Showing posts with label Soundstage Sessions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Soundstage Sessions. Show all posts

Thursday, March 06, 2014

UK TV March 8-12: New Show "Discovering: Fleetwood Mac" PLUS Stevie Nicks Soundstage

Discovering: Fleetwood Mac
New. Discussing the soap opera that is Fleetwood Mac’s 46-year history is a big ask for a show of only 30 minutes, but critics Camilla Pia, Will Hodgkinson and John Aizlewood tackle the incredible story tonight. They focus on how the group’s turmoil-filled personal lives were exposed in Rumours, their 1977 masterpiece. - Length 30 mins

Sky Arts 1
March 8th  - 8:30pm
March 9th  - 1:30am
March 11th - 6:00pm
March 12th - 2:00pm

Soundstage Presents Stevie Nicks
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Stevie Nicks gives a radiant performance of her greatest hits, proving why she is one of the best-loved female artists in rock history. - Length 1 hour

Sky Arts 1
March 8th  - 9:00pm
March 9th  - 2:00am
March 9th  - 8:30am
March 11th - 6:30pm
March 12th - 2:30pm

Monday, July 01, 2013

UK TV ALERT: Lots of Fleetwood Mac | Stevie Nicks | Lindsey Buckingham This Week on Sky Arts 1

Seems every year there is some sort of a marathon on UK TV that's dedicated to all things Fleetwood Mac. The last blitz was in August, 2012 when the below shows aired on Sky Arts A LOT over the course of a couple of days.  All great shows if you haven't seen them.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 Sky Arts 1 HD
9:00pm - Classic Albums Fleetwood Mac "Rumours" 
Members of Fleetwood Mac reveal how private turmoil acted as a catalyst in the creation of Rumours, their Grammy-winning album that went on to sell more than 19 million copies

10:20pm - Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston (Episode 1 of 2)
Part one of two. Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks play hits from throughout their career in a concert from 2004

11:20pm - Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston (Episode 2 of 2)
More tracks from the 2004 concert, which saw Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks play hits including Dreams and Go Your Own Way.

12:40am - Soundstage Presents Stevie Nicks
The Fleetwood Mac singer performs a selection of her greatest hits, including Rhiannon, Edge of Seventeen and Sara.

Wednesday, July 3 2013 Sky Arts 1 HD
02:20am - Classic Albums Fleetwood Mac "Rumours"
03:40am - Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston (pt 1)
04:40am - Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston (pt 2)

6:30am - Talks with Dave Fanning (Lindsey Buckingham)
Lindsey Buckingham The DJ presents an interview with Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, who talks about his life and musical influences, accompanied by archive clips.

07:00am - Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston (pt 1)
08:00am - Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston (pt 2)
09:20am - Classic Albums Fleetwood Mac "Rumours"
10:40am - Soundstage Presents Stevie Nicks
02:25pm - Talks with Dave Fanning (Lindsey Buckingham)
03:00pm - Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston (pt 1)
04:00pm - Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston (pt 2)

Thursday, July 4, 2013 Sky Arts 1 HD
06:40pm - Classic Albums Fleetwood Mac "Rumours"
08:00pm - Soundstage Presents Stevie Nicks

Sunday, March 18, 2012

HDNet Stevie Nicks Live in Chicago - airing later in March.

Later this month HDNet will be re-broadcasting Stevie's "Live In Chicago" show filmed before a studio audience for the "Soundstage Sessions" in 2007 and first broadcast on PBS in 2008 and later released on multi-formats in 2009.  It's a really great show if you haven't seen it.

Air dates:
Wednesday, March 28th 10:00 PM
Thursday, March 29th 1:00 AM

This show was released in March, 2009 and available on stand alone DVD, stand alone CD or a limited edition dual package containing both DVD/CD made available exclusively through Warner Bros.  The limited edition DVD/CD package can still be purchased directly through Warner Bros. on their retail site.  They accept all major credit cards, plus paypal, which makes it easy if you are purchasing outside the USA.

Warner Bros.  

Saturday, July 17, 2010



On July 17, 2008, Stevie Nicks' Soundstage premiered in the US.  This two-hour concert was broadcast over two nights in July on the 17th and 24th.

"This is the first time since 1985 that I have had one of my live shows filmed and recorded," said Nicks. "We spent three years perfecting this show which we began in Vegas in October of 2007. I could not move on until we filmed this show. Luckily "Soundstage" producer Joe Thomas, who saw the show many times, felt the same way. I am as proud of this as anything I've ever done in my entire career."

