NEWS MAY 2008

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[VIDEO] "C'MON, C'MON" - CALIFORNIA MID-STATE FAIR

C'mon, C'mon
California Mid-State Fair
Paso Robles, California (USA)
July 30th, 2002

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  [SET LIST] THE BORGATA - ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY - MAY 30, 2008

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
*****************************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


  [REPORT-REVIEW] SHERYL CROW KEEPS IT BREEZY (BUT POLITICAL) LIVE IN CENTRAL PARK


Photo: Jason Bergman for RollingStone.com

Rolling Stone Magazine - Sheryl Crow brought her band and her deep catalog of rootsy tunes to New York City’s Central Park last night, where she spoke frankly about her son and her cancer all while playing songs from Detours and old hits like “My Favorite Mistake” and “Strong Enough.” Click below for more photos and a report from last night’s show.

"I have a feeling you guys were burning all the way here," Crow told a foggy audience at NYC's Central Park SummerStage last night. Decked in a frilly white vest and a studded belt and bracelet, Crow's get-up looked more like '78 than 2008. Hundreds of New Yorkers waited, picnic-style, for the concert to begin. Opening for Crow was Rocco DeLuca.

"We haven't played Central Park in 10 years," Crow revealed to the audience, who were treated with a 72-degree night and over two hours of music. "We had the whole afternoon to walk in the park."

Alternating new songs ("God Bless This Mess," "Shine Over Babylon") with classics ("Change," "My Favorite Mistake"), Crow told the crowd of her recent past. "Over the last three years I've had some weird things happen to me," she began. "I've had breast cancer, got cured of breast cancer, had a wonderful son, and then of course we went to war. And that sucked. You wake up one day and you're on a detour and that’s how you realize who you are," she said, referencing her new record Detours.

Kevin Bacon was among the noted guests at the Central Park gig. "Kevin's an old friend," Crow says. "I'm a big fan of him and his music."

"I don't know if you guys know, but I'm real popular with the six-year olds," Crow announced, before playing "Crash," her song featured on the Cars soundtrack.

Wearing her guitar as a backpack, Crow belted through a free-spirited "Strong Enough." "I forgot what you're supposed to do to be strong enough to be my man," she said, abandoning the lyrics for a moment. "It's been so long."

"Everybody gets high!" the crowd yelled along during Crow's performance of "Everyday is a Winding Road." By now, that was true of anyone within a 300-foot radius of the stage.

"I want this to be the next single, but they say it's too political," Crow announced after playing "Out of Our Heads," a funky, animalistic jam that could easily soundtrack a Jungle Book sequel. Crow later says she tries to be careful with her political banter while on stage. "I realize some people are there to forget what's going on," she says. "They want to be entertained."

"Where's the after-party?" Crow asked the crowd after returning to the stage for an encore of "All I Wanna Do." "I'll find ya."

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Friday May 30, 2008

[INTERVIEW] DAILY RECORD - BECOMING A MUM HAS COMPLETED MY LIFE, SAYS SHERYL CROW

May 30 2008 By John Dingwall

MOTHERHOOD is helping star Sheryl Crow get over her break up with Lance Armstrong and her battle with cancer.

The 46-year-old singer-songwriter had been in the middle of planning her wedding when she split from the seven-times Tour De France winner in 2006.

Two weeks later, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

But after hitting rock bottom, she says she's enjoying life more than ever by playing mom to her adopted baby son, Wyatt.

Sheryl said: "It's amazing that my life has changed in the most exceptional ways since adopting Wyatt.

"Everybody who has kids will attest to the fact you can't believe how deeply you can love someone."

The multi-Grammy winner has promised to bring the one-year-old to Scotland when her upcoming tour hits Glasgow's Carling Academy on June 27.

Sheryl, best known for hits such as All I Wanna Do and If It Makes You Happy, said: "He has adapted to my life and is a great little traveller and very social. It has been a great experience.

"I will definitely be bringing him to Scotland. He goes everywhere I go. We have a crib on the bus and he is fantastic.

"The key is to adapt kids to your lifestyle as opposed to yours to theirs. Adapting and going on the tour bus and making sure all the little things you need to have is a lot to think about, but it is so much fun."

As well as the old favourites, Sheryl will be performing songs from her brilliant new album Detours at the gig, including the very personal track Diamond Ring, about her love-split.

She said: "I had to think twice about putting Diamond Ring on the album, but my mother said I had to put it on because a lot of women would relate to the idea that having a diamond ring would fortify a relationship.

"So, I put it on and I'm glad I did because so many people came up to me to say that song meant so much to them. I'm so glad we are coming to Scotland. We haven't been there for a long time. Our tour manager lives there and I'll have fun listening to his accent come back.

"I can remember playing in several different clubs in Scotland. I love the people there. They are so earthy and warm.

"It's fun for me because I have four new members in the band and it is really exciting to be in front of such great musicians."

Wyatt makes his own recording debut on the album's closing track, Lullaby For Wyatt.

Sheryl recalled: "He was three months old when I was making the record and he was in the studio the whole time.

"He happened to be in the recording room when I was recording that song. We just let him coo. He was screaming all the way through it, but we didn't use that of course.

"It seemed a fitting ending to a record filled with heavy content to have the innocence of a baby's voice."

Sheryl decided to adopt a child after the split from Lance, who had survived testicular cancer that spread to his brain and lungs in 1996.

The couple had been together for six years and Sheryl not only had to deal with the break-up but undergo invasive surgery followed by radiation treatment as the biological clock struck 12.

"I had fought the breast cancer and my relationship had dissolved, but I really wanted to be a mum," Sheryl said.

"I've always wanted that and come from a close-knit family.

"It seemed like the right thing to do and I figured I'd go through the process and see what happened.

"Having a child was the one area of my life that was not fulfilled. The timing of it was perfect as was the way it came about. Everything aligned and it has been a wonderful experience."

She added: "I hadn't really addressed any of what happened to me until I sat down to write the record.

"At the same time all these personal experiences were happening, what was going on in my country and the world was changing in drastic ways and that was having an effect on all of us, but particularly me having adopted a baby."

She admits the cancer could have killed her if she had not been diagnosed in time.

As it was, doctors revealed she had probably been living with the illness for up to five years unknowingly.

"It's a shock no matter how the news comes to you," she said. "I have been around cancer all my life. Everybody has been exposed to people with cancer, but you can never prepare for adiagnosis. Even though mine was caught so early, it halts your life in a second. It's a life-changing moment.

"There's no cure. If they knew the cause of cancers, they would have a better shot of curing them. There are so many factors.

"All they could tell me was that I probably had it five years before it manifested itself in a sign.

"I was diagnosed really early. If I had waited six months, it would have been a completely different story. I knew I wasn't going to die of cancer, at least not at that moment, but I experienced all the emotions you can imagine, from fear to anger to sadness.

"The best way for me to deal with it was to actually experience it, so that was my lesson in life.

"I knew how I wanted to live from that moment on. Part of that meant putting myself first, learning how to say no and listening to my own voice. The priorities that were important to me before have fallen by the wayside.

"I feel so differently about how I spend my time."

Almost on cue, little Wyatt arrives for a hug from his mum and joined Sheryl on her knee for the rest of the interview.

"It's so much fun with Wyatt," Sheryl beamed. "It really puts everything in perspective."

Source: Daily Record, Scotland (www.dailyrecord.co.uk)


[LIVE REVIEW] MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION, COLUMBIA, MD - MAY 28 - #7

At show, Crow follows 'Detours'

By Rashod D. Ollison | Sun Pop Music Critic
May 30, 2008

Sheryl Crow certainly has had her share of ups and downs in the past three years. Her much-talked-about engagement to famed racing cyclist Lance Armstrong dissolved; she was treated for breast cancer; and she adopted a baby boy named Wyatt.

The pop-rock star also found herself in a well-publicized confrontation with Karl Rove last year at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner. She wanted to know about the administration's response to global warming. Rove coldly dismissed her.

All of these events - particularly the showdown with the then-deputy chief of staff to President Bush - inform the lyrics of Detours, Crow's latest album, released in February.

During her show Wednesday night at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, the eight-time Grammy winner dipped heavily into the politically charged lyrics of the new album, which also happens to be one of her best efforts.

"It's the detours that bring you back to yourself," the rock-pop superstar told the packed pavilion. The lyrical focus of the new songs may be serious, but they never plummet into didacticism. Buoyed by the groove-rich, freewheeling music of her solid eight-piece band, Crow, 46, sounded fully charged.

She looked great, too, dressed like a chic cowgirl in fitted jeans, stylish almond-brown boots and a knee-length black jacket.

Crow kicked off the nearly two-hour set with "God Bless This Mess," the pensive, folkish number that also opens Detours. She sang the short tune with just an acoustic guitar before the black curtain behind her lifted, revealing the band atop three neon-lit platforms.

The song pleading for peace gave way to the vibrant, slightly bluesy "Shine Over Babylon," another key number from the new album. That segued perfectly into the current single, "Love is Free," which the band invigorated with a heavier, more muscular groove than what's on the album.

Crow kept things well-paced, interspersing the set with her past radio smashes, including "Leaving Las Vegas," "A Change Would Do You Good" and "My Favorite Mistake." But the setlist was dominated by songs from Detours, on which Crow sounds freer and more assured than she did on her last album, 2005's formless Wildflower.

The artist's evolved, imaginative songwriting is probably best captured in "Gasoline," a hard rocker with a joyous, topical chorus: "Gasoline will be free!" During her performance of the song, Crow and her two background singers interpolated "Gimme Shelter" by the Rolling Stones. Given that "Gasoline" recalls the band's soulful '70s era, it worked well.

Throughout the show, Crow carefully balanced the pointedly political tunes with the carefree numbers. For instance, "Out of Our Heads," a song that advocates open-heartedness over cold analysis regarding world issues, gave way to "Soak Up the Sun," Crow's catchiest, most mindless hit.

The house was on its feet by this time, dancing in the aisles and on the lawn. Not wanting to kill the party vibe, Crow continued rocking out with "Everyday Is a Winding Road" and her 1994 Grammy-winning smash, "All I Wanna Do."

