One of the most magical evenings of my life began with copping 6th row aisle seats from a scalper I found just minutes after arriving at the show. The angle was stage right, meaning that when Boz Scaggs was playing (he was great, don't miss him), I looked through my binoculars toward the backstage area, and who did I see standing behind an amp with her hair up in these huge curlers but Stevie Nicks herself!! She was grooving to Boz, and dancing and clapping. I really enjoyed getting a chance to see her in such an unguarded moment.
At about 9:10, Chris Nicks came out and read the definition of enchanted. And... out she came, looking resplendent in the black dress and red velvet boots. The set list was the same as has been reported here before. During Outside the Rain and Dreams, she looked a little nervous and tentative. However, by the time she got to Gold Dust Woman, she was smiling, and really seemed to enjoy herself during Gold and Braid. She got really into Stop Draggin' My Heart around (and said that Tom Petty was her best male friend), but I agree with the comments posted by other fans here that the guitar player Frank really isn't that good of a singer to do the Tom Petty part, and that detracted a little from the song. (Is it just me or is he a little goofy? I never thought I'd miss Waddy Wachtel!) However, Stevie seemed to be having a really good time and spoke alot with the audience, saying "it's a party!"
She then went into her acoustic electric trilogy as she called it about Hollywood and the things it had done to her life. She said before the beginning of Garbo that she had written that song the night after she had shot the Buckingham Nicks cover in 1973 and that she had been very unhappy about that cover and did not want to do it. She said before the beginning of Rose Garden that she had written it when she was 17 and "who knew?"
Stand Back rocked the house (finally, people got up and danced to this song). Rhiannon was also a killer -- Stevie smiled when she got to the "Stay" part and people were going bananas. Whole Lotta Trouble was smokin, and I enjoyed it more live than I do off the recorded version. She then went into Landslide and said that she usually dedicates that song to her father, but since her father wasn't there tonight, she sent Frank the guitar player into the audience and he found a woman named Gabriella, so they dedicated the song to her. However, Lindsey's absence loomed large during Landslide as Frank just doesn't have the guitar chops for this song, and screwed up a few notes in the beginning, but Stevie overlooked it graciously. Although everyone was singing with her, she didn't stop and conduct the audience in song as she has done in other shows. She said at the end of the song that she would do that song any time, anywhere.
Now.. for the really good part. I knew from reading the NicksFix religiously that the audience rushed the stage at the beginning of Edge of 17. I heard one security guy say to another during Twisted that he should let us rush the stage for the next song. That was all I had to hear, and at the stroke of the first guitar riff, I bolted for the stage. I was one of the first ones there, right at the front of the stage. I was getting crushed from behind, but I was not moving for anyone or anything. In the middle of Edge of 17, Stevie turned her back and took off her rings, and that's when I knew she was coming to shake hands and accept her gifts. Suddenly, she was standing right in front of me!! I couldn't believe it, nor could I speak. I just raised my hand and she shook it and smiled and I damn near died. Her hand was so soft and she looked so beautiful.
With all that said, it was a great show. One thing though, and I would be interested to know whether anyone else observed this. First, although Stevie looked beautiful (as she always does) she looked very, very tired at this show. There were dark circles under her eyes (noticeable even under the pancake makeup) and she looked drawn and sad sometimes . Alot of people around me noticed that she looked so tired (you could really see it through the binoculars).. Is she sick? Did they have a bad bus ride in the rain down from Boston? I hope she's OK because I've got 10th row seats for Radio City on Wednesday! Anyway, all in all she was wonderful and shaking her hand was a dream come true for me, and it was a night I will never forget!
WHen we first arrived, we had to go through the gates and NO CAMERAS were allowed!!! I was SO upset, the security ppl were ever checking purses!!!!!! But anyway, i got up there, I had a camera in my purse, and the guy was like..."i'm gonna have to take it"....i was like "omg, i totally forgot i had it, i'll just give it to my mom once i get inside, she's way back in the terrace, i promise she won't take any pic.s".....and then, HE LET ME TAKE IT IN!!!!!!!!!
