Billboard Bits: Sheryl Crow, Crisco/Wal-Mart, Dave Grohl
Sheryl Crow has rescheduled a host of shows she was forced to postpone in the wake of recent breast cancer surgery. The artist will return to the road June 12 in Indianapolis and has dates on tap throSheryl Crow has rescheduled a host of shows she was forced to postpone in the wake of recent breast cancer surgery. The artist will return to the road June 12 in Indianapolis and has dates on tap through a July 7-8 stand with Dave Matthews Band at Boston's famed Fenway Park.
According to Crow's Web site, several dates are still being rescheduled (Omaha, Neb., Erie, Pa., Verona, N.Y.), while others (Houston, St. Louis, Salt Lake City) have been canceled outright.
Here are Sheryl Crow's tour dates:
June 12: Indianapolis (Murat Theatre)
June 13: Evansville, Ind. (the Centre)
June 14: Bloomington, Ill. (US Cellular Coliseum)
June 16: Minneapolis (Orpheum Theatre)
June 17: Cedar Rapids, Iowa (US Cellular Center)
June 20: Grand Prairie, Texas (Nokia Theatre)
June 21: Corpus Christi, Texas (Concrete Street Amphitheatre)
June 22: Austin, Texas (Bass Hall)
June 24: Memphis (Orpheum Theatre)
June 25: Huntsville, Ala. (Von Braun Center)
June 27: Atlanta (Fox Theatre)
July 4-5: Orillia, Ontario (Casino Rama)
July 7-8: Boston (Fenway Park, w/ Dave Matthews Band)
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Country artists including Jamie O'Neal, Jace Everett, Julie Roberts, Little Big Town, Emerson Drive, Lila McCann, Mark Wills, Ray Scott and Jamey Johnson will perform as part of Crisco Presents the Road to CMA Music Festival, which will stage free concerts in the parking lot of Wal-Mart stores in 10 U.S. cities this spring. Each show will feature two or three acts, who will perform as well as sign autographs for fans. The 2006 CMA Music Festival is set for June 8-11 in Nashville.
Here are the Crisco Presents the Road to CMA Music Festival dates:
April 3: San Antonio (Danielle Peck, Julie Roberts)
April 4: Dallas (Jace Everett, Julie Roberts)
April 6: Tulsa, Okla. (Blue County, Emerson Drive)
April 11: Raleigh, N.C. (Jeff Bates, Ray Scott)
April 12: Charlotte, N.C. (Steve Azar, Jeff Bates, Ray Scott)
April 13: Atlanta (Jeff Bates, Mark Wills)
April 19: Jacksonville, Fla. (Jason Aldean, Little Big Town)
April 20: Tampa, Fla. (Little Big Town, Jamie O'Neal)
April 21: Orlando, Fla. (Lila McCann, Jamie O'Neal)
April 25: Fayetteville, Ark. (John Corbett, Jamey Johnson)
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Dave Grohl says he and his fellow Foo Fighters are off the road until his first baby is born in April. "We'll probably start doing some shows here and there in June and July," he tells Billboard, "but for the most part, we're just going to kind of take it easy."
The first-time papa is getting plenty of advice from those who have gone before him, including: Keep any potential baby names to yourself. "That's the first advice people gave me: 'Look, when you start thinking about names, don't f*cking tell your family. Everyone will start piping in there.'" He would not spill the beans to Billboard either, but adds, "It's a family name, so it's very nice. It's not like Moonchild or Tinkerbell or something like that."
Fatherhood may affect his songwriting, but he says a greater pull right now is the piano his wife recently gave him for his birthday. "I've never played piano, and I've always wanted to. I taught myself how to play every instrument that I play. I've never taken lessons. Just before my birthday, I sat down and started to figure out how to play piano, just by ear. I'm not f*cking Liberace, but I'm figuring it out."
-- Melinda Newman, L.A.