But she apparently wanted to leave the same way she came in: on a sharp political note, tinged with a sense of hope. Only this time, Crow plucked a tune from Stevie Wonder's songbook: the uplifting 1973 classic "Higher Ground."

rashod.ollison at baltsun.com

Source: Baltimore Sun (www.baltimoresun.com)


[LIVE REVIEW] MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION, COLUMBIA, MD - MAY 28 - #6

Sheryl Crow put out a record called "Detours" a few months back, but don't be fooled: The disc is her most affecting in a decade, less a detour than a return to the course of her first three albums, which paid increasing artistic dividends and solidified Crow's rep as a rootsy hitmaker with substance.

But it was one of her more frivolous successes -- 2002's "Soak Up the Sun" -- that finally budged the crowd from their seats at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Wednesday night, 90 minutes into the hardworking multi-Grammy-winner's set. The moment seemed to sum up a willing-if-workmanlike show that drew the lion's share of its 20 songs from "Detours," but lacked the intimacy that Crow's best records manage to communicate even when she's surrounded by studio pros.

Crow, 46, in fine voice and looking fit, went for the bold open, playing three new songs ("God Bless This Mess," "Shine Over Babylon," "Love Is Free") before tapping her well of '90s hits. Most proved sturdy enough to survive the labor surplus of her eight-piece band, which swelled the intimate "Strong Enough" to distended proportions and smothered the raw quality that makes "If It Makes You Happy" sound like the best Lucinda Williams song Lucinda Williams never wrote. The set's least embroidered performances ("Detours," "Drunk With the Thought of You") were among its best.

Crow made a centerpiece of the confused protest anthem "Gasoline," which seems intended to spread the green gospel but feels like something from a "Mad Max" flick. Inviting us to "dream about a time when we're not oppressed by $4-a-gallon gas," Crow segued into the tense Stones' classic "Gimme Shelter." Then came "Real Gone" -- a carefree rocker from the "Cars" soundtrack, the star announced. File under: "Messages, mixed."

-- Chris Klimek

Source: The Washington Post


[SET LIST] RUMSEY FIELD, CENTRAL PARK - NEW YORK CITY - MAY 29

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


[VIDEO] THE HOUR - MARCH 31, 2008

WMV - 640x480 - stereo - 8m 35s


[POSTER] BRADY THEATER, TULSA, OK


[NEWS] SHERYL CROW GETS POLITICAL

All she wants to do is raise some consciousness
Tom Laskin on Friday 05/30/2008

It's been a busy couple of years for Sheryl Crow. Her breakup with cycling legend Lance Armstrong caused a tabloid feeding frenzy, as did a simultaneous bout with breast cancer. After undergoing successful treatment, she adopted a child, then took to the road with Laurie David to spread the word about global warming while riding around in a biofuel-powered bus. And just last month, the longtime breast-cancer cure campaigner went before a congressional subcommittee to advocate for a bill that would direct more federal funds toward researching environmental influences on the disease.

That's a lot of living for anybody, yet somehow Crow also managed to put together Detours, a thoughtful, often topical CD that dips a toe into rock, folk, soul and pop. Depending on who you believe, the political portion of the track listing (particularly the soul-inspired breakup song "Now That You're Gone") may or may not have been inspired by an argument she had about global warming with ex-Bush Svengali Karl Rove at a White House correspondents dinner. In any case, in songs about carrying on and finding oneself after a relationship has come undone, Crow gets pretty pugilistic.

At least for her. Despite having tackled serious subjects like abortion in the past, no one has ever accused the 46-year-old of being a bomb thrower. And yet much of Detours has more heft than anyone would have expected from the former music teacher and Michael Jackson and Don Henley backup singer. Yes, Bill Bottrell, the guiding force behind Crow's 1993 debut, Tuesday Night Movie Club, has given this album plenty of production gloss. But most everything on it is a far cry from the breezy indictment of SoCal languor on her first MTV-approved hit, "All I Wanna Do." Tuneful jeremiads like "Gasoline" and "Shine Over Babylon" aren't marvelous examples of politically minded pop craft, but they're hooky and clearly heartfelt, and those are artistic achievements worth acknowledging.

No doubt Crow will spend part of the evening at the Alliant Center putting on her MOR hits with a band that includes another cancer survivor in percussionist Wally Ingram, a Madison expat who also played drums with her years earlier in her career. But expect some politically charged moments from her as well. That's where Crow's head and heart are at these days, and Detours indicates that she feels no compunction about speaking her mind on everything from global warming to the war in Iraq (which in fact she opposed from the outset).

Source: www.isthmus.com


[INTERVIEW] EXPERIENCES SHAPE SHERYL CROW'S NEW SONGS

by David Lindquist

Sheryl Crow didn't have to fictionalize song topics for her latest album.

Between recording 2005's "Wildflowers" and this year's "Detours," the nine-time Grammy Award winner broke up with cyclist Lance Armstrong, was treated for breast cancer and adopted an infant son, Wyatt.

Crow, 46, will perform Monday at the Whitelies.tv Lawn at White River State Park.

She recently talked with The Star, speaking from her Tennessee farm a three-hour drive from Kennett, her southeast Missouri hometown.

Some major life events surrounded the making of this album. Did that make it easier to dive into the work?

It was actually a pretty effortless process. Because of what I'd gone through and because I'd had enough distance from it to be able to write about it objectively ......, by the time I sat down to write I was kind of free and open. Compound that with having a newborn, it created an inspired and kind of sacred atmosphere for writing. I'd get up at 4 in the morning with (Wyatt), and I would try to seize that opportunity to do some writing. We worked out here at my farm, which was wonderful. It's in the middle of nowhere, so no one from the record industry ..... or magazines was looking in. It was me, a guitar and a baby hanging out in the studio.

When I see you play bass guitar during a show, you make the instrument look about as cool as it can. How would you describe your relationship with it?

Sadly, I'm not playing bass on this tour. I actually have a bass player, and I've added a percussionist and backup singers. But on the last two records, I wrote most of the songs on bass. It helped me to not be stuck thinking about what the next chord would be. I could just isolate a melody.

Was that the first instrument you learned to play?

I have my college degree in classical piano, so I was always the keyboard player in bands. Later on, when I really wanted to write rock songs, I decided that I needed to learn how to play guitar. So I taught myself that in my 20s. After that, other instruments came along, like the bass. And I play some accordion and harmonica -- whatever is required.

Was your move to Tennessee somewhat motivated by your small-town roots?

My life really did shift after the cancer treatment. I felt like I wanted to be closer to home and closer to family -- particularly raising a baby as a single mom. It's super-important for me to have my family around.
Sheryl Crow

When: 7:30 p.m. Monday.

Where: Whitelies.tv Lawn at White River State Park, 801 W. Washington St.

Tickets: $72.50, $35. For more information, call (317) 239-5151 or visit www.ticketmaster.com

Source: www.indy.com


[TECH NEWS] ENGINEER FOR SHERYL CROW ACHIEVES ALBUM-QUALITY SOUND

Daly City, CA — For Sheryl Crow’s current spring tour, promoting her new album Detours, FOH engineer Sean “Sully” Sullivan (Beck, Justin Timberlake) put together a streamlined live sound system based around a Digidesign® VENUE D-Show® Profile™ integrated with a Pro Tools|HD® system.

Keeping the system compact was a primary objective for Sully. The VENUE system allows him to reduce the need for outboard analog processing in favor of TDM plug-ins. And when combined with Pro Tools|HD, the D-Show Profile provides Sully with access to studio-quality production tools that allow him to achieve exceptional album-quality mixes from venue to venue on a nightly basis.

“On this tour, I have a very small simple setup,” he explains. “When my production manager saw my rig he asked, ‘When does the rest of it arrive?’ But the bonus is, with the VENUE [D-Show] Profile, my favorite plug-ins and a Pro Tools rig, I am achieving album-quality mixes night after night!”

With VENUE and Pro Tools integration, Virtual Soundcheck has also become indispensable for Sully. “Virtual Soundcheck saved my life. I no longer rely on the band to show up at soundcheck. Now I only need to update and make new snapshots while playing back actual shows from my [Pro Tools] HD 3 rig. It’s simply amazing!”

Sully sums up his opinion of the Digidesign VENUE system by saying, “Studio engineers have had the ability to study the tracks they are working on since the beginning of time… it’s about time we live engineers have the same capabilities!”

For more information about Sheryl Crow’s Detours tour visit www.sherylcrow.com.

About VENUE

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Thursday May 29

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

Sheryl Crow rocks out at Merriweather

Posted by Rashod Ollison on Critical Mass

First things first: Sheryl Crow looks amazing. At 46, the eight-time Grammy winner has only gotten better. Her show last night at Merriweather Post Pavilion was one of the better concerts I've seen this year. There were no pyrotechnics, no over-the-top theatrics, no hip-grinding dancers. Just Crow singing her amiable, eclectic rock songs at full-throttle, and she seemed to be having a great time.

The rock-pop superstar was supported by a solid, eight-piece band. On stage, Crow and the fine musicians pumped up her greatest hits and choice cuts from Detours, her new album and one of her best releases. The CD is Crow's most politically charged set. It's also counterbalanced by deeply personal tunes centering on events in her life over the past few years: her breakup with Lance Armstrong, her bout with breast cancer, her adoption of a baby boy.

But the music and smart, revealing lyrics cliqued, and the show's energy never dipped. Be sure to catch my full review in tomorrow's paper. In the meantime, check out the video for "Love is Free," a nice cut from the Detours.

