NEWS MARCH 2008

Sunday March 30

[REVIEW] DETOURS - REGINA LEADER-POST (CANADA)

With albums Tuesday Night Music Club, The Globe Sessions and Wildflower to her credit, Sheryl Crow has been a household name for years, but with Detours, she really opens herself up to listeners.

From her anger at the president, to the bruises Lance Armstrong left on her heart, to surviving breast cancer, to the terrified love she's discovered as a new mother, it's impossible not to get involved; it's like hanging out with the singer at her Nashville ranch and sipping coffee while she tells you her life story, which comes with lots of tears, lots of laughs and lots of heart.

Crow kicks off the album with "Bless This Mess," a quiet, but impassioned ditty where she blasts George W. Bush for the war in Iraq.

In "Gasoline" she paints a futuristic nightmare when the oil reserves dry up and all hell breaks loose. "Now That You're Gone" and "Diamond Ring," recall her former fiance's commitment issues, but like the rest of the album, she comes off of it with hope. The cheerful sing-alongs "Peace Be Upon Us" and "Out of Our Heads" recall the protest songs of the '60s, something to the effect of John Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance."

Throughout the album, Crow's vocals are strong and true, from the powerful chorus on the first single "Shine Over Babylon" to her desperate plea on "Make It Go Away (Radiation Song)" and her beautiful melody on "Lullaby For Wyatt."

Although Detours was incomprehensibly Crow's worst debut for sales in over a decade, it's her best work to date.

4 1/2 (out of five)

-- Erin Harde

Source: Regina Leader Post (www.leaderpost.com)


[VIDEOS] LIVE AT THE FILLMORE - HDTV 720P - PART 4

Now That You're Gone
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Everyday Is A Winding Road
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Friday March 28

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

Issue Date Position
March 21, 2008 20
March 28, 2008 18

[CHARTS] "LOVE IS FREE" - TRIPLE-A NATIONAL AIRPLAY PANEL - CHART HISTORY

Issue Date Position
December 28 22 (debut)
January 4, 2008 20
January 11, 2008 17
January 18, 2008 17
January 25, 2008 17
February 1 , 2008 14
February 8 , 2008 9
February 15 , 2008 6
February 22 , 2008 6
February 29 , 2008 5
March 7, 2008 4
March 14, 2008 5
March 21, 2008 5
March 28, 2008 5

[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

[NEWS] SHERYL ON THE TODAY SHOW CONCERT SERIES

Sheryl will appear on the Today Show Concert Series again this year! The performance is set for Friday August 8th at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

Further details at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3041478/


[VIDEOS] LIVE AT THE FILLMORE - HDTV 720P - PART 3

Love is Free
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Strong Enough
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Wednesday March 26

[VIDEOS] LIVE AT THE FILLMORE - HDTV 720P - PART 2

If It Makes You Happy
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Shine Over Babylon
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Monday March 24

[VIDEOS] LIVE AT THE FILLMORE - HDTV 720P

I got this show in HD yesterday... and I'm happy as a pig in mud!

Sadly, My Network Tv has only aired eight songs, and it's a shame, because the whole concert was really, really great (put aside the fact that I love the atmosphere of the intimate venues).

That night Sheryl and band were a force of nature, period.

That said, I have to admit that the audio/video quality is simply fantastic! So I'm planning to upload the show in high definition.

Here's the set list for the show aired on MyNetworkTv on March 15

- If It Makes You Happy
- Shine Over Babylon
- Love Is Free
- Gasoline
- Strong Enough
- Now That You're Gone
- Out Of Our Heads
- Everyday Is A Winding Road

Note: in order to preserve the highest quality, i've encoded the video files using the H.264 codec in a MP4 container with Ogg Vorbis audio.

If you have playback problems, I suggest you to download K-lite codec pack. K-Lite Codec Pack allows you to play almost every movie file that you can find on the Internet. It's available for free at:

http://www.free-codecs.com/K_Lite_Codec_Pack_download.htm [ K-Lite Codec Pack 3.8.0 FULL ]

May the mud be with you! ;-)


Out Of Our Heads
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Gasoline / Gimme Shelter
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[VIDEO] CNN SOUNDCHECK - "DETOURS"

by Denise Quan

 

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Friday March 21

[VIDEO] LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY - LOVE IS FREE

Love Is Free
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  [NEWS] FLETWOOD MAC GIG JUST RUMORS

By Jane Stevenson

Turns out those reports last week of Sheryl Crow hooking up with Fleetwood Mac next year might have been a bit premature.

Crow told Sun Media yesterday that while it's something she would like to do, given her long friendship with Stevie Nicks -- which dates to when they worked together on Nicks' 2001 album, Trouble In Shangri-La -- it's still an idea that's in the early stages.

"We don't even know -- all that stuff is rumours," she said. "We are just in the middle of figuring out if we want to collaborate, and what we're going to be doing, and what that's going to look like."

Still, Crow said she's enthusiastic about the possibility. After all, she wore a "full shag" hairstyle in high school in the '70s, emulating Nicks' famous feathered 'do.

"Oh, my gosh. It would be so much fun. And I'm a huge fan of Fleetwood Mac -- the band and the people, obviously the music. And also I just love Stevie. I grew up really idolizing her, and then when I got to work with her, like, 10 years ago, I think I was stunned by how much of an artist she really is -- a fully-realized artist, not just a songwriter."

Nicks is on a spring/summer solo tour, including one Canadian date so far -- at Casino Rama north of Toronto on June 18. Crow also plans to hit the road in July and August, with Canadian dates expected in September.

Source: winnipegsun.com


  [REVIEW] WINNIPEG SUN - FRIDAY MARCH 21, 2008

Detours worth the trip
Sheryl Crow on right road after tumultuous two-year journey of self discovery

By Jane Stevenson

Sheryl Crow called her new album Detours for good reason.

In the past two years, the 46-year-old singer-songwriter split from her fiance Lance Armstrong, was diagnosed with breast cancer, adopted a baby boy (Wyatt, now 11 months old) and moved to Nashville.

But Crow said all of the experiences taught her how to put herself first by learning to say no and not caring about the repercussions.

"That was major for me," said Crow, looking as gorgeous and as fit as ever yesterday at a Toronto hotel, sporting long, curly blond hair and dressed casually in a short-cropped leather jacket, tight jeans and leather boots.

"(So was) the other idea of not being distracted, of really experiencing everything that happened at that time."

Her feelings ranged from anger to disappointment; from sadness to grief to fear. She faced those head on, "so that when I was done with it, I would be done. And I really feel like I'm done with it and I turned a corner."

For the record, Crow said she feels great, physically.

"I'm two years out and as far as I know, I'm cancer free," Crow said.

Significantly, Detours reunites Crow with Bill Bottrell, who produced her 1993 debut, Tuesday Night Music Club. The second experience was "so easy and so organic," they're going back into the studio again, sooner rather than later.

Maybe the result will be her long-awaited country album, now she's living in Nashville.

"I don't know that we'll ever limit ourselves," Crow said. "When he first came down, I said, 'You know, I've been thinking about making a country record.' And he said, 'Let's just don't put any kind of restrictions on it. We'll see where it takes us.' "

Where Detours took Crow was a combination of highly political and personal songs. In the latter category, she writes about her radiation therapy (Make It Go Away), the breakup with Armstrong (Detours, Now That You're Gone, Drunk With The Thought of You, Diamond Ring, Love Is All There Is) and the self-explanatory Lullaby For Wyatt.

And while Diamond Ring features Crow's often-strained, emotional vocals and lyrics -- "Diamonds may be sweet but to me they just bring cold feet" -- she wants people to see the humour in it, too.

"I hope that people will hear the tongue-in-cheek (nature) of it, obviously," said Crow, who was engaged twice before Armstrong came along. "And I don't know how many relationships have tried to be salvaged by people saying, 'Well, she wants to get married so I'm going to get engaged and I think that will fix everything,' or, 'Let's have a baby,' or, 'Let's buy a house.' All these things that actually really create a lot of stress wind up undermining the stability. And that's really what it's about, particularly having gone through three unsuccessful engagements. It was fodder for lyric writing ... (to) investigate it, (to) look at the absurdity of it."

