Trouble in Shangri-la
8/7/01 Journal Pavilion Albuquerque, NM
page last updated
September 15, 2001
posted at the top.
Having never seen Stevie Nicks in concert, I can really say I was not
disappointed. Considering the rain this wonderful woman never missed a beat. She
truly gives you all she has. Her voice was so clear and she gave such a outstanding
performance. I was sitting behind the VIP seats. I can truly say she has many
loyal fans. Everyone sat through the two and half hours of rain. As for myself
during the concert I tried to stand up but kept getting this strong pain,so I
had to sit during most of the concert. This die hard Stevie Nicks would not leave
the concert, I might not get another chance to see her perform. After the concert
I went to the emergency room and had to be put into surgery August 12 th because
I had a Twenty Pound ovarian cyst. Being at this concert was really lucky for
me. I come from a small town, being at Stevie's concert made it possible for me
to get the help I needed in Albuquerque. I had been looking forward to the concert
for a long time. My son got me the tickets as a birthday present. Stevie truly
is the Queen of Rock. she has come a long way. Thank You Stevie for giving the
most Fantastick Performance. If I never get to see another concert you gave me
a wonderful memory of this one. I hope you are feeling better so other fans can
enjoy your Fantastick Performance. Thanks,.
No other word could describe the Albuquerque Stevie Concert then AWESOME!!
What a "PRO" she is! She definitely gave us more then our monies worth!
I have loved Stevie since the beginning so was thrilled when I heard that she
was coming here, so had my kids help me get tickets on the net. My husband didn't
really want to go with me, but I dragged him along, bought him a couple of beers,
bought our first $5.00 garbagebag-style raincoats & had a BLAST!! Never sat
down the whole concert & couldn't believe how fast the time went. I hope Stevie
will come back to Albuquerque again - I think the crowd loved her!! Thanx for
the great time, Stevie!
After my essay won Stevie Nicks concert tickets for Albuquerque, NM,
my Mom and I were on our way from Durango, CO to the concert! When we started
out, I was very very excited, and by the time we got to our hotel, I couldn't
wait to see Stevie!
Our hotel was very
nice, and we got all settled in there, and then we left for Journal Pavilion to
see the concert.
When we got settled
on the lawn, the opening band came on and played. When they finished, Stevie came
out to play for us. The crowd went into an uproar!!! When she started to sing,
there was even more noise! We had to scream to hear each other. After she sang
five songs, it began to rain hard! Someone had to run and get her a big umbrella!
We got soaked, but it was worth it!
When she finished,
the crowd called for an encore, and Stevie came out again to sing. After she had
introduced all the members of her band, then she sang one last pretty song. Then
it was over, and we left. When we got to our hotel, we fell into bed! The concert
And here is Sierra's
My name is Sierra
Shepard and I am 9 years old. I have always liked Stevie Nick's music very much
and was thrilled when I heard about this contest. One of the reasons I think that
I think that I should win this contest is because of my love for music. I listen
to many different bands and artists, including Paul McCartney, B*witched and Britney
Spears, but Stevie Nicks is one of my favorites. My mom has most of her albums
and I listen to them all the time! Another reason I should win is because I am
a songwriter myself. I occaisionally get a bolt of inspirasion which somtimes
finishes in a very pretty song. I also have never been to a concert before and
think it will be interesting to see what it's like. I want to be a singer or song
writer someday and want to see how it would feel to be on the stage. These are
the reasons why I think I should win this contest.
I am writing this for my daughter, Rhiannon, age 3, and I will try to
sum this up as best as she explained this to me
I received my
tickets to the Stevie Nicks concert as a birthday gift from my mom and her good
friend. I am three years old and I was named after the infamous song, Rhiannon,
so they felt this would be a great opportunity for me to see the wonderful woman
who sings this song. I sat in VIP seating to protect me from all of the people
who would be attending the show. We had really good seats to see Stevie, but I
also was sitting by one of the big screen TV's so I could see her there also.
I even had a special shirt of Stevie made just for me to wear to the concert.
I really enjoyed Bob Schneider and I danced the entire time.
When Stevie came
on stage, it started to rain really hard, but it didn't seem to bother anyone.
