Sunday, June 05, 2011

VIDEO: Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams Tour Campaign #StevieNicksIYDTOUR with @davestewart

And it all comes down to you!... 
Stevie's new album In Your Dreams is out now in many countries around the world and has been for about a month.  The album is being loved and heralded by not only the fans, but by critics and reviewers (Album Reviews) as her best since the early 80's.  In Your Dreams is about to drop in the UK in just a few short weeks (June 27th) to great anticipation by the UK fans.  With the Summer touring season virtually upon us where do we find ourselves?  We find ourselves looking at a blank slate in terms of scheduled live solo dates touring behind this really amazing new album... Aside from the one show in the UK June 26th at the Hard Rock Calling Festival and the previously reported tour in Australia this November there isn't anything lined up, that we know of, for North America this summer/fall.  Yes, Stevie wasn't completely absent from the road this year.  She toured with Rod Stewart in March/April covering 18 major markets in the US/Canada where she included one new song in that set from the new album "Secret Love".  That was great for what it was, which was introducing her music to pretty much an audience that wasn't necessarily there to see her - but to see Rod. 

The real issue is that The Wiltern Birthday Bash show May 26th proved that adding an astounding amount of new music to the set (8 new songs from the new album) can be done and should be done.  What an exciting night it was to be in that audience... I can't even tell you!  Not only did it prove that the new songs can be played alongside the older solo and Fleetwood Mac favourites, it can be done to great success.  The balance of The Wiltern show between older material and new material was perfect!! The audience ate it up... I know, I was there... Granted it was an Album Release Concert so you would expect a great deal of the album to be previewed but the music sounded so good that night.  Stevie's band was tight,  they played the new music with such ease it looked as if they had been playing this music for years... Stevie, Sharon and Lori were on their game that night looking and sounding phenomenal.  Fans all over should have the opportunity to experience something similar - they deserve it and the new music deserves to be heard live!!  With the exception of one song in the set "Soldiers Angel" everything played that night is completely road worthy.  With "Soldiers Angel" where Lindsey sings and plays back up, I don't think you can touch that song unless he's going to be there.  Just my opinion.

Dave Stewart the album co-producer, co-writer, duet partner, videographer on a couple of tracks from the album was at The Wiltern May 26th and added a great deal to the overall show... He's set to tour with Stevie in Australia come November and I believe he'd totally be on board if a trek across North America were put into place... Dave included would just be an added bonus if it happened and would tie everything the two of them have worked on over the last year and a half together nicely... 

There has been talk of something in the works for Stevie touring in North America sometime in August/September - but nothing has been announced and we are already into June.  If it's going to happen, it needs to happen pretty quick!

So if you are on Twitter, Facebook or anywhere
else online put the word out there that
  • Include the campaign on Twitter hashtag #StevieNicksIYDTOUR in your tweet.
  • Make a video and post it on Youtube or any video hosting sight

Below the videos, I've listed a ton of Live Nation Twitter accounts... Live Nation, promoters behind many Stevie and Fleetwood Mac shows, just might take note if there is a groundswell from the fan community.

To kick things off  - Check out these IYD Campaign videos... Great stuff!

Original Video - More videos at TinyPic

Live Nation is the future of the music business. Live Nation is revolutionizing the music industry, onstage and online.

Live Nation have many Twitter accounts world wide... I'm sure there are many more than this, but a suggestion would be to include some, or all, in your campaign message to let it be known that the fan community would really like to see Stevie tour behind In Your Dreams preferably with Dave Stewart on the bill!

@LiveNation @LiveNation_LA @LiveNationSouth @LiveNationAL @LiveNationUK @LiveNationNCSC @livenationwest @livenationclv @LiveNationNFlor @LiveNationDet @LiveNationAlbq @LiveNationTexas @LiveNation_nl @LiveNationCT @LiveNationNCSC @livenationwest @livenationclv @LiveNationNFlor

Executive Chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and Chairman and CEO of the Front Line Management Group, the world’s largest music management firm.

