HARD TO MAKE
ANYTHING BUT DOWN
GOOD IS GOOD
IT DON'T HURT
SOAK UP THE SUN
ROCK N ROLL
FRIDAY SEP 29TH 2006
On Wednesday night, Mayer had finished the bulk of a 90-minute set at Verizon Amphitheatre when he tried to find the right "I'm not worthy" comparison to tour partner (and good friend) Sheryl Crow. "Sheryl is like a filet mignon and I'm a cube steak."
Talk about understatement. Mayer is one of finest pop/rock guitarists to emerge since the late '90s. Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy and B.B. King would surely agree -- all have either performed, written or recorded with Mayer in recent years.
Anyone who's seen Mayer live knows about his amazing dexterity on the fretboard, but those skills really didn't come into focus on CD until last year's bluesy concert effort "Try!" with the John Mayer Trio (drummer Steve Jordan and bassist Pino Palladino).
Third studio disc "Continuum" -- which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 last week with 300,000 copies sold -- expertly delves into blues, smooth R&B and laid-back adult contemporary pop fare.
Although the Mayer's music has matured, his image as a sensitive, dreamy heartthrob remains. Young females in the sold-out audience shrieked the minute Mayer's tall shadow appeared on big screens.
The slinky groove of "Belief" launched everything off. It was the first of seven solid tunes from "Continuum" that comprised half the Irvine show -- Mayer and Crow's only area appearance.
Supple playing by former Pretenders/Paul McCartney guitarist Robbie McIntosh elevated Mayer's tight touring band. Supremely soulful "Vultures," which Mayer sung entirely in falsetto, had a new extended intro treatment and a lyrical snatch of The Police's "When the World is Running Down."
Mayer coaxed some melodic licks from his guitar during the seductive, lurching pace of "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room." He referred to "Gravity" as a "blues prayer." The organ, plus gospel-styled backing vocals definitely gave it a spiritual feel. And Mayer pulled out all the stops with a rip-roaring, Clapton-esque solo.
Other new standouts included the upbeat current single "Waiting on the World to Change," where Mayer channeled Curtis Mayfield and sax/trumpet accompaniment on the jazzy "Clarity."
Among the older tunes: Mayer handled acoustic guitar on a soaring "No Such Thing" (stretched out with a clarinet solo) and did a soft strum for the subtle singalong "Daughters" (sweetened by McIntosh's slide work on the dobro). The exuberant "Bigger Than My Body" was the most infectious.
Finally, Mayer closed the encore section with "In Repair." Nothing needed fixing in Orange County though. Mayer and the seven-piece band sizzled like a hot slice of prime rib.
This has been a difficult year for Sheryl Crow. She was involved in a high-profile breakup with Lance Armstrong and then diagnosed with breast cancer. Just seeing her up onstage was a treat. Looking gorgeous as ever in blue jeans, black leather sleeveless top, necklaces and long flowing hair, Crow started the 70-minute set with "A Change (Will Do You Good)" -- one of six selections from her highly-successful, self-titled 1996 CD. The slinky rock sound and swelling organ work prompted the spunky Crow to shake her booty and segue into The Stones' "Satisfaction."
The singer/guitarist recalled a trip to entertain troops in Bosnia a decade ago before the politically-tinged "Redemption Day." Various quotes about war and peace from Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, FDR and others flashed on the screens.
Although Crow released the dark, introspective "Wildflower" last year, she basically left it alone, except for the winsome "Good is Good." A four-piece string section complemented the songs nicely and never overpowered Crow's rich pipes.
An unusually chatty audience did instead. Still, Crow shined throughout, especially on the reverb guitar-driven "My Favorite Mistake" (with Mayer guesting on electric), a sweeping take on Cat Stevens' "The First Cut is the Deepest," stripped-down and countrified "Strong Enough" (whose title had added relevance) and brawny, slow-burn rocker "If It Makes You Happy."
Following a propulsive new "Real Gone" (from the animated "Cars" soundtrack), the final stretch, including "Steve McQueen," feisty "Soak Up the Sun" and "Everyday is a Winding Road" (where Crow strutted around the stage with a big grin) was a triple knockout.
[REVIEW] IRVINE, CA - SEPTEMBER 27 - #2
POP MUSIC REVIEW It's hard to dislike him
*John Mayer delivers a sexy, bluesy and crowd-pleasing performance of old and new songs in Irvine.
By Rich Kane, Special to The Times
Seems like everyone loves John Mayer — singers, songwriters, rappers, guitarists, jam-band hippies, comedians and certainly the hordes of female fans who showed up Wednesday at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine to scream at his every leg twitch or brow furrow. (The men in the crowd? Not so much.)
So beloved is the Connecticut-bred Mayer that you come to one of his shows almost looking for reasons to hate him (other than "Daughters," his squishy mom-rock hit that weirdly managed to win the Grammy for song of the year in 2005).
The problem is that Mayer's actually pretty good — frequently great, even, whether he's indulging his fetish for Hendrix/Stevie Ray guitar riffs, showing off his impossibly high falsetto or crooning his topical new song "Waiting on the World to Change" with the sincerity of an old seen-it-all bluesman. (Mayer has the soul Dave Matthews only wishes he had.) Even Mayer's clichéd bid for some easy audience love — "I feel I wanna play the greatest show ever for you people tonight!," which you know he utters at every tour stop — seemed genuinely heartfelt.
That Mayer hasn't been willing to stick with the safe, mellow, dude-with-guitar approach that first netted him attention also gives him the kind of cred that Grammys just can't. The seven songs he played Wednesday from his just-out "Continuum" album — among them, the slow-grind coitus of "I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)," the barbed commentary of "Belief," the sexy, unhurried funk of "Vultures" and what may turn out to be the year's most devastating breakup song, "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room" — were full of political and emotional bravado, delivered loudly enough to bruise eardrums. When his set was finished, he felt like a close drinking buddy, one you could share bad-relationship horror stories with.
Playing it somewhat cautiously was co-headliner Sheryl Crow, who found herself in the rather odd position of serving as the de facto opening act for Mayer, 15 years her junior. Crow hasn't had the best 12 months, what with a relatively lackluster album, "Wildflower," a very public breakup with Lance Armstrong and breast cancer surgery. She certainly can't be written off, though, and this greatest-hits set was a perfect way to remind the crowd what she's capable of, as she slid neatly from one radio behemoth into another.
Her catalog has grown so solid that she was able to ignore "Leaving Las Vegas" and "All I Wanna Do," two of her biggest records, and nobody seemed to notice. Yet Crow wasn't totally predictable, either, employing a string quartet during a good portion of her set and even getting bluntly political — "Why do we go into some countries and others we don't?" she asked the crowd at one point, referring to the Darfur region of Sudan.
During another number, a series of meant-to-inspire quotes from assorted world leaders flashed across the video screen. Coming from an artist who's never exactly been known to make these kinds of grand pronouncements, it felt a tad out of place. The audience just seemed to want to hear something bubbly, like "Soak Up the Sun." But Considering the year she's had, maybe Crow has shed any inhibitions about what others say or write about her, arriving at a place of independence that makes the prospect of her next album much more intriguing.
Source: Los Angeles Times (calendarlive.com)
[REVIEW] IRVINE, CA - SEPTEMBER 27 - #3
Co-headliners but not equals
Review: John Mayer's virtuosity easily trumped Sheryl Crow's meager hits in Irvine.
By BEN WENER
The Orange County Register
Midway into his set Wednesday night at a packed Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, just after a surprisingly supple rendition of "No Such Thing" that made room for a funky-jazzy midsection worthy of Steely Dan, John Mayer tried to explain why touring with Sheryl Crow can bring out the best in a co-headliner.
"No that I've ever phoned it in," he said, "but if there was a time I really couldn't, it'd be now, 'cause Sheryl's got a really big phone."
OK, bad analogy. He realized it right away, too.
"What I mean to say is that she's like filet mignon … and I'm like cube steak."
Uh, wrong, John. It's the other way around, actually.
No one would enjoy deriding Crow right now. It's been a rather rough year, what with a very public break-up with Lance Armstrong followed by a bout with breast cancer. This highly successful (attendance-wise) tour with Mayer, then, should be something of a survivor's hurrah, a chance to regain her chops and bask in supportive fan love.
She got plenty of the latter. Crow is nothing if not an Everywoman icon to Star 98 soccer moms who prefer pleasant pop and identify with the woman who monotonously remade Cat Stevens' "The First Cut Is the Deepest." It helped, however, that much of Crow's 75-minute turn concentrated on sing-along hits like that one – and "Soak Up the Sun" and "If It Makes You Happy" – as opposed to dreary duds from last year's wilted "Wildflower."
As for returning to full potency, however – well, Crow never had much to recapture.
She has always been a dependably bland live act – her demeanor lethargic, her singing erratic, her material badly blending together, no matter how appealing her choicer, Bonnie Raitt-ish riffs may be.
For every gem in her catalog – the sublime "Home," the great "My Favorite Mistake," a paean to a fling with Eric Clapton that, ironically, spotlighted Slowhand idolizer Mayer here – there are twice as many snoozers like "Strong Enough" and the strained Beatlesque feel of "Good Is Good."
And at this gig everything seemed inverted. The peace-now message of "Redemption Day," its worldliness never Crow's forté, nonetheless had unexpected resonance and instrumental flourish, thanks to the addition of a string quartet. Yet surefire rockers like "Steve McQueen" and "Everyday Is a Winding Road," though crowd-pleasers, tended to plod.
Mayer, on the other hand, continues to improve dramatically. When he appeared in blues trio mode a year ago at the House of Blues, it seemed he had found his calling; the ladies may love those husky-sexy vocals coming from his cutely constipated Silly Putty face, but his genius lay in his innate guitar skills. Plunk him and one of his beat-up Fender Stratocasters into any musical scenario and the boy will wail.
No doubt conceding to record-company demands that he return to adult-contemporary terrain with his new album "Continuum," Mayer has still managed to have his cake and eat it, too. Rather than cast his virtuosity aside in favor of slick radio readymades, he has cleverly incorporated it into multilayered songs that, like the best of Sting and Clapton, function as both condensed pop joys and blueprints for later flights of fancy.
Yet Mayer has learned lessons from those forebears that Dave Matthews hasn't – namely, how to balance sets. Occasionally he'll take off on an extended jam (notably on the bittersweet blues of "Gravity," the brightest spotlight for his nimble, intuitive picking) or he and his ace band will vamp their way into another tune (most effectively on "Daughters," superbly abetted by the slide work of former Pretenders guitarist Robbie McIntosh).
But Mayer does so without making such noodling forays his primary mode. He knows how boring too many slow-churned workouts can get. He's wise to let some of his best songs be just what they are.
And his catalog is rapidly deepening – check the falsetto soar of "Bigger Than My Body," the Al Green groove of "Vultures," the soulful release of "Clarity" and the introspective "In Repair," the tender ache of "3X5," not to mention one of the year's best singles, "Waiting on the World to Change." (Social commentary hasn't been so infectiously fun since the Staple Singers.)
Where even Matthews' best can blur into one, Mayer enlivens his stuff with curveballs – quoting the Police in "Vultures," for instance, or letting his horn and keys men take a round or two on "No Such Thing." That his increasingly powerful sound would blow Crow off the stage I knew going in. That he'd keep from devolving into pinup pop fluff after the eye-opening developments of last year, however, wasn't so certain.
