During Whole Lotta Trouble everyone charged the stage. Well I went full speed ahead like I was running with the bulls, and I ended up directly against the stage right smack dab under Stevie's microphone for the rest of the show. Edge of 17 was playing, and Stevie was making her way towards me; she was shaking the girl's hand next to me and I just reached up and grabbed her arm. The next thing I know I had ahold of both of her arms and she is directly in front of me. I screamed, "Stevie I Love You," she smiled and said, "Thank You." I didn't realize that I had such a grip on her and she basically had to yank her arms from my grasp. I didn't want to ever let go, or that moment to ever end. But it all happened so fast and she moved on. My dream finally came true, I TOUCHED STEVIE NICKS, and she acknowledge my existance. I just can not begin to express what this night was like for me, other than I didn't want it to ever end. She rocked the house, she sounded incredible, looked absolutely gorgeous, and was very happy to be there.
One incident that did occur, that I think everyone else left out of their review, happened towards the end of Edge of 17--Stevie was still shaking hands and collecting her gifts--when all of a sudden the blond haired guitarist (that I just can not remember his name) was walking backwards playing and he tripped over something and fell right on his behind. He was so embarrassed and the people that happen to catch this were all screaming and laughing. He was a good sport about it and just kept on playing the entire time, even on his butt.
If you haven't seen Stevie yet, you will probably agree with me that it was spectacular. Other than a few minor flubs, Stevie was in rare form. Her solo shows just seem to get better with age (like a fine wine). There are a few songs in the set list that you will love. She called them her Trilogy of songs and she explained that they were songs that she chose and was not told to do. They are After the Glitter Fades, Garbo, and Rose Garden. They were all excellent!! I am so glad she has her voice back. A few other songs that were great to hear were Sleeping Angel, Gold and Braid, and Twisted. Yes, they were all wonderful as well. But my favorite song of all (which shouldn't be hard to figure out) was Landslide. There I was only about two feet away from Stevie while she sang my alltime favorite song. The whole audience was singing the entire time and she was directing us like a choir teacher, waving her arms and letting us know how long to hold out the notes. It gave me goosebumps. She ended the night with Has Anyone Ever Written.... and it was as always beautiful. She thanked us and told us to keep coming back because she doesn't have anything else to do. I will keep coming back Stevie!! The only thing that can top this night will be to meet her backstage. I am still walking around in a daze, my ears are still ringing, my throat is still raw, I lost my voice, and if I could turn back time, I would do it all over again. It was one of the best nights of my life and I am still on a high thinking about it. Thank you Stevie, I hope you rock on for another 50 years!
I started to take more pictures and the security guards kept telling people they better stop or they are going to take their cameras. Then Stevie did the acoustic set with After the Glitter Fades, Garbo and Rose Garden. This set was awesome and Stevie's voice never sounded so wonderful. Then she did Sleeping Angel. I just listened to this song the other day and it instantly became one of my favorites. I took a picture everytime I saw the security guard look the other way. People kept trying to get to the front of the stage. She changed so many times but she has the most beautiful clothes. The highlight was when Stand Back came on the crowd went crazy and so did I. This song is so powerful live. Everyone was singing and she had so much energy singing this song. WOW!!!!!!! Rhiannon is really good. It pretty much is close to The Dance version. Again everyone was singing. There was a really hugh crowd also. I did not see an empty seat anywhere. At least 15,000 or more were there. I really like Whole Lotta Trouble. It was really loud and heavier then the cd version of it. Stevie dedicated Landslide to some lady that her father knows that was in the audience. The guitar player did a really good job on this one. Here is the highlight of the show. Halfway through Landslide my friend told me to go up to the front to get a better picture. I saw the security guard walk the other way and I went right up to the 4th row. Then a whole bunch of people just went to the front of the stage. All the chairs were flipped over and pushed aside. All of a sudden I was 2 people away from the stage. Then Twisted came on and I was jumping up and down. I got a couple more pictures even though the security guy was almost right next to me. My friend tried to get to the front and they would not let her. The lighting for Twisted was cool. Just being that close to Stevie was a wonderful experience. Then I heard the bongo drums playing and I knew it was time for Edge of Seventeen. It seemed like forever until Stevie came back out. It was well worth the wait. She had on a black and white cape and she sang her heart out on this one. Then she bent down to pick up the flowers and gifts that everyone had to give her. I edged my way closer and then everyone was just pusing too hard to get the stage. It was crazy!!!!!!! I tried to reach her hand but I couldnt. She waved at me and a couple of other people and said she loved us all and said hi. I was about to pass out after that. I think she even looked at me. I kept jumping up and down waving my arms.I just followed my way down to the other side of the stage. Then these people started fighting right in the middle of the song. Can't everyone just get along? I was really mad because I got hit luckily not too hard. After that I moved back somewhat to get away from those people. After Seventeen Stevie got with all the band members and they bowed. When she left the stage the crowd went crazy. She came out and did I need to Know which I think is a Tom Petty song. It was really good. I was getting sad though cuz I knew there was only one song left. Then Stevie sang Has Anyone Ever Written Anyting For You. What a perfect way to end a perfect night. I almost cried because that song sounds so beautiful and Stevie is so beautiful. I took my last picture of the evening and found my friend and headed the car. The show ended at 11:15. I have to say that this concert is the best ever. If you dont have a ticket get one because this tour isnt one to miss. She is just so amazing live and you have to see her to believe it!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is 2:00 now and I definitley wont be able to sleep but I know that I attended something really wonderful. That is the the gift of Stevie's voice!!!!!!!
