Sheryl Crow Reveals Billy Joel Turned Down Tour with Her, Lionel Richie

If it was up to Sheryl Crow, she and two fellow music legends would’ve set out on a world tour together.

The folk-pop icon, 62, was among the performers at the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s benefit concert A Country Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s on Tuesday, April 2, and while on stage at Nashville’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, she revealed that she proposed to Billy Joel and Lionel Richie that the three go on a world tour together.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee explained that the Piano Man, 74, wasn’t up for it when she suggested the idea last year and revealed his reasoning. She said he responded, “I only do two shows a month.”

Sheryl Crow attends the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s A Country Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson’s at The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts on April 2, 2024 in Nashville.

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At the benefit concert, Crow was introduced by Jason Isbell, who told the crowd that she taught him “how to write great songs.”

The country music star, 45, who performed himself, added, “She has always proven herself to be somebody who says what she means.”

During her set, the singer-songwriter also opened up about her new album Evolution, which dropped on March 29, and how it was inspired by the evolution of artificial intelligence.

Backstage, the “If It Makes You Happy” singer continued the conversation with Isbell, expressing her concerns about how A.I. is affecting the music industry.

A Country Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s also featured Little Big Town, and the show concluded with an encore performance from Crow, Isbell and the band.

Sheryl Crow performing at the Franklin Theatre in March 2024 in Franklin, Tennessee.

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Although Crow may not be hitting the road with Joel and Richie for an extended run of shows, the three Grammy-winning artists have previously taken to the stage together. In November 2022, they played a special one-night-only show at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Crow also joined Richie, 74, in late 2023 for his Dancing in the Sand show in the Bahamas at the Atlantis resort.

The “Vienna” singer is also currently in the midst of wrapping up his legendary residency at New York City’s Madison Square Garden and playing select number of North American tour dates. This year sees him performing a handful of stadium shows across the U.S. with Sting and Stevie Nicks, while also returning to New York to play the final dates of his long-running residency.

Billy Joel performing at the 66th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in February 2024.

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Last year, Joel announced that he would be ending his Madison Square Garden concerts in 2024, with the final show set for July 25.

Before the shows are through, fans will be able to tune into the magic of the “We Didn’t Start the Fire” singer’s residency, as one performance is set to air on TV later this month.

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CBS will be airing footage from the singer-songwriter’s March 28 show on April 14 at 9 p.m. ET, in honor of it being his record-breaking 100th consecutive concert at the iconic venue.

The special, titled The 100th: Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden — The Greatest Arena Run of All Time, will mark the first time that Joel has ever aired a concert on a broadcast network.

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