[The Nicks Fix]

July 1, 1998: Orlando Arena - Orlando, FL

from bcrazy2
Stevie was fabulous! She talked with the audience and had us on the edge of her seat. She put so much energy into performing! I have not seen that from her in such a long time. At the end of her show she said Keep yourselves well so we can play again together because this is all I have to do. I have nothing else to do but play for you.
from Natalie Kuehling - Deltona, Florida
This was my first Stevie Nicks concert ever. And it was very cool. Anyway, I'm thankful I'm in a wheelchair so no one blocked mine or my older sister's view. Somebody lent me (and then GAVE me) her binoculars and so I could see Stevie's face. She looked beautiful, of course. She opened with Outside the Rain (I love that song.), and then said she was glad this performance was inside (the only one so far) because it's so hot. My sister was glad she took me because she doesn't know as much Stevie as I do. I'm going to have to record all of Enchanted for her. I think my favorite parts were the Acoustic Trilogy: After the Glitter Fades, Garbo, and Rose Garden, Gold And Braid (I love that song, too.) and when she did Rhiannon, Dreams, Gold Dust Woman and Landslide since I missed Mac in November. It was even fun listening to Rumours on the way home. I waited 19 years to see Stevie (my entire life), and it was well worth the wait, and the money I spent. The tourbook is also a 1999 calendar, and the shirts are great, too. If you haven't seen her yet on this tour, do it. It's an experience you will never forget.
from Gini L. Ennis
Well my Stevie show #2 was even better than the Atlanta show! My seats were closer 10th row...and since I was familiar with the song set, I rushed the stage very early and got up front and center to shake her hand and give her a gift! I went to a Christian bookstore and looked for her name, Stephanie, and what it meant biblically. Well, Stephanie name cards were all sold out in Savannah, so I looked for Stevie (not thinking that I'd likely find it!) and there it was...only one left! It had a wonderful scripture and meaning...so I bought a small frame for it and a guardian angel pin and ribbon to decorate it more. I gave it to her when she grabbed my hand and was a little shocked to see her name on it I believe...but I hope it made it back to her bus so she could read it and the verse on the back. As far as her performance this time, she was more energetic since she wasn't sweating like she was in Atlanta! She did repeat the same things she said at the other show and I hope she meant that that was her favorite show...but she may be saying what she knows we want to hear! Anyway, Thanks for yet another stunning performance....."Stevie, your the poet in our hearts; never change and don't you ever stop!" (lyric from ~Sara~of course!)
from Bonnie Brown
It is 11: 00p.m. in Orlando Florida and all is right with the world, especially if you just got back from seeing Stevie @ the Orlando Arena. The finest concert without a doubt, I would even say better than Fleetwood Mac. I will make this short but very sweet. The stage was beautiful and Stevie commented after "Outside the Rain and Dreams" that this is the first concert in awhile played in an inside venue, she was very happy about that. " Gold Dust Woman" got a wonderful applause and she mentioned that so far on the tour that seemed to be the case. The only song not played that was on the original set list was "Stop Draggin My Heart Around" but it did not matter. "Gold and Braid", "Stand Back", "Rhiannon", "Edge of Seventeen" and " I Need to Know" were personal favorites. I did not sit down during those songs and would like to extend my gratitude to the folks sitting behind me in section 112, lower bowl, for allowing us that pleasure. Her band was fabulous and Carlos Rios is awesome. I thought Sharon Celani did a great job as well, she is definitely the voice behind Stevie. She compliments her well. " Stevie got a hat , some beanie babies and a huge "Snoopy" during Edge. I WILL NOT FORGET THIS NIGHT. I am looking forward to the next tour already.
from Dani
Stevie Nicks in Orlando FL, 7/1/98. I had waited for this day to arrive for months. During this time several concerts were canceled and I was getting very concerned. Finally it was July 1st. At 8:15am Stevie was interviewed by a local radio station and I knew then that the concert was going to be great. We arrived at the O-rena about 45 minutes before the doors opened. There was NO way I was going to be late for this concert. The doors opened and after buying t-shirts we decided to find our seats. I had no trouble finding mine. Front row just a little to the left of center stage.

Right on time the lights went down and Boz started his show. He was great and I even recognized some of the songs. Several times during his set the first few rows stood up for standing ovations and at one time I saw Mindy Stein standing to the left of the stage watching the show. After Boz left, the crew started working on the stage, getting it ready for Stevie.

Chris came out and read out of the dictionary and then finally the moment we had been waiting for. The band started playing "Outside The Rain". The crowd was on their feet screaming when Stevie appeared. She was carrying flowers and handed them to someone in the audience around center stage. She started singing and everyone in the front row stayed on their feet and danced in the aisle. After "Dreams" Stevie welcomed everyone and said "I Love Florida" and told us how the other concerts had been outside and said "it's so nice to be here inside here with you" and started laughing. From that moment on the crowd was hers. "Enchanted" was next. At the end of the song Stevie walked over to the left of the stage where we were dancing and smiled at us. "GDW" was next followed by "Gold and Braid". Afterwards Stevie took some time and changed while the band set up for the acoustic set. The 3 song set was beautiful and she told the story behind each song. During "You Never Promised Me A Rose Garden" she walked behind the band and started to dance. She then realized she had to get back to sing her lines and very gracefully started running towards the mike and made it just in time. The audience loved it. "Sleeping Angel"was the last song off the set. She finished it with "a soft silver chain... like the love that you give me". Again she started laughing and told us how she had just made that last part up. She seemed so happy to be on stage performing for us and the crowd roared in response.