Now, his artistry as self-directed as his immense talent, there's no telling what he could accomplish. And he's gonna be around a very long time, I bet. From where I stand, he's one of few stars from his generation I can imagine still making enticing, enormously popular music a quarter-century from now.
Review: Orange County Register
Giovedi' 28 Settembre 2006 / Thursday September 28, 2006
[SET LIST] IRVINE, CA - SEPTEMBER 27
HARD TO MAKE A STAND
FAVORITE MISTAKE...with John
ANYTHING BUT DOWN
GOOD IS GOOD
SOAK UP THE SUN
WED SEP 27TH 2006
[REVIEW] SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 26
Embarcadero the site of political, electric show
By: Alex Jones, Tempo Editor
Issue date: 9/28/06 Section: Tempo
Crow walked across the stage with her acoustic guitar that had a strap covered in sequins. She wore a form-fitting, black leather vest and dark jeans.
As soon as her strong, melodious voice reached me, it reaffirmed that women can rock just as well as men can.
The younger audience members drifted further away from the stage as the older crowd surged forward and started clapping to "A Change Would Do You Good."
Crow used her deep vocals to transition from a cover of "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" to the opening song.
Many of the songs sounded country-like, while others mirrored classic rock staples.
Like Mayer, Crow also went back and forth between using electric and acoustic guitars. In contrast to Mayer's songs about loving the one you're with, Crow's set had a lot of songs about regretting the end of past relationships.
"I have a few favorite mistakes and I just keep collecting them," Crow said to the crowd.
After singing a few sultry songs, Crow asked the audience, "Why is it we (the United States) go in and provide military presence in some countries and others we don't?"
Then she played a new track from her "Wildflower" album, while quotes from famous pacifists streamed on the screens behind her.
Both Crow and Mayer raised crucial questions many citizens don't bother ask. In a pop-music-dominated society where lyrics don't matter as much as they did in previous decades, it's refreshing to be enlightened by entertainers who give attendees their money's worth.
JAMES TAYLOR CARES DVD
(Special Ops) Rhino Entertainment is proud to announce the release of the James Taylor: A MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute DVD on October 3rd. The net proceeds from the sale and distribution of this DVD will benefit MusiCares' health and human service and addiction recovery programs for music people in times of crisis.
During the 2006 GRAMMY week in Los Angeles, MusiCares brought together a group of legendary artists to pay tribute to James Taylor and his famous works at their annual Person of the Year gala. The event honored Taylor for his outstanding contributions to the world of music and for his exemplary philanthropic efforts regarding the environment and beyond. The amazing lineup featured Taylor's friends and contemporaries performing great songs from his catalogue of music. The highlights of this exclusive music industry evening - from The Dixie Chicks performing "Shower the People" and Jackson Browne,
David Crosby and Sheryl Crow joining in for "Mexico" to Bruce Springsteen's rendition of "Millworker" and Taylor himself singing his classics "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)" and "Fire and Rain" - featured on this special DVD are now available for the public to enjoy.
Shower The People - The Dixie Chicks
Rainy Day Man - Bonnie Raitt
Secret O'Life - India.Arie
Mexico - Jackson Browne, David Crosby, and Sheryl Crow
You Can Close Your Eyes - Sting
Everybody Has The Blues - Dr. John and Taj Mahal
Carolina In My Mind - Alison Krauss and Jerry Douglas
Country Road - Keith Urban
Millworker - Bruce Springsteen
You've Got A Friend - Carole King
Shed A Little Light - James Taylor
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - James Taylor
Fire And Rain - James Taylor
Mercoledi' 27 Settembre 2006 / Wednesday September 27, 2006
[TV] BREAST CANCER AWARENESS SHOW ON ELLEN
Ellen is doing her annual Breast Cancer Awareness show which tapes this Thursday, September 28th featuring Sheryl Crow.
The show will be taped in Burbank from Noon-4 pm on that date. Ellen's Breast Cancer Awareness show features special guest Sheryl Crow and will open with 4-5 volunteers cutting and donating their hair for our cause.
It was SPECTACULAR. I have always looked up to Sheryl Crow, and admire her for not only her hardwork, but her strength in batteling Breast Cancer and in her way of handeling what life throws at her. Her music is real, her talent real, and her attitude on life admirable. I am honored to be able to have been in her presence, see her perform, hear her speak and been able to harmonize with her. Never would I have dreamed of that. Being in the second row was fantastic and seeing her a couple feet away was so surreal. She really reaches out to me with her music.
John Mayer was an incredible performer and guitarist as well. I didn't quite get into his stuff until recently, but he's got a great, soothing, orginial voice and he's miiighty attractive. His band members were all really good musicians as well.
Thanks to my friend Casey for being able to come with me! I struggeled to find someone willing/able to go and I'm so glad she was able to come. The night was perfect, from timing, parking, not being tired standing, being able to see alright , getting out of the concert and finding the freeway downtown!
[San Diego, CA] I went to the John Mayer/Sheryl Crow concert last night, it was great. They did it at Embarcadero in downtown San Diego (right by the water), so it was gorgeous and really breezy so it wasn't too hot in the crowd. I got to the third row for John, and when some people that were just there for him left (No idea why anyone would leave haha) I ended up front and center for Sheryl. They both played great sets, lots of old songs mixed in with the new ones. John even did a few acoustic, which was fun. I love him on electric because he's genius, but seeing Why Georgia and No Such Thing live was just amazing. He also did Daughters and Bigger than My Body. The rest were from Continuum, too wonderful for words. I know he did Vultures, Slow Dancing in a Burning Room, Gravity, Belief, The Heart of Life, Stop This Train... and probably a few others, but I was honestly delerious from how many times he looked straight at me haha. Sheryl did A Change Would Do You Good, If It Makes You Happy, Every Day is a Winding Road, Soak Up The Sun, Steve McQueen, Real Gone, My Favorite Mistake, Anything But Down, and shes sang Redemption Day after some comments about Sudan and Darfur, with a background of quotes about peace from Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr., John Lennon, Buddha, etc. She's such a rock star, it was sooo fun to watch.
HARD TO MAKE
ANYTHING BUT DOWN
GOOD IS GOOD
IT DON’T HURT
SOAK UP THE SUN
ROCK N ROLL..but couldn't play this as we had reached the 1030pm curfew time....
FINAL VERSION 1.0
TUESDAY 26TH SEPT 2006
san diego, ca
UP CLOSE, PERSONAL WITH MAYER, CROW (VIDEO INCLUDED)
Miami Bride-To-Be Flies To Vancouver, B.C. With 'All-Access' Pass
VANCOUVER, B.C., Sept. 26, 2006
(CBS) You've probably heard the expression "party like a rock star."
Well, Miami bride-to-be Adrienne Denaro got to do just that along with Dave Price, thanks to Denaro's "All-Access" pass to one of eight whirlwind weekend getaways being given away by The Early Show. Price surprised Denaro with her pass on Friday, then they went in style, and then some, to the Canadian city of Vancouver, British Columbia, where they got to meet John Mayer and Sheryl Crow, not to mention attend a concert the stars gave.
First, there was a ride in a Bentley to the airport, where they boarded a luxury private jet, a Bombardier Challenger 604 courtesy of Flexjet. The jet's cabin featured leather seats that swivel and decline, along with wood paneling and crystal glassware. Food went way beyond peanuts: Banana bread, muffins, croissants, fruit and champagne were on the menu.
Denaro kidded with Price that, if she were to write her fiancé back home a postcard, it would say "something like, 'I miss you, I wish I was home with you,' and I'd be totally lying!"
On the ground in Vancouver, it was off to the tony Pan Pacific Hotel, then to the site of the concert. And Denaro's All-Access pass got her to places she never would have imagined.
She got to hear Mayer's pre-show sound check, and she said, "I'm a very lucky girl. I'm used to being up in the 'nosebleeds,' squinting, using binoculars."
Denaro then met Mayer himself, getting to visit his dressing room and don his guitar! But that wasn't all.
She got to meet Crow on her tour bus. When it came time for the actual concert, even front row seats couldn't match where Denaro and Price got to sit: in the pit directly in front of the stage.
The trip was arranged with the help of the Canadian Tourism Commission.
SHERYL ON ELVIS (WAS: SHERYL THE CROW WITH ELVIS THE PELVIS)
This is a quote from Sheryl from Mojo, April 2002 issue: 'Pills! Death Threats! Deep Soul! Elvis: Lifting the veil on rock's first and last true star'.
"After reading Peter Guralnick's book (Careless Love), I felt like I'd been living with Elvis for a couple of months. I loved the Comeback Special black leather thing and The Ed Sullivan Show, when he was doing Hound Dog and really shakin' it.
That was so radical. You have to think how strange it would be to be so sexual at that time. I've visited Graceland, and they have this cassette tape with him talking. You go into the jungle room and you hear him laughing with his friends. Pretty weird.
Favourite song? Love Me Tender. The arrangement's great and he sounds so sweet and vulnerable".
REVIEWS, LICKS, WINK...
Sheryl Shares Too Much
I went to the Sheryl Crow / John Mayer (sp?) concert this weekend (it was Kai's Birthday). I gotta say, Sheryl Crow was a HUGE surprise on two levels.
First, she's just a great performer. She covered all of her hits (several of which I didn't realize were hers) . . . she worked the crowd . . .didn't let things lag . . . all in all, a great show.
But then she really dissapointed me because she took a good ten minutes to make statements about Darfur and Bosnia and why we're at war.
I get the fact that celebrities will always believe that the fact that they are in movies or on TV gives them the right to talk about their opinions on politics. Quite frankly I don't really care what Johnny Depp or Sean Penn or Tim Robbins think about anything . . . I just want to see them ACT. I mean, if they are appearing at a benefit or if they're making a personal appearance . . . more power to them. But when I pay a chunk of money to see someone sing . . . . that's what I want . . . . don't preach don't lecture . . . just sing the friggin' songs.
Then again, I don't know how many people took Crow seriously when she got on stage at the Clark County Amphitheatre several times and asked "How are you doing out there Portland?"
I don't know Sheryl . . . this is Vancouver . . . 20 minutes AWAY from Portland . . . It's the equivalent of being in Manhattan and asking how things are in Newark!
-- Well, the Clark County Amphitheater is located in Ridgefield, Washington, virtually a suburb of the Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton metropolitan area. Then again, the management should write the EXACT location: Ridgefield, not Portland, Auburn, not Seattle, and so on...
nitpicking you say? :-)
[Ridgefield, WA] alright, so i wasn't able to lick sheryl as i had hoped. and that made me sad. however, a friend of mine told me that she DID wink at me. and that makes me happy! actually, i think i prefer a wink over a lick. i love it when people wink!
[Ridgefield, WA] Dianna and I went to see the John Mayer and Sheryl Crow concert. The Sheryl Crow part was awesome. My only complaint is that the sets seemed shorter than normal. I think partly because they had two headliners.
I would have paid as much just to see Sheryl. There were at least 3 hits she did not play. However, she did a couple of covers she had not recorded and she seemed to really enjoy them musically.
I am not a huge John Mayer fan, however I figured seeing him live might change that. I am sad to report it did not. Don't get me wrong, there are things about him that are amazing. He has a very unique voice, and is a very talented songwriter. I love his lyrics.
The problem is that most of his songs sound almost exactly alike. Based on the music itself, a good deal of the time I can't tell which song he is singing until the chorus. His voice just gets annoying if you try to listen to more then 2 or 3 of his songs in a row. Great for a mix, but not a set in a concert.