The head of Live Nation Entertainment - he's also the head of Stevie's Management company Front Line... Include him in your tweets to get Stevie out on the road spreading the word about this amazing album In Your Dreams!

There are many Live Nation outlets on Facebook... Search them out, "like" their page and post your request for Stevie to tour...This is their main Facebook page with close to half a million followers... Post your message on their wall... Let some eyeballs see your desire to see Stevie this summer/fall backing her album In Your Dreams.  Let it be known!

Live Nation on Facebook

‘Dream’ comes true for Stevie Nicks

“In Your Dreams” (Reprise) ★★★/4 
Worcester Telegram
by Craig S. Semon

For those of you who think it’s time for Stevie Nicks to stand back, stand, back from the studio, “In Your Dreams” shows the 62-year-old, rock ’n’ roll enchantress still has plenty of tricks up her leather-and-lace sleeves and the power to conjure up enchanting spells in her songs.

With her engaging rasp and gypsy-ccentric take on life, Nicks is still the encompassing free-spirit and engaging earth mother who’s one with the cosmos but is always at odds with affairs (and I mean affairs) of the heart.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer calls her latest opus her own little “Rumours.” Well, it isn’t quite that good, but “In Your Dreams” is easily her best disc since 1981’s “Bella Donna.”

Nicks asks the musical question “Must secret loves secretly die?” on the aptly titled leadoff track and first single, “Secret Love.” This Fleetwood Mac-like composition was written during the “Rumours” session and sounds like a lost B-side from a time when fleeting, forbidden relationships were all the rage (especially if you were in Fleetwood Mac). Nicks’ bewitching vocals hover above a bubbling caldron of jangly guitars and gurgling keyboards. Nicks belts, “I am not asking forever from you/I’m just asking to be held for awhile/In a timeless search/From a love that might work/We’re already payin’ the price.” Nicks might have to pay the price for her indiscretions but her fans are reaping the benefits.

Whether it’s instinctually and/or unconsciously, Nicks is a believer of forbidden, outrageous love affairs, as evidenced with “For What It’s Worth.” In the combination mantra/confession of guilt, Nicks declares, “I got to sing. I got to dance. I got to be a part of a great romance.” Nicks’ voice sounds lively and youthful and her teary-eyed ruminations sound vibrant and timeless. With some sparkling acoustic and lap steel guitar supplied by Tom Petty’s ax-grinding Heartbreaker Mike Campbell, Nicks’ world-weary wisdom of being trapped in a relationship that was doomed from the start is passionate, poignant and poetic.

Despite being old enough to retire, Nicks sounds like she’s on the edge of 17 on the title track, “In Your Dreams.” Accompanied by a lively, countrified-rock arrangement, Nicks sums up her private and professional persona in the simple lines, “I’m just a dreamer/A storyteller/It’s all about you.” And, whether it’s her faithful listener or lover at the moment she is singing to, Nicks proves she is eager to please.

When a fling takes a turn for the worse on “Wide Sargasso Sea,” Nicks does what any level-headed, jilted lover would do. Burn the house down to the ground with herself inside to give her ex something to remember her by. While the song is over the top, Nicks keeps the song grounded with her flowing, storytelling lyrics and her undying commitment to the material.

“New Orleans,” a tame (and often lame) travelogue set to music, often sounds like a combination of Nicks’ shopping and things-to-do lists. Nicks bemoans, “I wanna get back to New Orleans/I wanna sing out/In the streets of the French Quarter/I wanna dress up/I wanna wear beads/I wanna wear feathers and lace/I wanna brush by Anne Rice/Go down Bourbon Street.” I wanna. I wanna. I wanna. Even a “Girls Gone Wild” TV promo has more decorum and drama.

