Friday, November 04, 2016

Stevie Nicks set to perform at Tom Petty MusiCares Person Of The Year Concert

Tom Petty MusiCares Tribute Lines Up Foo Fighters, Stevie Nicks, Don Henley, Kings Of Leon,
Randy Newman, & More
Stereogum

Tom Petty is this year’s MusiCares Person Of The Year, and the initial lineup for the accompanying tribute concert has been announced: Foo Fighters, Don Henley, Norah Jones, Kings Of Leon, Randy Newman, Stevie Nicks, Lucinda Williams, Gary Clark Jr., Jeff Lynne, George Strait, Jackson Browne, Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, Elle King, Regina Spektor, and the Bangles will all perform Petty songs. That’s quite a list! T Bone Burnett is the show’s musical director, and Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers will close out the night with a performance of their own.

The MusicCares gala, which will be held on Feb. 10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will begin with a silent auction followed by a dinner, the tribute concert, and the award presentation. GRAMMY week will conclude with the 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on Feb. 12.

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New Release - Stevie Nicks "Bella Donna" and "The Wild Heart" Deluxe Editions

Out Today!
Stevie Nicks "Bella Donna" and "The Wild Heart" Deluxe Editions. Available on Amazon and all digital retailers.


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Dallas Review - Stevie Nicks feels just as relevant today as she did when she released Bella Donna back in 1981

What did we do to deserve Stevie Nicks? 
by: KEATON BELL
Red Dirt Report





NORMAN, Okla. – For over 40 years, the Fleetwood Mac front-woman has managed to charm her way into the lives of anyone with two ears and a heart. Past the tales of cocaine binges and rock and roll excess lies an artist responsible for some of the most enduring music of the 20th century. How else do you explain the fact that in the year 2016, Stevie Nicks feels just as relevant today as she did when she released Bella Donna back in 1981?

Nicks has essentially raised her own coven of gold dust women, with acts such as Charli XCX, Haim, and Taylor Swift all openly citing her as a large influence. When she recently appeared on American Horror Story: Coven, you were just as excited as your parents were at the image of the 68-year old Nicks still kicking it, top hat and all. And would Florence + The Machine, with their mystical imagery and love-lorn lyrics, even exist today if it weren’t for the guiding influence of the original White Witch?

What it all boil’s down to is Nicks’ downright lovability. While her contemporaries focused on experimental sounds and forced musical intellectualism, Nicks has always been an unabashed softie. Her music is from the heart, often shamelessly emotional, and always sincere. You’re not just spinning a record when you put on Stevie Nicks, you’re listening to a woman bare her soul and asking you to do the same in return. That confessional style of music is universal, whether you’re young or old, male or female, a hopeless romantic or an eternal pessimist.

These attributes and more were all on display Sunday night when Nicks took the stage at the American Airlines Center as a part of her 24 Karat Gold Tour. I may have been just one of 20,000 adoring fans packed into the arena, but the intimacy and spirit Nicks performed with made you feel like it was a one-on-one experience. 

Full Review at Red Dirt Report

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Review Stevie Nicks Live in Tampa - Nov 2, 2016

Review: Stevie Nicks, the Pretenders dust off 24-karat rock classics at Amalie Arena in Tampa
by Jay Cridlin
Tampabay.com + Photos



Right after playing her first Fleetwood Mac song of the night, Dreams, Stevie Nicks couldn't help but pat herself on the back.

"That is the only No. 1 single that Fleetwood Mac had since 1975," the singer told a crowd of just under 10,000 at Tampa's Amalie Arena on Wednesday, "proving that it is not easy to have a hit single in 1975 -- or 2016. However, it's my single, and it hangs in my living room."

Own that gold, sister; this is your tour. After three spins through Amalie with Fleetwood Mac since 2009, Nicks, 68, finally had the big stage all to herself. And to celebrate, she threw a show aimed squarely at her superfans.

For lifelong Stevie diehards, her so-called 24 Karat Gold Tour was worth its weight in you-know-what, as she dug deep into her catalog to play songs that have missed the cut on previous solo tours. Nearly half her setlist was culled her first two albums, 1981’s Bella Donna and 1983’s The Wild Heart, including some rarely if ever played live.