Source: http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/


[LIVE REVIEWS] LINKS

Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD - May 28
http://votenomalley.blogspot.it/2008/05/sheryl-crow-concert-review.html (hilarious!)
http://thephoenixx.livejournal.com/191945.html

Molson Amphitheater, Toronto - May 26
http://club.kingsnake.com/index.php?/archives/701-Concert-Review-Sheryl-Crow-at-the-Molson-Ampitheatre.html
http://blog.stevenjoniak.com/?p=192

Verizon Wireless Music Center, Pelham, Alabama - May 23
http://soldieroftruth.wordpress.com/2008/05/26/the-eagles-sheryl-crow-and-indy-4/


[SET LIST] MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION, COLUMBIA, MD - MAY 28

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


[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

[CHARTS] "OUT OF OUR HEADS" - TRIPLE A MOST ADDED

5) "Ou of Our Heads"
New Stations: 3 (KWMT, Tucson, Arizona; WMMM, Madison, Wisconsin; XM Cafe)


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

7) "Love is Free"
This Week: 111
Past Week: 127


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

Issue Date Position Plays %
March 21, 2008 20 !
March 28, 2008 18 !
April 4 , 2008 17 +52
April 11 , 2008 17 -34
April 18 , 2008 18 -106
April 25 , 2008 20 -201
May 2, 2008 22 -229
May 9, 2008 29 -193
May 16, 2008 33 -
May 23, 2008 36 -68
May 30, 2008 40 -79

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

Issue Date Position Plays %
March 28, 2008 24 !
April 4, 2008 23 +18
April 11, 2008 18 +26 (most added)
April 18, 2008 17 +24 (most added)
April 25, 2008 13 +15
May 2, 2008 12 +25
May 9, 2008 13 -9
May 16, 2008 11 +
May 23, 2008 14 -17
May 30, 2008 15 +2

[VIDEOS] MOLSON AMPHITHEATER, TORONTO - MAY 26


Love is Free


A Change

 
Can't Cry Anymore

 
Strong Enough

 
First Cut


[NEWS] ROBIN HOOD RAISES $56,5 MILLION AS SHAKIRA, CROW SING

By Patrick Cole

May 28 (Bloomberg) -- The Robin Hood Foundation's annual gala last night in New York raised $56.5 million, a drop of more than $15 million from the 2007 event as subprime mortgage losses and job reductions reverberated at Wall Street's biggest charity event.

About 3,700 executives from Wall Street banks, hedge funds and private-equity companies were moved away from the problems of Bear Stearns Cos. and the credit crunch with serenades by Shakira, John Legend and Sheryl Crow.

With 2007's gala raising $72 million, last night's take represents about a 21.5 percent decline.

``I'm pleased and surprised that the total raised was as high as it was because I thought it would have been lower,'' John Whitehead, the former co-chairman of Goldman Sachs & Co. and a philanthropist, said in a phone interview today. ``It still shows a fabulous generosity in the Wall Street community at a time when business is much worse than it was a year ago.''

The dip in donations came amid global economic weakening as financial companies around the world cut more than 83,000 jobs since last July. Banks and brokerages, which employ many of Robin Hood's donors, have taken $383 billion in write downs and credit losses.

The festivities at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center attracted Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. co-founder Henry Kravis and Pequot Capital Management Inc. Chairman Arthur Samberg.

David Saltzman, Robin Hood's executive director, said in an interview at the Javits Center that the estimated total could be higher after all donations are counted as early as today. He said the evening's tally, at a time that banks are laying off staff, still showed an ``extraordinary'' display of generosity.

Tough Times

``Despite what's going on in the economy, people who are in a position to help others step up, and during tough times they step up even more,'' Saltzman said.

High finance mixed with the world of entertainment as Conan O'Brien of NBC's ``Late Night'' program hosted the event. Celebrities in attendance included the rapper Jay-Z, Rush Communications Chairman Russell Simmons and former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw.

Musician David Byrne, who attended the gala with his girlfriend Cindy Sherman, said the gala bustling with entertainment and finance-industry stars was ``quite a scene.''

``The bids are probably going to be outside of my tax bracket,'' Byrne said in an interview about the event's auction while waiting outside the Javits Center.

Hip-Twitching

After a dinner of filet of beef, grilled chicken and bow-tie pasta, the attendees listened to live music performed by Shakira, the hip-twitching Colombian pop singer, and rock star Crow, who made a surprise appearance and took the stage for a rendition of ``Lean on Me.''

The Robin Hood gala has become one of New York's largest philanthropic events with its huge annual tally and donor list. It's also a symbolic gesture in which Wall Street's richest extend a hand for a night to the city's poorest. One of out every five New Yorkers lives in poverty and about 300,000 people receive food from a soup kitchen or food pantry weekly, the foundation points out on its Web site.

The $1.9 trillion hedge-fund industry is off to its worst start in almost two decades as some firms have been forced to liquidate or sell their holdings this year. Saltzman said individual donations ranged from $1 to ``millions of dollars.''

In 2007, John Paulson, founder of the New York-based Paulson & Co., led all hedge-fund managers with an estimated $3.7 billion in pay, according to Institutional Investor's Alpha Magazine.

Poverty-Fighting

The proceeds from the event, including the auction, will go to more than 240 poverty-fighting programs in the city. They include the Abraham House in the South Bronx, which offers social services to relatives of prison inmates and ex-inmates; the Children's Defense Fund-New York, which seeks better access to health care for poor children and Broadway Housing Communities in New York, which provides shelter for the formerly homeless or the mentally ill.

Designer David Stark turned a portion of the Javits Center into an other-worldly open space filled with makeshift walls and house-shaped structures partially composed of the merchandise to be given to many aid recipients of Robin Hood-funded programs. A tornado-shaped tower of 3,000 sneakers donated by Nike Inc. left some attendees slack jawed at first sight.

Instead of flowers as centerpieces on the dining tables, two Quanta laptops took their place. The computers were donated by One Laptop per Child, the Cambridge, Massachusetts, nonprofit that provides low-cost computers for children in developing countries. Office-supplies distributor Staples Inc. donated 3,000 calculators mounted on a towering wall. They will be given to participants in job training programs.

``Every single penny raised tonight goes to help people claw their way out of poverty and build better lives for themselves and their families,'' Saltzman said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Patrick Cole in New York at pcole3@Bloomberg.net or Philip Boroff in New York at +1-

2602 or pboroff@bloomberg.net.

Source: bloomberg.com


[NEWS] SHERYL CROW'S CONCERT RECORDED FOR PBS TO PREMIERE ON DVD JULY 8

With state-of-the-art digital video and sound, the live music program "Soundstage" has long been the premiere television venue for the most significant musical artists, yet the critically-acclaimed PBS series has never been available on home video.

Now, KOCH Vision announces their launch release of Soundstage on high definition DVD for the very first time, featuring an unforgettable live concert by one of the hottest female rockers of her generation with Sheryl Crow: Live, arriving on July 8 as a single DVD, featuring the complete hour-long "Soundstage" episode which first aired in June 2004.

Having sold well over 30 million albums, Sheryl Crow is recognized as one of today's truly distinctive voices. Sheryl Crow: Live captures the nine-time Grammy® winner during her sold out 2003 tour. As Crow leads her band through some of her biggest hits including "All I Wanna Do," "If It Makes You Happy," "Steve McQueen" and "Soak Up The Sun," the concert is beautifully filmed in high-definition and mixed in 5.1 surround sound. This "Soundstage" episode also includes a rare cover version of the Nick Lowe classic "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding."

Track Listing:

- Favorite Mistake
- You're An Original
- First Cut Is The Deepest
- Leavin' Las Vegas
- Strong Enough
- Redemption Day
- Sweet Rosalyn
- Members Only
- If It Makes You Happy
- Home
- All I Wanna Do
- Soak Up The Sun
- Everyday Is A Winding Road
- I Shall Believe
- (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding
- Let's Get Free
- Safe and Sound
- Steve McQueen

http://www.kochvision.com/

Wednesday May 28

[LIVE REVIEW] MOLSON AMPHITHEATER, TORONTO - MAY 26 - #2

A change has done her good

By Brad Wheeler
From Wednesday's Globe and Mail

She can see clearly now, the rain is gone, she can see all obstacles in her way. For Sheryl Crow anyway, it's gonna be a bright, bright, sunshine-y day. As for the state of everything else, the picture is bleaker.

Taking the stage solo to a tape of Johnny Nash's graceful pre-Paxil hit, a tanned and tone singer offers God Bless This Mess, her disparaging acoustic folk song on America's ugly condition. A black curtain drops to reveal a five-piece backing band (plus a percussionist and two background singers), who launch Shine Over Babylon, a foreboding, soaring minor-key anthem that asks, "If there's a god, where is he now?"

With that, the Missouri-born Crow cheerily addresses her adherents, "How ya doin'?" Well, we're not so sure any more. But enough about us: How you doin', Sheryl?

Breast cancer, a romantic breakup, toilet-paper issues and dust-ups with Karl Rove have dogged the former music-video queen whose resurgent Detours album of this year divergently presents songs of optimism and pessimism, wistfulness and growth. And although the 20-song concert at a chilly shoreline amphitheatre presents those themes, the crowd and performer grin, for the show is terrifically paced and proudly upbeat - a danceable pop-rock tonic for things that hurt.

Crow, whose cancer is beaten and who tours with her baby boy, reconciled last year with producer Bill Bottrell, her old collaborator from the Tuesday Night Music Club days. Together, in the singer's new home in rural Tennessee, they made Crow's strongest album in years. Now, A Change Would Do You Good rings truer than ever.

The sun-splashed star, her mezzo-soprano auburn-toned and slightly girlish, and with her band expertly at her back, runs through hits as well as new tunes that don't suffer in comparison. The All I Wanna Do singer is having fun - on the woozy Leaving Las Vegas, the single mom advertises herself as fish-eating Aquarian "a little over 32." Out of Our Heads is a Beatles-happy sing-along.

Now That You're Gone is a gorgeous post-breakup light-soul number, with Crow exhaling both in relief - "I am free" - and with uncertainty - "free to make a mess of everything."

The night-closing cover of Stevie Wonder's funky Higher Ground offers faith in the middle of chaos, wishing for personal rebirth and societal growth. It bookends the show's introduction perfectly: Even from the bottom, reclamation is possible. "Look all around, nothing but blue skies" is the message from an artist who is neither too jaded to fight nor Pollyannaish in her optimism.

The goods

Hits If It Makes You Happy, Strong Enough, Gasoline, and Crow's glaring Crest-white teeth - a smile so bright as to serve as a warning beacon for nearby aircraft.

Misses Just one, the boring bar-rock of Real Gone. The single from 2006 is one of the reasons her current tour and album is considered a comeback.

Crowd Women of Crow's 40-ish vintage, who offered high-pitched choruses and who would surely tack the tires of the villainous Lance Armstrong, the singer's bicycling ex-fiancé.

Overheard "Lots has happened," said the embattled Crow, introducing the acoustic, CMT-approved title track from her new album Detours. "I got engaged. I got unengaged. I got diagnosed with breast cancer, then I got cured of breast cancer. And then I adopted a little boy, who's giving me a run for my money."

