Friday, August 03, 2012

Review: Stevie Nicks Orlando 8/3 Nicks offered a dramatic assortment of mystical gestures

Review by: Jim Abbott

“Two legends, one stage,” proclaimed ads for the “Heart & Soul” tour of Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks.

Part of that might be a stretch, but there was one stage on Friday at a nearly packed Amway Center.

In terms of musical chemistry, these two veteran rock stars seem like an odd couple. Not exactly leather and lace, you know?

Still, Stewart and Nicks (who didn’t sing together on this night) have enough classic favorites for an appealing nostalgia trip. That’s especially true for Stewart, who also possesses a knack for channeling material of heavyweight songwriters from Bob Dylan to Van Morrison.

Nicks, on the other hand, hasn’t been as busy, releasing only two studio projects since 2001. In a well-constructed 75-minute opening set, songs from her 2011 “In Your Dreams” album were strong enough to hope that she doesn’t wait so long for the next release. Even without the rest of her old band, the classics “Dreams,” “Gold Dust Woman” and “Landslide” remain powerful.

Dressed in flowing black, with matching fingerless gloves, Nicks offered a dramatic assortment of mystical gestures and the occasional spinning dance move, especially in a theatrical “Rhiannon.” Between songs, she was chatty enough to qualify as the heart of the “Heart & Soul” tour.

Full Review at Orlando Sentinel

Photo by: Joshua C. Cruey, Orlando Sentinel


Interesting looking venue! Small... Intimate for sure... and in what appears to be the woods!  
The sound must have been awesome!

My most anticipated internship assignment of the summer happened on Saturday night when I went to CONSOL Energy Center to photograph Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks in concert.  I was especially excited to see Stevie because I consider her one of my musical heroes, and I had always wanted to watch her perform live.  Yet, I was also curious to see what Rod Stewart’s set was like, since I like a good number of his songs and had heard he was really funny and entertaining onstage.

Full Review by Gretchen Unico at


Anonymous said...

I love that shot of Lindsey, playing his heart out for 3 dozen people/ That's a pro, no ego, but boy is he going to notice the difference next year!

It's a sweet photo, and also very, very funny. I respect him even more now.
Good thing it was his acoustic solo show! If it was the 'Unleashed' tour, there would've been more people on stage than in the crowd. What's up with that? Fleetwood Mac has like 11 members now, and Brett isn't a member of the band but plays at every Mac show. I'd like just the four of them. They can do it. But this pic: Lindsey, the working musician, not the co-anchor of a mega-machine, one that I love. But this shot says so much about him. Also, the humidity in the East this week- why anyone would want to go to an outdoor show and in the woods yet, oh my. The mosquito repellant stand must've made a mint.

Anonymous said...

LOVE the fat guy at the end of the stage Lindsey is on. "Does he have an invisible band? What's my job? I think I see a donut on the floor. They're gonna make me sweep up.''

Anonymous said...

Lindsey must be drinking a lot of beer. He's very paunchy suddenly.

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