Showing posts with label Bella Donna. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bella Donna. Show all posts

Friday, July 27, 2012

Lindsey Buckingham Reviewed | Stevie Nicks Silk Screened | Bella Donna Celebrates & Micks Picks

An Evening With Lindsey Buckingham

I have seen Fleetwood Mac from outside an arena, along with 500 other people who couldn't get a ticket for the Rumours tour; inside the same packed arena for the Tusk tour; Stevie Nicks solo in an arena setting; and, last night, Lindsey Buckingham in a smaller, more intimate but still packed venue. I enjoyed them all.


Short but stellar: Lindsey Buckingham's solo concert at Birmingham's Alys Stephens Center 
by Mary Colurso

A stellar solo concert. An attentive, appreciative group of listeners filled the majority of seats in the concert hall and gave Buckingham several standing ovations. The choral balcony was blocked with curtains; the venue holds about 1,100 people in that configuration.

Read the full review at AL.com


Photos below by: Jessica | Tommy Terrell


Elsewhere.... 
BELLA DONNA Celebrates it's 31st Birthday Today...


Bella Donna, the debut album by Stevie Nicks was released on this day (July 27th) in 1981.  The album hit #1 on Billboards Top 200 Albums Chart September 5, 1981 remaining for one week and has sold in excess of 4 million copies in the United States.  Stevie's first solo album had four substantial hits during 1981 and 1982: Stop Draggin' My Heart Around, Leather and Lace, Edge of Seventeen and After The Glitter Fades.

The album also marks the first recordings that feature Stevie's backing vocalists, Sharon Celani and Lori Nicks, both still on stage with her today.

If you don't have the album in your library... Today's the day to get it.  Amazon in the US has a deal on right now. The physical CD is $4.99 while the MP3 Digital album is $5.99.

Buy on Amazon


Print Mafia have put together a cool Stevie / Rod retro poster to commemorate their Nashville show the other night... 16 x 20 print will set you back $25.  They have a huge selection of Silk Screen hand made posters to load your walls with... Cool creative stuff if you ask me!

Take a look at their site

















Mick Fleetwood: my 11 greatest recordings of all time 
Fleetwood Mac sticksman names his biggies

Check it out at Music Radar


Monday, September 05, 2011

IT HAPPENED: On This Day in 1981... Bella Donna Tops Billboard

Bella Donna is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks. Released on July 27, 1981, the album hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard charts dated September 5, 1981, remaining there for one week. Bella Donna was awarded Platinum status by the RIAA three months after its release on October 7, 1981, and has sold over 4 million copies in the U.S. and remains her best-selling solo album to date worldwide.

The album spawned four substantial hit singles during 1981 and 1982: the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers-penned duet "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (#3), the Don Henley duet "Leather and Lace" (#6), the iconic "Edge of Seventeen" (#11), and country-tinged "After the Glitter Fades" (#32).

Bella Donna would mark the beginning of Nicks' trend of calling upon her many musician friends and connections to fully realize her sparse demo recordings. Along with friends Tom Petty and Don Henley, Nicks brought in famed session musician Waddy Wachtel, Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band pianist Roy Bittan, and Muscle Shoals session man Donald "Duck" Dunn of Booker T. & the MGs. Though Bella Donna's personnel list includes some 20 musicians, the album is very much Nicks' own work, with all but one of the songs on the record written by her.

The album also marked the first recording featuring Nicks' backing vocalists, Sharon Celani and Lori Perry, who still record and tour with Nicks today.

Wikipedia

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Happy Birthday "Bella Donna"

The Album that began it all... 
Stevie Nicks' debut album "Bella Donna" was released on this day ( July 27th ) in 1981. 

Stream the 30th Anniverary "In The Studio" radio program put together to celebrate this anniversary

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

HAPPY 29th BIRTHDAY TO THE ALBUM THAT STARTED IT ALL

Released on this day in 1981

Bella Donna is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks. Released on July 27, 1981, the album hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard charts in September of that year, remaining there for one week. Bella Donna was awarded Platinum status by the RIAA three months after its release on October 7, 1981, and has sold over 4 million copies in the U.S. and remains her best-selling solo album to date worldwide.

