Category Archives: 1999 Live Review

[Live Review] Houston, Texas (USA) – 27 March 1999 (#1)

March 27, 1999
Bayou Place Theatre
Houston, Texas

Review by Paul

Well last night (3/27/99) Sheryl was here in downtown Houston. She was absolutely great!! Eagle Eye Cherry opened up and they were okay, but it was clear that everyone there was there to see Sheryl. It was about 9:15 pm Central when Sheryl and the band were supposed to open up but for some reason the curtain wouldn’t come up. So Sheryl walked around the curtain and started talking with the audience. Then she said they’d just start playing My Favorite Mistake, so she and her two guitarists came out in front of the curtain and started playing. But at the end she said something like “Can we get anybody to move this curtain? Let’s get this f**ker down!!!” That was hilarious. Anyway she performed a lot of new songs and some of her old too. I think the best was “A Change”. Also though she played “I Shall Believe” in which she got really wild, dancing on stage to the spectacular light show behind her. Unfortunately this was my first rock concert to ever go to (sorry just never have gone to one before) so I didn’t know about the encores. I left when it was over and probably missed some more songs. Songs I didn’t hear included Mississippi, Hard to Make a Stand, Strong Enough, and Home. Those might have been played on the encore; I don’t know. But all in all it was a great concert, and proved that Sheryl truly is the best rocker out there now! Truly worth the money.

[Live Review] New Orleans, Louisiana (USA) – 24 March 1999

March 24, 1999
Saenger Theatre
New Orleans, Louisiana

Review by Caroline

First of all, Sheryl kicked some serious ass! She was even better live. The concert was held in the Saenger Theatre and it was packed to the roof. Eagle Eye Cherry opened for her. The crowd was somewhat subdued until they heard “Save Tonight,” and realized Eagle Eye Cherry would be removing themselves from the stage. The concert started with “Maybe That’s Something” from The Globe Sessions and ended with “There Goes the Neighborhood.” She did three encores and I thought the house was going to come down. People stomped and clapped and screamed hoping for a rare four encore. Sheryl Crow played a hell of a concert and was piggy-backed off the stage by guitarist Tim Smith. I can’t wait for the next opportunity to see Sheryl rock the house. She actually played all my favorite songs. Which, of course, is all of them.

[Live Review] Starkville, Mississippi (USA) – 23 March 1999

March 23, 1999
Mississippi State University
Starkville, Mississippi

Review by Max

I was surprised to see only 3000-4000 people in the ‘Hump’ Colisseum – with Eagle Eye Cherry who saved the night it was a night I’ll never forget. Sheryl came on stage and performed the same program as in Nashville: playing almost all of her new songs, and some of her first two albums. I missed “Run Baby Run”, but forgot about that quickly when she came back on stage the first time: Mississippi, this song’s for you! It took the crowd a second to wake up from the ballad ‘strong enough’, and we busted out laughing when the guitar-player sat down bored playing the same chords: sheryl had forgotten her text (that’s the second time I saw her forgetting Bob Dylan’s nearly 2-page-long text: the first time was in front of the President!). The three screens in the background showed some interesting scenes: in “If it makes you happy”, a plastic-pope smiled turning slowly in front of a red-roses background; in “Crash and burn” Monica and Bill were presented as funny-looking cartoons who talk with highspeed (actually you could only see their jaws move up and down to “…all the politicians shake their a**es..”), and when Sheryl played ‘home’ on the piano (accompanied by a violin and a cello), the house where she was born was shown. What I didn’t like was that the whole program was planned: she said the same things she said a day before in Nashville (Leaving Las Vegas, see Natalie’s Report), the encores were planned, and Sheryl wouldn’t let the crowd sing alone in “If it makes you happy”. I didn’t like my voice the next mornign either: it was almost gone. A bigger crowd and friendlier security would have made the concert perfect. But at least a dream came true: I saw Sheryl Crow live. A reminder: Sheryl gives three encores: so don’t leave after the second like people in Nashville and Starkville and miss “Home”!

