It was incredible to see the stage I read about in earlier reviews in person. For clarification, someone reported that the backdrop was a “big spider web”, when in actuality it was the top of a massive French style stained glass window. The window was back lit and changed colors constantly during the show. During “Twisted”, there were flashes of lightning and rain behind the window which created an amazing effect. The layers of draperies hanging from the light rigs were beautiful. It was the classiest stage ever for Stevie.
Stevie looked and sounded phenomenal. There were a few songs where she sang the verses out of order, but she put her left hand up to her left temple and twirled her finger, letting us know that she was a little mixed up, but still singing her heart out. Her voice was the clearest and strongest I’ve heard in concert. The set was a refreshing mix of old classics, rarely heard songs and newer material. She did that great tune from her first live video, (...don’t hide behind your hair...), and “Twisted” was an exciting version, much better than the movie soundtrack.
Her “acoustic” set was a little too loud and heavy on guitar and percussion, (not truly acoustic), but thrilling just the same. I always thought she could do an entire acoustical concert someday with just a piano and guitar, and last night I got a sample of what that might be like.
“Landslide” was just as beautiful as ever. The entire audience sang along with Stevie, and I noticed alot of tears flowing by the end of the song. We’ve all been down so many different paths, and are all getting older too, aren’t we? I couldn’t help but think what a timeless song she was singing. The audience was on their feet and dancing almost the entire evening, and the roars between some songs were deafening.
Stevie seemed to be taking in every moment of applause and appreciation for her music. She kept thanking us for still being there, still listening to her, etc. I have heard rumors that her eyesight is poor, but with my binoculars, I could see that she was looking all around the pavilion and across the sea of fans and appeared to be seeing everyone in the crowd. She thankfully gave up her routine of changing shawls after every song, and limited her costume changes to 3 or 4. Her hair was silky and straight and more beautiful than ever. I did not notice any color streaks or the jewel on her forehead as mentioned in prior reviews. Her jewelry was simple and very elegant, no more rings on every finger.
I convinced my friend Kathy to help me get closer to the stage about 2/3rds through the concert. We managed to side step several security people and get to the first section of seating. Then we saw an opening and bolted for the aisle and up towards the stage. Just then a security guy jumped up, but amazingly he pushed us through and forward and said “hurry up and get in there”. Suddenly we were standing at the stage with Stevie just feet away! She did her traditional “Edge of Seventeen” walk across the stage, but I missed a handshake by inches. Watch for the special lighting effects on her big “scream” during “Seventeen”.
She ended the evening with “Has Anyone Ever Written...”. She sang with such sincerity and honesty in her voice and her appearance, that I finally felt an intense connection with her. Stevie’s music has always affected me in so many ways, but last night, after so many years of just watching her, I suddenly felt a part of the whole great play that has been changing and unfolding all these years.
You are going to love this tour and concert. I will be looking forward to reading more reviews as the summer progresses. Peace to everyone.
Any doubts as to whether Stevie Nicks still had what it takes to remain the Queen of Rock and Roll were laid to rest Tuesday night, as she "Enchanted" a near-capacity crowd at Cleveland's Blossom Music Center.
Nicks sung, twirled, and danced her way through a 100-minute set of selections from her CD Box Set, entitled "Enchanted". The 50-year old singer looked happy and healthy...and her voice was in fine form. From the opening "Outside The Rain/Dreams" medley, to her closing "Edge Of Seventeen", Stevie ruled her enthusiastic audience like a mature Gueneviere, one moment the shy princess, the next moment the firey warrior maiden, the next the wise Ancient Queen.
The crowd loved it all, even the acoustic set which featured some of Stevie's less well-known songs, like "Garbo" and "Rose Garden" But clearly the favorites were "Dreams", "Rhiannon" (complete with ballad-like beginning), "Stand Back" and "Gold Dust Woman" . It gave this observer chills to hear 10.000 people (or however many were in attendance) singing every word to "Landslide" so loudly, it was hard to hear Stevie over the audience!
