Sun Theatre in Anaheim, CA - January 9, 2000
My favorite songs of the night were "Landslide" and "Edge of Seventeen." At one point Stevie talked about how she has played some of her songs, like "Gold Dust Woman" and "Rhiannon" since 1975, and yesterday someone asked her whether she gets tired of doing those songs. Stevie said she did not because she remembers exactly how she felt when she wrote them so she doesn't. I thought that was pretty cool.
At the end of Has Anyone she thanked us for coming and told us "next time I tour, I will have new songs." She also thanked her band.
Her band is so cool! We waited out back outside after the show to see the band and Stevie leave. They came out about 1/2 hour after the show. They are all so nice. Sharon and Carlos stopped and signed autographs. Lastly, Stevie walked through the door, around the car and waved to us, got in the car and left. I also met Chris Nicks. He is really cool!!
I am so glad I flew out to see these shows. Seeing Stevie in concert and meeting Stevie fans is just such a wonderful experience! I will not forget this night.....
from Ginny K.
Stevie took the stage nervous as she usually is at the start of shows and by the second song was relaxed and at ease, clearly taken with the audience. The sold out show was full of fans from far and wide, both in and outside the USA. Steven Spielberg was spotted smiling and obviously having a great time. The only lowpoint of the show was when a fan pulled too hard on Stevie's arm as she walked the stage shaking hands with as many people as she can, as she always does. This person may have partied a bit too much but she stopped and with no smile at all said ' Please....STOP. STOP RIGHT NOW!' She is always worried her fans will be injured when anything out of the ordinary happens. She then gave a stern look, turned, smiled and continued her walk extending it way over to the far side, stage left shaking hands with someone who obviously had not even expected it and was visibly moved by her effort.
In the dressing room the guests were kept to a minimum as the band and entourage needed to leave very shortly after the show ended. The previous night, the venue next door had a 63,000 person moto-cross event let out at the same time as Stevie's show and they had all been unable to get out of the parking lot until after midnight!!
Several long time friends visited with Stevie as the venue was cleared. It was my pleasure to take a friends' 14 year old daughter from Mississippi, who had flown in with her father just to see Stevie, for an introduction and photos. Carling was so happy to meet Stevie she began to cry! Stevie was her wonderful self, hugged her and told her 'This is the year 2000 and we all need to be very happy and positive. I am SO happy you came all the way here to see me with your lovely personality and sweet Southern manners.' She continued holding her hand and visiting, telling us all about her cool shoes and plans for the coming weeks and then had photos with her..'.take two, just to be sure,' Stevie said. All the while we visited, Sulamyth wandered in and out between our feet sporting her own crystals on her forehead....that girl is all Nicks!
from Dustin D.
SHE MOVED A LITTLE WITH THAT TOE/FOOT PROBLEM. BUT LIKE I SAID, THIS WAS MY FIRST STEVIE SHOW SO I REALLY DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO COMPARE THIS SHOW WITH, BUT I THOUGHT THE MUSIC WAS GREAT, THE BACK UPS WERENT TOO OVERPOWERING OVER STEVIES VOICE, AND THE INTIMATE SETTING WAS DEFINATELY FITTING FOR STEVIE! I REALLY LIKE THIS VENUE**THE SUN THEATER** BUT THE FIVE TIERS SHOULD BE RAISED UP SOME MORE BECAUSE ITS REALLY HARD TO SEE *OVER* THE PEOPLE IN THE AUDIENCE. BUT REALLY, THERE WAS NO BAD SEAT IN THE HOUSE, ITS JUST THE PEOPLE THAT GET IN THE WAY!
ALSO, YOU SIT AT THESE TABLES AND WHAT SUCKS ABOUT THAT IS YOU'RE OBLIGATED TO SIT DOWN THE WHOLE TIME OR ELSE THE PEOPLE BEHIND YOU START SCREAMING AT YOU***YES IT FINALLY HAPPENED TO ME***!! I'M SO GLAD TO FINALLY HEAR LANDSLIDE LIVE AND IN PERSON! THAT WAS MY FAVORITE SLOWER SONG SHE DID. SHE DID KEEP ROOMS ON FIRE OFF THE SET LIST, WHICH IS A BIT OF A BUMMER JUST BECAUSE I PERSONALLY REALLY LIKE THAT SONG, BUT NO BIG DEAL.
