Semisonic Joins Sheryl Crow For George Harrison Jam

Semisonic is currently in the final week of its opening stint on Sheryl Crow's tour, a commitment that comes to an end after their May 8 concert together in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

When the MTV Radio Network spoke with Semisonic frontman Dan Wilson, he talked about some of the tour's highlights, including a recent show during which Semisonic got to jam onstage with Sheryl Crow on an old George Harrison tune.

"We went onstage the other night," Wilson remembered, "and played 'What Is Life' by George Harrison with her and her band. So there were ten of us up onstage, and I kind of thought, 'Maybe this is what it was like when George Harrison did that song.' Because they had huge bands with tons of guitar strumming, and it was really thrilling because I really, really look up to her."

"That's more of a measure [of how far we've come],"
he added, "of something

where you go, 'Wow! Something has happened where it's normal for us to be onstage with somebody like Sheryl Crow.' That's kind of amazing" [RealAudio].

Seeing Semisonic cover other people's material in concert should be nothing new to fans, as the band is noted for mixing in several Prince tunes into its usual set list. After finishing up Crow's tour, the trio will take a short break before joining the Goo Goo Dolls and Fastball on May 23 for a special one-off show in Semisonic's hometown of Minneapolis.

Semisonic will jump on board the Barenaked Ladies' North American tour in mid-August and will play the following dates with the Canadian musical pranksters:

  • 8/12 - Pelham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheater
  • 8/14 - Woodlands, TX @ C.W. Mitchell Pavilion
  • 8/15 - Dallas, TX @ Starplex Amphitheater
  • 8/18 - Irvine, CA @ Irvine Meadows Amphitheater
  • 8/21 - George, WA @ Gorge