[Live Review] Nashville, Tennessee (USA) – 22 March 1999

March 22, 1999
Grand Ole Opry House
Nashville, Tennessee

Review by Natalie

The world has officially become a better place now with the start of “The Globe Sessions” tour. I thought that Sheryl was wonderful after the first two times I had seen her. But tonight was totally unbelievable!! It was greater than I had ever imagined. She sang almost all of the songs from the new cd. She did leave out “Members Only,” which I was really hoping to hear. However, she did make up for it by singing one of my favorites, “Crash and Burn.” During “Leaving Las Vegas” she said that this was usually the time where she asked the audience to take their clothes off and get to know each other. But since her parents were there, she decided against it. I really enjoyed “Am I Getting Through,” especially part II. That song simply rocked the place, probably not what the Grand Ole Opry is used to. Getting to see her sister Kathy perform with her on “The Difficult Kind” was a real treat. But the very best song of the night was the last song of the night – a song that many people missed because they left after the first two encores. “Home” was simply amazing – Sheryl on the piano accompanied by a violin and cello. By far the most beautiful performance I have ever heard. If you are seeing Sheryl on this tour, you will not be disappointed. The set list was as follows:

    Maybe That’s Something
    My Favorite Mistake
    Leaving Las Vegas
    A Change
    Anything But Down
    It Don’t Hurt
    Riverwide
    If It Makes You Happy
    Am I Getting Through (part I & II)
    Crash and Burn
    Hard to Make a Stand
    Sweet Rosalyn
    All I Wanna Do
    There Goes the Neighborhood
    Strong Enough
    Mississippi
    The Difficult Kind (w/ Kathy Crow)
    Everyday is a Winding Road
    Home

[Live Review] Tilburg, The Netherlands – 13 February 1999

February 13, 1999
013
Tilburg, The Netherlands

Review by Rob

The show started with support act Roddy Frane, of whom I think he created a good sphere before the real show could begin. Then at last the appearance of Sheryl and her band… The performance was terrific: Damned she’s good! Also the sound in 013 was excellent: approximate CD quality. She was tightly dressed and with her new haircut she looked very charming (as ever). Also my compliments for the band: Perfect! They also did a great job. Sheryl performed the same songs as mentioned in the other concert reviews (the performance of ‘The Difficult Kind’ caused me shivers) including the first encore with ‘Strong Enough’ and ‘Mississippi’ and the second encore with a tremendous ‘Home’ on a big piano, and ‘Every Day Is A Winding Road’ with a fantastic drive. Also the videoclips showed at a few songs (It Don’t Hurt, ‘All I Wanna Do’) were great and perfectly timed. It was the first time I saw Sheryl live on stage and it was the greatest show I’ve ever seen. I am looking forward to a new visit of her to The Netherlands. I’ll be there!

[Live Review] Stuttgart, Germany – 10 February 1999

February 10, 1999
Liederhalle
Stuttgart, Germany

Review by Jurg

Roddy Frame (formerly with a Scottish band called Aztec Camera) openedfor her. At 9.15, Sheryl and her new band stood onstage. We were very happy ! Here‘s the setlist:

    Maybe That’s Something
    My Favorite Mistake
    Leaving Las Vegas
    A Change
    Anything But Down (finishing with some lines from “Is It Like Today” by World Party.)
    It Don’t Hurt
    Riverwide
    If It Makes You Happy
    Am I Getting Through
    The Difficult Kind
    Sweet Rosalyn
    Members Only
    All I Wanna Do
    There Goes the Neighborhood
    Strong Enough
    Mississippi
    Everyday is Winding Road
    Home

The new band (Tim Smith-guitar,bass ; Peter Stroud-guitar ; Mike Rowe-keyboards ; Jim Bogios-drums ; Lorenza Ponce-violin, guitar ; Matt Brubeck-cello) is simply excellent ! They allow Sheryl to play all her new music very well, she seems to have a lot of musical ‘freedom’ to perform her music in a live-setting. Some of the songs of her new CD, especially “The Difficult Kind” sounded better, tighter than on disc. Especially guitarrist Peter Stroud (formerly in Pete Droge‘s band “The Sinners”) is an extremely versatile player. Some interesting new versions : “All I Wanna Do” never sound so good, “Strong Enough” was played without the accordion, but with slide-guitar parts instead ! “Mississippi” sounded like John Mellencamp in his best “The Lonesome Jubilee” period. Sheryl played bass on songs, for instance “Mistake,” “Anything,” “Neighborhood,” harp on “It Don’t Hurt” and grand piano on “Home” as the last encore, only accompanied by cello and violin. The sound was excellent, crystal clear. There was a nice lightening, too, and some video projections (partly rather strange pictures, like eyes in a can, partly very funny, during “All I wanna do” for instance.)