This show was filmed in October 2007 before a live audience at Grainger Studios in Chicago for the PBS program "Soundstage".  The Joe Thomas-directed show was made available to purchase on DVD online shortly after the broadcast in July 2008 exclusively through the PBS website.  It would take Reprise until March 31, 2009, to release the DVD "Live in Chicago and the accompanying 10-track CD "The Soundstage Sessions" commercially worldwide.

Aside from the cover, the difference between the two DVDs is the setlist on the televised PBS version and subsequent DVD release, it didn't include "Dreams" or the bonus track "Landslide" (with orchestra).  The other omission from both versions of the DVD was the last song of the night "Beauty and The Beast". The song was filmed twice that night once with the background screen showing scenes from the film La Belle et la Bête, and once without the film clips.  These scenes had been used by Stevie as background during her '07 tour and rights were secured for that purpose - but for whatever reason permission wasn't granted for Stevie to use the film clips on the DVD.  Even though a backup version of the song had been filmed, not including the film clips, it was decided not to use the song entirely for the DVD.  But not all was lost as the audio version of the song appeared on the CD version of the show.

The "Live In Chicago" DVD includes timeless Nicks songs from her solo projects as well as songs written as a member of  Fleetwood Mac. All the Stevie classics are included such as the energetic opening track "Stand Back," "Rhiannon," "Dreams," "Gold Dust Woman," "Landslide" and "Edge Of Seventeen," the DVD also features a few really great cover songs, Dave Matthews' "Crash Into Me" Led Zeppelin's "Rock And Roll" and Bonnie Raitts "Circle Dance" in which Vanessa Carlton makes her second appearance.

"We wanted everything on the DVD and CD to look and sound perfect and I think we succeeded," said Nicks.

"The Soundstage Sessions" CD included 10 songs extracted from the "Live In Chicago" DVD.  Nicks brought the songs from the show to Nashville and worked once again with Joe Thomas in the studio where they added "Nashville Strings" and additional vocals.  They also removed the audience from the live recording giving it a more "live in the studio" feel.  The CD features a lush orchestral version of "Landslide", the bonus track audio from the DVD, and other Nicks gems including "Stand Back," "Crash Into Me," "Sara," "Fall From Grace", "If Anyone Falls In Love" and "Beauty and The Beast" a faithful restating of the song, which closed "The Wild Heart" in 1983. Lost in the rapture of her lyrics, Nicks captivates for seven minutes. Accompanied by just strings, piano, and her background vocalists.  She dubs her performance “the Witherspoon vocal” after a woman who attended the recording of the song in Nashville.

Ahead of the official release date of March 31, 2009, digital downloads of "Crash Into Me" and "Landslide" (orchestral version) were made available on on March 17th. "Enchanted", was available March 31st as a bonus on if you purchased the digital version of the CD. "Gold Dust Woman" and "Edge Of Seventeen" were the bonus tracks available exclusively on iTunes on March 31st.

An exclusive Limited Edition CD/DVD set featuring different cover art inside and out called "The Soundstage Sessions Live in Chicago" was made available to purchase exclusively through Stevie's record label Warner Bros.  If you purchased this set, you received instant downloadable tracks "Rhiannon" and "The One" both not included on the CD.  Also, anyone who purchased this Limited Edition early on also received an 8x10 never before-seen Lithograph of Stevie.

The Soundstage Sessions CD and Live in Chicago DVD are for the most part satisfying because Stevie sounds and looks fantastic.

Stevie, one of the most successful female artists in rock history and the embodiment of the transcendent power of music is a multi-platinum, multi-Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a member of the legendary Fleetwood Mac.  

Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, the same year that her box set Enchanted came out. In 2001, Nicks released her last Studio album Trouble in Shangri-La, this time with friends Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Dixie Chick Natalie Maines, and Macy Gray and in 2003 joined Fleetwood Mac for the reunion album Say You Will.  In 2004 Fleetwood Mac released the DVD Live in Boston.  In the spring of 2007, Reprise released the CD/DVD Crystal Visions: The Very Best of Stevie Nicks, an extraordinary collection of songs and videos spanning the legendary singer/songwriter's career.

After touring the world with Fleetwood Mac for the better part of 2009 on the Unleashed Tour, and spending pretty much this last decade celebrating her work as a solo artist and with Fleetwood Mac, Stevie's back in the Studio working with Dave Stewart and many others she's worked with over the years recording tracks for a long overdue new studio album.  No official date has been given for the release, but given her past track record, it looks like it might be a spring 2001 release with touring dates likely to follow.

