Sheryl Crow has a benign brain tumor, which may be causing memory loss


Let's get the bad news out of the way first: Sheryl Crow has a brain tumor. Now that the initial wave of shock is over, please, don't worry about her apparent memory loss just because every single report keeps mentioning her forgetting the words to Soak Up the Sun at Taste of Pinellas in St. Petersburg on May 5.

In an interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the singer tells Doug Elfman the embarrassing incident (which you can watch above) was only the latest in a long series of memory lapses, but she has seen a doctor about it.

"I worried about my memory so much that I went and got an MRI. And I found out I have a brain tumor," Crow told the newspaper.  "And I was, like, 'See? I knew there was something wrong.' " But she knew long before Taste of Pinellas: "I haven't really talked about it," she said. "In November, I found out I have a brain tumor. But it's benign, so I don't have to worry about it. But it gives me a fit." Crow famously beat breast cancer in 2006, so you can understand her concern about it.

Elfman relates how she screwed up the song in May, noting Crow laughed and said onstage, "I'm 50, what can I say? My brain's gone to s---!" Her rep Christine Wolff confirmed the tumor as menigioma, a condition of the membranes of the nervous system that produces mostly benign tumors with no symptoms. Even though we don't quite have the details of her condition, USA Today decided to ask a doctor about Crow's brain.

"Ms. Crow speaks about memory issues, and that is definitely the kind of symptom that could be caused by this type of tumor," Anders Cohen, the chief of neurosurgery and spine surgery at the Brooklyn Hospital Center, told USA Today -- although he was only talking about what a tumor on the left side of the brain would be like, not necessarily Crow's tumor, which wasn't described in detail.

"We usually don't remove benign tumors unless they are sizable or cause symptoms," Anders said. You can watch the episode of Grey's Anatomy this last season where the woman loses the power of speech after a benign tumor is removed for the reason why not. Note the paper didn't specifically mention if Anders had any contact with the singer, so The Juice* is left wondering if it's Sheryl Crow's doctor saying her brain tumor is making her forget or what. Welcome to Internet sourcing, dear readers.

Crow doesn't sound worried about the flub one bit, because according to her, she does it all the time. She says one infamous occurrence was at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas in the '90s, when she couldn't remember the words 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. I think that was the night a whole bunch of us wound up at a strip club. It was Brad Pitt, and Mick Jagger and Sting! It was just cuckoo crazy, and I was still just getting started, you know. I was, like, 'Wow, Vegas. This is more than I could even dream of.' "

Now that, friends and neighbors, is a story worth remembering.

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