at the Grammys with 'No War' on my guitar strap. A lot of people didn't like it, but I have to stand up for my beliefs. There was never any justification for the invasion of Iraq.

Gwyneth Paltrow's boyfriend paid for her to be my backing singer

When she was going out with (music executive) Guy Oseary he couldn't think of what to give her, because it was the same year she'd won the Oscar, and how does someone top that? He called me and said she'd once told him the thing she'd most love to do was sing with me. I thought it would be cute. Guy gave her a voucher on the day with my number on it. She called me, we went to the studio and we recorded It's Only Love with her on backing vocals. Gwyneth has a great voice, and since that moment she's been a great friend of mine.

I can sleep standing up

It's a skill I've honed over the years from hanging around at too many airports, too many gigs and standing in too many lines. I'm the world's best sleeper. I can sleep anywhere, any time. If there's a jumbo jet flying through my living room, I can sleep through it.

When I cut off my hair, people stopped buying my records

I cut my hair in 1999 because I felt like a change. I released a live album and sales just nosedived. The only feedback was that people hated me with short hair. I grew my hair back and my next album skyrocketed. People have more loyalty to my hair than my music. Life is weird.

Bob Dylan talked me through writer's block

Even as I'm saying it I still can't believe it's a sentence that applies to my life. But it does. Growing up, Bob Dylan was a mythical hero to me. I had pictures of him on my wall. Just after I released my first album I was invited to open for him in New York, and soon after he invited me to work with him. Meeting heroes can be terrifying, but Bob was just so cool. We drank coffee, hung out and became friends. When I was working on my album C'mon, C'mon I got writer's block. I knew he'd suffered from it and I rang him. He asked me questions, talked me through it and I worked it out. There are times like that when you can't believe your own reality. Not even my nine Grammys mean as much to me as having the friendship of a man like him.

People think I'm a loser in love because I've been engaged three times and never married

I don't agree. I've loved and learned from each relationship and I see that as a success, not as a failure. It's very difficult for a strong, successful woman to find a partner. My mother always told me that being assertive isn't attractive in a woman, and I've always been very assertive. I'm 46 and I'm still optimistic about love. I haven't given up. I love guys far too much for that.

I have chosen to be a single mother and I'm proud of that

There's supposed to be this traditional route for women where you have a husband, you have a house, you have a baby. It's the preconceived idea of family. But that isn't a reality for women today. We have to accept a different reality. If you are a woman with a big career but no husband, you don't have to go without a family. You just have to do it differently. I am proud to be an adoptive mother. My son has so much love. I have definitely not ruled out future adoptions.

There's a girl in Kennett, Missouri, walking around in the red jacket I wore to my first Grammys - and I want it back

I sent all my old clothes to a shop called Sheryl The Peril, which is run by a friend of my mum. It sells second-hand clothes and all the money raised goes to the homeless. I keep a few clothes, but most things end up there. You can buy my $5,000 Versace dresses for $70 - what goes around, comes around. The one thing I regret giving away is the red embroidered jacket - I was an idiot and I want it back... please!

On my next tour you'll see me climbing on top of buses trying to put up solar panels

I hate what is happening to the environment and I feel a lot of aeroplane guilt. To offset that I want to use solar panels on tour to save energy. I have rung hundreds of companies, but no one makes them for this purpose. I am willing to climb on buses to try to fix them and make it work.

I want to kidnap Britney Spears and take her to Nashville

There have been so many times where I've thought about calling her so I can step in and actually try to help her. Someone needs to let her step back. I want to take her to Nashville, away from the madness of LA, hang out with the people and the horses and just start trying to fix her. That girl needs a friend. Someone needs to save her life.

On my gravestone I want the words: 'Under this rock is someone who rocks'

That just about says it all, doesn't it?

Sheryl Crow plays at 'Hard Rock Calling' in Hyde Park, London, on June 28. Her new album 'Detours' is out now.

Source: Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk)

 


[INTERVIEW - FRA] PARIS MATCH, JUNE 10, 2008

Sheryl Crow : “J’ai vu la mort arriver”

Interview. La dernière fois qu’elle est venue en France, c’était avec Lance Armstrong. Deux ans plus tard, célibataire, elle a triomphé d’un cancer, adopté un enfant et composé un nouveau

Interview : Benjamin Locoge

Paris Match. Pourquoi avez-vous intitulé votre disque “Detours”?

Sheryl Crow. Ces deux dernières années ont été assez fortes en émotions. Je me suis prise en main après avoir compris que je courais après ma vie. D’où ce titre, “Detours”. Mais le ton de cet album, c’est plutôt celui du réveil. La découverte de mon cancer du sein m’a bouleversée. Maintenant que j’en suis sortie, je ne peux plus me permettre d’être distraite par la vie.

“Make It Go Away” revient sur ce cancer. Avec une phrase où vous dites que vous avez senti que vous arriviez à la fin de votre vie.

A ce moment très précis, j’ai effectivement vu la mort arriver. Ensuite, j’ai eu l’impression que chaque petit bobo, chaque petite douleur étaient liés à ce cancer. C’est une expérience forte... En écrivant cette chanson, j’avais un sentiment doux et amer. J’ai eu la chance d’être diagnostiquée tôt et de m’en sortir. Je veux dire aux femmes qu’il est primordial de faire de la prévention. Cela veut dire être rigoureuse avec les mammographies et suivre l’histoire médicale de sa famille.

Vous donnez l’impression d’une femme forte, mais quand on écoute vos paroles, ce n’est peut-être pas le cas?

Personne n’est si fort, si dur. Pour être artiste, il faut savoir être vulnérable. Après mon cancer, j’ai changé pas mal de choses dans ma vie. Je prends désormais le temps de méditer, d’être à l’écoute de moi-même.

Plusieurs chansons évoquent vos différents échecs amoureux.

Je n’ai aucun regret, je ne changerai rien. Je suis là où je dois être, mais l’amour est très dur. J’ai été fiancée trois fois à des hommes merveilleux, et puis tout s’est écroulé.

Comment avez-vous vécu la fin de votre relation avec Lance Armstrong?

J’étais meurtrie, j’ai vraiment dû en faire le deuil. Puis un jour, je me suis réveillée et c’était passé.

Est-ce pour combler ce vide que vous avez adopté un enfant?

Non, je l’ai adopté parce que je devais donner quelque chose à quelqu’un. J’ai assisté à l’accouchement de la mère qui ne voulait pas garder son enfant. Deux semaines après, Wyatt était avec moi, et j’ai aussitôt compris qu’il ne le serait pas pour toujours. Comme toutes les mères, quand j’ai vu ce tout petit bébé, je me suis dit : “Mais comment je vais faire? Comment vais-je apprendre à élever un enfant?” Et, bien sûr, l’amour prend sa place et le cœur explose!

Comment gérez-vous votre carrière de chanteuse et votre rôle de mère?

[Wyatt est dans la pièce où se déroule l’entretien.] Pendant l’enregistrement, il était dans le studio avec nous. Sa présence m’a inspirée! Pour la tournée, je l’emmènerai également. Nous nous adapterons. Ce n’est ni une difficulté ni un problème. Quand il commencera l’école, je réviserai le scénario. Je ne donnerai de concerts qu’en été et pendant les week-ends.

Vous allez vous produire en France, où l’on ne vous a plus vue depuis le dernier Tour de Lance. Quels souvenirs en gardez-vous?

J’ai adoré chaque instant, c’était un peu comme une tournée rock ! Nous changions d’hôtel tous les jours, nous prenions le bus. J’ai rencontré plein de gens super. J’adore ce sport. Même si je trouve que l’Union cycliste internationale n’aurait pas dû disqualifier l’équipe Astana, puisque les coureurs dopés sont partis.

Que pensiez-vous de la mauvaise presse qu’avait Lance pendant le Tour de France?

Je ne savais pas qu’il avait eu une mauvaise presse! Un coureur m’avait bien dit que la France n’aime pas les gagnants... Mais c’est du passé... Les cyclistes déchaînent les mêmes passions que les rock-stars. C’est dire comme c’est compliqué!

Sa carrière en six notes

1962 Naissance le 11 février à Kennett, dans le Missouri.

1987 Elle part en tournée avec Michael Jackson en tant que choriste.

1993 Son premier album « Tuesday Night Music Club » est d’abord un succès en France, avant de séduire le reste du monde avec 7 millions de ventes.

1998 Sa brève romance avec Eric Clapton lui inspire la chanson « My Favorite Mistake ».

2003 Elle rencontre Lance Armstrong, dont elle partagera la vie pendant trois ans.

2006 Début février, elle annonce sa rupture avec le cycliste. A la fin du mois, elle confie souffrir d’un cancer du sein, qu’elle soigne dans la foulée.

Source: Paris Match (www.parismatch.com)


[SET LIST] BERCY ARENA, PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 24, 2008


Photo: Chris Hudson

CHANGE
CAN'T CRY
ALL I WANNA DO
RUN BABY RUN
GASOLINE
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY
WINDING ROAD

Sunday June 22

[VIDEO] SHERYL AND ROBIN WILLIAMS - 45th AIAS (June 2006)


[VIDEO] "ALL I WANNA DO" (SLOW) - LIVE AT THE JOINT, LAS VEGAS, MARCH 11, 1995

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/crowarchive


[PAP PICS] SHERYL WITH LAURA DERN AND COURTNEY COX IN MALIBU - JUNE 20, 2008

As many of you know, I don't usually post paparazzi stuff... however there are always exceptions to the rule. Well, this is one of those exceptions :-)

 

[ GO TO PHOTO GALLERY ]

Pictures speak for themselves. Enjoy

PS: this stuff is intended for educational purpose only, haha


[LIVE REVIEW] SANTA BARBARA BOWL, SANTA BARBARA

Sheryl Crow
The Girl Just Wants to Have Fun


By Emmanuel Itier
Film Editor
Senior Writer

Rocking and flying high on the stage in her all-white jean and t-shirt outfit, Sheryl Crow was all shining as a Phoenix and ever re-inventing itself.