The highlights came mostly from her between-song banter with the audience. The most memorable thing she said came at the end, after "Has Anyone..." -- she said that she truly appreciates us being there for her because if it weren't for us, "What else would I do?" When she said that, it sounded more sincere than sincere. I came away from this show loving Stevie more than ever, and I can't wait to see her again. I definitely plan on taking care of myself so "we can do this again," as she said.
Just a tip for those of you going to upcoming shows -- if you're unhappy with your seats, just look around for open ones closer to the center or down closer to the stage -- whatever; just steal them! If people get up and leave and don't come back or if they just don't show up for their seats, take them!!! Me and my friend had to move around about 6 or 7 times cuz we kept on getting kicked out of people's seats, but it was worth it. By the time we moved for the last time, we were closer than ever... Unfortunately, when we tried to sneak past security to try to shove our way down front for "edge of 17," they demanded to see our tickets and sent us back to our seats... oh well. At least we had a cheering section ("Go! Go! Go! Go! Go!") - :) while we were attempting it! ha ha...
Oh, and to the lady who bought us beer in exchange for the constant use of my friend's binoculars, thank you... whoever you are...:) And thank you, Stevie Nicks. You rock so hard!!!! (and you're pretty damn hot, too).
Me and my friend Scott waited in the lobby for about an hour, and then we started seeing Stevie's band. I spoke with lenny Castro and Frank Syms for about 20 min's and those two guys are the nicest you could ever chat with!!!! We saw Stevie's who crew and band running around doing there thing before heading to Star Lake. But, we didnt see Stevie, but thats ok. We sort of watched from afar....it was like we were watching a video!!
Anyways.....the show Well, my first row ticket turned out to be Third row center.....the 2 rows in front of me were reserved for Best Buy Managers only.....SUCKS!!!!! Thats what was told to us, so my Row A ticket was actually row 3. But...who really cares.....I seen Stevie!!!! We had brought a huge white bear and sunflowers for Stevie. Before the show, a guard came to us and said "Stevie would like anything big like stuffed animals to be given before the show becuase she is letting people rush the stage during Whole Lotta Trouble which is near the end, and it's gets too pushy down front." So me and Scott give him the bear and we put a little note in it and 10 min's later the guard waved for us two to come over to him. Well.....Stevie said thanks and gave us a little note back. YES I WAS IN HEAVEN!!! The show was FAB!!!!!!! Much better than Clevland show I went to last week. The secruity was not tight at all. They let us take pictures!!!!!! I took one full roll last night, and got some GREAT shots!!!!!!! During Edge of 17......YES.....she shook BOTH my hands, and took the bunch of Sunflowers we brought for her!!! No I will not forget this night...........
Late in the show, Stevie was in a playful mood and would tease the audience by performing a half twirl. It was really cool. She was having fun! Her presence on the stage is so captivating. 'Landslide' was dedicated to her father's equivalent of a secretary (Francis, I do believe) who was present at the show. Everyone sang along, and I mean everyone. What a beautiful song. 'Twisted' (One of my favorite songs) was a pleasant surprise and absolutely one of the best performances of the night, Though no song came off poorly. The percussion interlude before 'Edge Of Seventeen' was great and got the crowd pumped. Stevie, of course, did her edge of the stage walkabout. The lead guitarist stummbled backwards, but managed to get up a few seconds later unscathed with a smile. She returned for the two song encore, and almost seemed saddened that the show was over.
Stevie summed it up best by telling everyone that we all should do this again because, "What else would I do?" What a great time she had, thus making the night enjoyable for all. I highly suggest anyone to go see a Stevie Nicks show. I have no more words to describe her. As for the others, Boz Skaggs did put on a good show and Stevie's backing back was fabulous. What a great time. I might try to get to another show on the tour. Hope to see you there!
In the middle of the show, Stevie said how she enjoyed this concert the most, because these are the songs she likes to do, instead of the ones she has to do. She did a trilogy of three songs mainly focusing on the acoustic parts in her music.
Concluding her show were the songs: "Edge of Seventeen," "I Need To Know," and "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You." The crowd went wild after those songs, because she went down to the lower section of the stage and shook hands with people in the audience. Ms. Nicks definitely rocked the house with her June 9th concert, and we at Pittsburgh hope she comes back next year to perform again.
