No, that’s not a joke… But it kind of sounded like one in a recent interview the American-born singer gave.
Sheryl Crow let the news slip about a recent diagnosis of a brain tumor in a conversation with the Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Doug Elfman. Her benign brain tumor was detected in an MRI in November.
“I haven't really talked about it," she said. (No kidding!) "In November, I found out I have a brain tumor. But it's benign, so I don't have to worry about it.”
Crow, a breast-cancer survivor, went to the doctor with concern about her memory loss during performances, citing a show in Florida where she flubbed the lyrics of her song “Soak Up the Sun.” The incident came after several instances of forgetting the words to her own songs including a performance at the Hard Rock Hotel in the 1990’s.
"Not only could I not remember the first line, I couldn't remember the first line to any of the verses," she said.
Despite the scare, Crow retains a sense of humor about the whole thing, blaming it all on her age. (Can you believe this babe is 50?)
"I started laughing so hard! And I looked over at my guitar player, and he's bent over like he's gonna just start peeing."
E! news reports that the tumor is a common brain growth called meningioma. The disease is has no symptoms, and many people don’t even know they have it until – like in Sheryl’s case - an MRI is performed.
Despite the diagnosis, the singer is working on her next album that is accompanied with whispers of a quick October release. She has also teamed up with film director Barry Levinson to bring his 1982 debut Diner to the stage.
Did I mention that she just ran a half marathon… Yeah… I don’t think we need to go worrying about this wildflower any time soon.