And you could tell all she wanted was to have fun, whether through the smiles of old tunes, the cover of classics, such as “Just a Shot Away, Kiss Away” or “Gimme Shelter,” to the vibrant new songs like the hit “Gasoline.” But this all-happy and giggly lady was also slightly political, with brief statements about life, children, even the future of our government. You can have fun and keep inspiring people, inspire them to rise for a higher state of standards and peace. And so the message rocks our souls.

In a way, this fervent supporter of Barrak Obama is leading the way into really what the 21st century should be: an age of renewal, of reconciliation. An age when we look up to the sky and know deeply that there is no need for fear nor hate, and that love and the gentle caress of peace is the solution. And the crowd was chanting as one voice deep into the core of Santa Barbara, as the peace dove was taking off to another safe heaven. It’s funny how in an hour and an half, your inner fire and hopes can be triggered. It does feel, at times, we’re all immortal and that the game of life is just about playing and not killing, being and not dying.

One more riff on your guitar, Sheryl, and take us away in the above open sky, please!

Pics: http://www.buzzine.com/2008/06/sheryl-crow/

Source: Buzzine (www.buzzine.com)

Saturday June 21

[TV] SAVING THE AMERICAN WILD HORSE - NEWS

Documentary Channel will showcase the U.S. television premiere of "Saving the American Wild Horse" -- a poignant documentary directed by Emmy® Award-winning documentary filmmaker, James Kleinert -- on the network’s “Primetime Premieres” programming block Monday, July 7, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Produced by Moving Cloud Productions, the film features Academy Award®-nominee Viggo Mortensen and Grammy® Award-winner Sheryl Crow and is narrated by Emmy® Award-winner Peter Coyote. DOC is available on DISH Network (Channel 197), and several broadcast stations in major markets including NYC TV (Channel 25) throughout the greater New York metropolitan area.

Keinert’s 27-minute documentary short examines the politics behind the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) controversial policies regarding wild horses on public lands and questions the fate of America's wild horses and burros, whose very existence is in jeopardy. The original score features music by Rick Allen (drummer of Def Leppard), singer-songwriter Lauren Monroe, Craig Sutter, Keith Secola, Robert Mirabel and Preston Pope.

Featuring interviews with scientific experts, ranchers, historians, wild horse owners, animal rights activists, environmentalists and others, “Saving the American Wild Horse” examines the origins and effects of the recent “Burns Bill,” which gutted the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971 and cleared the way for slaughter and removal of a vast majority of the wild horse herds. The film exposes the current massive Western land grab by oil, gas and mining corporations exploiting more than 30 million acres of natural Western lands in the areas of New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado and others. As a result, the current land exploitation is affecting all wild life species including the American wild horse.

“My interest in documenting American’s wild horses began while working on my film ‘Spirit Riders’ about the birth of an American Indian peace movement, as well as learning about the removal of these beautiful wild animals while living in Wyoming,” says Kleinert. “I’m excited for the opportunity to share my five year journey on Documentary Channel, and I hope this film will not only educate viewers about the disturbing, massive removal of our horses but to inspire change to the future of these precious animals.”

“We’re pleased with the opportunity to bring James Kleinert’s compelling work on the state of our diminishing wild horse population to a primetime television audience for the first time,” says Tom Neff, founder and CEO, Documentary Channel. “With the help of several talented entertainment stars, Kleinert’s film is a remarkable effort to bring this issue to the forefront of the American consciousness, and we believe our viewers will be astounded by his dramatic footage.”

Source: Nevada Appeal (www.nevadaappeal.com)


[TV] "LIVE FROM ABBEY ROAD" (SEASON 2)

The Sundance Channel premieres the second season of the acclaimed original music series “Live From Abbey Road” on June 19. The 12-part series features performances and interviews with musicians filmed at London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios. Season two of “Live From Abbey Road” airs on Thursdays at 10:00pm et/pt.

“Live from Abbey Road” features performances by new and established top artists, with each one-hour episode offering three acts and a unique insight into the process of making music as they rehearse, discuss their work, and build towards the final exclusive performance.

Artists on tap for Season 2 include: Mary J. Blige; Def Leppard; Matchbox Twenty; Dashboard Confessional; James Blunt; Rascal Flatts; Kate Nash; Herbie Hancock with Corinne Bailey Rae and Melody Gardot; Diana Krall; Stereophonics; Sheryl Crow; The Black Keys; David Gray, Suzanne Vega, Colbie Caillat, Joan Armatrading, Panic at the Disco; and Manu Chao. The series is produced by Michael Gleason and Peter van Hooke, directed by AJ Jankel

Line up for the first 8 episodes:
June 19 at 10:00pm et/pt
Mary J. Blige, Dashboard Confessional and James Blunt

June 26 at 10:00pm et/pt
Rascal Flatts, Kate Nash and Herbie Hancock with Corinne Bailey Rae and Melody Gardot

July 3 at 10:00pm et/pt
Panic at the Disco, David Gray and Suzanne Vega

July 10 at 10:00pm et/pt
Stereophonics, Colbie Caillat and Joan Armatrading

July 17 at 10:00pm et/pt
Sheryl Crow, Hard-Fi and Diana Krall

July 24 at 10:00pm et/pt
The Hoosiers, The Black Keys, Manu Chao

July 31 at 10:00pm et/pt
Matchbox Twenty, The Script, Def Leppard

August 7 at 10:00pm et/pt
Elbow, MGMT, Alanis Morissette

http://www.sundancechannel.com/home/

Source: Sundance Channel

Thursday June 19

[POSTER] ZOO AMPHITHEATER, OKLAHOMA CITY


[CHARTS] "MOTIVATION" - TRIPLE A MOST ADDED


[CHARTS] "LOVE IS FREE" - TRIPLE A RECURRENT CHART


[CHARTS] "LOVE IS FREE" - CANADA AC NATIONAL AIRPLAY


[LIVE REVIEW] SANTA BARBARA BOWL, SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 12

Thursday, June 19, 2008
By Charles Donelan
Photo by Paul Wellman

Radiant in a white vest and jeans, Sheryl Crow was in great form at the Santa Barbara Bowl on Thursday night, showing everyone just how magnetic and appealing she can be, especially in front of an adoring and energetic crowd. The generous set mixed Crow’s huge ’90s hits with songs from her impressive 2008 album Detours.

The record and tour find Crow at a moment of personal regeneration, having weathered a sequence of storms, personal and public, that have left her stronger, happier, and healthier, but with an added sense of urgency to her songwriting and performing. Although at times it can be hard to see behind the polished surface that Crow presents in concert, the glow she gives off today stems as much from an inner fire for politics, for the future of her child, and for life as it does from her still amazing outward vitality and sex appeal

.Employing the entire range of classic rock sonic effects, her eight-piece band more than kept pace with their leader. The new song “Gasoline” rumbled right into “just a shot away, kiss away” from the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” and then back again just the kind of mash-up that kept Crow’s fans dancing all night. In addition to helping her rock out, as on “Out of Our Heads” and the big hits, drummer Wally Ingram and bass

player Jon Button locked the entire set into one long groove and decorated it with all kinds of interesting textures.

Even if the ’60s references to Hendrix (on “Heads”) and the Stones were calculated to appeal to her demographic, proving that there’s still something to the idea that Crow’s job is to not only get that kind of music out there again, but to get it right, Crow has made a new commitment to the things that matter to her, and the soundtrack of that commitment is the music of her influences. By the time she and the band plunged into Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” as an encore, the connection between this fervent Obama supporter and the generation of “protest” singers and other rock stars that came before her felt stronger than ever.

Source: Santa Barbara Independent (www.independent.com)


[CHARTS] DETOURS - BILLBOARD TOP 200

Date Chart Position Sales Total Sales
! ! ! !!
Feb 23rd , 2008 2 92,300 92300
Mar 1st, 2008 8 51,710 144,407
Mar 8th, 2008 11 32,608 177,015
Mar 15th, 2008 15 27,079 204,094
Mar 22nd, 2008 25 19,423 223,587
Mar 29th, 2008 42 15,160 238,747
Apr 5th, 2008 45 16,645 255,392
Apr 12th, 2008 49 11,296 266.688
Apr 19th, 2008 84 9.430 276.118
Apr 26th, 2008 56 10,659 (+29) 286,776
May 3rd , 2008 88 7,714 (-28) 294,490
May 10th, 2008 92 6,689 (-13,3) 301,179
May 17th, 2008 113 6,429 (-4) 307,608
May 25th, 2008 108 7,226 (+12.4%) 314,834
May 31st, 2008 159 4,430 (-39%) 319,264
Jun 7th, 2008 194 3,393 (-23%) 322,657
Jun 14th, 2008 196 3,133 (-8%) 325,790
Jun 21th, 2008 179 3,597 (+15%) 329,387
Jun 28th, 2008 185 4,076 (+13%) 333,463

[VIDEO] "OUT OF OUR HEADS" - LONDON LIVE

 

720X406 - stereo - Avi/DiVx - 70 mb

Wednesday June 18

[INTERVIEW] CROW MUST GO ON - THE SUNDAY TIMES (FULL INTERVIEW)

The following is the full version of the condensed interview published in March.

