Sheryl Crow and the summer of girl power

7 June 2017, Grammy Museum and 8 June 2017, Greek Theater, Los Angeles, CA

It’s been a few months since I last wrote here (my Liv On review had a huge response), and now that my summer concert season has begun, it’s great to return with another strong woman artist, Sheryl Crow, who has intrigued me for more than two decades and always drawn me into her musical ventures.

Anniversaries – Chicago at 50

5 June 2017, Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles, CA

This year Chicago is marking 50 years since it formed. I was hoping for a seriously celebratory tour, or a handful of extra spectacular concerts with special guests, perhaps even – foolish fantasiser am I – a one-off reunion with former members. But no, they just decided to go on the road with the Doobie Brothers again, because it’s become standard now for Chicago to tour in a double bill each year, be it with the Doobies, Earth Wind & Fire, REO Speedwagon or some other classic rock band…

Don Henley down home in Texas

17 January 2017, Majestic Theatre, San Antonio, TX

At the final of three shows on my Texas mini tour (four if you count New Years Eve across the state line in Oklahoma), and maybe the last time I will see him with this particular 15-piece band behind him, in the gorgeous theatre that Don Henley performed in on Tuesday night in San Antonio the sound was excellent, the crowd was rowdy, the security was very slack, but as always the experience was mesmerising.

Timothy B Schmit

8 January 2017, Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, CA

When I heard an early preview of Timothy’s new album, Leap Of Faith, last year, I immediately said out loud, “This is Timothy’s time.” I meant it in a couple of ways. Musically, he’d reached a new level of buoyancy as a solo songwriter and performer; and also with the tragic ending of the Eagles, an insatiable need from Eagles followers and fans for connection with and music from the three remaining members, and a general interest from the media in the aftermath of that tragic ending meant – I believed – that Timothy’s solo work and subsequent touring would be more noticed than ever before.