~ D ~
[Ridgefield, WA] Last night, Erica and I went to the Sheryl Crow and John Mayer concert in Clark County. Let me tell you that Sheryl Crow is such a Rock and Roll Diva. She rocks so hard. Her last song was a Led Zepplin one it was awesome. For John Mayer he sure makes being love even better. He is such a cutie. Talk to you later! Stacia
HARD TO MAKE A STAND
ANYTHING BUT DOWN
GOOD IS GOOD
SOAK UP THE SUN
WINDING ROAD or ROCK AND ROLL
sheryl took an audience poll to decide which...r'n'r won...
SUNDAY 24TH SEPT 2006
For the 2002 release "C'Mon, C'Mon," Sheryl Crow tried a new marketing angle: women over 40 are still sexy. The videos for the album featured the then-40- year-old singer-songwriter soaking up the sun in a number of bikinis, surfing, cliff diving, waking up in a motel with a younger man, driving muscle cars and motorcycles like the sultan of cool, Mr. Steve McQueen.
The message was clear: Sheryl Crow's sex appeal didn't end at 40. Nor should anyone's.
Yet, Saturday night at White River, the nine-time Grammy winner revealed a deeper and more intelligent personality facet that is ultimately more attractive. Crow used the platform of her celebrity to reflect her social consciousness and the responsibility that comes with having a venue, a microphone and an opportunity to enlighten 10,000 fans.
Ten years ago, Crow traveled to Bosnia to play for the troops.
The experience got her to thinking, she explained, "Why is it we go into some countries a create a big military presence and others we just don't?"
The story introduced "Redemption Day" from her 1996 self-titled release. "I've wept for those who suffer long/ But how I weep for those who've gone/ Into rooms of grief and questioned wrong/ But keep on killing/ It's in the soul to feel such things/ But weak to watch without speaking."
You won't find any of today's young pop divas mediating on compassion, peace or understanding. No, they're too busy shaking their rear ends and teasing dollars out of wallets as if sexual power were the highest form of power.
This is why Sheryl Crow is popular. She's just a down-home girl who can sing, dance, play guitar and use her social standing to inspire some old-fashioned good in the world. This former elementary schoolteacher need not flaunt her trim, athletic figure in tight pants and sexy clothes; she's got what we all want: soul.
The cherry on top is that, in addition to these divine qualities, Crow can rock. While she may be famous for songs about sunshine and having a good time, she used her encore set to rip through Led Zeppelin's "Rock n' Roll."
Co-headliner John Mayer, in addition to being easy on the eyes, is also an accomplished guitarist. He also may be the great amalgamator in music today. All of his songs -- even the ballads -- groove and some get funky, while others venture toward classic rock terrain. The idée fixe common to his work, however, is the blues. At some point, each song opened up for a Stevie Ray Vaughan-style solo, though none was ever indulgent. It was as if Mayer were providing rock legitimacy to the men in his otherwise female-dominated fan base.
This is not to suggest that Mayer is soft. On the contrary, his thoughtful mid- and down-tempo musings pack a punch. But he does spend a lot of time in this speed. Indeed, the bulk of his set was culled from his newly released "Continuum," very much an album stuck in second gear.
In fact, the two most memorable moments came during "Daughters" and "No Such Thing" from the albums "Heavier Things" and "Room for Squares," respectively.
Here, Mayer offered warm advice: "Fathers be good to your daughters/ Daughters will love like you do/ Girls become lovers who turn into mothers/ So mothers be good to your daughters, too."
And then he roused the audience with "I wanna run through the halls of my high school/ I wanna scream at the top of my lungs/ I just found out there's no such thing as the real world/ Just a lie you've got to rise above."
Shawn Telford is a Seattle-based freelance writer who can be reached at eyeheartmusic AT yahoo.com.
I subscribe everything. Soul, yeah, this is the magic word. I saw her four times (UK, Germany & Italy), and I can guarantee that she is much better live than on recordings, also when she goes off key :-)
God bless this petite woman!
BTW: next year Sheryl will celebrate twenty years in the music business!
[REVIEW] SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - AUGUST 25
John Mayer/ Sheryl Crow
August 26, 2006 at 11:06 am by Liz Funk
Ah, the smell of cologne and perfume-drenched teens and twentysomethings, marijuana, and Red Bull–the scents of John Mayer’s concert at SPAC–LAST YEAR. While John Mayer concerts usually draw excited teens like oil draws Bush to Iraq, the fact that he shared–or better yet–ceded the stage to Sheryl Crow completely changed the atmosphere. For present teens, being potentially seated near one’s childhood Girl Scout leaders or high school English teachers or simply adults galore (who came for Sheryl Crow) kind of squashed the raucous concert atmosphere during Mayer’s performance that defines a John Mayer concert (as was rightfully Dave Matthews Band) and made getting psyched (literally, and figuratively) a little awkward.
This aside, the concert as a whole was a truly fantastic If one tuned out the yawning adults, J.M. rocked the stage. He had changed this clothes since this morning (good thing), and played a healthy medley of his older songs from his first two corporate albums, and appetizers from his new album to be released in September. He also did that strange “make out with the microphone” thing that he does when he gets really into the song. It’s weird, but it’s quintessentially JM.
His song, “Waiting on the World to Change” was fantastic, interpretted by some as how adults are ageist and think young people today are apathetic, but don’t let us do anything when our opinions surface. He also takes on War, Dubya, and the tinted state of journalism. The crappy part? I doubt more than ten of his listeners recognized it.
Sheryl Crow was quite excellent as well. I’m personally not a fan, but she did a really fantastic job at rousing the crowd to the point that I felt compelled to sing along! In fact, the bored adults who chugged beer and talked with friends through JM’s performance actually danced and sang. Crow’s stage presence actually pointed out the charisma that John Mayer slightly lacked; hate to say it, but he looked like a bored seventh grader delivering an oral report to his biology class compared to her exuberant singing. It wasn’t that he was boring; he just didn’t have the pizzazz and party that Crow exuded.
Something also to be noted: Sheryl Crow looked hot. A fortysomething with a body comparable to that of a twentysomething’s, she styled skin-tight black jeans, a skin-tight leather vest, and some cleavage. She looked sexy and empowered. Maybe the twentysomething pop stars today could take some lessons from her on how to look enticing but not exploit their bodies… because Crow looked completely in charge of herself.
In a nutshell: Great concert, would see it again. To the corporate execs who decide which artists get paired together for tours, remember demographics. If JM were to open for DMB, perfect; S.C. could have Norah Jones as her wingwoman–or something.
Per Marco: ecco, Saratoga Springs era un'altra delle venues sheryllose! Un amico redneck del NH mi ha scritto commenti leggermente porno su Sheryl... LOL vorrei pubblicarli, ma non so... haha
Domenica 24 Settembre 2006 / September 24, 2006
[REVIEW] VANCOUVER, SEPTEMBER 22 - #2
Classic rock: A great show by Crow No testimonials or confessionals for Sheryl -- just booty-shaking fun
Glen Schaefer, The Province
Published: Sunday, September 24, 2006
'Itoo, am feeling good." Praise be to the goddess of girl power, Sheryl Crow is back and blonder than ever.
In a celebratory mood in front of an estrogen-laden Pacific Coliseum crowd Friday night, the 44-year-old rocker shook off a year of break-ups and health scares, letting her soaring voice stretch her familiar songs into new spaces, and throwing her lean, black-jeans-and-leather-vest-clad bod around a big, spare stage.
Backed by the standard guitar, bass, keys and drums, and adding a violin and cello quartet to soften the usual stadium-show edges, Crow opened with "Change," seguing into a brief nod to the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction."
And, it seems, she's grown and thrived through her own changes over the past year.
Playing mostly acoustic as lead guitarist Peter Stroud anchored the electric riffs, Crow also took a turn on bass for a couple of songs, including a bluesy "Favourite Mistake." The show was a reminder of how much Crow's songs have become a part of our shared musical DNA, as she told stories about collaborating with Bob Dylan and projected quotes from John Lennon and Joan Baez on a white backdrop behind her. In an unexpected flash of Canadian content, she got the crowd to sing along to a snippet of Gordon Lightfoot's "Sundown."
Crow's trials of the past year are well documented -- she split with long-time beau and cycling champ Lance Armstrong and then had to go through treatment for breast cancer. But there was nothing testimonial or confessional slowing Friday's party.
She strapped on a red Telecaster and rocked out alongside Stroud for the past summer's car-racing hit "Real Gone" and the similarly speedy "Steve McQueen."
She put aside the guitar and just shimmied joyfully for the percussive "Winding Road," a whole body booty workout.
"They're shaking," she laughed, arms spread wide. "You just can't see 'em, but they are."
She tapped her bar-band roots for the finale, a loose, friendly cover of Led Zep's "Rock and Roll," an ending entirely in keeping with her own life's of finding new twists on those classic riffs.
Source: The Vancouver Province
[SET LIST] AUBURN, WA - SEPTEMBER 23
HARD TO MAKE
ANYTHING BUT DOWN
GOOD IS GOOD
SOAK UP THE SUN
ROCK N ROLL
Ehm... this one is for me ;-) "Golden shoes for golden toes!"
[REVIEW] VANCOUVER, SEPTEMBER 22
Mayer surprisingly good, but it's Crow who's the star
Fans come out in droves for romantic newcomer and veteran singer
Elaine Corden, Special to the Sun
Published: Saturday, September 23, 2006
Just what kind of person likes John Mayer? Much like the multi-million-selling Matchbox Twenty, the young singer-songwriter's success is a bit of a mystery.
A Grammy-winner several times over, Mayer is still critically derided at every turn, not winning any more favours with recent spates of self-congratulatory behavior and links with Jessica Simpson.
To that end, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who takes pride in their record collection who'll admit to owning his records. Yet, Friday night at Pacific Coliseum, fans were out in droves, and clearly not just to see his co-headliner, Sheryl Crow.
Wearing what appeared to be track pants, along with a mop of romantically dishevelled hair, Mayer played a set that drew heavily on his recent, more blues-based album, Continuum, and seemed to shy away from the saccharine hits that made him a star.
Indeed, Mayer and his extraordinarily tight backing backing band likely exceeded the expectations of anyone who may have had their doubts about him going in. In particular, Gravity, a slow, gospel number and In Repair, the set closer, stood out, recalling none more that B.C.'s own Colin James in style and delivery.
It would seem even Mayer has out-grown the maple-syrup-sweet naivete of Your Body is a Wonderland and, as much as it's apparent that the Atlanta musician will never set the world on fire as a songwriter, his maturity and growth as an artist, and his undeniable talent as a guitarist, are certainly (if begrudgingly for some) commendable.
If Mayer is the act whose fanbase is hard to pin down, Sheryl Crow is his polar opposite, a pop star whom even the most curmudgeonly elitist has a soft spot for.
For years, Crow has come up with glorious pop hit after glorious pop hit, managing to maintain her integrity as an artist while also topping the charts.
Appearing onstage in body-conscious jeans, a tank top and stilettos, Crow showed little signs of her recent battle with breast cancer or, for that matter, little sign of any discernable body fat. In fact, Crow, well into her forties, appeared so tiny on the massive stage that it was hard to believe her voice could fill the stadium.
But fill the stadium it did, with the drawling singer launching into a massive version of her hit A Change Would Do You Good backed by a band which included a four-piece string section.
