Saturday, July 21, 2012

Review/Pics/Vids: Stevie Nicks with Rod Stewart - Cleveland

Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks at Quicken Loans Arena
by Jeff Niesel - Cleveland Scene

Photo by Joe Kleon
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OK, we get it. Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks are both classic rockers. But their differences are more striking than their similarities, something that was certainly true last night at Quicken Loans Arena, the first stop of the summer installment of their “Heart and Soul” co-headlining tour. Even when they performed together during the middle of Stewart’s set, each appeared a bit out of sorts. Nicks wore sunglasses as she and Stewart sang his “Young Turks,” and Stewart, who didn’t seem to know the words, sang only a few verses with Nicks on her “Leather and Lace.” Still, the two seemed to really appreciate each other (Stewart referred to Nicks as his “dear friend”) despite their differences and each delivered a strong performance.

Nicks opened the show with a 90-minute set that benefited from the fact that she had such a strong backing band. Led by guitarist Waddy Wachtel, the ensemble confidently blazed through Fleetwood Mac tunes such as “Dreams,” “Gold Dust Woman” and “Rhiannon.” Nicks’ raspy voice has held up well and she appeared genuinely engaged while singing “Stand Back” and “Edge of Seventeen,” hits from her solo career. A beautiful acoustic version of the Fleetwood Mac tune “Landslide” brought the set to a close. While they’ve become one of her defining traits, the wardrobe changes detracted from the overall performance. Between each song, Nicks would duck into a white tent to change shawls and dresses, but each outfit had a similar Goth-inspired look that made the singer look as if she were stuck in the ’70s.
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The In's and Outs of Stevie's Setlist:
Rock and Roll
Secret Love
Moonlight (A Vampire's Dream)
Gold Dust Woman
Soldier's Angel
Stand Back
For What It's Worth
Edge of Seventeen

Photo by:  Marie Lombardo (@mariietard)

What's Missing?
(Did Annabel Lee really disappear from the set)

Leather and Lace (performed during Rod's set)
Annabel Lee
Ghosts Are Gone
Love Is

Songs with Rod:
Young Turks
Leather and Lace

Minor but noticeable differences during the two song set with Rod vs last year:
1. Stevie wore her shades during her performace.
2. Stevie kept her dress on from her set whereas last year she changed into a different outfit that included pants or leggings
3. Stevie kept her hair straight vs changing it and adding waves for Rods set.

Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks team up for a crowd-pleasing tour opener at The Q in Cleveland, despite rough edges

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Anonymous said...

Amazing performance. I really thought she sounded wonderful and very strong.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Gawd. Silly reviewer. Stevie doesn't even look like she's stuck in the 70's. Rolls eyes. Stevie is Stevie and that's it. She doesn't have all that many changes anyway.

Anonymous said...

That was an amazing performance... as ALWAYS!

REVIEWER: Get a life and get it NOW! Time to grow up and grow a S-O-U-L.

Anonymous said...

I would rather she have cut "For What It's Worth" and left in "Annabel Lee", it's a much better song. But glad she played 90 minutes. And yes I agree that Rod Stewart sings "Leather & Lace" horribly. You would think he could at least sing it on key, which he does not.

Anonymous said...

"acoustic version of Landslide"? It's the only version.

Anonymous said...

Might be nice if before someone tried to review something or someone they actually had some clue what they were talking about. Might be nice as well if they knew even a little something about music or hey, even had just a little writing talent? That said, Rod Stewart just proved himself to be a graceless buffoon. Perhaps a better title for the tour might be Class and Crass, or even Class and Jack-Ass?

Anonymous said...

lol. the reviewer mentioned the "white tent." big deal!

Tom Bosway said...

I hated this pairing! I wish I wouldn't have gone! I only paid for the ticket to see Stevie and then missed all but the last four songs because of being stuck in traffic for 45 minutes trying to find a place to park. I think I'm done with big Cleveland arena shows! - I'm Too Old - Waste of Time!!!

Tom Bosway said...

Oh Yeah! The co-headlining tour billing is a LIE - Stevie was the just the Opening Act and that was the worst thing about it!

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