Everyone cheered really loud. She sang my favorite song from TISL, "Too Far
From Texas" and of course, "Rhiannon" and I had a great time dancing
and singing with my babysitter. I felt that Stevie was singing that song just
to me because that was my name and I felt so special. I loved how Stevie would
dance on stage with her pretty shawls and dresses that sparkled as she would dance
on stage. Even though I have no other shows to compare this one to, I am so glad
that I got to see Stevie in Albuquerque for my first concert. Big thanks to everyone
who helped make my day so special!
It was a great and distinctive pleasure to have lived a 20 year old
dream. I finally saw Stevie Nicks in concert. When I first heard her new album,
by breath escaped me and that same old feeling when I first heard her voice 20
years ago revisited me, I was mesmerized. The trip from El Paso was short yet
the whole time I felt I was going mad until, finally,the city's skyline appeared.
I said, "My God, somewhere in there, Stevie is.
i have been waiting a long time to see stevie in concert and when i
found out she was coming to albuquerque i was ecstatic!! i only wish i could've
got front row tickets.
the show was the
best i have ever been to. stevie, you rock and i hope that you will come back
to albuquerque solo or with fleetwood! four of my friends went with me and they
absolutely loved the show. they're not even stevie nicks fans, so that should
tell you something about how amazing she is!!!!!
i thank you from
the bottom of my heart stevie. for everything you have helped me through. you
are an amazing person!!!!!!!!!!! keep on rocking-even if it's just a little :)
much love, kelly
Tuesday, August 7th was overcast in Albuquerque, NM. The day never really
got that hot, which is unusual for August in the desert; true it is "monsoon
season", but normally we suffer through the heat AND humidity. So when the
day was "mild" by our standards, and the wind was blowing and the dark
clouds were gathering I couldn't help but feel like "this is Stevie weather",
it was very magical, knowing that in the evening she would be performing, casting
her spell over New Mexico. It's as if the gods knew she was here and were preparing
The day drug on
and we attended to mundane matters. Finally the hour drew near, preparations were
made, excitement was mounting. The trip out to the Journal Pavilion was unbearably
tedious and slow, I just wanted "to be there already!". Once we arrived
the time flew, Stevie was onstage before I knew it; of course, the energy from
her fans was at a fever pitch! The music, the selection of songs were wonderful,
although, she could've sung anything and I would have been happy. Stevie looked
beautiful, energized and calm all at once. She was so gracious and I truly felt
bad that she was getting drenched, as were we all, but, who cares? We were watching
a goddess. And she certainly had me under her spell.
I must say EO17
truly rocked with it's fantastic intro, and of course, I LOVE Gold Dust Woman,
but come to think of it, how can you choose just one, I loved them all, the new
works off of TISL are great, and I appreciate the background info on some of the
songs. Being "all grown up now" with kids of my own, I rarely venture
out to see artists/concerts like I did in my teens-20's, life is so full of "stuff"
now, but I have to say, this concert made me want to pack up and follow her, just
to be a part of her mystical, magical world. It's hard to believe that it was
the late 70's when I last saw Stevie with FM, then just a young teen, not ever
dreaming how many ways she would touch my life, my heart. I can assure you it
won't be another 20 years before I see Stevie Nicks perform! There should be no
question about this wonderful concert, it rocked! Stevie ROCKED! As so many would
say, Stevie, you have touched my life, my heart...Rock on, Lily
THE RAIN SET THE MOOD IN ALBUQUERQUE. I'll never forget how everyone
went crazy when she sang the ever-so-famous words "thunder only happens when
it's raining". An amazing song for this night.
I called a bunch
of my friends the day I found out that Stevie was coming to Albuquerque! With
myself, there was a total of seventeen (an appropriate number) of us. We're from
Gallup, NM (about 130 miles West) so we were all so psyched that Stevie was coming
to New Mexico. . .FINALLY!
I was freaking
out on the intensity everywhere. There were soooo many people dancing and singing-mesmerized
by Stevie. The songs-"Dreams", "Edge of_ Seventeen", "Stand
Back" rocked. Her Band rocked! The rain made it even cooler. I was kind of
bummed as we were driving up to the Journal Pavillion and I could barely see the
mountains ahead; they were covered in grey clouds. My friend Marsha and I made
sure we were seated and ready to see her entry as "Bootylicious" started.