She did mention at this show about how the next time she will be playing some new songs, which is great to hear since she didn't mention the new album at any of the other shows. But I definately feel that the small venues are very good for Stevie, so whenever she can do it, she should! Well, that's really all I have to say....oh wait, there's one more thing...*THANK YOU VERY MUCH STEVIE NICKS*
from Michael Walsh
I had awesome seats. Fourth row, dead center. We all paid dearly and we all, basically, sat on top of one another... all were believers so that made the sardine-like conditions bearable. Am I crazy or do some Stevie fans seem a little, oh, I don't know... unreal? I mean, I'd watch her hiccup and draw some kind of poetry from it, but she's a living, breathing, human being just like the rest of us. To watch some of these fans screaming at her, pleading in desperation to her, and during some very poignant moments... like, in the middle of 'Landslide'... it's a little much, pitiful even. The woman is performing, giving, and like giving from the depth of her full-on "stevie-ness" and someone is hollering for her to come over and take a shawl out of his hands? Dude, wake up. I know this sounds a tad negative... and I apologize for that, but the woman is just that, a woman. She's gifted, her heart so pure, her voice unlike anyone else's... but babies, she is not going to hatch a golden egg (until her next cd, anyway) and she certainly ain't gonna do it if you're bellering away at her when she is within a deep moment of being the right-on artist, enchantress we all love her for! I think I'm a snob, no, I know it. If you're so inclined, sue me.
Why do I always sit near the tacky chicks and dudes? Actually, I sat next to two really cool guys... but after they were up and off to shake Stevie's warm little hands, the scarier folk landed around me like white on rice. Breathe, Orange County!
Okay, I got that out of my system. Here's the dirt: No boots, but Stevie busted the moves in spite of the tennis shoes. Go Stevie, Go Stevie, Go Stevie... No "Rooms on Fire"... eh, so what. Here's what made up for everything... during "Rhiannon", she did a little Rhiannon dance. A real one! Hi! Hello! I mean, this is what I originally fell in love with years ago. This is what I wait for every time I see her. Nine times out of ten, she does not do it, or she does a modified version of it, very modified. Not that tonight's wasn't modified (in comparison to anything before 1982), but she did more than I have seen in a long, long time. Go Stevie, Go Stevie, Go Stevie... the guy next to me (i forget his name) said he's followed her since "Rumours" (he won some kinda benefit dinner thingy with her too-- um, i don't know if i'd want to watch Stevie eat) anyway, he turned to me and said, "She hasn't done that in years!!!" The two of us were giddy, reduced to a child-like state. She's awesome... so real. So sincere. Her purity is what it is all about.
Okay, so during "Edge of Seventeen", Stevie made her way around the stage (the funky dude, still pleading with her to take his shawl - surprise, she avoided his glance entirely) and a group of people pushed right up to her, she flipped. I don't know what exactly they did, but she did not like it, at all. She kept saying, "Stop!" Over and over she looked at these people and said, "Stop!" She was pissed. It was cool.
I saw Stevie at the Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, in 1981, Bella Donna-- I went all three nights. The last night I was backstage. Stevie was talking with people, signing autographs, etc. I was obsessed with her at this point in my life, obsessed! Thought she could change the world, had magic powers. I could have met her but I did not want to. I just wanted to watch her interact with people. I even made someone else go and get her to sign my backstage pass. As I watched, a girl came up and asked Stevie to sign her arm, said she was gonna have the signature tattooed the next day. The look on Stevie's face went dark. Storm-like. She said, "No. No. I am here to take away pain, not create it. No. I will not sign your arm and you should go away from me because you upset me." Here's the great part: she said, ""It's one thing to be into someone, its another thing to take it too far! I'm sorry, you should go away from me right now" I will never forget that. As much as I lover her, I will never forget that.