Nicks shared stories, too. She talked about writing songs with Tom Petty and Don Henley, talked about the Twilight franchise inspiring the dramatic piano number Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream), and took the crowd back more than 40 years for the slow-rolling Buckingham Nicks rocker Crying In the Night. She even showed off her original cape from the artwork for Bella Donna, fanning it into the front row of fans.

Nicks twirled (a little slower than usual, but hey, aren't we all) through several Fleetwood Mac hits, too, like the tripadelic Gold Dust Woman and gypsy anthem Rihannon. (“That old witch, she just doesn’t go away. She wants to be in every single set that I do.”) And smash solo singles like Stand Back and Edge of Seventeen, with those huge, arena-filling choruses, had the crowd screaming along.

But what proved most enlightening were those deeper cuts, those country-tinged rumblers like Gold and Braid, Wild Heart and Enchanted, with its pianos and twangy guitars. Bella Donna’s hypnotic harmonies turned to something approaching gospel at the end. It was warm, rolling, glittering and harmonious, often all at once.

“It’s really something to be able to pretend we’re up in my room and I’m playing demos for you,” Nicks said. “It’s so much fun for me, so fulfilling for me.”

Full Review + Photos at Tampabay.com

Dreams
Stand Back
Gold Dust Woman
Edge of Seventeen
Rhiannon

Monday, October 31, 2016

Review Stevie Nicks Live in Dallas October 30, 2016

Stevie Nicks, Pretenders go deep in AAC show
By Robert Philpot
dfw.com + Photo Gallery (15 Photos)


DALLAS Stevie Nicks announced early during her concert Sunday at the American Airlines Center that she would be shaking things up a bit, not playing the kind of set list her fans had been used to hearing for decades. Then she and her band quickly played her 1983 hit If Anyone Falls, a reassuring sign that although she’d be playing some unfamiliar material, the show wouldn’t be all obscurities.

And it wasn’t But it was weighted heavily toward deep cuts and non-hits, including a song that dated back to 1973 and her Buckingham-Nicks days, and others that for one reason or another never made it on to an album — at least till the 2014 release of 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault found a home for songs such as Starshine (which Nicks said she wrote while hanging out with Tom Petty) and Belle Fleur.

This is a risky strategy for a classic-rock artist, even if there’s advance publicity about it. On a “school night,” fans often want to hear the hits, but Nicks’ fan base is so passionate that the less-familiar songs were well-received, and in some cases — the title cut from The Wild Heart segueing into the title cut from Bella Donna — stirred a rapturous reaction.

But about a third of the show was hits, from Nicks’ solo career and from Fleetwood Mac, with some excellent twists and turns — bringing out Chrissie Hynde from the Pretenders, who opened the show, to do the Tom Petty parts on Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around; extending Gold Dust Woman with Nicks going into a possessed-looking dance (while the big-screen image of her appeared to be turning into melting gold) that ended with her hair covering her face; singing Leather & Lace with background singers Sharon Celani and Marilyn Martin doing the Don Henley parts; the expected but still climactic intensity of Rhiannon, a song Nicks somehow manages it invest her entire self (and possibly more) in every time she performs it.

There was warmth and humor in Nicks’ show, during which she told the stories behind several songs (including how she wrote Leather & Lace for Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, then asked for it back when they split up, and how Prince’s Little Red Corvette helped inspire her hit Stand Back, which he played on). For all the intensity of her singing, the chattier portions of her show were laid-back and personal, including the long introduction of her band (longtime guitarist/musical director Waddy Wachtel, rhythm guitarist Carlos Rios, pianist Darrell Smith — who performed a lovely intro to Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream) — organist Ricky Peterson, bassist Al Ortiz, drummer Scott Crago and the background singers), all of whom she treated like old friends.

Speaking of old friends, the Pretenders blasted through a tight first act, with Hynde in a great mood, greater voice and appealing loose form. She came onstage wearing a cowboy hat and, a few songs in, doffed her jacket to reveal a sleeveless “Everything is Bigger in Texas” T-shirt. The band leaned hard on some of its earliest stuff — Mystery Achievement, Talk of the Town, Message of Love, the Kinks cover Stop Your Sobbing — but not at the expense of later songs like Back on the Chain Gang, Don’t Get Me Wrong and I’ll Stand By You.