She was madly in love, then split up with her fiancé before her wedding day and was diagnosed with cancer. How did Sheryl Crow bounce back from rock bottom?

Sheryl Crow gives off an air of fragility and strength in equal parts. The voice on her new album, Detours, is hugely triumphant and also deeply sad. It’s the culmination of a dramatic three years. In 2005 she was happily engaged to Lance Armstrong, an American hero, Olympic cyclist, seven-times winner of the Tour de France, who, against all odds, had beaten testicular and lung cancer. She was multi-Grammy-winning. She represented a noncorporate American music scene, yet despite that was vastly successful. She was planning her wedding dress when suddenly her relationship with Armstrong ended. That wasn’t the only shock. Two weeks after the split, Crow, now 46, who had many accolades with immediately singable songs like All I Wanna Do and Leaving Las Vegas, had further devastating news. She had breast cancer.

“I think the irony was the hardest thing. Having been in a relationship with someone who is maybe the world’s most well-known cancer survivor, that was irony,” she stresses the word in her breathy, quiet, rasping voice. “They say when you get diagnosed with cancer you’ve probably had it for five years. So the timing was strange, wasn’t it?” She asks the question as if she’s still searching for the answer.

She says this quietly, with no sense of bitterness, because her life has turned around. Completely. After three years in a creative wilderness, her album Detours is vibrant and defiant, emotional. “It’s the culmination of the last three years. It has been joyous, but I have also been frightened out of my wits. It’s been humbling, relationships have fallen apart, and it’s been alarming, with breast cancer. And then I adopted my little boy, and that’s been transformative,” she says, with a triumphant smile.

She’s in a Manhattan hotel room looking languid, and still a poster girl for boho chic. She’s wearing Ralph Lauren black biker boots, jeans and a green velvet ruffly jacket. Her hair tousled and perfectly caramelled, the kind of hair Sienna Miller has spent her life trying to achieve. She’s intense, thoughtful. It’s almost as if she wouldn’t have anything to say at all if these terrible and then wonderful things hadn’t happened to her. She might have disappeared, and that would have terrified her. She has always been the sort of person who feels intensely.

“I used to think that I am only loved if I am achieving. The more comfortable you become, the less edgy. Now I feel compelled to scream at the top of my lungs. My desire to get played on the radio is a thing of the past, so that creates an enormous freedom, a truthful dialogue, and I’m able to write about things differently – the things we are all talking about. Detours of where we’ve gone in our lives and who we’ve gone back to be. But as we address these detours, I would be shocked if any of my songs got played on the radio. When I listen to that I don’t hear anything that’s addressing what’s happening – what’s going on in the news, the war, the climate-change crisis. In this country [the United States] at least, it’s censor-based. We saw it with the Dixie Chicks.”

In 2003 the Dixie Chicks spoke out against President Bush, just before the invasion of Iraq. For a while they were punished and nobody played their music. They were, however, able to bounce back, and last year were awarded multiple Grammys for their album Taking the Long Way. Her point is, you have to be fearless.

“Wyatt [her adopted son] was three weeks old and I was working on this record. I couldn’t have fathomed the influence that he would have. It’s one thing to love something freely for the first time. But it was having someone completely helpless who relied on you. I felt an urgency. I wanted to write about the war, climate change, what I thought about love, all with a new intensity. It made me feel this was no time to be editing myself. I wasn’t worried about who’s going to think what about me.” One senses that that in itself was an enormous challenge, perhaps even greater psychologically than dealing with her cancer.

Recovering from cancer and having a new baby is bound to turn your world upside down. The idea of embracing life and death at the same time. At the time, all she said was: “I am inspired by all the brave women who have faced this battle before me.” She directed people with questions about cancer to contact the LiveStrong survivor care group. The relationship with Armstrong had fallen apart, only the cancer link survived. Fallen apart is a phrase Crow uses many times about the relationship. She doesn’t blame. She never says who left who.

But there’s something in the way she says it that implies catastrophe.

The decision to adopt a baby began just as she was recovering from cancer. In 2006 she had invasive surgery followed by radiation treatment. Luckily, no chemo was required. But the biological clock was not only ticking: her dream of the perfect family with Armstrong had been shattered. There was no time to wait for a new relationship to be a mother.

“I began the adoption process right after I finished my radiation treatment. I have always felt like I was meant to be a mum, but I had been stuck on how I was supposed to do that. I had kept it from happening because I had believed that you are supposed to look for a family with a mum and a dad. I was forced to open my mind to other options. He came in May last year.”

Although she is clearly besotted with Wyatt, I doubt it was easy for her to give up on the stereotypical bliss of two parents, one family, one love. Certainly it was something that she’d always looked for. “I was raised in that sort of family. My parents are still married after 53 years. We are very close-knit and I had always thought that’s what it would be like. When my relationship fell apart just before I went into radiation, I thought, ‘I’m going to rethink this.’” This is the only allusion she gives to the idea that she and Armstrong planned to start a family and that she had to give up on that. The relationship lasted for two years. He was 10 years her junior, but in spirit and in suffering obviously much older. He is reputed to be worth $80m and is a formidable man with a formidable mother, with whom Sheryl got on very well. She seemed to put her career on hold to be his constant support, and although she was in great shock when the relationship ended, she didn’t have time to stay shocked because of the cancer diagnosis. It’s clear she doesn’t want to blame him for anything, so talks around the split rather than says what directly happened. Perhaps even she is not so sure of that because of the shock that surrounded it.

“I had always considered myself completely healthy. I’d taken that for granted, so when I got diagnosed with something that was so out of my control, it was a shock realisation. Everything you count on can suddenly go out of the window. But it was an informative process. I was very lucky that they caught it very early and I didn’t have to have chemo.”

She seems to have rethought her life very quickly and in a positive way. But she adopted Wyatt after concluding: “I am going to look forward to the opportunities that I still have. I’ve had a lot of conversations with women my age who have been in relationships that didn’t work and I don’t think the idea of adopting or using a sperm donor should ever feel like a consolation prize. I am so glad I have this little guy. I am the great, strong family unit now, and he’s going to grow up with love. I also know whoever comes into our lives, he’s going to be the major gatekeeper.” She says with sadness: “You know, I’ve had a history of dating people who were, let’s say, a little self-consumed, and I think that Wyatt will be a fantastic gauge as to who comes and who goes. So in that way I can’t feel sad. I can’t want it any other way, because it feels right.”

It’s almost as if Wyatt has not just made for a new creative urgency, but has forced her to be less recklessly vulnerable and free with her emotions. In fact, he has turned her whole personality around. Before Wyatt, she says, “I was a glass-half-empty person. I was unable to look at the positive. Now it’s the other way around. I can truly attest to the fact that having been diagnosed with cancer created a paradigm shift in my life. I’m not afraid to be the glass-half-full person now. Before, it was as if I relied on things falling apart. There was safety in that. If I was already assigned to that idea, I wasn’t going to get crushed, you know.” Despite the fact that she looks so tiny, she’s compact and uncrushable.

The stories of her past emotional conflicts and failed relationships have made for interesting song lyrics, but not necessarily for a happy life. She once said that success was not conducive to stable relationships. “The fact that you are seemingly so large makes other people feel small. It can be very emasculating.” In the beginning her relationship with Lance Armstrong seemed the most stable. She’s always gone for a high achiever, even before she was one herself.

She was 31 by the time she had her first hit, and before that she was writing songs for Eric Clapton, whom she also had a relationship with. She denies that My Favorite Mistake was written about him, but the rumour persists. She was a backing singer for Michael Jackson before that. She also dated the Hollywood actor and writer Owen Wilson (the star of Wedding Crashers and The Darjeeling Limited who recently attempted suicide). It’s always been the troubled and intense that she’s gone for. Does she see a pattern in her relationships?

“Yes. I have been a caretaker ever since I was tiny, wanting to make everyone feel great. Our breasts represent nurturing. Many cancer sufferers feel that they never allowed anyone to nurture them, so all that energy was constantly going out of their bodies. If you go through breast cancer you want to check that about yourself. You want to make sure you don’t do that.”

It does seem extremely strange that you were nurturing a cancer survivor and manifested the disease after the relationship fell apart. “Yes, it’s like, as soon as your finals are over and it’s the summer vacation you get sick. It’s the minute you stop, the wounds reveal themselves. In the song Make It Go Away, which is directly inspired by having had radiation, I say, ‘Was love the disease and the disease the cure?’” What she means by that is that cancer forced her to change everything about her life. “I always thought I had everything under control, and if there was something I wanted I had to work hard and just go get it. When you get diagnosed, it’s something completely out of your control and you realise ‘I can’t control my body.’ Everything that you count on is suddenly out of the window. You have to find some humility. It was a painful but definitely informative process.

“And also having Wyatt. I feel more urgency to write about things and to write from a truthful place. He’s already been on the road once with me, but he pretty much slept the whole time. Now he’s crawling around and very curious but I think he’s going to be a great little traveller.”

Crow isn’t naive enough to think that everything is neatly packaged up now. “I don’t think it’s easy to learn your lessons, though. Hopefully I’ve learnt what I need to know. I believe that 85% of all relationships are based on timing. Where you are in your life and what you desire. I know I want different things now because Wyatt’s here. That said, I think I will always risk hurt when it comes to love. I will always believe that there is a great love for me out there. And I have had great deep love, so I don’t feel like I’ve missed out on anything. Next time, though, I would like to be involved with a grown-up. I’m looking forward to feeling in love again. I don’t know who this person is going to be. I’m going to let myself be surprised. I think sometimes you create roles for yourself in relationships and you stop being who you are. I have learnt not to do that.”

