Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Stevie Nicks Show Pleasant, Padded

By THOMAS KINTNER Special To The Courant
April 22, 2008

Stevie Nicks has seen more than her share of ups and downs over the last two decades, but the music she made with Fleetwood Mac and as a solo act has seen its popularity endure and given her any number of second chances. The 59-year-old singer's show Sunday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville played on that still-considerable nostalgia.

Settling comfortably into the raspy bark at the high end of her voice, Nicks belted her way through the opening "Stand Back," its thick synthesizer pulse rising from her 10-piece band's driving backdrop. True to the singer's long-established image, her multiple costume changes were largely exercises in donning new shawls and lace wraps, and though she kept her shows of agility to the barest of minimums, when she did extend her arms and spin in slow motion, the notably enthusiastic audience roared as though she were turning handsprings.

Her singing came largely in two packages, either the nasal bleating with which she batted at the chorus of "If Anyone Falls," or the more conversational manner with which she delivered verses like those of "Rhiannon." There was frequently an unbecoming monotony to her delivery, an evenness that played on her familiar sound in tunes such as "Gold Dust Woman," but never quite captured any mood.

During her cover of Dave Matthews' "Crash," she sang comfortably alongside the acoustic guitar rhythm laid down by Carlos Rios. Also pleasantly nuanced was Nicks' navigation of "Landslide," its wistful character enriched by her gentle vocal quaver.

Nicks was almost bubbly as she chatted between tunes, and took her time telling stories before the likes of the expansive "Sorcerer." Between her reminiscing and curiously long trips through the likes of "How Still My Love," there was room for only 13 songs in a set that ran just short of two hours.

Nicks muscled her way through most of the show's highlights, such as the buoyant sway of "Dreams," but her show-closing trip through "Edge of Seventeen" was bloated from its too-long guitar and percussion introduction to its expansive finish. She was the least dynamic element onstage during an undistinguished encore take on Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll." She closed the show with the piano ballad "Beauty and the Beast," its lyrics prodded and stretched as she took her time getting through one last number.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Stevie Nicks thrills Mohegan Sun crowd

by The Republican
Monday April 21, 2008, 9:23 AM


UNCASVILLE, CT - While it may not have been as it was billed, the "Very Best of Stevie Nicks," the Sunday night performance at Mohegan Sun turned out to be the least of Stevie Nicks. The singer recited her biggest hits during a too short 13-song set in front of a sold out crowd.

Except for a few occasions, most notably a relatively earnest version of "Rhiannon," many of Nicks' offerings were more recited than rendered with any passion. If it was the "best" it was only in relative sense.

She opened with "Stand Back," relenting to her trademark twirl with her outstretched arms draped in a sheer cape. Following with "Enchanted," and "If Anyone Falls in Love," the night seemed filled with nostalgic promise.

Nicks can still hit all the notes and while her vocal mix both on stage and off (she spent much of the early part of the night adjusting the volume on her ear piece) seemed a little harsh, it was more the memories the songs inspired that carried the performance.

The first real stumble of the night was an ill-advised cover of Dave Matthews' "Crash" a song Nicks has recorded for an upcoming PBS "Soundstage" show that will air in the summer. It was a truly amateurish interpretation of the song.

Nicks recovered with the aforementioned "Rhiannon," and followed it up with "Dreams," telling stories of how the songs were written. She also offered some insight into the early years when she and Lindsey Buckingham were dropped from Polydor "waiting for Fleetwood Mac to come find us," and she went back to waiting tables.

"It's not very show biz-like to stand up here and tell these stories but what do I care," she said. "I'm almost 60 years old." After digesting that morsel of reality, the crowd was rescued with strong versions of "Gold Dust Woman," and "Landslide," which Nicks dedicated, as always, to her late father.

She introduced the band, and the audience tolerated a drum / percussion duet and Waddy Wachtel guitar solo simply because they recognized the riff of "Edge of Seventeen."

Nicks was called back to encore and delivered a strong cover of Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll," finishing the song with a primal scream. She finished the show with "Beauty and the Beast."

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Live at Bass Hall Re-Broadcast April 27th

HDNet Concert Series
Will be re-broadcasting Lindsey's "Live at the Bass Performance Hall"

Sun., Apr 27 - 6:00 PM ET / 3:00 PM PT
Lindsey Buckingham - Live At The Bass Performance Hall - Multi-platinum artist and lead vocalist and lyricist of Fleetwood Mac, Lindsay Buckingham delights the privileged sold-out audience at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, with a memorable performance. Spectators are treated with a soulful acoustic tribute that samples from the wealth of Buckingham's musical career including the classic songs "Tusk", "Go Your Own Way" and "Holiday Road."

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Stevie in Reading April 18th (Video)

Crash Into Me & Landslide
Edge of Seventeen & Gold Dust Woman

Stevie Nicks radiant at Sovereign Center

Stevie Nicks radiant at Sovereign Center in Reading

The former Fleetwood Mac singer presents an evening of well-packaged, if predictable rock and roll, but it held the crowd in thrall.

By John Fidler
Reading Eagle

Reading, PA - The next time Stevie Nicks asks Vanessa Carlton to open for her, she’d better remind Carlton not to forget the lyrics to her songs.

Especially when one of them is a tribute to Nicks.

Blessedly, Carlton was on the Sovereign Center stage Friday night for just a half-hour.

