Dressed in a vintage Blondie t-shirt, black pin striped sequined pants with multicolored, artsy tennis shoes, the forever young, fresh faced Sheryl Crow, now 55, performed with boundless energy and enthusiasm onstage for was what billed as an “intimate” show at the Fonda Theater on October 23.
The commercial hit maker made a number of pointed references to her age as testament to her longevity and prolific success in the entertainment industry, backed by the huge catalogue of music she’s produced since bursting onto the music scene in the 1990s. Her most well-known and radio friendly songs were part of the generous set list that had the audience cheering their approval, dancing and videoing on their cell phones most of the night. It was a satisfying, rocking good show for her fans.
In between singing and playing guitar, with backing support provided by her talented band, Crow touched upon the ensuing changes socially, politically and technologically that have occurred in the world 24 years since her debut LP. With her ninth album, Be Myself released this past spring, Crow harkens back to what made her successful and famous in the first place, but the current project is truer to her musical roots, style, sound and collaborators. The difference is the album broadens the lyrical/songwriting parameters with a wider, up-to-date worldview.
In addition to promoting Be Myself, the sold-out performance had a serious purpose benefiting STOMP Out Bullying and was also a fundraiser for the Los Angeles public radio station, KCSN 88.5 — of which Crow is a longtime listener and supporter.
STOMP Out Bullying is the leading national anti-bullying and cyber bullying organization for kids and teens in the U.S. The GRAMMY-Award winning artist spoke passionately about the organization citing devastating statistics about children taking their lives because of bullying. She speaks out, not just a devoted advocate, but also out of concern as a mother of two young sons, wanting to protect them and keep them safe from harm’s way. Crow urged and asked the audience to text a number she gave out and make financial pledges to STOMP Out Bullying. The organization had an informative booth/table in the lobby of the Fonda Theater with literature and volunteers to assist with any pertinent questions.
For further information about STOMP Out Bullying, please visit: http://www.stompoutbullying.org/campaigns/blue-shirt-day-world-day-bullying-prevention.
Everyday Is a Winding Road
A Change Would Do You Good
All I Wanna Do
My Favorite Mistake
Long Way Back
Run, Baby, Run
Can’t Cry Anymore
The First Cut Is the Deepest
There Goes the Neighborhood
Leaving Las Vegas