Saturday, April 23, 2011

(Review x 2) Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks - Vancouver April 22, 2011

Photograph by: Ian Lindsay, PNG
Friday night brought two legendary forces in music together at Rogers Arena
By Janelle Kidd
Rogers Arena

Between them, they have sold millions of albums, won countless awards, earned inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and accumulated vast catalogs of classics that have shaped the direction of Rock & Roll.

Friday night brought two legendary forces in music together at Rogers Arena, for a show that the crowd of 12,000-strong won't soon forget.

The pairing of Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks was a perfect blend of veteran presence and youthful energy. The seasoned performers' passion for music is undeniable.

Making its second to last stop in Vancouver, the duo's Heart & Soul Tour celebrates the release of Stewart's latest album The Best of...The Great American Songbook, while building anticipation for Nicks' new album—her first album of new material in a decade—In Your Dreams, set for release on May 3.

Full Review of the show at the Rogers Arena website

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Rod Stewart shows he's still got it in Vancouver
Nicks kept the near-capacity crowd happy with her mix of Mac standards and solo hits
By Steve Newton
Straight.com

Who’d have thought that two Vancouver concerts in the same week by a couple of ancient rock headliners from the ‘70s would be so damned impressive? Rod Stewart’s hugely entertaining show at Rogers Arena Friday night was a real nice follow-up to Robert Plant’s impeccable performance at the Queen E. the previous Sunday. It came down partly to both singers choosing the right material and still being able to perform it well, but mainly to the fact that they surrounded themselves with some of the finest instrumentalists and vocalists on the planet.

Although what’s been dubbed the Heart and Soul Tour billed Stewart as coheadlining with Stevie Nicks, the former Fleetwood Mac member only sang about 10 songs to Stewart’s 20, and her stage setup wasn’t nearly as lavish. But the 62-year-old Nicks still managed to keep the near-capacity crowd happy with her mix of Mac standards (“Rhiannon”, “Landslide”) and solo hits (“Stand Back”, “Edge of Seventeen”). One the downside, when she draped herself in a frilly scarf and twirled around in her frilly dress all I could think of was that scene in Sid and Nancy where Nancy Spungen (Chloe Webb) sees herself wearing Sid’s grandmother’s clothes and freaks out with “Aaggh! I look like fuckin’ Stevie Nicks in hippie clothes!”

Full Review of the show at Straight.com

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