In a Word Triumph - in a buoyant performance, and, seemingly, in Crow's own life.

Everyday is a winding road Just-announced Ontario dates include Kingston, Sept. 23; London, Sept. 24; and Sault Ste. Marie, Sept. 25. B.W.

Source: Globe and Mail (globeandmail.com)

Thursday May 27

[LIVE PICS] MOLSON AMPHITHEATER, TORONTO - MAY 26

 

Photos: Christine Chew for UPI

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[NEWS] STARGAZING BLOG (THESTAR.COM)

Sheryl Crow kinda mentions that bicyclist At the freezingly cold concert at the Amphitheatre last night, Crow played to a not-exactly-sold-out house. It was a good show. Not the kind of show that sends you on a 24-hour high-from-the-music deal, but very nice and energetic. There was very limited stage banter, but she did a quick run-down of what's been happening in her life: beating cancer, adopting son Wyatt, and "I got engaged. I got unengaged." She must be happy that someone else, namely Kate Hudson has taken over PDA duty with the increasingly creepy Lance Armstrong.

Source: http://thestar.blogs.com/stargazing/


[PICS] JOHNJAY IS MY HERO! - UPDATE

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[LIVE REVIEW] MOLSON AMPHITHEATER, TORONTO - MAY 26

The 46-year-old singer-songwriter, touring for the first time since being diagnosed with -- and subsequently beating -- breast cancer, delivered a wildly celebratory and downright soulful hour-and-45-minute show at the Molson Amphitheatre last night in support of her aptly-titled latest album, Detours.

I'll go so far as to say that it's perhaps the best performance I've ever seen from the hit-and-miss Crow in the half-dozen or so times I've caught her live.

And given the small but enthusiastic crowd -- about 5,500 in the venue that holds almost twice that many in its seats -- there were a lot of people who missed out on a great night of music.

Crow initially made her way to the stage alone with just her acoustic guitar after Johnny Nash's I Can See Clearly Now blared from the speakers to perform God Bless This Mess, the first song on Detours, before her black backdrop dropped to reveal her eight-piece band joining in for the subsequent new songs, Shine on Babylon and

Looking healthy with blond hair, a tanned face and toned body, Crow claimed to be suffering from "a nasty cold" but she sounded fantastic and her energy never flagged.

She kept things generally upbeat with only a few slower songs -- the title track from Detours and Strong Enough -- slotted in between such danceable pop-rock tunes as A Change Would Do You Good, Leaving Las Vegas, Can't Cry Anymore, My Favourite Mistake (long thought to be about an affair with Eric Clapton, who plays the Molson Amphitheatre tonight), Really Gone, If it Makes You Happy, Soak Up the Sun, Every Day is a Winding Road, and All I Wanna Do, plus covers of Cat Stevens' The First Cut is the Deepest and Stevie Wonder's Higher Ground.

"We're so glad you're here," said Crow, who genuinely seemed to be having a good time. "We're so glad we're here."

She also addressed the elephant in the room, her breakup with former fiance Lance Armstrong, both from the stage and in the new song Now That You're Gone.

"Lots has happened," said Crow, speaking of the last few years which have featured the highest highs and the lowest lows. "I got engaged. I got unengaged. I got diagnosed with breast cancer -- boo! Then I got cancer-free. And then I adopted a little boy."

That would be her son Wyatt, who is touring with her. "It's always been the detours that have taught me the most," she added quietly.

The sun set shortly after Crow took the stage, making for a chilly second half of her show but her litany of hits motivated most people to get off their backsides and dance, warming up in the process.

The best new songs proved to be a three-way tie between Gasoline, which she triumphantly ended with a snippet of The Rolling Stones' Gimme Shelter, the highly likeable Motivation and the sing-along favourite Out of Our Heads.

Her stage was a fairly stripped down affair although strings of lights did descend from above on occasion and a video screen was tilted on its side with ever-changing spotlights the major form of distraction.

Opening last night was a mini-Crow in the making in the form of Scottish folk-pop singer-songwriter KT Tunstall, who performed a lively seven-song, 40-minute set with her four-piece band that included her current hit Hold On and older chart-toppers Black Horse and the Cherry Tree and Suddenly I See.

The mutual admiration society between the two female performers was evident with Tunstall calling Crow "the coolest chick to grace the stage."

Crow, meanwhile, later said of Tunstall: "She kills me. A soulful voice and a badass guitar player. I didn't want to follow her."

---

SHERYL CROW

Last Night

The Molson Amphitheatre

Source: Toronto Sun


[SET LIST] MOLSON AMPHITHEATER, TORONTO - MAY 26


Photo: Chris Hudson

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

Monday May 26

[LIVE REVIEW] NATIONAL CITY PAVILION, CINCINNATI, OHIO - MAY 25

Crow gets old-school
Shines in new venue
By Bill Thompson

Sheryl Crow finished Sunday at National City Pavilion where she began her musical career -- on a raised platform with the backup singers.

Crow joined Stephanie Alexander and Nayanna Holley for a final chorus during a rousing rendition of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground," the second song of her encore at the new venue at Riverbend. During the two hours leading up to that moment, Crow showed that she learned how to be an honest-to-goodness rock star during her stints in the background with Michael Jackson and Don Henley.

She started all by herself, walking onstage to play "God Bless This Mess," the opening track from "Detours," her latest album. Then the curtain came up, revealing a bright stage set and eight more musicians, counting the singers. The next two songs, "Shine Over Babylon" and "Love Is Free" also follow "Mess" on "Detours," and for a moment the thought occurs that Crow might follow in Over the Rhine's opening night footsteps of playing an album in its entirety.But she quickly quashed that by breaking into "A Change," followed by "Leaving Las Vegas," two entries in a songbook that has earned nine Grammy Awards. It starts to sink in that Crow has grown into a strong, confident frontwoman during her 15-year solo career. Of course it helps to have hit songs such as "My Favorite Mistake," "Strong Enough," and "If It Makes You Happy" on your resume, but Sunday's revelation was the strength of the new songs.

Two highlights were "Gasoline" and "Out of Our Heads," a pair of the politically pointed tunes that take on the lunacy of the current world situation. The crowd, which appeared a bit lethargic (too much holiday grilling?), started to get out their seats when the band inserted the "It's just a shot away" chorus from the Rolling Stones classic "Gimme Shelter" into "Gasoline."

By the time Crow broke out "Out of Our Heads" (the ninth song of the night from "Detours" for those counting), folks were becoming convinced that the new album is filled with songs that will stand alongside "All I Want To Do" and "Every Day Is a Winding Road" on set lists of the future.

The singer was gracious in sharing credit with the crack band she has assembled, no doubt another lesson learned from the back of the stage in those early days. Longtime guitarists Peter Stroud and Tim Smith stood out, but when new percussionist Wally Ingram and drummer Jeremy Stacey teamed up for a drum solo (duo?), older members of the audience could be forgiven for thinking the Allman Brothers sneaked into the pavilion for a few moments.

Before Crow caused all of her commotion, Jason Mraz entertained most of the early arrivals with a blend of laid-back, Jack Johnson style acoustic scatting mixed with a bit of reggae-flavored sincerity. But his message was taken very seriously by a group of 20-something women scattered throughout the venue, whose yelping showed they wholeheartedly believed the barefoot California troubadour was singing directly to each of them during "I'm Yours."

Source: The Enquirer (http://news.cincinnati.com/)


[LIVE REVIEW] BEALE STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL, MEMPHIS, TN

Sheryl Crow Live: Quite Literally Rain or Shine
By Jessica Draper

Sheryl Crow is a trooper. I've always liked her music, but I've come to respect her on a different level after her performance at Memphis in May a couple of weekends ago. A friend and I drove over to Memphis on an ominous-looking Friday afternoon to check out the mud fest that is the Beale Street Music Festival. I had been warned that it would be super sloshy and the mud would be up to my ankles, but what I didn't know was that we'd have to contend with major lightning and tornadoes!

We arrived in rainy Memphis, checked into the hotel, donned our rain shoes and 89 cent ponchos from Wal-Mart and headed down to the river to catch the rest of the evening's lineup. As expected, the downpour began the very moment we stepped out of the hotel lobby. I was soaked within four blocks, even with my hardy 89 cent poncho. So well prepared, I know.

After getting to the park and fighting the crowds leaving the festival, we finally made it to the stage on which Sheryl was set to play. Only the rain was so heavy we could barely see 10 feet in front of us! Luckily there was a large tent under which we took cover during the persistent deluge. The things I do to see shows! After about half an hour (after the rain subsided a bit), Sheryl's crew began to squeegie the stage and uncover gear.

When Sheryl and her band took the stage at 11:15 p.m., they did not disappoint. Always good at making the best out of a bad situation, she played a energetic set that included familiar hits like "My Favorite Mistake" and Cat Stevens' "First Cut Is the Deepest," as well as material from her new album Detours. I was impressed by her tenacity and artistry, but more importantly by her work ethic--while every other scheduled headliner cancelled, Sheryl gave a performance that the crowd in attendance will always remember.

Before the band headed into the seventh song, Sheryl announced they had to cut the set short due to news that tornadoes were headed in our direction. During that last song the rain started in again, with high wind and lightning, too. I noticed the rain was pelting her and her two guitarists in the face, not to mention soaking the electronics of their instruments. They finished the song, though, and were cheered quite enthusiastically. As soon as the band left the stage the crowd split and began running for the exit gates. I don't know how many more rain-soaked festivals I'll be attending (if any!), but this short and riveting performance was well worth the trouble.

Source: Performing Songwriter (performingsongwriter.com)


[SET LIST] NATIONAL CITY PAVILION, CINCINNATI, OHIO - MAY 25, 2008

GOD BLESS THIS MESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
VEGAS
CAN'T CRY
NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE
FIRST CUT
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
REAL GONE
MOTIVATION
DETOURS
DRUNK
STRONG ENOUGH
PEACE BE UPON US
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
*****************************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


[MAGAZINE] MODERN JEWELER, JAN 2008 ISSUE


click to enlarge

Cover caption: Sheryl Crow wears the 14k gold ''Sundari'' necklace by Mauri Pioppo, which was inspired by Crow's courage in her battle with breast cancer! Sundari is the Hindu goddess of beauty and grace.


