Sheryl Crow at the Tower Theater
by Laura Nachman
October 29, 2005


With a “Saturday Night Live” nationally televised appearance looming the next night, it seemed like Sheryl Crow was in a hurry to go back to New York City, as she performed a spirited, though short 90-minute show at the Tower Theater Friday.

In an outfit that her idol Stevie Nicks would’ve worn in her heyday with Fleetwood Mac, Crow led her band through most of her hits and a few songs from her excellent new album “Wildflower.”  Joined by the Dave Campbell (Beck’s father) strings, Crow plugged her appearance with her fiancé Lance Armstrong on “SNL,” but didn’t have much else to say to the enthusiastic crowd.

Crow sang most of her big hits such as “Hard to Make A Stand,” “My Favorite Mistake,” “First Cut is the Deepest,” “Strong Enough,” “If It Makes You Happy,” “All I Wanna Do,” “A Change (Would Do You Good)”, “Soak Up the Sun,” and “Every Day is a Winding Road.”  Omitting other hits “Steve McQueen,” “Anything But Down,” “Leaving Las Vegas,” and “Picture,” Crow performed five songs from “Wildflower,” including the title track, the first single “Good is Good,” “Perfect Lie,” “Letter to God,” and the Beatles-like “Where Has All the Love Gone.”  She could’ve easily sung more from “Wildflower,” which is packed with good material.  

Crow showed off her versatility, playing acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, harmonica and piano on various songs with her long-time band-mates Peter Stroud on lead guitar and Tim Smith on bass.

After “SNL,” October 29, Crow’s limited tour concludes at Avery Hall in NYC October 30 and 31.