[Live Review] Milan, Italy – 8 February 1999

February 8, 1999
Rolling Stone
Milan, Italy

Review by Marco

The venue where she played was really small, I think there were only 1000-1200 people, but, in spite of it, the atmposphere was quite warm. In fact I thought that she was more famous here in Italy but apparently she wasn’t: during the days before the event I told to everyone I met: “hey man, I’m gonna go seeing Sheryl at work!!” and the answer has always been “Who??”. Bah, if you don’t know who Sheryl is you don’t deserve to know her (ehehehe). The opening was confided to a men duo: Roddy Freeman (?); well, I don’t know if they’re known in the U.S.A., here they’re not and I think they won’t ever be. Their style it’s just a copy & paste from old Billy Joel and Elton John style. Well, at 9.15 P.M. It was the turn of our girl, she went on stage and she started with “Maybe That’s Something” from her last release. She played almost all her new album. From “Tuesday Night Music Club” she took just “Leaving Las Vegas”, “Strong Enough” and “All I Wanna Do”. The selection from “Sheryl Crow” was: “A Change Would Do You Good,” “If It Makes You Happy,” “Everyday is a Winding Road,” “Sweet Rosalyn” and “Redemption Day”. I really loved them, what astonished me was the fact that she played and sang as easy as she breathe, she have such a large range of voice!!! A special mention must also be made for her band. Composed by 6 members, drummer, guitarist, keyboard, bass, violinist and contrabass. They gave us a full-bodied and clear sound which serviced at their best the voice of our beloved. Just two more things: while singing “Leaving Las Vegas” she put among the lyrics the following Italian words: “Voglio comprare una casa a Milano, trovare un fidanzato ed avere molti bambini” (I want to buy a house in Milan, find a lover and have many children), well, here we’re waiting !!!!! The last thing is that while singing “Everyday is a Winding Road” someone thrown a red rose on stage, she took it and she put it between her teeth as a flamenco dancer. She went on singing and the result was quite funny, all the word were distorted, she started laughing, as we did, and she made some mistakes. Needless to say, everyone split his sides laughing !!!!! It has been a very special concert, everyone seemed to have fun, especially Sheryl. What a good night !!!!

[Live Review] Copenhagen, Denmark – 4 February 1999

February 4, 1999
KB-hallen
Copenhagen, Denmark

Review by Mai

I left home early so I could stand in the front row (actually I wanted to sit on her lap, but she was standing up throughout the show, so…), but of course I went to far on the bus and so I didn’t reach the venue untill 10 minutes after they had opened the doors. So I ended up in the second row infront of Sheryl’s microphone.

Then about 8 o’clock, Roddy Frame came out on stage and played for about 45 minutes, and actually he was ok, but I couldn’t get all that exicted, ’cause I wasn’t there to see him. And finally around 9 Sheryl and the band went on stage.

As I recall she started out with a kind of in your face attitude with “Am I Getting Through”, and then she went from old to new songs. She didn’t speak alot, but once and a while she dropped a little comment to the audience. Then about halfway through the show, she played “All I Wanna Do” and the crowd went totally wild. Then in the middle of the song when she sang “all I wanna do is have a little fun before the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard” Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky appeared on the big screen in the back of the stage and an even bigger roar went through the crowd. Then she kept people jumping with songs like “Everyday Is A Winding Road”. After about an hour and a half she left the stage the first time, and after a few minutes of intensive yelling, clapping and screaming, she came back and played 3 more songs among them: “Mississippi” and “Strong Enough”, singing: “are you strong enough to be my man”, she asked the guys in the audience: “Well are ya ? Then she left the stage again and after even more yelling and screaming she came back and performed “Home” beautifully with only the cellist, the violinist and Sheryl herself playing the piano. Then after a storm of applause and cheers she said “thank you, we appreciate it alot”, and then my two hours in paradise was over.

� It was a really great concert and she totally lived up to my expectations, I only have good things to say about her and her music. She is a great singer and I have all the respect in the world and great admiration for her.To everybody who likes Sheryl Crow: This is a show you don’t wanna miss.

