Trouble in Shangri-la
10/9/01 Universal Amphitheatre Universal City, CA
page last updated
October 13, 2001
posted at the top.
I'm a huge, huge Stevie's fan for years, this was the very first time I saw her
live. I used to live abroad (Brazil) and she's never been there (as far as I know).
I'm totally amazed! I mean, I know she's good, but she proved she's much more
than what I could have ever imagined she is. She's gifted (which I already knew)
and is surrounded by terrific musicians and backup singers/friends. I'm still
in awe. She's not only a great professional, she's humble and recognize the importance
and love to/from her fans. I love her even more now. An eye for an eye....
I was a little
bit sad when I went to the concert yesterday night (10/09/01) because of all the
tragic events going on, but I completely forgot about the world (sorry). It was
a therapy. Everybody was in such a good mood after the concert. We could feel
the positive energy from and to the stage. I hope some of this energy can be spreaded
to the whole world...
The adrenalin was
high when they started playing Bootylicious 'cause everybody knew she was coming....
Lights off, sound, Trouble in Shangri-la and, voila. Here comes Stevie. the audience
was hysterical. I confess I was paralised by the power of her voice. Gosh, I had
no idea how powerful she is. Waddy sang Tom's part in Stop Draggin' My Heart Around.
Then she played one of my favorites: Enchanted. I absolutely agree with the title,
I was spellbound. Then Dreams and, oh my God, Gold Dust Woman! I still can't believe
I saw her singing Gold Dust Woman! Everybody in the world should be able to see
that to understand what Art means. It's astonishing, fabulous, fantastic!
Sheryl Crow joined
her to duet on Sorcerer. I must say that I became a huge Sheryl's fan after I
saw her singing Strong Enough with Stevie on Storytellers. Yesterday I saw her
appreciation, respect and admiration for Stevie. We can breath their friendship
through the way they look at each other on stage. It's impossible to describe
that beautiful light they originate when singing together. Sheryl came in and
out to perform My Favorite Mistake, Everyday Is a Winding Road (Stevie on backup),
Too Far From Texas (I loved this version against Natalie Maines voice - but I'm
totally biased), and Fall from Grace (that kick ass song!).
I stop singing
on Rhiannon and Stand Back just to hear and take a look at the whole packed Universal
Amphitheater screaming those wonderful lyrics as loud as they could. That was
quite a moment. Then the surprise of the night. Stevie started singing Leather
and Lace and I thought Waddy would duet with Stevie again. To my and everybody
else surprise, there he came. The coolest guy on earth: Mr. Don Henley with his
coat and unbelievable charm. What a treat! The audience went nuts. Before playing
Edge of Seventeen, Lenny Castro and Mark Schulman showed a little bit of their
talent, I had to pull my jaw back from my feet.... Well, it was almost time to
go.... While Stevie was shaking hands and talking to her fans, Sheryl had a blast
"helping" Lenny. That was great too.
On the encore,
Stevie and Sheryl came back arm in arm, just like two dear old friends from high
school. That was cute. They dueted on I Need to Know. The final song was Has Anyone
Ever Written Anything For You . It was just like a prayer, everybody in silence,
hearing that beautiful, beautiful voice. I'm pretty sure we all know the lyrics,
but we just listened to it. Silence. Magic. Amazement. Stevie is awesome! She
has a mission in life and she knows it. She brings hope. She makes us feel confortable,
safe, happy. In this "darkest hour," she made us levitate and almos
blinded us with her bright talent. What a night!
What a truly enchanting evening we experience tonight at Stevie Nicks' last road
trip concert at the Universal Amphitheatre! The moment she stepped on the stage
the entire audience stood up and cheered and danced for the next 2 hours. Stevie
looked beautiful and relaxed. She was very caring and shared her road trip experiences
with us. Her band was excellent along with her back up singers, Sharon Celani
and Mindy Stein. Her first very special guest was Sheryl Crow who spent a lot
of time on stage singing songs with Stevie plus a few of her own. You could just
feel the energy coming from everyone in the band pouring out toward the audience.
It felt like a party and that it could have gone on for a long, long time!
