House of Blues in Las Vegas - December 31, 1999
from Daniel from San Francisco
Being the last Stevie show of the century, the crowd was totally pumped and ready to ring in the New Year with style. Several fans came dressed in beautifully designed Stevie-esque capes, shawls, skirts and boots and proudly carried cool tambourines with flowing ribbons. I thought the tambourines were clearly the hit of the party. There were also lots of glittery "2000" hats, horns and plenty of other traditional New Year's paraphenilia on hand to build the drama.
Stevie came out at around 11:15 and started with Outside the Rain segueing into Dreams as usual. Like Thursday night, Stevie stumbled on Dreams, missing the lines toward the end of the song. But as soon as she found the chorus again, the crowd cheered supportively and Stevie smiled. Clearly embarrassed, she made this funny gesture with her fingers circling around her head…something to the effect of "I'm losing it!" It was really cute!
After roars of applause, Stevie shared some thoughts on the millennium. She had been watching a Peter Jennings television retrospective on the world in the 20th century, which she found extremely moving…so inspiring that she reflected about this program and the entire millennium experience in her journals. "I got so emotional. I'm watching this, I'm writing in my journal, I'm crying and I'm thinking this is a totally incredible thing so I just wanted you to know that I have about 20 pages of hand-writtten stuff..."
As midnight approached, Stevie quickly introduced her band and stalled a few (awkward) moments before beginning the countdown to 2000. Once midnight hit, two "canons" placed on the sides of stage fired pastel colored confetti high in the air---the place was going nuts! Stevie's band was treated to glasses of champagne, but Stevie appeared to refuse when offered her glass. A few moments later, the band started to play a few bars from Auld Lang Syne, which seemed to catch Stevie off-guard (she didn't appear to know the words!).
Another special moment in the show came during Landslide. While Stevie would have normally dedicated the song to her father, who was present backstage, Stevie thought it would be nice to dedicate it to everyone in the house.
"Instead of dedicating Landslide to just one person… I should dedicate it to my dad who's right up there [offstage]. And Dad [pointing to her dad], of course it's for you! Of course it's for you! But if you could share just a little, maybe we could just dedicate it to all of ourselves. When we hear it, we just think to be the best person that we can be. I mean, you know we have to try. So I would like to dedicate this to us in the year 2000."
(Stevie's mom Barbara and Lori Perry-Nicks could also be seen just backstage). On the first go, Landslide encountered some unexpected sound feedback, and had to be stopped momentarily. Stevie was not a happy camper "Not on my stage! Can we fix this?"
For Edge of Seventeen, Stevie wore a different outfit from the one that she had been wearing for the LA shows. It was a beautiful cream-colored outfit that was multi-layered, two layers of burnout with two distinct patterns (dots and lines) and 2 layers of chiffon. It seemed to glitter. She was also wearing beige-colored platform boots.
Stevie finished with the usual two encores (INTK & HAEWAFY) and was gone. Set-wise, the show was pretty standard and there were few surprises…not even a special musical guest! Sound problems got Stevie down quite a few times, but she never took it out on the audience. Stevie was very into the crowd most of the time, and even "flirted" with us once by walking REALLY close to the edge of the stage and allowing fans to touch her skirt.
Unlike the LA shows, there was no barrier from the fans to the stage so fans could get as close as they want to. Security guys were there trying vainly to leave a small "aisle," but they were quickly swallowed by the crowd. They were eyeing the crowd like hawks tho, looking for anyone who was using a camera. Lots of flashes were going off on Tuesday night. Stevie probably had a few choice words with security after that show because security was a lot tighter for Wednesday and particular this show in Vegas. There were bag checks and stern warnings about using recorders and cameras.
A special t-shirt exclusive to this House of Blues performance was sold for $35. The "Pondering the Millennium" shirt was lavender/purple with Stevie's beautiful drawing and new text that read "New Years Eve 1999 House of Blues, Las Vegas" The back read, "I was there." Unfortunately, the t-shirt sold out very quickly a few hours before the show.
from Dr Jodi
She started later than we had hoped - about 11:10 pm with "Outside the Rain" blending it's ending base beat right into "Dreams". A costume addition of her "Gold Dust Woman" shawl was next to go with the next few songs. I was standing about 25 feet from her the whole time, with an excellent view. I could see her parents, Barb and Jess Nicks in the upper balcony off stage, as well as Lori Perry-Nicks taking photos and singing along up there. Her mom stood up several times with a big broad "I'm so proud of you" smile as she looked at all of us engrossed in her daughter's magic. It was very special to feel so close to this family on such a memorable date.
As we wound down to the midnight countdown she introduced her band, and conversed with us in an unrehearsed fashion - just like she was talking and didn't really know what to say. She dedicated Landslide to US this time, and even apologized to her Dad, whom she usually dedicates it, too. Funny, too - she had a bit of sound troubles and stopped the song partly through it - said "Hold it - this is a special dedication and I want it to sound right - let's fix this". They did, and then she went on. At the stroke of midnight the house lights went up a bit, and the confetti started pouring down from the ceiling - she was offered a toast on stage - the band then played and sang "Auld Lang Syne" (with us, too!) and Stevie wished us all a great year and hoped that we were all in love ... she continued playing until 1:00 am ... when she finished with a ROCKING version of "White Winged Dove". We wouldn't let her leave. :) She came out for "I Need to Know", and a final encore of "Has Anybody Ever Written ..." during which the woman behind me was sobbing, she was so happy to hear that song performed live. Another night I won't forget - and in ten years when someone asks me where I was for the new Millenium I will share these very special memories.
from Angela Simpson
Chris Nicks gave the introduction: "It's almost over.... Are you ready for this? (everyone screams) This means as much to her as it means to you... Ladies and gentlemen, Stevie Nicks!"
