Trouble in Shangri-la
10/9/01 Universal Amphitheatre Universal City, CA
page last updated
October 12, 2001
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I saw Stevie last night at the Universal Amphitheatre. God, she was
incredible! She sounds even better in person! She was so gracious and lovely on
stage and so very appreciative of her fans. Her rendition of "Gold Dust Woman"
was a tour-de-force! It was invigorating; I could feel the energy pulsing throughout
the whole theatre. She ended the concert with "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything
for You" and sang with such strength and clarity and profundity that I wept.
It was uncontrollable; tears were just streaming down my face. I am 23 years old
and this was my first Stevie Nicks concert. She means so much to me. I will never
forget that night!
One more thing
I would like to add regarding Stevie'e concert last night at the Universal Amphitheatre.
Her stage presence was astounding! She had a very Judy Garland-esque, electrifying
quality - fierce and vulnerable at the same time.
There is nothing that I can write that hasn't been written before. My
words will flat compared to the amazing energy, emotion and joy that Stevie,
her band, Sheryl Crow and Don Henley brought to the stage last night. I'm
lucky to have been there, and to have shared such an awesome experience. It
was well worth the wait. Thank you.
Sweet and authentic, lovely and charismatic, and she rocked out; as
usual. Stevie was no less than her stellar Goddess self this evening. What an
honor to be able to get to see a legend in my lifetime, and on many occasions.
I am continuously blessed and enchanted by the Queen. Tonight was right on.
Her band, I must
say, is tighter than ever. Sheryl Crow accompanied, but we the fans really were
just digging Stevie. Don Henley made a surprise appearance for "Leather and
Lace". Every song was just perfect. "Trouble in Shangri-La" opened
the scene, but was not performed, as I would have wished--I believe it is the
true genius song on the album...as is "I Miss You" which also was not
performed. Oh Well. I wish that Stevie's concerts lasted 4 hours instead of 2.
Or 6 even! My heart has been touched, once again.
Ethereal ~ like royalty she remains always our Queen. The set is beautiful,
the sounds are perfect, the Love is palpable, and Stevie is magic! The signature
purple, the floating, gliding dance of the "ghost of a woman" that we
love, and the VOICE ~~ that wonderful, healing, comforting, unforgettable VOICE
that carries so much soul, so much joy and pain. My daughter (26) and I (55) can
scarcely believe that we are a part of this exciting conglomerate of fans ranging
from under 15 to over 60 ~ women, men, gay, straight, black, white ~ all of us
deeply enthralled and in love with the sound, the sight, the feel, the other-worldly
enchantment that is Stevie.
The duets with Sheryl Crow, and especially Don Henley, were superbly performed,
and added to an already surreal evening for us. Waddy Wachtel is unbelievably
powerful with his guitar. The vocals, guitar, percussion and keyboarding talents
of the band were right-on, and the drum duet was especially impressive. Fantastic
Shortly after the
horrendous attacks on our country, It struck me that it must not be lost on Stevie
and all how prophetic the name is for the tour ~ "Trouble In Shangri-La".
As we fans would expect, Stevie and the troupe are doing their best to heal and
comfort all they can.
We thank you, Stevie
and all, for a enchanted experience. I know I will hold last night in memory as
one of the most unforgettable moments my daughter and I have spent together. The
Queen reigns ~ and we, her appreciative subjects, stand in awe and admiration
for her talent and her heart.
Our show was one of the rescheduled shows, and let me say it was worth
the wait! I had said since the beginning, I'd rather Stevie reschedule if she
wasn't feeling good, as I'd want her to be in good spirits, and she really was
The song set was the revised set with Sheryl's contributions included, so I won't
go into that. We did however have one change added, a very special suprise by
Stevie doing Leather and Lace, and Don Henley came out right on cue for his part
in the duet, with no notice to the audience, so the place went wild! I got the
While Don sang
his verse, Stevie hugged him from behind teary eyed, and in the final chorus,
he pulled the mike off the stand, and sang "Lovers forever, face to face"
right to her in her face, it was breathtaking. I have seen every tour with/out
F.M., and have never seen them do this live, for me that was a highlight. We did
have Sheryl join us for our evening which was a highlight, as I've never seen
her either, so it was a great way too. One fan right after "Has Anyone Ever
Written Anything For You" jumped onto the stage, and was pulled off in a
I don't think Stevie
even knew or saw it, as it happened so fast, and she was bowing at the time. I
couldn't believe someone would do that after all that has been happening in the
world today, that was my disappointment about it, and the only flaw I think about
the show was Stevie didn't do "Planets Of The Universe", which I was
so hoping to hear.