Let me tell you
that Stevie rocked the house with her opening song "Stop Draggin My Heart
Around," "Enchanted," "Stand Back," "Fall From Grace,"
"Edge of Seventeen," and many other favorites. As the energy increased
from one song to the next Stevie began to sing "Leather and Lace"(a
nice surprise) and Don Henley shocked and surprised all of us as he came out on
stage and sang with Stevie!! It was fun to hear them sing together and to witness
the chemistry between them. It was very special moment.
I've been a fan
of Stevie Nicks' music for over 20 years and am so glad that I finally got this
opportunity to see her. Thank you Stevie for staying the course on your difficult
road trip. Your music soothes my soul, and it makes me feel special. I look forward
to your next concert. God Bless you.
I saw both last night's show and tonight's. Amazing! The energy in the
house last night was outrageous. I have not felt as much energy and enthusiasm
from a crowd in a very long time. What a concept, no? Stevie was amazing... said
both nights how she wanted to kiss the ground here in Los Angeles she was so happy
to be home. If everything has a reason, and I believe it does, then I know why
Stevie cancelled before... because she had to come here for the last show. Los
Angeles is Stevie Nicks country! Slice it however you will, but she said things
tonight that I know she hasn't anywhere else.
At the end of the
show she remarked about having been in both Manhattan & DC, about having been
escorted through the air... about not wanting to go on. I used to think Stevie
Nicks could change the world, I really did. Now, I see a world I'm not sure wants
to change, that feels justification in the very archaic notion that an eye for
an eye is okay. A world where a man who was believed to be, by so many, an imbecile
only months ago has suddenly become everyone's hero only because who he wore the
title "President" when a heinous act was committed. Chilling. Truly.
Sorry, friends, I still think the emperor is naked. I guess I am back to square
I think maybe Stevie
can change the world. Her sincerity, her honesty, her beauty... a breathe of fresh
air in this world of anger. Her spirit is unwavering, has an effect on people
they really cannot explain. Bless her heart... I am so honored to be in her audience.
Apparently, so were a lot of other people. The shows last night and tonight were
proof of that. Sheryl Crow brought an awesome power onto the stage, she is amazing--
and looks soooo beautiful on stage! Don Henley was nice, a true surprise. Of course,
I silently prayed for a visit from Lindsey, though it never came to pass. Stevie
Nicks is real. She is genuine and I think that's not so easy to find these days.
She comes from the human experience and reflects it... that's her power, her poetry
and her "legend," if you will. She affects us and that affect spreads
and moves outward... we carry it on. Yes, I think maybe it could save the world.
"I see myself remaining, when all of you are gone." I see that affect
remaining when all of this other nonsense is gone, I think it will prevail.
I missed "Planets
of the Universe" from the show-- such an awesome song. Also, I do not like
the solos... ugh. The piano before Rhiannon seemed to wander and the drum bit
before "Edge of Seventeen," way too long. I know Stevie is back primping,
resting... but give us more Sheryl, I'd even rather hear "Bootylicious"
again. I would also like to be the one to introduce Waddy Wachtel to a concept
known as "subtlety." I just feel the arrangements often took away from
the mood and energy and were a bit plodding, heavy... too circa 1983/Quiet Riot
for me. There, I said it. All that aside, I love Stevie Nicks... I will never
not go and see her when she is in town and I will never let this feeling inside
of me, that I brought home last night and tonight go away. Nothing else matters.
And just maybe, if I-- if WE, all keep that alive, we c a n change the world.
I'm kinda counting on it. Thank you, Stevie Nicks! Sweet, sweet woman... thank
you. You've done it for me, you've done it for the world... Legend, priestess
i.m her number one fan i like all the song that she did my favorite
are stand back everyday gold dust woman sorcorer i was hoping that she do planets
of the universe i got me a tourbook teddy bears and a t-shirt stevie nicks rules
i enjoy myself for two hours i can.t wait to see her again
The night was in one word "Enchanting". Stevie held me captive
in her magic the entire evening. Stevie proved to be everything I thought she
was and a lot more. The night was like a wonderous dream, one that I wished I
had never woken from. Stevie will be forever placed in a part of my heart and
a sole source of my artistic insperation. Thank you so much Stevie for just being
I just attended the last concert of Stevie's Tour and the only thing
I can say is Oh My God! That was the best show I have ever seen. Stevie was BEAUTIFUL,
Sheryl was superb and we had a special appearance by Don Henley (what a treat)
A special thank you to Stevie for all she has written that has touched my life
in so many ways. Mahalo.