[VIDEO] "ROCK AND ROLL", NEW ORLEANS JAZZFEST


Fire flows through her veins. God bless this woman.


[SET LIST] CAESARS INDIANA, ELIZABETH, IN - MAY 24, 2008

GOD BLESS THIS MESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
VEGAS
CAN'T CRY
NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE
FIRST CUT
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
REAL GONE
DETOURS
DRUNK
STRONG ENOUGH
PEACE BE UPON US
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
*****************************
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND

Saturday May 24

[VIDEOS] VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATER, PELHAM, ALABAMA


Photo: Chris Hudson

GOD BLESS THIS MESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE    
VEGAS
CAN'T CRY
DIAMOND RING
NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE
FIRST CUT
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
DETOURS
DRUNK WITH THE THOUGHT OF YOU
STRONG ENOUGH
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
-------------------------
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


[VIDEOS] SHERYL CROW SPEAKS TO CONGRESS - HEARING

 

House Energy and Commerce Committee - Health Subcommittee - Sheryl Crow testified in front of a congressional hearing on breast cancer research at the Rayburn Building - Washington DC, USA - 21 May 2008. MORE INFO VISITING: http://www.breastcancerdeadline2020.org/get-involved/public-policy/testimony/May-21-2008-Testimony-Visco-House-Energy-Comm-Cmte.html...


[LIVE REVIEW] VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATER, PELHAM, AL - PART #2

She's so fine: Sheryl Crow shrugs off past, redeems herself at Verizon Center
Posted by Mary Colurso -- Birmingham News May 24, 2008 3:51 AM

Review rating: Four out of five stars

What a difference 19 months makes.

Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow made a lackluster impression the last time she performed in Pelham, opening for John Mayer in October 2006 at the Verizon Wireless Music Center.

On Friday night, as the headliner at that same venue, Crow was fairly radiant.

It's not that her voice has changed; it's her attitude and delivery.

Then, Crow's show was pleasant enough, but she seemed bland and wooden. There was no fire in her eyes and little passion in her pop-rock performance.

Now, she's energized and vibrant, leading her eight-member band with much more emotional resonance. Their sound was rich and full on Friday, supporting a frontwoman who was fully present and seemed to be relishing the moment.


Origins of the change? We can only guess. The most obvious answer would be: happy at home, happy on stage. Crow's break-up with Lance Armstrong is long past. She has an adopted son to cherish. She's also survived breast cancer.

Of course, Crow has some new songs to present these days, courtesy of her "Detours" CD. That material, with its emphasis on social activism and romantic liberation, may have helped to heal her.

For whatever reason, Crow glowed with health and vigor during her 9 p.m. concert. She played guitar and sang for nearly two hours, pulling several songs from "Detours" and offering her greatest hits.

Most of the new tunes she presented hit their marks nicely: "Shine Over Babylon," "Out of Our Heads," "Love Is Free," "Drunk With the Thought of You," "God Bless This Mess" and "Gasoline" (which morphed into a satisfying splinter of "Gimme Shelter").

Although not the funkiest of divas, Crow projected an earthy-folkie quality that was quite appealing. She was convincing, as well, when handling the touches of blues, reggae and world music that inform some of her latest material.

Nothing's perfect, however: One unfortunate number, the power ballad "Diamond Ring," dragged down the set list.

In its lyrics, Crow makes pointed references to a failed relationship and suggests her scorn for bling-bling consumerism. That's juicy enough, from a gossip perspective. But "Diamond Ring" went all flat and squalling on Friday when Crow lent her vocals to the refrain. (Note to Sheryl: Nix it!)

On the plus side, four of her signature songs came across with a joyful pop: "Strong Enough," "My Favorite Mistake," "All I Wanna Do" and "Everyday is a Winding Road."

Crow's hardcore fans, loud and approving, sang along lustily to her hits and stuck around for the encore, which included a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground." A half-full house didn't dampen their spirits, and if Crow felt any disappointment over the mediocre turnout, she certainly didn't show it.

Source: AL.com (Mary Colurso's blog and column)


[LIVE REVIEW] VERIZON WIRELESS AMPHITHEATER, PELHAM, AL - MAY 23, 2008

Raising her voice, taking a stance: Sheryl Crow's new music displays a passion for political change

8 p.m. today, Verizon Wireless Music Center, 1000 Amphitheater Road, Pelham, $26-$58.50 through Ticketmaster. Ticket special: four tickets for the price of three in second tier ($134) and third tier ($78). With Shawn Mullins.

Biodiesel. Tap water. Hybrid cars. Mideast peace.

These subjects are close to Sheryl Crow's heart, and she talks about them with conviction and intelligence.

Not the usual agenda for a singer-songwriter who's coming to town, but Crow, 46, has forged a reputation as an environmental and political activist, as well as a folk-rock musician.

Fans who don't share her views needn't worry; Crow says she won't be speechifying (well, not much) during tonight's concert at the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Pelham.

But in the long-standing tradition of U.S. protest singers, she feels compelled to raise issues, ask questions and quest for change through her music.

Speaking a liberal mind was a strong motivator for Crow's latest CD, "Detours," which takes on the war in Iraq, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the stranglehold of gas prices and more.

"It's a wonderfully compelling time to be an artist," she says. "A few years ago, to speak out in the way I speak out would have been labeled un-American. We saw the Dixie Chicks being banned on radio for speaking out. But it's paramount that we raise our voices. For me, not to do so would be artistic death."

Crow laughs when asked if "Detours" was inspired, as rumor has it, by an argument she had with Karl Rove over global warming. At the time, in April 2007, Rove was deputy chief of staff for President George W. Bush, and directly opposed to Crow's stance on the subject. (Basically, she believes that global warming is an immediate threat to the planet, fueled by big business and taken far too lightly by the current administration.)

An encounter at a White House correspondents' dinner didn't go well, but Crow doesn't point to their head-butting as a direct motivator for anything in "Detours." She simply counts Rove as one of many politicians who've become "grand manipulators," misleading the public and creating an atmosphere that squelches questioners.

"The idea behind this record is the detours that take us so far away from who we perceive ourselves to be," Crow says. "We've got to wake up and start living responsibly. People need to rise up and be emotionally invested."

Of course, Crow hasn't completely abandoned the singer-songwriter's most enduring subject: love. Her new disc spends plenty of time assessing affairs of the heart, in songs such as "Now That You've Gone," "Diamond Ring," "Love Is All There Is" and "Drunk With the Thought of You."

Crow closes the disc with a tender tune for her adopted son, "Lullaby for Wyatt." And she admits that her personal life -- specifically, her battle with breast cancer and breakup with cycling champ Lance Armstrong -- can be glimpsed in other song lyrics.

"People can listen to the songs and speculate on what they're about," she says. "There's a safety for me in writing about it. I'm a really private person, to begin with. This way, I don't necessarily have to talk about it."

Instead of using the songs as gossip fodder, Crow says, she hopes that listeners will relate to the feelings expressed and make connections to their own lives.

"Pain is pain, no matter how you voice it," she says. "I remember hearing 'Yesterday' by the Beatles, and even as a child, relating to the line that says, 'I'm not half the man I used to be.' We've all been disappointed in ourselves, at one time or another. You can put yourself in that song and experience it as your own."

Perhaps Crow has left behind the sunny simplicity of "All I wanna do is have some fun," the refrain of one of her early hits. But her worldview remains positive, Crow says; there's optimism and hope to be found in her songs, as well as some pointed criticism.

"That's the beauty of music," she says. "Sometimes, it's a hard marriage for me. I have a real desire to create dialogue. I feel like I've got to go out and shout from the tops of buildings."

Sheryl Crow has won nine Grammy awards and produced hits such as "All I Wanna Do," "Everyday is a Winding Road," "If It Makes You Happy," "My Favorite Mistake" and "Soak Up the Sun."

Source: AL.com (Mary Colurso's blog and column)

Friday May 23rd

[INTERVIEW] STAR 98 RADIO (GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN) - MAY 23, 2008

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[VIDEO] SHERYL CROW FIGHTS CANCER (CNN)

 

Sheryl talks about her return to Congress to push for the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act

Thursday May 22

[DOC] SHERYL TESTIFIES IN SUPPORT OF BREAST CANCER RESEARCH - TEXT TRANSCRIPT

H.R. 1157, Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act of 2007, and H.R. 758, Breast Cancer Patient Protection Act of 2007

Subcommittee on Health
Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 11:00 a.m.
2123 Rayburn House Office Building

Text transcript

Ms. Sheryl Crow
Panel II
Singer-Songwriter
Breast Cancer Advocate
Nashville, TN

Document Name : 110-he-hrg.052108.Crow-testimony
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[PICS] SHERYL TESTIFIES IN SUPPORT OF BREAST CANCER RESEARCH - SET #2

 

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[NEWS] SHERYL CROW: "BABY WYATT IS THE REAL ROCK STAR" (PEOPLE)

By Susan Mandel

Sheryl Crow may have five Grammys to her name – but her son Wyatt has no interest in mom's music.

"Right now, he's not letting me sing anything to him," she told PEOPLE Wednesday in Washington, D.C. "He is so interested in putting the neck of the guitar into his mouth, it's difficult to play."

The 46-year-old singer was in town to testify before a congressional panel about the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act.

"I want to know what causes this disease – for me, and for the 2.3 million others who share this diagnosis," said Crow – who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 – speaking on behalf of the National Breast Cancer Coalition. "We need more resources to figure out what the environment has to do with [it]."

On the Road Again

As for her own health, Crow – who kicks off her summer tour in July – tells PEOPLE: "I'm great, as far as I know. I believe I'm cured. I'm really the poster child for early detection."

As usual , Wyatt, 1 – whose recent accomplishments include learning to walk and eating grown-up food – will accompany mom on the road.

"He's been doing it since he was two months old," said Crow, who adopted Wyatt when he was two weeks old. "He's been around the world. He's really the rock star – and I'm his side kick now."

There are possible signs of dissension within the family, though. "I have said I'm a [Barack] Obama supporter. But every time Hillary [Clinton] comes on TV, he's just standing there and clapping," she explained. "So we may have differing political platforms. It's funny. But it's very sweet."