In the meantime, Stevie's lined up a short run of shows beginning August 4th in Santa Barbara, CA.

USA itunes | CANADA itunes
(Includes Bonus Tracks only available on itunes "Gold Dust Woman and "Edge of Seventeen")
USA ONLY - mp3 Album Only Amazon
(Includes Exclusive Album Track "Enchanted")
USA Amazon | CANADA Amazon

USA Amazon | CANADA Amazon
USA Itunes CANADA - Itunes

Friday, December 11, 2009

Best of 2009: Music (STEVIE NICKS MAKES TOP 10 LIST)

Okay... Lauren Carter of Boston Herald gets it...


The No. 1 spot is reserved for Enya’s greatest hits. There are no new tracks on the Irish singer’s collection and none are needed. This compilation of the best work is a virtual deep-tissue massage for the soul.

1. Enya, “The Very Best of Enya” (Reprise/Warner Bros.)
2. Jay-Z, “The Blueprint 3” (Roc Nation)
3. Stevie Nicks, “The Soundstage Sessions: Live in Chicago” CD/DVD (Reprise/Warner Bros.)
4. Millyz, “Whiteboy Like Me” (independent)
5. The-Dream, “Love vs. Money” (Def Jam)
6. Mariah Carey, “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel” (Island)
7. Keri Hilson, “In a Perfect World” (Interscope)
8. Lady Gaga, “The Fame Monster” deluxe edition (Streamline/Konlive/Cherrytree/Interscope)
9. Chris Brown, “Graffiti” (Jive)
10. 50 Cent, “Flight 187” single and video (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)

Wednesday, October 07, 2009


Both Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood have submitted their solo albums released this year for consideration at this years 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.

Stevie Nicks' CD "The Soundstage Sessions" along with The Mick Fleetwood Band Featuring Rick Vito "Blue Again" have been submitted in the following category:

Album Of The Year
Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s)/Mixer(s) & Mastering Engineer(s), if other than the artist.

Stevie's "The Soundstage Sessions" has also been submitted for consideration in:

Best Pop Vocal Album
For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.

Good luck to both... There's a lot of competition!
Actual Grammy Nominations are in December I believe. The Grammy Awards are at the end of January, 2010.

Thursday, June 18, 2009




The Nickfix, Stevie's official Website is the only place where you can order this very limited edition package.

Act now as only 200 copies remain!

The DVD features over 2 hours of stunning footage from this legendary concert! The CD includes brand new studio versions of classics like "Stand Back", "Sara", "Landslide" and many, many more!

This limited edition CD/DVD set sports a unique cover and also includes a limited edition lithograph of an unreleased photo that you can't get anywhere else!

Also included with your purchase are two bonus "instant gratification" downloads of "Rhiannon" and "The One" - two tracks that don't appear on the CD.

Order for $29.99 from the Warner Brothers Store.

For residence outside the USA - Warner Brothers will accept Paypal for payment.

Stevie's Live in Chicago DVD is currently at #15 on Billboards Top Music Videos Chart.

Billboard Magazine Chart Run
"Top Music Video"
#15 - Week of June 20, 2009
#14 - Week of June 13, 2009
#16 - Week of June 06, 2009
#13 - Week of May 30, 2009
#09 - Week of May 23, 2009
#07 - Week of May 16, 2009
#07 - Week of May 09, 2009
#06 - Week of May 02, 2009
#02 - Week of April 25, 2009
#01 - Week of April 18, 2009

Monday, June 01, 2009


Stevie Nicks' Soundstage Sessions

From Sunday May 31st to Saturday June 13th and Re-Playing Every Evening Beginning at 6:30pm - a half hour segment featuring Stevie Nicks Live in Chicago (Clips from her "Live in Chicago" DVD).

Check your local listings
(if you get VH1 Classics)

Rock's superstar chanteuse performs her signature songs live. Recorded at her October 2007 Soundstage performance, the scintillating concert ranges from Fleetwood Mac classics 'Rhiannon,' 'Landslide,' 'Sara' to her own 'Stand Back.'