Her encore consisted of 'I Need To Know" and the beautiful "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You". Some in the audience, even guys(!!!) were crying by this point.
While it is clear she has toned down her show somewhat from the Bella Donna and Wild Heart days, it is also clear that the lady can still rock!!! And equally clear that Stevie Nicks is back--with a vengeance!
I won't go into the set list because it was exactly as opening nights. No complaints here, though, she was flawless. The night was so intimate as she shared so many stories about her life and songs. And tears came to my eyes many times that night as the crowd joined Stevie in singing---I hink even she was taken aback at times-- it was so intense.
To all who will be seeing her this summer---it will be one of the best evenings you'll ever experience. I know it was for me!
Stevie opened with Outside the Rain and then strait inti Dreams.She hanked everon fter Dreams.Then she sang Enchanted which I think was really good.Afterthis sog she said something to the effect that she was glad that there weren't dny tornadoes because there hadbeen a tornado watch for the area all day.The next song was Gold Dust Woman.Stevie had on her gold shawl like from The dance.Next was Gold and Braid,Ithought this song sounded great. One of herguarists sang Tom Pettys part on Stop Draggin' My Heart Around.He did a good job doin Tom Pretty's parts.For the acoustic section Stevie had on a red coat type thing on over her dress.The first song of the acoustic set was After the Glitter Fades,beautiful version.Then therewas Garbo folowed by Rose Garden which she told us she wrote whn she was 17 and then she said something like "Little did i know then what i was talking about."
After the acoustic set she played Sleeping Angel,this song was beautifly done.Stevie had left the stage for a quick change while the rest of the band started Stand Back.She came out with a black shawl onEveryone was up dancing during this song.It was done much like the version done on Leno,and a leg kick at the end.After thi song was Rhiannon which rockd the house.Next was the band intro. Whole lot of trouble was next,and was great.I couldn't tell if Stevie ha on a green or bluish shawl on now.Next was Landslide, it was ok but I like the version on The Dance better.
Stevie had now put on a coat like the one she hd on wn=hen she was on Leno but tis one was white.Lenny had a short soloduring this time.Stevie came back and did Edge of Seventeen.During the solo part Stevie went and shook hnds with the front row.A lot of people gave her flowers,but someone gave er this big gorrila hat was almost as big as she was.Oh cool lighting during this song.
For the encore she did Tom Petty's song I Need to Know.The final song of the evening was Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You.Stevie had on a white shawl/caot on during these two songs. Over all I hade a great time and I can't wait for another tour.
The music then began for STOP DRAGGIN MY HEART AROUND. People stood up and cheered. The song sounded great - better than the record. The male vocals (I think by Frank ?) were excellent, too! After this song, she thanked the audience and walked off stage. The stage crew set up tall bar stools across the front of the stage in a line - just like at the Fleetwood Mac concert. Stevie walked out with a beautiful maroon velvet dress. It had a cream-colored flower pattern throughout the material and sequence on the bottom half. She announced that this was the acoustic set As she started talking about the song, she mentioned Hollywood and the crowd cheered - they knew what was coming next by her explanation. She started into AFTER THE GLITTER FADES. The people in the front center section lit their lighters. Stevie saw this and smiled at them. The next song was GARBO. She told us how it was about movie stars that do stuff they shouldn’t have done. The crowd mellowed and listened. After the song, she introduced the next song as ...”One I wrote when I was 17 (a little cheer from the crowd). Who’d know that it would be so true.” This was ROSE GARDEN. Then SLEEPING ANGEL. She went for another costume change...as the band started STANDBACK...Stevie appeared on the stage dancing across it as though she was really enjoying this concert. The crowd loved that! She had on a gorgeous black shawl. It was the sheer material covered with gold circles and gold fringe. The black dress had a layered bottom half. You can tell she loves this song. (I know from my experiences that this is a fun one to do on the stage). At the end of STANDBACK, Stevie gave a big karate kick with her left leg (on the last beat of the song). What a powerful ending! She, again, thanked the crowd. I, personally, love it when she thanks the crowd - it shows her class and style.