Although she said she's dating, the current main man in Crow's life these days is Wyatt, who was in the studio with her at age three months and will be on her tour bus when she hits the road this summer.

"(Touring with him) is going to be challenging and fun and inspiring, and it's going to be very exciting," said Crow. "He's so social and he's growing up with so many people in his life that it will be interesting when he realizes one day that not everybody is waiting for him to do the next cute thing."

Crow is also happy about her decision to raise him in Nashville, where her family is a three-hour drive away.

"L.A.'s a great place to visit, but the whole celebrity thing kind of got on my last nerve. I haven't seen any paparazzi (in Nashville) and I'll walk around with Faith Hill or Sara Evans or whoever, and I never see them. And (Wyatt) will have a very normal upbringing and won't be just another kid of a famous parent."

Source: winnipegsun.com

Wednesday March 19

[CHART] 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

[STATS] "LOVE IS FREE" - TRIPLE-A NATIONAL AIRPLAY PANEL - CHART HISTORY

Issue Date Position
December 28 22 (debut)
January 4, 2008 20
January 11, 2008 17
January 18, 2008 17
January 25, 2008 17
February 1 , 2008 14
February 8 , 2008 9
February 15 , 2008 6
February 22 , 2008 6
February 29 , 2008 5
March 7, 2008 4
March 14, 2008 5
March 21, 2008 5

[REVIEW - ITA] DETOURS - RECENSIONE BY BLUE BOTTAZZI

...“Detours” dimostra, ancora una volta, che ci sono due Sheryl Crow: una pop e una più rock. Una non esiste senza l'altra e, per fortuna sua e nostra, sembrano avere trovato un buon equilibrio, traversie esistenziali a parte. (Gianni Sibilla)

Ho subito il fascino di questa ragazza ed a lungo negli anni novanta è stata una delle mie cantanti preferite, un po’ quello che mi rappresentava Carolyn Mas nei seventies.

Americana del mid-west (è nata nel Missouri, alla porta del West), vocalist con talento da vendere, ha iniziato a calcare le tavole del palcoscenico come corista di Michael Jackson, per arrivare al successo istantaneo con il suo primo album, Tuesday Music Club, del 1993. Se la forma era ancora quella del country rock senza arrangiamenti particolarmente coraggiosi, la sostanza era già quella di un poker di canzoni niente meno che straordinarie, soprattutto nella perduta capacità di coniugare orecchiabilità dei riff all’intensità dei testi e alla energia dell’esecuzione, come avveniva negli anni sessanta del beat e del rock a cui la prima Sheryl Crow esplicitamente si richiama, dai Rolling Stones ai Cream a Bob Dylan.

Le canzoni si chiamano Run Baby Run, Strong Enough, Leaving Las Vegas, All I Wanna Do, e sono dei piccoli classici. Specie in quegli anni.

Il successo di classifica arriva subito ma non inquina la prova successiva, Sheryl Crow del 1996. Bellissimo, dark, rock & roll, copiato in carta carbone dai Rolling Stones di Sympathy For The Devil e di Jumpin’ Jack Flash, duro e tosto, con alcune delle mie canzoni preferite della cantante, da A Change Would Do You Good a If It Makes You Happy e soprattutto Everyday Is A Winding Road e Love Is a Good Thing.

Il mio album preferito di Sheryl e anche uno dei miei favoriti in assoluto.

Sheryl in quegli anni preferisce ancora la cattiva compagnia di tourer sani e solidi come i ragazzi del giro del festival itinerante HORDE, come Dave Matthews e Blues Traveler, conquistandosi un immaginario posto nella mitologia del Groove, nonostante il proprio genere sia con tutta evidenza il rock & roll ed un songwriting di serie A.

Sheryl attira l’attenzione dei grandi: Keith Richards duetta con lei, Eric Clapton anche e forse molto di più, Bob Dylan le dona una canzone. Che finirà sul terzo album, The Globe Sessions del 1998. Album di grande successo di classifica, comincia a mostrare la deriva dell’attrazione esercitata dal pianeta Hollywood, con arrangiamenti molto curati se non addirittura patinati. Qualche canzone è ancora di tutto rispetto, come My Favorite Mistake e There Goes the Neighborhood; la mia edizione del disco è poi decisamente arricchita da un secondo splendido CD dal vivo acustico registrato alla Church of the Holy Trinity a Toronto in Canada.

Nel 1999 un live Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live from Central Park dichiara apertamente le proprie ispirazioni con cover divertenti di Happy (Rolling Stones), White Room(Cream) Tombstone Blues (Dylan) e una bella carrellata dei propri hit.

La Crow è ormai anche una diva della pop music, e l’album del 2002, C’mon C’mon è ancora un tentativo di ispirazione agli anni sessanta. Non più il lato oscuro degli Stones, ma quello solare e fun fun fun dei Beach Boys. Siccome non bastano le buone intenzioni quello che viene a mancare al disco sono le canzoni, e C’mon C’mon viene a ragione considerato un passo falso nella carriera della cantante; non dal punto di vista commerciale, dal momento che il disco è il più venduto fino a quel momento. In effetti il singolo Soak Up The Sun non è affatto male.

Da quel momento, per lo meno nella vita pubblica, il lato Pop di Sheryl prende il sopravvento, con una cover all’acqua di rose di The First Cut Is The Deepest di “Rod Stewart”iana memoria, con una antologia, con partecipazioni varie fra cui la colonna sonora di Cars della Pixar.

Wildflower del 2005 è un disco freddo come il ghiaccio, dagli arrangiamenti sovrabbondanti e ben poca energia per tacere della cattiveria.

Pare che molte cose siano successe alla vita, ormai pubblica, di Sheryl in questi ultimi due anni, belle e brutte fra cui la maternità e la malattia. Da come prende il recente Detours (2008) non si direbbe, tanto appaiono solari musiche ed arrangiamenti. Ma come si scava nei testi si trovano testimonianze di vita vissuta. L’album è un totale mix delle due facce della cantante, quella rock & roll e quella pop. Lo spirito, almeno sonoro, è quello solare, acustico e corale ispirato ai Beach Boys, di C’mon C’mon, ma certo più riuscito di quell’album. Le canzoni non sono mai a livello del passato, ma a parte qualche episodio irritante troppo “pop made in Hollywood”, il disco si lascia ascoltare divertente come un Fleetwood Mac californiano. C’è qualche bella canzone, qualche bell’attacco di chitarra, qualche bel coro; tutta roba che si può ascoltare in auto viaggiando su un’autostrada come se la trasmettesse una ispirata stazione radio.

Bella God Bless This Mess, acustica e low-fi, bella Shine Over Babylon, bello il singolo Love Is Free suonate una dietro l’altra quasi in medley. C’è chi ha voluto vedere un po’ del grande George Harrison in Love Is All There Is, ma il beatle non è mai stato così mieloso. Insomma, io Detours l’ho comprato e l’ho tenuto. Se conoscete Sheryl Crow concedete all’album un ascolto e giudicatelo da voi. Se non la conoscete, comprate subito Sheryl Crow del 1996.