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Stevie Nicks blasts Lindsay, Britney
The Fleetwood Mac icon has harsh words for certain younger ‘messy’ and ‘dippy’ singers
Mcleans Magazine

If anyone has the right to give advice to the Britney Spearses and Lindsay Lohans of the world, it’s Stevie Nicks. In her more-than-30-year career as a solo singer and as one of the lead vocalists of the rock group Fleetwood Mac, the 61-year-old icon has paved the way for women in the music industry. And she has the war wounds to prove it. From battles with drug addiction to notorious love affairs, her life is tailor-made for a Hollywood film. Which is probably why Lindsay Lohan keeps telling reporters about her burning desire to play Nicks in a yet-to-be-made Fleetwood Mac biopic. This has Nicks a little concerned. Via phone from a presidential suite in New York City, she repeats the words “over my dead body” when the mention of a Lindsay-as-Stevie movie comes up. “That girl is the antithesis of everything that I don’t want for younger girls to be. I don’t want anyone as messy as her messing with my history.”

The legacy Nicks is so protective of is still going strong. This spring she has been busy promoting her latest two projects—a DVD called Live In Chicago and a live CD titled The Soundstage Sessions—as well as reconnecting on stage with Fleetwood Mac on its current greatest-hits North American tour. Packed with five remaining Canadian concert dates, the tour has Nicks performing more than 50 shows, many of which are sold out. Which explains why Hollywood execs have been banging on her door. “Most of them,” she says, “want to focus on when I first joined the band and the three fun, crazy years after that. Quite frankly, I don’t blame them—they were a roller-coaster ride!”

To clarify, Nicks is talking about when she and her then-lover, guitarist-vocalist Lindsey Buckingham, became members of Fleetwood Mac in 1975 (joining drummer Mick Fleetwood, vocalist Christine McVie and bassist John McVie). Shortly after the group’s first album together, Nicks experienced the side effects of being in a band with three Top 20 singles. “I was a waitress and Lindsey was a telemarketer back then,” Nicks recalls. “By the end of the summer, we were millionaires. It transformed our lives completely. Then Rumours happened and everything went berserk.”

Nicks is referring to Fleetwood Mac’s hit 1977 disc, which sold more than 30 million copies. According to Nicks, the title of the disc was prophetic on many levels. “I fell in love with Mick [Fleetwood] at the end of the Rumours tour in 1978 while I was still on rocky ground with Lindsey. Fortunately Mick and I ended it for the sake of the band. Around that time, people began saying that I was performing witchcraft—which I never did—and that the band had orgies—which we never had.”

On top of the widely reported false accusations, Nicks had to deal with a growing substance abuse problem. The miracle of it all was that she was still able to write songs (chart toppers Edge of Seventeen, Stand Back and Landslide) while maintaining a sense of mystery about herself. That secrecy is something Nicks feels is missing in the pop stars of today. She points to Britney Spears as a prime example of a singer who has overexposed herself beyond repair. “For her, it’s all about TMI: too much information. She needs to stop sharing. Period. After that toxic reality series she did, I decided I will never buy another one of her CDs because now I know how dippy she is.” When Nicks hears that Spears cursed about wardrobe malfunctions while performing on stage during her recent tour, her voice begins to thunder. “You do not tell the audience about your stupid-ass problems,” she says. “You will never, ever see a sweat drop start to fly off of my face—even if my heel is broken. I’ll do the song heel-less. People paid good money for you to take away their problems and inspire them.”

Other than her beef with Britney, Nicks has a record of embracing the newer divas on the block. “The fact that Etta James got so angry about Beyoncé singing At Last at President Obama’s first dance is tragic. C’mon Etta, just let Beyoncé sing it—she’s the new thing. [James] is still selling concert tickets so she should move over for a moment.” And with that, Nicks pipes down, takes a breath and begins to reflect. “In music history, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Elvis were all called the kings of rock and managed to be quite amicable to each other. They even did shows together! There is no reason why us women can’t do the same. Besides, I don’t want to be known as a queen of rock. When you start having to tell people that you are the queen, you’re done.”

Friday, April 24, 2009


Night of the one and only Stevie
Stevie Nicks celebrates new solo album, Fleetwood Mac tour, and the gay fans who spawned the ‘Night of a Thousand Stevies’
Friday, Apr 24, 2009 | By: GREGG SHAPIRO

More than three decades into her musical career, Stevie Nicks has charted dozens of hits, sold millions of albums, been dubbed “the queen of rock and roll” and even spawned her own drag queen tribute show.

