The red carpet leads to … Hornet Gym?
After winning three trophies at the Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles last Wednesday, red-hot folk-rock artist Sheryl Crow didn’t spend the next evening sitting in a cozy chair, musing about her big night at the Grammys with late-night television kings David Letterman or Jay Leno. Rather, the rapidly rising star went to Sacramento the next day to perform in the Hornet Gym on the campus of California State University, Sacramento.
And her fans were out in force.
“We love Sheryl Crow,” said Heidi Fox. “I really like her CD.”
Fox and her husband, Justin, were the first in line at Hornet Gym.
Although the concert wasn’t scheduled to begin until 7:30 p.m., fans began lining up outside the gym at 4 p.m., hoping to get spots in front of the stage. There were no seats inside the gym.
The fans did not mind the prospect of standing for hours; they simply wanted to see Crow perform.
All 2,500 tickets to Thursday night’s concert were sold by last week. A representative of Bill Graham Presents, which promoted the show, estimated that Crow easily could have sold out a venue twice the size of Hornet Gym.
“If they got their tickets before the Grammys, then they must be fans,” Heidi Fox said. “These people are real fans, not bandwagon jumpers.”
Crow’s bandwagon is certainly full these days - including television and radio reporters on the scene Thursday, a rarity at local concerts.
Crow won three Grammys, including best new artist and the heavyweight record-of-the-year award for her feel-good hit “All I Wanna Do.” She was a surprise winner for record of the year, which many observers expected would go to rock veteran Bruce Springsteen, who won four other awards Wednesday.
Crow’s album, “Tuesday Night Music Club,” is in the top 10 on the album charts, and her songs and videos are all over radio stations and video networks.
“I’ve watched her videos, and I just love the album,” said Gary Ward, who came from Livermore (Alameda County), Calif., for the show Thursday.
“Now that she’s won three Grammys, she’s going to get more popular. And she should be pretty inspired.”