Monday, March 18, 2024

Stevie Nicks Extends 2024 Tour to include UK, Ireland and Europe Dates

Stevie Nicks has extended her 2024 summer tour to include shows in the UK and Ireland. The announcement comes following news of her upcoming performance in London for the BST Hyde Park series later this summer.

The additional shows begin with a performance in Ireland, where Nicks will headline at Dublin's 3Arena on July 3, followed by a show at Glasgow's OVO Hydro Arena on July 6.

Afterward, she will perform at Manchester's new Co-op Live arena on July 9, just days before her highly anticipated London performance.

Following the UK and Ireland leg, Nicks will continue her tour with dates in Europe, including performances in Antwerp on July 16 and Amsterdam on July 19.

Tickets for these shows will be available for purchase starting this Friday, March 22, at noon. Fans can also access pre-sale options starting Wednesday, March 20, at the same time.

Stevie Nicks 2024 UK and European tour dates:

July 3 - 3Arena, Dublin
July 6 - OVO Hydro Arena, Glasgow
July 9 - Co-op Live, Manchester
July 12 - BST Hyde Park, London
July 16 - Sportpaleis, Antwerp (Belgium)
July 19 - Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Ticket information at

Friday, March 15, 2024

Fleetwood Mac's “Dreams” reappears on this week’s Streaming Songs chart.

Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams’ Is A Streaming Hit All Over Again
Hugh McIntyre - Senior Contributor

Fleetwood Mac’s heyday was long before the streaming era. Unlike many of their peers, the pop-rock band has been able to somehow find an audience with younger listeners, who make up a large share of users on streaming platforms. Their albums and singles continuously rack up millions upon millions of plays–and their catalog is still selling, as well.

The beloved band’s single “Dreams” stands out as one of their biggest hits. It was a commercial win when it was first released decades ago, and in the past few years, it’s become a success on streaming sites. This week, the tune is back on one specific chart, as Americans are still eager to press play on the cut, even after so many years.

“Dreams” reappears on this week’s Streaming Songs chart. The Billboard ranking tracks the most-played tunes on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and many others. It is genre-agnostic, which makes it very competitive. The list usually favors younger, more current acts–but Fleetwood Mac has bucked that trend.

On the latest version of the Streaming Songs chart, “Dreams” returns at No. 49. That’s a fairly low position on the 50-spot tally, but the fact that it’s found space on the ranking at all is impressive.

Even more impressive is the history of “Dreams” on the Streaming Songs chart. The tune once peaked at No. 6 on the tally, becoming not only Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hit on the ranking, but perhaps one of the oldest top 10s on the streaming-only roster. The cut reached an entirely new audience several years ago after going viral on TikTok, propelling the band to new heights on several streaming-focused lists.

As “Dreams” finds its way back to the Streaming Songs chart, it’s also on the rise on another, related list. The tune is up one slot to No. 7 on the current edition of the Rock Streaming Songs chart. As its name suggests, that tally only looks at the most-played titles in the country labeled as rock. In the past, it has conquered that roster.

“Dreams” remains Fleetwood Mac’s only No. 1 hit on the Hot 100, so it’s not surprising that it has managed to stand out for years among a bevy of smashes the group released. The tune gave the band their only placement on the Streaming Songs chart and their only leader on the Rock Streaming Songs ranking. On the latter list, it’s one of their three tunes to find space, as “The Chain” peaked at No. 5 and “Landslide” rose as high as No. 14.

Fleetwood Mac On The Charts
Here's a look at how Rumour and other Fleetwood Mac albums are doing on the charts around the world this week (March 15, 2024).

"50 Years - Don't Stop"
#3 - Top 100 Albums Streaming Chart
#8 - Top 100 Albums Chart

"Greatest Hits"
#83 - Top 100 Albums Sales Chart

#26 - Top 100 Albums Sales Chart
#26 - Top 100 Physical Albums Chart
#27 - Top 100 Albums Chart
#27 - Top 100 Albums Streaming Chart 
#40 - Top 40 Vinyl Albums Chart
#70 - Top 100 Album Downloads Chart

"50 Years - Don't Stop"
#4 - Top 100 Albums Chart

#19 - Top 100 Albums Chart

#35 - Top 100 Albums Chart

#30 - Top 50 Albums Chart

#74 - Top 200 Albums

#13 - Top 100 Albums Chart
#7 - Top 33 Vinyl Chart

#41 - Top 40 Albums Chart

#14 - Top 25 Vinyl Albums
#19 - Top 100 Album Sales
#43 - Top 200 Albums Chart

"Greatest Hits"
#196 - Top 200 Albums Chart

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Stevie Nicks "The propulsive energy of her solo back catalog was infectious"

Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks Defy Time, Bring the Hits to AT&T Stadium
Fans turn out for an emotional recounting of hits from two pop icons.

