On September 28, 2012, nonprofit organization Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC) released a statement following Sheryl Crow’s recent brain tumor diagnosis. The singer/songwriter was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor late last year. Crow had made a statement suspecting cell phone use led to her current condition.
According to The Huffington Post, “Crow said on the new talk show Katie that doctors have not told her that her tumor was caused by cell phone use, but she has ‘the theory that it's possible that it's related to that. I [used to spend] hours on the old archaic cell phones.’” The article went on to state, “The WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer said last year that cell phone radiation is ‘possibly carcinogenic,’ meaning that cell phone use might be associated with brain tumor risk, specifically for glioma.” Some studies have shown conflicting results finding a slight increase in risk for brain tumors from cell phone use, while others have shown no association at all, states The Huffington Post.
VABC representative, Clay Darrohn, states, “We think it’s incredibly important that stories and theories such as this be heard and studies continue to be conducted. The more that we know about this devastating disease and what causes brain tumors, the more we can do to help provide answers for those diagnosed. Until then, we believe that Crow’s public convictions can also supply support to any brain tumor patients who are also coping with their diagnoses.”
VABC has a large range of initiatives in place for brain cancer research, awareness and support. The grants fund cutting-edge research programs that will have a monumental impact on the diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer. VABC is now funding research at numerous esteemed institutions including Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cleveland Clinic, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, John Hopkins, Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Yale, to name a few. VABC's mission is to find a cure for brain cancer by advancing scientific research, maximizing awareness within the medical community and supporting patients, their families and caregivers afflicted with this devastating disease.
September 19, 2012
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Zac Brown Band Turn In Star-Studded Set At Southern Ground Music And Food Festival
By Rick Moore
At one point during the her appearance at the Southern Ground Music and Food Festival Saturday night, Sheryl Crow made a remark about how Zac Brown sure knows how to throw a party.
She wasn’t kidding.
Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground Music and Food Festival at Nashville’s Riverfront Park drew thousands of people over two days to an event that featured more than a dozen musical acts, including, on Saturday, The Lumineers, Blackberry Smoke, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, David Gray and others, entertaining on two different stages. Once the crowd had had its fill of food and drink (thanks in part to a Jack Daniel’s sponsorship), everyone was ready for the headliner on this cool late summer night.
The Zac Brown Band opened its three-hour set Saturday with the title track from the new album Uncaged, and gave the audience what it came for over the course of the evening, delivering a string of number-one hits that included “Walking Away,” “Knee Deep,” “Chicken Fried,” “Free” and others. The band also did an unlikely cover in a newgrassy version of Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion.” But Brown, ever the wise businessman, had upped the ante by inviting a cadre of celebrity friends to sit in.
Brown introduced “one of the finest guitar players I’ve known” as John Mayer took the stage. Mayer, on vocal rest these days, played along on the ZBB’s oddly cool medley of Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely” and Mayer’s “Neon,” as well as on Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.” Sheryl Crow joined the band with her own “Every Day Is a Winding Road,” then sang Stephen Stills’ “Love the One You’re With” combined with the Traffic/Joe Cocker classic “Feelin’ Alright.”
Dwight Yoakam was up next, and while his vocal delivery was a little lacking, the crowd was definitely glad to see him after a few years out of the spotlight. The band and Mayer ably accompanied Yoakam through “Fast as You” and “Guitars, Cadillacs.” Amos Lee joined the band for vocals on “Day That I Die,” reprising his role on the ZBB’s new album, and Lee and Sarah Dugas sang the Sam Cooke classic “Bring It on Home to Me.” Then it was time for the big gun of the evening, Southern rock legend Gregg Allman.
Allman took the stage carrying an electric guitar to relatively little crowd fanfare given his iconic status. Allman seemed to be in a genial mood but not particularly engaged. But as soon as he opened his mouth to sing “One Way Out” and that voice emerged, there was little doubt that a master was on stage. Unfortunately, the magic didn’t last for long, as Allman re-phrased the song somewhat ineffectively before handing it off to Brown, who got a little lost with it. This classic was followed with a version of “Midnight Rider” that was somewhat tentative on everyone’s parts, and ended rather abruptly when Allman just gave a final strum of his acoustic guitar and smiled before leaving the stage.