The music for "Outside the Rain" started playing and Stevie walked out.... carrying the bouquet of roses that she usually gives to a fan at the beginning of each show. She came right in front of me and leaned down. I thought that she was trying to hand them to me (of course anyone would want to believe that though), but my arms weren't as long as the guys next to me and Stevie was shaking her head to tell people not to fight over them, so I let go and pushed them to James so he could have them. He was very sweet about it, and immediately gave me a handful of roses from the bouquet. I gave a couple of mine to other people as well, and saved a few for myself. Some lady even tried to buy one from me, but I told her there was no way I would give something like that away for any amount of money, because it is a special gift with sentimental value. I plan on preserving them and framing them somehow, and hanging them on my wall. (I also bought one of the beautiful T-shirts they were selling with Stevie's artwork on the front) Anyway, on with the show...
The sound crew for the House of Blues did not do a very good job, and there were a few glitches in the sound that upset Stevie, and she couldn't hear very well, but she kept on going and did her best to put up with it.
"Outside the Rain" faded into "Dreams" as it usually does.... Stevie sang 2 extra choruses of "Dreams" so that the people could continue to try and fix the sound, but the fans didn't seem to mind that.
Stevie: "Well.... welcome! I can not hardly even hear out of these things. Let's stop for one second here. Welcome you guys to this wonderful party. I just want to get this sound right. I want you to know that umm, last night I- I'm sure, like... I have to like talk a little bit, it's New Years Eve. (The crowd cheers) I mean, you know... last night in the middle of the night I turned on the TV, and it was like the Peter Jennings thing about the world, you know... starting in like New Zealand and everything and... I got so emotional! I'm watching this, I'm writing in my journal, I'm crying... and I'm thinking this really is a- a totally incredible thing, so I just wanted you to know that I've been- I have about like twenty pages of handwritten stuff that I've done for... to put down how this is a... you know, from the people in- in Moscow to the people in Somalia... it's a very incredible... difference. So... thank you for coming to be with me on New Year's Eve. I can not tell you, thank you! Here we go!"
Stevie: "Thank you."
"Gold Dust Woman" plays. Stevie didn't really seem to get into the show until this song. For some reason, this song always seems to bring out something in Stevie that no other song can. You can tell it is very personal for her. She wore her usual Gold Dust Woman shawl to go with it.
Stevie: "Thank you."
"Gold and Braid" plays...
Stevie: "I would like to take a minute as we get started... on our like night, to introduce you to my band. We are trying, and I'll tell you guys what we're trying to do so you can share this with me. We are, you know the countdown thing is gonna come up, so we have to like, kinda work with that, so... that's why I'm like gonna introduce the band to you now. We're trying to make it so that we can like do it in a- in a good way. So we gotta... (Stevie gets confused as to when she's supposed to do the countdown, since the people keep changing their minds and telling her different things) help! Does anyone know what the hell we're doing here? So I'm gonna introduce the band... (Stevie looks over to Carlos and he tells her that they have time for one more song first) Don't introduce the band? (Stevie laughs) I'm not gonna- (she laughs again) I'm not gonna introduce anybody!"
"Rooms On Fire" interlude and song begins. Stevie sings this wearing a red shawl. I was happy to see this song performed live.
Stevie is introducing band now: "... right behind Carlos on keyboards, a friend of mine from Phoenix, Arizona... Mr. Kevin Stohler! Right here changing his guitars, my fabulous fabulous bass player, Mr. Don Boyett! I shouldn't really be rushing.. (Stevie laughs) Right behind me is my like, awesome drummer, Mr. Land Richards. Right next to Land over here.. my percussion player, Mr. Danny Reyes. This guy over here on the other side is a wonderful organ player- his name is Mr. Scott Plunkett. On the other side of the stage, two of my really good friends- Mindy, Mindy- we've been friends for many years. Sharon and I've been friends for so long that, it doesn't even need to be said. The beautiful blonde, Miss Mindy Stein! And my dearest, one of my oldest friends, well not oldest, but dearest and oldest (Stevie laughs) friends... I met this woman in Hawaii. I have always named her 'Sharona' since the first day I met her. Her name is Sharon Celani! Now I'm supposed to stretch out the introduction for two more minutes, so what can I say about Frank!? (she laughs again and there is a pause for a few seconds) On the other side, you see I have this very symmetrical thing here. Lead guitar player, Mr. Frank Simes. (more pausing and delaying) It's not yet... Is there anything that anybody would like to say? (the crowd starts yelling various things) Just talk amongst yourselves.... (Stevie says that with cute a Linda Richman impersonation. Then she walks over to Carlos and dances slowly with him around in circles for a minute. Someone from the side of the stage yells there is 30 seconds left, and they hand Stevie a glass of champagne which she set down so she could start the countdown) 7.. 6.. 5.. 4.. 3.. 2.. (she laughs because she isn't sure if she's counting down at the right time) 1!! (Streamers and confetti fly out of the ceiling and the balcony, and falls down onto everyone, including Stevie on the stage.) I think this is a very special moment and I think that all of us here, and you guys really, for one minute be quiet. We should all like... oh okay, we're gonna- should all like sing Auld Lang Syne! (She laughs) I got it, I got it, I got it! (Everyone sings along and celebrates) It doesn't get much better than that! And we'll always have this- that we were all here together tonight, so...."
"Stand Back" intro begins to play. Stevie wears her famous Stand Back shawl and does her high kicks throughout the song. This song has new meaning for me now. The line "to be standing in a line...." totally hit me, and I laughed at the irony of it... because everyone had been waiting in line for almost 12 hours before the show just to see her. I can definitely say that there is nobody else I'd wait that long in line to see!
Stevie: "Welcome to the two- the year two thousand everyone."
"Rhiannon" interlude and song begins to play, followed by "Whole Lotta Trouble".
