When Sheryl Crow forgot the lyrics to one of her most popular songs, "Soak up the Sun," at a Florida concern last month, she laughed it off and chalked up the memory lapse to her age--she's 50. But in truth, age is not the culprit.
In an interview published Tuesday in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Crow told columnist Doug Elfman she has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.
"It's benign, so I don't have to worry about it. But it gives me a fit," Crow told Elfman last Friday at the Mandalay Bay hotel.
Crow's rep confirmed that the Grammy winner and breast-cancer survivor has meningioma, a common and benign brain tumor, according to an E! News report.
"Half of us are walking around with [meningioma] but you don't really know unless you happen to have an MRI," Crow's rep said. "She has no symptoms and everything is fine. It was a random mention during the [Las Vegas] interview. It was not meant to alarm anyone. She is doing great and is healthy and happy."
Crow told Elfman she found out about the tumor in November 2011.
"I worried about my memory so much that I went and got an MRI," Crow told Elfman. "And I found out I have a brain tumor."
With typical good humor, Crow laughed about her history of forgetting the lyrics to her own songs. She told Elfman a tale about playing at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas when she was first getting started in the 1990s. She forgot the lyrics to "A Change Would Do You Good."
"Not only could I not remember the first line, I couldn't remember the first line to any of the verses," Crow said. "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."
That sort of thing never happens when nobody's looking. Witnesses to that particular memory lapse included Brad Pitt, Mick Jagger, and Sting, Crow said.
We join Sheryl Crow's fans and fellow musicians around the world in breathing a sigh of relief and wishing her continued good health.