Blue Bottazzi

*** (divertente)

Genere: Rock & Roll, Power Pop

A&M, 2008

in breve: rock & roll che puoi trasmettere alla radio

Fonte: http://web.mac.com/bluebottazzi/BEAT/BEAT.html


[INTERVIEW - ITA] INTERVISTA A SHERYL CROW - ONSTAGEWEB.COM

On Stage ha incontrato la neomamma e cantautrice americana a Milano, dove si trova per promuovere Detours, il suo nuovo album. Una chiacchierata informale e rilassata. “Lady Crow”, sorridente e disponibile ci ha parlato di tante cose, dalle mille difficoltà che ha dovuto fronteggiare, alla sua gioia più grande: l’adozione di un bimbo.

di Davide Zucchi

Prima di parlare del nuovo album, vorremmo chiederti qualcosa di te, di come vivi in questo 2008, di cosa fai quando non suoni…insomma di come ti senti oggi.
Wow, bel modo per rompere il ghiaccio. E io che mi aspettavo una domanda di riscaldamento tipo: “sei bionda naturale?”. Dunque, posso dirti che oggi mi sento molto bene. Un po’ perché concedere interviste e conoscere gente nuova è una cosa che mi piace, nonostante lo faccia ormai da parecchio tempo. Poi sono felice perché c’è il mio bimbo che dorme al piano di sopra. Per il resto, quando non suono faccio quello che fanno tutte le persone comuni: amo stare con la mia famiglia, a pochi chilometri da Nashville, amo guardare dvd, leggere libri. Mi piace la semplicità delle mie abitudini, la dolcezza della mia casa.

Hai subito accennato del tuo piccolo, cosa ti ha portato a compiere la scelta dell’adozione?
In tutta sincerità, penso molto spesso al perché di questa scelta. Però arrivo spesso a conclusioni diverse e anche contraddittorie, dunque non vi presto molta attenzione. Col tempo ho imparato a considerare le scelte e le azioni che compio con una certa distanza e senza giudicarmi troppo. Comunque sia, cerco di rispondere nella maniera più semplice possibile: sentivo di poter dare amore a qualcuno, sentivo una forza nuova dentro di me. Una forza che mi faceva crescere di statura, che mi allargava le spalle, che mi spingeva a offrire riparo. Non avrei mai pensato, comunque, che accudire una giovane vita, vedere crescere un cucciolo umano potesse essere così bello.

Parliamo di Detours. In questo album sembrano convivere le due facce di Sheryl: da un lato la ragazza malinconica e ancora condizionata da un difficile passato, dall’altro la donna sicura di sé stessa e della propria arte, che guarda al futuro con ottimismo. Sei d’accordo? Pensi che il disco fotografi il tuo stato d’animo di questo periodo?
Durante la vita si alternano momenti molto positivi e altri tremendi. E’ normale che sia così, altrimenti non ci accorgeremmo nemmeno di quando siamo contenti. Quando ho scelto come titolo Detours volevo alludere proprio a quest’alternanza. Dunque, rispondendo alla tua domanda, non è tanto la fotografia di questo momento della mia vita, ma della vita in generale. Chiamala presa di coscienza, chiamala ricerca di equilibrio tra le montagne russe della quotidianità. Quello che mi è accaduto, insomma, è stato rendermi conto che non desidero una vita mediocre, senza scossoni e libero fluire di sentimenti.

Nel disco torni poi a parlare di temi fortemente politici. Oltre alla necessità di una maggiore attenzione verso l’ambiente, parli dell’importanza di trovare una via per la pace e di un cambiamento. Cosa vorresti cambiare?
Dipendesse da me cambierei molte cose. Ma forse partirei col cambiare Presidente, amministrazione, classe dirigente e via discorrendo. Come saprai sono democratica, ma ti confido che non ho ancora deciso chi sarà il mio candidato tra Hillary e Obama. Entrambi hanno caratteristiche che mi piacciono, entrambi hanno la mia simpatia, per ragioni diverse. Obama perché è nero, Hillary perché è una donna…vedremo!

Ci è capitato tra le mani, recentemente, il DVD del “Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007” che Clapton ha organizzato a Chicago la scorsa estate. Nel cast, insieme a tante altre star, c’eri anche tu. Che emozioni hai provato in quella giornata?
Se ti dicessi che è stata un’esperienza fantastica sarebbe scontato. Il fatto è che è stato proprio così. F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C-O. Con Eric è sempre bello trovarsi e suonare assieme. Poi c’erano un sacco di amici, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Jeff Beck (che forza la ragazzina che suona il basso con lui!!) e molti altri. Come saprai certamente, io non sono proprio un’artista blues, ma in quella circostanza mi sono sentita parte di una grande famiglia. Stare sul palco assieme a musicisti come quelli che ho già citato, o ancora BB King, ti riconcilia con te stessa e ti fa capire come la musica tradizionale americana continua a contaminarsi: il country che si fa blues e il blues che si fa country. Poi arriva il rock e mette tutti d’accordo.

Quando potremo rivederti sul palco qui in Italia?
Presto, presto davvero. Ti posso dire che farà molto più caldo di adesso e che la cornice sarà incantevole, come sa esserlo solo il vostro mare…

Source: onstageweb.com


[VIDEO] LOVE IS FREE - ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW, MARCH 17, 2008

Love Is Free
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  [VIDEO] ELLEN DEGENERES - INTERVIEW

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YhkSZfumyU


  [REVIEW] EL PAZO RESTAURANT, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - MARCH 16

Supper good, the singing, too

Laura Vozzella
March 19, 2008

Sheryl Crow joked about getting a "boob job," sang about the Dalai Lama and downed some Cindy Wolf lamb chops. In so doing, she helped raise about $225,000 for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults during a benefit concert Sunday at Baltimore's Pazo restaurant.

Crow, a breast cancer survivor who commands upward of $500,000 for private gigs, performed for free. Or rather, she sang for her supper. Still selfless, but not a bad trade when you consider Chef Wolf's tapas menu.

"I will admit a kind of paternal pride -- in between songs she said how much she liked the cooking," said Tony Foreman, Wolf's husband and partner in Pazo. "She loved the real Neapolitan-type pizza, the lamb chops and the empanadas. Pretty flattering to hear from the stage."

Crow was battling a cold, but you couldn't prove it by her 45-minute performance, Foreman said. At one point between songs, Crow told the crowd that after cancer surgery, she considered having a "boob job" but opted against. Might have boosted her career, she said with a laugh. Before singing "Out of Our Heads," she told the audience it was inspired by the Dalai Lama, whom she saw speak.

Before the show, Foreman and Wolf had the chance to meet Crow -- a "really lovely, down-to-earth person," Foreman said -- and to check out her tour bus. Luxurious, but the kitchen was a letdown. "Kinda small, a little lackluster," he said. "I'm sure Cindy would do well with it, though."

Pazo donated the food and drinks for all 350 diners, and more than 50 staff members worked for free. Knowing that, patrons were generous with tips. But when it was all over, the wait staff, valets and coat checkers donated their tips -- about $1,200 -- to the cause, said Brock Yetso, executive director of Ulman Cancer Fund.

"It was pretty phenomenal," said Doug Ulman (creator of the fund and brother of the Howard County exec), who knows Crow because he is president of the Lance Armstrong Foundation. (Crow was once engaged to the cyclist.) "The staff was so good and so welcoming. To have them come up at the end and give their tips was really moving and inspiring."

Source: Baltimore Sun

Tuesday March 18

[SINGLE] LOVE IS FREE

Track listing

- Love is Free (studio)
- Drunk with the Thought of You (live acoustic)
- Shine Over Babylon (live acoustic)
- Love is Free (music video)

Type: Enhanced CD
ASIN: B0012UQJ0M


[INTERVIEW] CELEBRITOLOGY BY LIZ KELLY - WASHINGTON POST, MARCH 17

Catching up with Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow
doesn't consider herself an "A" list celebrity. I laugh -- to myself, because I'm not going to stop the interview to debate her on where she ranks in the often ridiculous, but very real, pantheon of stars. I mean, it's not my place to chuckle dismissively and remind her that in addition to winning multiple Grammys, she dated Lance Armstrong or that she's BFF with Jennifer Aniston or that she is revered by some (and reviled by others) for taking Karl Rove to task at the 2007 White House Correspondents Dinner.

We're talking about something much more important, anyway: cancer. Crow herself is a breast cancer survivor and now that she's beaten it, she's a vocal advocate of prevention, research and helping those diagnosed with the disease cope with treatment and recovery. So that's how I found myself sipping my Saturday morning coffee while chatting on the phone with Crow, who was busy getting the word out about her Sunday night performance in Baltimore on behalf of the Ulman Cancer Fund, an organization that provides support to young people diagnosed with cancer.