Not having visited Vancouver for several years, Crow bantered with audience, drawing no bigger a cheer than when she announced "I'm feeling good." You could hear a sigh of relief go through the audience -- thousands of fans relieved that their idol was in good health
Crow played a mix of hits -- The First Cut is the Deepest, Greatest Mistake and of course, All I Wanna Do -- mixed with rarer songs, including her version of Dylan's Mississippi and a beautifully string-laden sound about the Rwandan genocide.
She is the consummate performer, and her years of experience show onstage.
Hearing all her hits back-to-back underscored what a pop-savant Crow has always been, and hearing her between-song banter proved that she's a bona fide star.
[Vancouver, CA] We stuck around to see a bit of Sheryl Crow but didn't stay the whole set mainly because some inebriated concert goer vomited 4 times up the aisle from us after the John Mayer set. He/She must've been overcome by the intensity of the show and felt the need to purge infront of several thousand people. Poor idiot. Regardless of the smell, it was nice to see Sheryl back in action after battling cancer this year. She looked as darling as ever and I adore her even more now for knowing that she hand-picked Marjorie Fair to open for her because she listened to their CD during recovery this year. What a doll. All and all, a terrific show.
[Vancouver, CA] NOTHING BUT AWESOME! Last night, my sister took me to see John Mayer & Sheryl Crow. By far, the sweetest birthday present I've ever had! The two artists are amazing live; it was kind of incredible how good their voices are. Totally different performances, but equally talented. Viv and I were sitting in a good spot, and the ladies in front of us had the same kind of energy we did. We were singing along, moving to the music, and for some songs we got up and busted some moves. Beside our section there were these three 40 something-yr-olds smoking pot, it was hilarious. Who smokes pot at John Mayer and Sheryl Crow? The whole experience was so much fun though, my first concert in Vancouver! And now I can't stop singing Sheryl Crowe songs in my head .. her closing songs got the energy in the room blasting. Well, that's all for now! What should I do with the rest of my weekend?
[Vancouver, CA] Then, Sheryl Crow blasted out with a great mixture of Rock and Blues. Her captivating voice, great bod, and ease with the audience won our hearts. Throw in a little bit of her 'give peace a chance' rant, and she had us at hello. The time marched on, as though the night was endless. Her fingers danced up and down her many guitars as though they were each performing their own swan lake on the frets. Added to that uncanny ability to play, were her ultra-diverse vocals which rang out with such ease. So holistic; so organic; so pure.
A PASSIONATE REVIEW FROM A PASSIONATE GIRL ;-)
Sorry, guys I couldn’t give you a play by play report on what she did that night. Even I couldn’t remember because I was trying to sink the experience in. All I remember was how I felt.
Let me start with my first 3 sentences after the show last night:
FELT LIKE MY CHEST WAS GOING TO EXPLODE I HAD TO UNHOOK MY BRA ON MY WAY HOME.
Driving to the venue, I tried to keep calm and not be too obvious. But my cousin saw right through me & asked why I am so nervous when I wasn’t the one performing. So, to digress I told my cousin how short Sheryl is and she wouldn’t believe me so when Sheryl came out on the stage the first thing my cousin said was “She’s tiny!” Imagine her surprise after seeing how gigantic those guitars looked strapped around her. LOL.
I was up the whole time trying to catch Sheryl between the shoulders of two 6 footers in front of me. I did catch her though. And I didn’t mind as those 2 were enjoying themselves, neither did those folks behind me mind (they were enjoying themselves like crazy). We were all standing the whole time. By the time RnR came I found myself standing on my chair. I didn’t want to miss her struttin’ (no piano dance here but she danced away and commanded the stage).
Every song that I wish she would sing was on the playlist (MISSISSIPPI, REDEMPTION & RnR and even SUNDOWN).
I found that I had to hit my head and remind myself to stop singing in every song so I could hear her ; remind myself to open my eyes while I was swaying and dancing to the music so I could see her. I just couldn’t control myself as if I was in a trance.
For months prior to the concert I had the biggest doubts about watching her live for fear of getting disappointed (you know it’s one thing to see and love her on tv but to see her perform in person and for the first time is another). Then out she came……..every moment of that night Sheryl never disappointed. It was much more than I expected. When she walked up the stage with everybody behind like a true leader, then opened her mouth all my fears went away and was overshadowed by calm and assurance that this is going to be a special night. She was flawless and in – charge. Her confidence and the joy in her face was very powerful and contagious.
In spite of having shortness of breath …I had a feeling of calm seeing her perform. I was very happy to see her enjoy her dance moves (shake moves that is) on RnR.
Seeing Sheryl was very therapeutic. I have so much more confidence in her as an artist, as a performer and as a person (how she went through a lot with so much grace). A tiny little body oozing such power and grace is ASTONISHING.
***My highlight – To me the most powerful moment of the night probably of my life was when Sheryl said these words “I’m feeling good”. I screamed like hell. I was shaking, almost in tears. Thank God!
-To all my fellow peeps who advised me to enjoy the show and were positive that I will ....thank you! I have never been so proud of being called a fan.
What a lovely review! Way to go Veronica! :-)
PS: that bra thing is VERY OUTRAGEOUS, though! LOL
Sabato 23 Settembre 2006 / September 23, 2006
[VIDEO] SHERYL THE CROW WITH ELVIS THE PELVIS
TV Commercial for BBC Radio 2. Phenomenal! :-)
[REPOST] STEVE MCQUEEN MAKING OF ALBUM #1
Oldie but goodie
[SET LIST] VANCOUVER, BC - SEPTEMBER 21
HARD TO MAKE
GOOD IS GOOD
IT DON’T HURT
SOAK UP THE SUN
ROCK N ROLL
FRIDAY 22ND SEPT 2006
Please note that the photo that Nashville Photographer Mark Levine took of Sheryl Crow, appears on the cover of the October issue of Canadian Horse Magazine, not Gaited Horse Magazine, as previously announced. Canadian Horse Magazine is an international publication promoting Canada, its equine athletes, Canada's National Horse and all horse disciplines. Our multi-faceted publication is high quality, full colour and unique, so that we can entertain and educate horse enthusiasts.
HARD TO MAKE A STAND
FAVORITE MISTAKE..with John
GOOD IS GOOD
STEVE MC QUEEN
WINDING ROAD or ROCK AND ROLL (SC WILL CALL)
(Ended up being Winding Road)
TUESDAY 19TH SEPT 2006
denver, red rocks #2
[OT - VIDEO] I'll Never Smoke Weed with Willie Again
Go Willie Weed! :-D
OUTRAGEOUS! TAKE 8
[SEN. CLAIRE MCCASKILL] WATCH A MESSAGE FROM SHERYL
click to see the video
Awwwww, uhm, yeah, it's a bit lame actually, but... GOD, and I repeat, GOD, she's so fucking sweet! And that sinful leather couch?? LOOOOL
Are you ready to join the OUTRAGEOUS party?
[SET LIST] MORRISON, COLORADO - SEP 18
HARD TO MAKE
GOOD IS GOOD
IT DON’T HURT
SOAK UP THE SUN
ROCK N ROLL
FINAL VERSION 1.0
MONDAY 18TH SEPT 2006
denver, red rocks #1
Lunedi' 18 Settembre 2006 / September 18, 2006
[ITA - MAGAZINE] VANITY FAIR, 21 SETTEMBRE 2006 - IL MIO SENO SINISTRO
Segnalo che nell'edizione italiana di Vanity Fair attualmente in edicola, potete trovare il servizio pubblicato il mese scorso sul numero americano, completamente tradotto nella nostra lingua. Intanto, eccovi le scansioni:
Edit: premetto che per la fretta ho fatto le scansioni senza leggere il contenuto. Purtroppo il servizio in questione e' stato vistosamente tagliuzzato rispetto all'originale, rendendo piu' blando il contenuto. Mi spiace, ma purtroppo e' quello che spesso capita ai testi tradotti in lingua italiana. Ad ogni modo l'articolo originale lo trovate alla sezione "Magazines" sul menu' a sx.
Questa e' per Marco ;-) (sono piu' di 2 mega!)
Domenica 17 Settembre 2006 / September 16, 2006
RED ROCKS - TRAFFIC ALERT
The Sheryl Crow / John Mayer concerts on September 18-19 are mostly reserved seating and guests are encouraged to arrive as early as possible in order to park and make their way to the amphitheatre. Traffic can be extremely heavy close to showtime, and you will want to arrive early enough to not miss any of the show. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the parking lots open at 4:30 p.m.
GENERAL ADMISSION seating for both shows is in Rows 61-69.
Well, the fall issue of The Gaited Horse is finally out. Unfortunately I can't find this magazine in Italy (nobody knows it...) and I would like to have at least the scans. Can anybody help me? Thaaanks :-)
OUTRAGEOUS! TAKE 7
Venerdi' 15 Settembre 2006 / September 15, 2006
[VIDEO] HARD TO MAKE A STAND - GLASTONBURY '97
Hard to Make a Stand
1997 Glastonbury Performing Arts Festival Worthy Farm, Pilton, United Kingdom
Sunday June 29, 1997 - 2:45 - 4 PM
720x576 - 25 fps - Stereo - Avi/DiVx 600 kbits
This video is also available in streaming on Youtube
[NEWSPAPER] SHERYL CROW GETS HER ACT, LIFE TOGETHER
Photo: Robert Deutsch
By Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY
It's not for nothing that one of Sheryl Crow's early hits was called Strong Enough.
It's not for nothing that one of Sheryl Crow's early hits was called Strong Enough. Over the past year, the singer/songwriter endured, in rapid succession, the breakup of her highly publicized engagement to biking champion Lance Armstrong and a battle with breast cancer.
But Crow, 44, now says, "I feel the best I've felt in a long time, mainly because I've changed the way I treat my life."
And now that she has her act together, Crow has taken it on the road. She launched a five-week string of makeup dates last spring, shortly after completing a series of radiation treatments. The recovered singer has teamed with John Mayer on a national trek scheduled to wrap in mid-October.
"I needed to feel like things were getting back to normal," Crow says. "A tour is a reminder of what my life is about. This one's more celebratory than other tours have been, and at the same time it's gotten me back to a sense of normalcy."
For Crow, that includes a more healthful diet. "I've been eating very plain, organic food. I never loved sugar, but I'm a big salt freak, and since I have low blood sugar and very low blood pressure, I'm always craving salt. I've cut back on my Frito intake, and I probably haven't had a doughnut for eight months. That's a big thing for me, since those were the only sweets I would really eat." She also has eased back on items with higher nutritional value: "My cancer was estrogen-positive, so there are things I now know that I shouldn't have, like tofu and stuff." Instead, she opts for "a high-omega diet of mostly fish and rice and vegetables."
The singer allows herself to cheat occasionally — "You have to let yourself off the hook" — and though she clearly stays active, she has learned the value of rest and relaxation. "I don't kill myself trying to be busy all the time. When I feel like slowing down and taking a nap, I do it. That's also new for me."
If any fallout from her relationship with fellow cancer survivor Armstrong is a source of stress, Crow isn't letting on. "It would have never been my preference to talk about it," Crow says; she addressed it briefly on Larry King Live and with Vanity Fair. "But obviously, the association with cancer is strong and undeniable."
Crow is more forthcoming about another personal loss she suffered when Scout, a Labrador mix who had been her constant companion for more than a decade, died in April 2005.