During the introduction of After the Glitter Fades, Stevie seemed to have forgotten the name of the song. I had my binoculars trained on them the whole time and you could see Sharon giggling. It was a momentary lapse but it showed how human she really is. Even my friend remarked that Stevie seemed stumble for the name of the song.
The woman who had Landslide dedicated to her was Frances. She was Stevie's Father's Secretary and moved with the family. It was an incredible performance of that song. Very moving.
Twisted turned out much different than I expected. I didn't realize what song it was right away. It was certainly an interesting mix on this song. I loved it.
And last but not least, in tradition of nearly every show Stevie has done at StarLake Amp. It was a rainy and chilly evening. It almost seems that wouldn't be a great show unless it was cold and wet. The only exception this year was the lack of lightning to light up the lawn. And hearing Stevie going OOH AND AAAH with every flash.
This was perhaps the best show I have ever seen her perform. As I stated before, I have seen her 7 or 8 times with and without Fleetwood Mac. Even though I was a lot further back than I really wanted to be, I was AWESTRUCK by you Enchanting us all. THANKS STEVIE.
It had rained all the way to Pittsburgh and suddenly stopped for the concert and didn't resume raining until after Stevie left stage. As if even Mother Nature knew that the weather should smile on a Stevie Nicks concert.
Boz Scaggs was excellent...being an older fan I knew who Boz was and was familiar with his songs. When Stevie hit the stage I realized, to my horror, that I couldn't see a thing...not one strand of her golden hair (of course everyone was standing up cheering and screaming). So I abandoned my seat and my friend and went closer to the stage...I was still back in the second section but I could see Stevie quite well from this place. My thanks to whoever had abandoned this excellent seat. Stevie was incredible. There aren't enough adjectives...she looks beautiful and more importantly, she looks happy. She seemed truly touched by the fans reactions. To hear 10,000 people singing your songs word for word with you seemed to overwhelm her. Her voice is in excellent condition. Her band is incredible. Her girls are beautiful as always. It was a magical night and I'm still very hyper as I come back to work and listen to her box set as I think about that magical night in Pittsburgh.
At 8:00 we found our seats and sat down to watch Boz Scaggs, who I must say, put on a very good show. His back-up singer, Lisa Frazier, was excellent. Boz left the stage and came back for an encore. When he was finished, the road crew began removing his equipment and checking and positioning Stevie's equipment. At this time, we went back out to our meeting place and talked with MaryBeth and Barry again. We saw Karen and Phil in passing. At about 9:15 we went back to our seats and got ready for Stevie. The lights went down and the whole venue screamed when Christopher Nicks came on to read the definition of Enchanted. Then the lights came up and there she was! I screamed "Stevie" real loud and everyone was on their feet. I about died, I have never seen her this close before. She came out wearing the velvet floor-length coat from the Leno show and changed accordingly for each grouping of songs. Among the clothing I saw besides the first outfit were: the Gold Dust Woman shawl (which looked more beautiful than it did on the Dance), a red and gold floor-length dress/jacket (made of satin, I think), a red jacket thing (during Whole Lotta Trouble), a beautiful silver-gray full length shawl (that looked like a dress), a white sparkly shawl (floor-length) and the last outfit a beautiful sliver/white floor-length velvet, rhinestone, satin jacket with a white shawl over it. I may have missed a few here. After Twisted, which I must say was the best I've ever heard her do this song, my friend and I went to the stage and I got up right against it, I was next to last at the stage. There was no pushing or shoving. We were in 7th row and it was a piece of cake to get up there. I watched Edge of Seventeen from the stage front. After the song was over, Stevie started to make her way along the stage shaking people's hands and collecting some gifts. I saw her put on a ring, a thing that was like a tassel (like a priest wears) around her neck, a bouquet of brown-eyed Susan flowers, a stuffed animal. I could not believe I was there and that my dream was going to come true. What would I say to her? I had no idea. When she got to me, she took my hand in both of hers, looked directly at me, maintaining eye contact and smiled the biggest smile I'd ever seen. I said "I love you Stevie." and she nodded to me. Now she did not just let my hand go, she held on and squeezed. My friend, Jeff, said the blue stage light was shining on my face and I was in a trance. Her hand was the softest I've ever felt, tiny, and a little moist. She had medium length nails with pearl polish on them. As she moved to the last person, I touched her burnt red color boot and touched the hem of her jacket. You could tell the clothing was super expensive by the feel. We watched her two last songs from the bottom of the stage and then the lights came up and she was gone. Some drunk girl was boosted on stage by her boyfriend during Stevie's encore and a big security guy made her get down. What some people won't do.
As I left the venue, I was walking on air. I had never expected in my life to share such a special moment with my idol. I think Stevie noticed my costume. She genuinely does appreciate her fans. My friend, Jeff, who had never seen her before was impressed with her rapport with the audience. I got home about 12:15 a.m. and had trouble falling asleep. I was thrilled to death and couldn't wait to tell everyone about my experience. I bought the tourbook, blue t-shirt with Stevie pointing and a keychain. I am totally broke until Friday.
My Dream came true, I will remember this night.
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