Anyway, I located my seat (ff 59, in the back of the orchastra section) around 8:30 pm(this was right after i purchased a Stevie shirt, it's the one with her by the blue lamp, on the cover of ENchanted, i just love that picture), Bozz was preforming his songs......among them was Lido, It's supposed to be one of his hits, although i would be too young to know. Everyone cheered for Bozz, but i think that it was more of a cheering that with the ending of each one of his songs, we were getting closer to seeing Stevie:) SO Bozz's preforming drew to a close, and the lights went out. Stevie's brother came on stage and read teh definition of enchanted.......and after that I lost it.....lol.....i mean from that point on i was crying in hystarics, and dancing in the isle!
STEVIE WAS SO FABULOUS! With every note she sang and every twirl she made, it was like she held the audience in her hands!! The song line up was genius, Stevie just totally out did herself! We all know the line up though, so i'll just tell you the highlights...lol....well the WHOLE show was a highlight but.....STANDBACK must have been the most energenic, happy preformance Stevie ever gave!! The lighting was great, and with each little kick, or twirl........i swear it was as if you were in heaven watching an Angel preform!!!
There were no let downs at this concert at all. Stevie sang the best she has ever, her band was great (including the awsome back up singers). I stood the entire concert, there was no way i could have possibly sat in HER presence!!!! And, although i didn't have the "Best seat" i was able to snap off a few good pic.s i think......lol........that was 2 whole rolls of film to be exact!!!! THen the security guard asked me kindly to put the camera away.....i didn't have anymore film left anyway, so i did with out arguement.....lol!!!!
LEt's see what else, she was just TOO MAGNIFICANT!!!! LANSLIDE left we awestruck, I cried through out the entire song! ENCHANTED was just fabulous, and ROSE GARDEN was beyond anything i have ever imagined!!!! Stevie's voice/lyrics are so deep and true, she is THE Goddess of Rock and Roll!!! Every little coment before and as well as after her songs just made me feel so warm and happy inside......I was seing Stevie LIVE she was talking to ME (well, us), it wasn't an interview on T.v. this was teh real thing!!!!! And she said things, as i'm sure she msut always do , that will remain in my heart forever.
AS i said the whole line up was just spectacular....her last song however HAS ANYONE EVER WRITTEN.........was beyond words. I'm not going to lie this was not one of my most favorite Stevie songs to listen too, that was, before this concert!!!! Stevie preformed this song so wonderfully, and when she got to the "POets, priests of nothing...Ledgends..." part...oh i was just dying!!!!!! Well, I ment to make this review short, and I can see I haven't really done so......but it's just so incredibly hard to put EVERYTHING Stevie "IS", into words. So, I guess it's best for a closing to say that, Stevie just IS. THere are no words for her greatness......she truly is "a princess in her time". This was was my first Stevie concert, and the best night of my entire life! And, to the Angel of my dreams, Miss Stevie Nicks: I LOVE YOU!!!! YOU ARE A DREAM COME TRUE!
The reviewers may not be impressed w/Boz Scaggs but we were. He dragged us back to the 70's with his performance of "Dirty Low Down" and "LIDO". And as he left stage, the flashes of lightening in the background didn't dampen my spirits and our whole groups enthusiasm spilled over to the surrounding seats!! By the time Stevie stepped on stage, several of us girls were all fast friends sharing & swapping Stevie fan stories. It sooo nice to meet people as enchanted with Stevie as I am.
