Trouble in Shangri-la
Chastain Park Amphitheatre Atlanta, GA
page last updated
September 5, 2001
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I FIRST SAW STEVIE IN PITTSBURGH AT THE OPENING OF HER TOUR AND MUST SAY
THAT IT WAS THE BEST CONCERT IV'E EVER SEEN. THERE WAS MAGIC IN THE AIR THAT NIGHT.
OF COURSE BEING THE OPENING DATE ON HER TOUR MADE IT VERY SPECIAL TO HER AND YOU
CAN SEE IT IN EVERY SONG. SHERYL CROW WAS ALSO AN ADDED PLEASURE AND MADE THE
CONCERT EVEN BETTER. WE WERE SITTING IN ROW 6 SO WE WERE ABLE TO SEE EVERY EXPRESSION
ON STEVIES FACE AND SHE TRULY WAS HAVING A GOOD TIME. I ONLY WISH IT COULD OF
KEPT ON GOING. THEN I SAW HER IN CLEVELAND AND SHE ROCKED THE HOUSE THERE TOO.
I THEN TRAVELED TO ATLANTA TO VISIT FRIENDS AND WENT TO HER CONCERT THERE. MY
FRIENDS HAD NEVER SEEN STEVIE AND COULD NOT UNDERSTAND HOW I COULD PAY TO SEE
HER AGAIN. THEY QUICKLY UNDERSTOOD AFTER THEY WERE WILD EYED BY STEVIE. IM GOING
TO ATLANTIC CITY IN SEPT. AND HOPE TO GO TO VEGAS IS OCT. I CAN TRUELY SAY THAT
STEVIE IS A BIG PART OF MY LIFE AND I HOPE SHE KNOWS HOW MUCH SHE MEANS TO SO
MANY PEOPLE. I WISH STEVIE THE BEST OF HEALTH AND TO STAY STRONG AND ROCK ON.
FROM A FAN SINCE 1975 TILL FOREVER
First, I have to say that I had a blast in Atlanta for the three days I was
there. I have the great fortune in that I look so much like Stevie Nicks that
everywhere I went I was mistaken for her. For example, VIP tables at restaurants,
wait staff coming over to tell me that people wanted my autograph, being chased
down going to the restroom. This has been happening for years in my hometown of
Mobile, Alabama for a long time. I sort of became a Stevie fan simply because
of hearing over and over that I look like her. So I had to see her in concert
and I was just awestruck. It is really great. She sounds live even better than
on recording, you can't say that about many performers. I was very impressed with
her show, you can tell she really cares about her audience. I am 39 years old
and she looks like my age at the most! I saw her up close cause some of the security
guards came and got me to come up close to the stage. I am very proud about looking
like Stevie, but I really know now first hand from my personal experience how
much people really love her. Even at the concert I was mistaken for her and I
could tell how people love her so much, they showed so much respect. Oh what wonderful
fans she has.
What could be better than sitting under a beautiful , warm sky and listening
to a true legend entertain us? Stevie has proved once again that she is a true
to form entertainer. I was lucky enough to get some seats in the pit for the show
after purchasing 8 tickets too many in my quest for the best seats. I was truly
mesmorized as those familiar words to "TISL" started. I have seen Stevie
on every tour since "the Wild Heart Tour" and I think this was the best
yet. She rocked us with the familiair classics and thankfully threw in quite a
few tunes from her newest album! "Fall From Grace" was played like she
had been playing it for years. I think this was the best song of the night.
As the beginning
of "Edge of Seventeen" began to play, I casually walked right up to
the stage and stood there for the last 3 songs. I had never been so close to her
before. She was amazing in her little platform tennis shoes! I was totally in
shock standing so close to someone who has for so long entertained me with her
incredible songs. And, I even got to shake her soft little hands twice as she
passed by after "EOS". I am still a little bit in shock as to how lucky
I was this time around to get such good seats, and to get to actually stand at
the stage and watch her from so close. Every one of her fans who were at the stage
were so kind, no pushing, no shoving, just a group of people together for one
purpose-to watch this incredible woman entertain us and give us a little part
of her life.