That song jams and it's because of Stevie's awesome "Edge" riff. Then
when she walked out to start "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" the rain
didn't matter. This is the third time I've seen Stevie in three years but this
particular show was the most intimate with the audience. She is so sweet, she
was concerned about us in the rain. No one minded because she was on that stage.
I loved when she
did the violin gestures during "Everyday". The crowd got into that one
on the last verse when the music stops! and it's just that awesome voice. It was
so great! My friends and I were in the second row so I was so grateful to see
her close. She is so pretty and that style. . . that is all her own. What else
can I say that all of the other Albuquerque fans haven't already said? My friends
all had a great time. Thank you Stevie for rockin' Albuquerque in the rain! I'll
never forget your voice that night.
I am 21 years old, and have been listening to Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks
for as long as I can remember. My parents were huge fans, and I pretty much grew
up listening to their music. I was fortunate enough to attend 2 Stevie Nicks shows
in 4 days! I was at the show in Houson on 8-4-01 (well, we actually heard the
entire show from the parking lot for free...we just parked, chilled, and listened
to the entire show) and I actually attended the 8-7-01 show in my hometown of
ABQ!!! The ABQ show was awesome, and the rain did not let anyone's spirits down.
The crowd actually seemed MORE pumped up when the rain was pouring down! Anytime
Stevie mentioned "rain", or "thunder" in her songs, the crowd
ABQ crowds are
just the best, we dont care if there's a tornado outside, we still rock. Stevie
was too great for words. I really, really, appreciate her sticking through the
rain and giving it her all in this concert. She did not let us down, and we did
not let her down. This was definatley one of the best shows I hav ever seen, she
is a living legend and I am honored that I was there to cheer her on for her first
(hopefully not her last) concert in Albuquerque. ...oh, and by the way. The concert
ended at 10:30 PM...I did not get out of the Journal Pavilion parking lot until
12:30 AM...but I would not have even THOUGHT about leaving early and skipping
the encore just to get out of the parking lot at a decent hour!!! That shows no
respect whatsoever. Those extra 2 hours in my car were totally worth getting to
hear "I need to know" and "Has anyone ever written anything for
you". ROCK ON!!!!!!
It is impossible to relate how thrilled I am that Stevie played here
last night. For anyone in a big city the feeling is hard to grasp. Stevie has
NEVER played here before, I've always had to travel to Vegas or Phoenix to see
her. Having Stevie here was like having her in my home (wouldn't that be heaven!).
I didn't realize there were so many die hard Stevie fans out here. When Bob Schneider
was playing the row behind me kept yelling "Get off the stage we want to
see Stevie!" Which I guess is a little inappropriate but that's what I think
we were all feeling deep inside. Pretty much right as Stevie started her set the
rain started. The Journal Pavillion is entirely open air so even the VIP boxes
in front of us were getting soaked. Stevie did her first couple of songs holding
an umbrella and there were stage hands running around to towel up the water on
stage. Stevie sounded great! She rocked with her usual set but what really got
me was "Trouble in Shangri La," and "Fall from Grace," those
songs take on a whole new depth live! I'm still tingling! Every time I see someone
in a t-shirt from the show I get a jolt of excitement. Hopefully she will come
back with Fleetwood Mac next time!
I new that I was going to enjoy seeing Stevie Nicks in concert. Her
shows are amazing, but I think that I had more fun than I could imagine.
When I heard that
Stevie's Trouble In Shangri-La Tour wasn't going to hit Florida at all, I was
devastated. Around the end of July, a friend had mentioned to me that he was able
to get tickets to see Stevie in concert...in Albuquerque, New Mexico. At first,
I thought he was out of his mind, wanting to fly to New Mexico, from Ft. Lauderdale,
FL, to see a concert. The more I thought about it though, the more I wanted to
go. So it was final. We went to the show.
