Sheryl Crow, Dingwalls, London

When Sheryl Crow walks into this intimate Camden venue, there's a moment's frisson at seeing such American movie-star beauty close up. But the sweaty excitement she must have hoped for by returning to club-size venues is icily absent. No one seems particularly pleased to be here. Instead, Crow has to chivvy and guilt-trip the crowd into reacting at all. She must wonder why she bothered; and if the problem is them, or her.

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Judge keeps ban on Jennifer Lopez 'home videos'

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Madonna accepts damages over wedding photos

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