I am a 26 year old Marine Biologist/Teacher from Savannah, GA who traveled
5 hours to see her Highness in HOTLANTA! I have to say...at least Savannah has
a nice SEA breeze, but the stifling heat at Chastain was almost as bad as the
heat at Lakewood (now HiFi Buys Amphitheater) in 98! I would do anything to see
Stevie live, even sit in an oven! I thought that her new songs sounded wonderful
on stage, but I fear that her throat (laryngitis) was still really bothering her.
I found that her voice wasn't as strong this tour as it was in 98 in Atlanta and
Orlando when I saw her...I hope it didn't hurt too bad and that it doesn't become
chronic, Let's all pray for her and her angelic vocal cords! I loved Fall From
Grace live on stage...she really hit those notes well. I noticed Sharon and Mindy
was taking over alot of the other songs high notes for her, and that she was really
trying hard to keep her pitch. I imagine our horrible heat in GA had alot to do
with it! I pray that she still will appear again her in Sept. like the promoter
said she would after making up her canceled shows. I would travel to the ends
of the earth to see her Majesty! Have a safe rest of the tour Stevie and God Bless
You and that ethereal voice!
Stevie's Atlanta show proved once again that she is one of the most
important and beloved artists of all time. The emotion in her voice is impossible
to describe but I will try: giving, wise, healing, joyful, vulnerable, responsible,
fun, truthful, vital, eternal. There is simply nobody else like her. Stevie, I
hope you know how much love you bring to people. You are more than a performer,
you are a gift of life. Stay well and thank you.
Stevie Nicks in concert at Chastain , Hotlanta , Georgia... Wow !!!
What a night !!!! it was a most memorable experience. Stevie was marvelous. She
mixed vintage old with some new and her voice was in perfect form.... Besides
giving us great music, she talked to the sold-out crowd like we were all her friends
giving us backgrounds on her songs and thanking us for being there with her...
It was an extremely HOT, HUMID night in Hotlanta but Stevie hung in there.. What
can I say, I have been a fan forever and she still gives me goosebumps when she
Well, after seeing that Stevie would not be coming to Florida (major
disappointment) I was extremely upset. But then after collecting myself and realizing
I have never missed a Stevie or Fleetwood Mac tour since 1979, and sometimes have
seen multi shows per tour. I realized that if she was not coming to me I must
go to her. So after driving 7 1/2 hrs to Atlanta. I saw what I would have to say
is one of the better solo shows of Stevie's I have seen in a couple of years.
I have met Stevie 3 times and I have to say she was very bright eyed and very
together at 53 and still awesome as ever. I had read a lot of reviews but there
were still some surprises. The venues acoustics could have been better but it
was great to see her once again, and more than likely I will be driving up another
7 1/2 hrs again in Sept. to see her. Thank you Stevie for another awesome performs.
I first saw Stevie Nicks in 1977 with Fleetwood Mac on the Rumors Tour
and six times since then. Tonite in Atlanta Stevie proved she can still rock with
the best of them. In spite of a mediocre sound system and a voice that was still
on the mend, Stevie delighted the sold out crowd with her enthusiasm and charm.
Most of the high notes were left to the back-up singers. The two best songs were
"Fall from Grace" and "Stand Back." It would have been nice
to have a few more of the old hits but the new stuff is good. The TISL set list
suffered and few lags and was in no way as comprehensive as the Enchanted tour,
but nobody seemed to mind. One other noticeable omission--NO BOOTS! Stevie was
wearing flat shoes--what an odd sight. Stevie is now an "old pro" and
I'll continue to see her each time she performs.
This was the first time I've had the opportunity to see Stevie Nicks
live onstage and the only unpleasant thing was that the air was so thick and humid
you could swim in it! Ahh, my hometown in summer. Why do we have outdoor theatre
Anyway, just as
it got dark, the music began and it also threatened to rain. A wonderfully cool
breeze blew through and to paraphrase a lyric; Outside NO rain. The skies held.
I liked the lighting
in this show. It enhanced the atmosphere without being distracting. This being
my first live show, I was so excited to see Stevie in all her mystic glory and
when she came out, it was a vision, except....What happened to the boots she wears
all summer long? I guess they're in the shop because she came out wearing Frankenstein's
Hightops. But she is so graceful gliding across the stage, I soon forgot her footwear.