The album spawned four substantial hit singles during 1981 and 1982: the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers-penned duet "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (#3), the Don Henley duet "Leather and Lace" (#6), the iconic "Edge of Seventeen" (#11), and country-tinged "After the Glitter Fades" (#32).

Bella Donna would mark the beginning of Nicks' trend of calling upon her many musician friends and connections to fully realize her sparse demo recordings. Along with friends Tom Petty and Don Henley, Nicks brought in famed session musician Waddy Wachtel, Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band pianist Roy Bittan, and Muscle Shoals session man Donald "Duck" Dunn of Booker T. & the MGs. Though Bella Donna's personnel list includes some 20 musicians, the album is very much Nicks' own work, with all but one of the songs on the record written by her.

The album also marked the first recording featuring Nicks' backing vocalists, Sharon Celani and Lori Perry, who still record and tour with Nicks today.

Wikipedia

Its interesting to note that on the eve of Bella Donna's anniversary that an interview is published with Stevie comparing the writing and recording process of her current album to that of Bella Donna.

Monday, April 05, 2010

When band guys go solo on side... WORKED FOR STEVIE NICKS!

When band guys go solo on side, it rarely works:

The solo side project is the biggest longshot bet in mainstream music. For every good album produced by a band member striking out on his or her own - and we'll get to these exceptions later - there are 25 bad ones. Music fans who repeatedly blow money on solo side projects inevitably feel a lot of rage. After getting burnt by one Mick Jagger solo album, the decision to buy a second one is practically an act of self-hatred.

It's when an artist chooses to dabble in solo work while remaining with the band that everything seems to go to hell. The most memorable example came on Sept. 18, 1978, when each of the four members of Kiss simultaneously released solo side projects. Three of the entries were mind-bendingly atrocious. (Ace Frehley's was just bad.)

Below are four exceptions to the solo side project rule. Solo albums made by artists who are the clear front person of their band (Bruce Springsteen, etc.) weren't included. Add your solo side project winners and losers to the comments in the sfgate.com version of this column.

Stevie Nicks, "Bella Donna." The first solo album from Stevie Nicks released in 1981 was painfully straightforward - there was a white-winged dove in the lyrics and on the album cover - and still blew away its high expectations. Nearly 30 years later, "Edge of Seventeen" continues to sound urgent. ("After the Glitter Fades," not so much ...) And she kills on "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" by Tom Petty, who co-produced "Bella Donna."

Saturday, February 06, 2010

NOW THAT'S A BARGAIN!!! STEVIE NICKS "BELLA DONNA" $2.99 AMAZON

(mp3 download) Amazon Daily Deal - it's a steal!  And an awesome album.  First solo album by Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks.  Go Get It!  AMAZON

Sunday, August 16, 2009

DENNIS MCNAMARA'S 1981 STEVIE NICKS INTERVIEW


WLIR FM - Sunday at Nine with
Dennis Macnamara &
Stevie Nicks
Bella Donna release interview


WLIR is “World Famous” mostly for the 80’s and “New Wave” format. ‘LIR was already adding cuts from Blondie, Talking Heads, and the Ramones to the latest Rolling Stones or Neil Young album cuts in the late ‘70’s. In early 1980 the Screamers of the Week (best new song as voted by the listeners) included new songs by the Kinks, Hall and Oats, Bruce Springsteen, and even Manfred Mann, along with emerging artists such as the Clash, Joan Jett, and Elvis Costello.

It became apparent there was a new music scene and enough artists that were being ignored by traditional radio to build a new format. In 1982 program director Denis McNamara decided WLIR would be the first station in the nation to be the outlet for all of this “new wave” of music. WLIR was the only place to hear the Police, the B-52’s, Duran Duran, the Cure, and many others. Listener response was sensational and WLIR became the birthplace of careers.

Many of these artists, such as the Police, the Pretenders and U-2 eventually forced their way into the mainstream. But the ‘LIR listener is familiar with so much more of their catalog that never became “hits”. WLIR was even the first station to play Madonna, George Michael, and Prince, artists who went on to make their mark in other formats.