Showing posts with label 5-17-13: Fleetwood Mac - Calgary. Show all posts
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Monday, May 20, 2013

Calgary Flames trainer rescues Stevie Nicks

Calgary Flames trainer comes to the rescue of ailing Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks at Calgary show

Try as he might Schad Richea wasn’t able to save the Flames season.

However, the Flames assistant athletic therapist was able to make sure the show went on at the Dome Friday night.

In the midst of Fleetwood Mac’s stirring performance at the Saddledome leading lady Stevie Nicks paused between songs to explain a recent fall had left her hobbling to the point she wasn’t sure if she was going to be able to continue on as part of the iconic band’s latest tour.

The Calgary Sun May 20, 2013
“It was, like, really bad,” the 64-year-old Nicks told the sold out crowd of her knee injury.

“It was to the point we were going to have to start cancelling shows.”

She said Richea’s magic touch had helped to the point she wanted to dedicate the next song, Landslide, to Richea, adding, “I feel like a hockey player!”

Richea was given tickets to the show by Nicks and was shocked to hear his latest patient rain praise upon him for his efforts.

“I was flattered — I wasn’t expecting anything like that,” said Richea.

“She’s a very classy lady and I was happy to help spruce her up.”

Richea said he just happened to be at the Dome when a call came from someone asking if he could help the legendary singer.

“What I did was no different than what 140 other athletic therapists in Alberta would have done for her – I just happened,” said Richea, 39, a former Dinos and Toronto Blue Jays athletic therapist who has been with the Flames four years.

“I guess I had a small part in helping her out and she was really grateful and I appreciate that.”

Richea, a huge fan of live music, said the he thought the show was phenomenal.

“Everyone was standing — I haven’t seen anything like that at the Dome since Kipper’s last game,” said Richea, who also took Nicks up on her invitation to see her after the show to meet the rest of the band.

“Just a great show. She’s 64 and she’s the youngest in the group — incredible.”

The aging band is in the middle of a rigorous 48-date North American tour that features shows almost every second night over the course of three months.

To put that into perspective the Flames lineup of 20-and-30-something athletes also played 48 times in a three-month schedule with the help of a massive support staff that includes Richea and colleague Morris Boyer, who recently worked for Team Canada at the World Championships in Sweden.

The NHL team only travels for half its games unlike rock bands, which play all their gigs on the road.

“A lot of bands like Bon Jovi have chiropractors and physiotherapists travelling with them because the schedules and the job are demanding and they’re not athletes,” said Richea.

“One of the things I did say to her is that ‘you may have to find someone to work with you along the way.’”

After a one-month summer break Fleetwood Mac will resume rocking in Europe where they have another 19-city schedule set up.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

REVIEW | PHOTOS: Fleetwood Mac Live in Calgary

May 17, 2013 - Scotiabank Saddledome
Calgary, Alberta Canada

Stevie told the audience in her dedication to Landslide tonight that she's been limping and the reason for that was she fell a couple of weeks ago and injured her right knee pretty bad to the point where she thought they might have to cancel or postpone shows. She had the Calgary Flames Physical Therapist do some work on her knee and said it was much better - she then dedicated Landslide to him.

Get well Stevie!

Ain’t no rumour: Stevie Nicks and Co. are still rock royalty after all these years
Photo by Mike Drew - Calgary Sun - View More Photos

Given Calgary’s spring and summer major concert schedule, you could be forgiven for wondering what year it is.
With Bob Seger, Bon Jovi and Motley Crue behind us, and Def Leppard (with Cheap Trick, no less), KISS, Rush and The Eagles ahead, it’s really no wonder that vinyl record sales are at a 15-year high — in Calgary and everywhere else.

Which brings us to last night: Back in 1977, Fleetwood Mac released a perfect record, and 36 years later, Rumours remains an undeniable and absolute pop-rock masterpiece. If there remained any question whether they could still pull it off live, the response last night was a resounding “yes.”

That second Lindsey Buckingham-Stevie Nicks effort, which followed Mac’s rich blues history with former leader Peter Green in the late ’60s, was, not surprisingly, the focal point of the evening.

Indeed, Buckingham’s vocals and otherworldly fretwork, and Nicks’ distinctive and still muscular pipes, fuelled the Rumours troika of Second Hand News, The Chain and Dreams to open the evening with a bang, and thunderous applause to match.

The 40- and 50-somethings were expected more than the healthy contingent of teens and 20-somethings, but all seemed in awe, in the presence of greatness even, by the time Nicks addressed the crowd for the first time. “Welcome Calgary,” she greeted the erupting throng. “It was a beautiful day here and thanks for spending tonight … with us.”

On an understated, but classy stage production, bathed in lights of greens, yellows, blues and purples and some video imagery, Nicks still demonstrates a mystical aura with her onstage demeanour.

While it’s true that the vocals and keyboard styling of Christine McVie are missed, musically, the band doesn’t miss much. Although a little more ragged and a little more raspy than in her glory days, the best thing you can say about Nicks in 2013 is that she still sounds like, well, Stevie Nicks.

Besides, two backup singers rounded out the sound (and hit the high notes she couldn’t) on Sad Angel (a new one from Extended Play) and a so-so interpretation of Rhiannon, in which she mumbled her way through the first verse before catching her groove.

Some nifty video images, including iconic footage of the USC Marching Band, accompanied a pair from ’79s Tusk: Buckingham handled lead through Not That Funny and the title cut from the late ’70s experiment which, depending on who you ask, either went very wrong or very right leading up to 1980.

Veteran sticksman Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie remained in the pocket, while Buckingham continued to lead the charge and Nicks picked up steam through stirring renditions of Sara, Big Love and, especially, Landslide.

The pace of the show never wavered and it was one of those nights where it felt like it was all unfolding too quickly. Gypsy, Gold Dust Woman, the outstanding Stevie Nicks solo cut, Stand Back, and, of course, main set closer Go Your Own Way were memorable snapshots during an evening many hoped would never end.

The encores were inevitable, but not obvious. World Turning preceded Don’t Stop — the Christine McVie lead that was missed the most — while Silver Springs and Say Goodbye rounded out a night that seemed over in a flash even though two hours had past.

No one ever retires from rock and roll — this much we know. And last night we were richer for it.

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Landslide / Never Going Back Again

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