The trip to the
southwest was more than just going to a concert. We managed to see Stevie's percussionist
Lenny Castro and her back-up singer Mindy Stein, at the hotel they were staying
at. When we got there, neither of us had any idea that that was where Stevie and
her band were staying. So that added to the excitement.
By concert time,
my adrenaline was so worked up, for the entire time that Stevie was on stage,
I couldn't even sit down. We had seats in the first row of section one, and about
4 songs into the show, we were allowed to crowd up at the front of the stage.
Though it rained,
which at times was real bad, it was one hell of a show. Stevie was wearing her
usual black lacy dress, but instead of platform boots, it looked like she had
on platform Reeboks. Of course they were black too. Stevie only had to have an
umbrella for the first few songs, and after that, the rain was not as bad. It
kind of seemed as though the umbrella was meant to be there. During the worst
part of the rain, that's when Stevie was singing Dreams..."Thunder only happens
when it's raining"
She played her
usual hit songs like Rhiannon, Stand Back, Enchanted, Stop Draggin' My Heart Around,
Gold Dust Woman, Outside the Rain & Dreams, as well as new songs from Trouble
In Shangri-La like, Everyday, Sorcerer, Planets Of The Universe, Too Far From
Texas, Bombay Sapphires and Fall From Grace. Naturally, Stevie played Edge Of
Seventeen, and that's when I got up close to her. Towards the end of the song,
when the rest of the band is playing, Stevie made her trip from one side of the
stage to the other. I tried with every inch (at 22 years old, I'm only 5'3")
to just shake her hand, but I was not tall enough.
After Edge Of Seventeen,
Stevie, along with her band, walked off stage. The crowd went nuts! A few minutes
later, the music to I Need To Know started pumping through the speakers and here
comes Stevie, rocking out as she starts the song. After that one, she closed with
her beautiful ballad, Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You. She came back
out, with her hair tied back, and a black hat, with a feather sticking out of
All in all, with
the wind and rain, and with me practically loosing my voice from screaming, this
was probably the best concert I have ever been to, and I am so glad that I decided
to make the trip out there to see her. Stevie's voice sounded great through the
entire show, and on top of that, she looked great. It was a very memorable experience,
and I can't wait to see Stevie when she tours again, whether it is solo or with
Whole Lotta Love
to you Stevie!!!
I am safe at home in Tulsa after my trips to Dallas and Albuquerque (with one
of my best friends, Tammy) to see Stevie's concerts. I am also anticipating the
concert I will be attending in Kansas City on August 29th!!! The shows were amazing!
Stevie has never looked or sounded better. You all know the set list by now so
I won't elaborate on the songs. Just know that this is a concert you don't want
to miss. I do want to say that even though it rained at the Albuquerque show,
I enjoyed it more than the one in Dallas. Stevie didn't let a little rain damper
the evening. The highlight for me (well, actually, the whole concert was a highlight)
was actually watching the police escort the big black limo and the two tour buses
out of the venue. People were honking and waving at her ~ our final thank you
to the beautiful queen of rock!
Even in a down-pour, Stevie rocked! It rained throughout most of the
Albuquerque concert, but that didn't faze Stevie--her main concern it seemed was
for her fans (she asked a few times: "Is everyone doing okay out there?").
She seemed so appreciative of how many people stayed to hear her, no matter how
hard it rained. Her music was amazing, her voice was strong, and the love radiating
from the audience really seemed to touch her. I waited over 20 years to see her
(the last time she was in Albuquerque was with Fleetwood Mac in the late 70's),
and it was very much worth it! I hope she comes back soon, and I know I am not
the only one who feels that way!!
The concert last night here in Albuquerque was FANTASTIC it rained and
I didn't care. Stevie you were great. Sounding better that ever. I didn't even
notice it was raining. It just added to the mood of GREAT rock and roll. Stevie
don't ever stop singing. Even with an umbrella in your hands it was like it belonged
on stage. Stevie danced with it and told us all we were going to be sick the next
day. Thank you for coming to NEW Mexico. It was the best concert I have seen for
a long time. Love one of your biggest fans
"Thunder only happens when it's raining". And rain it did!