And the band was on fire — starting off great and really getting locked in about midset, especially showy guitarist James Walbourne and Martin Chambers, the band’s longtime, sledgehammer-force drummer, with bassist Nick Wilkinson and pedal-steel player Eric Heywood making more subtle contributions.

Back in 1984, Hynde wrote the lines, “I’m not the kind I used to be/I got a kid, I’m 33, baby.” That was more than 30 years ago, but she seemed like she was 33 again Sunday night. She also wrote Time the Avenger, which she didn’t perform Sunday night, but she sure let us know that she’s not read for time to get her just yet.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Review, Photos, Video - Stevie Nicks Live in Houston October 29, 2016

Stevie Nicks casts a spell over Houston
By Joey Guerra
Chron.com + Photo Gallery (30 photos)

Photo: Dave Rossman
It was a night of 1,000 Stevies both on and offstage.

The Fleetwood Mac singer's Saturday show at Toyota Center -- on Halloween weekend, no less -- inspired several fans to don shawls and scarves, floppy and top hats, lace and long, flowy robes.

Others honored the festivities in costumes and makeup. (A Joker here, a sexy cat there.)

Nicks' current 24 Karat Gold Tour is also showcasing a different side of the iconic singer. It included several songs she's rarely performed onstage. This was her third show of the tour, and her voice strengthened as it progressed.

She told the crowd she visited Houston to pick up Lily, a "tiny pink dog," in July. Much of the show was framed like a "Storytellers" TV special.

"Wild Heart," never before performed onstage, could be a hit for a country singer. The Edgar Allen Poe-inspired "Annabel Lee" boasted a rousing, rising chorus. "New Orleans" was originally a poem inspired by Hurricane Katrina. "Starshine" was originally a demo recorded in Tom Petty's basement.

Nicks performed "Moonlight (A Vampire's Dream)" in a long, white coat. It was no mistake that it played like some sort of gothic drama.

"That was for Bella and Edward, who live in my heart, and the stories of 'Twilight,'" she said.

There were, of course, ample moments of classic Nicks. She swirled her scarves and shook her tambourine. And the crowd roared when she took a few signature spins during "Stand Back."

Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, who opened the show, returned for a spirited "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." Deep cut "Outside the Rain" effectively segued into "Dreams."

The final quartet of songs were for maximum fan appeal: a still-searing "Gold Dust Woman;" "Edge of Seventeen," featuring images of Prince flashing on the screens; a swirling "Rhiannon" and "Leather and Lace."

Women danced. Men sang along. And Nicks, in all her witchy allure, proved she still reigns supreme.

Live on Periscope:
Control Illusion shared approx. 90 minutes of the show last night. Check that out HERE.




















Friday, October 28, 2016

New Release Mick Fleetwood Blues Band Feat. Rick Vito Live at The Belly Up

MICK FLEETWOOD BLUES BAND FEATURING RICK VITO  – LIVE AT THE BELLY UP

LIMITED TIME - $9.99 SALE PRICE

Mick Fleetwood, the iconic co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, is celebrating his blues heritage with The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, featuring Rick Vito. As well as their own material, the band pays tribute to the original Fleetwood Mac, the blues band that started it all in 1967. Bringing together four stellar Blues and Rock musicians, Mick Fleetwood presents Live at The Belly Up, a 2-hour live album featuring 17 tracks.

At the front of the group is Rick Vito, veteran Bluesman and former Fleetwood Mac vocalist and lead guitarist. Rick adds his personal touch while staying true to the styling of early Fleetwood Mac front man Peter Green. “A lot of guys can play the licks but Rick has the tone and that’s so important in real blues,” says Mick Fleetwood.  With Fleetwood anchoring the band on percussion, the “other half” of the rhythm section is Lenny Castellanos on bass. As Mick points out, “I’ve played with John McVie for 40 years, any bassist who plays with me has big shoes to fill.” Lenny does a great job filling those shoes while complimenting Mick’s unique and revered drum style. Mark Johnstone ties everything together on the keys and backup vocals, infusing a vibrant energy to the group.

