Wednesday, August 31, 2011

REVIEW: Stevie Nicks captivates at SPAC...

"Her sense of humor, shown through at several points, first with a wardrobe malfunction (that sparkly red cape just wouldn’t detach), and later after pulling out the tambourine for “Ghosts are Gone” when she admitted it was hard to play and sing simultaneously, so she could only do it for one song."
By BETSY DEMARS
Saratogian

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — Oh, to have a voice like that.

Raspy and edgy. Smooth but strong. So original.

Stevie Nicks has captured attention with the special tone of her voice for decades, and even now, at 63, that voice still rules the stage when Nicks is on it.

On tour showcasing her new album “In Your Dreams,” Nicks performed Tuesday night at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, nearly filling the amphitheater with devoted fans. (No lawn tickets available for this one.)

I took my 9-year-old daughter to the show, her first-ever concert. She was nearly the youngest there, although we did see a few other children tagging along with their parents, who were (my age) mid-30s or older. However, even I was among the younger members of the audience.

After sitting through most of the bluesy, soulful opening act Michael Grimm — last year’s America’s Got Talent winner — the anticipation of Nicks’ arrival on stage had us on our feet.

She started with the familiar “Stand Back,” garnering cheers as she sent her red, sparkly cape spinning around her. Those mystical movements continued to get reaction throughout the show, as she floated about the stage during instrumentals.

FULL REVIEW HERE

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