But the singer-songwriter who helped make the band Fleetwood Mac famous with such hits as “Landslide” and “Rhiannon” isn’t resting on her laurels. Last month, Nicks released a solo DVD, “Live in Chicago,” with a companion CD, “The Soundstage Sessions” (Reprise/Warner Brothers) just as Fleetwood Mac launched its “Unleashed” greatest hits tour, which brings the iconic band to Atlanta’s Philips Arena on Tuesday.

SoVo spoke with Nicks in late March, on the day before “The Soundstage Sessions” was set for release. The 17-song DVD and the 10-track CD are bound to elate Nicks’ legion of fans, who will delight in her performances of beloved originals including “Landslide,” “Stand Back,” “If Anyone Falls in Love” and “Sara,” as well as renditions of songs by Dave Matthews, Bonnie Raitt, Tom Petty and Led Zeppelin.

SoVo: For your first filmed and recorded live show in nearly 25 years, what was it about your performance on the Chicago PBS series “Soundstage” that led you to want to release it as the “Live in Chicago” DVD?

Stevie Nicks: Well, what happened was in 2005, we got an offer to do four shows at Celine Dion’s major big theater, the Colosseum at Caesar’s [Palace]. I was in Maui and I thought I was going to have another month off and I got a call from my manager and he said, “I need you to come in and see Celine on this stage because she leaves after the show tonight and Elton [John] comes in tomorrow. So you could actually see Celine and Elton in two days and decide whether or not you’d like to do this because they’ve offered you four shows. And getting your foot in the door to play Vegas once in a while is not a bad thing.”

Not a bad thing, at all.

So I’m like sorry, I’m on my Rhiannon-quest here in Maui, so I don’t think I’ll be able to do that. And he goes, “I’ll see you Tuesday.” So, off I went. Waddy (Wachtel), my guitar player and I walked in. We’re sitting there and we watched Celine and then we watched Elton, and we’re like, “Oh, my God, we can’t do this!” You have to build a world here. This is a massive IMAX theater and the screens are a hundred feet tall. You can’t just take your little rock band in there.

We’re like, “Can we do this?” Elton filmed everything he ever did and Celine has Cirque du Soleil. What do we have? ...

We got this artist, Sulamith Wülfing, a German artist, my favorite, she died in 1989, but we got permission to use some of her drawings. So we mixed Sulamith’s drawings, my drawings, all the film footage, pictures, photographs, everything we could find, gave them to our lighting and stage guy and said, “OK, here it is. Go for it, work it out, fix it, put it together. Build a world.” He said, “OK!” That’s what we did.

It sounds amazing.

We went in there with a world. We did those four shows and they were great. Everybody really loved it and I loved it. Then it was like, “OK, we’re started now.” Between then and August of 2007, we toured with that show, obviously pared down a little bit...

At the end of the tour in August 2007, I’m sitting in my living room and I’m thinking to myself, “Once again, this show’s not going to be filmed.” So I called my manager and said, “You’ve got to make some calls. Or you’re soon going to be my ex-friend. Because this show is perfect. It’sabout as perfect as I can get. I’ve worked so hard on this thing since the four shows in Vegas two years ago, that I can’t move on until we film this show. It’s really not fair to me to not film this.”

Did he make the calls?

He did. And he called back and said that Joe Thomas from PBS was very interested in doing it. … This was August, and we went on the first of October to Chicago, rehearsed for three weeks, and filmed it on Oct. 27. We came back to Chicago on Feb. 6 and stayed all of February and all of March and worked six days a week, eight hours a day and just hovered...

They let us be as involved as we wanted to be, which was great because we wanted to be involved.

That’s good to hear.

We left at the end of March [2008] and then they started putting it together, and that takes a couple of months. It was supposed to be out at the end of summer, but something happened and I don’t even remember what it was. They moved the date to late October. Then everybody realized — “Do we really want to put Stevie up against Barack Obama and John McCain?” That was a big no. They [also] didn’t really want to put it out when we were in rehearsal for Fleetwood Mac.

So because Lindsey (Buckingham) is taking a break right now... we gave him that two weeks and Warner Brothers and PBS said, “Let’s put it out then. Because then Stevie can do some press, she’ll be out on the road. She didn’t want the ski vacation anyway.” I’m just as happy to work. That’s how it got to here. Now you know!

The songs on the companion CD “The Soundstage Sessions” are cleaned up, in that the audience response to the songs was edited out. Why did you choose to go that route?