� Now, I don’t remember the entire list of songs and in what order they came. But here are the ones I do remember: “Am I Getting Through(part 1 and 2), “It Don’t Hurt”, “The Difficult Kind”, “Riwerwide”( which sounded amazing with the cello and the violin), “My Favourite Mistake”, “There Goes The Neighbourhood”, “Leaving Las Vegas”, “Members Only”, “If It Makes You Happy”, Everyday Is A Winding Road”, “Mississippi”, “Strong Enough”, “Home and of course “All I Wanna Do”.� And she did play other songs but unfortunately I don’t remember which ones.

[Live Review] Stockholm, Sweden – 2 February 1999

February 2, 1999
Cirkus
Stockholm, Sweden

Review by Daniel

After what seemed like forever, Sheryl Crow, was finally coming to my town. Since I missed out on her the last time she was here (in 1995 I think it was) I was really exited to say the least. The only bad thing was that none of my music interested friends could join me so I had to go alone.

I arrived at the venue about one and a half hour before they started to let people in. Surprisingly I was one of the first one there. If you have ever been in Stockholm, which I am sure not a lot of you people have been, It’s freezing in February. So I was standing there, in my loneliness, waiting for the Queen of Rock n’ Roll to start the show!

One hour later, when the guards opened the doors, I ran in to the floor where all the people that stand during the concert where going to be placed, and got the place right in front of the microphone. “I‘m only gonna be about 3 meters away from her“ I thought! Great!

A British guy, with a name that I cannot remember, started the show. He only had his guitar with him on stage but it was pretty lame. He played for about 50 minutes and after that the stage crew started to set up the stage. A sigh of excitement went through the crowd!

At about a quarter to nine Sheryl entered the stage. She was dressed in a pair of white tight jeans, black boots, a purple top with a dragon on it and purple, elbow long gloves. She looked very cute and I liked her new haircut. She said: “Hello Stockholm! (Applauses) This is our, well my, first gig for a year and a half (even more applauses) We have a lot of new songs so we’re gonna try them all on you tonight. Is that alright?” The crowd roared back “Yes!” The show was finally able to kickoff!

She opened the show with a song from the new album, “Maybe that’s something”. The guitar sound was good and Sheryls voice was right on pitch as always.

She continued to play songs from “The globe sessions” including songs like “Riverwide”, “It don’t hurt” and “The difficult kind”. She only played two songs from her first album, which were “Leaving Las Vegas” and “All I wanna do”. That was a little disappointing in my eyes.

There is one other thing that I can complain a little bit about and that is the communication with the audience. The only thing Sheryl said to us was “thank you”, if even that, after each song. She could do with some more talking with the audience. But other than this the show was perfect…

After about half an hour Sheryl performed “Am I getting through”. That was by far the best song of the evening. Especially “part II”. The crowd got all wild and me myself was in a heavenly state of mind. I will always remember that moment in all my life…

After one hour Sheryl said: “This is our last song of the evening, thank you!” Then she performed “Every day is a winding road” superbly. After the song the band walked off stage but only to come back 2 minutes later. They played 2 more songs and again left the stage leaving the audience hungry for more. 5 minutes later they were all back on stage again. “Mississippi” was the last song to be performed by the band.

The third, and last, finale was the best. Sheryl walked slowly out on the stage. She was all alone except for a violinist and a cello player. Sheryl sat down at the piano and slowly started to play something that I at first didn’t recognize. But after a few more tones from the piano I “got” it! It was “Home”! “Yes” – I thought to myself, since that song is one of my all time favorites. The performance was so beautiful. On the refrain the violinist and the cello player accompanied Sheryl and I got about a million Goosebumps.

Needless to say, I left the show more than satisfied…

Complete set list: (thanks to Andreas)

    Maybe That’s Something
    Leaving Las Vegas
    A Change
    Anything But Down
    It Don´t Hurt
    Riverwide
    If It Makes You Happy
    My Favorite Mistake
    Am I Getting Through
    Redemption Day
    The Difficult Kind
    All I Wanna Do
    There Goes the Neighborhood
    Everyday is a Winding Road
    Strong Enough
    Members Only
    Mississippi
    Home

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