Stevie: "Thank you. Thank you very much. So maybe because this is umm, such a special night, we should- instead of dedicating Landslide to just one person... because of course, I should of course, dedicate it to my dad, who's right up there (she points and looks up at him), and dad, of course its for you! Of course its for you! (the crowd screams) But, if you could share it just a little, and maybe we could just dedicate it to all of ourselves and when we hear it, we just think to be the best person that we can be. I mean you know, we have to try! (She laughs) So I would like to dedicate this song to us and the year two thousand!"
"Landslide" begins to play....
"I took my love, and I took it down
(there was some bad sound feedback here, so she stops singing)
Stevie: "Stop.... stop. I'm not gonna mess it up! Can we fix this? Way way bad feedback! I'm sorry you guys, but I want this to be good for you, I really do. (everyone cheers loudly for her, and she starts the song over with no flaws this time. Everyone is singing along with her and holds out the "snooooooowwww...." on the last line with Stevie, and the song ends)
Stevie: "Thank you Frank. Thank you dad. Thank you.... all of you."
The Drum solos begin to play and eventually "Edge of Seventeen" begins to play, and I brace myself against the stage, so as not to get squashed. Stevie surpised everyone by walking back out on stage wearing a white/ cream colored outfit similar to her black one, with her beige boots and white Edge of Seventeen cape. She went along the edge of the short stage like she always does, shaking hands with people, and I was lucky enough to be one of them. I also gave her the tiara I was wearing after the show.
Stevie: "I wish for you all of your dreams to come true everyone, I do. Take a little of you know, this is like a whole new time, I really feel this and I know you're gonna go 'I wish she would just stop talking about this!', but it is a new time, so everybody just like, you know, hold onto each other and- and be a really nice person and realize how difficult this world is and we can make it better, I know we can! We can do it!"
Stevie goes backstage to put a black topcoat over her white dress and "I Need To Know" starts playing. I really enjoy seeing Stevie perform this song. At the end, they even had some cool robotic sound effects and Stevie was doing moves to it with her hands and face. It was really great!
"Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You" was her next and final song of the show. This is the one song I was actually quiet for and wasn't singing along with. I just took the opportunity to watch her sing and I noticed a whole bunch of lights swirling around her from behind that was so bright, I could barely see her face. I started crying a little because I felt so happy and lucky to be there at that moment, and everything I went through to get there was worth it. There is no one else like her in this world. Hearing her music is one thing, but being there with her and watching her perform live is the greatest experience I've ever had. "I will not forget this night...."
Stevie's final words: "All right, my last message is- is to again, to thank you for coming and spending this night with us, with me, so I wish for you everything you guys. Take care of yourselves, be happy. I hope you're all in love, I hope your life is wonderful. You can do that- you can make it better, right? You can do it! Bye bye...."
She walked off the stage, and the party continues throughout the night in the House of Blues while other music was played and some people stayed to dance the night away...
I can't wait to see Stevie again! I will never forget that night, for it will always be remembered as a dream....
from Michelle from Phx
When Stevie came out the crowd of course went wild. Started of with Outside the Rain she looked so beautiful. The crowd knew every word to every song. Words at this point just could not describe the feelings I felt being in such a small setting with one of the most beautiful people in this world. I felt bad for her because she was having trouble with her ear piece and she looked alittle bothered by that. I must say this was by far the best concert I have ever been to, and am looking forward to the time she performs here in Phoeix again. Thanks to Stevie for such a great start to the new year, and for letting me meet other Stevie fans from around the world.
from Keith Kirk
Waiting in line with other Stevie fans was really quite interesting. I met Angela, Julie, Stacy (Livia), Kristen, the two women from North Carolina who I can't remember their names - I saw one of them at the airport as I was leaving and gave her a hug. Many of our female fans chose to dress in Stevie regalia.. capes, black boots, shawls (one fan had a beautiful Stand Back shawl on), and lots of Stevie glitter "gold" & "silver" dust was floating around amongst the female fans. One guy had an old Tusk t-shirt on, and I commented that I liked it. He let me listen to his walkman which had a nice boot of a Birmingham, Alabama Tusk show. He told me that I probably never heard anything like this before, as it was a bootleg. I thought to myself, he has no idea. :-)
Torri shared with us some very beautiful pictures of Stevie and Lindsey. I was impressed with all the photos she has and it was lots of fun looking at the pictures with other fans. !! A fan from Seattle came around with a notebook and was asking everyone for their names and where we were from. She mentioned something about John Kinney, so it wouldn't surprise me if the names end up on the NicksFix. I'd actually like to see it myself... so I'm hoping. There was even a fan from Amsterdam there. We met quite a few fans who never even heard of Penguin or Ledge, and many of them were online. So, I can honesty say that The Penguin and Ledge3 was definitely plugged and lets hope some new Stevie fans join us.. And say hi!
I also met a guy from Houston, Texas, who was wearing a blue lamp Enchanted t-shirt. However, the shirt was a different color blue than the one that I got at the Nissan show. It was a very nice blue - I liked it better than mine. When you're in line for hours at a time, you find many things to talk about. One of my goals was to point out to Laura what "type" of person I am interested in. I looked all over Vegas, but didn't find him until the concert began and he was right up on stage playing percussion. More on that later.
I also got the opportunity to do a little gambling, as slot machines were almost everywhere you turned. I was surprise there weren't any in the rest rooms, as some people spend a lot time in there. I ended up winning $27.50 after subtracting my initial one roll of quarters investment. Do you know these women without almost nothing on come around and offer free beer (and hard liquor drinks) while you play the slot machines. No wonder everyone in the casino was half looped when we left the House of Blues after the concert. Las Vegas was wild and drunk in the early hours of 2000!! While waiting in line, the people next to us were saying Sharon Celani had come out of the club and was talking to security. Someone yelled her name and she looked over, waved and smiled at all of us. She was with an older women, and they disappeared into the slot machines.