Of course Stevie's first song "Outside the Rain" was a premonition to us all. But the rain held back ironically until "Stand Back". By "Rhiannon" it was pouring but we held our ground as fans ran for cover!! I looked forward to and was not disappointed to hear some of her great but not raido hit songs such as "Enchanted", "Whole Lotta Trouble" and "Gold and Braid". Everyone really enjoyed and loved the Acoustic section and "Rose Garden" was a definite highlight for me. Most of us girls chose the "gold band" path in life and sometimes we wonder and dream about the life Stevie's chosen. But when I looked over to my hubby, wet as a puppy dog, smiling back at me, I knew I was where I was supposed to be and Stevie was where she was supposed to be!!! Pretty good for 15 years of marriage I'd say!!
Stevie can still rock with the best of them and "Stop Draggin my Hear Around" , "17" and "Stand Back" proved it!! Stevie seemed in high spirits and I really enjoyed her talking to us with her stories and thoughts about her songs. It made the evening truly something special. The concert ended to soon with "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You" but it was truly inspirational.
I was willing to stay wet for some encores!! I would have loved to hear "I Can't Wait" but it was not meant to be. I've seen the "Bella Donna", "Wild Heart", "Rock A Little" tours but despite the rain I enjoyed this one the best. Stevie keep rocking and twirling and I'll see you on your next tour!!!
She opened with ENCHANTED...and upon seeing her, the crowd went WILD!!! She looked WONDERFUL and sounded like she was at her best yet. Above all, she looked like she was having the time of her life...and frankly so were the fans. At one point, during her acoustic-electric-acoustic set she looked like a schoolgirl, telling us that she was "having so much fun doing this". She sounds like she's come completely full circle in her life and her music, and she freely talked to us as if we were in her living room.
From OUTSIDE THE RAIN to DREAMS...to EDGE OF SEVENTEEN...Stevie did not miss a beat, and put her soul into every word. No matter what seat you had, you could see her and hear her EVERYWHERE. The whole concert..from the beginning to the end (over 2 HOURS later) was one big invite into Stevie's world...as told through her favorite songs...everyone was entranced and captivated...Lord knows I was!!! It was great to hear her sing songs that I only could have dreamed she would perform, as well as those that she just HAD to perform, like STAND BACK and EDGE OF SEVENTEEN. During EDGE, in pure Stevie style, she made her way around the entire stage, shaking hands with all the fans she could reach. She really connected with all of us...from those in the front row, all the way back to the lawn seats.
After about an hour...the inevitable happened...the threatened rain turned into reality. However, instead of everyone in the lawn and terrace seats leaving (some did leave). The majority just sneaked down into the covered seats where they could, or others, like myself, my brother and my friend, just braved the rain, ponchos or no ponchos. Even though people were soaking wet and cold, they were still dancing in the rows. Actually, the people who left, made more room for us to dance!
Stevie had two encores, "I NEED TO KNOW" and "HAS ANYONE EVER WRITTEN ANYTHING FOR YOU". Both were excellent, but in the four times I've seen Stevie, I have NEVER seen her perform "HAS ANYONE EVER WRITTEN ANYTHING FOR YOU" with quite that much feeling. It was as if everyone was "enchanted" by the way she sang it...no one wanted it to end!!!!
Over all, this was one of the best Stevie concerts I've been to. She was in GREAT voice, sweet, stunning, and above all highly entertaining to watch. It was as if we were visiting with a dear old friend, and I CAN"T WAIT to see her again...Kudos Stevie....you NEVER disappoint me....EVER!!
People finally started filling the seats in Orchestra, and they readyed the stage for Stevie (the perfect set, by the way). The band came out first and the audience was going crazy, personally I was jumping up and down, with my Mom trying to calm me down, my heart was going a mile a minute. She came out and everyone was on thier feet, she walked all around the stage while they were doing the intro to Outside the Rain, and she gave a bouquet of flowers to a young woman waiting by center stage, then Stevie had to run back to the mic to start the song.
