Ev­ery day is a wind­ing road for Sheryl on tour

It is 25 years since singer Sheryl Crow re­leased her de­but long player. Since then she has shifted 50 mil­lion al­bums. The 56- year- old talks to Kevin Cooper

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Can you be­lieve it’s 25 years since you re­leased Tuesday Night Mu­sic Club?

Isn’t that crazy? I can’t be­lieve that at all. I also can’t be­lieve that I have an 11- yearold son and an eight- year- old son. Or that I have been out on the road now for 30 years. That can be a scary thought some­times but at this mo­ment in time I feel so much grat­i­tude for be­ing able to still be do­ing it. And I am re­ally en­joy­ing it. I spend my time with peo­ple I love, en­joy and ad­mire. I find that as I get older I am be­com­ing more sen­ti­men­tal about these things.

That al­bum sold over seven mil­lion copies in the USA alone.

I had the good for­tune to make the al­bum when peo­ple still bought records. I fear nowa­days that no- one will ever know what that is like. When

you put a record out now and want to know how many peo­ple have it in their cars or on their home stereos, that is such an in­tan­gi­ble thing that you will re­ally never know the an­swer. Be­cause a lot of mu­sic now comes out via sub­scrip­tion on Spo­tify or Ap­ple Mu­sic, you re­ally don’t know how many peo­ple are lis­ten­ing to it. It is a whole dif­fer­ent thing.

Do you think that mu­sic stream­ing is killing the mu­sic in­dus­try?

Well, the tooth­paste is al­ready out of the tube and there is very lit­tle that you can do about it. But it’s the artists who take the hit. It is one of the rea­sons that we now have the cocka­mamie deals where young artists sign with a record la­bel, and the record la­bel takes half of their pub­lish­ing and half of their mer­chan­dise sales - be­cause that is the only

way that they can make any money. It re­ally is the artists who suf­fer. The real­ity of it is that peo­ple don’t feel that they need to pay for mu­sic. I un­der­stand that be­cause they have grown up with it be­ing that way.

It was the high­light of your week wasn’t it? You would spend all week de­cid­ing what records you were go­ing to buy, and then on Saturday you would go down to the record shop and buy them...

Yes you would but sadly that ex­pe­ri­ence is over. Us older peo­ple can re­mem­ber that feel­ing and just how ex­cit­ing it was. All of your friends would come over and share in that ex­pe­ri­ence. The re­la­tion­ship that young peo­ple have with mu­sic nowa­days is en­tirely dif­fer­ent. Have you ever got out of bed and thought to your­self ‘ I

don’t re­ally want to do this any­more’?

I’ve had a cou­ple of days like that. I was so dis­il­lu­sioned with the whole mu­sic in­dus­try, and about how I was con­tin­u­ing to make what I thought were good records but in the USA ra­dio sta­tions were no longer play­ing older artists like my­self. At that point I re­minded my­self just how lucky I was to be do­ing this and that I re­ally don’t have a choice. I know that I could still have a pretty good life if I never did this again. I have great chil­dren, I have won­der­ful friends, a great fam­ily, so me do­ing this is kind of the ic­ing on the cake.

You are about to em­bark on your All The Great­est Hits Live Tour here in the UK, so what can we ex­pect? A rock­ing good time ( laughs). It will be fun. I have a great band who I have now been play­ing with for the past five years and they are all peo­ple who I both love and ad­mire. They are to­tally kick ass. All of us have this sense of ‘ aren’t we the lucky ones?’ that we are out do­ing what we love the most; we are out there play­ing mu­sic, lov­ing and en­joy­ing it. It is now much more fun than it ever has been.

As it is a great­est hits tour, has it been dif­fi­cult for you to de­cide what to play and what not to play? Not at all. We play all of them. It’ll be an eight hour set ( laughs). We do play a lot longer than we used to do. Strangely, as I get older I play longer.

We don’t want to kill our au­di­ences but we play, on average, two and a half hours. And we cover a lot. We play some of the newer things that we know the au­di­ences want to hear, plus a lot of the older, more fa­mil­iar songs as well.

Sheryl Crow plays Sym­phony Hall, Birm­ing­ham, on June 19.

Mu­si­cian Sheryl Crow will be play­ing all her hits in Birm­ing­ham

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