Source: People magazine, May 22, 2008


[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

[CHARTS] LOVE IS FREE - TRIPLE A RECURRENT CHART

Rank: 7
TW: 127
LW: 150


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

Issue Date Position Plays %
March 21, 2008 20 !
March 28, 2008 18 !
April 4 , 2008 17 +52
April 11 , 2008 17 -34
April 18 , 2008 18 -106
April 25 , 2008 20 -201
May 2, 2008 22 -229
May 9, 2008 29 -193
May 16, 2008 33 -
May 23, 2008 36 -68

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

Issue Date Position Plays %
March 28, 2008 24 !
April 4, 2008 23 +18
April 11, 2008 18 +26 (most added)
April 18, 2008 17 +24 (most added)
April 25, 2008 13 +15
May 2, 2008 12 +25
May 9, 2008 13 -9
May 16, 2008 11 +
May 23, 2008 14 -17

[NEWS] STUDY OF ENVIRONMENT LINK TO CANCER URGED

Britney Maloney, McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON - A congressional hearing on breast cancer research overflowed Wednesday with young women waiting to glimpse Sheryl Crow -- but the Grammy winner said the real "rock star" in the room was Rep. Sue Myrick.

Crow praised the Charlotte Republican's efforts to draw attention to cancer research. Both women survived breast cancer, and Myrick is a co-leader of a congressional cancer caucus.

"I want to know what causes this disease," Crow said in testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's health subcommittee. "We need to put more resources into figuring out what the environment has to do with breast cancer."

Crow, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2006, joined Myrick in supporting a bill that would allow more federal money to be directed toward studying environmental influences on the second-leading killer of women.

"It is critical that we examine potential environmental causes of breast cancer," said Myrick, who fought the disease in 1999 and has since championed more funding and better access to prevention and early detection.

Researchers are studying whether people become more susceptible to developing breast cancer from unknown environmental factors during certain periods of their lives.

"This approach stems from the knowledge that there are specific windows of time that physiologic changes to the mammary gland occur," said Dr. Deborah Winn, associate director of the Epidemiology and Genetics Research Program at the National Cancer Institute. "Exposures that occur during gestation, puberty, pregnancy and lactation may influence the risk of developing breast cancer."

Nearly 200,000 American women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008.

The National Cancer Institute partnered with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in 2003 to fund four centers that examine the link between breast cancer and the environment. Researchers there are focusing on exposure during early life.

One study involves Bisphenol A, a chemical added to plastics like water bottles.

"Trying to determine what in our environment causes breast cancer is challenging," said Dr. H. Kim Lyerly, director of the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. "It is important to focus significant resources on these issues."

Source: The News & Observer (newsobserver.com)


  [NEWS] SHERYL CROW WANTS TO KNOW WHY SHE HAD BREAST CANCER

By Bob Priddy
Missourinet.com

A singing star from Missouri tells Congress there's no reason to play politics with a disease she has fought. Kennet native Sheryl Crow knows breast cancer. She says she remembers President Nixon declaring war on cancer when she was in high school. Twenty-five years later, she says, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent surgery in the fall of 2006.

Crow has told a House subcommittee on health she wants to know why she caught breast cancer. She has no family history of the disease. And she says the research the bill would authorize could answer questions about how the environment affects cancer development.

The bill would provide 200-million dollars in the next five years for research into that possible environmental connection.

Several Republican and federal health officials oppose the bill, saying it sets research priorities that could hamper current efforts on cancer and on other diseases.

But Crow says the bill should be passed because it's time to act, not talk. "I don't live in a political world and while this might seem like a political discussion, until you are the one in seven women diagnosed with breast cancer, you will never know how NOT political this is," she told the committee.

A companion bill requires health insurers to pay for at least 48 hours in the hospital after breast cancer treatment, ending what some call "drive through mastectomies"

It's not known when an effort will be made to get the bill to the floor.

Source: Missourinet.com

Wednesday May 21

[VIDEO] SHERYL TESTIFIES IN SUPPORT OF BREAST CANCER RESEARCH

 

Sheryl delivers the opening statement of her testimony before a House Health subcommittee on breast cancer research legislation. Washington, DC

Video source: C-SPAN.org


[PICS] SHERYL TESTIFIES IN SUPPORT OF BREAST CANCER RESEARCH - MAY 21, 2008 - UPDATE

 

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Singer Sheryl Crow testifies before the House subcommittee on health about breast cancer research and patient legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington May 21, 2008. (Pictures: Reuters & Getty Images)


[NEWS] MS. CROW GOES WASHINGTON - TAKE 2

Sheryl Crow Joins National Breast Cancer Coalition to Testify on May 21st about the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act (H.R. 1157)

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Washington, D.C.—Singer, songwriter and breast cancer survivor Sheryl Crow joins the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC), a grassroots advocacy group of hundreds of organizations and tens of thousands of individuals, to testify on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 about the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act, (H.R. 1157) a bill that would take us one step forward in finding the causes of breast cancer.

Sheryl Crow and Fran Visco, NBCC’s president, are testifying before the House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health on Wednesday, May 21st, at 11:00 a.m. in Room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Dr. Kim Lyerly, Director of the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, is also testifying.

"For the past two years Sheryl Crow has worked with us to push Congress to pass this legislation,” said Fran Visco, president of the National Breast Cancer Coalition. “The Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act is vital to finding the cause of breast cancer so we can prevent it. Much of the research done in this country looks for new drugs to treat disease. That is needed. But we need to prevent breast cancer from starting and government funding is required to accomplish that goal. There is little financial incentive to fund this research elsewhere.”

Ms. Visco noted that both H.R. 1157 and the Senate companion bill, S. 579 have the overwhelming bipartisan support of 268 cosponsors in the House and 70 cosponsors in the Senate. The House lead sponsors are Reps. Nita Lowey (D-NY), Sue Myrick (R-NC), and Lois Capps (D-CA). Added Ms. Visco: “NBCC advocates from around the country have worked tirelessly for nearly a decade to get this bill enacted. This legislation must finally pass this year. I thank the Subcommittee, and Chairman Pallone and Ranking Member Deal, for convening this hearing and await swift passage of the bill by the House and the Senate.”

S. 579 was approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee in an Executive Session on February 27th and has been offered on the Senate Floor by its chief sponsor, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on two occasions. He last offered the bill on April 29th, saying: “Too many women and their families have waited too long for Congress to act…. It is time to offer more than words of encouragement to those affected by breast cancer…this legislation gives them hope that something can be done to find a cause and hopefully a cure.”

The National Breast Cancer Coalition is a grassroots organization dedicated to ending breast cancer through the power of action and advocacy. The Coalition's main goals are to increase federal funding for breast cancer research and collaborate with the scientific community to implement new models of research; improve access to high quality health care and breast cancer clinical trials for all women; and expand the influence of breast cancer advocates wherever breast cancer decisions are made.

Source: National Breast Cancer Coalition


[NEWS] MS. CROW GOES WASHINGTON

Sheryl Crow will be testifying before Congress today. The breast cancer surviving rocker will speak to members of the House of Representatives in support of the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act (H.R. 1157). For more info on the piece of legislation, visit www.StopBreastCancer.org.

Sheryl will testify in front of fans with her tunes in Pelham, Alabama on Friday.

Source: Interscope Records News Service


[2008 TOUR] NEW CANADIAN DATES ADDED

Tuesday September 23rd, 2008
K-Rock Centre
Kingston, Ontario (Canada)

http://www.k-rockcentre.com/

Wednesday September 24th, 2008
John Labatt Center
London, Ontario (Canada)

http://www.johnlabattcentre.com/

Thursday September 25th, 2008
Steelback Center
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (Canada)

http://steelbackcentre.com/


[NEWS] HISTORIC BUILDING OPENS

Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Trina Bell

Monday, May 19, 2008, will go down in history as one of the most memorable days for the City of Kennett because at 2 p.m., the reception hall at the new Ely-Walker Apartments, No. 5, was filled with local residents, city officials, state officials, and even one of Kennett's own popular rock/pop celebrities was there to participate in a grand-opening ceremony.

Tom Carlson and Mark Gardner, with Carlson-Gardner, Inc., the architectural firm responsible for constructions, were two among the many to speak on behalf of all who were involved in the creation or re-creation of what is now known as one of Kennett's finest facilities to date.

Freddie Graham, Kennett Chamber of Commerce member, welcomed the large crowd on behalf of the Chamber's Image Committee.

"This type of turnout speaks volumes for the progress we have seen here," Graham said. "We are very grateful to all who were involved in the getting this project where it is today."

Mayor Roger Wheeler said he feels the opening of the new Ely-Walker Apartments is, indeed, a great step forward for the entire community of Kennett.

"There are several benefits that can derive from this," Wheeler said, explaining that nearby merchants will be easily accessible for residents.

"Business owners and area merchants should see an increase in sales. Adjacent property owners, your property value should increase tremendously. Financial institutes in the area should also see an increase in the number of customers, all because we have this remarkable establishment."

Gardner addressed the audience who turned out to view some of the model rooms set up for display. "I want you all to know that you should be very proud to have someone like Jan McElwrath representing you and working for the betterment of your community," Gardner said.

"At the beginning, we were not even sure that we were willing to tackle this project," Gardner said, "but I knew that we wouldn't get Jan off our backs until we did. I finally told my partner that we had to get someone down to Kennett and get them down here quick," he said, as the crowd applauded.

One of the most anticipated guests of the day was Kennett's own Sheryl Crow. Prior to viewing any of the model apartments, Crow said she was very pleased with what she had seen so far. "I love how they have saved the old structural beams, saving the historic architectural work," Crow said.

Once she took the stand, Crow said she had to get one thing off her chest. "You know, Hillary is one tough woman, but she hasn't met Jan McElwrath," Crow said. "I'm voting for you Jan in the year 2012," she added, as the crowd applauded.

Crow took a walk down memory lane, talking about all the things she loved about her hometown. "One of the best things about Kennett is how so many people are willing to come together in order to get a job done."

Before exiting the stand, Crow introduced Missouri's Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder, who had a few things to say about the project and its progress.