"It was devastating," Crow says. "But he's still with us in spirit. We still call (our tour company) Scout Tours, and my dressing room still has his name.
"Scout and I used to stare into each other's eyes longingly; it was like a sick love affair."Happily, Crow has found new love with Rex, a full Lab, and two other dogs she rescued from the pound. "And strangely enough, I've accumulated about 12 horses," she says. One, Sally, her companion during radiation therapy in Los Angeles, recently gave birth to a filly. "And I've got three Arabians, two of which I had with me in Austin, and there's Lady, my trick horse. And I bought a few other sweet, easygoing horses, mostly around Nashville."
The well-traveled singer also bought a farm in Nashville and built a studio in the basement, where she plans to start working on new material after she completes her tour. "Starting in November, I'm just going to sort of go at it at my leisure, at my own pace."
Though she still has a bunch of unrecorded songs from initial sessions for her last album, 2005's Wildflower, Crow says, "I've been through so much this year, and they don't really represent that. I wrote a lot through my cancer treatment, and those songs are much more compelling for me, right now, than anything else I could write."But, Crow says, "I do want to write from this peaceful place I'm in right now, too. I'm eating well, sleeping great, so I'm just really happy and healthy."
Source: USA Today - Sep 14, 2006
Martedi' 12 Settembre 2006 / September 12, 2006
[PICS] FUNDRAISER IN CLAYTON, MO
Singer, songwriter Sheryl Crow talks to supporters of Missouri State Auditor and U.S. Senate candidate Claire McCaskill (L) during a fundraiser in Clayton, Mo on September 10, 2006. McCaskill is trying to unseat Republican Jim Talent. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt) UPI
[PICS] MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO - SEP 10
Singer Sheryl Crow entertains the crowds at the UMB Bank Pavilion in Maryland Heights, Mo on September 10, 2006. (Chris Hudson and UPI Photos/Bill Greenblatt)
Lunedi' 11 Settembre 2006 / September 11, 2006
OUTRAGEOUS! TAKE 6
[SET LIST] MARYLAND HEIGHTS/ST. LOUIS, MO - SEP 10
HARD TO MAKE A STAND
FAVORITE MISTAKE with John Mayer
GOOD IS GOOD
IT DON’T HURT
SOAK UP THE SUN
ROCK N ROLL
FINAL VERSION 1.0
SUNDAY SEPT 10TH 2006
st louis, mo
[BLOG] HAHAHA REX STRIKES AGAIN!
C&P From: http://silntbob.livejournal.com/
I am a little behind on the work posts so you get two in a row :)
Friday night was the John Mayer show. I knew Sheryl Crow was going to be there but didnt know about Matt Kearney and had never heard of him.
A bit of a new job description this time. I sat in the catering area and took tickets from people on the tour when they came in to eat. The catering company that a lot of the tours use, Dega, is cracking down on unauthorized people getting fed and costing them money.
After around 20 minutes of taking tickets and directing people here and there, a very nice woman walked by me and had a pretty Yellow Lab on a leash. She said hello and I realized it was Sheryl Crow. I was a bit distracted and didnt see that her dog had stolen my water bottle and was walking off with it. When I noticed a second later, I said "Stop Thief!" without thinking and I swear the dog looked back at me like "Who Me?" and then Sheryl saw what was going on and told the dog, whose name was Rex, to drop it and apologized to me. I told her it wasnt a big deal, I had a hound at home that stole from me on a regular basis and we laughed about it. She's pretty nice even if she did cut my favorite song of hers from the setlist.
What a rascal that Rex! More than me for sure! Haha
[HI-RES PICS] TINLEY PARK, CHICAGO
[PICS] SHERYL CROW SUPPORTS U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE IN MISSOURI
Singer, songwriter Sheryl Crow talks to supporters of Missouri State Auditor and U.S. Senate candidate Claire McCaskill (L) during a fundraiser in Clayton, Mo on September 10, 2006. McCaskill is trying to unseat Republican Jim Talent. Crow, a Missouri native, has been a long-time supporter for Missouri Democrats. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
REVIEWS REVIEWS REVIEWS
[Tinley Park, IL] What is the best possible combination for a concert tour together? Survey says...John Mayer and Sheryl Crow. Mat Kearny, the opener, was worth seeing too. Last night was the best concert ever; it beat out the Black Crowes and Jimmy Page. We'll start with Sheryl; all I can say is AMAZING. She is a little fireball and an awesome live performer. It did seem that most of the crowd (minus the same sex couples and Mary & I) were awaiting the arrival of that tall, sexy man we call John Mayer, but Mary and I didn't waste any time getting into the music. We danced and sang while many other sat. The best part...John Mayer coming out and singing My Favorite Mistake with Sheryl Crow. I did get a little misty when she sang my fav song, Strong Enough. I actually have goosebumps right now just from writing about it. And then John took the stage (yes, we are on a first name basis; we did have a moment remember). I have to say since I have already seen him twice I was just happy to see him again. He played great music, is amazing on the guitar, and I love that mouth thing he does when he's singing, but last night was all about Sheryl Crow. I never really thought I would have the chance to see her, and she definitely left an impression. If anyone ever has the chance to see her play live, pay whatever it costs (if you're a fan). P.S. John Mayer's new album, Continum, sounds like it's going to be great.
[Tinley Park, IL] Megan and I enjoyed the Sheryl Crow concert Friday night. The opening act was a guy named Mat Kearney. It was a good concert and we enjoyed ourselves. Oh, did I fail to mention it was a double-header? Yeah, John Mayer was there too, and he sang a number of his hits also. That dude can play a guitar. My favorite part of the show was when Sheryl did a break-out during one of her songs with a harmonica. I don’t remember which song it was, I just remember thinking, “I didn’t know she played harmonica!” I guess it isn’t a difficult instrument to play, and given her background, it was probably a piece of cake. We had a great time!
[Tinley Park, IL] Last night's Sheryl Crow and John Mayer concert in Tinley Park was AMAZING! Sheryl Crow performed her ass off! Now, I've never been to a Sheryl Crow concert, so I have nothing to compare it to. But it was fabulous. We had some of her great oldies. Mix that with new hits. A few classic covers (awesome Bob Dylan). She called John Mayer out for a 'duet' of Favorite Mistake that was phenomenal.
Then John Mayer came out. Now, Craig respects John because of some of the lesser known works that Mayer has done. But I knew him as the "My Body is a Wonderland" and running through the halls of his high school, screaming at the top of his lungs. Which, are not bad songs but a bit too fluffy for me to admire him. But I saw a different side of him last night, and I have to say that it was opinion altering. I don't even have the words to describe his cover of Sweet Home Chicago! (Except the guy next to me kept asking his girlfriend why he was saying 'Hello Chicago' when this was, so obviously, Tinley Park!).
Anywhoo, overall a great concert and a definite must attend when they come to a city near you!
[Tinley Park, IL] Well, I got to see John Mayer in concert AGAIN!! (the 7th time). But what made the concert really special, was Sheryl Crow. She was OUTSTANDING. She put great energy into her performance and just seemed to really be enjoying herself. John Mayer joined her onstage for one of her songs, but they didn't play and sing together, like I kinda thought they might. I had hoped they might do "Picture", or the new song Sheryl did with Sting, together. Or maybe Bliss, the song John did back-up on for Alice Peacock. But that did'nt happen.The forecast was for rain, but it held off till we (Sally and I) were half the way home. My seats were in the covered area anyway, so we would have stayed dry had it rained, but it was nice not to have to walk to the car in the rain. It's almost the end of the concert season around here, so I guess it's back inside at the House of Blues and other indoor venue's. John Mayer's new CD comes out this Tuesday, he played several of the cuts from it during the concert and a few were real good, but over-all I think I still like the stuff from 2002-2003 period he produced. The new songs (like "Waiting on the World to Change") make statements and are more relevant than "Body is a Wonderland" and "Not Myself", but I just enjoyed those earlier efforts more. But Sheryl Crow's music just seems to keep getting better. Her life experiences and the introspection she has engaged in over the past several years, just seems to have resulted in even better music. I'm definitely going to try to see her again.
[Tinley Park, IL] Sheryl was the first female artist I have seen live. And I must say that she ROCKED!!! She was really good. I am happy they decided to co-headline together because I never would have seen her otherwise. She played Strong Enough, my favorite song of hers... I gotta say it again: SHE ROCKED!!! Simple as that.
After Sheryl's rockin' performance, I tried to call Tink, but it didn't connect for some reason... I think she knew she wasn't ready to meet this sexy goat...
[Indianapolis, IA] Fri night we went to the Sheryl Crow/John Mayer concert. What a great show! It was really laid back atmosphere and a gorgeous evening. No rain and a beautiful full moon to light the way.
The plan was for us to leave home early, take the kids to the grandparents (1 1/2 hour drive) and then return to the venue (1 hour drive plus traffic) and watch the show. We left home a little late... and had a spontanious change of plans: Let's take the kids to the show! hahahaha It all worked out ok and they actually seemed to enjoy the show some.
Sheryl Crow is awesome--but I love so much of her material that I really need to see like 12 of her shows to hear all the songs I want to hear. John Mayer is fine--I like a lot of his songs on the radio, but am not really familiar with his non-radio works...but let me tell you that he put on a damn good show! Really enjoyed the music--even the songs I couldn't sing along to. :) Would go see them again if given the chance. Maybe without kids next time.
HARD TO MAKE A STAND
FAVORITE MISTAKE with John Mayer
GOOD IS GOOD
STEVE MC QUEEN
ROCK AND ROLL
FINAL VERSION 1.0
SATURDAY 9TH SEPT 2006
FUNDRAISING FOR CLAIRE MCCASKILL
Sheryl today will headline an intimate fundraiser show for the Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) in St. Louis. More info at the following link: http://www.claireonline.com
Sabato 9 Settembre 2006 / Saturday, September 9, 2006
[MAG] ST. LOUIS POST DISPATCH
Chris... damn you! Next time don't cut off her cute feet!! LOL
Well, i'm not a big fan of Myspace, however I have to admit that this SNS (Social Network Service) is a good resource to collect opinions from ordinary people. Further, I love to know as many perspectives as possible about this tour.
Good reading! :-)
[Darien Lakes, NY] Sheryl Crow was amazing as well. I love how her voice sounds the same as her CDs. I hate it when people sound good on the radio and suck live. That just pisses me off. But anyway, she was soo good. I knew like a lot of her songs and I felt good about that. She did my absolute faves "The First Cut is The Deepest" and "Soak Up The Sun." She made a pretty damn statement before one of her songs which I absolutely loved. She was saying how she went to Bosnia awhile back and she was looking at how war takes it's toll on a country. A little history note, Bosnia itself went through a huge problem with genocide. Then she started talking about Rwanda and the genocide there. Then she said something along the lines of, "Why is it that we can go into some countries to fight wars, but not others" possibly referring to why the US decided to go into Bosnia, Iraq and not Rwanda. I absolutely agree 100% with her on that. You rock Sheryl. Anyway, she played an amazing show and I would def wouldn't mind seeing her again.
[Bristow, VA] Sheryl Crow kicked ass. She had me singing along and getting excited to hear songs I hadn't listened to in a long time. I am a bigger fan of hers after seeing the show. She looked so hot and she had so much energy. You would never know that she is a breast cancer survivor. Rock on girl. She really made me want to go home and play guitar. She played her older songs like " Home", "Strong Enough", and "All I Wanna Do" and newer songs like " Good is Good" and "Soak Up the Sun". She kept things up tempo and had the crowd going. I can't wait to see them both live again.
