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Nearly half of the songs in Nicks’ set came from “In Your Dreams,” her first studio album in 10 years. And there wasn’t the severe drop-off in quality one might expect when going from a new song to a time-tested Fleetwood Mac classic.
The first hour of the 105-minute performance was an “In Your Dreams” showcase, as she did five tunes from the record. Most had a Fleetwood Mac feel, probably because of the woman singing lead. But her outstanding seven-piece band, led by ace side man and session guitarist Waddy Wachtel, played with a command and an ease that contributed to the Mac vibe. The ensemble was rounded out by backup vocalists Sharon Celani and Lori Nicks, Stevie’s sister-in-law.
Stevie got all of her twirling for the night out of the way during the evening’s first song, her 1983 solo hit “Stand Back” (unofficial count: eight consecutive 360-degree spins). Dressed in an all black outfit topped with a red shawl, she could have been mistaken for a cast member of “Game of Thrones,” though she doesn’t owe her look to that show. Medieval has been her signature since the mid-‘70s.
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by: Chris Varias