But what a beautiful effect it had. It rained all evening and Stevie rocked all
night! "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" opened up the show and from there
it was a truly a magical evening. The third song, "Dreams" took my breath
away when she sang those famous words. She played most of her classic hits but
the song that really did it for me was "Stand Back", my personal favorite
which was worth the price of admission alone! She just blew me away! "Edge
Of Seventeen" was also a definate highlight as was "Rhiannon".
The crowd went bananas for all of her trademark songs. Despite the slashing rain
(which just added to the mysticalness of the show) it was a total lovefest. She
is still an exceptionally gorgeous woman, a truly gracious person (she apologized
for the rain and kept telling the crowd how much she appraciated us getting soaked
just to be with her). Stevie is a very talented individual who is backed by a
band that simply kicks some major bootie! This was one of the best shows I've
seen in a long time! If Stevie is coming to a city near you and your contemplating
whether or not to see her perform I have two words for you - DO IT ! Thank you
Stevie Nicks and please come back to New Mexico soon. Hopefully, FM will play
in Albuquerque on their upcoming tour. We Love Ya!
Last night I watched the most incredible incredible display of devotion
to rock fans I have ever seen! The skies above the Journal Pavillion at Mesa del
Sol were eerily overcast all through Bob Schnieder's opening set, and you could
see the crowd getting a little edgy! A few drops of rain were already beginning
to fall, and the merchandise booth was jammed with hundreds of people scrambling
to purchase rain slickers in the event the clouds burst!
And BURST they
did, only seconds before Stevie hit the stage! But the resulting storm did not
stop the crowd of fans from completely losing it as the a capella strains cut
through the downpour, "I run through the grass! I run over the stones down
to the sea!" When the lights came up on Stevie's first solo appearance in
Albuquerque ever, thousands of rain-soaked fans were on their feet, welcoming
her with applause so deafening, it was almost impossible to hear the intro to
"Stop Dragging My Heart Around!" Someone brought out an umbrella for
the goddess to hold during her set, and as she welcomed the crowd, she said, "We're
gonna try and get through this, but I'm not touching that mike!" There was
nervous laughter until she threw her hands in front of the microphone in a TALK
TO THE HAND gesture and proclaimed, "STAND BACK!" The crowd went nuts!
When she smiled at the irony each time she sang the line "Thunder only happens
when it's raining," you could have heard the applause in Bombay!!! Even trying
to manage that umbrella in high winds, graciously offering shelter to her band
members as she passed them, Stevie was nothing less than magical!
Even so, after
the first set she proclaimed her own amazement that the audience was sticking
with her through the storm, and then actually APOLOGIZED, saying "I'm usually
a little more graceful, but it's REALLY wet up here! The wind caught the umbrella,
and I almost went flying!" The rain had subsided by her second set, and no
matter what she performed, from the classic, "Gold Dust Woman" to the
new songs from "Trouble In Shangri-La", Stevie Nicks OWNED Albuquerque
last night! Her prefaces to her new songs kept the crowd screaming, particularly
her tip of the hat to Sandy Stewart prior to "Too Far From Texas", and
her proclamation that she and Lindsey Buckingham had worked through their differences
in her tale of the background of "Planets Of The Universe".
And, when she told
of how "Planets..." was rejected by Fleetwood Mac on each album since
RUMOURS, you could FEEL the energy of her loyal fans, realizing the irony of it
becoming her first Billboard #1 dance track as a solo artist! "Stand Back"
was definitely the hit of the evening, with the entire crowd on their feet, but
it was her closing number, "Edge of Seventeen," with an almost nine-minute
intro by the band, that I will remember for the rest of my life! Stevie, in her
billowing black gown and huge, pure white shawl, sang, "I did hear the call
of a nightbird singing, 'Come away, come away now!'" while gesturing in invitation,
and sure enough, the rains came again! The woman just has it! During her encore,
which consisted of "I Need to Know," and the classic, "Has Anyone
Ever Written Anything For You?," I was practically in tears! Stevie ended
the evening by once again thanking the die-hard audience for staying with her
through the storm, and graciously stating, "Wow! We got through this! And
we did it together!"