Next, the piano started playing RHIANNON. The crowd sang along. Then, the whole band took over and rocked the house with the ever-so-powerful RHIANNON. I looked away for one minute to buy a drink and Stevie changed costumes. Now, she was wearing a blue denim-colored lace-patterned shawl. It had sparkles all over as the light shined on it. This was one of my favorites! What style! As Stevie danced and turned on stage, the crowd went wild. This RHIANNON version was longer than the record, but not the long concert version she used to do. The crowd went wild at the end of RHIANNON; then Stevie introduced the band. I counted ten people on stage. As she introduced her backup singers, Mindy and Sharon, she told the crowd how she didn’t want to sing alone (I’d sing with Stevie at anytime, ha, ha! That would be great!) The next song was WHOLE LOTTA TROUBLE. From what I could tell, Stevie gave a look to her drummer and bass player as if there was an error at the end. But the band covered it up, well. Then, LANDSLIDE. The crowd once again went wild. The crowd finished the la la la’s at the end of the first verse as Stevie smiled. Stevie walked off stage as the band made thunderstorm sounds. I was expecting to hear Talk to Me, but they played TWISTED. When Stevie walked off stage this time, the percussionist started a bongo solo. The drummer joined in. These guys were great!
Then, the guitar started. “It’s White-winged dove” - I heard from many people yelling in excitement. (No one ever gets the title right! Ha, ha!) No, it was EDGE OF SEVENTEEN. Then I looked and Stevie was walking up the ramp towards stage with two security guards (one on each side of her to protect her). She was back and as she approached the stage the Blossom Music Center crowd made their own thunder sounds. She had on a Cream shawl w/sequence shining in the light. Under it was a Tan dress with sequence on the lower half. Sharon shared Stevie’s microphone as she sang the echo part on the last verse of EDGE OF SEVENTEEN. Sharon looked good as usual, but sounded better and stronger than I’ve ever heard her before. The people in the crowd started handing Stevie stuff as she walked from one side on the stage to the other shaking hands and thanking people for coming. Classy lady! I couldn’t get close enough to shake Stevie’s hand. I did get to shake her hand at a previous concert some years ago. While trying to ‘inch’ past the guards, I saw someone give Stevie a large painting. How nice! I wonder how it looked close up. From a distance, it looked like the front of her Bella Donna albumn. But, I don’t know what it was for sure. While I was conversing with the security guards, Stevie changed into a long gold coat of silky material covered with sparkles. At the end of this song, she thanked the crowd and said, “Of course you know these are the moments that I care about.” (How sweet!) All of the band members lined up on stage and took a bow. Off stage, Stevie changed into a long black coat covered with sequence. The whole pavilion was lit up by all of the lighters. For her encore, she did I NEED TO KNOW then stepped off to the side of the stage where Sharon put on a beautiful white-laced shawl. This one was my favorite! The piano started YOUR SONG. After, the band lined up and took a bow. She walked off stage as the crowd roared for more. Then the lights came on. Wow! What a concert! Well, I hope you enjoyed my review of the Stevie Nicks concert on June 2 at Blossom Music Center. Have a great time if you’re going to see the ENCHANTED concert. If not, you better get tickets so you don’t miss this one - Stevie and the gang are HOT, HOT, HOT!!! God bless!
I'm having a little difficulty finishing this,because i've still got 2 more to write,and I'm trying to distinguish this show from the others! Just me say that the show was wonderful and well worth all I had to endure to see it! I've been following Stevie for 15 years,and I never fail to be blown away by her. This tour is the best thing in years and I'm glad I have been a part of it.
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