The bruise on my left hand from clapping tells it all! I was pacing
back and forth waiting for my partner get home from work. L.A. traffic was luckily
on our side tonight for the drives home from work. I wish I could have said the
same for the trip to Universal. Luckily, we got there in time to have some sushi
and a couple of glasses of wine to calm my nerves.
We started heading
to the Amphitheater and my heart was starting to race with excitement! For the
first time in almost 13 years I was going to see Stevie Nicks. This was my lovers'
first time ever! He puts up with A LOT with my Stevie Nicks/Supremes worship!
The security and metal detectors were a reminder of the strange new world we live.
It also reminded us of what were going to forget about for a while with Stevie.
The stage was framed
with two huge American flags. It was amazing to see the crowd stand at attention
and sing the national anthem with such pride and love. California opened the show,
but I was getting the jitters and we excused ourselves to the bar. We met two
more couples that were made up of one Stevie groupie and one loyal companion along
for the ride.
We return to our
seats and the place was filling up and getting pumped up and ready for Stevie.
I was thrilled to see so many people decked out in their best Stevie-ware. The
ladies behind us were wonderful and my partner pre-warned them to expect nothing
up complete raw energy from me when Stevie hit the stage. It all started when
"Bootylishious" came on. I was up and it was ON! "You're not kiddin?"
they remarked. When the lights came and down and Stevie hit the stage the place
was on their feet. She sang, she twirled, she gave it she all! I have seen her
8 times in the past 22 years and she has never been better. What has impressed
me the most is her communication with the audience. No longer just the "Hello
(insert city name here)!" She talks to us like we are old dear friends. In
a way we all are.
Since this was
the first major concert that I have been to since moving from San Francisco to
Los Angeles, it was thrilling to hear Stevie speak lovingly about my new hometown.
"It was so hard for us to leave New York and DC. We even had an F-16 escort
in DC. I can't tell you how wonderful it was to set foot back home in Los Angeles."
We Angelinos were happy to have her home, too.
Like the previous
night, Don Henley graced the stage for "Leather and Lace". Stevie was
just glowing sharing the stage with Don. She stood behind him and lovingly hugged
him as he sang his part. Their voices blended in beautiful harmony. Also we were
blessed with the wonderful Sheryl Crow. Sheryl and Stevie tore the stage up with
"Sorcerer" which is becoming my one of my favorites.
The rest of the
evening is like a wonderful dream that you never want to end. "Stand Back"
is still one of the highlights as is "Edge Of Seventeen". But like all
good things, the night came to a close. As with all the other shows, Stevie opens
her heart once more and closed the show and the tour with "Has Anyone Ever
Written Anything For You". You can feel the love coming from performer to
audience and back. One more thunderous ovation and it was over.
As we filled out
of the Amphitheater into the clear starry Los Angeles night, we all walked towards
our cars and back to our own lives, but not without an encore of our own. Some
of the people started cheering and I got a few people to start singing. As we
walk out of each other's lives, we started singing "I hear the call of the
night bird! I still hear the call of the night bird!" Other people joined
in and we walked through Universal City Walk singing our hearts out. A few of
the women I was singing with hugged my lover and me good-by. Total strangers,
but a family in a way.
It was a magical
night. Thank you, Stevie. I'll never forget this night. I'll never forget you.
I love you.
After missing out on seeing Stevie Nicks perform during Fleetwood Mac's
"The Dance" tour and her own "Enchanted" tour, and then having
to wait a month's postponemnet due to illness, I finally got to see Stevie perform
live on her last "Trouble in Shangri-La" concert date. Where can I begin
to describe how incredible her last concert performance was? All I can say is,
"Awesome, Awesome, AWESOME!!!!"