I was on the same
side as Sharon and Mindy which was a lot of fun. They look great and move great,
although I never realised just how tiny and thin Sharon Celani is. This is Georgia,
eat a muffin, girl!
I really liked
that Stevie talked to the audience and explained the origins of some of the songs.
The old songs and the new songs sounded wonderful. I could tell she was still
getting over her laryngitis, but she paced herself beautifully, still giving us
the oomph and yet not wearing out vocally too soon. Her second encore was haunting
and sweet. In spite of the hot&heavy weather, the audience was up on its feet
most of the time and it really was a great evening. She's coming back, too!!
I just returned from one of the best nights of my life. My boyfriend
and I were patiently waiting for Stevie to go on stage four hours before the concert
started. We were walking around the venue, when all fo a sudden we heard the lovely
voice of Stevie coming from the Amphitheater. We stood for half an hour watching
Stevie Nicks do her sound check in a black shirt and pants and pink rollers in
her hair. Let me tell you, that was the coolest part of the entire experience.
Well we finally
got in to the venue and watched Jeff Gains perform the opening act. Strangely
enough, he actually sounded like one of my friends in a rock band from college.
The lights went down and the crew set up the stage for Stevie. About 9:00 She
came on stage and began to rock the house. This was awesome. The only thing I
could not understand is why anymone would want to sit through this concert. At
first I was a little uncomfortable standing in front of all the other fans, but
after a few songs I could not controll my urge to dance and emote my engergy.
I muust say this was a wonderful show and I am going to remember this night for
the rest of my life. Rock on Lilly! Much love and devotion...
ATLANTA!!!! I will start from the beginning...... We got their way early,
2 1/2 hours early, beat all the traffic, a good bit of people were already there.
So we hung out, outside the gates, meeting Stevie fans, fans everywhere were dressed
like Stevie...we could hear Stevie doing soundchecks, it was so cool...so finally
at 6:30 they opened the gates, and people poured in...i bought a black shirt,
and the hat...and a postcard...
so Jeffrey Gaines
came out at like 7:45, he was pretty good, this was his last night on the tour....
After Jeff, we heard thunder, and finally the storm passed over (no rain!) and
Bootylicious played, which was cool, and that tricked everyone...the minutes later,
the Amphitheatre darkened, the lights on the stage went off, and we heard "I
hear there's trouble in shangri-la..." over and over..people were screaming
and jumping....it was great, Chastain has AWESOME sound....then Stevie strolled
on the stage in her black dress and black reeboks and immediately went and shook
someone's hand, he was psyched!! She did Stop Draggin my heart around, and it
was great, high notes were great, she turned the mic and sang to Waddy...Stevie
was very talkative and energetic...I was soo surprised considering all the fan
reviews saying she hadnt been moving much..BOY DID SHE MOVE...She shook her dress,
she twirled a lot, all kinds of hand motions, banged her tambourine,....she wore
the same black dress, with different shawls, and eventually added some black wings
to the dress.........
Stevie was very
happy, and her voice was in top form......she did the spider fingers and the shadows
with her hands in GOLD DUST WOMAN.... She did a semi-wail in GDW sort of an "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah"..the
croud roared though...She did Rhiannon awesome, she even did the "Will you
take me with you to the sky, dream on , try hard, you cant leave her!" and
during Rhiannon she wore a black cape...I had really good seats, I could see like
facial expressions even without my binoculars.....Stand Back was great, she danced
and jumped sort of in it, very energetic, and the kick was great, everyone loved
it!.......Fall from Grace rocked out, and Stevie did it perfect, much better than
the one I have from the Pittsburgh show on MP3. The new songs were great and very
well received....Mindy and Sharon looked great and danced a lot...there were lights
flashing everywhere, the crowd was wild..and im hoarse now........Edge of 17,
Waddy did a long guitar intro...and Stevie came out in her white shawl....dancing..as
the crowd pushed up by the stage....she sang it great and the Edge scream was
classic!!! i was just so surprised at her energy, it was great, i had the time
of my life!!!!!!!! I Need to Know was great..people even left after the encore,
but roared back in when this song began...she banged her tambourine, did all kinds
of little kicks all through the night...and HAEWAFY was soooo great and everyone
had lighters...she wore this tall black top hat with white feathers, and she looked
so young....she sang it with passion......in all this was the best concert ive
ever been too, and it gives you such a rock feel....I will never forget this incredible
night.....i love you stevie!!!