Live at The Belly Up, features 17 tracks and over two hours of music including 
  1. Looking For Somebody
  2. Fleetwood Boogie
  3. Oh Well
  4. Red Hot Gal
  5. Rollin Man Meets the Voodoo Woman
  6. Love That Burns
  7. Eyesight To The Blind
  8. Black Magic Woman
  9. Black Crow Blues
  10. Lucky Devil
  11. Passage East-World Turning
  12. Rattlesnake Shake
  13. You Can't Judge a Book By Looking At The Cover
  14. Shake Your Moneymaker
  15. Stop Messin' Around
  16. Carol
  17. Albatross

Run Time: Approx 122 Minutes
Mixed by Lynn Peterson

Available NOW at BellyUpLive as a digital download for $9.99

Also available on iTunes for slightly more.

Reviews Photos and Videos Stevie Nicks Live in Denver Oct 27, 2016

Stevie Nicks Twirls 24-Karats of Gold Dust on Denver
by Denby Gardiner
303Magazine.com

Photo Gallery (52 Photos)

24 Karats of Gold Dust sparkled all over the Pepsi Center last night in an ode to the queen of Rock and Roll, Stevie Nicks. Nicks’ recent release of new recordings of old demos, or 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault, sparked a hefty tour, landing her in the Mile High along with rockers the Pretenders.
The show began promptly with the Pretenders, a solid act in their own right, front-woman Chrissie Hynde especially. Hynde sparked up the show, exposing her seasoned rocker ways while playing her rock jams like “Brass In Pocket” and slaying the hell out of the harmonica. After a little over an hour, the group waved good night and Martin Chambers, the band’s drummer, donated his shirt to the crowd. Even after all of these years, the Pretenders have kept their eccentric stage persona.

Just before nine o’clock, a figure draped in dark clothing and blonde curls pouring down the front of it could be seen walking onto the enormous stage. The microphone stand was decorated with a long, sparkling scarf. Next to the stand was a tambourine, also dressed in a long dazzling cloth. Nicks belted “All These Years” to open her set, with her full band joining on with keys, drums, piano, bass, guitar and back-up vocals. With her latest release being the re-visitation to many unreleased tracks from her many decades long career in writing music, Nicks explained to the eager crowd that this tour and this performance is not “the same Stevie Nicks that you are used to.”

Continue to the full Review at 303 Magazine.

Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders Rocked Tough and Tender at the Pepsi Center Last Night
by Tom Murphy
Westword.com

Tonight it was easy to forget that Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders and Stevie Nicks are both senior citizens and that their greatest impact on popular culture happened in the first half of the 1980s when both ruled the airwaves. Go ahead, try to tell them that. Because last night, both stars rocked like the old days.

Sure, Nicks was then a member of one of the most popular rock bands of the era as a singer and songwriter in Fleetwood Mac but she also established herself as a solo artist of note beginning with her striking 1981 solo album Bella Donna. The Pretenders seemed to come from out of nowhere and were not really post-punk or New Wave despite Hynde's roots in England's punk world and the timing of the first Pretenders record, issued in 1980. Historical coincidences aside, Hynde and Nicks simply played the show like they were having fun with the music and rediscovering a newfound passion for the material.

What became obvious immediately during both sets is how Hynde and Nicks, both rightfully acknowledged for their powerful and arresting vocals, have unconventional and distinctive voices. Both are capable of a broad range of emotional expression and tonal range. Both have grit, and Hynde somehow manages to be tough and tender, while Nicks makes a virtue out of really selling the vocal lines with a forcefulness like she's amplifying and projecting her direct emotional experience. Both styles create a riveting tension and versatility of expression that is at the root of what makes their music so compelling.

Continue to the full review at Westword.com

Stevie Nicks was 24-karat girl power at the Pepsi Center
By Stephanie March

It’s rare that someone takes the stage and you can actually feel the energy of the room shift, but Stevie Nicks had that force inside the Pepsi Center Thursday night.

The Phoenix-born rock goddess started her career more than 40 years ago, yet her passion for music was more commanding than ever. Nicks opened with “Gold and Braid,” a song originally intended for her “Bella Donna” album that never made the cut. The lively jam allowed Nicks to shimmy her shoulders and open up her infamous sandy vocals. Opening with the not-so-well-known song prepared her fans for a set-list of rarely-played treasures. But the whole night wasn’t just treasures. Those jonesing for the classic Nicks hits got exactly what they went for.