By Preston Jones

A little less than midway through his main set Saturday night, Billy Joel, a Dallas Cowboys hat parked atop his bald pate, sat at his gleaming black grand piano and cast a sideways glance at the many thousands packed into AT&T Stadium.

“This is usually the part where I say I don’t have anything new,” the 74-year-old superstar began, before feigning surprise: “We actually have a new song!”

With that, Joel, making his first North Texas appearance in five years, and the seven men arrayed on the stage behind him lurched into “Turn the Lights Back On,” a deeply wistful, gorgeous ode to lost possibilities and acting before it’s too late — whether on a personal, romantic, or even professional level.

The performance was, put mildly, a hash.

Joel seemed as uncertain about tempo and lyrics and feel as the band members and the song contrasted with the tunes on either side of it (“Don’t Ask Me Why” preceding; “Allentown” following), “Turn the Lights Back On” had the fumbling energy of a colt finding its legs.

Such a moment stuck out in an otherwise polished-to-practiced-perfection two-hour set purely because, well, at this stage of his career, finding his footing on a new single isn’t something Joel really does.

The track is his first such effort in 17 years, a formidable stretch of seasons, and the veteran singer-songwriter defied expectations to deliver a song that is of a piece with his beloved catalog.

That catalog was selectively roamed Saturday (the concert was a make-good from an April 2023 postponement, owing to an illness in the touring party), as Joel heavily favored his 1980 LP Glass Houses and 1977’s The Stranger, declining to offer up any real rarities. (Of his 1974 album Streetlife Serenade, Joel cracked: “You don’t have that album — no one has that album. I don’t have that album.”)

he crowd, well-lubricated and ready for a Saturday full of hits, was, at least where I sat, utterly indifferent to deeper cuts like “Zanzibar,” which featured a volcanic trumpet solo from Carl Fischer.

Joel was also backed by drummer Chuck Burgi, guitarist-vocalist Mike Delguidice, guitarist Tommy Byrnes, saxophonist Mark Rivera, keyboardist David Rosenthal and bassist Andy Cichon — Crystal Taliefero, a long-time Joel collaborator, was oddly absent Saturday.

Yet perhaps Joel was somewhat invigorated by the challenge of new material. He seemed quite lively throughout and in shockingly strong voice — he reached for, and appeared to mostly hit, the sky-scraping high notes in the chorus of “An Innocent Man” (the contorted look on his face certainly suggested he was in the vicinity) — and playfully goofed around with the stadium’s cavernous echo, even yodeling at one point (“I like the acoustics in here”) and its enormous video board, fully operational on Saturday (“You’re watching a drive-in movie over there”)

The closing run of songs did build up a relentless, pile-driving energy: “Sometimes a Fantasy” into “Only the Good Die Young” into “River of Dreams” (complete with a Delguidice interpolation of ZZ Top’s “Tush”) into “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” (again, Delguidice teeing it up with Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma”) and, finally, as mandated by law, “Piano Man.”

The shock of the new isn’t a common sensation in these settings, but its effects were, ultimately, pleasing. Being forced to reckon with fresh energy after many, many years created some pleasurable ripple effects — whether Joel will submit himself to additional such shocks remains to be seen.

Joel was joined as co-headliner (the evening was billed as “Two Icons, One Night”) by Stevie Nicks, whose opening 90-minute set marked her first North Texas performance in eight years.

The 75-year-old singer-songwriter was likewise in fine fettle, her dusky contralto relatively undimmed by wear and tear. She was backed by an incredibly tight band: guitarist Waddy Wachtel, drummer Drew Hester, bassist Carlos Rios, keyboardists Ricky Peterson and Darrell Smith, and backing vocalists Sharon Celani and Marilyn Martin. (“We’re just road dogs,” Nicks explained. “We really, really enjoy doing this.”)

