Sheryl Crow Covers The Globe In Concert

Focuses on her latest tunes while playing to a sold-out crowd at an Italian club.

MILAN, Italy -- Sheryl Crow became famous in this country when her song "Run,

Baby, Run," from her 1993 album Tuesday Night Music Club was used in a TV

commercial.

One measure of how far she's come since then is that she didn't feel the need to play

that song here at her Monday night club show, the only Italian appearance on her tour

supporting The Globe Sessions, her third album.

Instead, in a show that balanced mellow, intimate moments with rocking and bluesy

ones, she concentrated on the new disc.

The 36-year-old singer/songwriter will be on tour in Europe through Feb. 18. Then she

makes a stop at the Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles Feb. 24 -- she's up for six

awards, including Album of the Year, and she's scheduled to perform -- before beginning

a two-month U.S. tour March 13 in Las Vegas.

On Monday, a sold-out crowd of almost 2,000 watched Crow perform for about 90

minutes.

Dressed all in black with a leather skirt and cotton vest, she opened with "Maybe That's

Something," a song from The Globe Sessions that showcased all the elements in

her music. It began as a countryish song on her acoustic guitar before electric guitars

took over. A violin and cello supported her sensual voice, contrasting with the heavy rock

sound of the rhythm section and guitars.

That contrast typified the show, during which Crow mixed intimate songs such as "Strong

Enough," from her first album, with harder-edged tunes such as "Mississippi," an

unreleased Bob Dylan song she recorded for The Globe Sessions.

"When I heard it, I loved it," Crow said of the Dylan song at a press conference here in

September. "Very classic Bob Dylan. I felt flattered that he himself had a song that he

loved and didn't put on his album and thought I might record it. He was a great influence

on me."

Crow directed her six-piece band with quick glances to her fellow players, hardly moving

from her spot in front of her microphone. On several songs, including The Globe

Sessions single "My Favorite Mistake"

(RealAudio excerpt), she played bass.

"I grew up playing piano and got a degree in classical piano," she said in September.

"Now my instrument of choice is bass, because I want to write songs thinking more about

melody.

"When a person writes on guitar or on piano, I think his instinct is always to put beautiful

chords together and then write the melody around that. But when you're writing on bass,

you're really forced to construct a strong melody that provides the root that can be filled

up later."

Crow's set strayed from the new album for a few well-received exceptions, including "If It

Makes You Happy." She closed with "Everyday Is a Winding Road," leaving some fans

still waiting for the song that made her famous in Italy six years ago.

"Of course I wish she'd played it, 'cause I got to know her with that song," said Emilio

Aroldi, 24. "But I liked the show anyway."

Scottish singer/songwriter Roddy Frame, ex-leader of the '80s pop band Aztec Camera,

opened with a solo set, accompanied by keyboardist Mark Edwards. Frame, 35, played

stripped-down versions of songs from his solo album The North Star, plus a

touching cover of "Dolphins" by '60s singer/songwriter Fred Neil. He held the attention of

a lot of people who seemed not to know who he was.

"The singer that opened the evening?" Aroldi asked. "No, I never heard him before. I

liked him, although his music was quite different from Sheryl Crow's."