I don’t know what’s sadder, Nicks confessing that she’s a fan of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” film or the fact that she was inspired to write a song about it. On the bubblegum Goth ballad “Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream),” Nicks sings about the love between a sullen, social outcast and her brooding, blood-sucking, pretty-boy boyfriend. Despite its schoolgirl banalities, Nicks sinks her teeth in the anemic goo with the fervor of a teen-wolf on a feeding frenzy. In the end, Team Edward will swoon in delight while anyone who is old enough to drink will want to drive a stake through their heart.

“Soldier’s Angel” is a rare feat. It’s a deeply moving and heartfelt tribute to our wounded and lost soldiers that never becomes preachy, schmaltzy or too sentimental. Seeing through the eyes of a soldier’s mother, widow, nurse and the soldier themselves, Nicks gives their hard-to-convey thoughts an urgency and an immediacy that is taut, emotional and gripping. In one of the song’s most heartfelt and poignant verses, Nicks muses, “I’m a soldier in their army/They are the soldiers of my heart/I try to make them smile again/though it tears me apart/Their bravery leaves me spellbound/I try to be a small part/Of bringing them back again/They are the soldiers of my heart.” Made up of goofy, lovey-dovey couplets the queasy duet, “Cheaper Than Free” has Nicks and the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart clumsily chime in unison, “What’s faster than a fast car/A beating heart/What’s deeper than a deep well/The love in which I fell/More important than freedom/Being needed/More exciting than high fashion/High passion.” I have one for you. What’s cheesier than a jar of Cheez Whiz? This song.

While “Cheaper Than Free” is a colossal clunker, it doesn’t take away from the fact that “In Your Dreams” is often a success.

Friday, June 03, 2011

NEW DATE: Lindsey Buckingham Live in Durham, NC October 1, 2011

The Carolina Theatre presents
Lindsey Buckingham
Saturday, October 1 | 8:00 pm
Durham, NC

$55 - $35

June 10, 2011

The Carolina Theatre

Concert Gross Data: Stevie Nicks Las Vegas The Colosseum at Caesars

Stevie came in at # 81 on the most recent publication of the Top Concert Grosses... Another sold out show!

# 81 Stevie Nicks 
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Las Vegas, Nev.
May 14, 2011
4,073 / 4,073
1 / 1
$175, $135, $95, $49.50
Concerts West/AEG Live

REVIEW: Stevie Nicks "In Your Dreams" co-produced by Dave Stewart boasts high-gloss gumption and poetic grit

The Straits Times

IN YOUR DREAMS: If change is the constancy in the career of 25 year-old Lady Gaga, then Emmylou Harris, 64, and Stevie Nicks, 63, are queens of timelessness who chart their own evolutionary paths.

Harris’ latest, Hard Bargains, is a retrospective baste in melancholy, but never once feels treacly. Her raspy, gossamer purr eulogises Canadian folk icon Kate McGarrigle who died last year of cancer (Darlin’ Kate); and her mentor Gram Parsons, who overdosed on morphine and alcohol back in 1973 (The Road).

She won’t wallow and shows she can still kick up a fuss when she wants to.

Her post-Katrina anthem, New Orleans, has fire, and Six White Cadillacs is a honky-tonk lovely that will keep your foot tapping.

Nicks, likewise, has the languid assuredness of someone who’s paid her dues. Her latest, In Your Dreams, her first in a decade, is her best in years.

The album, co-produced by Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, boasts high-gloss gumption and poetic grit.
Presiding over her gypsy kingdom, she fuses myth and reality. Whether waxing about a Secret Love or taking cues from the Twilight series in Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream) or Edgar Allan Poe in Annabel Lee, she glows and glowers fabulously.

Fleetwood's on Front Street... Mick Fleetwood's Restaurant on Maui

The work continues on the refurbish of the building that will eventually house Mick's new restaurant on Maui.  The Roof is being completely redone and according to Fleetwood's on Front Street Facebook page, a design team from Bitton Design Group is in place to craft Mick's ideas for the restaurant.  Stages will be located on both the rooftop and on the second level with the second level having a full set of Mick's drums setup for whenever Mick drops in.  The restaurant is looking to open sometime after September, 2011 although no specific date has been given.