She and the band
took a collective bow, and then were gone, leaving behind a memory that will last
me and not just a few other fans mesmerized for a lifetime! I only hope the weather
did not "cloud" her impression of New Mexico, and that, in the years
to come, she will see us as an impressive group of fans, and will consider performing
here again. She lit hearts so deeply! "Just like the white winged dov sings
a song," Stevie, please keep on singing!
Where to start. Neither I nor my sister have ever seen Ms. Nicks in
concert but have always been a fan. So when her tickets went on sale to her concert
at The Journal Pavilion in Albuquerque I was like a mad person trying to get on
the web to get seats. I only wished I had paid more to get closer. We are at the
end of our monsoon season, and sure enough the rains came. But did that stop her
from coming out. Not a chance. She even apologized to the crowd for the rain but
promised to get through it with her fans and she did not shorten it in the least.
She sang for close
to 2 hours and it rained for at least the first and some of the second hour. And
Stevie was worth every drop. Continually asking if the crowd was ok. She sounds
as good as she has ever been, her dancing and twirling in her lace is as beautiful
as ever and quite ethereal. She even apologized for not being as graceful as she
normally is because the stage was wet. What a night, I only wish it had been longer
to spend with her. Her blend of new and old songs was perfect. All Wondrous and
quite Awesome. You will not regret whatever you spend for a chance to see this
Marvelous person. I will most definitely go see her again if at all possible.
My sister's night was topped off when Stevie came out with her top hat with its
plume. We love you Stevie and "Thank You" for a wonderful night. Hope
to see you again.
The subject line says it all! [WOW!!! was the subject line]. Her concert
last night at the Journal Pavilion in Albuquerque, NM was everything I had hoped
it would be. Stevie seemed to be on top of her form and gave it everything she
had despite the down pour that had her under an umbrella for several songs. But
her voice, oh! that voice!!! It is as strong as ever, and she used her, now more
mature timbre, to her advantage. That voice should be platinum-plated and preserved
for an eternity! It's as unmistakable as ever! And she looked wonderful in her
trade-mark diaphanous attire. Albuquerque is ever richer for her visit! Brava!
Stevie was magical, charming, graceful and gracious. She brought rain
to the desert. She is certainly at her best...she not only rocked a little, she
rocked a whole lot! It was an enchanting evening. Absolutely mesmerizing. We love
you Stevie. Come back to New Mexico! It certainly has been fun aging along with
Stevie. Only she can get us 50 year olds to dance in the rain!
One thing I want
to say, if she is listening, is that the parking lot at the amphitheater sometimes
entails a 2 hour wait until you can get out. When people left during her encore,
it was not because they didn't want to stay. They just didn't want to wait 2 hours
to go home.
This was the most amazing concert I have ever seen. As she started...so
did the rain. It rained pretty heavily for the first half of the concert, and
Stevie had an umbrella...very cool...she kept thanking us for standing in the
rain to hear her sing...and she said something like, "well, I'm so sorry
it's raining, but you know...sometimes it just rains" then she went into
Dreams! Her vocals sounded so amazing!! It was the closest I have ever been to
Stevie, I was standing right at the stage...and her moves...everything was so
My friends and I arrived at about 6:30, start time for the show was
7:30. We wandered around, looked at the merchandise. We didn't buy anything...frankly
I was disappointed in both the offerings and the prices. I usually buy at least
a tourbook, but after reading some negative fan reviews about the TISL tourbook,
I decided not to. And $32 for a T-shirt?? $10 for a plastic keychain?? When did
prices get so high?
We saw Chris Nicks
standing at stage right near the restrooms, but he was absorbed in a cell phone
call, so we didn't go talk to him. Bob Schneider and his band were competent musicians,
I think they have a solid future in the music world if they stick with it. But
lose the flip-flops and get some real shoes when you're performing, OK Bob?
By the time Stevie
was ready to come on and "Bootyliscious" came over the speakers, a thunderstorm
had moved in and it was raining steadily. Glad I brought my jacket! It was also
windy, and rain was blowing onto the stage area. In the middle of "Stop Draggin"
someone from backstage gave Stevie an umbrella, which she managed to incorporate
into her show very gracefully, even though she told us, "I'm usually more
graceful than this!" Someone from the stage crew was constantly on the stage,
wiping up water so Stevie and the band members would not slip and fall.