The guest turns were a great idea, but were, not surprisingly, sloppy at times as these things often tend to be. The band came back on for a long encore, but by this time most people were spilling out of the park into downtown Nashville. All in all, even though the event might have sold more tickets in a different economy, it was a success, and no doubt a fun weekend for a lot of people along the Cumberland River in Music City. Zac Brown does indeed know how to throw a party.
Dwight offered “Fast as You” and “Guitars, Cadillacs,” Sheryl Crow turned in “Every Day Is a Winding Road,” and Gregg Allman stormed through the bluesy Allman Brothers classic “One Way Out,” while guitar wiz John Mayer offered inspired solos throughout the evening.
At one point, John, Gregg and a cowboy-hatted Sheryl were all onstage together, picking their way through the Allmans’ road anthem “Midnight Rider.”
Normally, it would be an only-in-Nashville moment, but Zac will be doing it all again—with a different roster of special guests, including Charlie Daniels and Grace Potter—Oct. 20-21 in Charleston, S.C.
He also announced plans prior to the show's encore to bring the festival back to Nashville next year.
Midnigth Rider - with Greg Allman, Zac Brown, Sheryl Crow and John Mayer
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By Eloise Marie Valadez
Four Winds Casino in New Buffalo, Mich. was the place to be Sept. 7 for a noteworthy musical event.
Not only did Sheryl Crow grace the stage of the casino's Silver Creek Event Center but Four Winds also celebrated the official grand opening of its new Hard Rock Cafe. To officially christian the Hard Rock, Crow and Detroit's own Uncle Kracker, along with Four Winds reps, joined in a traditional guitar smashing ceremony.
During a special reception at the eatery/club, the star "guitar smashers" stood in a row in the middle of the room, donned safety glasses and hard hats, picked up guitars and smashed away. Crow needed about three swings to break her guitar slightly while the other participants broke theirs in one swing. The ceremonial smashing is a tradition for the opening of all Hard Rock Cafes, which are located in 54 countries. The Hard Rock will also donate guitars to music programs in South Bend schools.
Hard Rock, Four Winds and Pokagon representatives welcomed guests to the event. The reception also included a performance by Uncle Kracker.
Hamish Dodds, CEO of Hard Rock International, said he was happy to be in attendance at the reception.
He said Four Winds is doing "great justice to this business. It's a beautiful product," he commented about the new eatery.
Matt Harkness, general manager of Four Winds Casino, said with the addition of the Hard Rock Cafe, the casino is "bringing another great experience" to the area.
During the Sheryl Crow concert later, the singer/songwriter/guitarist brought fans a rousing 90-minute show complete with her biggest tunes and a few new songs.
Crow's band was in top form as they backed up the Grammy-winning singer. Her vocals and talents on the guitar proved strong and engaging.
Fans sang along and danced in the aisles to favorite tunes such as "All I Want To Do," "Soak Up the Sun," and "If It Makes You Happy."
She also delivered polished versions of "The First Cut Is The Deepest," "Leaving Las Vegas," and a new song "Shotgun," which she said she expects to include on an upcoming album.
Crow said she's been at work writing a collection of songs and feels she's got enough to complete a brand new album. The singer said the new project wouldn't be out until next year.
During the show, Crow joked with the audience often and shook a few hands prior to leaving the stage.
This Crow flies high with rock 'n' roll
By JEFF HARRELL
NEW BUFFALO -- Rock. And roll. Toss all pop out the window. Wrap Sheryl Crow up in a tough little flame-resistant package and plant her firmly in the category of rock’s leading ladies and gents , in the same bin with Chrissy Hynde and Joan Jett, right there next to Mick and Keith, or Linda Ronstadt if you really want to get down to brass comparisons.
Never mind that it took Crow several swings to Uncle Kracker’s one to smash a guitar to open the Four Winds Casino’s Hard Rock Café Friday night. Save the pop queen crown for the Britneys, the Mariahs and the Beyonces of the music sphere.
So what if Crow cut her vocal cords singing backup for the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. That was no pop diva strutting out on the Four Winds’ Silver Creek Event Center stage Friday night in a shiny gray jacket, tight shimmering charcoal jeans and open-toed platform heels with an aura of entitlement that announced her presence with rock star authority before one breathy familiar lyric could escape into the microphone.
Crow wasted no time getting to her hits. Backed by a high-powered five-piece band of heavyweight session and touring players — Black Crowes and Dixie Chicks alum Audley Freed on slide guitar, Peter Stroud on guitar, bassist Robert Kearns, drummer Fred Eltringham, and keyboardist Glenn Patscha — Crow opened the show with her homage to film icon Steve McQueen as if insulted by the shallow pop label that tends to pop up every now and then with her name on it.