As with Joel, Nicks was concerned with the hits and little else (Joel did join her early in her set, to duet on “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”) — although in fairness, Nicks hasn’t released any fresh solo material since 2011, so the set list was always going to be full of the familiar and the popular

The propulsive energy of her solo back catalog was infectious: “Stand Back” giving way to “Bella Donna” before detouring into Fleetwood Mac (“Gold Dust Woman,” which built up to a furious climax, full of smoldering guitar and whirling shawls). Nicks even trotted out her long-time vocal coach, Steve Real, for “Leather and Lace,” as Real gave a startlingly approximate recreation of Don Henley’s singing voice.

For her encore, Nicks leaned heavily into sentimentality and was richly rewarded. The three-song run (Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon” and “Landslide,” the latter featuring a deeply moving photo montage of Nicks and the late Christine McVie) was as beautiful as it was poignant — “Landslide” even did the impossible: silencing the entire stadium as Nicks, backed only by Wachtel on acoustic guitar, sang of getting older too.

It was an emotional moment that drove home the point of the entire evening, even before Joel wrestled with the disruptive energy of the new.

Time is an inescapable element in these settings. You’re measuring the arc of a career in decades, the depth of impact in generations and the number of records sold in the double (or triple) digit millions. (Nicks has sold 65 million copies as a solo artist; 120 million as a member of Fleetwood Mac — Joel has sold over 160 million copies worldwide.)

These are weighty, substantial, and meaningful statistics, yet they recede somewhat in the light and locomotion of a stadium-sized concert. Still, there is that unquantifiable feeling, lurking in the edges of the spotlight, the sensation of witnessing an endurance of impressive magnitude, but also, of looming mortality, a sense of days dwindling.

Each of these artists has made a profound impact upon those who piled into AT&T Stadium Saturday, and for a moment, sharing the space together drove home the value of what they do and the songs they sing. New or old, familiar or obscure, what matters most is the act itself: By standing tall in the light, everyone on the stage or in front of it helps delay the inevitable just a little longer, preserving the thrill and the joy of being alive in the moment, lost in the comfort of a melody.




Stevie Nicks was magical and witchy as she conjured up a solid playlist of her hits

Review: Stevie Nicks weaved her magic in a classic rock doubleheader with Billy Joel - Arlington, TX March 9, 2024

by: Rich Lopez

After about a year from their original North Texas date, classic rock titans Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks finally made their way to Arlington’s AT&T Stadium Friday night. Die hard fans of all ages filled the stadium for a big night of hits and the legends didn’t disappoint – mostly. Thankfully, Nicks kicked off the night.

Opening with “Outside the Rain,” Nicks’ start was a tepid one with a deep cut opener, but a quick follow up with Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” pulled the audience fully into her set. Her voice was in pure gravelly form as she swayed with her flowy garments and Raphaelite curls to hit after hit. She took a moment to explain that of all the people involved in the tour, she was the one who got COVID last year hence the reschedule.

The wait was worth it. She was in strong form with signature songs such as “If Anyone Falls,” “Stand Back” and “Edge of Seventeen.” The big surprise, even to her as she told the audience, was Billy Joel coming out to duet on Tom Petty’s part on “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” Seeing these two perform together with no real history (that I can think of) behind them was a remarkable and glorious moment. The audience lost their shit and the back and forth between the two icons was astonishing to watch happen in front of our eyes.

Nicks had some banter with the audience and expressed deep appreciation for people coming out to see her and to still be on the road. Despite being a star, she had no air of that onstage.

She still was magical and witchy as she conjured up a solid playlist of her hits and an encore of Petty’s “Free Fallin’” and Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon.” Then she broke hearts, closing with her tribute to the late Christine McVie, her bandmate in Fleetwood, with “Landslide.”

Billy Joel kicked off the second half with “My Life,” a somewhat perfect opener for the piano man. Also a strong performance, Joel displayed an affable presence, He spent a lot of time talking to the audience and remarking on the size of the stadium and a lot of grandpa banter. He was a funny guy but at the same time, “please get on with the show.” When he did, he brought out some of the deeper cuts like “Zanzibar” and “Sometimes a Fantasy” that his die-hard fans ate up like candy.

Bigger hits like “An Innocent Man,” which he killed with his high notes still, and “Allentown” fared better but he held off on his more familiar songs like “Uptown Girl,” “We Didn’t Start the Fire” and “You May Be Right” until his encore. Those I did not see because his main set was just a bit underwhelming and thus, opted to beat the crowd with an early departure.



