Review + Photos by Frank Ralph

Sheryl Crow’s mini summer tour taking in Birmingham, Gateshead and Nottingham, before a set at the Isle of White Festival, was billed as a Greatest Hits tour. So I was fully prepared for Sheryl Crow to walk on stage around lunchtime, play everything she’s ever recorded and leave the stage around midnight to a standing ovation.

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Then again I’m pretty biased when it comes to Sheryl Crow. I genuinely could watch her every night of the year. She brings so much joy to the stage it’s infectious. Having travelled all over the country to see her in the past (this was a 4 hour round journey that turned into 6 hours) it has to be said that the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham is one of the finest places I’ve ever seen her play. Much like the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester it is specifically designed to give you the purest and most crystal clear audio experience you’ll ever have – and it looks spectacular inside as well.

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With that level of clarity I’d imagine that you need to be a good musician to play here – also with the multi-instrumental talents of Sheryl I’d guess you’d have to be pretty handy to play in her band, but Peter Stroud and Audley Freed on guitars have that covered and then some. Their guitar work was fantastic and the extended jams were things of beauty. With Audley being an ex Black Crowe (bit of a theme happening) those jams are very much his thing. Drummer Fred Eltringham even managed to rock out all night whilst suffering with a dodgy back sustained in a go-karting session in Gateshead the day before.

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Opening with All I Wanna Do, A Change Would Do You Good, My Favourite Mistake and Leaving Las Vegas and still having nearly 2 hours to fill is, when you think about it, an insane start to a gig. It shows you the strength of Sheryl’s back catalogue but what is more exciting is the strength of the new track Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You that gets aired tonight. Due to appear on her as yet untitled new album set for a 2019 release this track sounded really fresh, and apparently features Annie Clarke (St. Vincent) on the recorded version.

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The crowd clearly enjoyed every minute of the show, but were a little reticent to get up and dance until they were invited by Sheryl herself to get up and shake their thangs for Everyday is a Winding Road and from then until the end it was one big party. The Stones’ swagger of Best of Me, with Sheryl playing a stonking harmonica solo, If It Makes You Happy and the pure bliss of Soak Up the Sun closed the show with everybody dancing in the aisles.

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A perfect end to a perfect show – or so it would have been had it not been for the even more incredible 3 encores tracks. We were treated to the stone cold classic Run Baby Run, Real Gone and the exquisite I Shall Believe. That’s how you do a greatest hits set.

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See the full photoset from tonight’s gig here.

3 Responses to “Sheryl Crow at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, UK – 22nd June 2018”

  1. Steve Doyle Says:

    Sheryl is colour and light and while she is alive we have a chance xA great songbook and extraordinary show – never seen her before but left elated .

  2. Ian Johnson Says:

    Yes it was a great performance. These are lovely photo, thanks Frank

  3. Andrew Says:

    Wish I’d been there!

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