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Sheryl Crow and Melissa Etheridge will team up for concerts in Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington in April.
Two-time Grammy award-winning musician Melissa Etheridge was told by various radio stations that they couldn’t play her new song because “we’re already playing a woman”.
It was the late 1980s, and despite receiving glowing reviews for her debut, self-titled album, the rock musician struggled to have her song play on the radio.
“It’s interesting talking about it now, this was so long ago but it was the way of the industry in the ’80s; when we went around to the rock stations they’d say, ‘oh i’m sorry we can’t put you on the radio because we’re already playing a woman’,” she recalls.
Melissa Etheridge is touring New Zealand with long time friend Sheryl Crow.
“Like, there was nothing wrong in saying that, ‘that’s just how it is. You should understand that’.”
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Times are changing, albeit slowly, and fans have the chance to listen to two female rock musicians smash out their classics (in a row) in Wellington on Thursday, as Etheridge joins nine-time Grammy award-winning musician Sheryl Crow.
It’s not the first time the pair have performed together, but it is their first tour and one they’ve been planning for some time.
“We’ve talked about it since – I remember being at Madison Square Garden and talking with her about it in ’94 or something,” Etheridge recalls.
“We’ve been talking about it for a long time. It was just so great to finally be coming down there and I’m