Stevie rocked tonight. She sings and gives like no one else... she is no more God than the rest of us, she's just got an incredibly gorgeous way of expressing herself that speaks to the God in the rest of us. I use that term "God" loosely, relatively, mind you. Anyway... she was beautiful, simple, gorgeous, sweet, cute, fun, foreboding and real, very, very real. She said, "Next time I see you, I'll play some new material that I am very excited about." Can't wait for that. Anyway, what more can be said? Oh, that Jose Eber was in the crowd, funky hat and all. Tee hee! Stevie, poet... Priestess of everything!
from Joe McGaha
Saturday night was the more uneventful of the two(not that a Stevie concert is EVER uneventful,but in comparison to Sunday it was quite reserved.) We were in Tier three for this performance and as ususal,i was totally mesmerized..even if she had come out in PJ's,with her hair in ponytails and sang "Mary had a little Lamb" i still would have been in awe,but anyway...the setlist was the same,minus Rooms on Fire (grrrr), and Landslide was particularly touching because the girl in the audience who is was dedicated to was named Robin,and Stevie looked upwards and said "This is for my Robin too" and she sort of stared off in space for a minute then apologized and started the song...heck i was ready to cry just from that nevermind the song...i am not going to go through and describe each song...just because i everyone has already done that so i dont want to subject you to it again...the show was great and after the end we went out back and we saw some band members(i had seen Don leaving right after the show,and then i saw Land and Frank out back) and we watched Stevie leave a little later on..she was in the passenger seat of an SUV and she waved to us which was cool since i have never seen her leave a venue.
Now onto Sunday...
from Mike L. - New Castle, DE
The first night I was at a table up in the front. Everyone at my table was really nice. A woman sitting next to me at brought flowers to give to Stevie and as it turned out someone with the Sun came over and picked this woman out to give Stevie the flowers after she did Landslide. The woman was so excited she was overcome with tears. Of course I offered to escort her up to the stage and as Stevie was doing Landslide we started walking but then instead of going right up the middle to the stage she just kept going and went to the other side of the stage and we all were trying to figure out where she went as the song was winding down. She never made it up there but did go up for Edge of Seventeen. I tried to go up and they made me go a different way and i missed my chance. Stevie only went out to shake hands for a few moments but i was happy for a guy at my table from San Diego who got to shake Stevie's hand.
After the first song Stevie explained how she had broken her foot. Despite this she managed to move around quite a bit and did some spins - She was very good. She looked and sounded GREAT! Her band was really good they all played well together. Kevin's piano intro to Rhiannon was nice and Sharon and Mindy sounded REALLY NICE on Rhiannon. I never realized how nice Sharon's voice is.
WE sceamed a lot!!! But for the most part the crowd really never went wild on Saturday night. There were a few Nicks Nuts there but i think most of the people up in front were "Friends of the Sun" on Saturday night.
Sunday Night was totally different. The songs were the same but I was in the 2nd row and my niece was in the front row and we just never sat down. My whole section was up and dancing for the whole show. The place went wild and just kept screaming for Stevie. These were the real Stevie Fans who were there for Stevie. You could really see the difference in the way Stevie performed and the way the Band reacted to the crowd. As good as Saturday night was Stevie totally out did it all on Sunday Night. I was on the side where Sharon and Mindy were and when Mindy looked over I gave her the thumbs up sign and she smiled. Everyone rushed the stage during Edge of Seventeen but never returned to their seats like they did Saturday night. Stevie spent much more time Sunday Night shaking hands with the fans. I managed to shake Stevie's hand and give her flowers. I was happy for a girl who sat next to me who got to shake Stevie hand too. I talked to Chris Nicks both nights and he was great!
As it turned out the guy who was sitting on the other side of me knew Kevin and Carlos from the band. He was very nice and after the show took us Backstage with him. No I didn't get to talk to Stevie but there we were drinking Heineken with Kevin and Carlos from the band and their friends. Kevin made us feel right at home. We drank a toast to the night! Sharon Celani came out for a few minutes too!
The concerts were a BLAST! I can't wait for another RoadTrip!
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