The Pepsi Center show was just the second night of her 24 Karat Gold Tour — the first in her hometown of Phoenix — so kinks were to be expected, but Stevie Nicks didn’t miss a beat. She jetted into “If Anyone Falls” and then with a couple twangs of the guitar, she brought the entire crowd to its feet with “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” Standing in for the original duet’s Tom Petty was Chrissie Hynde, whose band The Pretenders opened the show. Their raspy vocals were perfectly in sync proving, as Nicks has been doing for years, that she doesn’t need a man to do anything.

Nicks’ lyrics are not only empowering, but her powerful delivery is what creates a space of vulnerability and connection for her fans. Her latest tour embraces women and highlights Nicks’ mastery of her craft. Her live version of “Bella Fleur” gave fans a taste of her vocal range and proved she still has the vocal chops we fell in love with in the ’70s. But there’s nothing quite like when she performed Fleetwood Mac songs.

Continue to the full review at the Denver Post


Setlist intact from the first night, which is cool! Reviews to follow

Stevie Nicks setlist
  1. Gold and Braid
  2. If Anyone Falls
  3. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (w/Chrissie Hynde)
  4. Belle Fleur
  5. Outside the Rain
  6. Dreams
  7. Wild Heart
  8. Bella Donna
  9. Annabel Lee
  10. Enchanted
  11. New Orleans
  12. Starshine
  13. Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream)
  14. Stand Back
  15. Crying in the Night
  16. If You Were My Love
  17. Gold Dust Woman
  18. Edge of Seventeen
Encore
  1. Rhiannon
  2. Leather and Lace
A few Periscopes captured some of the Denver show. Check out these clips thanks to Cara:

Cara @mcarabrown on Twitter
CLIP 1 - 5 minutes
CLIP 2 - 4 minutes

CLIP 3 - 20 minutes
CLIP 4 - 7 minutes




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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Listen to Stevie Nicks "Wild Heart (Session)" from upcoming "Wild Heart" Album Reissue


"Wild Heart" from the upcoming reissue of Stevie's second solo album (available November 4th) is available to check out at Billboard (US), Uncut (UK) and Rollingstone (France).  The song is now available to purchase on iTunes in Australia/New Zealand and the UK.  Will be available in North America on Friday October 28th.


UK iTunes
Stevie Nicks - Wild Heart (Session)

Australia iTunes
Stevie Nicks - Wild Heart (Session)



Review Stevie Nicks Warm and generous, like a gracious host opening her home to visitors

Stevie Nicks 10.25.16
by: beneathadesertsky.com

Warm and generous, like a gracious host opening her home to visitors. Or like a lengthy visit with a favorite aunt that you haven’t seen in way too long – if the aunt wrote killer music, of course.

That’s the feeling I came away with from the Stevie Nicks concert at Talking Stick Resort Arena last night. Nicks launched her 24k Gold Tour in Phoenix on October 25, 2016. Backed by 6 piece band and two vocalists, Nicks delivered a terrific performance to open the tour.  Most importantly and impressively, she made each person in attendance feel as if she was performing just for them – as if they were hanging out with her in her living room listening to demo tapes, which it became apparent was really her objective all along.

Warm and generous are appropriate adjectives to describe a number of different aspects of the concert.

Continue to the full review + Photos


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

REVIEWS Stevie Nicks Opening Night 24 Karat Gold Tour - Phoenix

Review: Stevie Nicks launches 24K Gold Tour in 'my hometown' of Phoenix with Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde




Ed Masley
The Republic
azcentral.com

Photos Gallery (20 Photos)

As she stood on stage at Talking Stick Resort Arena, addressing the crowd on the opening night of the 24 Karat Gold Tour, Stevie Nicks recalled an off-the-cuff remark she made at some kind of special event leading up to the concert.

“The great thing,” she said, with a laugh, “is that I get to sing all the songs. And then I thought about it and I went, ‘And the not great thing is that I get to sing all of the songs.’ It’s crazy. After singing only one-third of three-thirds for three years."

Then, on Tuesday, Oct. 25, her first solo outing since Fleetwood Mac finished the On with the Show tour last November, she reassured the fans with, "I just want you to know that I’m up here and I’m strong but I’m a little freaked out. Just a little. But I’m in my hometown, Phoenix, where I wrote a lot of my songs.”

There’s a special rapport she's developed through the years with fans here. So it came as no surprise that she would choose to launch her tour here, testing the waters with a “very different show” in an arena packed with fans who made her feel as much at home as one can feel in an arena packed with fans.