Kinder thanked Crow for her continuous commitment to her community, as well as the countless contributions she makes to other worthwhile causes. "Your monumental success makes us all proud," Kinder said to Crow, " and we thank you for all that you do."

Kinder reminded everyone that Kennett's Ely-Walker No. 5 Apartments now joins the roster of cities that have been revitalized by Carlson Gardner and Mid-America Management.

"One of the things that I feel is so special about this facility is its history," Kinder said. "This building, like so many throughout history, has a story to tell," he said.

Kinder said that the very first occupant of the new Ely-Walker Apartments was once an employee of the old Ely-Walker shirt Factory. "This place was once where she came to work," Kinder said. "Now it is her home."

The apartment complex is equipped with 22 one-bedroom units that are approximately 775 to 1,175 square feet, with a rental rate of $295 to $305 per month. There are 21 two-bedroom units with one bath, that are approximately 990 to 1,400 square feet, with a rental rate of $335 to $350 per month. The facility also contains 3 two-bedroom units with two baths, that are approximately 1,140 to 1,340 square feet, with a rental rate of $365 per month.

The rental rates include paid water, sewer and trash. Each apartment is equipped with central heating and air conditioning, a dishwasher, garbage disposal, range and oven, a refrigerator, microwave, carpeting, mini-blinds and, a washer and dryer, which are all provided for the residents.

Source: The Daily Dunklin Democrat, May 20th, 2008

ELY & WALKER RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY PHOTO GALLERY


Sheryl visits the kitchen area of a new apartment in her hometown of Kennett, Missouri on May 19, 2008. She was on hand to help dedicate the old warehouse that was converted into 46 lower income apartments in the downtown area of Kennett. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt) 

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42 Hi-Res Photos taken by Charles Joliff during the Ely & Walker ribbon cutting ceremony. Check'em out!

Thanks Mr. Joliff for the excellent photo coverage!

 

Tuesday May 20th

[VIDEO] "NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE" - LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY

"Now That You're Gone" - aired on May 19th, 2008

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[TV NEWS] SHERYL ON LAST CALL

Tune in tonight to see Sheryl Crow perform "Now That You're Gone" on Last Call with Carson Daly!

Tuesday May 20th @ 1:35am on NBC!

Source: Interscope Records News Service

This performance was aired YESTERDAY!

http://www.nbc.com/Last_Call_with_Carson_Daly/calendar/

Friday May 16th

[PICS] SMOOTH RADIO STUDIOS, LONDON - MAY 15, 2008


[VIDEO] THIS MORNING (ITV), MAY 16, 2008 - INTERVIEW + "NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE"

 


[VIDEO] THE PAUL O'GRADY SHOW - INTERVIEW

 

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[PICS] THIS MORNING (ITV), MAY 16, 2008 - SCREENSHOTS

 

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[PICS] ALABAMA AIRLINES


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Thursday May 15th

[PICS] THE PAUL O'GRADY SHOW - SCREENSHOTS

 

Thanks Rob! :-)

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[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

[PICS] THE PAUL O'GRADY SHOW

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[VIDEO] LIVE AT I WIRELESS CENTER - PROMO SPOT

 

I wireless Center, Moline, Illinois, June 2nd, 2008


[VIDEO] "NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE" - PAUL O'GRADY SHOW - MAY 14, 2008

 

More UK TV appearances

Breakfast
BBC 1 and BBC News Channel
Thursday May 15
(morning)

This Morning
ITV
Friday May 16
10.30 AM

Sunday May 11st

[PICS] ATLANTA, GA - HUGE GALLERY, 40 PHOTOS

 

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Photo credits: © Robb D. Cohen/Retna


[NEWS] ST. LOUIS CONCERT CANCELLED

May 22nd St Louis Concert- Regretfully Cancelled
Posted 5/10/2008 by hudtm

"Due to unforeseen circumstances relating to conflicting concert production logistics, Sheryl Crow's scheduled concert on May 22nd at the Fox Theater, St Louis will not take place. The Promoters, Fox Associates and Sheryl herself offer ticket holders their sincere apologies and pledge to return to the area sometime in the near future. In the meantime anyone holding a ticket may receive a full refund from point of purchase as well as a free download of Sheryl's new record 'Detours'.

Please note that is is the only concert affected. All shows from May 23rd in Birmingham onwards will be taking place as scheduled"

Source: Interscope


[NEWS] SHERYL IN KENNETT

Sheryl will be in Kennett for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Ely Walker Apartments on Monday, May 19th, This complex will provide affordable housing to employed individuals and families (i.e. for those people with low to moderate incomes).

"Although I'm sad to say that Gov. Matt Blunt will be unable to attend, I'm very pleased to say that Ms. Sheryl Crow will make an appearance," McElwrath said. "So we are expecting a wonderful turnout for this event." said Jan McElwrath, executive director of the Kennett Chamber of Commerce.

Satellite View

Source: Dunklin Daily Democrat via surveyor Andrea de Lupardis

Friday May 9th

[PIC] SHERYL AND MATT WHITE

 

Backstage in Atlanta, GA (May 3, 2008)

Source: Matt White Official Website


[PIC] MATT WHITE HANGING IN JAPAN

LOL, he's definitely a fan! :-)

Source: Matt White Official Website


[RADIO INTERVIEW] MARA DAVIS - 92.9 DAVEFM (WZGC) - MAY 3RD


May 3rd, 2008 - Atlanta, GA

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[REVIEW] "DETOURS" - BLACK LABEL REVIEWS

t's always a wonderful learning experience when you listen to a new Sheryl Crow album ... not only are there catchy songs to sing along to - but the lyrics are what's important - she always has an important message to pass along and her latest effort, "Detours", is no different. The message is strong and simple - lets clean up the mess that is so evident in the world right now.

"Detours" also sees longtime Crow collaborator, Bill Bottrell, back in the fold and it's evident that it's a welcome return. The album harks back to feel of her smash hit debut, "Tuesday Night Music Club", blending universal and important themes with cool grooves and layers. It makes you wanna clap your hands and sing along ... and when you realise what Crow is preaching about it's like some sort of big religious party.

The opening track, "God Bless This Mess", is a confusing choice as the album's opener as it sounds like it was recorded in a tin shed in 1925 and then track 2, "Shine Over Babylon", explodes into a great wall of crunchy guitars. Both tracks ,however, are an important part of the record - it's just the Jeckle and Hyde of Sheryl Crow.

"Shine Over Babylon", "Detours", "Diamond Ring" (which has one of my all time favourite Crow vocal performances) and "Motivation" are classic Sheryl Crow moments while "Out of Our Heads" and "Peace Be Upon Us" combine an African feel which works really well for the performance of the songs.

If you are a Sheryl Crow fan then "Detours" will not disappoint but if you are looking to discover the magic of this amazing artist - pick up a copy of her "Greatest Hits" album at the same time and listen to it before jumping into "Detours".

Reviewer: Karen Waters
Rating: 4/5

Source: blacklabelreviews.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

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

Issue Date Position
Plays %
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 !
April 4 , 2008 5 +18
April 11 , 2008 5 -2
April 18 , 2008 7 -2
April 25 , 2008 8 -33
May 2 , 2008 14 -65
May 9, 2008 19 -53

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

Issue Date Position Plays %
March 21, 2008 20 !
March 28, 2008 18 !
April 4 , 2008 17 +52
April 11 , 2008 17 -34
April 18 , 2008 18 -106
April 25 , 2008 20 -201
May 2, 2008 22 -229
May 9, 2008 29 -193

[CHARTS] "OUT OF OUR HEADS" - TRIPLE A MOST ADDED (US)

3) Sheryl Crow
"Out of Our Heads"
New Stations: 5

KBCO (Boulder, Colorado)
Sirius Spectrum
WRLT (Nashville, Tennessee)
WRNR (Annapolis, Maryland)
WZEW (Mobile, Alabama)


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

Issue Date Position Plays %
March 28, 2008 24 !
April 4 , 2008 23 +18
April 11 , 2008 18 +26 (most added)
April 18 , 2008 17 +24 (most added)
April 25 , 2008 13 +15
May 2 , 2008 12 +25
May 9 , 2008 13 -9

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

Issue Date Position Plays %
May 2nd , 2008 42 !
May 9th , 2008 40 +4

[NEWS] SHERYL CROW TICKETS BENEFIT RACE TO CURE

Two pairs of front-row tickets for Sheryl Crow’s June 3 concert at i wireless Center in Moline will be auctioned to benefit the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

For an auction link, go to komenquadcities.org and click on Sheryl Crow tickets.

Crow’s newest album, Detours, is filled with songs about having and holding, changing and letting go, beginnings, endings, and the roads between them. Detours was inspired by “how I feel things are going in the world and what’s happened to me the last couple of years,” said Crow, a breast cancer survivor. Brandi Carlile, whose music has been featured on “Grey’s Anatomy,” will open the show.

For more information, call (877) 921-CURE (2873)

Source: QCTimes.com

Wednesday May 7

[NEWS] SHERYL CROW ENCOURAGES MISSOURI TEENS TO BUCKLE UP

 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Sheryl Crow wants Missouri teens to Buckle Up and Arrive Alive.

A public service announcement featuring the nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and Missouri native talks about some of her best memories as a teenager, including basketball games, prom and hanging out with friends. Crow advises teens "Don't let your fun be cut short. Safety belts save lives. Make them a habit."

You can hear the spot, which has been sent to radio stations across Missouri, at http://www.savemoyouth.com/, as well as on YouTube at www.youtube.com/modotvideo.

Teens are an important audience for seat belt messages in Missouri. Recent surveys show only 61 percent of Missouri teenagers wear seat belts, a dramatic difference from Missouri's statewide seat belt usage rate of 77 percent and the national average of 82 percent. In 2006, 153 teen vehicle occupants were killed. Of those killed, 73 percent were not wearing their seat belt.

For more information regarding young drivers in Missouri, visit http://www.savemoyouth.com/.