Exciting stuff!!

Check out the Fleetwood's on Front Street website and Register online for special offers and the most updated news about Fleetwood's on Front Street. Mahalo!  HERE

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CONTEST: WIN STEVIE NICKS "IN YOUR DREAMS" - Durban South Africa East Coast Radio


We have five Stevie Nicks CDs to give away. Answer the question below and email by Wednesday, June 8, with the answer and your contact details.
Q: Who co-produced In Your Dreams?
Charis Apelgren - Many critics and fans are calling Stevie Nicks’ new album the best of her solo career.

No matter what she does, Stevie will never escape the large-looming legacy of her former band Fleetwood Mac, the monster collective that cranked out masterpieces like Rumours and Tusk.

In Your Dreams is an album about 'exorcising the demons of the past and moving forward toward the beauty lingering in our imaginations'.

In Your Dreams, is one of seven songs Stevie wrote with the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, who also co-produced the collection. The pair spent the past year recording the album at Stevie’s California home. Other collaborators include Mike Campbell of Tom Petty’s band The Heartbreakers, Stevie’s former bandmate Lindsey Buckingham, and Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood. Stevie refers to the making of In Your Dreams as the highlight of her entire career.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Contest: Win Tickets to see Stevie Nicks in London at Hard Rock Calling June 26th!

See Bon Jovi, Stevie Nicks, Rod Stewart, & BNL in London!

Toronto, Canada radio station boom 97.3 is sending you to experience the Hard Rock Calling Festival, June 24 to 26 at Hyde Park in London, England! You & a guest will be rocking it out all weekend with Bon Jovi, Stevie Nicks, Rod Stewart, Barenaked Ladies, & more! Starting Monday, June 6 - every time you hear Bon Jovi on boom 97.3, be the 20th caller through at 416.870.0973 & you could be off to London for Hard Rock Calling! Grand prize draw will be in the 7am hour on Monday, June 13. Good luck!

Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams - Week 4 Official Billboard Numbers

Billboard published their latest charts today which will be reflected in the magazine dated June 11, 2011. Stevie's In Your Dreams lands at # 47 in it's 4th week on the Top 200 Album chart down from # 24 the previous week. On the Top 200 Current Albums Chart the album ends the week at # 46 down from # 23 last week. Sales this past week were 9,933 in the USA for a 4 week total of 97,379. On the Rock Album chart the album slips one place to # 10. In Australia In Your Dreams drops from # 51 to # 87.  In Canada the album slides from # 62 to # 100 this week.

# 47 - USA Billboard Top 200 Albums week ending 05/29/2011
# 46 - USA Billboard Top 200 Current Albums
# 10 - USA Billboard Top Rock Albums
# 87 - Australia - Top 100 Albums Chart 06/06/2011
# 100- Canada Top 100 Albums week ending 05/26/2011

Fleetwood Mac's Rumours in it's 4th week back on the Top 200 Albums chart in the USA sees the album drop from # 81 last week to # 120 this week. On the Top Catalogue Albums Chart the album drops from # 03 to # 15.

# 120- USA Billboard Top 200 Albums week ending 05/29/2011
# 15 - USA Billboard Top Catalogue Albums

I'll update as more info becomes available.

PHOTOS: Stevie Nicks Live at The Wiltern with Dave Stewart, Lindsey Buckingham + More

Photos and link provided by Kris Driggers... Thanks Kris!
Amazing vantage point at the show... 
See more of The Stevie Nicks Birthday Bash Live
from The Wiltern May 26th on Facebook