For the first song I was in a bit of shock, believe it or not, I didnt quite know what to do with myself, yet. First off, the people around us were drunk and seemed disinterested. There was still a bunch of seats available right across the aisle, so Mom and I jumped across to 4th row on the aisle. Now, I was ready to rock! There was some really cool, happy people seated around us. Stevie started Dreams, and I was just looking at her, not believing I was really there, and I just started crying. I think, at least where I was sitting there was a good amount of audience participation, standing and dancing for: Enchanted, Gold Dust Woman, Stand Back, Rhiannon, Landslide (which everyone joined her on singing), Edge of 17. By the encores everyone was standing, rocking back and forth, singing Has anyone ever written anything for you, everyone was so happy, what a high! Stevie looked and sounded fabulous, my Mother said to me "she looks just like an angel", I said " she is". Everytime she would go for a break or shawl change, she would put her little pointer finger up and say " I'll be right back". Stevie was so full of energy and above all, happiness, during instrument solos she would either rap with the musicians or just be there dancing and talking. Her band is top notch, very talented musicians. Stevie, the band, the set, everything was visually appealing, all of your senses are stimulated. During the bongo solo for Edge of 17, people in the know tried to make thier way to the stage, but security was like, no way! It was probably too early, so a few moments after Stevie started singing, they could not hold us back anymore. Towards the end of the song she came down to greet us, I had 4 big guys in front of me and I had a little gift to give to Stevie. I asked one of them if I could get in front of him, at first he said no, then he turned around and put me in front of him. My gift was a teenie weenie beenie baby penguin and a little key chain license plate for NJ (animal lovers) with STEVIE on it. It was so small, but when she got over to me she took it, went OOOOHHHHH!!!!, KISSED IT!!! and then held it up (shaking it) to the ENTIRE AUDIENCE!!!!!! then she leaned down and shook my hand, I was sooooooo happy, I will not forget this ever. She had the smallest, softest hand, and it looked to me like she didnt have a lot of makeup on, but, shes just so beautiful! She talked a lot during the set, I couldnt make out much of it because we (audience) were so loud. I do know at the end she said she loved being able to interact with the audience and meet the people. Stevie loves what she does, and she does it well, her warmth and sincerity shines through, and that love goes right back to her. Same time , next year, I'll be there.
At the end of Edge, does she take her rings off so none of the ardent fans try to take them from her? I wasn't suprised to hear that her music director was "Carlos Rios" -- you could hear some latin-dancy type undercurrents in the show, especially at the beginning of Stand Back. She really outdid herself during Stand Back -- she was dancing and dancing with Carlos and she seemed to enjoy it to the hilt. The audience was going wild during that song - it rocked!!! She wore some black & white polka-dotted cape I'd never seen before for that number. My camera was safely tucked in the bottom of my purse and although security asked to see my purse they couldn't find it under my make-up bag!! Gold Dust Woman was also awesome and so was Dreams - She also made a comment of how she loved that she could do what she wanted on stage unlike when she is with Fleetwood Mac. She seemed genuinely happy to be there last night and she gave a GREAT performance -- Catch the Enchanted Concert if you can!!!
P.S. - Not that many people are buying the T-Shirts with Stevie's painting on it. Make sure you buy it because 1. it's beautiful, and 2. it's going to be worth money one day!!!
Boz Scaggs was already onstage, but it didn't seem long before Stevie emerged, dressed in her black lace from head to toe, and I nearly DIED! This was only my second time seeing her, and this had to be the greatest time I had by far. She did all the songs I hoped she'd do, plus she even talked to the audience, which made me feel like she really knew each of us individually and was talking straight to our hearts. I'd never heard "Garbo," "Gold and Braid," "I Need to Know" or "Sleeping Angel" live before, so that was an added treat for me. And even when we had to drive home in the pouring rain just as we'd come, it didn't matter to me. All I knew was that those past two hours had been pure Magic that only Stevie could make.
The set was beautiful! Lots of curtains drapping the stage and the backdrop was a hugh semi circle window with lots of flowers and curtains through. The lights changed colors behind it giving a different look and feel throughout the night. The drums looked like they were sitting on top a marble stand, with flowers everywhere.