"It's a great place to connect with other young adults who have been diagnosed, what new information is out there and how to live as a survivor of cancer," says Crow.

Crow is a big believer in becoming an expert on your own cancer, in order to understand the treatment options and make the best decisions about things like using holistic medicine to bolster conventional treatments.

"Doug's foundation... has a lot of resources for people overwhelmed by the process," said Crow. "We spend so much time 'in the process' as opposed to being able to get the answers quickly and know what direction we should be going in."

We talked about the recent public outing of Patrick Swayze's pancreatic cancer diagnosis and Crow talked about the stress of not only being sick, but simultaneously having to fend off an increasingly invasive tabloid news landscape.

"For me the thing that was disheartening was... that at that time in my life when things could not have been worse I couldn't leave my house."

Much more after the jump: Read on for the full interview and Sheryl's take on the presidential race, her '07 run in with former White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove, her 10-month-old son Wyatt and her new album, "Detours."

Liz: Tell me a little bit about the Ulman Cancer Fund. I know you're going to be performing in Baltimore, but how'd you get involved?

Sheryl: Doug Ulman, who himself was diagnosed with cancer at a young age, was really my resource guy and one of the key figures at the Lance Armstrong Foundation and was my resource guy. Whenever I had people call me saying "I've been diagnosed, what do I do? Who do I reach out to?" I would call Doug and say "My assistant's mom has just been diagnosed with cancer." And Doug always seemed to have all the answers and is really dialed in to the cancer community.

One day I called him and said "Hey, I'm making that call again but this time it's me." And he was really my advocate through my cancer experience. He helped me to get a second opinion with one of the best doctors at UCLA and was there to answer questions and help me navigate through the system. Things as simple as helping me make sure I got copies of all my medical reports and all my MRIs and just simple things I wouldn't know to walk away with because of the overwhelmingness of the whole process.

So the foundation that he runs is super important because a lot of people don't address what it's like to be a survivor having had cancer at a very young age. There are a lot of young people surviving after having had extreme cancer treatments and he just has an incredible resource for young cancer patients and their families. And we're gonna do this event tomorrow night and raise a lot of money and awareness for his foundation.

Liz: Does the foundation concentrate on helping out young people going through cancer or after they've gone through the illness and come out the other end and are trying to put their lives back together?

Sheryl: It's both. It's a great resource for young adults. Their mission is to enhance lives by supporting, educating and connecting young adults and their loved ones touched by cancer. And it's a great place to connect with other young adults who have been diagnosed, what new information is out there and how to live as a survivor of cancer.

Liz: Having gone through it yourself recently, what is the most important thing you came away with that young people should know? Being young is hard enough, but if you could say one thing to young people diagnosed with cancer, what would it be?

Sheryl: My experience was quite different in that I was 44 and was diagnosed in the earliest stages of breast cancer, so my message to my fan base and people I meet in general is that being diligent about mammograms is tantamount, as well as knowing your family history and the train of your breasts. And just staying on top of it. Until there is a cure for cancer, prevention is our greatest hope.

But with young people it's a different kind of beast in that their bodies are functioning at such a high level. The cellular activity is probably at its height, but as far as the personal experience is concerned I always tell everyone who is diagnosed to become a student and to learn as much about the cancer you have and get second opinions. To be in the process. Be gentle with yourself. Learn how to say "no" -- and to say "yes." To utilize the people around you -- rely on those people who are offering their support. Resist that urge to say "I want to be by myself."

There are a lot of individual lessons to learn from cancer, but one of the major things is to really become a student of cancer as well as learning what other treatments can fortify your medical treatment. Like holistic treatments. There are a lot of things that can be done to bone up your immune system. All of the things I did that were outside the realm of conventional medicine really did a lot to help in the success of my conventional treatment.

And Doug's foundation -- that particular site -- has a lot of resources for people overwhelmed by the process. We spend so much time "in the process" as opposed to being able to get the answers quickly and know what direction we should be going in.

Liz: So do you want to give us an idea of how tomorrow night [we talked on Saturday, prior to the event] will unfold? Will it be an acoustic set or will you have a band?

Sheryl: We're doing a little acoustic set. We're actually doing the "rock band" set, but without the amps and all the volume. Which is always really fun because you always hope when you're writing your music that it'll translate acoustically and we've done this on numerous occasions and I feel like it does transfer on a deeper and more acoustic level, so it's always fun to go out and do this. It's going to be a night of serious fundraising and disseminating information and celebrating the success of this foundation and what it stands for. That's what we're there to do, is celebrate.

Liz: Patrick Swayze was recently diagnosed with cancer. Have you been following that story at all?

Sheryl: I have in so much as it's been covered in the news. Not the tabloids. All I know is the press release. My heart goes out to him and I'll keep him in my thoughts and prayers. It's difficult when anyone that we know collectively is diagnosed, but every day it's happening to someone we know in our lives. So we send our utmost support to those people.

Liz: One thing that came up with washingtonpost.com readers was the way in which we found out about his illness. He was basically outed by a tabloid. Did you encounter any invasiveness from the tabloids when you were ill?

Sheryl: I'll tell you something interesting about my situation. I chose to make the press release I did because of my personal life having been made very public at that moment. There were a lot of correlations being made between my public life and having been diagnosed with breast cancer, so it was my intention to make a statement asking people to respect my privacy and let me go through my treatment and take care of my health in private and at some point I would either address -- or not -- my experience.

For me the thing that was disheartening was -- I've never been an "A" list celebrity, partly by choice and I've enjoyed not having paparazzi outside my house -- that at that time in my life when things could not have been worse I couldn't leave my house. I guess the realization I came to is that we're living at a moment in time when we're rejoicing -- or at least investing -- our interest in that moment. For me to not have been covered when things were incredible, but instead bombarded with paparazzi at the lowest moment -- people wanting to get a picture of what that looks like to be completely down and out -- and that is going to sell magazines was kind of informative and disheartening at the same time.

So I would always say to people that being diagnosed or going through your own personal trauma as a public figure, that some things are sacred and need to be protected and we have an opportunity and a choice not to invest our money or our own personal brain power into magazines that support that culture.

Everything's about supply and demand and if we don't demand it, it won't be supplied. It's not my choice to put people out of work, but there are more honorable occupations than being the guy who runs around with a camera and makes money off of people's unhappiness.

Liz: Does that have anything to do with your living in Nashville?

Sheryl: Well, I moved to Nashville for several reasons, one of which is that I was really craving a more serene life. I also have a 10-month-old and want him to have a normal upbringing and no paparazzi around. But more than that, my whole family lives within a three-hour driving radius. My sister actually lives down the road for me. It was just important to me to have family around to help raise him.

Liz: "Him" being Wyatt, right? How's he doing?

Sheryl: He's fantastic. He took his first steps a couple of days ago at the "Ellen DeGeneres Show." Talk about showbiz. I'm like "Dude, don't be stealing my star." He's great, though. He's very curious. I could tell from a very early age that he's game and I think he's going to be a pretty dialed in little dude.

Liz: Does he travel with you?

Sheryl: He travels with me all the time. I don't spend any nights away from him. He's been to Europe. He's been traveling since he was two months old, so he's acclimated and very non-plussed by the whole thing.

Liz: Since this is D.C. I have to ask you about the Karl Rove incident at last year's White House Correspondents Dinner. Has that sunk in anymore? Karl Rove is no longer part of the Bush administration, so things have changed. But think you'll be invited back this year?

Sheryl: I'm sure if people thought that could happen again, I'm sure they'd invite me. That was a moment when I've never seen so many cell phones taking movies in my life.

It was a very impactful experience. But after reflecting on it, I'm not surprised at all that our one encounter with the administration was as nasty as it was because we all know where this administration has stood on important topics such as the environment. So, yes, that was a very unfortunate moment, but also a very informative one that I have talked about on numerous occasions.