[Darien Lakes, NY] So we get to our seats in perfect timing for Sheryl to come out, she got on at 7:30. She starts with Change, she wasnt wearing orange but I still would have fooled around with her if she wanted to... she looked over in our direction and I gave this really nerdy wave, at which she kind of smirked/laughed or as we liked to think of it WINKED AT ME. Another crowd complaint quickly developed as we noticed that NOONE was standing, worst thing at a concert is to feel obligated to sit just because everyone else isits a rock concert, no matter how pussy some might feel Sheryl Crow is, people should stand if they want to. [...] Back to the music. The set list went like this: Change, There goes the Neighbourhood, Favourite Mistake, First Cut, Good is Good, Real Gone, Steve McQueen, Redemption, Home, Wildflower, Strong Enough, If it makes you Happy, All I Wanna do, Soak up the Sun and Winding Road. The songs sounded good, the band didnt try to over spice them with elaborate jams or anything, but kept it simple and fun. By the time they rocked into Steve McQueen I was really wishing everyone would stand. I noticed that Sheryl danced a little stiff and wondered if she needed to lead... But she sounded good and had some witty things to say. At one point she totally forgot a lyric and joked 'thats how yall know we aint lipsynching'. She even did a breast shake and said 'i dont got much, but im trying for you' She meant trying for ME... kind of cool considering the whole breast cancer thing. When they started playing Happy, I decided enoughs enough, I stood and did my gay concert dance, this inspired the people beside me to also stand so I got my fill of crowding and enjoyed the last 4 songs. Apparnetly John Mayer usually comes out for favourite mistake, but I guess Jessica simpson came to visit him backstage and he was preoccupied. Her 75 minute set was good, but 15 minutes too short for my likingsongs I wish I heard in that extra time: Leaving Las Vegas (my favourite Crow song), Cmon Cmon and Run Baby Run. I was really hoping shed play Vegas, but I guess that wasnt happening. [...] As for highlights... Sheryl Crow WINKED at me, what do you think my highlight was?
[Bristow, VA] THE CONCERT WAS INCREDIBLE!! John Mayer and Sheryl Crow are amazing musicians! The only bad thing was that VERY SINGLE GIRL Tyler and I passed completely checked him out! UGH! FRUSTRATED! ANyWAy...
John Mayer totally stole my heart the whole night! I was melting..I mean melting when he sang! I am so not gonna lie I almost cried when he sang "Daughters". It is my favorite song and it was so moving when he sang it live! Sheryl Crow...WO-MAN....she's still got it! She has an amazing set of wind pipes! "I am woman hear me RAWR!" haha! I can not even begin to explain to you how amazing my night was...all thanks to TYLER! So everyone should DEF go see John Mayer AND Sheryl Crow in concert! And if you are wondering...NO I did not see Jessica Simpson..but she could have very well been there...
[Bristow, VA] [...] Sheryl Crow came out and rocked the damn place.She was like the energizer bunny rocking out and her band talented. She did some songs I had never heard of before but also all the hits and then came out and did a encore of My Favorite Mistake and I think Rock and Roll by Led Zepplin. Not quite sure but she put it down and she had us going until the very end. The concert was great recommend other people checking either one of them out the next time they're in town .
[Mansfield, MA] [...] HOLY MOLY! B scored us seats 6 rows from the stage dead center. Sheryl Crow opened the show. Her blonde hair flew around as she rocked on her semi-acoustic guitar. She wore a tight white tank top, with tight white pants, and white and gold suspenders. She was cool. She also was not wearing any panties. How do I know? Because our seats were that freakin' close.
So my wonderful husband surprised me yesterday by getting tickets for Sheryl Crow and John Mayer last night at Nissan Pavilion as an anniversary gift. It worked out good for the both of us: he got to drool over Sheryl and I got to lust over John. First off, let me start by saying that Sheryl puts on a kick ass show and she looks fucking fabulous...I wish I had arms like hers. But that is what I expected out of her show anway.
I was on the lawn, so a special thank you to the Weather Gods for only drizzling on us. Very weird to see the lawn so empty. There was room to spread out and still the people only went half way up.
So Sheryl Crow came out first, I thought she was the bigger star. But John puts on a better live act so maybe there is justice in the world after all. I'll be honest here, I wasn't a big fan of either, I went with a group of friends. Sheryl Crow had a good amount of energy. She sounded exactly like her recordings, which is not that fabulous. She yells well during If it Makes You Happy but she just doesn't have a pretty voice. And let's face it, her range is teeny tiny. But it was nice hearing the hits. When she played something I didn't know though, snoozeville.
But John Mayer. He's a cutie and I like a few songs. I was not prepared for becoming a major fan of his. John puts on a great live show. He is an amazing guitar player, I had no idea! Sounds even better than on his recordings if that's possible. There is a velvet quality to his voice that really comes through. And I liked the new songs he played. Some of them had a very blusy quality. He is definitly stretching himself as a musician. I would really like to see him again. I was convinced he would be one of those artists that I could cross off my seen in concert list but he is really something special.
So I can't wait to see John again, I hope he tours with someone better than Sheryl!
OK!! Well here's another little update.. I know I'm horrible at keeping on top of these, but I'm doing what I can...
Well.. I"m right now on the first leg of the John Mayer / Sheryl Crow tour. The artist I've been working for in the last while is opening on this tour, which is why I'm along, engineering. It's been an amazing experience.. This tour is pretty crazy.. 9 busses, 7 semi trucks full of gear, probably 50+ people on the tour.. they keep our gear on the trucks, and the stagehands load and do all the work.. the system is amazing, everyone is so unbelievably professional, and what's most amazing, is there are no egos! Everyone's totally cool, and nobody seems to have anything to proove.. The catering company on the tour (Dega, from Nashville.. HIRE THEM!!) is incredible - there's a juicer and an espresso machine on the road, and every day they cook up amazing meals for us.. We eat like royalty every day - I've been so spoiled.. also, every night they deliver two bottles of fine red wine to our dressing room. I am pinching myself every step of the way.
Last night Sheryl Crow invited us all to a party at her hotel. It was an open bar, with a jazz band, and an amazing hotel, and everyone was just relaxing, hanging out with each other. I was the DD (haha.. surprise surprise!) but that didn't stop me from having my first glass of Moet.. at $30 glass of champagne.. on Sheryl. There's an unwritten rule about touring with artsits like John and Sheryl, that you generally don't approach them unless they approach you. Sheryl and John, however, don't seem to be that sort. They are both very down to earth, they hang out in catering and eat with everyone, and just seem to be very cool. At the party last night, Sheryl came up to me, officially introduced herself, and then we ended up plunging in to a fairly personal conversation about relationships, self-esteem, and life purpose. She's very bubly and encouraging, a very real person. She just bought a place in Nashville, with a recording studio in it, and she's giving Mat & I her Nashville contact info, inviting us to use her studio. Her band (and John's) are all really cool people (also unbelievable players). Anyway.. It might sound like I'm gushing a little bit (maybe I am, haha - I still pinch myself when I wake up in the morning). This has just been one of the coolest experiences, and I"m learning SO MUCH from this amazing group of professionals. I hope I can stay in this company!
Well... We're heading off to Chicago, where my girlfriend and her family are coming to visit; I'm very excited about that. Also exciting will be the next week, where her and some of my Aussie friends come to New York City for four days.. We are going to see Rent and Wicked, plus I'm doing a show with John Mayer in Manhattan on the 13th - a small club show that's being taped for TV.
Well.. that's all I've got. I'm going to get back to putting together my road recording rig (gotta keep this music production stuff happening.. go popmachinemusic.com haha)
Crow Saddles Up for Gaited Horse Magazine; Nashville Photographer Mark Levine Captures the Cover Shot
Nashville photographer Mark Levine has taken the cover shot of singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow for the September issue of The Gaited Horse magazine.
Nashville, TN (PRWEB) September 8, 2006 -- Nashville photographer Mark Levine has captured Sheryl Crow atop Lady, her Tennessee Walking Horse, for the cover of the September issue of The Gaited Horse magazine. Photographed on her farm outside of Nashville, the photo accompanies an article about Crow's relationship with Lady and a stable of close to a dozen different horses.
Levine, a Nashville location scout and photographer, had never formally photographed horses before he got the got the call from Crow last month, but he jumped at the chance to shoot the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter indulging in her passion. He also learned a few things about riding.
"It was as honor to be there and capture her love of horses and riding, and in such a gorgeous setting," says Levine, who came to the singer's attention after one of his prints was given to Crow as a gift. "There's a lot I didn't know about horses and the proper form when they're bowing or rearing up. Sheryl is extremely knowledgeable and taught me a ton about what to look for. But with Lady, it wasn't that difficult. That horse loves the camera."
The September issue of The Gaited Horse arrives in early September.
A Nashville native, Mark Levine is one of the top location scouts and production stills photographers for films and videos shot in Middle Tennessee. His photography has appeared in Film Industry trade magazine, CD releases and the Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.
The Gaited Horse magazine is the "one magazine for all gaited horses." A multiple award-winning publication, it has received honors for General Excellence and the Merial Human-Animal Bond Award from American Horse PublicationS.
FULLY DRESSED COMMUNICATIONS
John Mayer may be cute, but he's serious on the guitar
By A.D. Amorosi
For The Inquirer
Everyone knows John Mayer is a fine guitarist who worships at the altar of bluesy rock gods Hendrix and Clapton. And that he's a wry wounded lover man, what with his raspy voice and rapier hurt smarts.
That's serious stuff.
But the entire time Mayer held sway over the sold-out Tweeter Center in Camden on Saturday, you just wanted to pinch his cheeks - he's so darned cute.
The wavy curls, the faces he pulls while emoting, that gangly demeanor; this reviewer is straight but I can see why Jessica Simpson fell for him.
From the moment Mayer introduced "Neon"'s bruised romance and jazzy bridge with a coolly plinking guitar run and a frazzled horn chart, you suspected Mayer was up to something different than his usual. There was a density at work, a soulful buoyancy that infected even the bouncy "Waiting on the World to Change."
Playing with Keith Richards' drummer Steve Jordan and occasional Who bassist Pino Palladino throughout 2005 upped Mayer's rock hand.
The Texan-blues guitar cries Mayer unleashed through the new, noirish "Belief," the snaggle-toothed jangle he lent to "Bigger Than My Body" - they were brusquely rugged.
This doesn't mean the Sting-like crooner that covered "Message in a Bottle" wasn't his adorably plush self. Though saddled with a downbeat storyline, "The Heart of Life" was way chipper with a whistling organ to aid Mayer's folksy fashion. So was his spiraling acoustic "Daughters." Who cares if it's a cautionary tale - Mayer's too cute to caution against.
Bill-sharing Sheryl Crow sounded hearty yet casually cool. She rocked a bass guitar, turned "If It Makes You Happy" into a gangly grungy tune worthy of vintage Tom Petty, and turned a flitting medley of "All I Wanna Do" and "Soak Up the Sun" into a sweetly sea-sawing country groove with whiskey-filled slide guitar runs. Solid.
