Sunday, July 08, 2012

Review: Stevie Nicks Niagara Falls, NY "Nice to see such sincere flashes of humility"




Buffalo News

NIAGARA FALLS – If one were to look only at the concert schedule for Saturday night in Niagara Falls and not at recent news of restoring waterfront access and attracting young professionals through an innovative program that pays off student loans, one might think the Cataract City is more passe than progressive.

Likewise, one might also equate the offering of Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks at Seneca Niagara Events Center with that of classic rockers The Guess Who at Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls at the other end of Old Falls Street; there is a profound difference, however, which Nicks stated in no uncertain terms before an adoring sold-out crowd made up mostly of baby boomers.

The 64-year-old Nicks and her eight-piece band paced their long set by bouncing back and forth between her considerable collection of hits from the ’70s and ’80s and more recent material, directly declaring her desire to create new material and avoid a “greatest hits” show. For the most part, this was well-received, although the show opened ominously – taking the stage with a tepid take on Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” that could’ve been topped by a common cover band playing at the casino bar, the fact that Nicks has lost a step was made plain, as she stood still instead of flashing any sight of her signature gypsy twirling, and her confident but staid contralto voice belied the wildness of Robert Plant’s pyrotechnics on the original.

Thankfully, this slow start was soon forgotten, as Nicks loosened up a bit with “Enchanted,”....

Read the full review at the original site

ALSO...
Check out this short review of Stevie show in Detroit July 6th - by Photographer Marc Nader.. He includes 29 photos with his written piece on the show.  See The Music

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Opening your own show with somebody else's classic hit song...it makes absolutely NO sense.

That would be like Madonna opening a concert with a Lady Gaga song.

It would NEVER happen.

Anonymous said...

Better watch it Anonymous, I'm sure someone will come in and tell you to stop having an opinion regarding the setlist.

Anonymous said...

I never would have thought of that. But now I see the point!

Anonymous said...

She should totally go back to opening with Outside the Rain/Dreams. Miss those days...

Anonymous said...

I have no idea why Stevie EVER does 1 song by anyone else!!! She is promoting "In Your Dreams", why would she not add one from that??? Or another song from one of her many albums that the die-hard fans want to hear??? I really don't understand it at all!

Anonymous said...

I have no idea why Stevie EVER does 1 song by anyone else!!! She is promoting "In Your Dreams", why would she not add one from that??? Or another song from one of her many albums that the die-hard fans want to hear??? I really don't understand it at all!

John Seger said...

Because she ROCKS in her cover of "Rock and Roll." She's been including it in her set list the past few years and I love it! It sets the tone for what her shows always are: ROCK AND ROLL concerts!

anneparkes@comcast.net said...

ROCK ON MY ANCIENT QUEEN ILL BE SEEING YOU IN ONE WEEK AT THE BORGOTA IN ATLANTIC CITY NJ "I CANT WAITE"

Anonymous said...

If I pay money to see a Stevie Nicks show, want to hear STEVIE NICKS SONGS! If I want to hear Rock & Roll, I'll go to a PAGE/PLANT show!!! THE FANS ARE PAYING GOOD MONEY TO SEE HER DO HER SONGS!!!!! Enough said!!!

Anonymous said...

I will pay to see Stevie do anything! What she does is always perfect!
Stevie totally rocks Rock n Roll!

Anonymous said...

I don't care what Stevie sings, as long aas she sings it. I kind of like her covers, it just proves how great she is !

Anonymous said...

I want Stevie songs in the set. Rooms on Fire. Whole lotta trouble. Talk to Me. Everyday. Kick It. Sometimes its a Bitch. I can't wait. All classic Stevie. Leaving one of these gems out seems wrong.

Anonymous said...

Bottom line, her fans love her no matter what. The thing is, the previous comment is dead on, we never get to hear certain songs, there's a lot of them we will never hear live, so why not put one of those in instead?

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