I said, “Let’s try to make this into a little album. Let’s pull the 10 most unfamiliar songs. Let’s take the Fleetwood Mac songs out and let’s put in “If Anyone Falls,” “Sorcerer,” the Dave Matthews song, the Bonnie Raitt song. Let’s put the unfamiliar things from the show [on the disc] and let’s take the applause off and let’s go to Nashville and redo some vocals and add some strings and make this a distinctly different piece of work that can go out, along with this DVD. …

You’re going to have the version of “Landslide” on the CD that didn’t go into the show, which is a really spectacularly special “Landslide” because it was really a moment for me where I decided at that point I was going to have to say goodbye to my dad. It’s a very emotional “Landslide” which is not on anything else. From that moment onward, I had made my peace with my father going.

“Landslide,” which is included on both the CD and DVD, is a song of yours that has been covered by Dixie Chicks, Smashing Pumpkins, and most recently by Ann Hampton Callaway, who performs it on her new CD. How do you feel when you hear other people’s interpretations of that song?

I love it when people actually take it upon themselves to interpret something. It’s no different, really, then me trying to interpret “Crash Into Me” by Dave Matthews. Who would have ever thought that I would have done that? So who would ever think that people would try to do “Landslide.” Because mostly people would be like, “Oh, that’s a Stevie Nicks song, I can’t do that.” And the fact that somebody is brave enough to do that, I think is great!

Every time somebody does “Landslide,” it brings it to that generation of listeners. It just takes my music and spreads it out over the world now. I’m always thrilled.

Your songs “Edge of Seventeen” and “Gypsy” inspired the gay coming of age movies “Edge of Seventeen” and “Gypsy 83.” Is a gay following something that you have always been aware of?

Well, I’ve not always been aware of it. But I became aware of it with Night of a Thousand Stevies. And I am so thrilled. I’m thrilled! Because I want my music to mean something to everybody. I think that every song that I write can be dealt with for whoever you are. When you hear one of my songs, it is about you.

Only lately have I started to explain the real stories behind the songs, because I don’t want people to, when they think of “Landslide,” always think of Stevie sitting in Colorado. I want you to think of what it means to you. I want you to think of why it touched you.

I am first and foremost a writer. I am thrilled and honored that the gay community backs my music. I always kid everybody that one day, all you Night of a Thousand Stevies people, one day I’ll be there, in complete dress, and you won’t know it. I’ll be hulking around somewhere, standing behind you, so be careful what you say, because I could be standing next to you at any moment.

Thursday, April 16, 2009


Week 2 for "The Soundstage Sessions" on Billboards Top 200 Album chart suffered a 62% drop in sales landing at #146 with 4,908 in sales for the week.  Accumulated total = 18,038.

"Live in Chicago" the DVD drops one place to #2.  (Sales information to follow).

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Nicks offers Landslide of emotion
by Tim Cole

Stevie Nicks latest release is remarkable for one particular track.

How many times have Fleetwood Mac put out an album including the beautifully crafted song Landslide? How many ways can it be recorded?

It was originally penned by Nicks for the bands eponymous album, the first on which she and then partner Lindsay Buckingham appeared, back in 1975.

After the personal ructions of Rumours and the studio trials of Tusk, when the band recorded their next album, Fleetwood Mac Live, on their 1980 world tour, there was a version which carried little of the weight and charm of the original.

The haunting feel of the studio version had not been translated to the stage.

As the band moved on through its many incarnations from the mid-80s to the mid-90s, without the presence of Buckingham, the track was a live staple.

But it was with the reunion of the Fleetwood/McVie/McVie/ Buckingham/Nicks line-up in 1997 for the intimate live album The Dance that the song found new life.

With an emotional performance of the song followed by the words 'Thank you Lindsay,' and 'Thank you Stevie' all the rifts in the act's most successful line-up seemed to have been publicly healed.

For their 2004 tour the feeling was even stronger and the presence of the track on the Live in Boston DVD and CD is a true highlight.

Now the band are touring stateside and performing the track again.

But just when you thought it couldn't get any better... out comes Nicks' new album, The Soundstage Sessions, with a remarkable studio recording.

The difference in the vocal are clear and the tone of the guitar is miles away from Buckingham's original or his recent live performances.

But the genius lies in Nicks' decision to bring an orchestra in half way through the song - and have the guitar break played by a violin. Very brave and very clever.

There is much more to enjoy on the album including excellent new versions of Stand Back and Sara, the Bonnie Raitt track Circle Dance and Dave Matthews' Crash Into Me.