We were finally let into the venue at around 9 p.m., after being told that Stevie probably wouldn't be coming on until around 11 p.m. No one that was waiting in line left, and we all very politely entered the venue, down the stairs into the smallest, coolest club I think I have ever been to. I could not believe that I was going to see Stevie in a place this small. The first thing that hit me was how how intimate it was. And it was. Perfect. "..it's my dream..." We went to the stage and were about 3 persons back, just a little right of center stage. They had this quilt like curtain hiding the stage, and we stood waiting for what would be about two hours until Stevie finally came on stage. Laura, Samantha, and Torri went to buy souvenirs, but I decided to wait until after the show (which ended up being a big mistake as they sold out of everything). They had these nice soft purple New Years Eve t-shirts that were similar to the white ones that featured Stevie's drawing and theme "Pondering the Millennium.." The purple ones had her name in front however, and on the back in very big letters were "I was There.." My loss, but I really thought there would be some after the show, and I didn't want to have to deal with hanging onto the stuff during the concert as I knew it was going to be crowded and very close conditions in front of the stage. I lost my Fleetwood Mac Dance cap in Camden to a greedy fan.
Laura was amazing, as she started about 3 to 4 people back with us, but right before the show I had noticed that she made her way right up to the stage. Right in front of Stevie's mic. It made me smile big time. Laura is a very beautiful young woman with incredible eyes and a wonderful smile. Like I said, she had a nice little edge to her personality.. and it was great finally meeting her. I was so happy for her making it up to the stage. I decided that where Torri, Samantha, Dave and I were was perfect, and it was. Kristen, Angela and Julie had also secured great spots in front of us. Yep, it was going to be a great evening. We were probably no more than 10 feet from Stevie. I felt sorry for Samantha, because she was short and I know she had a hard time seeing at times.
There was a nice man next to me who was wearing a 'Wild Heart' T-Shirt that I would have paid $100 for. He loved talking about Stevie. I, unfortunately, was losing my voice, so I instead eavesdropped instead of joining in on his conversation with another guy. He really did love talking about Ms. Nicks. And I loved listening to him talk about her. I knew he was going to be a cool fan to stand next to and he was. I will remember him as the "Reconsider Me" guy wearing the Wild Heart t-shirt. Then this guy stood to my right who had one of those jewels that Stevie wears on his forehead. He liked to cuss, and he kept pushing into me, but always said he was sorry. His friend spilt her drink on my boots. and she giggled. I was wearing a crystal around my neck and she commented that she liked it. She also wanted me to give it to her. I smiled and told her I was keeping it. I find some people quite amazing. The two hours went by very quickly, and we started getting anxious when the curtains finally opened. They actually had trouble getting the curtains pulled back, as they kept getting caught in the lighting equipment. Sitting up in two box seats above the stage were Stevie's parents, and Lori Perry and some other people that I didn't recognize. One guy in Lori's booth kept telling us to cheer for Nicks. We kept cheering, but Stevie never came out. We had been standing in line all day, waiting in front of the stage for two hours, and we cheered, but no Stevie. We were getting restless. I expected to see Chris Nicks, but I didn't until after the show. The jewel guy next to me was telling his friend that it must be Stevie's step mom because Stevie's mother was dead. I had to correct him. Anyway, some fans recognized Mr. and Ms. Nicks and we waved, and Ms. Nicks smiled big time and waved right back. Stevie's father didn't seem to have much emotion at all, except one time when he smiled.
Finally, the band comes out, everyone is yelling for Stevie and the band kicks into the perennial opener Outside the Rain and the heart skips a beat.. I loved Stevie's entrance. Sharon and Mindy were standing near the stage, so Stevie went right to the right edge of the stage, barely getting past them...it was a small stage and the band was crowded.. she walked along the stage towards the other end.. waving to each and everyone of us in the small, intimate venue. Her smile said it all. She entered with a bouquet of roses which I thought she might be giving to Laura, but I couldn't be sure as people were starting to move toward the stage. I did notice that Laura had 3 roses. And I also saw Angela with roses. Angela is simply an angel - very beautiful young woman with lovely long, blonde hair. I thought it was cool that whomever Stevie was giving the roses to, they were sharing the gift.
Stevie Nicks is absolutely the most beautiful woman I have ever laid eyes upon. Simply stunning. I swear we were no more than 10 feet from her. I thought she was the most gorgeous woman I've ever seen. 'Outside the Rain' flowing into 'Dreams.. the perfect opener. I knew the setlist, and although I would have liked some different songs, once she started performing, well.. nothing else really mattered. She had my undivided attention. She welcomed us on this special night... and thanked each and every one of us for being here to share it with her. She was genuinely happy about it, but she wasn't happy with whoever was handling the sound. She kept motioning to someone off stage that she couldn't hear out of her ear piece, and kept asking that the sound on the guitar to be turned up (she was doing playing the guitar gestures and putting her thumb up in the air). She really seemed agitated with whoever was mixing things, but when she talked to us, she seemed so thrilled we were here. She said throughout the show that she wanted everything to be so perfect for us. I saw her as a person that night. She was glowing. She was frustrated. She had flaws. She was real. "Enchanted" rocked and so did the fans around me. There is nothing like being next to fans who knew the songs, who got into the music. I noticed the Wild Heart t-shirt guy loved putting his fists into the air at certain points during the song. No one sang too loud, just enough... ..we all chase something and maybe this is a dream..." We had a sing along with Stevie on "thunder only happens when its raining..." We were good. Stevie left after "Enchanted" to 'gold dust' herself.. and I started noticing the band more. Don Boyette was the bass player, although I didn't realize it at first because he had shaved his head. Don was also wearing these wraparound pink sunglasses. The new percussionist has the bluest eyes that I have ever seen on another person. Totally penetrating blue eyes and a very nice looking man! I think his name was Danny R or something, but I can't exactly remember what she said during the band introduction. "Gold Dust Woman" was great as usual, although I do miss those intense versions from the Wild Heart concerts. "Gold and Braid" simply rocked! Everyone was again singing along, and I once again say there's nothing like being next to other fans who really "get it." "...been waiting there all day.. all these years. We had a time.