She’s also much less into pursuing extremes. In the old days when she was touring she admits: “We drank every night before and after the show. It’s not like that any more, and I don’t feel I’m missing anything, except the headache. Of course I’ll have a glass of wine now and again. But partying and stuff is not fun. I’d rather sit around and talk to people I enjoy.”

She’s still in touch with Owen Wilson, who is one of her great loves. They met in 1998 and were together for a few years. “I love Owen and I root for him. He’s a darling. He has one of the most original, creative minds of his age group. I love him. I hated to see that he was so troubled recently. Anyone would hate to see someone you love go through that.” She doesn’t say how much she is still in touch with Armstrong. Although he sent messages of support throughout her cancer treatment, there was no reunion. I am sure she felt the space he once occupied sorely, even though she was surrounded by friends and family. It seems she was a casualty of an idyllic childhood and kind parents. She grew up not only believing in their marriage, but in them.

She was raised in the small town of Kennett, Missouri, music-teacher mother, lawyer father. “My parents have been my biggest influence. I was raised with a strong work ethic and have measured my worth by my productivity. I lived by that until now. I don’t feel so compelled to be so respected.” Her father was also a trumpet player and her mother sang beautifully. “With so much soul and serenity. I really do enjoy my parents. They are my favourite people.”

Certainly she felt a pressure to live up to their great example. So much so, she never really came to terms with her own success, and always had to fight her tendency to “embrace the bad things”.

Her father had death threats in the 1970s as he was defending somebody against the Ku Klux Klan. “As a kid I’m not sure I understood the bravery that that took. I am the third child of a family of four kids, and needing my parents’ approval translated into my career and my life.

“If you have four kids you can’t be privy to every little thing that’s going on in your children’s heads. You’re doing the best you can. My parents were always there. We never grew up feeling one of us was favourite or least favourite. At a certain point you have to forgive people around you for being fallible. I needed approval. There were definitely pitfalls to being a person that could only feel love when they are jumping through hoops. The more successful I became, the bigger the hoop was. For instance, I could win a Grammy and the next day it was as if it never happened. You can’t own it because you don’t feel you deserve it. So that’s one lesson I have learnt. Love should not be attached to accomplishment.”

She says in that way she doesn’t worry about the success of her new album, only that it’s from her soul and she’s speaking the truth. “I’m not looking for anything. I’m just trying to trust who I am and see where that takes me.”

She’s empathic and interested, so you care where it takes her. For the moment she lives on a farm in Nashville.

“We are doing organic gardening and raising our own chickens.” She recycles her Versace cast-offs by donating them to a shop in her home town called Sheryl the Peril. The money goes to a children’s home. “I love shopping and I love getting rid of things. It’s very freeing.” Crow is still embracing extremes, taking it all in and giving it all away.

- Chrissy Iley

Source: Times On Line (timesonline.co.uk)


[LIVE AND TOUR DATABASE] FIFTH ANNUAL PINK DIAMOND BALL

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[LIVE RECAPS] IRONSTONE WINERY AMPHITHEATER, MURPHYS, CA - JUNE 13

Recap #1

From: liveladolcevita.blogspot.com

:[...] At showtime, we were ushered out to our seats ... fourth row (thanks MsJan!). The opening act was Los Lonely Boys who were quite good. Their feature musician, guitarist Henry Garza, was awesome. I would describe his style as something that merges Stevie Ray Vaughn with Carlos Santana. The "Boys" as they are known, kicked butt and would get a look-see from me again any ole' time.

Right at the time the sun went down, Sheryl et. al. came on stage and began their show. I'll not give a blow by blow, but it was awesome. MsJan and I both stood and danced through most of the show. I was hoarse the next day from singing. I took some pics. Pictures were not supposed to be taken, but the picture police ultimately gave up because everyone had a camera of some sort and was shooting. I was courteous enough to not use flash, thus the pictures are not all that hot.

We ran into one of our dinner mates on the way out of the concert. I asked her how she liked the concert. She said it was great, but she thought Sheryl would sing "slow songs
.

Ahhhh.

No.

You go to see Sheryl Crow because you want rock n' roll played beautifully and flawlessly. They put on the best, most professional, show I've ever seen. We're considering seeing her August where she'll be at the South Lake Tahoe Harvey's amphitheater."


Recap #2

From: thehive.modbee.com

"For my husband's birthday, we trekked out to Ironstone Winery in Murphys Friday to see Sheryl Crow perform and we were so glad we did. We're huge rock fans and have seen tons of concerts over the past decade. We both thought Sheryl's performance was one of the best we'd ever seen.

At so many shows, the artists look like they're sick of their songs and don't want to be there. Not Sheryl- she seemed like she was having a blast and was giving us her all. She has a right to be proud of the material off her new very personal and political album "Detours." The songs are not only melodic and catchy but packed with meaning. They share her feelings about failed romance, illness and the war... (click "read more" above)

At one point, she told us that she'd had a lot going on in her life- she got engaged and unengaged (to Lance Armstrong), battled cancer and adopted a baby boy. She seemed so real and open, that we couldn't help but fall in love with her.

It's amazing that such a petite woman has such a big voice. She's so thin and looks to be no more than 5'4 at the most. She looked fantastic in an all-black outfit of cropped pants and a sleeveless shirt, which drew the appreciation of my husband.  It's inspiring to know that someone can look that hot at age 46!"

Sunday June 15

[SET LIST] VINEYARDS THEATER, MURPHYS, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13


Photo: Chris Hudson

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
CAN'T CRY
MISTAKE
FIRST CUT
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD
MOTIVATION
DETOURS
STRONG ENOUGH
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY  
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
****************************************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


[AUDIO BOOTLEG] AT THE GREEK - GREEK THEATER, LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11, 2008

At The Greek
Greek Theater
Los Angeles, California, USA
June 11, 2008

CD Audio - Hi-Fi Stereo
Time: 100m 52s
Taper: Josephine
Artwork: Aleks
Lineage: Schoeps MK4 > actives > NBox+ > R09 @ 24bit/48kHz
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Tracklisting

CD 1

01. God Bless This Mess
02. Shine Over Babylon
03. Love is Free
04. A Change Would Do You Good
05. Leaving Las Vegas
06. Can't Cry Anymore
07. My Favorite Mistake
08. The First Cut is the Deepest
09. Gasoline
10. band intros
11. There Goes the Neighborhood
12. Detours
13. Drunk With the Thought of You

CD 2

01. Strong Enough
02. Out of Our Heads
03. If It Makes You Happy
04. Soak Up the Sun
05. Everyday is a Winding Road
06. All I Wanna Do
07. Higher Ground


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Friday June 13

[HD VIDEO] "OUT OF OUR HEADS" - MERCEDES SUMMER CONCERT SERIES - HDTV 720


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[SET LIST] SANTA BARBARA BOWL, SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 12



GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
VEGAS
CAN'T CRY
MISTAKE
FIRST CUT
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD
MOTIVATION
DETOURS
DRUNK
STRONG ENOUGH
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
****************************************
ALL I WANNA DO
REDEMPTION DAY
HIGHER GROUND


[LIVE REVIEW] GREEK THEATER, LOS ANGELES - JUNE 11 - #2

Sheryl Crow
(Greek Theater; 6,162 capacity; $76 top)
By STEVEN MIRKIN

Presented by Nederlander Concerts and 104.3 MyFM.

Band: Sheryl Crow, Tim Smith, Peter Stroud, Jeremy Stacey, Mike Rowe, Jon Button, Wally Ingram, Stephanie Alexander, Nayanna Holley. Also appearing; Rocco DeLuca and the Burden. Reviewed June 11, 2008.

Survivor is a word that gets bandied about a little too easily these days. It seems all someone has to do is release a second album and they're lauded for their powers of endurance. Sheryl Crow has a legitimate claim on "survivor": in the last few years she's battled breast cancer, seen her broken engagement to Lance Armstrong turn into tabloid fodder and become an adoptive single mother. But from the moment she walked onto the Greek Theater stage Wednesday night, it was obvious she had put that behind her.

Dressed in a white shirt and pants (mirroring the cover of her new album) with cascading blonde hair, she looked impossibly glamorous but presented herself as just a regular gal. She introduced herself as a single woman in her late 20s -- "really, really, late 20s." she joked -- who loves a good cheeseburger and her drink. But as she told the aud before playing the title track to her new A&M/Interscope album, "Detours," the travails of our lives don't define us but "help us remember who we really are."

That strong vein of flinty optimism ran through her 90-minute show, which opened with the whispered anger of "Bless This Mess" and ended with a spirited version of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" in which she paid homage to her roots by bringing her two backing vocalists, Stephanie Alexander and Nayanna Holley, center stage to sing a verse each.

Her politics are given a soft sell, but songs from the new album such as the prophetic "Gasoline" and the "Out Of Our Heads" leave no doubt where her sympathies lie; the latter tune has a singsong chorus that would not have sounded out of place at a protest march.

Those new songs represent a return to the Dylan/Stones/Joni Mitchell sound of "Tuesday Night Music Club" -- the return of producer Bill Botrell to the fold may have something to do with this -- and her band played them with a gritty energy.

But this is deeply conservative music and for all of Crow's commitment and passion, she is a reticent frontwoman. The set feels emotionally distant and a little calculated, right down to "Gimme Shelter" tagged onto the end of "Gasoline" and the Jimi Hendrix breakdown during the aforementioned "Heads." One wishes she had taken a few more chances -- the setlist sticks to the hits -- or challenged herself or her aud.