(Review) Stevie Nicks "In Your Dreams" ★★★★ Album Of The Week - New Zealand

I'm not sure what critics want from Stevie Nicks these days. Demned with faint praise with lines such as "archly conservative". "a pale Fleetwood Mac" and Tainted with the smear of lip-gloss California studio muses" are just some of the criticisms aimed at this disc. It's quite possible that these journalistic hacks forget the times that created the monster that became Fleetwood Mac, a group breaking apart from fragile on-road relationships, bitter artistic direction disputes and audience expectations. They also defined their - and the critics' - times and recorded Rumours, which is still on of the top 10 best selling albums of all time. Fleetwood Mac and Nicks are made from the same cloth and no amount of wishful thinking on behalf of the music made will change that, nor should it. Her solo career produced many great songs such as Stop Draggin My Heart Around, Stand Back and Nighbird, and because of that back catalogue I see this album slotting perfectly into her oeuvre.

As well as co-authoring nine of the tracks, the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart has produced this album and in doing so revealed a love of a time and sound now lost. OK, it harks back to the Byrds, Jackson Browne and The Eagles, but so what? Opening track Secret Love was actually written in 1976 about a former lover. Nicks has now conveniently forgotten his name and the theme is reflected in several other songs that dot the album: For What It's Worth, Wide Sargossa Sea, Everybody Loves You and You May Be The One all reflect fleeting romances that leave the listener with lessons learned from such a romance. One song New Orleans, shines through as a perfectly written ode to the Big Easy with a simple request that she wants to don beads, feathers and lace and sing again the French Quarter, a sentiment that reflects what America really wants from that city. Let's hear it for retro.

Colin Morris
The Dominion Post - New Zealand

Stevie Nicks Making Up For Lost Time...

If she had her way, Stevie Nicks wouldn’t have let a decade go by between solo albums.

‘In Your Dreams’ was released last month, her first solo album in 10 years

The singer and songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac, released In Your Dreams in May, 10 years after her last solo album, Trouble in Shangri-La. She was certainly busy in between, most notably with a new album and several tours with Fleetwood Mac, but Nicks feels that she easily could have made some new music several years ago.

“When I came off the road with Fleetwood Mac in 2005,” she says, speaking by telephone from her Los Angeles home, “I was definitely ready to do a record. But the powers that be, the people that surrounded me, pretty much said, ‘Don’t bother. It’s not a good time. The music business is in a terrible place. There’s no money, and the Internet piracy is taking over. Everybody’s just stealing records and music.’

“I didn’t know what to say,” the 63-year-old admits, “because I’m not a computer person and I don’t have a computer and I don’t Facebook or Spaceface or Myplace or whatever. I don’t do all that. So I just kind of said, ‘OK.’

“If I hadn’t have been so exhausted from 135 shows, I might have fought back on that a little, but I just said, ‘OK.”’

During the interim Nicks reconnected with former Eurythmics member Dave Stewart, a hit-making producer whom she’d met in 1985, when they worked on Don’t Come Around Here No More, a song that Nicks never completed but which became a hit for Tom Petty. In 2006 Nicks was a guest on the pilot for Stewart’s HBO show Off the Record, and in January 2009, when she started planning In Your Dreams, Stewart was the first potential collaborator who came to mind.

“I called and asked him if he’d be interested in working with me on some songs,” Nicks recalls, “and he said, ‘I have a song for you already. I’m going to send it to you, and I’d like if you would write the verses.”‘

The song was called Everybody Loves You, and it set many wheels turning.

I told him, I'm going to send you a binder that has 40 type-written pages init, 40 poems, and hopefully maybe you'll read it," Nicks says. "He actually did read it, so, when he came up to my house to listen to Everybody Loves You, he pulled out one of the poems and said, 'I like this one very much. Let's work on this poem.' And we stared writing a song."

Nicks has written a great many songs since 1974, when she and then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac and immediately turned the British blues-rock group into a multiplatinum pop super-act, with Nicks in a lead role thanks to her ethereal charisma and songs such as Rihannon (1976), Dreams (1977), Sara (1979) and Gypsy (1982).

