Stevie Nicks | 12.03.16

And the voice? Still there, and even more powerful in many ways.

stevie-nicks

United Center, Chicago

Rock’s iconic Enchantress has struck gold again. On her 24 Karat Gold tour, Nicks is rocking hard. At age 68, the singer still has what it takes to wow thousands of fans every night. Deciding to play songs not played in a long while, the Fleetwood Mac vocalist brought out some rare gems for this show.

Songs like “Bella Donna,” the title track to her debut solo album in 1981, as well as “The Wild Heart” came surprisingly forward, where favorites like “Leather and Lace” were omitted on this outing. Nicks looked radiant in all black and her trademark high-heeled boots, her long, blonde locks flowing around her. And the voice? Still there, and even more powerful in many ways. Her signature raspiness and fast vibrato flowed from the speakers.

As for her set list, this time around it included rare gems. Opening with the never-released “Gold and Braid,” Nicks was in fine form. With Fleetwood Mac favorites like “Rhiannon,” “Gypsy,” and show closer “Landslide,” she took the audience back in time on her musical journey. Dedicating the massive hit “Edge of Seventeen (White-Winged Dove)” to the late artist Prince, her show is like a time capsule, enveloping the past with the present.

Gracing the stage with Nicks is longtime guitarist and musical director Waddy Wachtel, along with background vocalists Marilyn Martin and Sharon Celani, who has backed Nicks since 1978. A special surprise is also instore for the concertgoer in the form of a stunning duet between Nicks and Chrissy Hynde joining together on “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”

Overall, Ms. Nicks can still sing her heart out, even on tracks going all the way back to 1971, as on “Crying in the Night” from her collaboration with Lindsey Buckingham. Songs like “Moonlight (A Vampire’s Tale) and “Starshine” from her latest effort, 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vaults are right at home with older material, like the Prince-inspired pop hit “Stand Back.”

With rock legends The Pretenders opening the show, this is not a tour to miss. New dates have been added to this outing, making it one of the top tours of 2016/2017. | Marc Farr

Remaining tour dates follow. Tickets are available at the artist’s website, or at www.ticketmaster.com.

12.09 | Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
12.11 | KeyArena at Seattle Center, WA
12.13 | Golden 1 Center, Sacramento CA
12.14 | SAP Center at San Jose, CA
12.17 | Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, Las Vegas
12.18 | Forum, Inglewood CA
02.23 | Reno Events Center, Reno NV
02.25 | Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City
02.28 | Moda Center, Portland
03.02 | Viejas Arena, San Diego
03.06 | BOK Center, Tulsa
03.08 | FedExForum, Memphis
03.10 | CenturyLink Center, Bossier City LA
03.12 | Frank Erwin Center, Austin
03.15 | Smoothie King Center, New Orleans
03.17 | Nationwide Arena, Columbus OH
03.19 | PNC Arena, Raleigh NC
03.21 | Amway Center, Orlando
03.23 | Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville FL
03.25 | John Paul Jones Arena (JPJ Arena), Charlottesville VA
03.26 | Royal Farms Arena, Baltimore
03.29 | Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
03.31 | PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh
04.02 | Prudential Center, Newark NJ
04.05 | SNHU Arena, Manchester NH
04.06 | Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale NY

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