Jan and Christie
We just got home from Chastain, where Stevie ROCKED Hotlanta tonight!!!!!
She held nothing back and gave a performance that the audience was spellbound
with and one that she should be proud of. From the moment she took the stage until
the last notes of HAEWAFY, she had the audience submerged in her performance.
The band was rocking with her and Mindy and Sharon rocked right along with the
band and Stevie...everyone onstage seemed to be giving their all and having a
ball doing it!!!! Everyone onstage was all smiles!!!
Where to begin?! I just returned home from seeing Stevie in Atlanta,
GA. Her performance was so "beyond par" that it was ridiculous! You
would have never known that she was/is recovering from an illness. It was so thrilling
to see the crowd be so appreciative of her classic songs and so accepting of the
new ones. I was so caught up in the atmosphere that I ended up spending $200.00
at the merchandise booth! I won't regret it though, the items are fabulous. One
of my most favorite things about this particular concert was the fact that for
"Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You?" she came out in an incredible
top hat with extravagent feathers! Stevie never ceases to surpass my expectations!
Hopelessly Enchanted ~ Carly Byrd
The Chastain concert in Atlanta on July 30th was mesmerizing! Welcome
home, Stevie! I've been a fan since 1974 in Tuscaloosa when Stevie and Lindsay
played Morgan Auditorium. For those of you that don't know, Tuscaloosa and Birmingham
Alabama provided the framework of fame in the early days. Stevie was the priestess
and songbird even then. I'm always particularly proud of the fact that the fans
in this area recognized the talent long before the rest of the world. Stevie would
come to Birmingham as a superstar and go back to LA and work as a waitress.
In the 27 years
that I have loved Stevie, I can honestly tell you her voice has never sounded
better. The set is a work of art balancing just the right mix of songs. Her energy
is bountiful, but her heart is open and her eyes are focused and the circle of
confusion has been removed. Thanks Stevie and all of the band for another magical
evening. I can't wait....until you are back on September 22 because I'll be there
rocking the night and celebrating with you!
Jan and Christie
from Bristow, VA)
Having recovered from our journey to Bristow and back, we were rested and ready
to "rock a little" at Chastain. There was no doubt in our minds that
Stevie was going to ROCK ATLANTA tonight!!!...and that she DID!!! We arrived at
Chastain around 6pm and as soon as we pulled into the parking lot, we could hear
the band rehearsing and Stevie "letting loose". We immediately jumped
out of the car and headed for the gate, in hopes of catching a glimpse of Stevie
and the band. With noses pressed against the wooden fence, peering through a hole
about the size of a silver dollar, there on stage was our Ms Nicks warming up
for tonight's event, wearing black stretch pants, a black loose fitting top, with
curlers in her hair...a priceless view and a picture book moment.
The gates opened
at 6:30pm and we settled into our first row seats that were to the right of the
stage. The temperature was 90+ degrees...very hot and humid!!!! We had a dozen
white roses and because of the heat they were beginning to wilt so we bought a
bottle of water and submerged the roses to hopefully keep their beauty. During
our wait, we noticed Lenny Castro and Al Ortiz, standing in the doorway that led
backstage, watching the crowd. We grabbed our Chastain programs which has an article
about Stevie and asked them for their autographs. We not only got their autographs
but we also got our picture taken with them...what a treat!!!
This was Jeffrey
Gaines last show with Stevie and she dedicated the entire show to him. After Jeffrey's
performance, we waited with great anticipation to hear the first chords of "Bootylicious",
knowing that Stevie would soon appear onstage. As soon as TISL started playing
and the band took the stage, the audience was on their feet and the magic of the
evening began. Stevie and the entire band embraced the Chastain audience and had
us cast under a spell with their powerful performance that lasted the entire evening.
Stevie's voice was in excellent shape and all the hoarseness from the Nissan show
was gone....she was back in full force!!!
She did alot of
dancing and twirling onstage and did the high kick at the end of Stand Back....a
definite crowd pleaser!!! While she held her audience mesmerized she truly seemed
happy and very pleased performing for the sold out crowd here at Chastain. She
mentioned that when she and her assistant were landing at the airport, she told
Karen "We are home" and then Stevie went on to explain that she had
spent 3 months living here two years ago and "knew where all the good shops
were"...so it definitely felt like home to her.