She did wear her boots though for the encore songs, and the crowd was fully into
it for a sold out show! I don't think anyone sat down all nite!
I loved the stage
decor, and having Waddy back in the band, and after "Stop Draggin" Stevie
told us, she thought she'd never make it back to L.A., and that she could kiss
the ground she was so happy to be back home. We were happy she made it home safely,
and in good spirits! I commend you Stevie on a wonderful, and unforgetable show!!
I Love you with all my Wild Heart~~
Greetings Everyone! After many months of anticipation, the postponement
of the original show - last evening, the long-awaited evening finally arrived!
This was one of the last two shows of her Trouble In Shangri-La tour held at the
Universal Amp. The evening air held a crispness to it.. the sky was clear and
the stars shone brightly! The perfect setting for the evening's events yet to
unfold Finally, the gates opened as we found our way inside.
While walking in
through the gates, at a distance, noticed a rather tall gal wearing what appeared
to be one of Bears beautiful creations. The white flowing 'Rhiannon' outfit, complete
with white hi-top crinkle boots. As I became closer to her, it became quite evident
in that she was not a 'she'.. It was dude! Oh well.. he looked great though..
complete with beautiful long blonde hair! Once inside, I quickly made my purchases
(the black tee shirt with Stevie pictured on the front in her black dress, and
the dragon and cities on the tour on the back, as well as the tour book), then
found my way to the seats. Orchestra Pit, Row EEE ~ 5 rows back from the stage,
9 seats in!!! Once situated in my seat, I became breathless with the thought/realization
of how close I would be to Stevie in a mere few hours' time!!!
The opening band
was a group called California.. they were fantastic! They do have potential and
that of great promise for a successful future! I did feel badly for them, as with
was to have been the opening strum of the guitar, was silence! The amp was not
plugged in properly! oopps! Was that was rectified, they continued on with the
remainder of their show. They, do however need to brush up on their stage appearance
The drummer, I noticed was quite pleased to be there, as he was constantly smiling
throughout their entire act. They rocked!
Then, after a short
intermission, before we knew it - the lights dimmed the music came up.. then louder..
stronger.. finally.. Stevie made her grand appearance! Oh my!! She was radiantly
beautiful as ever! Her smile gleamed with happiness.. she spoke quite often, stating
that she was very - very thankful to be back home after the events that happened
on the 11th. The mood turned solemn for but a moment ~ Then, the music began,
the lights flashed brightly - then her beautiful voice filled the Amphitheatre!
Her voice was strong..
captivating.. her face glowed with warmth, happiness and an abundance of beauty
(my wish is to have half of her grace and beauty when I reach that age) She was
very trim as well. It was quite evident that she was extremely happy, pleased
with each song sung. Her music, the band was loud. intense.. I felt it pound within
my chest! Stevie pretty much stayed with the set-list - however, not in the order
as previously listed. During the middle of her show, Don Henley made a special
guest appearance.. the crowd went wild! Stevie appeared equally pleased to be
there with him! Stevie held and hugged him, then stepped apart to sing to one
another. Don gazed into Stevie's eyes, as she, into his.. their gaze frozen/transfixed
for but a moment - neither singing a word, yet through the intensity, you were
able to feel/hear the emotion! Waddy had a great guitar solo was well.
many posts/reviews in that I have read, I do not recall any prior mention. I felt
that this was fantastic! Throughout the entire show we (those in the Pit) danced,
rocked, sang and clapped throughout much of the evening, while sitting through
only a few songs. However, I did notice that whenever one of the newer songs was
played many sat through those songs as if they were not familiar with them!!??
Hearing Gold Dust Woman played live, was the highlight for meI stood clinging
to each every last note/echoing wordIt was excellent! It spoke to me, as it normally
does. Her voice sounded like that of a songbird through Rhiannon.. Dreams was
beautiful everything!.. (well.. most everything.. sorry however.. I do not care
much for Sheryl's songs.. although.. I did like "I Need To Know") And,
of course, Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You was beautifully heart-wrenching
as ever absolutely beautiful
Then, within a
blink of an eye the magick of the evening had come to a close How I wanted this
evening to continue on and on This is an evening that I shall remember for all
eternity! For those, for whatever the reasons that you were unable to attend this
tour, I do feel for you.. however.. worry not.. for next year is just around the
corner!! I personally would like to extend my thanks to Stevie, for her strength..
her perseveranceher ability to ride through those many storms throughout the years..
rising above. It has been through You, Your music, and Your lyrics that have been
my inspiration throughout my life, the past the today the tomorrow the future.