"Gold and Braid" really rocked the house and had everyone moving. I thought the sound was excellent and I was hoping someone was capturing it on tape. I decided not to risk it, because I worry too much when I'm taping and don't really enjoy myself. I know that sounds selfish - sorry everyone - but I guess I was being selfish that night. I do know of someone I met in line who was trying to tape and video the show ( he got the two L.A. shows on audio, and the second night on video). After the show, I found out that he did get the audio, but not the video. The security was tight. Very tight. They warned the crowd many times that no picture taking was aloud and anyone caught would be put out. Trust me, not one soul in that venue wanted to leave - I know many of the fans I met in line had cameras going into the show.. but it was very, very risky. I didn't see anyone taking pictures at all.
After 'Gold and Braid' ends, Stevie comes back on stage wearing a red cape - sometimes I do remember the clothes - and starts the band introduction. But, Carlos stops her and says not yet. Stevie explained to us that because of the approaching new year, they had to time everything a certain way so they could do a countdown. She was just too early. Anyway, the same music that was played before "After the Glitter Fades" during the Enchanted tour begins... but Stevie goes to the microphone and starts singing "Somewhere??" - I think, but I wish I knew for sure - and the band breaks into "Rooms on Fire". ..Somewhere out in the back of your mind, comes your real life and the life that you understand.. Stevie sings, catching us off guard with the change in lyrics. I love when she does that. Then right after the second verse, we have an interruption that I'm not going to share since it involves another person.. but it ruined "Rooms" for me (one song I was really looking forward to, because its been so long since she last sung it for me).
However, I got back on track and once again focused on Stevie. Now was the time for the band introduction, and she introduces the band members. When she got to Sharon, she said something like "my oldest friend" and she explained to us almost apologetically - and to Sharon - that she didn't mean like old in age. It's just she has known her since 1978. Stevie was so charming.
Then, Carlos said what I thought was 30 seconds, but Stevie seemed to think it was time for the New Year and starting counting down from 7 or so.. so I think we started our celebration a little early, not for sure.. but the venue filled with colored confetti strips and the champagne toast was happening on-stage. Stevie said we must sing "Auld Sang Lyne" - I didn't sing along because to this day I have no idea why people sing that song on New Years. "should old acquaintance be forgot.." Huh?? Stevie didn't seem to know all the words either. One of my favorite moments was right after the New Year began, and Don Boyette gave Stevie the warmest hug and looked at her and said "I love you so much.." It was exactly what his lips said, as I read them well. It seemed to me a nice friendship type of love and I was glad the Stevie was surrounded by people who seemed to care about her. Then Don tried to bring this woman on stage. A very attractive woman that I think might be his girlfriend. She was kind of hesitant, but came out and they held hands briefly.
Then, "Stand Back" begins and the crowd erupts. It is definitely a crowd-pleaser, although I long for the 'Wild Heart' days when I feel that song was done best! When Stevie spins during the instrumental, Carlos does his own little spin while playing. It seemed to have surprised Don, as Carlos did it right in front of him. The band seemed to really enjoy each other and it was evident throughout the evening. Most of them have been playing together for awhile, and they sounded tight!
"Rhiannon" was one of my favorite songs that night. There was a passion in Stevie's voice that made you realize she believed in the words of that song - and I do, too. '...dreams unwind, love is hard to find, I know..." Somewhere about this time, I noticed this young blonde was hanging onto my shoulder with her hand, and her breast was resting on my back. I didn't mind though, because I knew it wasn't her fault. The crowd was starting to move toward the stage. I held my ground, exactly where I was. I occasionally would see Laura looking up at Stevie, and she seemed to be enjoying her "front row" self.. :-) I was hoping she was safe up there, because like I said, it was getting pushy. "Whole Lotta Trouble" is one of those songs that I really only enjoy live. Tonight, it burned. Totally great version that only added to the intensity of the fans reaction. Stevie did mess up the song, as she started into the second verse before the first chorus. The band played along with her confusion about the lyrics until she found her place. Stevie just smiled at us. I was just holding on, because I knew it was going to get a little bumpy in the pit.... And I think this is about the time Stacey (Livia) showed up again. While waiting in line to get in the venue, she told me that her and her friend were trying to secure a table inside the club. And I guess that is where she had been for the first part of the concert, but I was happy to see her up close with us. She made me laugh, because she said she was going to go back to the table after each song, but she stayed right with us. I know her black boots were hurting her feet big time. Stacey had a nice glow about her.. I liked her. She was fun.
There was also a neat moment during Landslide when Stevie stopped the song because the feedback was horrible. She wanted to start the song again because "she wanted it to be perfect for us fans." She dedicated it sort of, to her father. She told him he had to share the song tonight with "us." And it was a very beautiful version with her and Frank on stage alone. I really dug the drum solos.. I think her new percussionist is very good and I hope she keeps him for the next tour. It would be good to see him play again. When the 10 minute drum set finished - Stevie needed time to change her clothes ~ so when the drumming stopped and the opening guitar chords of "Edge of Seventeen" started, the fans got excited and people started to push a little more. Some fans were not quite up to the stage, and that's where they wanted to be. Of course, there was no more room up there, so if they were going to make it, someone would have to go. Of all my Stevie concert experiences, I find some of the rudest fans to be those women who dress up like Stevie. Like that somehow gives them the freedom to be rude. Definitely the majority of the women fans who dress like Stevie are not rude. But, the few who are.. lets just say.. they can be quite obnoxious and rude. Stevie would not have been pleased! As a matter of fact, it was a Stevie wannabee who caused the 'Rooms on Fire' interruption. I stood my ground, however, and kept my place that I started at. I wasn't moving, and that's why I was wearing those ugly brown boots that needed a shine. They help you stand your ground. And I did.