4 songs debuted live
As she said at the end of the night, “You’ve let me know that this is gonna work and that I’m gonna be OK. And I appreciate that. So take care of yourself. Stay strong. Don’t watch the news. It’s depressing.”

See? She’s funny, too. Not just sincere and gracious.

What makes this such “a very different show” is that she’s playing songs she’s never played before and others that she hasn’t touched in ages, setting the tone for the 20-song performance with the old-school Memphis soul vibe of a track she hadn’t played in 16 years, “Gold and Braid.”

“Bella Donna” was back in the set list for the first time since the very early ‘80s, and four songs made their live debut – “Belle Fleur,” “Wild Heart,” “If You Were My Love” and the Buckingham Nicks song, “Crying in the Night.”

Nicks marveled at how long it’s been since that first album she recorded with then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham.

“Forty-three years,” she said, before recalling, “This was gonna be the single off the Buckingham Nicks record. It was so long ago, I don’t actually remember if it ever was the single or made it out. I know I remember sitting in the basement and working this song out.”

She talked a lot, at one point joking, “Someday, I may do a show where I don’t even sing. I’m just gonna talk.” And that was only after realizing how much she had been talking and telling the crowd, "You know, it’s like I’m not really supposed to talk this much.”

That’s the conventional wisdom, anyway. Keep the show moving. Or as people have been known to shout, “More rock, less talk.”

'You have been like great friends'
In practice? All that talking only serves to draw you deeper into Nicks’ world, creating a level of intimacy that’s hard to come by in a room that size. As Nicks said at one point, “I’m glad I was able to share this first night of trying to get this all in my head with you. You have been like great friends sitting in my living room listening to my new demos."

And those demos sounded great. Nicks’ voice was in beautiful shape throughout, and the musicians she’s assembled for this tour (including Tempe’s Al Ortiz on bass and Nicks’ longtime musical director Waddy Wachtel on guitar) did a brilliant job of fleshing out the songs, from the bass-driven groove of the opening numbers, “Gold and Braid” and “If Anyone Falls,” to the three Fleetwood Mac songs they played, “Gold Dust Woman,” “Rhiannon” and “Dreams.”

And as those Fleetwood selections would suggest, it wasn’t all about the road less traveled. In addition to those relative obscurities, they dusted off a handful of her biggest hits, including “Edge of Seventeen,” “Stand Back” and a beautiful, bittersweet “Leather and Lace,” her Don Henley duet, which featured gorgeous harmonies from Nicks’ female backup singers and brought the encore to a finish after one last story.

“I didn’t write it with Don Henley,” Nicks recalled, “but I was going out with Don Henley so I would play it for him and he would say, ‘That sucks.’ And I would say, ‘OK (because you’re, like, an Eagle)’ and then I’d go back and I’d work on it. And this went on for, like, a couple months. And one day, he said, ‘It’s good.’ And I went ‘OK, so we’re done?’ And he said, ‘We’re done.’”

She also dusted off her other big ‘80s duet, the Tom Petty collaboration “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” with Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders standing in for Petty. It was great to see those two iconic artists share a stage, especially considering a quote I read from Nicks before the show: “When my manager said, ‘What about The Pretenders?’ I’m like, ‘Would they even go with me?’ And he said, ‘I think they would!'”

The great Pretenders (so special)
Of course they would. And Hynde was clearly thrilled to be there, joking “Yeah, we did our nails together” during the Pretenders set, which started off strong with two raucous selections from their excellent new album, “Alone” and “Gotta Wait.”

Hynde was rocking an Elvis Presley T-shirt and a pair of faded jeans (in stark contract to Nicks, with her dresses and shawls). The only other surviving member featured on that classic first Pretenders album, drummer Martin Chambers, was laying down the beat behind her.

This year's lineup also features a pedal steel player, who was put to brilliant use on a gorgeous, understated “Hymn to Her,” after which Hynde told the audience, “That one was for Stevie.”

The set was a good mix of crowd-pleasing staples and newer material, including “Down the Wrong Way” from her recent solo album, and “Holy Commotion,” the first single out of the box from the Pretenders’ new album, “Alone,” which somehow sounded even more contagious live.