Crow plays Long Island's Jones Beach Music Theater on July 28.

Source: Variety (www.variety.com)

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[VIDEO] "OUT OF OUR HEADS" - MUSIC VIDEO

 

Thursday June 12

[LIVE REVIEW] GREEK THEATER, LOS ANGELES - JUNE 11

 

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Sheryl Crow gets her groove back at the Greek
Review: Recovered from a series of 'Detours,' she turned in a remarkably personable and animated comeback worthy of primo Bonnie Raitt.

By BEN WENER
The Orange County Register

What a transformed woman Sheryl Crow seemed Wednesday night at the Greek Theatre – and what a transformative performance she gave, particularly for someone (like me) who wasn't completely sold on the renewal that surfaced in February with her outspoken and often autobiographical sixth album, "Detours."

Throughout that assortment, which reteamed her with "Tuesday Night Music Club" producer Bill Bottrell, she undeniably recaptures the spark that would soon ignite her best work, her self-titled second effort from 1996 and "The Globe Sessions" two years later. Yet, for all its courage and toughened bite, something about the new album still felt flimsy to me upon arrival, as if it were merely translucent skin covering freshly toned muscles. All jabs, no roundhouse knockouts – that was my assessment.

Now, after being riveted and increasingly surprised by Crow's remarkable Greek show, I've concluded it must be Bottrell's production that bothers me, not the songs. Crow spotlighted a solid half of the album Wednesday night – going so far as to open with its three leadoff tracks, from a solo acoustic rendition of the Iraq War lament "God Bless This Mess" to the deceptively playful self-determinism of "Love Is Free." Again and again, songs that on record seem too screechy, too slick, too silly were here infused with gutsiness and fire, so that many of them held their own alongside the parade of hits and indelible album tracks that filled out the rest of Crow's set.

The sociopolitical futurism of "Gasoline," for instance, which four months ago played like a sophomoric cautionary tale, has instead turned out to be instantly on-the-money; those riot-ready choruses of "gasoline will be free!" now strike like very realistic mob-rule chants that at any moment could break out in unison at Chevrons across California. And stripped of its studio sheen the song seriously cooks, like some prophesying old soul record. No wonder Crow would wisely tack on a coda from the Stones' "Gimme Shelter."

Before you get the impression that she hectored from a soapbox all night, however, know that "Gasoline" was the only moment in her nearly two-hour show when she made her views explicit – and even then she couched them in the sort of imagine-if asides John Lennon and Stevie Wonder had such a gift for. (It was fitting, then, that she'd wrap up with a robust rendition of Wonder's "Higher Ground," fiercely executed by her crack eight-member band, the best backing she's ever employed.)

Instead, Crow balanced the frank wordiness of her new material with a smart smattering from her past – not just obvious fare like "Everyday Is a Winding Road" and "Leaving Las Vegas" and "Soak Up the Sun" but more revealing choices like "A Change" (swaggering more than usual) and "Can't Cry Anymore" (far more empowering now than it was 15 years ago) and "My Favorite Mistake" ("and that list just keeps on growing," she quipped). To these ears, overplayed staples like "If It Makes You Happy" and "Strong Enough" have never been delivered so passionately, so vulnerably, so resonantly.

Much of that, of course, has to do with Crow herself, who has rarely been so fully engaged, animated and personable. Clad crisply in an all-white vest-and-pants outfit almost identical to what she wears on the cover of "Detours," she seemed to want to reintroduce herself, sometimes literally: "I'm single, in my late 20s," she joked – "really, really late 20s." (She's 46, actually, and astonishingly fit.) "Don't hate me for it, but I like a really good cheeseburger. And I like to drink."

(That said, she's no sucker for flattery. Guy in the crowd: "I love you!" Crow, gracious but refreshingly unwilling to simply bask in such adulation: "Really? You have no idea what that means.")

Later she recapped details surely every fan knows: "I got engaged – and then I got unengaged. And I got breast cancer – and then I got cured of breast cancer. And then I adopted a baby boy – he's asleep in my dressing room." (Awwws spread throughout the crowd.) All of those travails, she noted, made her realize "it's the detours that really help us remember who we are."

Thank goodness she managed to steer across so many unforeseen potholes and dead-ends to only come back stronger, for she has returned a force to once again be reckoned with, not unlike Bonnie Raitt circa "Nick of Time." Shaking off the lethargy of that 2006 tour where she was routinely upstaged by John Mayer, she's now turned in the strongest performance I've ever seen her give. For the first time, I can plainly see that she's Hall of Fame-bound.

Singer-guitarist Rocco Deluca and his backing band the Burden, who have steadily risen to a modicum of fame since the release of their 2006 debut "I Trust You to Kill Me," served up a fair opening set that mostly reminded of Deluca's influences – chiefly Jeff Buckley, whose airy, emotionally overcome vocal style Deluca greatly emulates. He's pretty savvy sliding up and down a National guitar like a neophyte Jimmy Page, too, and he can certainly establish a mood. Trouble is he does nothing but sustain it once he sets it. Variety would do him a world of good.

Contact the writer: 714-796-2248 or bwener@ocregister.com

Source: OC Register (www.ocregister.com/)


[CHARTS] DETOURS - BILLBOARD TOP 200

Date Chart Position Sales Total Sales
! ! ! !!
Feb 23rd , 2008 2 92,300 92300
Mar 1st, 2008 8 51,710 144,407
Mar 8th, 2008 11 32,608 177,015
Mar 15th, 2008 15 27,079 204,094
Mar 22nd, 2008 25 19,423 223,587
Mar 29th, 2008 42 15,160 238,747
Apr 5th, 2008 45 16,645 255,392
Apr 12th, 2008 49 11,296 266.688
Apr 19th, 2008 84 9.430 276.118
Apr 26th, 2008 56 10,659 (+29) 286,776
May 3rd , 2008 88 7,714 (-28) 294,490
May 10th, 2008 92 6,689 (-13,3) 301,179
May 17th, 2008 113 6,429 (-4) 307,608
May 25th, 2008 108 7,226 (+12.4%) 314,834
May 31st, 2008 159 4,430 (-39%) 319,264
Jun 7th, 2008 194 3,393 (-23%) 322,657
Jun 14th, 2008 196 3,133 (-8%) 325,790
Jun 21th, 2008 179 3,597 (+15%) 329,387

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[SET LIST] GREEK THEATER, LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 11

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
VEGAS
CAN'T CRY
MISTAKE
FIRST CUT
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD
DETOURS
DRUNK
STRONG ENOUGH
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
****************************************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


[LIVE REVIEW] RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATER, MORRISON, CO - JUNE 9

 

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Sheryl Crow @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
by Bree Davies on June 11, 2008

There’s not much to hide behind at Red Rocks if you can’t perform well. The stage can be desolate and daunting, especially if you’re a virgin to it. When you’re Brandi Carlile and it’s your first time, you just choose to bring down the house instead of showing any sign of intimidation.

Opening for Sheryl Crow on Monday night with a short but sweet set that ended in a standing ovation, she proved that the connection between the beloved country and western music of the past and contemporary radio-friendly new country hasn’t totally disappeared into the Carrie Underwood-oblivion that exists today.

Swinging between her own ballads like “Same Old You” and “The Story,” and some stellar covers, including a brutal version of the oft-replicated, hardly-ever-justified “Folsom Prison Blues,” Carlile sweetly held the Crow audience in the palm of her hand. A Northwestern girl whose voice drips with southern twanginess, the sorrow in her rendition of “Hallelujah” evoked emotion in me that only Otis Redding and Patsy Cline have ever been able to extract.

Equal parts yodeler and breathy growler, Carlile’s voice simultaneously channeled a gruff Cash and sinewy but heartbroken Wynette with a capella shorts of “I Don’t Wanna Play House” and “I’m Going to Hire a Wino to Decorate our Home.” Finishing her set to a convinced and adoring audience, Brandi Carlile gracefully left the stage to a crowd on its feet, something not often accomplished by an opener.

Less than 30 minutes after Carlile’s finale, a tanned, bra-less, gorgeous Sheryl Crow opened with the solo acoustic “God Bless this Mess” and the Mike’s Hard Lemonade-lubricated soccer mom crowd howled in delight. Crow worked her audience over, moving straight through with “Shine Over Babylon,” “Love is Free” and “A Change Will Do You Good,” flashing her perfect teeth and shaking her tiny hips from behind a consuming guitar.

Breaking from the song streak, Crow looked out into the night and proclaimed, “I love this place. Man, it blows my mind. God knows how to create some art. She’s beautiful.” The cowboy and flip-flops crowd went nuts, and Crow leapt into “Leaving Las Vegas,” weaving props to Crested Butte, Steamboat Springs, Colorado Springs, Boulder and Denver into the tail-end of the song.

After “Favorite Mistake” and a soft, charming version of the Cat Stevens classic “The First Cut is the Deepest,” Crow began her expected speech on ever-rising gas prices, solar energy, and the current situation in Iraq. (I was happy to later learn that Crow’s tour bus runs on bio-diesel, and she is an active-activist, not just a mouthpiece.) In her most powerful performance of the evening, Crow modified parts of her own anti-petrol ballad, “Gasoline” with chants of the Stone’s classic “Gimme Shelter,” back-up vocalists swaying and shouting “War, children, it’s just a shout away.”

Breaking the political vibe, Crow brought her audience up to date on her life as if she was sitting around a lunch table with the amphitheater crowd, speaking briefly on a broken engagement, her triumphant battle against breast cancer and the son she adopted and brought into her life.