Thank you Stevie Thank you.
The perfect closure
to this, an evening of perfection, err, morning, (2: a.m.) The crescent moon rising
high within the Northern skies, accompanied by Jupiter with its moons chasing
not far behind. Towards the Northeastern skies, Orion made his grand entrance
into the early morning sky, complete with the Nebula! This evening/memory will
remain with me forever! ... black moons in those eyes of hers made more sense
to me... she was dark at the top of the stairs and she called to me... Sisters
Of The Moon Walk In Light...
I just got back to San Francisco from LA and can't believe that 1)I
got a front row seat on the night of the show! 2) I got right to the stage with
my basket of gifts! 3) I held Stevie's hand while she smiled at me and looked
me in the eyes!. It was an incredible night right from the beginning. I got my
ticket, went inside and waited for the queen of rock and roll to show us the way
home once again and she did not disapoint anyone. The show was great from begining
to end and when Don Henley came out everyone went crazy. I am glad that even though
I didn't get to meet her like originally planned that at least I got to see her
up close and personal. She's so cute up close I wanted to reach up and give her
a little pinch on her cheek but I'm sure she wouldn't have appreciated that! It's
been a long strange trip since June and at least I still have an autographed picture
and lyric book coming from the contest I won so the party's not quite over yet.
I'm sure everyone there had a good time, I know I sure did!
Stevie just gets better every concert! The entire concert from opening
"Stop Draggin..." to the closing "Has Anyone Ever..." was
amazing! Sheryl Crow & Stevie sound great singing together. Gold Dust Woman
was incredible! Again, Scott Plunkett did an awesome job on keyboard! I'm still
waiting for his Band Member Spotlight on The Nicks Fix. :)
My first Stevie concert was almost exactly 2 years ago. It was the Bella
Donna Tour. Stevie was just beginning her solo career, and this was the concert
by which I would judge all others by for the next 2 years. The Trouble in Shangri-La
concert at Universal Amphitheater on October 9th, 21 has taken it's place. Without
a doubt, this was THE best concert I have ever seen!!! She brought Sheryl Crow
out for Sorcerer, Gold Dust Woman, and Fall from Grace. Sheryl also did a couple
of her own numbers. If you're not a Sheryl Crow fan, just go see her perform live.
You WILL BE! She has just an incredible stage presence, and an awesome voice!!!
Stevie pretty much
stuck to the regular concert set, although Planets of the Universe, Outside the
Rain, and (my personal favorite) Bombay Sapphires were left out. In their place,
Stevie had a surprise up her sleeve for us all. Somewhere in the middle of the
set, Leather and Lace started playing. It was just the keyboard player, and Stevie...very
simple...very beautiful. As she got to the middle of the first verse, out walks
Mr. Don Henley!!!!! We were fortunate enough to be close enough to SEE that it
was him. Se soon as he started to sing..."lovers forever...face to face..."
EVERYONE realized who it was, and the crowd went crazy!!!! I've been to many Stevie
concerts over the years, and the though times have changed, one very important
thing worth mentioning has not: Stevie Nicks fans are among the most caring, kind
wonderful, loving people in the world. We met so many nice people...and "I
will not forget this night. " - ever! Thank you for taking the world away
from us for one night, Stevie!
I attended the concert on 1/9/1 at the Universal Amphitheatre Universal
City CA. Stevie was wonderful! Sheryl Crow was okay. But what a suprise to see
and hear Don Henley! The opening band "California" was very dull. They
tried, but could not get the audiance to react. They screamed out "Does everyone
want to party?" Only to get silence. They yelled it again and got some boos.
Finally they just left the stage. When Stevie came out the crowd went wild! It
was sad seeing her have to use a breath inhaler. I hope she gets some well deserved
rest after this tour.
By chance that you might read this, I just wanted to say thank you for a truly
remembered night. I was at the Universal show both nights. On Tuesday, I was in
the pit, front row center seats 19 and 2 with my aunt who truly enjoyed herself.
The show was incredible. Stevie, you look more radiant than ever and your voice
never sounded better. When you started to sing leather and lace I never thought
Don Henley would be there. It was an incredible surprise. It was the first time
I have every seen you sing this great song. A moment I will never forget. The
hug you gave me during edge of seventeen when you greet your fans was an awesome
moment for me. I just wanted you to know that you have brought so much happiness
to my life. In times when I'm down putting on one of your cd's will always raise
my spirits. I am truly grateful for you continuing the tour after all that has
happened. I know it must have taken a lot of courage for you to perform each night
with all that's going on. Your fans need the escape that you can provide. Thanks
for your unselfish presence. I am so looking forward to seeing the Phoenix show.