After a short break the band started rocking with "Stand Back". Stevie came back on stage with her black and silver shawl. Everyone was on their feet for this crowd pleaser. We all danced, sang along and screamed. Stevie started dancing and was really getting into this song. She walked over to Carlos and started dancing with him. The applause to this song was deafening and it resumed again during the beginning lyrics of "Rhiannon". What a wonderful song. After "Rhiannon" Stevie introduced the band and then continued the show with "Whole Lot Of Trouble". From what I remember up until that point I had only sat down for parts of the slower songs of the acoustic set so of course we were on our feet dancing for this song. Afterwards Stevie continued the show with "Landslide". She mentioned that in all the other cities she dedicated this song to someone from the audience since they didn't know anyone there. She continued that she loved Florida and in this particular city had friends so she was dedicating this song to someone married to a friend of hers. His name was Liberty and she thanked him for allowing Mary to play with them for a week. "Landslide" was beautiful and Frank did a good job on guitar. The next song was "Twisted". The previous reviews already mentioned that this song was different from the soundtrack or box set version. The thunder and lightning show was a perfect intro for this song. At the end of "Twisted" one of the head security people came walking by and said "You can all move up now". In my section I was first at the stage, LOL. I turned around and everyone was looking at me, still standing by their seats They realized we could move up and suddenly everyone was at the stage. During the drum solo the drummer threw his drumsticks into the crowd and a girl close to me caught one of them. Carlos came out and was standing right in front of us. The girl on my right screamed his name and he moved forward towards us and screamed "Are you ready for me to get this started?" We screamed back "Yes, start it.....start it" and he laughed, moved back and began the opening chords to "Edge of Seventeen". Stevie came back on stage and the entire O-rena started to rock. Everybody was on their feet dancing. Several people were dancing on the stairs in the upper levels. Half way through "Edge" Stevie began chanting some of the lyrics. Of course at the end of the song she walked along the stage and shook hands. First she took someone's hat and put it on for a short time. Then she took some flowers and then she was right in front of me. She reached out and tapped the stuffed animal I held out on the top of the head several times, smiled and took my hand. I had wanted to tell her thanks for her music and for touring again but can't remember if I said anything at all. She went further down the line and after she finished the song she said "Well alright...in this new age of honesty for Stevie Nicks, I can tell you that this is my favorite show that we have done in a long time". She turned towards the band and changed her mind at the loud cheering of the crowd and turned back to the mike and finished with "Thank you for just being so perfect and for so being you. Thank you...thank you so much." She looked so happy. The band took a bow and then Stevie and several band members moved to the left side of the stage waving at someone and laughing at them. There must have been somebody they knew in the audience. The stage cleared and everyone was screaming and pounding on the floor calling her back for the encore. "I Need To Know" absolutely rocked. More dancing and singing. Stevie ended the song with one of her famous high kicks. She is amazing. The concert came to an end with "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You". Of course everyone screamed "you have" in response to this song. After the song Stevie said "Can I tell you these are the moments that I live for. Thank you. I want you to stay well for me so we can do this again .... cause this is all I have to do...I have nothing else.. so do me a favor take care of yourself so we can play. Yes." She blew a kiss at the audience went to the band and they took a bow. Then they walked to the left...waved at everyone. She took Frank's hand and they walked off stage. It was over.

What can I say. First I want to apologize to anyone sitting behind me since I was on my feet dancing, singing and screaming almost the entire concert. I tried to be considerate but couldn't help myself. It was impossible to say seated and my voice was almost totally gone after the concert but I felt so great. It was an awesome experience.

Since I'm not sure if I said it during the concert I want to say it now: "Thank you Stevie for your music and for touring. For taking care of yourself and being well. I'm proud to have been at the Orlando concert and being part of this particular audience. You enchanted us. We love you and hope you'll be back soon. Take good care of yourself."

from Lynda
My husband and I saw the Orlando concert this week. We drove from Jacksonville to Orlando and many of the fires were at the interstate.

The concert was an event I have waited 18 years for and I still cannot believe I have actually seen her in concert. Her voice was fantastic and she looked wonderful. Her backup band was great and I will never forget it. Unfortunately, the interstate was closed on the way home, we were routed to Daytona Beach and it was very smokey and routed away again. What was a 2 hour drive home turned into a nightmare, but we made it and at least our home is still safe. We echo Stevies recommendations to the Red Cross and will never forget our night to see her regardless of what is going on in our state. I will never forget it.

from Msgolddust
You know, it's true..."Once in a million years a lady like her rises...". Thank you Stevie, for rising before our eyes at the Orlando Arena this past Wednesday night. What a show! I wonder if Barbara and Jess Nicks could have ever imagined in their wildest dreams what a precious gift they brought into this world 50 years ago.

The set was gorgeous and the band was great! And Stevie, you looked "mahvelous", and sounded better than ever! Thank you for coming to Orlando. I'm sure a lot of people had to dodge wildfires to get there, but you made it worth the effort. Thank you, and thank you for all these years of memories. We're going to hold you to your word...we are all going to take care of ourselves so that we can all be back together again soon to see you on your next tour. You're a real class act!

Thank you, Stevie. Take care of yourself. We LOVE you!!!

PS--I wonder if anyone else noticed this little idiosyncrasy? During Rhiannon, when Stevie sang the chorus, every time she sang the word "Rhiannon", she put her hand up to her left ear. I wonder what that was all about? It happened every time. Hmmmmm...... Any ideas? Did anyone else notice that? If you have an idea, I'd love to hear about it. Please write to me at "msgolddust@earthlink.net". Thanks. For those of you anxiously awaiting Stevie's arrival in your town, you're gonna love the show!!!

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