And she wasn’t shy about returning to that first self-titled masterpiece. After blowing the dust off “Private Life” as the fourth song of the set, Hynde and her bandmates made their way through a handful of ballads and mid-tempo pop songs – “Hymn to Her” followed by “Back on the Chain Gang,” “Don’t Get Me Wrong” (on which she struck a playful model pose to complement the lyric “If I come and go like fashion”) and “I’ll Stand By You.”

Then, Hynde announced “We didn’t really come here to do ballads" to introduce a four-song joyride through some highlights of that first release – a commanding “Tattooed Love Boys,” “Mystery Achievement,” the Kinks’ “Stop Your Sobbing,” and the song that may be destined to remain her calling card, “Brass in Pocket.”

The singer was clearly enjoying the moment on that one, investing the lyrics with the self-assurance they demand: ”'Cause I gonna make you see / There's nobody else here / No one like me / I'm special, so special / I gotta have some of your attention / Give it to me.” But she also made it more inclusive by sharing the moment with the fans down front, holding the mike out for a fan to sing “I’m special.”

It was special. And it should have been hard to maintain that moment, but “Holy Commotion” was up to the challenge, and they followed through with “Middle of the Road,” which included a killer harmonica solo from Hynde, and the psychedelic funk of their cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Room Full Of Mirror” from the “Get Close” album.

It was a spirited representation of what Hynde and her latest collection of Pretenders have to offer. And it was refreshing to see her connecting so strongly with so many people in such a big venue while reminding all the casual fans who may have drifted off after “Learning to Crawl” that she’s still special.

Stevie Nicks setlist

Gold and Braid
If Anyone Falls
Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around
Belle Fleur
Outside the Rain
Dreams
Wild Heart
Bella Donna
Annabel Lee
Enchanted
New Orleans
Starshine
Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream)
Stand Back
Crying in the Night
If You Were My Love
Gold Dust Woman
Edge of Seventeen
Encore

Rhiannon
Leather and Lace

Pretenders setlist

Alone
Gotta Wait
Down the Wrong Way
Private Life
Hymn to Her
Back on the Chain Gang
Don't get me Wrong
I'll Stand By You
Tattooed Love Boys
Mystery Achievement
Stop Your Sobbing
Brass in Pocket
Holy Commotion
Middle of the Road
Room Full of Mirrors

Stevie Nicks Honors Her Deep Cuts on 24 Karat Gold Tour
by Mitchell Hillman
Phoenix New Times

Photo Gallery (40 Photos)

Let's face it, there's something downright magical to Stevie Nicks.

When I think of Nicks, three things come to mind: Fleetwood Mac, the sexiest voice on the planet, and magic, probably in that order. Even the way I had the opportunity to see Stevie Nicks and the Pretenders on Tuesday night at a nearly sold-out Talking Stick Resort Arena was magical — a last-minute assignment to review the show.

I was all in for the Pretenders alone. Granted, Chrissie Hynde is the only original, consistent Pretender here after many generations of different lineups, the newest being completely different from any previous incarnations. While original drummer Martin Chambers put in an impressive performance, he no longer records with with them. She even joked that they've been together for 35 years and "You only get twenty for murder." It's her show though, and it has been for some time. I was particularly excited because the Pretenders just dropped their first new album in eight years, Alone, last week. The set opened with the title track, which sounds like an ode to Iggy Pop with a hypnotic Stooges keyboard line. It was followed by the forthcoming single "Gotta Wait" and then by "Down The Wrong Way," from her 2014 solo outing, Stockholm. The first album deep cut, "Private Life," was something of a surprise, and the crowd loved every second of it.

Hynde slowed things down for a bit with "Hymn to Her," a beautifully haunting ballad, from the Pretenders' 1986 album Get Close, that she dedicated to Stevie. It was a dreamy number immediately blown away by back-to-back-to-back hits "Back On The Chain Gang," "Don't Get Me Wrong," and "I'll Stand By You," all far exceeding expectations in both quality and integrity. The set contained further hits like "Brass In Pocket," deeper cuts like "Middle of the Road" and "Mystery Achievement," new single "Holy Commotion," as well as their take on the Kinks' "Stop Your Sobbing," which was the Pretenders' first single. The band finished the evening with a cover of the Jimi Hendrix obscurity "Room Full of Mirrors." It appears that Chrissie Hynde can rock with the best of them. Oh, and since it was the main talking point everywhere by everyone after that electrifying set, Chrissie Hynde is doing incredibly fine at 65.