“I ain’t taking (bleep) off no one … Baby that was yesterday … I’m an all-American rebel … making my big getaway.”
As if feeling the need to grab the audience by the throat right away and hold on tight for 90 minutes, Crow plowed from “Steve McQueen” into the song that hoisted her name onto marquees everywhere 20 years ago.
“I like a good beer buzz early in the mornin’,” she sang from her 1993 mega hit, “All I Wanna Do.” The crowd chimed in with “All I wanna do is have some fun” as if they were singing all the way to Santa Monica Boulevard.
“We’re in Michigan?” Crow asked when she finally took to the microphone to introduce herself and her band. “We’re glad to be here, wherever the hell we are.”
It usually does with Crow, one of the reasons why the former Missouri school teacher has worn staying power in a notorious here-today-gone-tonight industry like a full length leather coat. Never great, but consistently good, Crow woos her audience with simple tales of love, desperation and early morning beer buzzes in a voice that you’d love to take home to meet the mom who still digs Ronstadt but also over into Elvis Costello territory back in the day.
Nothing fancy or ground shattering in the ballad “My Favorite Mistake,” just a band of jeans-wearing, long-haired bearded musician dudes showing off simple, tasteful riffs fronted by the show’s pretty hippie-chick star who was too young to take the ’60s by storm but looks like a million bucks singing her catchy songs like a songbird wearing a fed-up bitchy side on her sleeve.
“No one said it would be easy … No one thought we’d come this far.”
Major props to the sound man. Each guitar clearly cut through its own space, never drowning out Crow’s acoustic backdrop or hiding the smoky layers served up by Patscha’s Hammond B-3 organ. The drums were set nicely in the mix with a bass drum you could feel beating against your chest without actually hearing it.
When Crow broke into “A Change” from her self-titled 1996 release, another hit song in a seemingly endless catalog of hits that could end up immortalized in Cleveland before it’s all over, her voice toed the line between cutie-pie sweet and sarcastic rasp.
“God’s little gift is on the rag/Poster girl posing in a fashion mag/Canine, feline, Jekyll and Hyde/Wear your fake fur on the inside … A change would do you good … A change would do you good.”
The sold-out audience agreed, clapping, dancing and singing along. Women in the house exuded the most enthusiasm, jumping to their feet in dancing bunches, singing loud and proud, and enjoying their own little raucous get-together without concerning themselves one bit with their male bystanders.
Crow got the guys’ attention when she asked, “This song’s about gambling, right?” before launching into “Leaving Las Vegas” in a hushed voice that soothed all the high notes without once cracking.
Whether “Strong Enough” was written as a semi-conscious take on a Loretta Lynn ballad is a question that might be taken up at Crow’s next press conference. But when Crow crooned, “Are you strong enough to be my man,” all the beers in the house should have been covered from the flood of country tears the song evoked.
A new song, “Shotgun,” from Crow’s upcoming CD, had “nothing to do with the gun laws” and everything to do with no frills, snare-drum driving rock ‘n’ roll. Crow belted out, “If you don’t wanna drive, you can ride shotgun,” with the conviction of an old Bad Company record.
Finally, it was time to “Soak up the Sun.” Crow walked up and down the stage singing, “I just wanna soak up the sun,” smiling and playfully slapping hands with audience members while tossing out a few souvenir guitar picks before leaving the stage.
Returning for an encore, Crow put an end to the 90-minute concert with an old Ronstadt song, slamming “You’re no good, you’re no good, you’re no good, baby you’re no good” like a defiant rock star who doesn’t doubt one teeny bit that she belongs right there next to Ronstadt, Hynde or even Mick and Keith, side by side in the bin set aside for good old fashioned rock ’n’ roll.
Pop be damned.
Los Lonely Boys began the show around 6 pm. Many fans were still arriving at this time. It seemed like some ticket holders were unaware of the early show time. Many concerts don't begin until after sunset and I wonder if the early show time was a reason for many empty seats around 6 pm.
At 7:30 pm O.A.R appeared on stage. More fans had arrived and they immediately began to sing along with the band. O.A.R. is a fascinating band to watch perform. On stage band members included a trombone, trumpet and saxophone player. They sound great live. The band played some of their recent hits including "Shattered" and "This Town". They ended their set with a version of "That was a Crazy Game of Poker" which is my personal favorite. This was the second time that O.A.R has been on tour with Sheryl Crow. They thanked her for always being so kind to them.