I love this ending of 'Edge' when she screams "..deep into the middle of the night, do you know what it sounds like? do you know what it sounds like?.." She rocked it, and the fans knew it was now the time to make it to the stage. Stevie's security man came out and Stevie went to touch her audience. Torri looked at me to see if I was going forward, but I couldn't fight it tonight. It really didn't matter that much. What mattered for me was that I was there. AND, Stevie noticed the pushing in the crowd and a few times she pulled back from the audience with her hands held out. Pretty much telling us to like stop pushing. She had a bad experience once at a show with an out of control crowd, and you never know what can happen with such passionate fans.
When the band came back out, I actually thought they were playing a new song. The opening was different (and I'm anxious to hear a copy of this song) but it soon led into "I Need to Know." It rocked big time and the place was celebrating the new year with Stevie. The song also ended differently. The band has obviously been playing other songs together. Or at least I got that impression. At times, I felt I was at a rehearsal or something. Which was cool in its own way. I bet this is the band that we see on Stevie's next tour.
Stevie finished with a beautiful, moving performance of "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You.." Her voice was absolutely wonderful to listen to. She was singing, Don was playing bass, the drummer was strumming and the keyboardist was playing softly. They were the only bandmembers who were on stage during the song. She looked up to her father during the "..priests of nothing" part. Wasn't for sure what was going on there, but I thought it was interesting. Like I said, the concert ended with Stevie wishing us "a great new year. She told us to be happy, and be in love." Then she said something to the effect "if you're not, then you know what to do about it.." and she's right. I knew it was over after that song, although part of me was hoping she might just do one more since it was New Years Eve. But, no more music. :-(
I knew that I needed to get merchandise, but unfortunately they were completely out of everything except for these oversized sweatshirts - I didn't like them at all and laughed at the $55 price. Oh well, I have 2 mementos. My ticket stub and the memory of the concert. I looked for Torri and Dave after I left the merchandise table empty handed, but I lost them and thought maybe they went outside the club. When I didn't find them there, I went back into the club and found Laura talking to Chris Nicks. She was telling him that people had come all over to see Stevie, and she looked at me and said 'Washington, D.C." So I shook his hand and said "we love your sister." I was afraid I was going to say something negative about the sweatshirt. So, I backed away. We walked around the casino area for awhile. Everyone in Vegas was in a serious party mode. People were in tuxes, people were in jeans, people were in polyester, people were taking off their clothes. Not exactly all the way off, but no one wanted to go home alone that night. All the places that had food had horribly long lines, so Torri and Dave ended up taking me back to the airport. It really was nice meeting Laura and Samantha, and we gave them hugs and went on our way. They will always be a part of my memory of my New Years Eve 2000. And I mean always. ..and so will the guy in the Wild Heart T-shirt that was as enthusiastic as me during the show ...so will the fans I met while waiting in line ...and so will having Torri experiencing the concert in front of me... and so will Stacey and her boots that were hurting her feet but she stood anyway and made me smile.. so will being there with Stevie's parents.. and so will seeing that a couple of underage fans I met in line (the club was strict about the 'no one under 21 rule') make it into the club.. and so will seeing Stevie kick like she kicked on 'Stand Back' ~ I couldn't believe she kicked that high.. .. so will looking at all the pictures of Stevie and Lindsey that Torri shared with us... so will Laura and our conversation of a certain Lindsey picture :-) ...and so will the Stevie wannabe interruption I experienced during "Rooms on Fire" (there's always a bad memory somewhere) ... and so will seeing Stevie's video playing on the big screen overlooking the strip.. so will Carlos twirl after Stevie's during 'Stand Back' .. so will seeing Don hug Stevie so warmly at midnight ... and so will us starting the celebration a little too early.. and most of all... so will seeing Stevie Nick's performance on New Years Eve at the Vegas House of Blues. She is by far my favorite singer and songwriter ever. And although I don't have an overpriced purple t-shirt that says it, I WAS THERE!!!
from Pamela Wesolowski in Buffalo NY
from The Twins...Laura & Robin
Stevie of course didn't have an opening act...which was fine with me...cause the DJ played some really groovy tunes...and I danced my butt off....Ummm the T-shirt lines were MAD!!! they had one chick selling the shirts...there was the one basic with T...then there was a special purple T for the Millennium show..which was the same as the white but it had New Years Eve on it...and on the back instead of the heart it said...I WAS THERE!!!!...Woohoo!!...Ummm they also had a Sweat Shirt...but I didn't like the baby poop brown color so I passed....Umm they also had a mug...and I was gonna get one...after the show...but they were sold out...sniff...So I got my two shirts...and worked my way back through the crowd...I stared out...3 rows back...but I ended up...front row..center...which was AWESOME except for the fact...I didn't realize that that's where all the big pushy hateful NoN LEDGIE Fans stand...I was between 4 big tall guys...two A**holes to my left...and two really cool gracious guys to my right....not to mention..I had about 3 tall chicks behind me...so I looked rather pathetic....BUT...I didn't care..I was on the FRONT...but I earned it...those guys to my left..were real jerks...kept pushing me...and crap...and the one guy even leaned on me with all his body weight...so I had the great guys to my right...move back just a bit so...when they moved..I moved and the jerk almost fell in the floor...LOL!!...Ummm but I tried to make peace ya know..I gave him some of my drink...but...still..I think he still had that jerk syndrome=) Oh well anyway...the right side of the stage...was really AWESOME...these were the people who laughed and danced and had a good time...the people to the left tended to stand there no budging with these attitudes like...if they moved they would loose their spot...so they all were like...meat heads or something (I remind you this is my immediate left after a few minutes..I couldn't see anyone else)...anyway...we partied and danced...and sang to all these really cool songs the DJ was playing...we even talked to our little security dude which was fairly cool....OHHHH and the HOB curtain was soooo cool...like big huge patch work quilt...really groovy looking...Ok...so we danced..shot the [dog doodie] with each other...had a drink or two...and the time just flew by for me...I had to keep looking back to make sure my fellow Ledgies were in good position and they butt heads hadn't squashed them or anything...and...Sammi being shorter than me...I had to make sure she could at least see...so I kept waving and stuff...just to let me know..they were still there...Ummm I know this is kinda boring...but you just have understand the feel of this place...we were packed like friggin sardines!!!....The atmosphere was unlike anything I had ever experienced...the anticipation...and excitement was thick...and the converstations about past shows and concerts...and just the name Stevie...Stevie...Stevie...STEVIE floated in the air...her name was on everyone's lips...and the tensions were mounting...the mood was set...the curtain was like I said very cool...the floor was down in this pulpit kinda thing...and it was surrounded by bars on both sides...I would guestimate there had to be 500 people packed into that one little part of the floor...and it was Animal like...we were there for one reason..and that was to PARTY OUR A**ES OFF!!!...Ummm the people to my left of course were waiting to party when Stevie came out..but the right was partying hard before she came out...which was cool..cause they were made up of Ledgies and most of the people in our little group we had formed inline before we got into the HOB.