I think Mr. Rove has been very masterful in changing the way our political undercurrents and campaigning have been done in the past few years. The power of insinuation was probably the brainchild of Karl Rove and has had a huge effect on our country. Especially at a moment in time when we as citizens seem to be so bombarded with so much information that we've gone to sleep. We'll believe anything for a minute and we won't investigate it, nor will will we emotionally invest in it. Just like going into this war.

I think there's a great surge of people waking up and demanding better and hopefully there won't be anymore men behind the curtain like we've seen with this administration. And my encounter with him was pretty much in line with exactly who I felt he was and the power that he's had. It's important at this moment in time that we don't allow that sort of thing to go on anymore. No more political ads that are steeped in insinuation about other candidates. And we're seeing it now and it's important that we tap into our own power and demand better for ourselves as far as our government is concerned.

Liz: Are you supporting any one particular candidate in the presidential race?

Sheryl: It's difficult. I feel like if I come out and say who I support it will sway some people and we are at a moment when people need to really invest in their beliefs and information they have and feel is in line with themselves. I will definitely support the Democratic candidate when we have one and for me I think the incredible message is that we have an incredible woman and an incredible black man. And for young people in this country who could even dream about running for the highest political office in this land as a young woman or black man, we're seeing a real possibility of that -- a real, tangible, hopeful possibility of that.

But as far as a political candidate -- it is my strongest desire that we remove special interests from government. I don't know that I've ever seen it be at such a heightened state and I believe it's the highest form of fascism. If our government is being run by the people, for the people then we are definitely being fooled by the fact that so much -- if not all -- of our legislation is dictated by the amount of money that passes hands in Washington. And until I see or hear from a political candidate that that is their platform, I don't believe we'll be seeing any changes.

Liz: Let's change gears quickly and talk about your new album, "Detours," that came out in February.

Sheryl: The only thing that I would say about it is that, thematically, it's pretty much consistent of the idea that in your life -- your personal life or as a nation -- you know the course that you're meant to be on and sometimes you find yourself way off your course. And it's being off course that really lead you back to redefining or remembering who you are. So there are lots of songs on the record that are very personal as well as about what's happened to us collectively as a nation.

Source: blog.washingtonpost.com

Monday March 17

[LIVE - BENEFIT] SHERYL CROW IN BALTIMORE

From Sun reporter Jill Rosen

While most of Baltimore settled in for work/school night in front of the TV, a lucky few slipped on cocktail dresses and snazzy suits for an intimate evening with Sheryl Crow.

About 360 people wedged into Harbor East's Pazo for the event to raise money for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. With ticket prices starting at $400 and topping out at a stratospheric $25,000 for the privelege of sitting having your party sit at one of the swank restaurant's sofa clusters, it was exclusive party to say the least.

Crow, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, took the stage at about 8:30 -- after most people had already been sipping Sheryl-tinis and nibbling cerviche and pork tenderloin for more than two hours.

Wearing sleek black jeans, a black vest with gold studs and all-but-no makeup, she opened with "A Change Would Do You Good." As the sound filled Pazo's lofty space, guests with balcony seats hung over the railing and others on the main level stood on those pricey sofa cushions to catch a glimpse of Crow.

Throughout the one-hour set, she talked lightly about her cancer, saying she's no longer afraid to say "boob," and as she introduced a new song, "Detours," she said it was an appropriate theme because, "Breast cancer kind of changed the way my life will ever look again."

To the delight of Gina Leavey, an interior designer who said she knows Crow's portfolio so well she could take the stage herself in a pinch, Crow played a number of her classic hits including, "Strong Enough," "If It Makes You Happy," and "All I Wanna Do."

Source: Baltimore Sun


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Sunday March 16

[MAGAZINE] SUNDAY TIMES - MARCH 16

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.

Sheryl Crow’s new single, Now That You’re Gone, is out on May 5


[NEWS] CROW KNOWS: EVERY INTERVIEW'S A WINDING ROAD

Even though talk shows invariably do pre-interviews, guests and hosts still don’t always know where their conversation's gonna wind up.

Case in point, a little bird says (okay, a publicist says) that on Monday’s Ellen DeGeneres Show, Sheryl Crow not only offers up a cute story about how her adopted son Wyatt just took his first steps in the green room before the show, she also talks to Ellen about moving to rural Tennessee to keep her family out of Tinseltown’s pointless paparazzi glare.

And while Sheryl tells Ellen there ain’t exactly a bumper crop of men to be harvested in Tennessee, she’s making the best with what she’s got, insisting, “Farmers are hot, man.”
 
Declining to diss the hotness of farmers (after all, they’ve got TVs too), Ellen asks her whether she’s dating:

“I am but it’s different now,” says Sheryl. “I’m a mom, so that already weeds out a very large part of the male population, and I’m older, and that weeds out the other half of the population. But you know, it’s fun. I’m going out and seeing different people, but nothing serious.”

If she’s been weeded out by half the guys and then by the other half, it sounds like Sheryl’s dating herself. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. And it definitely looks like a TiVo-worthy interview!

Source: eonline.com

Friday March 14

[PICS] EL REY THEATER - POPBYTES

 

hey hey! as promised below are a few more pictures along with two videos from the incredible sheryl crow show this past tuesday night – it was amazing to see her play live in such a small and cool venue as el rey theatre…except the lady who deals with the line outside is out of her freakin’ mind – don’t ever bring gum there because they’ll make you spit it out and force you to throw your whole pack away! (there’s carpet inside – so i’m sure they don’t want that mucking up the floor) but you can bring cameras – woo hoo!

this was one of three nights of a mini-tour ms. crow is doing in support of her kick-ass new album detours (the other two dates were february 6th & 7th at NYC’s irving plaza’s the fillmore – she’ll be doing a larger tour as well) sheryl and her band of eight played for a little over 90 minutes which contained a lot of her new material (her latest album was produced by bill bottrell who also did sheryl’s debut album tuesday night music club) mixed with a number of her standards like strong enough, if it makes you happy, leaving las vegas, soak up the sun, everyday is a winding road, my favorite mistake, all i wanna do plus covers of jackson browne‘s doctor my eyes, led zeppelin‘s rock and roll and the rolling stones‘ gimme shelter which she blended with her new track gasoline and was joined on stage by the amazing ben harper (who was in attendance with his wife laura dern – one of my favorite actresses of all-time!)

as soon as she hit the stage i immediately remembered how incredible ms. crow is live – tuesday night was certainly no exception – she’s a little older & wiser (and a new mom to wyatt crow) yet seems to only be getting better with age – like a fine wine (tacky cliche alert!) anyways i must also give a quick shout-out to stephanie and anitra who i met at the show and we stood together and made sure to block anyone who tried to get in our way! (we also spotted 90210’s ian ziering at the show) as for the videos below…i’ll warn you now that the audio isn’t the best (strong enough is better than the ben harper clip) but you’ll get the general idea of what was going on – i so need to get a better quality small camera that i can take to shows! popbytes over & out for tonight…xxoo!


[VIDEOS] EL REY, MARCH 11


Strong Enough  

 
be singing with Flee

 
Can't Cry Anymore

 
Gimme Shelter


Rock and Roll


Rock and Roll - 2


Doctor My Eyes  


[NEWS] CROW SAYS SHE'LL SING WITH FLETWOOD MAC

Sheryl Crow says she'll soon be singing with Fleetwood Mac, a move sure to give new life to the classic rock band, which hasn't toured in several years.

"I don't want to make any official announcements, but I will say that we definitely have plans for collaborating in the future, and we'll see what happens,"

The 46-year-old singer didn't give a date, but said it could happen next year.

She's already thinking about what she'd like to perform. "I'd love to do `The Chain,' I'd love to do `Second Hand News,'" Crow said.

Crow said she looked forward to working with friend Stevie Nicks.

"I think the person I learned the most hands-on from is Stevie Nicks because she allowed me not only to co-write withher but also to produce her, and she's a true artist," she said.

Crow would give the band and Nicks a boost. According to Spinner.com, Nicks had said she wouldn't continue with Fleetwood Mac without keyboardist Christine McVie, who retired from touring in 1998. McVie joined Fleetwood Mac in 1970 shortly after marrying the band's bass guitarist, John McVie.

