She's been called the queen of rock-n-roll, sister of the moon, the lady of the lamp, and many more. A beautiful girl with a lot of nick names, but none more enchanting than her own. Rumours have even come around to say she practices witchcraft. The truth be told, I will reveal to you now. She will undoubtedly weave you right into her twilight web. Go see the "Trouble In Shangri-La" tour in concert and you too will fall under her magical musical spell, and find yourself forever an integral part of the chain.
The album is out folks, Stevie Nicks' long awaited sixth solo release is in stores now. It was quite a project in the making, the album was released by Reprise Records on May 1, 2001. It has been hailed as a complete success, the word is "get it" and you won't be disappointed. People are finding it to be reminiscent of her earliest solo work "Bella Donna" released in 1981, debuting the classic nugget, "Stop Dragging My Heart Around." A duet of Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty doing a song written by Tom Petty and Mike Campbell. The new solo album is no exception in the guest musician department, it features collaborations of great merit. Sarah McLachlan, Macy Gray, Natalie Maines, and Sheryl Crow all lend their talents to deliver an album with an all star kick.
The weather was perfect, the first night of indian summer here in northern california. Moonlight spilling down from above and the crowd on the lawn area was being slightly cooled down by a slow silent breeze. The mood was very calm despite the extra security measures at the front gates and around the venue. The fans were as devoted as any in the business. They were quite like horses frothing at the bit I would say. Not the pushing and shoving kind like at an Aerosmith concert, but men and women with a wanting look in there eyes that said, "Stevie Nicks or bust!" The show began in darkness and mystique as all the members of her band placed themselves about the stage. She came out of stage right and started singing the title track from her new album "Trouble In Shangri-La." It sounded great, the fans were loving it and when she went into "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" they went completely nuts. Next, was "Enchanted" and "Dreams," these two songs held all those present in awe of Stevie's magic voice and incredible song writing talents.
Enter stage right: Sheryl Crow with an acoustic guitar and the biggest smile you've ever seen. I'm sure this was for "Gold Dust Woman," I was real busy trying to get just the right shot of Stevie and Sheryl together while trying to still hear the song. Press photographers were allowed to shoot all songs until Sheryl came out and only one song once she was on stage. So, I remember little but emptying and reloading my camera as fast and furious as I could before it was time to go. It was barely enough time for me to pull it off, I hope you enjoy them all. The show was "absotively posilutely tiggeriffic" if I can quote our dear friend tigger. They went from old to new with great transition and played another new song "Every Day." I think Stevie's voice is so trance like and this song really puts the moves on you. Great new song, great live delivery, and great sound all around. Then, it was quick to catch the crowd as the quiet sounds of "Rhiannon" came from the monitors. Everybody sighed in satisfaction as Stevie kicked down one of her most loved songs for her adoring fans. Then it went right into full scale rocking with a "Stand Back" that left the men reeling in desire, or was that just me. Sheryl Crow was invited out again and Stevie and Sheryl did one of Sheryl's hit tunes "Every Day is A Winding Road."
The show seemed to have no climax, it just got better, and better, and better. She loves to tell her story to introduce the songs that really mean something to her which I think is cool. When she introduced "Planets of the Universe," she explained to everybody listening that this song was about her breakup with Lindsey Buckingham and that he would never let Fleetwood Mac record it because it was about him. I say the best music ever written comes from true emotion, and it is unfortunate that Fleetwood never recorded this song. It was fantastic. You could feel the emotion, the pain, the loneliness inside us all that comes from the ones that got away, lovers lost. Freedom gained and a good way to release a lover lost is to write a song. It lends to resolve and moving on.
I think the highlight of the evening was the drum solo that faded with just the right rock and roll intro into "Edge of Seventeen." Stevie's lead guitarist Waddy Wachtel came out and just started wailing shredding solo licks on his guitar. The crowd was allowed to crash the stage in a limited, somewhat organized rush to the stage. This was to allow fans with flowers and best regards for Stevie to give them in person. She collected them all and gave real personal attention to her fans, if they were lucky enough to make it to the stage. I didn't quite make it up to the front before the cutoff. But, I had a perfect new seat in the third row which was a nice upgrade from my seat in the fifteenth row.
The people that made it to the stage were allowed to stay for the rest of the concert, so the previous owner of the seat was not coming back. Stevie came out for the encore and did a cover tune that always does it for me. She came up to the microphone and gave to the fans a stabbing version of Tom Petty's "I Need To Know." The night ended with Stevie's powerful song "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You," the people close enough to make eye contact with Stevie Nicks were moved to say the least, some even welling up tears in their eyes. She still rocks my world and I'm not alone. Thanks for reading and we'll see ya at the shows.
COUNTING CROWS DEF LEPPARD CHER THE OTHER ONES AEROSMITH TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS PAUL McCARTNEY SANTANA SHERYL CROW TESLA JAY-Z AND 311 OZZFEST 2000 OZZFEST 2001 OZZFEST 2002 DAVID BOWIE AND MOBY AT AREA2 THE WHO JACKSON
PAPA ROACH, P.O.D.,CYPRESS HILL, & ROB ZOMBIE MORNING SPRING RAIN FESTIVAL JUNE 2002 THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND MIDNIGHT OIL MT. AIRE 2002 BIG HEAD TODD CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG BUSH AND DEFAULT INCUBUS BLUES TRAVELER LINKIN PARK IN
BRYAN ADAMS AT THE FILLMORE LINKIN PARK & P.O.D. CROSBY, STILLS, AND NASH STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
FUEL & SALIVA AEROSMITH 2002 STEVIE NICKS THE
AEROSMITH 2001 BLINK 182 THE STRINGCHEESE INCIDENT OZZFEST 2001 BAD COMPANY LINKIN PARK OZZFEST 2000 MARILYN
MEGADETH TED NUGENT
NEW YEAR'S EVE 2000-2001
THIRD EYE BLINDSUMMER
YES THE FURTHUR FESTIVAL 2000 THE B.B. KING
THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT JOE WALSH
CROSBY, STILLS, NASH, AND YOUNGREUNION TOUR 2000 NYE
WITH THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
MILLENIUM TOUR 2000
ZZ TOP & LYNYRD SKYNYRD TOM PETTY
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