So it must have been a bit after 11 when things started to really get INTENSTE...people were getting impatient...and there was a lot of pushing...THEN the curtain started to part.....and the crowd began to ROAR..I mean friggin ROAR!!!...BUT the were teasing us...cause it would be several more minutes before the show started...but we wasted no time in checking out the surroundings....Umm there were these niffty little box seats above the stage...where the Family sat...the first had her Mother and her Dad...which were the most darling two people..I swear...Stevie's mom is the cutest person...and smiled the whole time...I think Barb and Jess got a real kick out of watching the crowd...and you could really tell that the were very very very proud of their daughter...they smiled the whole time...and what is really amazing is that...interacted with the fans totally...we would wave and they would wave back...and smile and stuff...and it was very cool!!...Ummm btw...one thing I need to set straight...Jessi...Stevie's lil niece was not at the show according to Chris (who we met after the show...but I will get to that later)...he said she was to young and they wouldn't let her in...Now...that's what he said...so I don't know what the deal is...but Lori was definitely there...and was very excited...Just by watching Lori..you could really tell how much she loves Stevie...not only as a back up singer...and more than just a sister in law....Anyway..I don't know why im writing this...but the whole family was wonderful...I have no idea who the people were in the second booth...but im sure they were probably family too..or ya know really good friends....Anyway...after what seemed like forever...Chris finally came out on stage...and we all went totally crazy...this was it...she was on her way!!!...He said a bunch of stuff I couldn't hear...or was just too excited to listen..either way...he said something to the effect that this meant just as much to her as it did to us...and then he announced her ...and the festivities began.
Im not going to go through the set list...basically because I can't remember the set list..LOL! But she was AWESOME...Beautiful...her voice was powerful...and the fans were WILD...Ummm during the first few songs...she was having some problems with her head set...and she was visibly upset...not like hateful or anything...but she was definitely was mouthing.."I can't hear anything"...but...it didn't affect her voice at all..she was in key...and sang perfectly...Ummm I think after the first two or three songs...she finally said hold on....this isn't working...and went to the side...she changed shawls...and I guess they worked the problems out...anyway...she seemed to nod to them when all the problems were worked out..and gave them a little smile...but she KICKED A**...from then on out she ROCKED!!!....After a particularly fave song of the crowd...like on Dreams, G&B, GDW, Rhiannon and Rooms...the crowd cheered so loudly I thought the ceiling was going to fall..it wasn't even a human sound...it was ANIMAL!!! One of those ROARS...that turn from a cheer into one big sound....and I swear I thought my eardrums were gonna burst...it was that loud...and Stevie really loved that kind of feed back...she was very outgoing..and playful with the crowed...she smiled and danced and sang her heart out...she looked better than ever...her hair was beautiful...her face looked wonderful...and I think the woman must have found the fountain of youth ...because she looked younger than ever!!!...It was no holds barred!!!...She held back on nothing...she hit every note!!..OH and for the girls who said her shawl was dirty.....You need to have your eyes checked because the her shawls and outfits KICKED A**..I don't know what dirt you saw...but I was on the front row...and her stuff was in top form....she wore black to start out....she had her black jacket for Whole Lotta Trouble..she wore a red on for Rooms On fire...and a black chiffony shawl for Rhiannon...none of which were even ragged not to mention dirty...Oh and of course she wore her cool stand back cape!!..Ummm Oh and did I mention she DANCED...Oh and the KICK at the end of Stand Back was WONDERFUL...and cool...Umm any back to the details...Ummm she talked a lot...and talked to us about the Millennium...and how she was watching all this stuff on TV and about how amazing this stuff..was and that she wrote in her journal for hours...like twenty pages....she was so friendly and she totally fed off the fans and vise versa!
Ohhhhhh the countdown...WOW!! It was kinda funny because she had to drag out the intro of the band..a bit longer...and improvise..which she did a wonderful job...talking to us and stuff...anyway...This is a memory I hope I never loose!!....They brought Stevie some champagne WHICH she DID NOT drink...and then they did the countdown...It was just indescribably...confetti flying everywhere and streamers....people cheering...the girls sang Aule Ange Sine (I know I REALLY spelled that wrong..but ya know)..Stevie kinda sheepishly backed away from the Mic and let the girls sing it...I don't know if it's because she didn't know all the songs...or what...she kinda made this gesture in which she kind pointed to her throat and smiled...so she may not have wanted to sing a song she wasn't totally familiar with..ya know...anyway...she sang a few words here and there...but she spent most of the time hugging the band...and DANCIN WITH CARLOS!!! Ohhhhh man...and did she have this look on her face!!..Ummm You know that look she has when she lays her head on that guys shoulder during the Stand back video just before he sweeps her away...IT was that Look for like a split second...very cute!!!...Anyway...after we partied for a few more minutes...the concert proceeded...the crowd sang along to EVERY song...and she really seemed to get a kick out of it...Oh and Stevie's parents were just all smiles...I don't think they ever stopped...they were definitely very very proud of her...and it seemed almost amazed with the crowd...and like I said...Lori had this look on her face like...That's my Stevie....I think she cheered the hardest of all the family...which was very cool...she was even taking pictures . Stevie sang Landslide and dedicated it to Us and her Dad...and what's funny is the sound messed up right in the first part of the song...so she made Frank stop playing...and she said..and im paraphrasing here.."stop stop...I want this to be perfect for you guys"...and of course we all cheered!!! So the concert started to wind down...and you know that feeling...that the party is almost over...started to set in...but I was still excited.