When Sheryl Crow took the stage around 9 pm most of the seats had filled up and the standing room section was almost full. Crow opened the show with one of her most popular songs "All I Wanna Do". I was also happy to hear some older favorites "Can't Cry Anymore" and "My Favorite Mistake". During the entire show she chewed gum as she sang while displaying an extremely high level of confidence throughout every song. She seems so comfortable on stage. Her talent of singing and songwriting obviously comes naturally. Crow played for almost two hours to a happy and enthusiastic crowd.
Kent State did a fantastic job of putting together this flawless event. I hope they can continue to have successful events like this that are appealing to students, alumni and the general public.
Country-tinged pop star Sheryl Crow took the stage last Thursday before a packed house at The Palladium, the first stop of a four-date mini-tour of Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, a pretty quick trip up Interstate 65 from her Nashville, Tenn., area home.
Crow and her propulsive accompanying band repeatedly brought the crowd to its feet, belting out pretty much all the hits spanning her career since she first burst on the scene in the mid 90s.
"Steve McQueen" got the show off to a rollicking start, before Crow and company slid into the aforementioned "All I Wanna Do," Crow's first and biggest hit, a No. 2 smash from 1994.
Crow spun tales of motherhood, having recently adopted two boys, and recounted meeting Yusuf Islam, more commonly known as Cat Stevens, at the home of Holly Williams, daughter of Hank Williams Jr.
"What happened to you?" Crow said she asked Islam, who famously stopped recording and performing in the late 70s.
The meeting apparently ended well, and Crow performed a subtly sultry and powerful remake of "The First Cut is the Deepest" after telling the crowd about the encounter.
Crow belted out "Shotgun," a strong rocker from an as-yet unreleased album. She currently is without a record deal, but if the Carmel crowd was any indication, there's clearly a market for more of her stylings.
The 2002 hit "Soak Up The Sun" was one of the highlights of the show, with Crow slapping hands with fans.
"Everyday is a Winding Road" closed the encore, bringing the performance to a satisfying end.
By Conner Howard
Hands waved, cheers echoed, lips followed each chorus and the crowd swayed in time as the speakers boomed.
Spirits were high among the crowd gathered at Dix Stadium Saturday evening during the Kent State University Centennial Campaign Concert, where Sheryl Crow, O.A.R. and Los Lonely Boys took the stage. Students, alums and everyone in between came together in the spirit of music and in support of their favorite Ohio university.
After a swift setup and sound check, famed country/rock/pop musician Sheryl Crow graced the stage as the crowd screamed ecstatic approval and anticipation.
“This ain’t no country club... this is Kent State!” Crow proclaimed before launching into her hit single “All I Wanna Do.” The crowd roared.
“Y’all are too young to know this song,” Crow continued, to further cheers. “Kent State ain’t a party school!”
The crowd roared back in unison as if to defy the claim.
First to rock the stage was St. Angelo, Texas Chicano rock group Los Lonely Boys, known for their single “Heaven.” After stirring up the growing crowd with a high-energy soul-infused rock sound, Los Lonely Boys closed their set with the hit single.
“How far is heaven?” the chorus asks.
“You know it’s right here in Kent, Ohio!” cries guitarist Henry Garza from onstage, to roaring applause.
As Los Lonely Boys took a bow, many in attendance felt the concert was off to a strong start.
“We think it’s great,” said Tracy Winter of Medina County, who was attending with her friend Tracy Teresko. “It’s local. That last song was one of my favorite songs of all time. As mothers of (KSU) students, this is a great opportunity for us to come down and enjoy fun things with the kids. Even though we’re up here drinking and they’re down there.”
Some who were unfamiliar with the starting act found themselves pleasantly surprised.
“So far, it’s really good,” said Kentite Earl Klausson. “We’re really enjoying it. They were a lot funkier than I thought they would be.”
“I’m looking forward to OAR as well,” said Sarah Malcolm, also of Kent. “I’d like to see more events like this.”
At 7:30 p.m., Maryland-based alternative rock band O.A.R. took the stand, receiving a very warm and loud welcome from the audience. Lead vocalist Marc Roberge expressed gratitude to once again share a stage with Sheryl Crow before diving into his set.