Source: Missouri Department of Transportation

Tuesday May 6th

[PIC] 40TH ANNUAL CMA COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS


Photo: Joy E. Scheller


[PICS] SUNFEST 2008 - GALLERY #3

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12 PHOTOS (WITH ERIC CLAPTON)


[PICS] RUTH ECKERD HALL, CLEARWATER, FL - APRIL 29

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43 HI-RES PHOTOS 


[SET LIST] CHASTAIN PARK AMPHITHEATER, ATLANTA, GA - MAY 3


Photo: Chris Hudson/Sheryl Crow RSS Feed

GOD BLESS THIS MESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE    
VEGAS
CAN'T CRY
DIAMOND RING
NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE
FIRST CUT
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
DETOURS
DRUNK WITH THE THOUGHT OF YOU
STRONG ENOUGH
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HAPPY
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
-------------------------
ALL I WANNA DO
HIGHER GROUND


  [SINGLE] "NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE" - ARTWORK

Saturday May 3rd

[VIDEO] HIGHER GROUND - WITH ERIC CLAPTON - SUN FEST 2008


[BOOTLEG] LIVE IN CLEARWATER, FL - APRIL 29TH, 2008

Live in Clearwater
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Clearwater, Florida, USA
April 29th, 2008

CD Audio - Hi-Fi Stereo
Time: 102:41 min
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Tracklisting

Disc 1

01. God Bless This Mess
02. Shine Over Babylon
03. Love is Free
04. A Change
05. Leaving Las Vegas
06. Can’t Cry Anymore
07. Diamond Ring
08. Now That You’re Gone
09. First Cut is the Deepest
10. My Favorite Mistake
11. Gasoline
12. Band intro
13. Detours

Disc 2

01. Drunk With The Thought of You
02. Strong Enough
03. Out Of Our Heads
04. If It Makes You Happy
05. Soak Up the Sun
06. Everyday is a Winding Road
07. Encore break
08. All I Wanna Do
09. Higher Ground


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[LIVE REVIEW] BEALE STREET FESTIVAL, MEMPHIS, TN - MAY 2ND, 2008

Ben Folds, The Roots and Sheryl Crow

In the end, despite everyone’s best efforts, Friday night’s inclement weather did end up derailing planned performances by a pair of bigger names at the Beale Street Music Festival. Both Ben Folds and The Roots were forced to bail on their scheduled sets after storms swept through Tom Lee Park.

Headliner Sheryl Crow did wait it out, however, finding enough of a window to take the stage, much to the delight of a fervent, if heavily thinned out, group of fans. Crow, clad in a tank top and vest and with her hair braided, did her best to raise the excitement level, prowling the stage enthusiastically and charming the crowd with her between song banter. Almost as a counterpoint to the wet and woeful conditions she offered up a warm set of sun-dappled roots-pop songs, before changing gears and essaying slightly more moody pieces like her own “A Change Would Do You Good” as well as a cover of the Cat Stevens classic “The First Cut Is The Deepest.” Overall, Crow earned her payday, gamely making the best of a bad situation.

Source: The Memphis Blog (m3mphis.com)


[PICS] BEALE STREET FESTIVAL, MEMPHIS, TN - GALLERY #1

 

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[SET LIST] BEALE STREET FESTIVAL, MEMPHIS, TN - MAY 2ND, 2008 (NOTES FROM CHRIS HUDSON)

after a 30min delay due to inclement weather Sheryl and the band took the stage and played....

BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
FIRST CUT
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
OUT OF OUR HEADS


and then even more lightning & rain came along and made it too dangerous to continue. In the interest of everyone's safety we had to call an end to the performance.... a bummer for a lot of reasons....

Source: Sherylcrow.com

Thursday May 1st

[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

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

Issue Date Position
Plays %
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 !
April 4 , 2008 5 +18
April 11 , 2008 5 -2
April 18 , 2008 7 -2
April 25 , 2008 8 -33
May 2 , 2008 14 -65

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

Issue Date Position Plays %
March 21, 2008 20 !
March 28, 2008 18 !
April 4 , 2008 17 +52
April 11 , 2008 17 -34
April 18 , 2008 18 -106
April 25 , 2008 20 -201
May 2, 2008 22 -229

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

Issue Date Position Plays %
March 28, 2008 24 !
April 4 , 2008 23 +18
April 11 , 2008 18 +26 (most added)
April 18 , 2008 17 +24 (most added)
April 25 , 2008 13 +15
May 2 , 2008 12 +25

[VIDEO] SUNFEST 2008 - SHINE OVER BABYLON

 


[VIDEO] SUNFEST 2008 - LOCAL TV COVERAGE

 

West Palm Beach, FL


[LIVE PICS] SUNFEST 2008, WEST PALM BEACH, FL - APRIL 30 - SET #2

 

Pics: Jim Rassol, Sun-Sentinel


[VIDEO] IF IT MAKES YOU HAPPY - CLEARWATER, FL


[LIVE REVIEW] SUNFEST 2008, WEST PALM BEACH, FL - APRIL 30 - #2

 

Shining at SunFest

by Sean Piccoli

WEST PALM BEACH - Sheryl Crow had already endeared herself to concertgoers at Sunfest on Wednesday night, playing songs from her new album Detours as well as hits including Can't Cry Anymore and A Change Would Do You Good. But when she brought out Eric Clapton -- "a longtime friend of mine who I admire so deeply," she said -- she gave SunFest's opening night audience a moment it won't soon forget.

The annotated band played a lively cover of Stevie Wonder'sHigher Ground, with Crow singing lead vocals and Clapton peeling off his trademark bluesy guitar licks. It might not go down as the best version ever played, but it was a genuine surprise, and a welcome pairing of talents who used to be sweethearts.

Crow reportedly wroteMy Favorite Mistake, which she had performed earlier in the set, for the legendary rock musician and, of late, memoirist. Before the rumor mill cranks up again, Clapton does have other business in South Florida: He performs on Monday at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood. This was Clapton's first Sunfest appearance.

The rest of Crow's 90-minute set, before and after Clapton's walk-on, was a winning mix of familiar and new. Songs from the just-released CDDetours kept strong company with Crow's best known material, and combined rock, soul, country and blues in roughly the same measure.

Inevitably, the standbys such asAll I Wanna Do and Everyday is a Winding Road drew the biggest cheers. But Crow made a case on Wednesday for Detours as more than just set decoration around the old favorites. It's her most complete and purposeful record since 1998's the Globe Sessions, and the nine-piece Crow band -- sort of a miniature rock 'n' soul orchestra -- only improved on it live. Several new songs came across with more warmth and ease than their immacuately, sometimes obsessively produced studio counterparts.

Out of Our Heads invited the audience to bob along to its Caribbean beat and help sing the chorus. Detours (the title track) felt like the recovery song it is, a meditation that gained in emotional power as it progressed by subtly adding voices and instruments. Drunk With The Thought of You, a Beatlesque acoustic waltz, was classic Crow, its vision of love forever perched halfway between bliss and ruin.

Crow, 46, joked that the new album had "a lot of crap on it," as in baggage. "I got engaged and then I got un-gaged," she said, referring to her short-lived romance with cyclist Lance Armstrong. "I got breast cancer and then I got cured. I adopted a baby boy, who's asleep on the bus."

Detours is also a distress signal about the state of America and the world. She performed one of the new album's most apocalyptic songs, Gasoline, a future shock fable, and then let it bleed artfully into a coda composed of the Rolling Stones Gimme Shelter.

The Stones' excerpt could have been a clue that a real-life British rock icon was about to show up. Crow, who also performed Cat Stevens'The First Cut Is the Deepest, didn't need to spring Clapton, or any celebrity, to go over well on Wednesday. But having him sit in didn't hurt. If anything, Clapton's turn on stage underlined how much respect Crow commands as a rocker with her own distinguished, enviable career and deep catalogue of songs.

Sean Piccoli can be reached at spiccoli@sun-sentinel.com or 954-356-4832.

Source: Sun-Sentinel.com


[LIVE REVIEW] SUNFEST 2008, WEST PALM BEACH, FL - APRIL 30 - #1


Pic: Palm Beach Post

Clapton soars with Crow in SunFest surprise

By LESLIE GRAY STREETER
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 30, 2008

"This is Eric Clapton!"

And thus, we could have ended our review of Sheryl Crow's headlining set on the opening night of SunFest. She's good, OK? She's awesome, actually, and so was George Clinton and the 3,000 members of Parliament Funkadelic bopping around dressed like pimps and babies or what have you, and also Michael Franti and his delicious reggae consciousness.

But Sheryl's been here before. And so has P-Funk. But Slow Hand? That's a special, special thing. But he stole the night — even though he only jammed out on one song, adding a blistering guitar solo to a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Higher Ground" before disappearing back into the night to wherever guitar gods live.

Because it's freaking Slow Hand, seriously.

Before and after the Very Special Guest appearance, Crow was as solid and consistent as she ever is, spinning out hits like "A Change Will Do you Good," "I Can't Cry Anymore" and "The First Cut Is The Deepest," with a singalong that started with that song and continued with the fantastic "My Favorite Mistake." The funny thing is, there was always a rumor that Clapton had inspired that song.

Crow's always denied it, and even if that was the case, all seems to have been forgiven, because as great as she was before the appearance of Slow Hand, a fire was lit afterwards. As he slipped away, she spun into "Soak Up The Sun," the happiest song about having a mundane life ever written, and then the coda of "Everyday Is A Winding Road" and "All I Wanna Do."

Now that I think about it, optimism through annoyance is a theme with Crow, just like funking up the joint is with P-Funk. The set was disappointingly short and disjointed — the band would fire up a jam like "Flashlight" and get the crowd pumping, only to mellow out with some extended guitar noodle thing that went nowhere.

But Clinton, when he was actually on stage, was reliably kooky and raspy, leading the crowd into a sing-along decidedly less family-friendly than Crow's. I can't elaborate, but it involves the refrain of a Lil' Jon song about windows, walls, and sweat (look it up when the kids go to bed.)

We still want the funk, like Clinton says. We just need more of it.

Source: Palm Beach Post


[SET LIST] SUNFEST 2008, WEST PALM BEACH, FL - APRIL 30


Pic: Sherylcrow RSS Feed

GOD BLESS
BABYLON
LOVE IS FREE
CHANGE
CAN'T CRY
NOW THAT YOU'RE GONE
FIRST CUT
MISTAKE
GASOLINE
DETOURS
DRUNK
OUT OF OUR HEADS
HIGHER GROUND (with Eric)
SOAK
WINDING ROAD
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HAPPY
ALL I WANNA


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