Starting with the chart-topping, quadruple-platinum Bella Donna (1981), Nicks also has notched five platinum-or-better albums on her own, along with 10 Top 40 hits. Between her and the band, Nicks has sold more than 140 million albums worldwide and netted 13 Grammy Award nominations, as well as a 1998 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The silver lining has had some clouds, however: After a stormy breakup with Buckingham, one of the inspirations for Fleetwood Mac’s Grammy-winning album Rumours (1977), Nicks’ romantic life has included high-profile hookups with bandmate Mick Fleetwood and with the Eagles’ Don Henley, as well as a brief marriage to Kim Anderson, the widower of a friend of Nicks’ who had died in the early 1980s. A heavy cocaine addiction took her to the Betty Ford Center in 1987, but was succeeded by an equally debilitating dependency on the tranquilizer Klonopin, which she kicked after a 47-day detox and subsequent rehabilitation eight years later.

“I’ve been through a great deal of hard stuff,” Nicks admits. “A lot of it I did to myself. I lost a lot of time, but I don’t wallow in it or beat myself up. I just accept what happened, am happy I got through it still alive and hope I learned something along the way.”

In Your Dreams first took shape in December 2009, when Fleetwood Mac was on tour in Australia. Staying in a Melbourne hotel that also housed a movie theatre, Nicks checked out a showing of The Twilight Saga: New Moon and was “quite taken with the movie” – so much so that she immediately saw it a second time. Returning to her room, she wrote a five-page essay inspired by the film’s star-crossed lovers, her own relationship with Buckingham “and all the fairy tales that live in my head from my childhood.”

After completing the essay, Nicks “started to pull some poetry out of it,” then combined that with elements of a never-finished 1970s song called Lady from the Mountains.

“So this ancient song became a song written somewhere between 1976 and 2010,” Nicks says, “and when I finished it in Brisbane, which was the next city we went to that had a piano, I got up from the piano and said to my assistant, ‘I’m ready to do a record now.”‘

With Stewart involved, it was clear that In Your Dreams would be more collaborative than any solo work Nicks had done before. The pair ended up co-writing seven of the album’s 10 songs.

“The second thing we did ended up being the song You May Be the One,” Nicks says, “and my eyes instantly opened and I understood why Paul McCartney and John Lennon wrote together – because they each had something the other didn’t have. And with Dave and me, he had thousands of chords and this amazing musical knowledge, and I know six chords but had thousands of pages of poetry. So it was this amazing song that I could never have written by myself and he could never have written by himself either.

"It was like an amazing little meeting of the minds, and I immediately went, 'Well, this is just great,' and we wnet on from there."

Eventually Stewart's Grammy-winning production partner Glen Ballard was brought in to help, along with long-time Nicks guitarist Waddy Wachtell and back-up singers Sharon Celani and Lori Nicks, the singer's sister-in-law, the three who, Nicks says, "are truly the backbone of the Stevie Nicks sound." "It was the best year of my life," she says, "and that's really the best thing I can say to you. Dave Stewart made the best year of Stevie Nicks' life happen."

Like Nicks and Buckingham, Stewart started Eurythmics with Annie Lennox, his then-girlfriend, but the two continued the group after they broke up and found a way to overcome any hard feelings.

"I don't think it was conscious at all, "Nicks says, "but tere'ss really only a few duos, so I think it was a great conetion, because my experience with Lindsey and his experience with Annie definitelly made us two people who would understand ech other better. So in Everybody Loves You, when we write, 'You're so along / no one really knows you / I'm the only one,' that's how people in duos feel, expecially after they're famous.

"So, whether he wrote that about me or he worte that about him or I wrote that about Lindsey... duos really fee like the other one is the only person who will ever really know you."

Nicks tapped Buckingham to help with one of the songs on In Your Dreams: Soldiers Angel, which was inspired by her periodic visits to wounded US military personnel at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington. She started with a poem and then "an insanely emotional demo," but then couldn't figure out where to go from there. At wit's end, she called Buckingham, who has remained a friend and confidante decades after their break-up.

Times of Oman
June 2, 2011