Crow’s ability to address a crowd of such size with the candor of a woman out with her coffee klatch was admirable; she drew no line between hundreds of fans and friends she had known for years, like her band mates. This is possibly because her fans have been with her since her mid-’90s beginnings as a solo act, when she first released “Tuesday Night Music Club,” and were still there supporting her for the 2008 “Detours” jaunt.

Crow played more favorites including “Strong Enough” and a farewell duet of “If it Makes you Happy” with Brandi Carlile, who was finishing her last night on the tour. For the finale, Crow picked up the bass and sang “Soak up the Sun” and “Everyday is a Winding Road,” satisfying the shoulder-to-shoulder bouncy-and-huggy audience of women with their best girlfriends. Then she slipped into the night, and hovered backstage for a moment before returning for an encore of “Redemption Day” and a feverish “All I Wanna Do.”

While I was more impressed with the sheer power of Carlile’s voice and undeniable stage presence, Crow proved to be much like your high school girlfriend: she’s knows all the old tricks to make you happy, she looks pretty on your arm, and your mom absolutely loves her.

Bree Davies is a Denver-based writer and Reverb contributor.

Source: Denver Post (www.denverspost.com)

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[PICS] WHITE RIVER STATE PARK, INDIANAPOLIS, JUNE 2

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Tuesday June 10

[SET LIST] RED ROCKS MORRISON AMPHITHEATER, MORRISON, CO - JUNE 9

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
VEGAS
MISTAKE
FIRST CUT
GASOLINE
CAN'T CRY
NEIGHBORHOOD
MOTIVATION
DETOURS
DRUNK
STRONG ENOUGH
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY with BRANDI on vox
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
****************************************
REDEMPTION DAY
ALL I WANNA DO


[VIDEOS] RED ROCKS

 
God bless this mess

 
If It Makes You happy

 
A Change

 
SUTS

 
Winding Road

Monday June 9

[PICS] STRATOCROW


[FAN ART] THERE'S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN!

Watch out guys! ;-)

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[VIDEO] "MOTIVATION" AND "SOAK UP THE SUN" "ALL I WANNA DO" - SANFORD FESTIVAL

 

 

 

Sunday June 8

[VIDEO] "FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST" - SANFORD FESTIVAL


[VIDEO] SANFORD FESTIVAL

Local TV coverage


[LIVE REVIEW] SANFORD FESTIVAL - HOWARD WOOD FIELD, SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA, JUNE 7


Photo credit : Elisha Page - Argus Leader

Sanford Festival dazzles
Celebration to thank workers draws 35,000
Brittany Westerberg • bwesterberg@argusleader.com • June 8, 2008

A mostly sunny, clear day greeted the 35,000 people who attended the last day of the Sanford Festival.

After a week of announcements, ceremonies and rallies, Saturday's weather allowed for the daylong carnival, circus act Circus Juventas and triple-header concert featuring country group Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow and teen pop duo Aly & AJ.

"It's been really phenomenal," said Becky Nelson, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Sanford Health. "The weather couldn't be more beautiful."

The concert and carnival at Howard Wood Field, which were open only to Sanford employees, volunteers and their families, were part of the weeklong festival to show appreciation for the more than 10,000 Sanford Health employees in a multistate region.

The estimated cost of the entire event is $5 million.

"I just think it's a very nice festival overall," said Lisa Hartke, who works at the Sanford Jackson Hospital in Jackson, Minn. "It's a nice way to appreciate all the employees and all that they do."

Hartke's daughter, Katie, enjoyed playing the games at the carnival. She was looking forward to seeing Sheryl Crow - who earlier Saturday visited Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls - while Erin Johanning, whose stepfather works in radiology for Sanford, was hoping that Rascal Flatts would sing the theme song to the Disney-Pixar movie "Cars," a remake of the song "Life is a Highway," for her son.

"It's been great, being able to do all the activities with my family," said Johanning, who had about 14 family members with her during the day Saturday.

Nelson said there were a few minor glitches Saturday, but only six or seven people had to be transported away from the celebrations. Other than a few bumps, falls and bruises, the planning Sanford did paid off. The 180 security staff and assistance from the city and police helped keep the congestion down and traffic moving.

Overall, Sanford wanted this to be a good family event, Nelson said, and just to see all the people there at the carnival and in the stadium was "really great."

Reach Brittany Westerberg at 331-2320.

Source: Argus Leader (www.argusleader.com)

http://www.sanfordhealth.org/

Friday June 6

[LIVE REVIEW] STARLIGHT THEATER, KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JUNE 5TH - #1

Concert Review: Sheryl Crow and Brandi Carlile at Starlight, 5/5/08
Fri Jun 06, 2008 at 08:08:47 AM

Sheryl Crow
Date: June 5, 2008
Venue: Starlight Theatre
Better Than: A Royals game
by C.J. JANOVY

Halfway through her show last night, Sheryl Crow told her audience something revealing and sad.

It was just after the silly “Gasoline,” off of Detours, Crow’s newest album. The futuristic-enviro-revolution rock song had gone over well, despite its ill-conceived chorus – instead of a world where gasoline is free, wouldn’t Crow prefer one where we were free of gasoline? The song had ended with the cool just a shot away refrain from “Gimme Shelter,” in which Crow’s two backup singers had done a worthy impression of the Stones’ unforgettable Merry Clayton. After Crow introduced her band, she gave a speech. “Because of gas prices,” she said, “ticket sales are really down for everyone this summer. I always feel like a stewardess when I say” – she switched to an airline voice – “thanks for choosing us. We know you have a lot of entertainment options.”

More after the jump.

Whether it was gas prices, an ominous gray sky or Crow’s drawing power, Starlight’s wide upper third was a sea of empty blue seats.

But Crow was adored by the Triple-A radio crowd of boomer ladies, sensitive guys, women in sundresses and cowgirl boots, and A-list lesbians. Crow spent much of the night without her guitar, lithely pacing stage in tight black jeans and a sleeveless black top that showed off her chiseled arms.

Her hits were straight off the radio only louder, with Jeremy Stacey’s drums benefiting from Starlight’s massive speakers and the low ceiling of clouds that seemed to keep the sound close. “Leaving Las Vegas” was a little slower and thus more contemplative than the recorded version; “There Goes the Neighborhood” careened into a psychedelic jam. Keyboardist Mike Rowe bulked up “My Favorite Mistake,” sometimes attacking his B-3 like it was a pair of bongos; afterwards, Crow noted that the list of subjects for that particular song “just keeps on growin’.”

Introducing the newer, less-familiar material from Detours, Crow noted that a lot had happened since the last time she played Kansas City. “I got engaged, and then I got unengaged. I got breast cancer. I got cured. I adopted a baby boy.” The point was about how, you know, life takes unexpected turns. The Detours songs were mellow, and followed by an uninspired “Strong Enough” -- it was as if Crow didn’t need anyone strong enough to be her man anymore.

Things picked up quickly with a disco “Out of Our Heads.” Then opener Brandi Carlile – who’d drawn her own share of the night’s crowd – came back for a duet on “If It Makes You Happy,” part of a finale that included “Soak Up the Sun” and a joyous “Every Day is a Winding Road” that ended with strains of Joe Cocker’s “Feelin’ Alright.”

Encores were quick and efficient, since the storm had almost arrived over Swope Park. After “All I Wanna Do,” the band laid into “Higher Ground,” pulling off an impressive imitation of Stevie Wonder’s wah-wah-chicka-chicka riff and Crow’s backup singers each taking a verse. Then it was over, giving the Triple-A crowd time to beat the rain home.

Setlist

God Bless This Mess
Shine Over Babylon
Love is Free
A Change Would Do You Good
Leaving Las Vegas
There Goes the Neighborhood
My Favorite Mistake
First Cut is the Deepest
Gasoline
Can’t Cry Anymore
Motivation
Detours
Drunk with the Thought of You
Strong Enough
Out of Our Heads
If It Makes You Happy
Soak up the Sun
Every Day is a Winding Road
All I Wanna Do
Higher Ground

Critics Notebook

Personal Bias:
“A Change Would Do You Good” got me through a breakup in 1997.

Random Detail: The crowd was all white; Starlight’s staff was almost entirely African-American.

By the way: Missouri likes to claim Crow as one of its own, but she seemed uncertain about the name of Kansas City’s pro baseball team.

Source: The Pitch (http://www.pitch.com/)


[LIVE REVIEW] STARLIGHT THEATER, KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JUNE 5TH - #2

From: Back To Rockville (http://backtorockville.typepad.com/)

Sheryl Crow can't be accused of leading a quiet life.

During her concert Thursday night at Starlight Theater, Crow listed five major events she'd experienced since she last performed in the Kansas City area. She was engaged, became "unengaged," was diagnosed with breast cancer, "was cured of breast cancer" and adopted a baby boy.

Embroiled in personal drama and increasingly involved in political activism, Crow is a throwback to the era of old-fashioned rock stars. Although her debut album arrived only 15 years ago, Crow could be considered the last great classic-rock artist. Her clever hybrid of the Rolling Stones, the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac continues to render her durable catalog a commercial powerhouse.

Crow's accomplishments make Thursday's concert somewhat disappointing. While never less than pleasant, her one hour-and-45-minute performance contained few transcendent moments.

Even Crow's best material seemed subdued. A gifted eight-piece band added a light funk treatment to "Leaving Las Vegas," while "Strong Enough" was given a tasteful infusion of country. Only the final song of the night, a brawny cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground," veered from the middle of the road.

One explanation: the set list. Eight of the 20 songs Crow performed are from her new album Detours. While the title track and "Out of Our Heads" fit in with the best of her impressive repertoire, a few songs dragged. The worst offender was the strident "Gasoline," a dud regardless of one's political persuasion.