Fleetwood Mac last toured in 2004. Crow is currently touring after the release of her latest album, "Detours."

Phone and e-mail messages left with representatives for Fleetwood Mac and Crow were not immediately returned.

Source: Associated Press


[NEWS] SHERYL CROW TO JOIN FLETWOOD MAC

Move over Stevie: Sheryl Crow is planning to join Fleetwood Mac.

"We definitely have plans for collaborating in the future, and we'll see what happens," Crow tells Spinner. As to when fans might hear those collaborations, she says, "I think that's going to be next year."

And what songs would she ideally like to perform onstage with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham? "I'd love to do 'The Chain' and 'Second Hand News,'" she says. "There's so many great songs that I absolutely love, and just to get to sing harmonies on them is going to be a thrill."

For Crow, who is just beginning to tour in support of her recently released 'Detours' album, the opportunity to join the legendary group (and fill the shoes of Christine McVie, who retired from touring in 1998), is a chance to work with her close friend Nicks. Perhaps more important, it will help keep the band alive, as Nicks had previously gone on record as saying she was unwilling to carry on Fleetwood Mac without McVie, who had been one of the constants of the often-evolving group since she joined in the early '70s.

According to Crow, Nicks has been a major influence in her life as an artist. "I love people that are not jaded or de-sensitized and that are still really into what they're doing and into growing as an artist, and that's her," Crow says. "She'd walk out and stand at the microphone, and I swear I was looking at a 20-year-old, because she just exudes this kind of sensual love for music."

Sheryl Crow's AOL Sessions performance, during which she broke the Fleetwood Mac news, will premiere April 11.

Source: Spinner.com


[CHART] 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

[STATS] "LOVE IS FREE" - TRIPLE-A NATIONAL AIRPLAY PANEL - CHART HISTORY

Issue Date Position
December 28 22 (debut)
January 4, 2008 20
January 11, 2008 17
January 18, 2008 17
January 25, 2008 17
February 1 , 2008 14
February 8 , 2008 9
February 15 , 2008 6
February 22 , 2008 6
February 29 , 2008 5
March 7, 2008 4
March 14, 2008 5

Thursday March 13

[MAGAZINE - ITA] JAM - MARCH 2008 ISSUE - SONGS OF REDEMPTION

Un grazie a Paolo Vites per l'intervista :-)


[VIDEO] LOVE IS FREE - THE TONIGHT SHOW, MARCH 10, 2008 - HDTV 720


Love Is Free
HDTV 1280 x 720p - stereo - 100 mb




Un milione di grazie a Mr. Bravo Sierra!


[LIVE REVIEW] EL REY THEATER - POPBYTES.COM

UPDATE! oh my goodness - sheryl crow totally rocked tonight - she was simply incredible! i had a total blast - plus i managed to snag a few decent pictures along with some video which i will post soon but for now check out one of the pics below...i'm totally beat but it was so worth it! popbytes over & out for tonight...xxoo!

hey hey! so right now i'm totally beside myself with loads of excitement & anticipation for tonight's sheryl crow sold-out show at the lovely el rey theatre down on wilshire blvd! i've been a huge fan of ms. crow's for years now and sadly i haven't seen her play live in quite a long time (the last time i saw her was when she played at the beacon in NYC - i went all three nights!) so i'm just beaming over going to tonight's show! i'll try and snap a few pictures (if i can) i'll also update this post when i get home with some quick thoughts on the show! if you haven't picked up ms. crow's latest 6th studio album detours yet - i highly suggest giving it a listen - i've spent a lot of time listening to it over the past few weeks and it's really great yet pretty much anything she does totally rocks - ms. crow is the real deal! popbytes over & out for now...xxoo!

Source: http://popbytes.com/archive/2008/03/im_off_to_see_sheryl_crow_el_rey_theatre.shtml


[NEWS] RASCAL FLATTS AND SHERYL CROW TO PERFORM IN SIOUX FALLS

Some big names are coming to Sioux Falls, including Rascal Flatts and Sheryl Crow, for the Sanford Festival June 2-7.

But don't get too excited just yet - the performance won't be open to the public.

Dr. Michael Saba of Sanford Health said the event is a gesture of appreciation to Sanford employees to thank them for what they've done to put the organization on the international map.

Rascal Flatts and Sheryl Crow will perform on Saturday night. The event will be themed “Imagine.”

Performances on Saturday night are not open to the public due to space restrictions.

Other big names invited to the event are NBC medical coorespondent Dr. Bob Arnot, Catherine Bach, President Bush's brother Neil Bush, Sen. Bill Frist and Ali and AJ.

Not all invited guests have confirmed yet, said Jolene Loetscher, spokesperson for Sanford.

Source: Argusleader.com

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[LIVE REVIEW] EL REY THEATER, LOS ANGELES - MARCH 11, 2008

Her matured outlook and ever youthful energy are both evident at El Rey

By Mikael Wood, Special to The Times
March 13, 2008

"This is a nice little place," Sheryl Crow said Tuesday from the stage of the El Rey. "The last time I played here I turned 40. I'm living backwards: Now I'm 36."

In fact, Crow recently turned 46, and though her physical appearance might indeed support her down-scaled figure, the singer doesn't try to disguise her years on her latest album, "Detours," which came out last month.

The new set -- a reunion with Bill Bottrell, who produced her blockbuster 1993 debut, "Tuesday Night Music Club" -- finds Crow darkening the cheery worldview typified in hits such as "Soak Up the Sun" and "All I Wanna Do"; the songs grapple with the war in Iraq, Crow's battle with breast cancer and the dissolution of her engagement to cyclist Lance Armstrong. Though it's full of the catchy choruses radio demands, "Detours" sounds like an album from someone eager to prove she's got more to say than the Top 40 pop tarts half her age.

At the El Rey, Crow and her crafty eight-piece band loaded their 100-minute set with selections from "Detours," including "Shine Over Babylon," during which the singer wondered, "If there is a god where is he now," and "Diamond Ring," a raw lament for lost love. Crow invited Ben Harper onstage for an insistent version of "Gasoline" that morphed cleverly into a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter."

Yet for all the well intentioned gravity she brought to the new stuff, Crow never seemed as convincing Tuesday as when she performed her older material. "Leaving Las Vegas" rode a funky roots-music groove. "My Favorite Mistake" burned slowly and featured one of Crow's sexiest vocals. "If It Makes You Happy" throbbed with feeling (even if Crow had a bit of trouble hitting the high notes).

After encoring with "Soak Up the Sun," "All I Wanna Do" and Jackson Browne's "Doctor My Eyes," Crow asked the crowd if she could play one more; she had a special dedication she wanted to make, to her percussionist, Wally Ingram, whom Crow said had been declared disease-free that day following extended treatment for throat and neck cancer. Given the go-ahead, the band then ripped through Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" with an abandon that seemed teenaged in nature -- a clear demonstration that Crow's reverse-aging scheme might be working.

Source: Los Angeles Times

Wednesday March 12

[NEWS] VH1 BOXSET: SHERYL CROW

All the contents are accessible in US only (I know, this sucks).


[NEWS] GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ARTIST VISITS CHILDREN AT SOUTH SCHOOL OF KENNETT


South Elementary students in Tarah Quinn's third grade class were honored with an appearance by Sheryl Crow recently, who visited her nephew, Bradley, and his classmates. During their visit, Crow played guitar and sang for the students before helping the group compose a song.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Deanna Coronado

Not only is multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning artist Sheryl Crow a talented musician, but she is also one cool aunt! At least her nephew, Bradley, and his friends at South Elementary think so anyway.

Bradley Crow, the son of Jennifer and Steve Crow of Kennett, is a student in Tarah Quinn's third grade class at South Elementary School. He also happens to be the nephew of Kennett native Sheryl Crow, who is a widely recognized celebrity best known for her vocals and guitar skills.

Recently, while in Kennett visiting family, Sheryl Crow grabbed her guitar and made a surprise visit at the school, quietly sneaking into Quinn's classroom to say hello to her nephew and his classmates.

