10 Years Later


POSTED: Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sheryl Crow is coming to town without the hoopla that surrounded Journey's three-night sellout at the Blaisdell, but fans of the nine-time Grammy Award-winner singer-songwriter aren't complaining. It's been almost exactly 10 years since Crow last played here—at Andrews Amphitheater, in 1999, and for a much smaller crowd than will fill the Waikiki Shell on Saturday. Back then the song that made many fans' night was “;All I Wanna Do,”; her breakthrough pop hit that won two of her first three Grammys in 1994. There's no doubt the song will be one of the highlights on Saturday, but with another 10 years of work—and several more Grammys to her credit—there'll be many other highlight moments for Crow's core constituency as well.





        Sheryl Crow with local openers Friends of Adam

» Where: Waikiki Shell


» When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday


» Cost: $35 to $65


» Info: (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com




First and foremost, there are the songs from her current album, “;Detours,”; which was released a little more than a year ago after her successful battle with cancer. In it Crow addressed a broad spectrum of topics that stretched from deeply personal experiences such as fighting cancer and adopting a child to a list of global issues that includes the threat of environmental catastrophes (”;Gasoline”;) and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (”;Love Is Free”;).

Crow wrote on her Web site that the songs were inspired by “;how I feel things are going on in the world and what's happened to me in the last couple of years.”;

Among the things that happened to her prior to “;Detours”; was a highly public relationship with Lance Armstrong. The two had dated before they announced their engagement in September 2005. They split five months later.

An earlier ill-fated relationship inspired “;My Favorite Mistake,”; the hit off her 1998 album, “;The Globe Sessions,”; that some celebrity watchers guessed was about Eric Clapton. As with Carly Simon and “;You're So Vain”; a generation earlier, Crow has declined to reveal the name of her “;mistake,”; although she has described the song as one of her favorites.




        Sheryl Crow



The song is evidently a favorite of many fans as well. It was a Top 20 hit on the Hot 100, and “;The Globe Sessions”; won her a Grammy for Best Rock Album. (Three of her other albums also contributed to her Grammy tally: “;Tuesday Night Music Club,”; “;Sheryl Crow”; and “;C'mon C'mon.”; All four of those, and two others, have been certified “;platinum”; for sales of more than 1 million copies each.)

Turning to global issues, Crow spoke out early against America's invasion of Iraq. She went public in 2003 with performances on “;Good Morning America”; and at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards, and also posted a letter on her Web site explaining why she was against the invasion. Her campaign continues with a song on the “;Detours”; album, “;Peace Be Upon Us,”; which features Arab singer Ahmed Al Hirmi as guest vocalist.

Crow has also been outspoken on the subject of global warming. In 2007, at the White House Correspondents Dinner, she challenged Karl Rove to defend the Bush administration's policies on environmental issues.