She did alot of
talking and joking thru out the night....for the band intro she said "I want
to introduce my band because without them I couldn't be up here by myself"
and she laughed, then proceeded with the introduction of each member. The chemistry
between everyone onstage was so apparent by their smiling faces...they were truly
enjoying their performance and the audience responded back with the same enthusiasm.
We noticed that tonight's props were different from what they were Saturday at
the Nissan concert...due to the size of the stage, the vine covered columns and
the arched backdrop were not used. Security was again "fan friendly"
so we snapped away with our cameras. They also let us know ahead of time that
we would be allowed to rush the stage during EO17....and when that time came we
planted ourselves directly in front of Stevie's mic and there we stayed til the
end of the show. We had our bouquet of roses and also a tambourine that had a
dark blue background with a white winged dove in flight....we had also attached
different color ribbons and 3 white roses. As Stevie started her famous walk across
the stage, she shook hands and the security guard accompanying her collected gifts
along the way. When she stopped in front of us, she first seemed surprised that
the tambourine was for her but then told us "give it to him" meaning
the security guard.
She shook both
of our hands then continued walking across the stage shaking hands and collecting
gifts. Knowing there were only two songs left before this most enchanting evening
came to an end, we remained standing at the stage and at one point Lenny and Al
smiled and waved to us. Stevie, wearing a black top hat with pink feathers and
her hair in a ponytail, ended the evening with the traditional HAEWAFY....with
tears in her eyes. Jeffrey Gaines and the rest of the band then joined her onstage,
Stevie thanked us for coming, and they all took a bow. As everyone was leaving
the stage, Stevie looked directly at us then waved one last time....and then she
was gone. On our way out, we saw Mindy standing in the same doorway as Lenny and
Al were earlier in the evening, and we were able to get her autograph. We then
noticed Chris Nicks standing in front of the merchandise booth, and we stopped
to speak to him. Chris said that Stevie was feeling much better and was ready
to continue with the rest of the tour...he also mentioned that Stevie would be
performing at Chastain again in September. As we left the venue, we knew we had
just witnessed a spectacular performance from Stevie and even though the show
had ended our "memories will remain....."
July 30 finally arrived! After continuously checking the web site and
listening to the radio stations to see if she was still sick and would have to
cancel, she appeared. About 10 minutes prior to the show a huge rain cloud came
up and then bolts of lightening came down. How appropriate-"THUNDER ONLY
HAPPENS WHEN ITS RAINING"Stevie must have put her magical spells on the heavens
because the clouds cleared, a cool breeze came up and the moon and the stars came
out. I loved how Trouble in Shangri-La began to play prior to her coming out-I
wish she would have played the whole song live. I was amazed on how well she sounded
after being sick with laryngitis. Gold Dust Woman , Rhiannon was unbelievable.
She had us at the beginning chords of the piano and guitar. I haven't seen her
twirl or dance as much in years and I have seen her and Fleetwood Mac everytime
they've hit Atlanta since Rumours! It was great hearing her talk about the songs
before she sang. You could really tell how pleased she is with this album as she
should be. She followed the same song list as you have listed on the site except
for Outside the Rain and the Cheryl Crow songs. You couldn't hear a pin drop as
she closed with "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You" I'm glad
she's back with such a full force. The only thing that I kept thinking as I was
leaving was tickets go on sale next Saturday for her return show at Chastain in
I'm so thrilled to have seen Stevie in such a beautiful place. The Chastain
Park Amphitheater is in the most beautiful neighborhood in Atlanta. There are
million dollar homes and trees surrounding everything, it just added to the to
the finesse of this wonderful artist. I can see why she added another date to
The stage was different
from the other shows. There was not so much emphasis on the new album. The backdrop
was flowing with different colors and there were two golden statues of a little
woman on both sides of the stage. The light show was tremendous, so many colors
and variations - very professional but that is what Stevie is all about. She sounded
great and looked beautiful as always. The only thing I missed was "Outside
the Rain" which was not played before "Dreams" which I found odd.