The classroom, however, did not remain quiet for long.

After visiting with the students for a while and answering several questions to tame their curiosity, Crow, who recently released her newest album, Detours, broke out her guitar and played a few songs for the group.

"The students were really excited about her visit and enjoyed hearing her play," principal Kim Lowry said.

Something else the students enjoyed was the rare and unique opportunity to write a song with the singer.

A sample of one of the songs the group composed included:

Maci woke up one day and found herself on stage

she was singing songs with Sheryl Crow

but there were no words on the page.

What do you do when you realize when you're standing in the light

and you don't know a single word

and you wind up with stage fright.

At the bottom of their page containing memories of a moment the kids were sure to never forget, Crow autographed her name and left her guitar pick behind as well.

According to Lowry, each student in the class was made a copy of the songs, with Crow's autograph and the shadow of her guitar pick included.

"It was a great moment for everyone," Lowry noted. "The kids will remember and be talking about that day for a long time. We appreciate all that Sheryl has done for our school and in the community."


Multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning artist, Sheryl Crow, a Kennett native, autographs the songs she helped compose with the creative ideas of the third grade students in Tarah Quinn's classroom at South Elementary School.

Source: Daily Dunklin Democrat


[BOOTLEG] HAIFA BLUES FESTIVAL 1995

Haifa Blues Festival
Seaport of Haifa
June 27, 1995
Haifa, Israel

Stereo - 64 minutes

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01. Leaving Las Vegas
02. Love Is A Good Thing
03. Can't Cry Anymore
04. Run Baby Run
05. The Na-Na Song
06. Strong Enough
07. D'yer Mak'er
08. I Feel Happy
09. All I Wanna Do
10. I Shall Believe (with Noa)
11. Keep On Growing

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Monday March 10

[VIDEO] MONO: SHERYL CROW - ALL MUSIC, 2008

WMV - 360x270 - 4:3 - stereo - 51 minutes - italian/english

Mono by All Music television, March 6, 2008 - Interview, music videos and footages

part 1

part 2


[PICS] BESO RESTAURANT GRAND OPENING

 

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Sheryl and Eva Longoria Parker at the "Hornitos Tequila Presents Beso Restaurant Grand Opening' co-owned by Eva Longoria Parker and Chef Todd English on March 6,2008 in Hollywood,California.

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Friday March 7th

[VIDEO] LIVE AT IRVING PLAZA - FEB 7 (CONTROL ROOM) - FULL CONCERt 90 minutes

 

Thursday March 6th

[NEWS] 43RD CMA: SHERYL NOMINATED FOR A COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD

Schweeeet, I didn't even expect this, but Sheryl and Vince Gill are nominated in the Vocal Event of the Year category for "What You Give Away".

Congratulations!

The 43rd Annual Country Music Awards will held on Sunday, May 18, 2008 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada . The event will broadcast live from 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.


[NEWS] WOMEN'S SPORT FOUNDATION: SHERYL AS CO-CHAIR FOR THE BILLIES

LOS ANGELES, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Women's Sports Foundation (WSF) announced today finalists for its The Billies, which will be presented on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The WSF recognizes media's profound cultural impact and created The Billies, named for WSF founder, Billie Jean King, to applaud powerful portrayals of women in sports. Since its inception in 2006, the event has raised more than $3 million to support the Foundation's efforts to better women's lives through sports and fitness. The Billies bring stars from the entertainment and sports communities together to celebrate the nominees' insightful depictions of women's sports. Event Co-Chairs include Geena Davis, Kathy Smith, Laila Ali and Sheryl Crow and Honorary Co-Chair Maria Shriver. ESPN is a Contributing sponsor for the event.

The Billies' winners are selected by a panel of women's sports historians, journalists and media industry executives and are awarded in three group categories: "Breakthrough & Innovation", "Entertainment", and "Journalism".

Source: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/080305/law506.html?.v=1


[INTERVIEW - ITA] SHERYL CROW: I MIEI DETOURS, ASPETTANDO HILLARY O OBAMA

"Detours" letteralmente significa "deviazioni". E sono proprio le deviazioni dal normale scorrere della vita che canta Sheryl Crow nel suo album uscito da poco e intitolato, per l'appunto, Detours. "E' una parola che significa molto per me. E' il diretto risultato di un risveglio che sento arrivato sia per me, dopo le mie vicende personali degli anni più recenti; sia per noi come nazione: dopo aver vissuto gli ultimi anni in maniera distruttiva, abbiamo finalmente la possibilità di scegliere chi siamo".

A tre anni di distanza da Wildflower, la musicista americana è tornata con un disco in cui trovano posto temi privati, vicende accadutele nell'ultimo periodo, come la malattia che l'ha colpita un paio d'anni fa (un cancro al seno), la fine della relazione sentimentale con il campione di ciclismo Lance Armstrong, l'adozione del piccolo Wyatt che adesso ha nove mesi: "porta un nome di famiglia, dalla parte di mio padre. E' qui con me. E' di sopra che dorme ora..." A lui è dedicata Lullaby for Wyatt.

 E poi i temi pubblici, civili, figli dell'impegno che Sheryl da anni profonde in particolare per le cause pacifista e ambientalista, al centro di brani come Peace be upon us, il cui testo ha una parte in arabo, cantata da Ahmed Al Hirmi; e Gasoline. E poi c'è la storia recente, in canzoni come Love is Free, dedicata alla New Orleans dell'uragano Katrina o Motivation, chiaramente ispirata alle vicende delle varie star e starlette che intasano riviste e siti web con le loro vuote avventure professionali e personali, e il pensiero corre immediatamente alle varie Britney, Paris, Lindsay, Kate, cui l'artista non le manda a dire... (well, I dropped out of school / when I was seventeen / cause I didn't have time / to study my magazines / cause there's a lot to be learned / from the privileged few / like how to build a brand / waring high heeled shoes). "La cosa è complessa. Quello che mi chiedo, quando penso alle situazioni dei ragazzi di questa generazione, cresciuti da gente della mia generazione, perché - ammettiamolo - ho l'età [46 anni, ndr] dei genitori di molti di questi ragazzi, è: ma dove sono i loro genitori? Che fanno? E dal momento che in molti casi i genitori sono anche i manager di questi giovani, allora credo che una grossa fetta di responsabilità sia proprio loro. E non meno responsabilità ha la gente comune: l'interruzione del circolo vizioso si avrebbe, infatti, se la smettessero di comprare certi giornali, di leggere certa roba".

Quanto al suo personale rapporto con Internet e la tecnologia in generale, confessa: "E' un rapporto recente, ma adesso piuttosto intenso. Uso molto Internet per ricerche o per vedere video, musica. Credo che sia un modo meraviglioso per essere ascoltati. Questo mio ultimo disco, ad esempio: ovvio che desidero che sia comprato. Ma desidero ancora di più che venga ascoltato. Quindi ben venga Internet con le sue possibilità!" E ancora: "Prendi la nostra campagna elettorale Usa: se qualcuno vuole sapere qualcosa sui candidati, qualunque cosa, lì, su Internet, c'è tutto..."

E a proposito di campagna elettorale Usa: Hillary o Obama? "Sono due persone fantastiche! Tifo per loro, naturalmente. Trovo meraviglioso che siano una donna e un nero a contendersi la candidatura democratica. Non dico chi dei due preferisco... Non ancora. A primarie finite, magari sì". E a chi le chiede, restando in tema di presidenti e di gossip, che cosa pensa della vicenda Sarkozy-Bruni, risponde sorridente: "Non ho un'opinione al riguardo...". Ma lei uscirebbe con un presidente? E qui la bella Sheryl affonda: "Non con il mio attuale presidente...!"