Sunday, March 10, 2024

Review Stevie Nicks & Billy Joel Arlington, TX March 9 , 2024

Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks’ show in Arlington a ‘Rage against the Dying of the Light’ 


When one of the two headliners is 74 and he isn’t the oldest one on the stage you have a show more appropriate to end by 5 p.m. rather than 11. 

Stevie Nicks is 75 years old, but she forever remains Fleetwood Mac’s middle finger, while Billy Joel, 74, is simply happy to play songs he could perform in a coma, and his audience has heard 3.4 trillion times. 

On Saturday night at AT&T Stadium, the two music icons whose respective careers have combined to span about 100 total years did whatever they wanted, which is exactly what the predominantly over 50 crowd came to hear. 

They performed some covers. A duet. Some ZZ Top. A little opera. Some Tom Petty. Led Zeppelin. 

The every single one of the approximately 55,000 in the place is at that stage where they really don’t care what someone else thinks, which ultimately makes for the ideal night out. You want ice cream for dinner, kids? Here’s five bowls. 

That’s what a Steve Nicks/Billy Joel concert is; bowls of chocolate chip cream you’ve had since you can remember. 

This show was originally scheduled to play last spring, but it was canceled after Nicks was diagnosed with COVID. 

She played 13 songs, and she still sounds like Stevie Nicks. For the most part. It helps her voice has always sounded like it’s crusted with cigarette smoke, so she was never apt to embarrass herself by going for a few high notes that were never her thing. 

Part of Steve Nicks’ appeal is a voice that she doesn’t need to trademark. Even with autotone, no one else can sound like Stevie Nicks. 

She ripped through her hits, and had no problem going to her Fleetwood Mac roots. She can still do “Gypsy,” “Stand Back,” “Seventeen,” “Gold Dust Woman” and the rest. Her cover of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” was an unexpected twist, but she pulled it off. 

There was an undeniable bittersweet undercurrent to her set. So many of the people she performed with are gone. People like Tom Petty and Christine McVie. 

Nicks performed a cover of Petty’s “Free Fallin,” and Joel joined her on stage for “Stop Dragging My Heart.” That song became a hit with Petty and Nicks. 

After performing her final song, “Landslide,” she spoke lovingly of McVie. 

Joel didn’t take too much time before taking the stage wearing a Cowboys hat. Not a Cowboy hat. A Dallas Cowboys baseball cap. 

“Hat or no hat?” he asked the crowd before taking it off revealing his bald head. “I am Lex Luthor.” 

“Luthor’s” set lasted 2 1/2 hours that was a mashup of classic songs that became American staples. Since he’s only recorded one new song in the last 20 years, he all but acknowledged to the crowd that he was going to play what they wanted to hear. 

He even went off script to play some of the Rolling Stones’ “Start Me Up,” complete with Joel standing on stage mimicking Mick Jagger’s hip moves. A noble effort, but Billy Joel will never be Mick. Billy Joel will always be a more diverse, energetic version of Paul Simon. 

Name it, and Joel with his eight-member band played as if it was their final performance ever. “Don’t ask me why,” “Allentown,” “New York State of Mind,” “The Entertainer,” “It’s Just a Fantasy,” “All for Leyna,” and on and on. 

This was as much of a throw back rock concert as you could have in 2024, right down to the distinct whiffs of marijuana smoke circulating on the floor. 

Just when the audience was settled into Joel’s greatest hits, he had guitarist Mike DelGuidice perform a cover of ZZ Top’s “Tush” in the middle of “River of Dreams.” DelGuidice also performed “Nessun dorma,” an aria that today’s audiences associate with opera singer Luciano Pavarotti. (Since Pavarotti died in 2007, he couldn’t make it to Arlington). 

Even if Joel is 74, listening to him perform “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” and “Piano Man” still move any audience. They are brilliantly written poems, or short stories. 

Joel has never had the best voice, but his ability to craft lyrics for a song is what allowed him to remain relevant in a brutal industry for several decades. He closed his 21-song set with a few encores, and ended the night with “You May be Right.” 

By that time, everyone had given him a smile ‘cause he knew that it’s him they paid to see, to forget about life for a while.

Thursday, March 07, 2024

Stevie Nicks Live in Little Rock March 6 'Part spoken memoir, part rock concert'

Stevie Nicks delivers powerful show to sold-out Simmons Bank Arena
by Sheila Yount

For two hours Wednesday night, Stevie Nicks took the audience at Simmons Bank Arena in North Little Rock on a journey through the past with stories and songs from her five-decade career. It was part spoken memoir, part rock concert, but most of all it was, in her words, a party. 