The accompanying DVD also contains a reworking of Rhiannon, the other best-loved track from the Fleetwood Mac album, and her other signature tunes, Dreams and Gold Dust Woman.

But this is a disc that is genuinely worth buying for one song - a track that tells the story of Nicks' life and times in Fleetwood Mac.

The Soundstage Sessions album and Live In Chicago DVD are out now on Reprise Records.

Friday, April 10, 2009


Stevie Nicks - "The Soundstage Sessions" Review

More than any other female vocalist, when I was in my teenage and university years, Stevie Nicks impacted my life, so imagine the tremendous adrenaline rush which I experienced when Nicks’ new CD The Soundstage Sessions arrived in the mail. Stevie Nicks’ familiar vibrato is still omni present, on this lush, beautifully orchestrated project, on which she penned all, but two of the ten tunes, the exceptions being the second track, Dave Matthews’, “Crash Into Me,” and the seventh track, Bonnie Raitt’s, “Circle Dance.” Some of the songs are older and more familiar, others less so.

The album opens with the hard hitting rock tune, “Stand Back,” before moving into a mellow, acoustic cover of, “Crash Into Me,” featuring the splendid guitar work of Waddy Wachtel, who also acted as the Musical Director for The Soundstage Sessions.

Thursday, April 09, 2009


'Fleetwood Mac' lead singer Stevie Nicks talks about her first solo concert recording since 1985, why cell phones and computers make her mad and her hopes for Britney Spears. (April 9)

Q&A WITH STEVIE NICKS (Canadian Press)

Q&A: Rock legend Stevie Nicks explains why she's a technophobe

NEW YORK — Friends who want to get in touch with Stevie Nicks know not to send an email, call on a cellphone, or reach out by text message, because she won't respond.

It's not that she's being rude: Nicks doesn't own a computer or a cellphone. The 60-year-old rock legend, who is currently on tour with Fleetwood Mac, is a proud technophobe.

"I believe that computers have taken over the world. I believe that they have in many ways ruined our children. I believe that kids used to love to go out and play," Nicks says in her famously smoky voice.

"I believe that social graces are gone because manners are gone because all people do is sit around and text. I think it's obnoxious."

Nicks does own an iPod, but she prefers to listen to music - which includes her new CD, "The Soundstage Sessions" - on a boombox. (The CD also comes packaged with a DVD.)
Better yet, give her a cassette version and she'll be in musical heaven. "It sounds better and you'd be convinced," she says.

AP: This is your first live project in 22 years. What took so long?

Nicks: I don't really know exactly how that happened. Before I knew it, it was 2007 ... (my) tour was over, and I'm sitting in my house going, "I can't believe I'm sitting here again, and I didn't film this show." So I got on my phone and I called my managers, and I said, "Make some calls, because I need to film this show." I'm very, very proud of it. I'm almost glad that I waited this long to do it, because maybe that's what God wanted me to do.

AP: You say you hope this project is a blueprint for the next generation. Why do you think there's a lack of strong rock acts?

Nicks: Because the music business is in terrible trouble. People are stealing our music. That's all there is to it. In the old days ... they would help you to develop into the artist that they knew you were going to be. In the last 10 years, the record companies don't have the money to do that. I don't know what the answer is to it. The only thing I can say to people is, "Buy music, do not steal music." If you do, you won't have any new music later on.

AP: If you and I were having lunch, and I pulled out my cellphone ...

Nicks: I'm gonna put my hand on your hand and say, "Turn it off, for now. Just give me an hour, of you, I really want an hour of just you, and your heart. I don't want you talking to someone else while we're having lunch." It's love, you know, it's relationships. I don't want love and relationships to be lost, and I feel like that's happening.

AP: Have the nation's economic troubles inspired you musically?

Nicks: Absolutely, I want to go home and write Bob Dylan songs, I want to go write radical, rebellious "let's try to make it better" songs. I'm very affected by everything going on. When I do get finished with this Fleetwood Mac tour, I will absolutely write about the political situation, which I have never done before. I have never actually been very political before, and I'm starting to feel more political every day. So, pretty soon, governor (laughs).


Stevie's "Live in Chicago" is the new No.1 Music Video DVD on Billboards April 18, 2009 chart.

Congratulations Stevie!

Nicks also debuts on Billboards Comprehensive Albums Chart at #48 with "The Soundstage Sessions". and #5 on the Top Internet Albums Chart.