By this time, the crowd had swollen and dozens danced and cheered in front of the stage. Many in the bleachers stood and sang along. The masses went wild during each sax, horn and guitar solo.
After an energetic and well recieved set, O.A.R. wrapped up and left the stage, leaving audience members to await the main attraction: Sheryl Crow.
Brian and Marie Cassidy of Aurora were excited to see the reknowned songstress take to the stage, though they said the first two acts did anything but disappoint.
“It was good to see (O.A.R.),” Brian said. “They’re just as popular today, probably, as Sheryl Crow is. It was pretty cool.”
As a KSU alumna, Marie is glad to contribute to the Centennial Campaign.
“I’d like to see (KSU) have a good reputation, since my MBA is from here,” she said.
“We’re very interested in Kent State’s future and success,” Brian added.
By: Tom Alvarez
Playing to a nearly full-house crowd of what appeared to be mostly die-hard fans, singer-songwriter and musician Sheryl Crow and her band ripped the roof off the Palladium Thursday during a concert that consisted of many of the famed songs that have made her a celebrated fixture of the American music scene since the early ‘90s.
Providing the audience with an unexpected treat prior to Crow’s dazzling set was her protégé, Brandy Clark, another gifted singer-songwriter who was accompanied by fellow acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter Josh Osborne.
The Morton, Wash. native demonstrated not only strong vocals but also a wry sense of humor as she sang mostly up-tempo, country-flavored original songs based on her life experiences. Clark’s lyrics, which were often witty and rhymed cleverly, dealt with topics that some might find objectionable. However, this audience seemed to love them for their irreverence and blue-collar sensibilities.
Songs performed by Clark with Osborne included “Pray to Jesus and Play the Lotto”; “Sometimes Just to Get By You Get High”; a song about cheating called “There Are So Many Shades of Grey”; a song she co-wrote with Miranda Lambert called “This Ain’t My Mama’s Broken Heart”; “Broke,” a song poking fun of poverty, which she co-wrote with Osborne; and a hilarious song titled “I Hate Stripes” about a woman who decides not to shoot her cheating husband after considering what she would have to wear in prison.
After intermission, once the lights came up, it was revealed that Crow was already in place. She and her virtuoso band of musicians launched immediately into “Steve McQueen,” which the audience responded to with a deafening roar.
What followed was a virtual survey of Crow’s career through songs which made her famous and which reflect her eclectic interest in all genres of music, including country, rock, pop, folk and hip-hop — all sung with a brilliant voice that earned her a music degree.
A boon for all the Crow fans present — mostly in their ‘40s and ’50s, with many standing frequently throughout the concert — was a set list with favorite tunes that not only encouraged but guaranteed that the audience would sing along, and they frequently did.
Following her breakout hit, “All I Wanna Do,” which immediately got the crowd on their feet, Crow sang other songs from her repertory, including “Members Only,” “My Favorite Mistake,” “No One Said It Would Be Easy” and “A Change Would Do You Good.”
Prior to singing her version of the Cat Stevens’ (now Yusuf Islam) song “The First Cut Is The Deepest,” she told the audience a fascinating story about the time she met the British singer-songwriter late one night at the home of Holly Williams (daughter of singer Hank Jr. and granddaughter of legendary Hank ) in Nashville — the place Crow calls home.
And the hits kept coming as the sultry Crow continued to charm the audience between songs with her easy charisma and lack of pretense. She sang “Leaving Las Vegas,” “Home,” a rollicking new song called “Shotgun,” and “If It Makes You Happy.” Crow then literally stopped the show when, after breaking into “Soak Up the Sun,” she left the stage to sing in an aisle to her amazed, exuberant fans. She later rejoined her band to close the show with a resounding musical flourish.
Returning to the stage for an encore, after thunderous applause, yells, whistles and screams, Crow and her band played Linda Ronstadt’s “You’re No Good,” which concluded with stunning and passionate solos from her lead and bass guitarists. Ending the evening with another of her signature songs, Crow sang "Every Day Is a Winding Road."
NEW BUFFALO, MI -- The "guitar smash" to christen the newly opened Hard Rock Cafe Four Winds took on a fun twist Friday night at Four Winds Casino.
Pop singer Sheryl Crow joined Detroiter Uncle Kracker and other reps from Four Winds, the Hard Rock Cafe and Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians for what Hard Rocks call a traditional "guitar smash" to open a new cafe/ restaurant.
