Tuesday, March 29, 2011

(Review) Stewart, Nicks deliver stellar concert - Mohegan Sun Arena

BY STEPHEN PETERSON
Go Magazine
The Sun Chronicle

UNCASVILLE, Conn. - It resembled two shows in one as two stellar rock singer/songwriters joined together.

Stevie Nicks and Rod Stewart took the stage Sunday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena, playing lengthy sets of their own material and dueting on a couple of songs as part of their "Heart & Soul Tour." Wednesday they hit the TD Garden in Boston.

Nicks is scheduled to release her first album of new material in a decade, "In Your Dreams," on May 3. Her seventh album, it was co-produced by former Eurythmic David A. Stewart.

The album's first single, "Secret Love," which she wrote decades ago, has been out since February and that was among the first songs in her set.

After "If Anyone Falls in Love," Nicks told the crowd before singing "Dreams" that it probably has been in every Fleetwood Mac show. That No. 1 song is off the phenomenal 1977 Grammy-winning "Rumors" album.

Nicks' mystical "Sorcerer" led to the psychedelic "Gold Dust Woman," also from "Rumors," and which was extended as she did her trademark twirl.

The two drummers soloed to segue into Nicks' "Stand Back," a No. 5 song from 1983 that showcased some impressive bass playing. Stewart did the song in the early '90s.

"Rhiannon," Fleetwood Mac's first hit off the No. 1 and first album with Lindsey Buckingham and Nicks, continued the blend of songs.

The acoustic guitar came out for the sweet "Landslide," also from the above "Fleetwood Mac."

Another of Nicks' big solo hits, "Edge of Seventeen," from her 1982 chart-topping debut album, was also dragged out with some sizzling guitar.

The encore was "Love Is," with just a piano player and backup singers.

Nicks, whose voice was as breath-taking as ever, was also backed up by two women singers, three guitarists and two keyboardists.

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