She did not try to hit the high notes on "Sorcerer" but it was still
beautiful. Sheryl was not there, but maybe she will return for the September show.
I was very excited to see Stevie in my hometown, even though I have
resided in Los Angeles for many years now. I was very pleased to see that her
fan base in the South was still very much alive and well!
She was looking
good, and the show was a nonstop, energy-filled ride. The humidity was deadly,
and it looked like some serious rain was about to hit us, but we survived....
It was a fantastic performance, and Stevie seemed very rested after her recent
illness. She said that when she and her assistant got off of the plane, they said
"We're home!"....She loves Atlanta and spoke of her 3 month stay a few
years ago. She spoke on many things----
Ms. Nicks was very
in touch and connected with her audience, as always. She is SO gracious and truly
appreciates her fans. The moon was almost full, and it was another special evening
that seemed to end too quickly. The one thing I was a bit disappointed in, however,
was the program.....Except for the very well deserved page dedicated to the Nicks
Fix, it was lacking. There were no still photos of Stevie. Not really anything,
a lot of amateur photos. And $65.00 for a sweatshirt? $20.00 for a coffee mug??
We work too hard to be treated that badly....I expected it to be expensive, and
I took a lot for my collection, but I was not happy about that part of things.
When it was all
said and done, I would not trade anything for how full my heart is when I hear
Stevie sing. She is an inspiration. My ticket to Shangri-La was a lovely trip.
I look forward to the next show I am seeing, in Santa Barbara.....
Stevie was wonderful!!! I'm just going to go down the list of songs
and tell as much as I can about each one... (the show was long but went by fast
and I was so excited, so these are not in order... I can't remember :(
Trouble in Shangri-La--
It was great. I especially loved how they played the opening chorus quite a few
times before Stevie actually came out on stage. It really built anticipation!
Love the song!
just a great tune..she rocked!
Dreams-- The crowd
really got into this one of course, and Carlos did an excellent job on lead..
u know...taking over Lindsey's part and all.. ;) She sang it so well, and the
chorus sounded full, and had lots of depth. The blend of vocals really reminded
me of the Rumours version...
Stop Draggin' My
Heart Around-- full of energy.. and I loved how Waddy took over vocals for a minute
there. It was great.
Gold Dust Woman--
It was really good...vocal blend, again, on the chorus reminded me of Rumours.
It was just so plush. The song was great.
Sorceror-- I love
this song..and she stayed away from the higher parts which was probably a good
thing. She introduced this song with something along the lines of "I wrote
this song back in 1974 when Lindsey and I were living together, and it was really
about that..In fact that's when I met Waddy..." This was good.
went wild with this one also. Though, I had no idea it was coming because Scott
Plunket did a really great and long intro...but then of course I heard the familiar
chords start. It was really exciting in the end...she doesn't do the screaming
anymore, but she gets into it anyway..it was wonderful.
Everyday-- A really
good song...and I love it when she plays air violin..it adds a touch to the show.
Stand Back-- It
was really rockin..another one everyone went wild for.
Planets of the
Universe-- She talked about this one for a few minutes...she wrote it in 1977
at the end of her break-up w/ Lindsey, and no one could believe she wrote a song
so harsh, but she explained that it was just out of anger, and went back and re-wrote
some of it to sort of tone it down a little. This song was really good... it sounded
exactly like the album version.
Fall From Grace--
This song rocked!! I love this song... one of my favorites. I especially loved
the forceful part "just to watch..you..walk..out..that..door!!" That
song was just so great.
Edge of Seventeen--
Of course this one was good. Lenny and Mark really rocked on drums, and then Waddy
definately stole the spotlight to show off some hot guitar licks..the crowd loved
it. But after a while.. 10 min maybe, there came the rest of the band..and then
Stevie...in her trademark white cloak. She really rocked this song, and everyone
was so into it. In the interlude she slowly swept by the edge of the stage and
shook hands, and collected her flowers and gifts. She was amazing.
I Need to Know--
short but sweet... great song.
Has Anyone Ever
Written Anything For You-- she walked out with her feathered top-hat (beautiful
and exciting!!) and her cute little outfit and did a wonderful version of that.
Stevie was great
tonite in Atlanta..the show was sold out..packed house, and she's coming again!!