Stevie was dressed all in black, in layers of chiffon skirts. The bottom layer was all black, on top of that a shorter skirt that sparkled, and the top layer a short skirt with sequins. Her jacket was short, and the sleeves sparkled. She changed shawls throughout the night, the gold one for Gold Dust Woman, the original Stand Back shawl, a black shawl and then she had a few floor lenth cloaks. One was rose colored, and for Edge of Seventeen a cream colored cloak with a shawl over that, that she threw off before collecting gifts and greeting fans. She wore a long white lacy cloak that looked like it buttoned at the front bodice for Twisted. It was very pretty. She also wore the jewel like stones on her forehead similiar to what she wore for the Dance tour.
The song set was the same as others have already said. I have to say all the songs seemed to have a fresh new sound to them, unlike older shows. Stevie seemed very happy with this tour, she kept saying this is so much fun, and was full of smiles all evening! She was so filled with energy!! The acoustic set was wonderful. It was great to hear songs that have never been sung live, or haven't been sung live for a very long time! But even the songs that she usually sings at every show sounded so fresh, new and beautiful.
For Landslide, she said she usually dedicates the song to her dad, but since he wasn't here she needed someone else to dedicate it to and had her guitar player go to the front of the stage, pick out someone and ask their name. So Stevie dedicated the song to a girl in front row center, named Gabrielle.
At first security wouldn't let us stand up were we where in second row, but eventually they gave up. Stand Back everyone was on there feet, and thats about where they stopped asking people to sit down. Everyone was standing pretty much the rest of the show. Also, security was not stopping anyone from taking pictures, which surprised me, but was great. I took lots of pictures and hope they come out! For Edge of Seventeen, we were first up to the stage. She touched my hand, and said to my niece who was next to me, "are you ok". This is her first time up to the stage, and with people dancing and jumping around, maybe she looked a little scared! This was also my first time being at the stage for Edge of Seventeen, so it was pretty great for me to!!
We talked to Chris Nicks after the show. My sister showed him a photo of her other daughter, who did not come with us last night, when she was on stage with Stevie for the Street Angel tour. He asked for a copy which she is sending him.
Finding the Best Buy coupons was not easy. No one knew anything when we got there, then someone said they would give them out on the way out, which they were. I hope everyone got one!
When we left I was not thinking about the songs I would have liked to have heard live that weren't part of the set, we left, as Christopher said in the beginning, charmed, delighted, en-tranced, brought to the point of tears, Enchanted.
The highlight of the evening for me came during "Edge of Seventeen". You know what happens at the end of the song especially if you're close to the stage, well, I was prepared. I had gone out and bought a small penguin beenie stuffed animal that day. I know she doesn't keep them but what the hell. Anyway, as soon as "Edge" started people started rushing the stage so I ran up there as well. I was flipping. I was right there. We all stood there for the duration of the song and then she started coming around greeting everyone. She got closer and then I had my hand up to her ( as well as the penguin but she didn't take it ) and she smiled at me and shook my hand! All I can say is that it was almost like a religious experience. I also remember mouthing to her "we love you". And that was it. I remember putting my hand on my head and shaking my head thinking "I can't believe it, I just shook Stevie Nicks' hand. I've been a fan since 1981 and have been going to see her since 1986 and I had always wanted that to happen but I never had good enough seats. Actually, for Fleetwood Mac last year and her one-off performance in Boston in 1996 I was right at the stage but she didn't come around. Anyway, the penguin got tossed on stage during "I Need to Know". And, some guy managed to get onstage as they were taking their bow. If anyone was there, do you know who this was and how he got past security? If anyone has had any expeiences like mine ( and I'm sure many of you have ) you know the feeling. It's like you just want to put your arms around her and give her a big hug - she's so sweet. Well, I've rambled long enough. I am going to Radio City on Wednesday and then that's it (for now at least). Will give you a report.
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