E la moda le interessa? "Sì, certo, mi piace molto. E' divertente e credo che abbia un naturale legame con il mondo del rock. C'è stato uno stilista in particolare, si chiamava Ozzy Clarke, che ha contribuito molto a crare questo legame. Personalmente amo molto Ralph Lauren, il vintage e Dolce e Gabbana". Ma si capisce che le cose che le stanno a cuore sono altre: "Io vivo  in campagna, in una fattoria a 45 minuti da Nashville. Non è un posto molto glamour. Ai paparazzi non interessa, per fortuna...". "Quando arriva un bambino nella tua vita prendi le cose più sul serio. Il mio impegno per l'ambiente, quindi, lo vivo anche nella quotidianità: usando lampadine a basso consumo energetico, non sprecando acqua, isolando la casa per ottimizzare l'energia, installando i pannelli solari nella mia fattoria, usando prodotti riciclabili..." Chapeau, bella signora! E la vedremo in tour? "Sì. In Europa arrivo a giugno. Francia, Hyde Park a Londra, e so che per l'Italia sono in corso trattative per il festival Just Likea Woman [Savona, ndr]. 

(MM)

Fonte: Alice Musica

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Molta carina l'intervista :-)


[CHART] 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

[STATS] "LOVE IS FREE" - TRIPLE-A NATIONAL AIRPLAY PANEL - CHART HISTORY

Issue Date Position
December 28 22 (debut)
January 4, 2008 20
January 11, 2008 17
January 18, 2008 17
January 25, 2008 17
February 1 , 2008 14
February 8 , 2008 9
February 15 , 2008 6
February 22 , 2008 6
February 29 , 2008 5
March 7, 2008 4

 

Monday March 3rd

[PICS] LIVE - NDR 2 RADIO - FEB 22, 2008 - HAMBURG, GERMANY

 

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[VIDEO] MSN CONTROL ROOM - PROMO AND INTERVIEW

Promo

Interview

http://msninconcert.msn.com/music/SherylCrow/


[NEWS] BETHESDA: CROW LANDS IN EXTREMELY SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY

By Joyce Smith

I have been holding off writing about Sheryl Crow choosing our community for her new home, but after reading her story in Reader's Digest and then when I picked up The Tennessean and was drawn to the headline on Beverly Keel's article ("Sheryl Crow talks about new Tennessee home"), I could not refrain from writing and saying it is a part of our community.

We feel so honored that Crow chose this area to raise her new son and be a part of our way of life. I would love to sit down and visit with her. We could talk about our experiences of "winning" the battle against cancer.

One article referred to the College Grove Bethesda Market. That is only because that is the mailing address. It is Bethesda Market, in the "heart of Bethesda." Sheryl, we say thank you for choosing our community. We are all home folks and are here to help you should you ever need us in any way. May God continue to bless you and your family.

Source: Tennessean.com

Saturday March 1st

[INTERVIEW] PARADE MAGAZINE - MARCH 2, 2008

By James Kaplan
Published: March 2, 2008

Sheryl Crow is holding her 9-month-old son, Wyatt, watching him stare in fascination at a 4-year-old boy running around a midtown Manhattan photo studio. “I think he has the feeling that he’s going to be that big pretty soon,” she says. “I have a feeling he’s going to be that big pretty soon.”

A Saturday-afternoon conversation in New York City finds the 46-year-old singer/songwriter sounding reflective and looking vigorous in her artfully ripped jeans and an indigo T-shirt that shows off her toned arms. Her health is good, and her career is blossoming with the release of her new album, Detours. There are two new relationships in her life. One is a romance. “I’m dating,” she says, smiling both at the fact itself and the funniness of the phrase. The other is a full-blown love affair with the baby boy she adopted soon after his birth last spring.

Even in the midst of success, though, Crow’s artistic nature makes her sharply aware of the impermanence of everything. The last song on the new album, “Lullaby for Wyatt,” contains the powerful—and double-edged—line “Love is letting go.” Control over oneself and others, as she has discovered, is an elusive ideal.

In the two years since the double-hammer blow of her very public breakup with cyclist Lance Armstrong and the diagnosis of breast cancer that came just six days later, Crow has arrived at a place of hard-won wisdom, of equal appreciation for pain and joy. Early detection and radiation treatment eliminated the cancer, but the intense feelings of vulnerability triggered by both events led to a personal and artistic reassessment. It also led to her latest album, a work that looks darkly but with cautious hope at both the world and romantic love and that features the always-infectious Sheryl Crow sound.

Since the spectacular beginning of her career 15 years ago (her first album, Tuesday Night Music Club, sold more than 7 million copies), Crow has been a resourceful, resilient and ferociously independent artist.

“I came out before the really quick-made celebrities, before the big reality-TV contests and all that stuff,” she says proudly. “So I got to play in clubs and develop a fan base, then slowly I got some TV performances and videos.” Early on, though, she faced the fundamental challenge of simply getting a recording deal when the major labels were preoccupied with, as she puts it, “pop vixens like Madonna and Paula Abdul.” Sex always sells, especially with female popular musicians—but while Crow was (and is) proud of her appearance, she wanted to put the music first.

With her second album, she became her own producer—one of the very few female recording artists ever to do so. (Crow returns to her original producer with this album.) Her two years with Lance Armstrong found Crow at an artistic, emotional and physical peak. The reversal was sudden and wrenching.

“The relationship had been falling apart over time anyway,” she says. “But becoming a public tidbit of news interest and then…” Her voice trails off for a moment.

“It’s a real showstopper when you get diagnosed with breast cancer. One of the big lessons for me was that, as much as we think we can control things by being fit and eating well and so on, there are just going to be things in life that you’re dealt for whatever reason.”

Still, she says, “I think not having the power to control everything is where you will find the most opportunity. It demands that you let go.” And pay attention. After the breakup and the diagnosis, she recalls, “people would say, ‘Well, just try to stay busy. Try not to concentrate on how bad things are. Try to do things that make you feel good.’”

Instead, Crow chose to feel her pain and fear without distraction, “so that I could fully experience it and then be done with it. And it rendered me very awake. Very fearless. It helped me to remember who I am.”

She squares her shoulders. “I think vulnerability offers you an opportunity for expansion,” she says. Even loneliness, Crow insists, “creates the opportunity for people to come in.”

But at first she didn’t know who that might be. “For my whole life, I had a pretty clear picture of what my life was supposed to be. I was supposed to have a big career but at the same time a husband, the house and the kids. That’s what I knew. That’s what a successful life consisted of.”

Then life brought her a new lesson. “A family doesn’t always look like girl meets boy, they fall in love, they get married, they have a kid,” Crow says. In her case, the kid happened to come first. “I said, ‘OK, I’m going to let go of what I think things are supposed to look like, because I can’t control anything. When I try to control things, that’s when I keep things from happening.’”

Her illness also made her realize how much energy she had been putting into pleasing others. “By the time I was diagnosed, I felt like kind of a pawn in my own life,” she says. “Everything I was doing was made out of taking care of everybody else. There’s a lot of fear in that—the fear of disappointing people if you say ‘no’ or of stepping on somebody’s feelings. I realized that the only person who could go through that treatment was me. Nobody could get on the radiation table except for me. It was very informative.”

And inspiring. The idea for a song—and then an album—called Detours sprang directly from this period. “We sometimes detour away from the road that we were originally on,” Crow tells me. “We get so far away from who we think we are and who we want to be, and that demands that we come back and regroup. We’re watching that happen in our nation. I think if we were all to be honest with ourselves, we would agree that rather than dealing with the reality of things, we’ve kind of allowed ourselves to become a distracted people and invested in crazy kinds of things like reality-TV shows and tabloidism. We’ve kept ourselves busy at a time when it would really have benefited us to be awake and be involved in our future and our legacy.”

Crow’s own legacy was suddenly very clear. “Two days before Wyatt came, I finished a Stop Global Warming college tour,” she says. “When a baby comes into your life, the environment becomes so personal. Having him around, this little innocent spirit, really made me fearless about writing what I wanted to write and about not being afraid of who I was going to piss off. It created a lot of urgency about that.” For Sheryl Crow, the winding road she wrote of years ago has led straight back home.

Source: Parade.com


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Credit: Robert Ascroft for Parade magazine


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