Crow also repeatedly committed the dreaded geographical mistake of referring to the show's location and the audience as "Kansas." It's especially egregious for an artist who proudly proclaimed, "I'm from Missour-ah" and "I went to Mizzou." The reason was eventually revealed when she referred to being back at Sandstone Amphitheater, the venue in Bonner Springs.

"Ticket sales are down this summer," Crow said. "I feel like an airline stewardess when I say, 'Thanks for choosing us.'"

In fact, thousands of people chose to be elsewhere. About 4,000 attended, leaving most of the seats in the back half of the theater empty. The threat of a severe storm may have contributed. Gusts of wind wreaked havoc with the previously impeccable sound near the show's conclusion, but the downpour held off until shortly after the show ended.

The no-shows missed one truly memorable collaboration. Opening act Brandi Carlile joined Crow on "If It Makes You Happy." It sounded refreshingly rough, spontaneous and sloppy, elements in short supply much of the night. Carlile compensated for Crow's lack of edge.

The Seattle-based singer-songwriter's opening set accomplished the near impossible- she converted an audience of indifferent chatterers into awestruck admirers. Her affectionate cover of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" seemed to convince Crow's fans to pay attention to Carlile's enormous voice, compelling songs and unique sound. "I never used to catch the opening act until I became one," Carlile confessed. She's one warmup act that won't soon be forgotten.

| Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star

Setlist: God Bless This Mess, Shine Over Babylon, Love Is Free, A Change Would Do You Good, Leaving Las Vegas, There Goes the Neighborhood, My Favorite Mistake, The First Cut Is the Deepest, Gasoline/Gimme Shelter, Can't Cry Anymore, Motivation, Detours, Drunk With the Thought of You, Strong Enough, Out of Our Heads, If It Makes You Happy, Soak Up the Sun, Everyday Is a Winding Road/Feeling Alright, All I Wanna Do, Higher Ground

Source: Back To Rockville, the music blog of Kansas City Star (http://backtorockville.typepad.com/)


[SET LIST] STARLIGHT THEATER, KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JUNE 5TH


Photo: Chris Hudson

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
VEGAS
NEIGHBORHOOD
MISTAKE
FIRST CUT
GASOLINE
CAN'T CRY
MOTIVATION
DETOURS
DRUNK
STRONG ENOUGH
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY w/Brandi Carlile
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
****************************************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


  [NEWS] WALK A MILE IN CROW'S FEET

Zions Bank and United Concerts have partnered with The Children's Center in Salt Lake City to raise money for the center using an unusual fundraiser: a Sheryl Crow concert.

Sheryl Crow performs Aug. 25 at Usana Amphitheatre in West Valley City.

Zions Bank bought 200 tickets for the concert and will sell them for $100 each, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Children's Center, a 45-year-old local non-profit that is dedicated to providing mental health care to young children and their families. The money will be used specifically to renovate its Oquirrh School.

United Concerts is also donating $1 for every Sheryl Crow ticket sold.

The $100 tickets include reserved seating "close to the stage," premier parking and a pre-concert barbecue. (The top ticket price otherwise is $61 not counting service charges.)

Go to tccslc.org to buy these special tickets.

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune (http://www.sltrib.com/)

Thursday June 5

[LIVE REVIEW] MADISON, WISCONSIN - JUNE 4TH

Concert review: Sheryl Crow mixes politics, pop
By ERIK ERNST For the State Journal

New mother. One-half of a celebrity romance. Anti-war protester. One-half of a celebrity break-up. Cancer survivor.

These are all labels Sheryl Crow has publicly worn during the past few years.

So, after releasing the very personal "Detours" album earlier this year, it was fitting that Crow confronted and embraced all of those labels in words and song Wednesday night at the Dane County Coliseum.

Dressed in black jeans and a sleeveless vest, the 46-year-old singer opened the show alone onstage with an acoustic guitar to perform the Bush administration-criticizing "God Bless This Mess."

While a contemporary set list with titles like "Gasoline" and "Shine Over Babylon" has the potential of becoming preachy, Crow nimbly shuffled the politically charged tunes with her pop work. Actually, it was some of the older hits, including "A Change Would Do You Good," that created a few awkward moments early in the set. During the first half of the show, there was an apparent disconnect between the stage production which was designed for the larger amphitheaters of other tour dates and the relatively small crowd in Madison that was apprehensive about standing up. Even an attempt at appeasing the Wisconsin fans with call-outs to the Badgers, bratwurst and Leinenkugels fell flat.

But, when Crow led her eight-piece ensemble into an acoustic, bluegrass-inspired mid-set collection of the new album's title track, "Drunk With the Thought of You" and "Strong Enough" from Crow's 1993 debut "Tuesday Night Music Club," the band and the audience seemed to finally click. The three songs showcased the sweet country-tinged nuances of Crow's voice.

The calypso-infused "Out of Our Heads" featured an intense percussion breakdown from Beloit-native Wally Ingram that was paired with a conga line of fans who danced from the cheap seats to rouse the crowd on the floor. Opener Brandi Carlile joined Crow on the vocals of "If It Makes You Happy." The poppy "Soak Up the Sun" was followed by a surprise guest appearance from Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen. As Nielsen riffed on "I Want You to Want Me," Crow danced and rocked joyfully around the stage.

An encore of "All I Wanna Do" and "Everyday Is a Winding Road" found the band playfully dancing as the crowd sang along.

During a charming 50-minute set, folk-rock singer-songwriter Carlile accomplished an unusual feat of audience participation for an opening act. Bucking the usual call-and-response during "Turpentine," she managed to lead the crowd in an impressive three-part harmony. Moments later, there was silence during an emotional version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."

Source: Wisconsin State Journal (http://www.madison.com/wsj/)


[SET LIST] ALLIANT ENERGY CENTER MEMORIAL COLISEUM, MADISON, WISCONSIN - JUNE 4TH

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
VEGAS
NEIGHBORHOOD
MISTAKE
FIRST CUT
GASOLINE
CAN'T CRY
MOTIVATION
DETOURS
DRUNK
STRONG ENOUGH
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY w/Brandi Carlile
SOAK
I WANT YOU 2 WANT ME w/Rick Nielsen
****************************************
ALL I WANNA DO
WINDING ROAD


[SET LIST] I WIRELESS CENTER, MOLINE, ILLINOIS - JUNE 3RD

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
VEGAS
CAN’T CRY
MISTAKE
FIRST CUT
MOTIVATION
NEIGHBORHOOD
GASOLINE
DETOURS
STRONG ENOUGH
PEACE BE UPON US
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
**************************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


[LIVE REVIEW] MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION, COLUMBIA, MD - MAY 28

SINGER'S NEW MATERIAL REFLECTS MAJOR LIFE CHANGES CROW KEEPS ON GROWING

Sheryl Crow brings a moving performance without the theatrics to Merriweather
Date published: 6/5/2008

BY BASSEY ETIM-EDET FOR THE FREE LANCE-STAR

Light years after the Lilith Fair days, Sheryl Crow has upped her style but preserved her fidelity as a musician. Last Wednesday's performance at Merriweather Post Pavilion was a reassuring example of the growth that can be achieved when an artist puts down her ego and picks up her pen.

Promoting songs from her latest album, "Detours," Crow sang about personal beliefs and life changes that have occurred in the past few years. She's ended an engagement, adopted a baby boy and kicked breast cancer. And if it wasn't clear before, Crow is a fearless liberal who wasn't afraid to make more than a few political jabs in front of her not-so-politically-homogenous audience.

Yes, it was all a bit hippie, but not in that "take a shower and get a job" way. With no help from flashy pyrotechnics or seizure-inducing light sequences, Crow brought consistently high energy, propelled by a talented band and a genuine love of her career.

Fans of her early material were not disappointed as Crow included hits like "Strong Enough" and "If It Makes You Happy." She also proved that extended play isn't just for the boys, stretching "Leaving Las Vegas" to a dizzying length.

During a cover of The Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," the camaraderie between Crow and her band was highlighted as they all seemingly played to each other like a garage jam session--it made it easier to forgive Crow for botching the introduction of two band members.

While her classics and covers were impressive, it was her new music that stood out the most. Crow opened the show with "Shine Over Babylon," a cry for social conscience that set the tone for the concert. Other standout songs included "Love Is Free" and the album's title track.

After more than a decade of success, Crow has aged remarkably--both physically and artistically. Her sound is the same, but her message is different--it has evolved. That's something more performers should stop fearing and, like Crow, start embracing.

Bassey Etim-Edet is a freelance writer columnist in Arlington. Reach her at
Email: betimedet@gmail.com

Source: The Free Lance Star (http://www.fredericksburg.com/flshome/)


[CHARTS] DETOURS - BILLBOARD TOP 200

Date Chart Position Sales Total Sales
! ! ! !!
Feb 23rd , 2008 2 92,300 92300
Mar 1st, 2008 8 51,710 144,407
Mar 8th, 2008 11 32,608 177,015
Mar 15th, 2008 15 27,079 204,094
Mar 22nd, 2008 25 19,423 223,587
Mar 29th, 2008 42 15,160 238,747
Apr 5th, 2008 45 16,645 255,392
Apr 12th, 2008 49 11,296 266.688
Apr 19th, 2008 84 9.430 276.118
Apr 26th, 2008 56 10,659 (+29) 286,776
May 3rd , 2008 88 7,714 (-28) 294,490
May 10th, 2008 92 6,689 (-13,3) 301,179
May 17th, 2008 113 6,429 (-4) 307,608
May 25th, 2008 108 7,226 (+12.4%) 314,834
May 31st, 2008 159 4,430 (-39%) 319,264
Jun 7th, 2008 194 3,393 (-23%) 322,657
Jun 14th, 2008 196 3,133 (-8%) 325,790

 

Wednesday June 4

[LIVE REVIEW] I WIRELESS CENTER, MOLINE, ILLINOIS - JUNE 3RD - REVIEW #2

Crow' flies at i wireless Center
Jun 03, 2008 11:09PM
By Jeff Dick, jdick@qconline.com

Every day is a winding road, indeed.