The moment see
stepped out on stage, she just took control. She had so much energy, and her voice-that
voice-was in top form. There were moments were I couldn't believe she was actually
attending her concert. Her duet with Waddy on "Stop Dragging My Heart Around"
was great, followed by her "dancing the tambourine" on "Enchanted".
She sang so gorgeously on "Dreams", my favorite song of all time. A
knockout performance was "Gold Dust Woman", in which she let loose as
she sang the "go home" part of the song and then went into her trademark
'growl'; the audience went wild at that point.
Next, came "Sorceror"
with Sheryl Crow, which was beautifully done. Stevie's singing of this song was
so much better and stronger than when she sang it a month earlier on the "Tonight
Show", the day before she had to postpone her L.A. concert dates due to her
illness. I could go on and on about how incredible the performance was of each
song. The piano intro into "Rhiannon" was beautiful as well as her singing
on "Everday". "Stand Back" was awesome. Yes, she can kick
that high as I had heard beforehand, even at one point Sheryl tied to imitate
Stevie's kick. What a treat to see Sheryl perform two of her own songs and join
Stevie in singing "Too Far From Texas" and "Fall from Grace".
What a pleasant surprise to see Don Henley join Stevie in singing "Leather
and Lace". Again, "Edge of Seventeen" was awesome, especially as
she let out her trademark 'growl'in the middle of the song. I really liked her
singing of "I Need to Know"; after two hours of singing she still had
a lot of enery in performing this song.
Her singing of
"Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You" was mesmerizing. I was disappointed
though that she didn't sing "Bombay Sapphires" and especially "Planets
of the Universe" which I was so looking forward to seeing her perform. Since
"Planets" is a song written about her breakup with Lindsey, maybe she
will include "Planets"`on the song set for the upcoming Fleetwood Mac
tour. Can you imagine how she would sing this song as Lindsey plays guitar; it
would be a repeat of her "Silver Springs" performance in "The Dance"
video. All in all, this was the best concert I have ever attended. STEVIE NICKS
It finally happened, I finally met Stevie Nicks last night backstage.
The Universe really worked a miracle for me which I wasn't expecting. I don't
know how to begin this story but I'll do the best that I can.
It began with
my boyfriend surprising me with a backstage pass before the show started. We went
back stage, and well, in L.A., there are a lot of people with the same backstage
passes. Pretty much it entitles the bearer to free food and drinks, but that's
about it. It was nice and I was pleased as I was able to introduce myself to Mick
Fleetwood before the show. Also back stage were John McVie and a few celebrities.
I also happened to run into an acquaintance from a restaurant I used to work in
(she was one of my great Customers for a couple of years). Let me just say that
she's a beautiful person who has known Stevie for many years, and to make a great
and long story short, after the concert, she brought me beyond back stage, to
the VIP waiting room. Now, I have been a fan of Stevie's ever since hearing "Gold"
on the radio when I was just a little boy (about 9 years old). For many years
I have followed the numerous Stevie tours, seeing my first one in 1981 (Bella
Donna). I credit Stevie's song, "Think About It", with saving my life
when I was a distraught teenager (Being gay in the 1980s in small town America
can be scary!). For many years it has been a dream of mine to meet Stevie and
Thank her for saving my life.
So, back to the
VIP room, just outside of Stevie's dressing room, here I stood with my friend
waiting for Stevie to come out. To recollect my memory this morning is somewhat
like trying to remember a dream. It was very dream like and before I knew it,
I was being introduced to Stevie Nicks. I told Stevie "Thank You for saving
my life", and let me tell you, she was incredibly gracious and as wonderful
as I'd ever imagined. She talked with us for a little while about her experience
in New York on Sept. 11, and also about the night's concert. It was amazing to
listen to her, and to see that she's a real person, with real feelings, just like
you and me. There you have it, a dream which came true. The lesson for me in this
is the realization that for this dream of mine to have finally come true, then
all of my other dreams can also come true, and that they will. Thank You for listening
to my story.
Finally, 26 years after I learned the song "Dreams" on a 1970s
vintage electric Hohner piano, I was able to actually shake the composer's hand.