By the second
or third song someone was holding an umbrella over Waddy's head too. Enchanted
and Dreams were super--"thunder only happens when it's raining," how
appropo! Gold Dust Woman was a little harder edged than I've usually heard it
in concert, and it sounded like it could have used more instrumentation to fill
in the chords. All the usual costume changes were there. The TISL songs sounded
super, however, the audience saved its biggest cheers for the old favorites Stand
Back and Edge of Seventeen.
About five songs
into the set, it had stopped raining enough for Stevie to dispense with the umbrella,
but it continued to rain off and on throughout the evening. The audience stood
during the WHOLE concert, after all, the seats were too wet to sit on! She graciously
thanked us throughout the evening for putting up with the rain. At one point she
said,"You're all gonna get pneumonia, and you don't even care!"
We were sitting
about 25 rows back, and the evening went by so fast that before we knew it, it
was time for Edge of Seventeen, and it was so crowded in front of the stage we
didn't try to go down. She didn't shake as many hands as I've seen her do on previous
tours, and only accepted a couple of the bouquets that were offered to her.
The encores were
incredible...I Need to Know really rocked, and Has Anyone was beautiful. She sang
the last song with no backup vocalists at all, and wore a huge white plume in
her black top hat. I want to give kudos to two musicians especially...Carlos Rios
did an awesome solo at the end of "Planets" and Mindy Stein was especially
outstanding on "Fall From Grace." The whole band was wonderful, of course,
and Stevie was in fine form, you could tell she was really giving it her all.
I was afraid, because of the wind and rain, she might cut some songs, but she
was a real trooper and did the whole show and did it with humor, enthusiasm, and
love. There is only one road in and out of the Journal Pavilion--it's at the south
edge of town in a big field--and as we were getting in our car her tour busses
(2) went by, close enough to touch, with a police escort of course. The chorus
of car horns was deafening!
Thank you, Stevie
and company, for a musical evening I will never forget.
Being from the Land of Enchantment,
Stevie added so much more that night to our Enchantment. IM sure anyone who was
at that show would agree. It rained, it poured like so many of her songs tell.
But I could feel it, she seemed so truly concerned that we were OK. Oh course
the place went wild. She continued the show. I think a lil upset that she couldn't
dance the way she's used to. Let me tell you I think I danced enough for us all.
I have seen a lot of shows, but I have never been blessed to see this wonderful
woman before, and it was the best ever. I cried like a baby. I got a drenched,
bought a T-shirt. I knew, I think all my friends knew "That it was very POWERFUL"
Thank you Stevie for sticking it out with us and playing to our hearts. You are
a Goddess in your own right. Yours under Enchanted Sky
i have to say this concert is one of the best i have seen stevie do.
the concert was outside and it did nothing but rain and the wind blew all night
long. "OUTSIDE THE RAIN' gave a whold new meaning. it was so cold but the
fans nor stevie and her band ever gave up. she was definately a trooper. she gave
us her all and as fans that traveled from afar and all the fans appreciated it
from the bottoms of our heart. she is the best! we would love to see her come
back. she was so in touch with the fans and talking to all of us telling us we
were going to get through the storm together was like she walked up to each and
everyone of us and said it right to our faces. you know they say that people are
afraid of meeting their idols that the may not be the person you think they are,
but i know stevie would talk like you were one of her best friends. the concert
was excellent! stevie keep up the great work. we love you
I had the absolute privilege and pleasure of attending the Stevie Nicks'
concert in Albuquerque, NM on August 7, 2001 at the Journal Pavilion. The weather
was absolutely typical for this time of year - hot days and building thunderstorms
in the afternoon. The clouds started moving in about the same time Stevie was
to take the stage. We could see the raindrops starting to fall when the spotlight
hit the front of the stage and the band launched into Stop Draggin' My Heart Around.
The entire night was magical and beautiful. The rain did not dampen the enthusiasm
and love of the crowd and Stevie was considerate and charming when she asked us
if WE were okay!! We were more worried about her being on that stage with all
the rain and electrified equipment. What a trooper!! She sang, talked to us, and
told us stories about her songs - some new and some old. The set was a perfect
mix of Fleetwood Mac era and solo era. My favorite song from the new album is
"Fall from Grace". I was thrilled to hear it live. Overall, this is
a concert event that I will never forget.