When Nicks arrived and launched into "Stand Back," the first-act gaffe was quickly forgotten, and a nearly full house sat back (or stood up and danced) for an evening of classic Nicks.
Full Review

Photos by Ashton

Friday, April 18, 2008

3 New June Stevie Live Dates Announced

The Nicksfix has announced that there are three new dates added to the June line-up of dates. Not sure what the extent of this tour will be if it ends after the Holmdel show June 29th, or if she will extend it into July.

New Dates Announced Friday April 18th:
- June 14 in Chicago, IL at Charter One Pavilion [On sale May 3]
- June 28 in Wantagh, NY at Jones Beach Amphitheater [On sale May 3 at 9am]
- June 29 in Holmdel, NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center [On sale May 3 at 9am]

Here's a complete run down of the April and June Tour Dates:
- April 18 - Sovereign Center in Reading, PA [Tickets]
- April 20 - Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT [Tickets]
- June 5 - Biloxi, MS at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino [Tickets]
- June 7 - Hollywood, FL at Hard Rock Cafe Seminole [Tickets]
- June 8 - Tampa, FL at the Ford Amphitheatre - Florida State Fairgrounds [Tickets]
- June 10 - Alpharetta, GA at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park [Tickets]
- June 13 - St. Louis, MO at Chaifetz Arena [on sale now] [Tickets]
- June 14 - Chicago, IL at Charter One Pavilion [On sale May 3]
- June 15 - Clarkston, MI at the DTE Energy Music Center: [on sale April 12 at 10am]
- June 18 - Orillia, Ontario, Canada at Casino Rama [Tickets]
- June 20 - Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ. [Tickets]
- June 21 - Borgata Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.: [Tickets]
- June 22 - Boston, MA at Bank of America Pavilion [Tickets]
- June 25 - Toledo, OH at Toledo Zoo Amph. [Tickets]
- June 26 - Cincinnati, OH at National City Pavilion [On sale May 5 at 10am]
- June 28 - Wantagh, NY at Jones Beach Amphitheater [On sale May 3 at 9am]
- June 29 - Holmdel, NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center [On sale May 3 at 9am]

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Lindsey Buckingham - Try For The Sun Acoustic

Lindsey performs "Try For The Sun" in his hotel room while on his 2006-2007 solo tour for Under the Skin.

Also, Lindsey Buckingham: Dancin' Across the USA - Episode 1
Lindsey Buckingham and his band fly from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to Mobile, Alabama in March 2007 on the Under the Skin tour. Starring: Lindsey Buckingham (filming), his band (Neale Heywood, Brett Tuggle, Walfredo Reyes Jr.), and tour manager Jimmy Johnson.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Lindsey on Rockline

Lindsey will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show ROCKLINE on Wed., April 16 at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET. He will be discussing the new DVD. Fans are encouraged to call to speak with Lindsey at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625).

For a station near you and to listen to the broadcast live online go to rocklineradio.com

Monday, April 07, 2008

2 New Live Stevie Dates (Tampa & Cincinnati)

June 8, 2008 - Ford Amphitheatre At the Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FL. Tickets on sales 4/12/08 10am.

June 26, 2008 - National City Pavilion in Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, OH. Tickets TBA.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

New Stevie Nicks Live Date Announced

SUNDAY JUNE 15, 2008

Stevie Nicks & Boston

Ethereal visuals, symbolic lyrics & an enchantingly unique voice have made Stevie Nicks one of the preeminent performers of the 20th century.

Between her solo career and days as the front woman for Fleetwood Mac, Nicks has produced over 20 top 50 fifty hits, including the top 10 tracks, “Edge of 17,” “Rooms On Fire,” “Dreams,” “Gypsy” & “Seven Wonders.”

Nicks was invited to join Fleetwood Mac in 1975 after Mick Fleetwood heard "Frozen Love," a song she wrote and recorded with then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham. The addition of Nicks to the band was the driving force behind the success of Fleetwood Mac's 1977 album, “Rumours,” propelling Stevie & her bandmates to international fame.

In 1981, Nicks launched her solo career with the release of “Bella Donna,” which included three top 10 hits, took the number one slot on the Billboard 200 and was certified five times platinum in 1990.

Nicks has been nominated for seven Grammy Awards, and – with Fleetwood Mac – won the 1977 Grammy for Album of the Year. As a member of Fleetwood Mac, she was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Tickets on-sale Saturday, April 12, 10AMat all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers& The DTE Energy Music Theatre Box Office.

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

Lindsey Buckingham New at #186

BUCKINGHAM'S QUICK: Lindsey Buckingham, who has more chart entries as a member of Fleetwood Mac than he does as a solo artist, has his fourth entry on his own on The Billboard 200 with "Live at the Bass Performance Hall" (Reprise), new at No. 186 with 3,518 in sales.

Those four solo Buckingham albums have charted over a span of 23 years and seven months, starting with "Go Insane" in September 1984. "Out of the Cradle" charted in 1992 and "Under the Skin" in 2006. The 18-month gap between "Skin" and "Live" is thus the shortest amount of time between solo Buckingham albums on The Billboard 200.


Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Two New Stevie Nicks Dates: St. Louis & Hollywood, FL

Stevie Nicks will apper at SLU's new arena June 13

Singer/songwriter Stevie Nicks, a key member from the legendary group Fleetwood Mac, will perform an exclusive concert at St. Louis University new Chaifetz Arena at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 13.

Tickets are $45, $65 and $95 and go on sale at 10 a.m. at metrotix.com, select Schnucks and Macy stores and by phone at (800) 293-5949.