Multiple Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow, who played to an undercapacity but appreciative crowd at the i wireless Center Tuesday night, certainly has found her life taking some unexpected turns over the past few years.

First, there was her very public engagement to -- and subsequent breakup with -- renowned cyclist Lance Armstrong. Not long after that she was treated for breast cancer. Recently, she adopted a son, Wyatt. She referred to all three events at mid-concert with grace and humor. Not discussed was her little spat with former presidential adviser Karl Rove over global warming or the brief time she became the butt of more than a few jokes for her environmental plea to limit toilet paper use to one square per, uh, sitting.

No wonder Ms. Crow titled her latest album "Detours" and filled it with songs reflecting themes familiar to her. After a 50-minute opening set by Seattle-based Brandi Carlile -- who showed real promise when the overamped sound didn't drown out her poignant lyrics -- Ms. Crow kicked off her act with the socially and politically tinged "God Bless This Mess."

From that acoustic number, Crow shifted to a harder rock mode with "Shine Over Babylon," "Leaving Las Vegas" and a nice mix of older songs and newer material, including "Every Day Is a Winding Road," "My Favorite Mistake," "Detours" and "Strong Enough," to name a few.

Together with her six instrumentalists and two backup singers, Ms. Crow delivered a fuller, cleaner sound than she did a few years ago at the Adler Theatre in Davenport. And she sang with more confidence, too.

In her casually slinky backless blouse, black jeans and knee-high boots, Crow cut a fine, female rock star-worthy figure.

Republicans in the audience no doubt winced at some of her pointed political remarks and/or lyrics, but her "Go Vote!" message had a non-partisan appeal. And Democrats could agree with her relief in the primary season finally being over.

One thing that everyone could identify with was the lyrics to "Gasoline," which offered a tempting fantasy scenario where "gasoline is free."

If only.

Source: Quad-Cities On Line (www.qconline.com)


[LIVE REVIEW] I WIRELESS CENTER, MOLINE, ILLINOIS - JUNE 3RD

Review: Politics take wing at Crow concert
By David Burke | Wednesday, June 04, 2008

It didn’t take Sheryl Crow long to get political Tuesday night at the i wireless Center in Moline.

The nine-time Grammy winner opened her concert standing in front of a curtain, alone with her guitar and singing “God Bless This Mess,” the opening cut from her new “Detours” album, which segues from domestic life to criticizing a president who “led us as a nation into a war all based on lies.”

A later cut from “Detours,” called “Gasoline,” is a protest song about a “bogus war.”

The singer, a Barack Obama supporter, declared Tuesday night as a celebration of the conclusion of the primary

season, where her candidate became the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.

“I don’t know about you guys but I’m really glad for it to be over,” she said of the campaign.

Crow, in her third trip to the Quad-Cities since her national emergence in 1993, played to a crowd of a little less than 5,000.

Wearing a backless brown top, jeans and knee-high boots, the singer had command of the stage for most of her nearly two-hour set. While the concert finished with hits such as “All I Wanna Do,” “If It Makes You Happy” and “Soak Up the Sun,” a liberal amount of time was given to songs from “Detours,” which was released in February. Crow told the crowd it showed her life in the past several years.

“I got engaged (to bicyclist Lance Armstrong) — yay! — and I got unengaged — yay! — and I had breast cancer — boo! — but I’m cured — yay! — and I adopted a baby boy,” she capsulized for the crowd. “It’s the detours that make you remember who you are.”

Backed by a six-piece band and two singers, Crow’s sound system made her distorted and muddy throughout the night, with the fans’ memory for her lyrics as a saving grace. A dazzling light system and the melodies of Crow’s songs had many happy fans dancing in their seats.

Late in the evening, she made a plea for peace while introducing the song “Peace Be Upon Us”: “If God is a benevolent figure, which she is, she wouldn’t approve of us killing each other.”

Singer Brandi Carlile (who opened for Grace Potter and the Nocturnals at the River Music Experience’s Redstone Room in January), had warmup honors Tuesday night, highlighted by a flat-out rocking version of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” (backed by a four-piece band that includes a cellist) and a touching cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” with just Carlile on stage.

David Burke can be contacted at

(563) 383-2400 or dburke@qctimes.com

Source: Quad City Times (http://www.qctimes.com/)

Tuesday June 3

[LIVE REVIEW] MOLSON AMPHITHEATER, TORONTO - MAY 26 - #4

'Detours' awakens Toronto on world tour
By Alisa Carraro
Special to the Epoch Times

God Bless This Mess was Sheryl Crow's opening number at Toronto's Molson Amphitheater last week as part of her world tour to support the release of her newest album, Detours.

The veteran singer and songwriter has come along way since she shot to stardom with her first hit All I Wanna Do back when she was 32. Now at 46, Crow has conquered breast cancer, embraced motherhood with the adoption of son Wyatt, and had a short-lived and very public engagement. It's no wonder the night's performance was triumphant. Crow's connection to the audience immediately fostered an atmosphere of liberation and strength—an overall tone that offered upbeat messages throughout the show. She candidly shared her personal life's changes as she transitioned from song to song, and the crowd couldn't get enough of her unassuming demeanor.

The stage design was humble and understated as she performed accompanied by an eight-piece band. Her vocals were exceptional, clear, and in tune. The new songs from Detours are rockier and edgier than her preceding album, with Out of Our Heads and Motivation being top contenders for commercial success.

Crow's last three songs, which included her hit Soak Up the Sun, had everyone standing, dancing, and clapping right through till the end. For Crow, it is clear that her new lease on life defines a surge to freedom, reaching a greater place in yet another chapter of her accomplished musical career.

Opening act Scottish folk-pop singer/songwriter KT Tunstall was a perfect fit for the show. Her earthy, smoky vocals are a mark of yet another up-and-coming artist who is on the "it" list.

The "Detours" tour marches on throughout the summer to nearly 50 more stops with dates planned in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Paris, and London. The opening act will rotate to include Brandi Carlile, Los Lonely Boys, James Blunt, and Toots and the Maytals.

Alisa Carraro is the founder and creator of www.SoundOrbit.com an independent music download platform.

Source: The Epoch Times (http://en.epochtimes.com/)


[SET LIST] WHITE RIVER STATE PARK, INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - JUNE 2ND

GOD BLESS THIS MESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
VEGAS
CAN'T CRY
FIRST CUT
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
NEIGHBORHOOD
MOTIVATION
DETOURS
DRUNK
STRONG ENOUGH
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
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ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


[VIDEO] "SHINE OVER BABYLON" - LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY

 

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  [LIVE REVIEW] THE BORGATA - ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY - MAY 30, 2008

Sheryl Crow plays the Borgata
By David Hiltbrand

For the Inquirer
Sheryl Crow sure looked like a Jersey girl when she took the stage in Atlantic City on Friday night. In a sleeveless vest; thick, studded belt; black jeans; and square-toed biker boots, she resembled a tomboy Springsteen.

The musical presentation of this rocker chick was pretty brawny, too, as she ran through most of her most recent album, Detours, along with a generous sampling of her hits.

Crow got the mellow stuff out of the way right off the bat with a solo acoustic version of "God Bless This Mess."

Then it was off to the races. From the second song, a soaring "Shine Over Babylon" to the encore, a coiled "All I Wanna Do," she managed to connect with both the crowd and the music.

She was certainly a gracious hostess. "How are you doing?" she inquired of the crowd at the Borgata's Event Center. "You're looking well. You haven't aged a bit."

The compliment came right after one of the evening's highlights, a sidewinding version of "Leaving Las Vegas."

Other treats were a lusty sing-along rendition of "The First Cut is the Deepest" and "My Favorite Mistake," which had more sting than Indiana Jones' bullwhip.

An old pro, Crow proved she can deliver a deep and satisfying performance without breaking a sweat. One of her tricks: Even when she takes a song off, as she did on "Soak up the Sun," she still nails the chorus.

She's also quite proficient at building dynamics into her set. About 10 songs in, the mood got noticeably looser and more rowdy, as Crow pulled out the Stones and Faces influences in her repertoire for "Gasoline" and "There Goes the Neighborhood."

She then dialed it back to Fleetwood Mac-mode for the winsome "Detours" and "Strong Enough" before building to the climactic "Everyday is a Winding Road," which growled along like a muscle car with its muffler torn off.

Crow has a confident if not comfortable stage manner, looking somewhat lost when she doesn't have a guitar to strum. But she made few missteps musically, unless you count "Out of Our Heads," which sounded like something off the Mamma Mia soundtrack.

All night long, she was able to invigorate even her most familiar material by finding new textures in it. And that's no mean feat.

A California power trio, Rocco DeLuca and the Burden, delivered a charged opening set, with DeLuca whipping up some Spanish-castle magic on his slide Dobro. He seemed to be channeling the spirit of the late Jeff Buckley with his high, penetrating voice.

But the scruffy threesome looked somewhat discomfited to find themselves in a casino setting.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer (http://www.philly.com/inquirer/)


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