- Billboard 200 #47
- Billboard Comprehensive Albums #48
- Top Internet Albums #5
- Top Music DVD's #1

Wednesday, April 08, 2009


Larry Flick on The Morning Jolt Sirius OutQ Channel 109 Interviewed Stevie Nicks last week at the Waldorf in New York City for his show which he aired this morning.  Stevie's promoting the "Live in Chicago" DVD and "The Soundstage Sessions" CD which were released on March 31st.  This is a pretty extensive interview - spanning pretty much her whole career and running for approximately 42 minutes.   Stevie tells Larry about how the filming of the "Live in Chicago" DVD came about,  what it's like being on the road with Fleetwood Mac, the tension between her and Lindsey today and what motivates Stevie to continue on after this many years in the business - asking her if she can ever see a time when she won't be doing any touring.  It was a really interesting interview with your not so run of the mill questions... So thank you Larry!

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Last week, Buzzworthy Bestie Justin Tranter of Semi Precious Weapons had pretty much the BEST week ever! After Kate Moss personally invited him to a Topshop VIP party, where he danced with Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony (I. SWEAR!), he got invited to a Stevie Nicks listening party, where he MET the legendary woman herself. And if you DON’T know who Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac are, let’s both please take a moment to feel sorry for you. Go on… I’ll wait…

Okay. Read what Justin Tranter emailed me about meeting the unparalleled Stevie Nicks!

I get invited to a lot of cool things ‘cus I’ve been pounding the pavement of New York City in four-inch heels for a LONG time. But when I got invited to meet STEVIE NICKS at her Sound Stage Sessions listening party I almost died. She is truly one of my biggest inspirations ever. I have every Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks record and DVD. It’s almost an issue! Haha.

I called my girl CariDee English from America’s Next Top Model, Marc Jacobs model and actor Jimmy Knehans, and my girls Krista and Jen and said ‘We HAVE to go!’ Me, Caridee and Jimmy schwerked the red carpet while waiting for the gold dust queen of rock ‘n’ roll to arrive. She made a grand but VERY loving entrance.

After she took photos and signed some things for charity I got to meet her. She was SO sweet and actually wanted to chat. She told me that I looked gorgeous, and that ‘the world is going to want to hear real rock ‘n’ roll soon, so keep on fighting the good fight. Take whatever comes your way in such a weird time in the industry, economy and world.’

Whoa! Stevie Nicks. F**ing Stevie Nicks! My mom is going to be so mad she wasn’t with me!


Matt Harvey squares off with Stevie Nicks at Greenhouse

Stevie Nicks was running fashionably late for her CD listening party Thursday night. Each time a boldface name was marched down Greenhouse’s red carpet, there was polite applause—and the excitement for Nicks grew. The crowd was a mix of gay and straight, neatly dressed and not so much, middle-aged and youngish.The only thing they seemed to have in common was a desire to catch a glimpse of the queen of implacable West Coast cool. Legendary gossip Michael Musto, surveying the scene waspishly from behind his chunky glasses, explained why Nicks still packs them in after 35 years:“The people who love Stevie Nicks really love her, more than they love God.” His soft voice dropping to a near-whisper, he added, “Most of them don’t even believe in God.”

When the melodic guitar intro of “Landslide” echoed through the club, a hush fell over the fans. They parted for Nicks as she walked regally to the back of the club. Her long blond tresses falling over a black poncho and her eyes behind tinted aviator glasses, Nicks is still the hallmark of mellow ’70s California rock. Curled up on a couch, she spoke softly. Referring to her never-changing vibe she said, “When you’re me, you never change. I started off this way when I was 25 years old, and I’m not a chameleon.” Leaning into my ear she added, “I’m a definite hippie, but a stylish hippie.”

I gently asked her if it was still fun to sing “Edge of Seventeen.” She replied, “I get to ride around in limousines and stay in beautiful hotel rooms, it’s electrifyingly fun.” But the mellow polish came off, and she couldn’t resist giving me the score. “You want to do what I do, so I can’t see that it would ever get old.”


Stevie Nicks "Soundstage Sessions" debuts on the Billboard 200 chart at #47 with 13,052 in sales.

"Live in Chicago" debut on the Top Music Video Charts at #1.

Monday, April 06, 2009


Stevie's Soundstage Sessions CD was the top seller on the day of release (3/31) on the Triple A Album Sales Charts compiled from a survey of Independent Retailers in the USA.