What an absolutely stellar, time-stopping moment even more thrilling than her
passionate duet with old love Don Henley. Superlatives aside Ms. Nicks and company
ROCK!!! Stevie brought the "bright light" back into our lives and together
we celebrated the freedom to "Rock-A-Little". "Stevie your awesome!"
an excited fan screamed during the closing notes of the show. I second that emotion.
I saw the last night of the tour, October 10th at the Universal Ampitheater,
and I want to thank the Nicks Fix. When the tour was first announced I thought,
"I'm broke, I can't afford to go ... so I'll just have to win tickets."
And I did, thanks to the link provided on the Nicks Fix to the Bob Schneider web
page (he was scheduled to open for her in August, but of course the concert was
postponed and a group called "California" opened last night). The tickets
I won were in Loge 18, row P.
When I walked into
Universal Citywalk the first person I saw was someone I knew and he was selling
tickets. I asked him if he could upgrade my tickets. He wasn't able to, but it
put a seed in my mind (I hadn't thought about it before that) so I went up to
the ticket window and was able to upgrade to second row -- on the far left side
(so I couldn't see the drummer), but great seats. Stevie came up close to us during
"Enchanted" and then again at the end of "Edge of Seventeen"
(wearing high-heel boots). So, since the original tickets were free, I basically
got two 2nd row seats for $100 total. What great luck that, after the concert
was postponed, it was then rescheduled for closing night. I won the tickets on
my birthday. I felt like God was rewarding me.
I've been a huge
Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks fan since 1976. I saw Stevie's Bella Donna Tour, saw
her twice at the Greek Theater, and at a special concert at the famous Whisky
on Sunset. I didn't see Fleetwood Mac until their very last concert with Lindsey
(around 1990) when I had 7th row seats at the L.A. Forum. I also saw them in Las
Vegas (with Vito and Burnette). I thought this was the best Stevie Nicks concert
since the Bella Donna Tour. Stevie had a lot of energy and looked very happy.
She had a lot of fun interacting and making eye contact with the different members
of the band. I was surprised at how high and young her voice sounded -- the best
her voice has sounded since "Rock a Little". I knew Sheryl Crow was
going to be there, but Don Henley was a treat. Stevie hugged him from behind as
he sang his part in "Leather and Lace". I wanted to share that when
Stevie went to introduce the band, she thanked them for getting her through this
last month, and she almost started to cry. From the second row I could see her
waving her hands down (like, "Don't cry, don't cry), and then she turned
her back to the audience and was slapping her face (like you would splash your
face with cold water). It's like she knew if she started crying she wouldn't be
able to stop. She did regain her composure and went on. It was a great concert
(we stood and danced the entire time) and we had a great time. Thanks, Stevie,
and thanks, Nicks Fix.
It has taken me 2 days to write this and I direct it at Stevie, although
I hope it gets on the website so the fans can read it as well. HERE IT IS-
Dear Stevie: First
of all, thank you so much for proving once again, as always, you are the queen
of Rock and Roll, forever. The show was mesmerizing!! I am a believer in fate
and am glad this show was postponed so that I was able to see the final show of
the tour, how special that was to us all as I know it was for you. Stevie, you
have broken through a veil that no other performer or artist ever could. We don't
just go to a concert to see you, we close our eyes and sing every song at the
top of our lungs along with you, traveling through Timespace to when those songs
became apart of our lives as you have become apart of our lives. Listen to the
words of your mother, when she says that your gift gives comfort to us. AS IT
DOES!! For a moment out of! time we travel to the Other Side of the Mirror to
meet you to forget the horrors that are happening, we dance like Gypsies and run
with our Wild Hearts! There is Trouble in Shangri-La, but when we listen and visit
with our old friends Rhiannon and Sara, they soothe our minds and our souls. Stevie,
I hope this tour has proven to you that we are still here, waiting for every new
song, for every new melody to take us into your world for a short time for whatever
reason, to alleve our pain, remember lost loves, revisit old memories or to share
yours, old or new. We await (and I hope it is not a Rumour , but true about a
new Mac album) another "link in the chain". You have followed me down
until the sound of your voice haunts me, and through every trial and tribulation,
as always "I will run to you". -Your "Sister of the Moon"