I hope to see her once again in September. The merchandise was great.. a little
on the expensive side, but a great selection. Bootylicious was played before she
came out which I thought was a cute little touch. The ride home was really great
when Atlanta's Z93 played tons of Stevie and Fleetwood Mac tunes as a tribute
to her. It was a beautiful night!! Stevie sang and performed better than ever!!
Chastain Park is an outdoor venue designed for the Atlanta Symphony
Orchestra. It has a gentle slope with wide aisles between the rows of seats so
that people can bring small tables and set up little ornate meals and sip wine
while enjoying the show. As this was a rock concert instead of a formal, classical
event, there were not a lot of little private dinners, but there was a lot of
mini-bars set up! Through a completely random and lucky series of events, we were
able to get front row, center, just to the right of the main aisle, seats 1-4.
As we walked closer and closer to the stage, we were completely awstruck at our
luck in scoring these tickets (Thank you so much, Carmen! I owe you BIG TIME!)!!!
And when you are that close, you realized that Stevie is this package of dynamite
in this little, tiny, beatuiful woman. She came out on stage and we all looked
at eachother in amazement -- she's this little pipsqueak of a girl, which just
endears her to us even more!
We got to the show
after Jeffrey Gaines opened. We had been watching a thunderstorm try to take hold,
but nothing more happened than several rumbles of thunder and a brisk breeze.
It all subsided by the time Bootylicious started playing through the sound system.
While it was a hot, sticky Georgia night, it didn't effect Stevie like it did
when she was here for the Enchanted tour. She didn't sweat, she glistened! She
told us that she was in Atlanta for three months while making this record, "which
is a long time to be in a city, and when we arrived today, it was like, we are
home!" The crowd went wild and welcomed her back "home". The show
went off without a hitch. I know everyone reading the website is anxious to know
how she sounded due to the recent bout of laryngitis, but have no fear. Stevie
sounded great, altho' I think I could tell when she was testing her voice, and
would back off when she felt she shouldn't push it. This sure wasn't negative
and did not detract from her powerful delivery! I also think that the platform
Reeboks allow her more mobililty, as she was quite sure footed and danced about
quite a bit.
Speaking of dancing,
how does Sharon remain standing and dancing in those pencil thin stilletto heels?
She must have an amazing sense of balance! The wonderful guitar intro to Bombay
Sapphires was a surprise and was out of this world! In this song, she dropped
the chorus between "the call of the wild" and "it's like purple
haze". Not a mistake, it was planned, and it sure did not detract in the
least from the song. All the songs were done wonderfully, and you can tell that
she was sure having a good time performing. Watch for her eyes to light up when
she really gets rocking, especially during Stand Back, Fall From Grace and I Need
To Know. Stevie speaks quite a bit between song, and she's really funny, altho'
I don't think she means to be -- it just comes out! We all laughed good humoredly,
and she took it all in stride, laughing at herself along with us! Like when she
introduced the band, she said "it's all about them, because, you know, without
them, it's be just me up here by myself..." and she did a little dance, realized
what she'd said and started laughing! She's just too cute for words!
What an interesting
bunch of people that rushed the stage at the intro of Edge Of Seventeen! When
Lenny started on the bongos, I told my friend to stand and get up to the edge
of the stage, or we'd get trampled. The crowd was very polite with the shoving
and singing along. At the end of the song, when she came across the front of the
stage to greet and thank everyone, she took both my hands, I said "God bless
you", she smiled sweetly, and moved on. Ah! What a moment!!! "OHMIGOD!
Now THAT'S a hat!" She came out to do HAEWAFY, and the crowd lost it! Tears,
shouts of joy, mayhem at the foot of the stage! Truly a religious experience for
many of us there! And then she was gone and it was over... We sat for a while
to allow the crowd to dissapate and to come down off the high of being so close
and caught up in the magic. Even today, I'm still numb.
Stevie's Trouble in Shangri-La concert was absolutely amazing. I am
sure you have read the other reviews. But I will just tell you there is nothing
better than seeing Stevie live and in person. This was my first time seeing her
perform, and I hope not my last. She was and is an incredible performer. She captivates
you and frees your emotions. She brought tears of joy several times throughout
the concert. She is simply the best! I only wish I could see her again.