Six guitars were simultaneously smashed before a private party.
Five of the six snapped on the first swing.
Sheryl Crow -- despite sporting the "devil horns" gesture as fans cheered her on -- failed on her first and second attempts before getting the guitar base to crack a bit on her third try. (Video below.)
Hamish Dodds, CEO of Hard Rock International, encouraged her with a swinging gesture on her third attempt. It worked.
All the guitars and protective helmets and glasses were quickly picked up by staff members.
Earlier during his remarks, Dodds said Hard Rock would be donating guitars to local schools in honor of the opening.
He also said Hard Rock International does not often "franchise" new cafes in the U.S. like the one in New Buffalo, which features two levels, 12,000-square-feet, seating for 275 people, and 150 pieces of memorabilia.
"For the Pokagon Band we really felt we wanted to make an exception, and walking around this facility and seeing the job they have done, I can't help feel nothing but pride; they are going to great justice to this business."
Hard Rock International is in 54 countries with 180 units, including hotels, casinos, cafes and more.
After the smash, Uncle Kracker performed for the private party, singing some of his best known songs and even a few cover songs, including John Anderson's "Swingin.'"
Over at the Four Winds Casino's other newly opened venue, the Silver Creek Event Center, singer Sheryl Crow performed a full concert in front of a sold out crowd of about 1,500 adoring fans.
She jammed through 16 songs, many of them her top hits -- "All I Wanna Do," "Soak Up the Sun," "Favorite Mistake," and others -- but also teased fans with a rollicking new song ("Shotgun") she hopes will be on a new album to be released in 2013.
Fans will get to hear all those songs, including a few well-known cover songs, when Crow performs Sunday night at the Wharton Center in East Lansing.
Fans also will hear an incredible band.
Joining Crow on this tour is a collective of some top session players and touring musicians. For example, slide guitar player Audley Freed has played with the Black Crowes and the Dixie Chicks.
It's Freed and fellow guitarist Peter Stroud who share some pretty mean solos throughout the set. And bassist Robert Kearns and drummer Fred Eltringham do a fantastic job of keeping the beat. Keyboardist Glenn Patscha is nearly flawless.
And they all blended so well with the lead singer, who played electric and acoustic guitar, and even harmonica (on the "Cars" soundtrack thumper, "Real Gone").
Of course, some of the credit has to go to the venue. Four Winds did a great job of making sure the Silver Creek Event Center is ready to handle major artists who require a big sound.
When I attended the first concert in the venue's history (Rod Stewart), I was equally as impressed with the sound.
Opening night did have a few glitches (mainly long lines to enter the facility, located inside the casino), but since then management has rectified them. Hand-held scanners were used at the entrance, and extra help was available to avoid long lines.
The New York Daily News reported on September 3 that Sheryl Crow is not the only celebrity who is skipping the Democratic National Convention. Several other famous supporters of Barack Obama will not be there to see him get the Democratic nomination for the 2012 election.
Sheryl Crow performed for Barack Obama in 2008. It is possible she will do something closer to the 2012 to support Barack Obama, but it is unknown what that might be.
“Sheryl Crow is very talented and politically active,” Amy Anderson, from Oklahoma City, said. “I love to see people participate in politics. That is what makes our system great; we all have a voice. We all aren’t given a microphone in front of a large audience, but we can still support whoever we believe in.”
At the time of publication, it was unknown if Sheryl Crow is still supporting Barack Obama or simply chose to support him in a less public manner. As the 2012 election draws closer, fans of Sheryl Crow will see what she will do, if anything, to support Barack Obama.
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Crow, who was once engaged to the tarnished cyclist, provided information last year in a far-reaching federal investigation into the doping programs that fueled her former fiancé’s victorious Tour de France teams, the Daily News has learned.
Federal agents interviewed the Grammy-winning musician in late 2011, just before a grand jury probe into Armstrong and his associates abruptly ended without any criminal charges being handed up.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency banned Armstrong on Aug. 24 and stripped his Tour de France titles after Armstrong abandoned a legal challenge to doping charges the non-profit agency issued in June. According to USADA, more than 10 cyclists cooperated with its two-year probe of Armstrong’s teams, which paralleled the federal investigation.
Armstrong, now 40, has vowed he competed clean, but a tidal wave of inside information about doping conspiracies on his teams is now flooding into public view, testing the promise Armstrong issued last week in which he claimed he is finished answering questions about the matter.
