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Sheryl Crow shines at Wente Vineyards

Sheryl Crow should just start writing her acceptance speech right now.

For, if justice is served, she'll need one after she's voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And that should happen in 2018 -- 25 years after the release of her debut record "Tuesday Night Music Club" -- her first year of eligibility.

The case for her induction was outlined once again Monday night at the Wente Vineyards in Livermore. It consisted of 16 songs that combined to scream that Crow deserves to be ranked among the finest female rock stars of all time, right up there with Hall of Famers Janis Joplin, Grace Slick and Debbie Harry.

There might not be another rocker -- male or female -- who has delivered a larger number of memorable hits over the past 20 years. Crow played roughly a dozen big ones during her outing in Livermore, which didn't come close to emptying the cupboard.

Crow has even ventured into writing Broadway-bound musicals, having composed the score for a stage adaptation of the classic Barry Levinson movie "Diner." The musical gets its world premiere at San Francisco's Curran Theatre in October, before moving on to New York.

Unfortunately, Crow's performance Monday night wasn't quite as impressive as her set list. She was a bit low on energy, even during many of the big rockers, and that set the tone for her surprisingly mellow fans as well. It took until the 14th song, the philosophical pop-rocker "If It Makes You Happy," for the party to really start rolling. By then, however, we were already approaching the finish line.

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