Sheryl Crow makes a rare appearance in the North East of England as part of a whistle-stop UK tour.

The nine-time Grammy Award winner arrives in the region hot off the back of a recent set of US dates alongside Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant.

A full house in attendance tonight at the Sage Gateshead as Sheryl Crow’s ‘All The Greatest Hits Live in Concert’ tour pulls into town.  This short UK run will come to an end with a main stage spot at this weekend’s Isle of Wight Festival.

Sheryl Crow takes to the stage adorning a cut off denim shirt, silver sequin trousers, matching sneakers and brandishing her trusty Gibson acoustic guitar. Opening the show with her Number 1 hit single “All I Wanna Do” Crow very quickly wins over the crowd by changing the first verse of the song to ‘This ain’t no country club, And it ain’t no disco – This is Gateshead!’, which of course garners a huge applause from the locals.

At the top of the show, a sublime rendition of “A Change Would Do You Good”, the heartfelt “My Favourite Mistake”, along with a beautiful pedal steel infused airing of “Leaving Las Vegas” and Crow’s chart-topping take on Cat Steven’s “First Cut Is The Deepest” follow in quick succession. This back to back run of classics sets the tone for the night ahead.

Throughout Sheryl Crow’s musical tour de force she walks the Tyneside faithful down memory lane with a set list that perfectly represents her vast back catalogue. Delivering an energetic performance the country/rock superstar covers every inch of the stage whilst completely captivating the room. Sheryl Crow makes this huge and somewhat majestic auditorium feel intimate.

With a new album released last year in the shape of Be Myself, Crow takes the opportunity to showcase a couple of tracks from her latest offering. This includes her social media inspired number “Alone In The Dark” and her funky and somewhat thought-provoking song about cell phones – “Roller Skate”. In this day and age, we can all relate to the sentiment of each of these poignant compositions.

As an added bonus, the crowd is treated to new single “Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You”. This up-tempo number is packed full of catchy hooks and is the perfect example of contemporary rock at its best. The song will feature on Sheryl Crow’s forthcoming album, which is presently tipped for a late 2018/early 2019 release.

Sheryl Crow is joined onstage by her multi-talented six-piece band, many of whom grapple with several different instruments over the course of the evening. During tracks such as the unmistakable “Every Day Is A Winding Road” and country rocker “Best of Times” the band really go all out and jam whilst coming together around the drum kit centre stage. 

Timeless classic “If It Makes You Happy” and the anthemic hit single “Soak Up The Sun” brings the main set to an explosive conclusion and results in a standing ovation from the Gateshead faithful. A three-song double encore that culminates with a spellbinding performance of “I Shall Believe” from debut album Tuesday Night Music Club brings the show full circle and rounds out this two-hour musical marathon at the Sage Gateshead.

It may have been four years since Sheryl Crow’s last show on Tyneside, but it was most certainly worth the wait.

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Event Date: 21-June-2018

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.