Food and Drug Administration criminal investigator Jeff Novitzky, who helped lead the government’s investigation, declined to comment when asked about the feds’ interview with Crow. Lawyers for Armstrong did not respond to an email the Daily News sent Thursday afternoon seeking comment about Crow’s role in the investigation.
An attorney who advised the celebrated songwriter about cooperating with the investigation also declined to comment on the matter when the Daily News contacted him Thursday morning.
“I’m not going to comment one way or the other,” said the attorney, Jay Cooper, citing attorney-client privilege among the reasons he wouldn’t comment.
The grand jury’s probe came to an abrupt end in February 2012 when the U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles announced it had suspended the case without filing charges. The grand jury is not believed to have issued a no-true bill rejecting the government’s case, meaning that Armstrong theoretically still faces legal jeopardy.
Crow’s relationship with Armstrong became public in 2003, after Armstrong divorced his wife of five years, Kristin Armstrong. The celebrity romance spanned the last two of Armstrong’s now-invalidated seven Tour de France victories, and coincided with the sophisticated doping exploits and cover-ups that witnesses have described as an open secret within Armstrong’s inner circle.
“Lance Armstrong’s War,” a 2005 book by Daniel Coyle that opened a window on Crow and Armstrong’s charmed life together in Europe, features a scene in which Italian doctor Michele Ferrari worries the singer’s presence with the team distracts Armstrong from his preparation. (USADA banned Ferrari in July as part of the Armstrong doping case, describing him as a crucial accessory; Ferrari denied the charges in a statement on his website, but chose not to fight the ban.)
Armstrong and Crow publicly called off their five-month marriage engagement in early 2006, about two weeks before Crow announced she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a lumpectomy to treat ductal carcinoma in situ in her left breast. She and Armstrong spoke fondly of each other after parting ways.
While they were together, they were one of America’s golden couples — two cosmopolitan beautiful people at the rarefied heights of their respective careers. They lived a jet-setting life in Los Angeles, Spain and Texas, giving cozy interviews to Oprah Winfrey about the cute way their love had blossomed during Andre Agassi’s charity event in Las Vegas.
Crow stayed with Armstrong in an apartment in Girona, Spain, that Armstrong’s former teammates, Floyd Landis and Tyler Hamilton, have described as a distribution point for performance-enhancing drugs and a place to store bags of blood before reinfusing it at big races — a banned and then all-but-undetectable doping method that boosts a rider’s red blood cell count, instantly building endurance.
Crow also traveled with Armstrong in private jets that Landis and Hamilton have said were critical to doping schemes.
Hamilton mentions Crow briefly in a new book written in partnership with Coyle, claiming in a footnote that a “source close to the investigation” said that Crow was subpoenaed weeks before the grand jury probe’s closure.
The Daily News purchased a copy of the Hamilton book from a bookstore in Manhattan on Thursday night, after learning of Crow’s involvement in the probe and after having contacted Cooper and others for comments. The official on-sale date for the book, “The Secret Race,” is Wednesday. The book describes how Hamilton and his teammates doped and covered it up.
Hamilton’s graphic tell-all is cycling’s answer to Jose Canseco’s 2005 baseball steroid memoir, “Juiced” — only with the machismo replaced by sadness and pain. The doping methods are far more gruesome, involving furtive storage and transport of blood bags. Hamilton claims that before the 1999 Tour de France Armstrong gave him erythropoetin (the banned blood booster EPO) that he kept in the fridge in Spain.
In 2005, soon after accepting Armstrong’s marriage proposal in a boat on a lake near Stanley, Idaho, Crow gave an interview to USA Today in which she discussed their relationship and her new album, Wildflowers. The interviewer asked Crow about the doping allegations that followed Armstrong throughout his career.
At the time of the interview, Armstrong had recently attacked a damaging report from the French daily sports newspaper L’Equipe, where investigative reporter Damien Ressiot revealed that an anti-doping laboratory had found EPO in code-labeled samples of Armstrong’s urine from the 1999 Tour de France.
Armstrong had cited alleged French anti-Americanism as an explanation for the tainted samples, but Crow saw things differently.
“I don’t think the French people are on a mission to strip him of his integrity,” Crow said. “It’s just a handful of people pursuing that theory, and it’s tiresome and a nuisance, and it will eventually end, I hope.”