"And the rain came down"... rain it did at the open air Journal
Pavilion in Alb. New Mexico. With the rain blowing against her face Stevie sang
holding an umbrella, the rain did not dampen her beauty and grace. We'll get through
this" she said; always the inspiring hopeful one. I was in awe to finally
see Stevie and happy my two teenage children wanted to see the concert with me;
they have been listenening to Stevie by default since they were born. . Finally
the rain let up a bit and she was able to sing without the umbrella.The energy
level increased and we danced and cheered, even with a slick wet stage she managed
to twirl some and put on a great show. It was great to hear the classis songs
but I especially enjoyed hearing the new songs from TISL. "Thank you for
staying through all this" she said. "We got through this together"
Yes we have and thank you Stevie for your eternal presence.
HOW DO I BEGIN THE MOST MEMORABLE AND SPECIAL EXPERIENCE. I HAVE LOVED
STEVIE NICKS FOR MANY YEARS, I LIVE IN ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO SO I HAVE TO TRAVEL
TO SEE HER, I'VE SEEN HER 1991 TOUR AND FLEETWOOD MAC REUNION TOUR IN 1997. I
WAS SO EXCITED SHE WAS FINALLY COMING HERE, I PURCHASED TICKETS FOR ME AND MY
10 YR OLD DAUGHTER,"RHIANNON", WHOM I NAMED AFTER THE SONG. WHEN WE
ARRIVED AT THE CONCERT WE WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE FRONT ROW SEATS, BUT IT STARTED
TO RAIN AND I GOT A SICK FEELING IN MY STOMACH SHE MIGHT NOT COME OUT. ALL OF
THE SUDDEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT, WHEN THEY CAME BACK ON THERE SHE WAS, THE BEAUTIFUL
QUEEN, WE STARTED TO SCREAM AND I CRIED, I COULD NOT BELIEVE WE WERE BREATHING
THE SAME AIR.
AS THE CONCERT
PROGRESSED THE SECURITY MOTIONED FOR THE FRONT ROWS TO COME TO THE STAGE, I GRABBED
RHIANNON AND WE RAN SO FAST TO STEVIE, I PICKED UP MY 60LB DAUGHTER AND HELD HER
TO THE STAGE THE REST OF THE CONCERT. MY DAUGHTER WAS SHAKING WITH EXCITMENT WHEN
STEVIE WAS SINGING HER NAMESAKE SONG,"RHIANNON". THEN, I COULD NOT BELIEVE
WADDY WACHTEL WALKED OVER TO MY DAUGHTER AND GAVE HER HIS GUITAR PICK, THE CROWD
WAS SCREAMING, THEN AFTER THE NEXT SONG STEVIE STARTED TO COME TOWARD US, I PUSHED
MY DAUGHTER UP TO HER WITH LOVE, MY DAUGHTER SAID, "MY NAME IS "RHIANNON",
STEVIE SAID, "WOW, HI HONEY" AND GRABBED HER HAND, I DID NOT GET TO
TOUCH OR SPEAK WITH STEVIE BUT HER ACKNOWLEDGING MY DAUGHER WAS ENOUGH FOR ME
AND SO VERY SPECIAL. I CRIED, MY DAUGHTER HUGGED AND KISSED ME AND WILL HAVE THAT
MEMORY FOREVER. THANK YOU STEVIE. YOUR DEVOTED FANS, SABRINA AND RHIANNON SANCHEZ,
I attended the Tuesday night concert at the Albuquerque Journal Pavilion
along with my sister and friend. The concert was all I expected and more, Stevie
rocked the house as she usually does. As soon as Stevie came out, the threatening
clouds decided to open up and let the rain pour for about an hour of the show.
The rain did not stop Stevie and her band from playing on. The fans also did not
mind the rain, we would not have missed the concert for the world. Stevie looked
incredible as she always does and as usual was very gracious. Thank You, Stevie
for an incredible night of music.