It was soon time for the Enchantress herself, Stevie the Good Witch. The crowd was visibly excited; this was their generation's bewitching chanteuse. The one thing the crowd wasn't going to get was a lot of Stevie talking this time around, and she commented more than a few times that she was trying to keep her banter to a minimum. Still, though her vignettes surrounding each song were rather brief, they only served to enhance and evening that dug as deep into her recording history as possible. She made it very clear that this tour was going to be different, that this was going to be about songs not often played, that fans have pleaded to hear live for years, with some hits thrown in for good measure.

To be honest, it's one of the finer concert concepts going these days. I'd pay good money to see Neil Diamond do some weird stuff from his early days, or Neil Young for that matter — the idea being to appeal to the diehard fans with the deep cuts and obscurities. I'm not sure that anyone who is a fan of Nicks' entire career, with the Mac and solo, could have asked for a better evening or a better selection of songs. Opening with a cult favorite like "Gold and Braid" blew my mind nearly as much as the stage setting, which brought to mind a variety-show set from the 1970s. It would progress just as the set would. The crowd was on its feet for a song that's never been properly recorded in a studio. The second song was 1983's "If Anyone Falls," a minor single from her second solo album. I hadn't wanted to concentrate at all on the setlist for this concert, but it became apparent the set list was the experience.

"Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" didn't feature Tom Petty this time around, but Chrissie Hynde returned to the stage for a magnificent duet and one of the highlights of the evening. I'd say it gave me goosebumps, but I had those for nearly the entire set. The obscurity "Belle Fleur" followed, a demo from her first album that she reworked on her most recent album 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault. "Outside the Rain" was showing favor to Nicks' first solo album, Bella Donna, and rightfully so; it was an amazing debut outing.

Another detail should be mentioned at only five songs in: Stevie had gone through at least three capes or cloaks. This would continue throughout the evening. The crowd would go especially wild when she would dance and spin, edges of her cloak in hand.

The set was designed with pacing in mind, and dropping the first Fleetwood Mac song in the sixth slot was a good call, but so was the seamless transition from "Outside The Rain" to "Dreams." The crowd was on its feet. Some were handling it better than others, some were clearly getting drunk, some were approached by security. Still, you could taste the eruption of joy that washed over the audience. That said, for the most part, this crowd was every bit as excited about the Stevie hits and obscurities, like the title track from 1983's Wild Heart making its live debut and Bella Donna's title track being played for the first time since the early '80s. She wove her magic and dabbled in the mysticism of her own back catalog, pulling "Annabel Lee," "New Orleans," and "Moonlight (A Vampire's Dream)" from her 2011 album In Your Dreams, while mixing them with early tracks like "Enchanted" or revamped demos like "Starshine" and "If You Were My Love." Meanwhile, the Stevie Nicks live staple "Stand Back," which was inspired by Prince's "Little Red Corvette," was made all the more meaningful with images of Prince in the impressive light projections.

Going as deep into her catalog as there is, she pulled "Crying In The Night" from 1973's tragically out-of-print album Buckingham Nicks. It's a song that's never been played live before, but apparently Waddy Wachtel, Nicks' musical director and longtime guitarist, had his heart set on taking this one out on the road. Nicks unleashed another Fleetwood Mac number with "Gold Dust Woman," and the crowd returned to their feet, if any had sat down. It was a fantastic number and a total nostalgia trip. Wachtel nailed the guitar part in no uncertain terms. The set ended with "Edge of Seventeen" from her first solo album and further projected tributes to Prince, before she bid us her first adieu.

For the encore, I expected a Mac attack, and when the opening chords of "Rhiannon" began, I was assured. I half-expected "Landslide" to follow, but something much better happened. She told the story of how she wrote the song "Leather and Lace" for Waylon Jennings and Jesse Colter, but when she found out they were divorcing she pulled it back. That's why their album Leather and Lace did not feature the song of the same name, which in my house was quite a mystery until we had both of the albums and probably heard something about it on the radio. It was an amazing song on Bella Donna, but live, more than 35 years later, it's even better and more moving, and Ms. Nicks finally moved this man to tears with a sentimental surprise ending to a truly spectacular evening.

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