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
[SET LIST] AUBURN HILLS, SEP 6
GOOD IS GOOD
IT DON'T HURT
NO ONE SAID IT WOULD BE EASY
ALL I WANNA DO
SOAK UP THE SUN
ROCK N ROLL
WEDNESDAY 6TH SEPT 2006
[LIVE REVIEW] BRISTOW, VA - SEP 3
Mayer Gets by on His Looks, But Crow Transcends Hers
Tuesday, September 5, 2006; Page C05
Call it the Beauty and the Other Beauty Tour. John Mayer, the doe-eyed, cred- obsessed blues-popsmith, is touring with perennial Grammy queen Sheryl Crow, the two stars trading the headliner slot each night. At Nissan Pavilion Monday, this worked out to 75 minutes of Mayer followed by 90 of Crow.
Despite the omission of his breakthrough hit, "Your Body Is a Wonderland," Mayer had the ladies in his pocket from the moment he strode onstage, and more than a few fellas may have been won over by his muscular guitar work on tunes such as "Vultures" and "Gravity." But the screams that greeted the four songs from his as-yet-unreleased "Continuum" album (including the single "Waiting on the World to Change," which ought to have caught the attention of the legal team representing the estate of Curtis Mayfield) suggested the crowd was responding to something other than the music. Good as Mayer's band is, eight musicians onstage sound like at least three too many for the stripped-down neo-roots vibe he seems to want. He also hasn't quite figured out how to work the big rooms yet, leaving the veteran Crow to take command of the venue.
Crow played most of her ubiquitous '90s hits, including "All I Wanna Do" and "Strong Enough." But what reminded us that she's the real thing was her inclusion of worthy album cuts such the political ballad "Home" and "Mississippi" (which Bob Dylan gave her for her 1998 "Globe Sessions" LP before recording it for his own "Love and Theft" in 2001.)
Her 21st-century catalogue got less representation: Only two songs from last year's "Wildflower" made the set, though "Real Gone," her guilty-pleasure stomp from the "Cars" soundtrack ("We didn't see [the movie], either," she joked), was one of the night's best performances.
Crow, who has just returned to performing after a bout with breast cancer earlier this year, seemed to be working awfully hard at times to make it look effortless. Her voice was tentative enough in the early numbers that it almost seemed like a call for backup when she brought Mayer up to play on "My Favorite Mistake." But by the time she wailed her way through a gloriously raunchy closing cover of Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll," there was no doubt Crow is a survivor.
-- Chris Klimek
Source: Washington Post
Mercoledi' 6 Settembre 2006 / September 6
[SRA] FURTADO FELT LIKE A FRAUD
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2006-09-06 19:17:40 -
Canadian pop beauty NELLY FURTADO felt a fraud as a musician because of her immediate success.
The singer rocketed to stardom at 21 when I'M LIKE A BIRD became an instant hit in 2001, but she felt success came too early for her.
Furtado says, "The world becomes this huge buffet table for you to take what you want. That's about when I started to feel a bit like a fraud as a musician.
"I had this hang up about SHERYL CROW. I thought she was amazing and to me she was the one woman in the industry who deserved all this respect. "The reason I thought she had the respect was that she'd spent 15 years struggling to make it, because she was 34 when she had her first huge hit, not 21 like me."
[SET LIST] CINCINNATI, OH - SEP 5
GOOD IS GOOD
STEVE MC QUEEN
I KNOW WHY
[LIVE REVIEW] CINCINNATI
Mayer, Crow pack Riverbend
BY CHRIS VARIAS | ENQUIRER CONTRIBUTOR
A large and enthusiastic crowd that we can assume did not include Cincinnati’s own Nick Lachey took in a double bill of John Mayer and Sheryl Crow at Riverbend Tuesday night, a bill that should have been sponsored by US Weekly or People.
That Mayer and Crow make their livings as musicians is somewhat of an afterthought compared to the news of who they are or are not dating, especially in the case of Mayer, who has recently been linked to Lachey’s ex Jessica Simpson.
Then again, maybe the weeklies are onto something. Maybe it’s better to look at Mayer and Crow’s pretty pictures than to listen to their music.
Mayer, the bluesy guitarist who melds soul and pop, was the headliner. He and Crow take turns through the tour going last. It’s only fair, since judging by this show neither is more entertaining than the other.
It’s hard to get excited by Mayer’s guitar-soloing, falsetto-singing soul-man act while there are still Curtis Mayfield CDs in print. In fact, as an ax slinger and a vocalist, the man he most resembles is Eric Clapton – not the Clapton of the Yardbirds or Cream or Derek and the Dominos or “461 Ocean Boulevard,” but the Clapton of the ‘80s who made bad records and beer commercials. It wouldn’t have been out-of-place to see the Michelob logo appear behind Mayer as he made blues-guitar face contortions, ripping off the opening lines to the new song “Belief.”
When he cut most or all of those sorts of things out of his act, as in the songs “No Such Thing,” “Why Georgia” and “My Stupid Mouth,” he had the crowd’s attention and proved why he’s a force in pop music.
Like Mayer, who played for about 80 minutes, Crow kept it short. Her 75-minute set omitted two of her biggest songs, “All I Wanna Do” and “Leaving Las Vegas,” as she went for a mostly slow-paced show that had the crowd sitting half the time.
Even without the busting out the two showpieces she still had plenty of hits to put forth, like “A Change Will Do You Good,” “Steve McQueen,” “Every Day is a Winding Road” and “If It Makes You Happy.” But she seemed intent on rounding things out with the slow stuff, from a cover of “The First Cut is the Deepest” to lesser-known songs like “Home” and “I Know Why.”
At the very least, she put Mayer to good use, bringing him out for lead guitar on “My Favorite Mistake.” He might be a derivative, third-generation soul-blues bandleader, but he made a pretty good side man.
Show opener Mat Kearney presented a somewhat interesting combination of hip-hop flow and bland folk-rock, presenting an answer to the age-old question of what Marshall Mathers would have sounded like had he grown up on Dan Fogelberg.
Source: Cincinnati.com / Enquirer
Martedi' 5 Settembre 2006 / September 5
[BOOTLEG] WATERFRONT NIGHTS - LIVE AT THE TWEETER CENTER, CAMDEN, NJ - SEP. 2, 2006
Date: September 2, 2006 Venue: Tweeter Center at the Waterfront - Camden, New Jersey (USA)
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MANASSAS Sheryl Crow and John Mayer are an ideal touring pair -- both immensely gifted songwriters and musicians, both able to channel their musicianship into meaty albums yet still attract the soccer moms permanently tuned to FM-light
Crow has endured a particularly rough year with her public breakup with Lance Armstrong and breast cancer diagnosis (she's now in the clear). But eight shows into a tour that runs through mid-October, she looked fabulous -- thin but taut -- and the giant smile affixed to her face throughout her 80-minute set indicated her enjoyment being back onstage.
Still ostensibly touring behind last year's subdued "Wildflower" album, Crow doesn't have anything truly new to promote, and occasionally, her performance seemed like an excuse to trot out her extensive list of overplayed hits. That doesn't mean they weren't presented exceptionally well, with Crow alternating among acoustic and electric guitar and bass and her four-piece band blending seamlessly with a cool string quartet.
Crow is a savvy artist who realizes that while the masses will still bolt to their feet to shout along with yet another rendition of "All I Wanna Do," her most loyal fans deserve a deeper dip into the catalog. So along with the expected "Soak Up the Sun" and "A Change Will Do You Good" came the appearance of the bouncy folk-pop ditty "Mississippi," preceded by an amusing anecdote about Bob Dylan, who wrote the song, as well as a sincere version of the peace-seeking ballad "Redemption Day."
A couple of other small bonuses: The melancholy "Home" -- not often on the set list -- resonated with its hushed darkness and an injected snippet of Gordon Lightfoot's "Sundown." Also, opener Mayer returned in his cargo pants and hoodie to grind out a supple solo during "My Favorite Mistake," a song supposedly written about one-time Crow paramour Eric Clapton, a longtime idol of Mayer's. Funny how life is sometimes.
While Crow stuck with the familiar or, in the case of "Real Gone" from the "Cars" soundtrack, the forgettable, Mayer debuted several tunes from his "Continuum" album, in stores a week from today.
After his opening double punch of "Why Georgia" and "Bigger Than My Body," Mayer, who had no issues hitting the high notes, unfurled the sultry blues licks of "Belief," a contemporary song with an old soul.
Mayer, 28, is the thinking girl's fox, lanky and soulful and tousled, but more important, talented and bright -- though his current romantic interest is questionable. He's also as interesting to watch as he is to listen to, his face contorting like a malleable mask, his mouth stretching as if made of Silly Putty
And though he doesn't require such superb help, Mayer has enlisted guitarist Robbie McIntosh (The Pretenders, Paul McCartney) for backup, even allowing the renowned player to strip the schmaltz from the Grammy-winning "Daughters" with some tasteful slide guitar.
As a guitarist, Mayer is quietly catching up to some of his heroes, even if, in the case of "Waiting on the World to Change" and "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room," he nicks a bit too closely from the Curtis Mayfield songbook. But considering that the bulk of Mayer's audience is composed of youngish girls who regularly flock to mindless Top 40 fluff, at least his muscular songs are providing an education in real music.
"Thank you so much for listening to stuff you don't know," Mayer told the crowd of about 12,000 toward the end of his 75-minute set. A humble sentiment, but really, the crowd should have been thanking him.
Contact staff writer Melissa Ruggieri at email@example.com or (804) 649-612.
Lunedi' 4 Settembre 2006 / September 4
[VIDEO] JOHN MAYER/SHERYL CROW MIX
[SET LIST] BRISTOW, VA - SEPT 3RD
FAVORITE MISTAKE with John Mayer
FIRST CUT Bob Dylan story
GOOD IS GOOD
IT DON’T HURT Bosnia story
ALL I WANNA DO
SOAK UP THE SUN
ROCK N ROLL
SUNDAY 3RD SEPT 2006
Saw Sheryl Crow tonight at the Tweeter Center in Camden. She was energetic of voice, yet somewhat more introspective than I've seen her before, in a 75-minute set before giving way to John Mayer. (They're co-headlining a tour.)
Resplendent in white vest and matching pants with a wide brown belt, the crowd celebrated Crow's return to the stage after being treated for breast cancer this past winter. During "The First Cut Is the Deepest," her fans seemed to understand the poignancy of Cat Stevens' lyrics: "I still want you by my side/Just to help me dry the tears that I've cried."
She cranked up the volume on "Good Is Good" from her current "Wildflower" CD, tore through "Real Gone" from the animated movie "Cars," and delivered a poignant rendition of "Home," complete with a sampling of Gordon Lightfoot's "Sundown."
She seemed to enjoy the open-air Tweeter Center venue and acknowledged the large crowd on the grassy hill: "It's a perfect night. You have your blanket, a lawn chair, chicken and some weed."
Crow, who always has been outspoken -- a spat with WalMart over lyrics about the retail giant selling guns to kids, a guitar stap that bore the words "No War" before the U.S. invasion of Iraq -- was more understated Saturday night. During "Redemption Day," -- "Come leaders, come you men of great/Let us hear you pontificate/Your many virtues laid to waste/And we aren't listening" -- quotes about peace and nonviolence were projected on a video screen behind the band. The final quote from John Lennon, "All we are saying is give peace a chance," was followed by a giant peace symbol on the screen. (How long has it been since you've seen that?) Her final admonishment to the crowd: "Vote."