 “Let’s get this Little Rock party started,” the 75-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer told the 14,000 concert goers who sold out the arena. “Keep rockin’ Little Rock.”

Dressed all in black with a long, flowing skirt, accented with capes draped around her shoulders, which she changed throughout the show, she brought her signature witchy vibe to the stage. Backed by a six-member band led by her longtime lead guitarist, Waddy Wachtel, 76, she floated across the stage, twirling theatrically, as she sang a multitude of a hits from her days with Fleetwood Mac and, later, as a solo artist. There was a sharing of energy in the building as the crowd, which she called “awesome,” clearly fueled her performance while she, in turn, inspired the enthusiastic concert-goers, which included teenagers, millennials, members of Gen X and, of course, Nicks’ fellow baby boomers. “This is the joy of my life,” Nicks said at one point during the show. “I hope it will be the joy of your life.”

She opened the show with “Outside the Rain” from her debut solo album Bella Donna, released in 1981, followed by “Dreams,” a No. 1 hit for Fleetwood Mac from the acclaimed 1977 Rumours album. She followed that with “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” a song written by Tom Petty, who sang on what became a hit single from the Bella Donna album. Wachtel joined Nicks to sing Petty’s part of the duet as a psychedelic-styled video featuring images of Petty and other rock legends including Billy Joel, members of Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin played on a large screen behind the stage. 

After that, she performed “Fall from Grace” from Trouble in Shangri-La, released in 2001, followed by “For What it’s Worth,” a song written by Stephen Stills in 1966 for his band Buffalo Springfield. In one of several stories she shared during the evening, she described hearing this song for the first time as an 18-year-old high school student and learning only recently how it was based on a confrontation between police and a group of young people gathered on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. She recorded the song in 2011 and, in 2022, she released it as a digital download and streaming single. 

In the longest song introduction of the night, she shared how she and her former partner and bandmate, Lindsey Buckingham, lived as paupers in the early 1970s as they tried to establish their musical careers. Within a period of five months after joining Fleetwood Mac, they became rich rock stars. As her life became more of a whirlwind with their increasing fame and wealth, she longed for a simpler time, she said, and the result was “Gypsy,” a hit from Fleetwood Mac’s 1982 album Mirage. 

The show continued with performances of “Wild Heart” and “Bella Donna” before she and the band rocked it out with “Stand Back” from the 1983 album The Wild Heart. Next was “Soldier’s Angel,” a song she wrote for wounded servicemen from the Iraq war after visiting with them at military hospitals in the Washington, D.C., area. She dedicated the song to the people of Ukraine in their war against Russia, saying that, if she was a man and wasn’t 75 years old, she would be there helping in the fight.

A true highlight of the show was Nicks’ performance of “Gold Dust Woman” from the Rumours album, a song she said she always performs at her shows. Draped in a gold sequined cape, she twirled around the stage, her voice echoing powerfully through the arena, backed by the perfect harmonies of two back-up singers. 

She finished the main part of the show with “Leather and Lace,” a duet she performed with Don Henley on the Bella Donna album, and “The Edge of Seventeen,” also from Bella Donna. In what she called a “surprise,” her vocal coach, Steve Real, joined her for “Leather and Lace” in a crowd-pleasing performance with vocals reminiscent of Henley. 

For the encore, Nicks and the band returned to the stage with a tribute cover of “Free Falling,” written by Petty, who died in 2017 at the age of 66. Next came one her first hits with Fleetwood Mac, the 1975 “Rhiannon,” followed by the ballad “Landslide,” also from her first album with Fleetwood Mac. 

A video of images of Nicks with her late best friend and Fleetwood Mac bandmate, Christine McVie (she died in 2022 at the age of 79), played on the screen while Nicks sang the haunting song of lost youth to the accompaniment of Wachtel's acoustic guitar. 

Afterward, she closed out the show with another story, this time about the intense grief she felt following McVie’s death, which eventually led her to tour again. “My mother always said, ‘Anytime you are hurt, Stevie, you run to the stage,’” she said, adding that she was grateful to her audiences for helping “fix her” by coming to her shows. “I love you so much for that and appreciate it, every single night,” she said. 

For those in attendance Wednesday night, there was no doubt the feeling was mutual.