When the drum solo started...the tensions started to mount....the pushing became a bit harder...but the excitment went to a whole nother level!! Oh and btw...her new bong dude is just luscious!!!!! His eyes are to die for!!!...Ok so enough about him....the band comes out....the bass starts and the crowd goes CRAZY...and she comes out in this cream colored dress I have never seen before...absolutely stunning...I wish I had the vocabulary to explain it...but she had her little cape on with this dress...which was had a very intricate design on the skirt...hard to explain...but it was totally FABULOUS!!!...The song KICKED!! and of course at the end she did the hand shaking...which really got rough for some of us fans...The whole concert...I had this big speaker in front of me...so most of the time I could only see her head...which was kinda not fun...but I had a really good view so im not complaining...anyway...so she is making the rounds...and when she gets to me...she bent over and took my hand...which I don't know how she did it...because all the tall people around me....she gave me this really wonderful look...and about that time the crowded HEAVED to one side...and I felt myself..get almost lifted/pushed to the right...and she gave me this look like.."OMG...your getting squished!!"...she smiled and let go...I think she was afraid of me getting hurt or something..but she definitely did they eye contact thing..smiled and let go because I got a reallyyy BIG squish!!..I was to say the least...very knocked out...and tickled sh**less that she shook my hand..and actually held it for as second *silent squeeealll!!*...After that I kinda just floated in this heavenly cloud of self satisfaction...gratitude and humbleness!!!...She really did leave us all with something unforgettable!!
By this time the show was almost over...she ending with...I Need To Know...because...what would her show be without a TOM PETTY SONG (She wore her waist coat with the tails for this one)!!!...The place was rocking..we were jammin...and Stevie was really having a good time....grand finale!! HAEWAFY!!...totally stunning and wonderful...and by this time...I figured...Jail or not!! IM gonna get a few shots with my camera!!!..so I flashed away...So hopefully...I will have at least one good one for you guys....Ummm anyway..I know this has been long..and Im sorry that my details are a bit skimpy on the song list and clothes and stuff...but it's hard to remember everything...and pass it on a feeling...so that was basically the concert...Stevie was just FABULOUS!!! Nothing more I can say about to express my feelings more...
Now for the post show events...we danced for a few minutes...got something to drink...and basically...just stood there stunned ...it was really AWESOME...Ummm we went back to the T-shirt table...because Chris himself was standing there...and was really open and friendly...he was really going on and on about Stevie and I just had to talk to him for a few minutes....basically I just had to tell him how wonderful she was...that she had fans from all over....and that we loved to hear her talk so tell her to keep it up...because that is what makes it cool!!!...Im going to wait until Sammi wakes up to give you another funny detail of our conversation with Chris...we were the only ones who heard this and it was funny..but im gonna make sure it's ok with her before I tell it..but it isn't ya know secretive...just something funny he said...anyway..I asked him about the new album and when it would be out...and he just laughed and said...last month!!! Which basically meant it could be out anytime..he just really didn't know...or wasn't going to commit to anything...anyway...he was very cool...and said there would be more stuff added to Artist direct soon...so keep your eyes open...Ummm anyway..that is basically it...Torri, Dave, Keith, Sammi and myself...walked around for awhile...we were going to eat..but...the crowd was to monstrous...so they decided it would be best to just hit the road...I gave them all big squeezes!! And I got a lump in my throat...cause the finality of it all was getting a little hard for me...but..it soon passed when Sammi and I realized...that Taxi line was 3 hours long!!!!...Needless to say our feet were killing us...so we looked for alternatives to finding a cab...we waited in Valet parking...had two cabs swiped out from under us...(a**munches!!)..So me and my dumb self...said Hey..Loook!! There are Taxi's all over down on the street...so stupid me..drags Sammi from the safety of the hotel out on the Vegas streets at like 3:30 am in the morning...drunk people all over..got hit on several times..LOL!! and finally...after several attempts...we got a taxi...this guy didn't want to pick take us...because the drive was to long...but I got a bit hateful told him I was freezing my ass off and all I wanted was a ride ....and that we would pay ..so take us!!!..So he said alright and we were off!!!...The cab ride was of course ya know..the typical..tell me your life story...and since...my mouth runs faster than my brian I told this guy everything...so...anyway...we get home...and we don't have enough money for the cab...so Sammi has to run in and get the rest of the money....so while im getting out of the cab...they guy comes around the car...and opens the door..I get out...and he extends his hand...me being the stupid naive totally over friendly dumb ass that Im goes to shake his hand...He grabs my hand...shakes it says Happy New Year...and THENNNNN!!...He kisses me!!!!...IT was on the cheek but close enough to my mouth....that I was like...sh** fire!!!..Is this the way all cab rides end?!?!! I didn't want to be rude..so I didn't jerk away or anything...but I was very stunned to say the least..LOL!! So thank GAWD...Sammi comes back with the money...and I don't even take time for him to count it..I think we gave him a 7$ tip...but I was ready to ya know...break up that little situation..LOL!!..So anyway...that was the last person I wanted to kiss on NYE....but...he was the only one who offered...LOL!!! Ok so that's the END!!! I bet your glad it's over=)
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