Thank you so much for doing what you do.
"...There is magic all around you...If I do say so myself..."
It truely was a magical evening! From the moment that Stevie first stepped on
stage until she said good-bye after "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For
You" the crowd was on it's feet! What a treat to have Stevie take us away
into her mystical, magical world just when we need it the most. Her voice was
as strong as ever and the song set was great! Sheryl Crow just added to the magic.
But the biggest suprise was when Stevie started signing "Leather and Lace".
I said to myself what a treat, this isn't in the set listed on "Nicks Fix".
Then Don Henley walked out! The place went crazy! Thank you Stevie for the wonderful
gift of your music, your voice, but most of all you!
What a fantastic night at the Universal Amphitheater ! Her voice is
back, and she sang many more of the crowds' favorites than many musicians with
a new cd out will do. Not being a sheryl crow fan, I was happy that was kept to
two songs... but the shock of Don Henley singing Leather & Lace left me stunned
! I was a little disappointed that I seemed to be the only one around me who knew
the lyrics from the new cd.... now, how do I get tickets for tomorrow night's
show? Thank you so much, my dear sweet muse !
Tonight was my 24th Nicks' show. I noticed the energy at the venue was
even more strong than in recent years. The moment "Bootylicious" blasted
through the house speakers,and the lights dimmed,everyone went nuts..Finally the
song ended and the band started taking to the stage. A stripped down version of
the chorus of "Trouble in Shangri la" echoed as the band members took
position. "SHOW ME THE WAY BACK".....Everyone was screaming,clapping,yelling.
Finally Stevie took the stage and the whole place roared. Stevie opened her nearly
2 hour set with "Stop Draggin' my heart around",which was the first
single from,"Bella Donna",the album that launched her solo career in
Possessing a new
found stage presence she has embraced since her 1998 "Enchanted" tour,Stevie
Nicks talked openly and happily with her audience throughout the evening. Stevie
seems happy now. Content. And her very loyal audience responded with such love
and support the entire evening. Energetic,chatty, and in great vocal form,Ms Nicks
seemed to have more vibrant energy than she has shown on stage in years! Classics
like "Dreams","Stand Back",and "Edge of seventeen"
brought the house down,as usual. But even more importantly,her new songs received
great responses as well! Keeping the crowd on their feet and out of their chairs
through a beautiful version of "Everyday",the first hit from her new
album,the 53 year old rock legend seemed thrilled how well her new material was
received by the sold out crowd!
Crow joined Nicks onstage throughout the show. "Sorcerer",a duet with
Ms Crow was absolutely splendid,with crunchy guitar riffs and beautiful vocal
harmonies that made the song even better than the recorded version. But the show's
biggest highlight was "Fall from grace",the hardest rocking song on
"Shangri La",which Stevie delivered in a furious,focused performance.
Her strong vocals,fast twirls and animated stage presence made this song nearly
burn a hole through the stage! Proof that Nicks' new material is just as viable
and strong as her huge library of vintage hits.
A very nice surprise
came in the middle of the show,when Ex Eagle,Don Henley took the stage to sing,"Leather
and Lace",which again brought the entire house down! Stevie Nicks is now
a living legend. An American icon who's music has endured three decades,and reaches
a muti generational fan base of old and young fans.. Still as radiant and beautiful
as ever,only wiser,more confidant and never condescending,Nicks' voice was also
in great from! Stevie Nicks is at the top of her form as a singer/songwriter/performer.
Her new album,"Trouble in Shangri La" is enjoying great success on the
Billboard charts,becoming her best selling solo album,since 1986's "Rock
a little". And tonight,Nicks proved she still is inspired by her music and
her loyal fans,who are equally inspired in return. Stevie Nicks is still the Queen
of Rock and Roll.
What a GREAT GREAT show! I can tell you for 2 hours I was taken away
from all of life's worries, and put into a much better place. It was a high energy
show with great moments. Stevie looked, and sounded great. She was constantly
moving and dancing around having the best time. Sheryl and Stevie have great chemistry
together, and have so much fun. It was such a sock to get a surprise from Don
Henley! Loved seeing Leather and Lace again! There was some playful fire there
when he bowed down to her level to sing "face to face", and on her part
to playfully move her lace when she sang "take from me my lace"
I had seen the
Irvine show as well, and enjoyed it very much.....but she was clearly not feeling
up to par that night compared to now. Both shows were good ones, but last night
was truly why we all have such respect for this great artist.
I have seen Stevie
so many times I can not even try to count. I took someone who had never seen her,
and she was blown away by a great show.