As she closed her set, Crow gave the crowd what they wanted with a block that included "If It Makes You Happy," in which she encouraged a willing crowd to sing along, before moving into a smart pairing of "All I Wanna Do" and "Soak up the Sun." She finished with a raucous version -- made even more immediate by her cancer scare -- of "Everyday Is A Winding Road."
Source: News Journal (DelawareOnLine.com)
[PICS] SHERYL CROW, PETER STROUD AND JOHN MAYER AT THE TWEETER CENTER
Another excellent set by Rob Klein (he must be a fan of Sheryl Crow and Peter Stroud!)
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[SET LIST] CAMDEN, NJ - SEP. 2ND
GOOD IS GOOD
IT DON'T HURT
I KNOW WHY
ALL I WANNA DO
SOAK UP THE SUN
SAT 2ND SEP 2006
Exciting new stuff at the official site (including an interview with Mike Rowe!)
Thanks Chris Hudson!
Sabato 2 Settembre 2006 / September 2
[LIVE REVIEW] DARIEN CENTER, NY - SEPT. 1ST
Mayer, Crow bathe the crowd in brilliance
By JEFF MIERS
News Pop Music Critic
Watching John Mayer try to outrun his image is proving to be quite good fun.
It must be said: Mayer is winning the war with his audience, as strange as that might sound. This is a young man who will not be bound by the desires of his mostly female audience, the majority of whom would like to freeze him in the tenuous waters of "hottie-dom."
Mayer is having none of it. He is a brilliant musician who seems more concerned with striking a good groove with his band than winking at the girls in the front row. At Darien Lake Performing Arts Center on Friday, he delivered the goods. Were the women and young girls screaming because the level of his soulful musicianship had touched their hearts? Who knows. Mayer doesn't care and neither should we.
Hitting his stride during the early stages of his late-summer tour with Sheryl Crow, Mayer simply killed the relatively small but extremely vocal crowd. (The reserved seats were packed, but the lawn was less so.)
Crow is pretty much Mayer's match. With her seasoned band, the singer delivered a moving set that seemed too brief but was notable for the strength of her voice, the dynamic interplay between the musicians on stage, and the manner in which her songs truly come to life in the concert setting. Crow's most recent album, "Wildflower," suffered a bit from a too-clean, clinical and precise production ethic. However, the songs she pulled from it on Friday burst free of their restrictions and revealed their true harmonic intent in their live renditions. Singing in a voice that was as close to pitch-perfect as is ever necessary in rock 'n' roll, Crow infused her songs with soul, grace and an easygoing mastery.
Crow was warmly received by the crowd, and as she moved with ease between a Fender Telecaster, a jumbo acoustic, and a semi-hollow-body bass, she proved herself to be a true-blue rocker, no mere shrinking violet strumming a guitar for show while the sound man buries her in the mix.
Crow and her wonderful band brought life to her hits, including "If It Makes You Happy," "Everyday Is a Winding Road," and "All I Wanna Do," all of which came off as vibrant and inspired. A mid-show acoustic set was a high point, particularly Crow and band's moving rendition of "Strong Enough." Later, the California-infused power-pop of "Wildflower" offered another pinnacle.
Mayer earned an audience that appeared to be all but exclusively female. Odds are strong that they would've screamed and testified their love a la the Beatles at Shea Stadium, even if Mayer stunk. But he most certainly didn't.
Mayer is a phenomenal guitarist, a player able to play deep pentatonic blues with conviction and chops, and a modern picker smart enough to know how to evoke a post-alternative mood. It's not likely that many of Mayer's fans head home at night to crank Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy and Allman Brothers discs, but that is clearly where Mayer is coming from. He's a player, not a teen idol., and he has surrounded himself with the musicians to prove it. Paramount among these was the virtuoso Robbie MacIntosh, who has served tenures with the Pretenders and Paul McCartney's band, and made the most of both of them.
Mayer played a bunch of stuff from his forthcoming album, "Continuum," and it was all a daring, deeply musical blend of r&b, blues, rock and pop.
"Waiting On the World To Change," one of these new songs, was funky as all get out, and featured Mayer's strongest lyric to date. It also soared on the wings of his incredible finger-style Stratocaster soloing, which was riveting.
He played the hits, of course - "Daughters" brought shrieks, as did opener "Bigger Than My Body," and "Something's Missing" was equally well received.
But Mayer, even though he surely has no intention of doing so, is playing way above the heads of his audience. He is destined for great things, musically speaking.
Let's hope the fans, as represented by Friday night's Darien Lake crowd, can make the leap with him.
Source: The Buffalo News
[MAGAZINE] THE MOST ISPIRING WOMEN
Sheryl is one of the top 10 most inspiring women in the September issue of Self Magazine. Other women on the list include Jennifer Garner, Donna Karan, Faith Hill, Reese Witherspoon, Hillary Clinton and more.
[VIDEOS] LIVE AT JONES BEACH (WANTAGH, NY) AUGUST 30
Jet Airliner (with John Mayer)
Everyday is a Winding Road
My Favorite Mistake (with John Mayer)
[VIDEO] RIVERWIDE - LIVE AT CLUB CORE, TOKYO
An impassionated and touching rendition of "Riverwide".
Riverwide Intimate acoustic set with Tim Smith
Live at Club Core, (www.clubcore.net)
TSK CCC Bld. B1-2F 7-15-30 Roppongi Minato-ku Tokyo, Japan
October 21, 1998
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[SET LIST] DARIEN CENTER, NY - SEPT. 1ST
GOOD IS GOOD
ALL I WANNA DO
SOAK UP THE SUN
FRI 1ST SEP 2006
darien lakes, ny
Venerdi' 1 Settembre 2006 / September 1
[PICS] SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - AUG 25
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[PICS] US OPEN // ISIFA PS
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[LIVE REVIEW] MANSFIELD, MA - AUG. 29 - #2
Mayer, Crow are a winning combination
By Linda Laban, Globe Correspondent | September 1, 2006
MANSFIELD -- Though laryngitis caused John Mayer to cancel his performance in Connecticut last weekend, the Berklee College of Music dropout was in fine form when his co-headlining tour with Sheryl Crow rolled into the Tweeter Center Tuesday night.
The pair has alternated headlining status on this summer-long jaunt (Crow extended her set to cover for her stricken tourmate), and at the Tweeter Center it was Mayer's turn to close out the night.
Backed by a seasoned seven-piece band, the 29-year-old swapped between acoustic and electric guitars, strumming the former on the smooth rootsy opener, ``Why Georgia," and soloing on the latter during the funky jam ``Belief." One strong new song, ``Slow Dancing in a Burning Room" (from the upcoming ``Continuum," due Sept. 12), had a slow blues groove topped by Mayer's dusky vocal.
But it was in his banter between -- and sometimes during -- songs that Mayer revealed real growth. He paused during ``Something's Missing" and exclaimed, ``I don't feel like anything's missing now because I've stopped looking around."
What with her breast cancer surgery last winter, Crow has been recovering from something far more debilitating than a sore throat. But the petite 44-year-old rocker looked dazzling in a creamy white tank and pants, and her voice was as resolute as it was girlishly sweet. She was backed by a sleek eight-piece band that included a cellist and a trio of violinists.
She borrowed Mayer's guitar talents on a gorgeous ``My Favorite Mistake," giggling when she began with the second verse by mistake. She blamed Mayer afterward. ``He makes me nervous," she said. ``He's cute and talented."
On Cat Stevens' s ``The First Cut Is the Deepest," she dolefully strummed an acoustic guitar while the string quartet soared. A searing run through ``If It Makes You Happy" cut sharper, but few songs outdid the glorious raw stomp of ``Real Gone," Crow's song for the animated movie ``Cars," on which she added harmonica before lining up with her two guitarists for a triple blast of cool riffs.
Sheryl Crow chears for Andre Agassi as he defeats Marcos Baghdatis at the 2006 US Open. New York City, August 31, 2006. (Pictured: Sheryl Crow). Photos by Lionel Hahn/AbacaUsa.com
(AP Photo/Richard Drew)
[GOSSIPS] SHERYL SHOPS
C&P from redbankgreen.com
Good god, how did we get sucked into this celebrity coverage all of a sudden? First Kittie, then the Springsteens, and now this. Will it never end?
Anyway, we feel it is our duty to report that Sheryl Crow just finished a shopping spree at the Antique Center. Yes, the same place where Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa gave a scruffy little concert on Friday, no doubt much to the chagrin of the scribes at the Post's Page Six.
Crow is performing tonight with John Mayer in Holmdel, at the Arts Center named for a bank. We're told she bought a lot of stuff for a farmhouse she purchased recently.
Somebody informed Crow about the Springsteen/Scialfa visit on Friday. Her response, according to our highly reliable source: "Oh, I really want to give them a call."
[LIVE REVIEW] WANTAGH, NY - AUG 30
A change does Crow good
BY MARTIN JOHNSON
Special to Newsday
Sheryl Crow had a dilemma. No, not which rock star to date next; she had a musical predicament. After more than a decade of building a career on full throttle anthem-like songs that people sing along to without prompting, this spring she released "Wildflower" (A&M), her most liad-back recording. How do you manage a summer tour of that?
Before she could deal with the musical quandaries, some real life ones intervened; she and cycling legend Lance Armstrong terminated their engagement and she was diagnosed with breast cancer. (She's since had surgery and recovered). Those bits of personal drama probably left her happy to resume activities like touring.
Crow arrived at Jones Beach with a standard quartet, plus a keybardist who played a lot of organ and a string quartet. This alignment gave some of the songs richer textures. She started and ended with familiar workouts, opening with her own "A Change Would Do You Good" and "There Goes the Neighborhood," and she brought Mayer on to play guitar on "My Favorite Mistake" and "Jet Airliner," a tune made famous by the Steve Miller Band.
Crow's voice rasped a bit on the early tunes, as if it were still adjusting to rigors during this early stage of her six-week tour, but it was less prominent in the mix than during her last Jones Beach stop three years ago. After a rousing version of "Steve McQueen," the show shifted into its more intimate protion with the strings and organ highlighted on songs like "Redemption," "Wildflower," and a particularly good rendition of "Home" that included a brief surprise, an interpolation of Gordon Lightfoot's nugget "Sundown."
Crow closed with two more up-tempo workouts, "Soak Up the Sun," and "Every Day Is a Winding Road," which included a fair amount of impromptu audience participation.
Mayer asked for audience participation with his first tune, but he spent most of his 75-minute set working his easygoing and slightly reticent charm and show-casing his stellar band, especailly guitarist Robbie McIntosh, who has played long stints with The Pretenders and Paul McCartney. Mayer's slide work was a highlight of "Something's Missing" and "Vultures."
Mayer's music consistently evoked rootsy tropes like open roads and hinted at outlaw connections, even though he couldn't be more the nice boy next door, and his lyrics are aware of that. His songs alternate between dealing with the frustration that so many rock and roll poses are now cliches and with communicating a general coming-of-age enthusiasm. The pathos of an outsider looking in, a cornerstone of so much roots rock, is not part of Mayer's world.
Mayer split his set between older favorites and new songs from his upcoming release, "Continuum" (Columbia). THe new songs like "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room" and "Waiting on the World to Change" fared as well as his older material like "Daughers." He often played electric guitar on the new ones and moved more confidently, even swaggering at times.
WHEN & WHERE SHERYL CROW AND JOHN MAYER Roots Rock, or well, rootsy rock willnever die. Wednesday night at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater.