Trouble in Shangri-la
Key Arena Seattle, WA
page last updated
September 5, 2001
posted at the top.
Last nights concert was incredible! Stevie looks and sounds better than
ever. I am 29 years old and was raised on her music. As I listened with my Husband,
Mom, Dad, Brother and Sister-in-law, I relived many childhood and adult memories.
Thank you for an incredible show, I could have listened all night!
a 900 mile flight from Southeast Alaska, my girlfriend and I settled into our
floor seats four rows from the stage at Key Arena last Sunday. We were ready for
Stevie Nicks to work her magic. People were finding their seats throughout Bob
Schneider's opening set and, although I thought he was okay, I sensed the crowd
counting the minutes till the High Priestess of Rock took the stage. The moment
arrived as Stevie sauntered out to the opening strains of "Stop Dragging
My Heart Around." Everyone in the arena was on their feet, fists pumping.
It was a good time to be in Seattle. "Dreams" took me back to the days
when Fleetwood Mac was piped into the high school cafeteria and "Rumours"
was the number one record on the planet for nine months. Stevie was never more
soulful, I thought, than during "Gold Dust Woman."
In between songs,
she was very friendly, very chatty, telling the story behind the songs. It was
then that I noticed the hoarseness that had been nagging her thru the TISL tour.
Stevie's band was very good and I thought they really shone, I really noticed
them, during "Rhiannon." Pirouetting from one end of the stage to the
other during "Stand Back," she whipped the crowd into a frenzy. It was
a night of highlights, and this was one of them. When the band, the backround,
and the lighting came together during "Planets of the Universe," it
had, I thought, a very big impact.
In the weeks leading
up to the show, I had read that the first three rows would be allowed to go up
to the stage during the encore, and that is exactly what happened. Before "Edge
of Seventeen" security cleared out the people in front of us and, wow, was
I bummed. Even though I knew what was coming, it still was a big letdown. So you
can imagine my stupefying suprise when staff started yelling "go...go...go.."
They didn't have to tell me twice. They cleared out rows four and five, and before
I knew it, I was front and center two feet from the stage. There was a speaker
on the floor that was about six feet tall and three feet wide and it was loud.
I was able to slip in front of it, standing just a few feet away from a living
legend. Stevie belted out a raucous version of "I Need to Know" and
then started at the left end of the stage greeting fans, shaking their hands.
As she made her way toward me, I reached up over the speaker and was thinking
"THIS...is going to happen!" She grabbed my hand and there I was looking
at one of the greatest singer-songwriters of my generation. It was a magical moment
during a magical event on a magical night.
As she made her
way down the stage, a guy behind me was laughing..hard..saying, "No one is
ever going to believe you!" Stevie left the stage and came back in a beautiful
outfit to sing a very emotional "HAEWAFY." The show was over and it
was hard to believe two hours had passed. We raced back to the Space Needle to
take the last monorail into the city. It was packed and there was a buzz in the
air. It was a very, very good time. Thank you Stevie!
Rockstar "Church Of Stevie" - That is the new name I have given the
Key Arena after Stevie's show last night. It was a house filled to the rim with
a High Priestess and her worshippers. It was seriously like a religious experience.
Stevie gave us her everything and I believe everyone leftthe show with more energy,
more love, and more strength to go out and take on the world.
First off, Stevie
looked FABULOUS! The Reeboks with the rhinestones are great, they should market
them and sell them, I want a pair! The hat
oh my, definitely ghetto-fabulous!
Stevie looks so little under this enormous thing, kind of like the Mad Hatter
in Alice In Wonderland. The new shawls and the dress were gorgeous as always.
She sounded fantastic. Other than her drinking a lot of water you wouldn't know
she had been sick with Laryngitis last week.
It was the usual
set list, with a lot of talking in between. The band mates were teasing her about
some of her long winded intros and every once in a while she would turn around
to Al and Waddy and mock herself with a little "chatty" hand gesture.
But it was fabulous to hear her little quips and thoughts. I loved her intro to
Planets where she talked about writing it during the Rumours period and how Lindsey
never wanted to put Planets on any Fleetwood Mac albums. She said that when she
decided to add it to TISL she decided to change the lyrics to a less angry version
to reflect her rekindled friendship with Lindsey. It was really cute and funny.
All the songs were
definitely rocking, I think I beat out the entire arena is screaming and yelling,
my hands are still bright red and raw from clapping so much. I may have even come
out of it 5 lbs. lighter from dancing and jumping so much. The best song was Gold
Dust Woman. The air was filled with a definite energy and I think stevie even
caught on to it. She really got into it, hitting the scream perfectly and during
the instrumental part she started dancing like she used to do during Rhiannon,
waving her arms about and just flowing with the beat! It was classic.
It was by far the
best performance I had seen her give and am so glad I decided to go see her instead
of Wynonna who was also in town. The opening act, Bob Schneider, is not to terrible,
either. I loved his Batman song that he closed with. If you have a chance to see
him, pay attention to the lyrics of this song
they are hilarious!
I have to say that after reading many reviews and chatting with people
online, I wasn't expecting all that much from Stevie at "my" concert
at the Key Arena in Seattle. Well, I was pleasantly surprised, as I should have
known I'd be! :)
My friend Jess
& I headed downtown at 3:30 and met up with some Ledgies (hi Ken & Roxy!)
at a pizza place close to the arena & had a nice dinner & chitchat session.
We headed back up to the arena a while later & hung out for a while...they
finally let us in at 7:00. Jess & I hit the bathroom first, then the merchandise
stand, but decided to wait till after the show to get anything. Then we decided
to go find our seats... that was my first pleasant surprise of the night-- they
were awesome!! We were to the right of the stage in the first row & had a
perfect view. That's when I *really* started getting excited.
We hung out for
a while & chatted with another Ledgie (hi Shane!) I couldn't believe how empty
the place seemed. The Key Arena is not all that big, either. Bob Schnieder took
the stage a little after 8 (if I remember correctly) and played for about 45 minutes.
He was pretty good, but I wasn't too interested at the time because I was way
too eager to see Stevie. His corny Seattle jokes were pretty lame, too. I loved
the song that Bob closed with, though-- I think it was called "Batman"?
The place was pretty empty still throughout Bob's set & people were still
filing in after he was finished. We waited a while for them to take Bob's funny
looking astronaut backdrop down & make the stage pretty for Stevie... this
is when I *really* started to get excited, and when we heard "Bootylicious"
start, everyone was on their feet screaming.
When Stevie came
out, the place went absolutely WILD. Believe me, Seattle LOVES Stevie-- the place
was on fire the entire night. I was shocked at how intense the crowd was, and
was loving every minute of it. She started with Stop Draggin, as we all know,
and it was wonderful. I'm not going to get too into the songs, because we all
know the setlist & everything sounded pretty much the same as the other shows.
In my opinion, she sounded fantastic. Her voice was absolutely in top form, and
even when she messed up during some of the songs (Dreams & Edge, from what
I remember) she recovered gracefully. "Fall From Grace" was by FAR the
highlight of my night. It completely rocked & brought the house down. She
switched the lines around a bit in the beginning, ("I choose to be his confidant
& to keep him from the story") which I absolutely loved. The crowd also
seemed to adore "Gold Dust Woman," which was fabulous as always. They
didn't seem to be too into "Bombay Sapphires" though, which I thought
was pretty sad, because she sang it beautifully.
Waddy also seemed
to be a big favorite with everyone...people were screaming his name all night
(yeah, I'm one of the guilty ones) and the place went crazy when Stevie introduced
him. I had to laugh when she introduced Sharon because I swear it sounded like
she said "she looks evil." LOL!
Stevie was really
sweet & chatty throughout the night, telling us about the songs she had written
in the 70's & the inspiration behind them. She also mentioned that Keith Olsen
was somewhere in the audience, as well as her aunt & uncle who live in Tacoma.
Anyway, after Bombay
Sapphires, me & Jess immediately hopped the wall & started making our
way towards the stage. We were grabbed by a jerk of a security guard & told
to go back to our seats. We decided to try to be real slick about it & cut
across a couple of rows & *almost* made it to the stage, when we were grabbed
by yet *more* jerk off security & told that "only the people in the first
3 rows on the floor are allowed to go up front." We argued with them for
a while, but they weren't hearing it, so we finally just went back to our seats.
That was one of my MAJOR bummers of the night. It didn't look like there were
even all that many people up front during Edge...
I'm not sure if
very many people even realized that that's the time everyone goes up there. So,
I was incredibly pissed about that, but got over it rather quickly when Stevie
brought the house down yet *again* with Edge of Seventeen & I Need to Know,
which both ROCKED. She came out with the hat for HAEWAFY, which is HUGE, but beautiful.
She sang that song so beautifully, I had tears in my eyes, which is unusual because
HAEWAFY is NOT one of my favorite songs. :) It sure is amazing live, though.
After the show
we headed back to the merchandise stand where I got the pink shirt, the baby doll
shirt, a couple tourbooks, and a stack of tattoos. :) I almost had a heart attack
when I saw that they wanted TEN FRIGGIN BUCKS for that little old keychain!! Who
came up with THAT?? LOL
After that we walked
around & decided to hang out by the gates & watch the buses & trucks
& limos get ready to head out. We waited for about an hour (there was a group
of probably about 40 people out there) when a security guy told us that "Stevie
was going to be coming out in about 10 minutes to do a meet & greet."
So naturally everyone freaked out, and naturally, she didn't do it. :( They actually
drove out the other gate to purposely avoid us. That was my second major bummer
of the night. Not that I actually expected her to do it, but it would have been
nice if the security people wouldn't have gotten our hopes up like that.
All in all, I had
an amazing night, MUCH better than I ever would have expected. Seeing & hearing
Stevie live and up close is ENTIRELY different from watching the videos and listening
to the bootlegs. Just being a part of the wild & crazy crowd and being around
so many other people who love the music as much as I do completely made my night.
Stevie sounded & looked awesome, I got some cool t-shirts, and I met some
great people. I still don't have my voice back, but oh well... it was worth it.
I had a wonderful time last night at the show. Contrary to at least
one previous review, the "house" was not "packed", in fact
the attendance was poor enough at Key Arena & Portland that they lost money
BUT, that doesn't mean that those that did attend were lackluster, FAR from it.
¦the house did ROCK! If you are from one of these Pacific NW cities and
did not attend, you may have blown your last chance to see Stevie locally. The
only saving grace may be that Stevie's Uncle lives up here. Let's hope ticket
sales from these two shows don't repeat themselves (if we are given the chance
the next time a tour is planned). The cost to put on a show is unimaginable, just
to break even 5,000 tickets must be sold. Enough of my rant, feel free to edit
On to the show!
I was lucky enough to get a pair of tickets in the 3rd row; just right of center,
any closer and I would have been wearing a VIP pass. I always cringe at what I
am willing to pay for these primo seats, but in the end it was well worth every
penny! yes, I bought from a broker..(shame-shame), had to buy a pair, sold the
other on eBay to a fan from the East Coast at a loss to myself. I headed north
to Seattle on a beautiful sunny day around noon; the drive took me about an hour.
I met up with Kate from Virginia; (she had purchased the other ticket from me).
Kate had already been to at least 8 or 9 shows already back east and was just
as much a "Stevie-head" as me. We had a quick bite to eat and got to
know each other a bit before making our way to the venue. I took an Enchanted
Box Set that I had with me at the last Benefit Concert I went to in Phoenix. I
was determined to somehow get this thing to Stevie to get signed. I already had
Carlos Rios, Lenny Castro and Mindy Stein autograph it 2 years ago, it was shouting
to get the rest of the band, and most of all Stevie to sign it and make it complete.
That mission succeeded!! (More on that later, tease, tease!! He, he!)
Before the show
started we scouted out the arena and found the secure parking where the tour busses
and equip trucks were parked. We hung around for a bit to see if anything was
happening. We were looking through the fence, and after 10 mins or so we see Lenny
Castro walking across the parking lot. I said to Kate, "Hey that looks like
Lenny Castro! it IS Lenny Castro! "Hey Lenny!" I holler. He can't see
me, but hollers back, "Yeah, where are you?" We're back here by the
fence, behind the buses!" Lenny makes his way back to us and stops to chat.
I explain about the Enchanted Box set and he recalls meeting me at Vincent's in
Phoenix. He says that he's busy at the moment but asks where I'm sitting. I tell
him 3rd row center, and he says "Pit?" "Yup", I replied. Lenny
says, "Ok, Ill see what I can do."
With that first
bit of contact with the Band we knew we were gonna be in for a treat, Mr. Castro
was friendly and very happy to yak with a couple of fans. We walked around the
venue to see if there were any other fans we knew were around, then went down
to the entrance to wait. The wait wasn't long and they began to admit fans at
7pm. I picked up a TISL Tourbook, then we headed down to our seats. That is a
great feeling when you head down the steps! all the way to the floor, then right
up front like that! WoooHooo!! I looked around a bit and found a few other fans
that I have become aquainted with at previous shows and through the internet.
Janelle (Wildheart65) and her husband Mike were there as well as Daniel (Spynote).
I had a nice chat with each, nice to connect in person.
Before the opening
act, Lenny Castro came to the side of the stage with a couple of programs to give
back to fans. This is when he took my Enchanted Box Set backstage. Bob Schneider
opened the show with an odd poem/song. I wasn't sure if I was going to like him.
After the first selection he and his band turned up the energy, and the rest of
his setlist got better and better. I especially like the last song he did "You
can me Bob". It was a great laugh, and very original. His album sounds like
an upcoming purchase for me. During the intermission I noticed Chris Nicks on
the side of the stage, looking at the crowd. He spent about 10 minutes checking
things out. His face said it all. He was disappointed. This Arena is the home
of the Seattle SuperSonics. All the upper seats were empty; (they were hidden
with black curtains so Stevie and the Band didn't have to look at them). With
in a few minutes of Chris Nicks going backstage, the sounds of "Bootylicious"
started cranking out. Lots of brave folks started to get up and "shake there
booty", lol. Of course I had to join in. I hear someone calling, "Hey
Marv!" I look around to see and old Cubscout Den Leader that I knew from
my 19-year-old's Cubscout days! Haha! What a small world! Back to dancing! the
lights are killed. They take the stage!!! Without going through the entire playlist
here are some VERY memorable moments!..
Stop Draggin' My
Heart Around - Waddy shows he's back, and rockin' like he never missed a beat.
Gold Dust Woman - Extremely intense. Lots of hand motions and hard hitting. Sorcerer
- Stevie explains the story behind it with a cute smile, then jams. Stand Back
- Lots of movement and enthusiasm. Yes, twirls and a nice high kick. Planets of
the Universe - Stevie gives a funny, but serious account of where it came from.
This Is an old song that Stevie has fought to get on lots of FM Lp's, but was
always vetoed by Lindsey. Fall From Grace -.Just as intense, if not MORE, than
GDW. Stevie put everything she had into it. Very memorable performance, outstanding.
Edge of Seventeen - First 3 rows were allowed up to the stage. This was the first
time I was granted the pleasure of shaking Stevie's hand, soft as silk. Has Anything
Ever Been Written - Always a perfect closing song. Many old memories stirred my
emotions as well as many others. Stevie had the crowd in her hands.
After the lights
came up I had to make a quick discussion, do I try and mix in with the pass holders
and somehow luck-out into the meet and greet, hang around and see if Lenny Castro
was able to get my box set signed and get it back to me? Well, I opted for the
first after waiting about 10 mins or so. Of course we get re-directed at the last
minute when it becomes apparent that I don't have a pass, lol. BUT, they send
us (Janelle, Mike, Kate & I up to catering, where the band was going after
the meet and greet. WooHoo!! There is still hope at getting somewhere!
After about 15
mins Brett Tuggel (Keyboards) shows up, then Al Ortiz (Bass). We chat with Al.
(What a nice, genuine and fun guy to talk to. Spoke about his work on the recent
Enchanted Box Set as well as the TISL CD.) Lenny Castro comes through the door
with a big smile on his face!! Brings me the bag with my box set and program in
it. Success? YEP! Yowsah!! Lenny chats for a bit, explains that they are starting
to get ready to go. He gives me a huge bear-hug and says thanks for coming, and
tells me to always say hello if I see him. Not only does this guy know how to
jam on the congas, but also he is a real "people-person". Then Waddy
pops his head in for a bit, then was gone before I had a chance to say hello.
I decide to yak with Brett Tuggle for a bit, and he was just as gracious as Al
and Lenny were.
By this time I'm
smiling ear to ear with all the great happenings, can it get any better than this?
Stevie was still downstairs with the pass holders, some of whom were filtering
up to catering where we were. We decided that we might get a glimpse of her if
we went back down the stairs to the hallway where the meet & greet was happening.
Security reminded us that we didn't have passes and to not come down the hall.
They did allow us to hang there as several band members came and went. I asked
if Waddy would come out and spend a minute with us. He obliged and I made sure
to tell him how happy many of the longtime fans are that he is again working with
Stevie. He was genuinely pleased and signed my Enchanted Box set twice. That B&W
pic of him rockin' out was the perfect place for him to sign.
Security advised that they would be sending us up the stairs and closing the doors,
so off we went out the doors and quickly around the corner to the secure parking
gate, hehe. We watched the trucks back down to the loading dock to pick up the
tons of gear that was being loaded out. Then 2 black Limos came and went without
us being able to see who hopped in. We stood with several other fans hoping for
a chance to shout to Stevie. Chris Nicks was out back. I waited for what seemed
like the right opportunity to say hello. He came over and spoke with a few of
us. I got to chat with him a bit on my own, and the subject of the poor attendance
came up. I told him that I had seen the look on his face before the show started.
He said that the shows back east were doing much better. They have added additional
tour dates now, as well as the makeup shows. I wished him a safe journey down
south to Mountain View. Let's hope that the friendly, loud and adoring fans bring
the next tour back to Seattle.
Stevie & Chris,
if you read any of my ramblings here, please know that the lack of ticket sales
doesn't indicate the amount of fan base here. Our radio stations are horrible
about the amount of airplay and promotion that they give Stevie. KZOK 102.5 the
"Classic Rock" Station, and KMTT the "Mountain" 103.7 BOTH
need a few phone calls from you and us guys. They are a jaded lot, most DJ's don't
even play the new releases because the Program Director hasn't added Stevie's
new songs to the Playlist. Only the longtime and hard-core fans know the new releases
are out there. Same goes with the record stores. I went to at least 5 or 6 record
stores and found no promotional material displayed at all. If the tour is to be
a success, the markets must promote the artist with the newer bands like Stevie's
fave "Destiney's Child". Stevie, the fans of the Pacific NW appreciate
very much the effort you make to bring the tour to us in this corner of the country.
Hopefully when you come again we'll have a better turnout. You all deserved the
great applause that we gave, we hope our excitement will bring you back. Thanks
from all of Seattle and the Pacific NW!!!
Seeing Stevie perform in Seattle was the most magical night of my life.
You can close your eyes and know simply by listening to her voice that every word
she sings is from the heart, and that every song is a piece of her life and even
her soul that we are lucky enough to be able to share. The atmosphere at the Key
Arena was pure thunder. It was almost like everyone expected an incrediable evening,
but where still surprised and awestruck. I don't think everyone was expecting
the magic we recieved.
For me personaly,
the highlights of the show where Stevie talking to the audience and telling us
the history behind the songs, and especially when she thanked everyone for taking
time out of their day to come (imagine that!) and when she sang Gold Dust Woman
it was so beautiful I actually cried. Well okay, I cried for the same reason during
Rhiannon, Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You, and Planets of the Universe
(because of the story behind the latter) It was an amazing evening, and honestly
there really aren't words to explain this experience and how it will stay inside
my memory as major inspiration forever. Thanks Stevie for sharing your magic with
I HAD AN AMAZING WEEK OF ROCK AND ROLLIN' FROM CITY TO CITY FOLLOWING
THE ONE AND ONLY STEVIE NICKS. MY BEST FRIEND AND I STARTED IN DENVER,WHICH WAS
OUTDOORS,SO WE COULD PARTY AND DANCE IN THE NIGHT SKY. STEVIE ROCKED DENVER! THEN
IT WAS ON TO PORTLAND WHERE WE HAD IMMEDIATE STAGE RIGHT SEATS THAT WERE AMAZING!
I'M A GUITAR FREAK AND WADDY WAS RIGHT BELOW US ON STAGE AND OFF. I TOLD HIM HE
RULES AND GOT A BIG SMILE AND WAVE FROM HIM. STEVIE THAT NIGHT WAS VERY ENERGETIC
AND PLAYFUL. THE BEST VERSION OF FALL FROM GRACE, WHICH I LOVE! SHE IS SUCH A
NOW THE FINAL STOP
IS SEATTLE WHICH MY PRIZE MOMENT OCCURRED. WE HAD MADE A POSTER SIGN AND BOUGHT
A BUNDLE OF LONG STEM SUNFLOWERS. FINALLY! WE HAD FLOOR SEATS. AS EDGE OF SEVENTEEN
STARTS WE MADE OUR WAY TO THE FRONT ROWS AS FAR AS WE WERE ALLOWED. ONLY THE FRONT
THREE ROWS COULD APPROACH THE IMMEDIATE STAGE. BIG TIME BUMMER, BUT STILL THANKFUL
I WAS THAT CLOSE! SO THE SECURITY GUY PUT THE FLOWERS ON STAGE AS REQUESTED. OK
SO I'M THE ONE WHO HELD THE SIGN UP ALMOST THROUGH THE WHOLE SONG. CARLOS RIOS
POINTED AND SMILED. I NOTICED STEVIE READ IT GAVE THE NOD AND CUTE SMILE. THAT
MADE IT ALL WORTH IT! IF YOU DIDN'T SEE IT IT SAID:
" THANKS STEVIE!
DENVER, PORTLAND AND SEATTLE LOVE, SALT LAKE CITY FANS" WELL THESE UTAH NOMADS
ENJOYED EVERY SHOW, EVERY MOMENT, EVERY 6% BEVERAGE AND EVERY VISION ALONG THE
WAY. THANK YOU STEVIE AND ALL WHO MADE OUR TRAVELS UNFORGETTABLE. "YOU GUIDE
ME BACK AGAIN"
Haven't seen Stevie since San Fran days back in the late 60's early 70's.
This concert took me back to those days, and the feeling inside was overwhelming.
Stevie is as good or better than ever, she is so much an angel and a lady. When
Stevie don's her top hat and plume I gasped---my heart just sank---. She has such
an impact thru her music and works. I loved her back 30 years ago and still love
her as much today--What a talent
I just want to say that Stevie Nicks was incredible in Seattle! I have
been waiting to see her for 15 years! I had tickets to a show of hers in Denver
Colorado and ended up having my son 4 days early, The day of the concert! So I
missed her. But it was definately worth the wait. She is better than ever! I so
enjoyed her new music, and her personable approach to the audience was very touching.
When she did "Has anyone ever written anything for you." I was so choked
up. And my favorite of all "Gold Dust Woman" she did with such finesse!
She is the Gypsy Queen of Rock and Roll, no doubt about it! Keep Rockin' Stevie
I am honored to say that I saw my first Stevie Nicks show last Sunday,
August 12th, at Seattle's Key Arena. I have been a Stevie Nicks fan for 22 years.
Due to one reason or another I could never make a show. Finally, my dream of seeing
here live came true when my husband bought two great seats to last Sunday's show.
To me Stevie is
the best female vocalist of all time! She proved this over and over again. As
Stevie came out on stage the Areana vibrated with magic, the crowd came alive
and I was in heaven!
Stevie played a
great variety of old and new songs. I was especially thrilled to hear Edge of
Seventeen, as that is what I had been praying for all day! Boy did she deliver!!
As soon as I heard the opening note I was up and in the isle dancing. Stevies
voice was great! It was a treat to hear someone sing that sounds just as good
live as they do in the studio. My only wish is that she had played more off of
the TISL CD. Stevie actually thanked us for allowing her to play some of her newer
stuff, even though it was unfamiliar. I'm not sure whom it was unfamiliar to,
as I have all ready learned all the lyrics to the TISL CD. I am sure that I am
not the only one!!
It was great to
hear Stevie tell a little something about her songs before playing them. I had
no idea that Sorcerer was written so long ago. Obviously, it was not only I who
thought that that is one of the better tracks off of TRSL. When the band started
to play Sorcerer the crowd went nuts.
The set was simple
yet elegant. I especially liked the look when the purple lights seemed to illuminate
the stage reflecting off everything from the drums to the microphone stands. As
wonderful as it all was I couldn't help but get the feeling that something was
a miss. Stevies voice was great and so were the costumes. Especially the hat in
the encore! But something was off. Stevie just didn't have that energy I have
seen during her televised concerts. It all came together today when I was surfing
nixfix.com. There I read an article entitled" Shows Postponed". That
is when I found out that the next two scheduled shows were postponed due to a
respatory infection Stevie is suffering from. Witch only goes to further prove
my earlier statement Stevie truly is the best. I have no idea how someone with
a respatory infection can sing so beautifully! Some how she managed to pull the
whole thing off looking and singing as eloquent as ever.
I would like to
say to anyone who is "on the fence" about going to Stevie's concert.
"Get off the fence and buy your ticket!!' You will not regret it.
Stevie, from the
bottom of my heart, thank you for the thrill of a lifetime!! I hope you recover
soon. I WILL be seeing you again the next time through, I can hardly wait! Much
love, Tonya Yanity
Well, I never thought that anything would impress me enough to write
into a forum such as this...but was I ever wrong! After seeing Stevie at the Key
in Seattle last Sunday evening I have some advice for you all- If you have even
the slightest chance to see her TISL show DO IT! What a mesmerizing performer!
It's hard to describe the immensity and intensity of this woman's talent. The
show started a little slow and it seemed as though it took Stevie a couple of
songs to get into the groove but once she was 'there' it was terrific. I see that
she's had to cancel a couple of her shows due to illness so my guess is she wasn't
feeling all that great on Sunday. But even so, she gave us 110% of herself.
My husband and
I were fortunate enough to get to move up to the stage towards the end of the
show and we both got to shake hands with her! One thing I noticed about Ms. Nicks
when she took my hand is that she looked me directly in the eyes. That in itself
says so much about a person's character. She has very kind and caring eyes and
seemed genuinely appreciative that we were all there. I will remember that evening
for as long as I live! I feel fortunate to have shared a little bit of time with
her. I saw her during her Enchanted Tour and all I can say is she's getting better
with age. To tell you the truth, I'd go see her again even if all she did was
come out on stage, sit in a chair and file her nails!
Let me begin this review by saying that I have attended every Stevie
Nicks & Fleetwood Mac concert tour since the Rumours Tour in 1977. I just
returned to the Salt Lake City area from seeing my idol of 26 years at Seattle's
Key Arena. I have debated whether or not I should send this review about the concert
because I was a little disappointed in the show. The minute that Stevie walked
on stage I felt that she looked very tired and she seemed like she wasn't feeling
well. (I guess this was the case since she had to post-pone her next 2 shows.)
Her vocal range was not what I had anticipated it to be and she just didn't seem
like she was enjoying herself. I was sitting in the 2nd row and was aware that
there were some technical difficulties with the sound also. Given the fact that
she probably wasn't feeling well and that there were some problems with the sound,
I have to say that I really appreciate Stevie's effort and I don't regret a thing.
Let me focus on
some of the positive things of that evening. As I mentioned earlier, my husband
& I were sitting (standing/dancing) in the 2nd row and we had a great view
of Stevie. Even though I don't think it was her best performance, I still love
to watch her perform and I will always be a devoted fan. She did seem to "warm
up" a little as the show went on and I still had one of the best times of
my life! My favorite part came at the end when they let us come up to the stage.
I made it to the edge of the stage and eagerly awaited Stevie's "walk"
across the stage at the end of The Edge of Seventeen. As she approached, I was
determined to shake her hand as I had done so many times in the past. When it
was my turn, I reached out both of my hands and she grabbed both of my hands in
return. She looked me straight in the eyes and she had the biggest smile that
I had ever seen! That just made my night - all was right with the world at that
Stevie, if you
happen to read this, here's my message to you: YOU ROCK MY WORLD!!! I hope that
you are feeling better and thanks for making me smile!!! :) Love, Kelly
Hi there, Just thought I would send this to let everyone know Stevie
was awesome in Seattle. I flew from California to see her, and the trip was well
worth it. I have been a fan since she was with Lindsey Buckingham, and still own
the Buckingham/Nicks album.
We saw the show last sunday in seattle and it was so great. She rocked.
At the show it felt like we where all of stevie's friends coming together for
one night. The set was beautiful, her band is stellar ( intro to edge of seventeen
was the most excellent blistering rock guitar ever) as she is just the most precious
lady with an incredible voice and magical musical gift, and she's cool, too! There
where people of all ages there, everyone super friendly. It was worth the 85 mile
drive on a work night to see the show. Thanks to everyone for making this happen.
I missed her when she toured with Tom Petty, saw the Dance tour, and just so glad
she came again.
Let me begin by saying that I went to this concert last night in a bad
mood. Hard to believe, but I was not excited to go, even tho I had been excited
since the TISL was released. Stevie is and will always be my favorite artist.
So there I am sitting in my seat, cranky as all get out. But then the magic begins
to work. I look around and see row upon row of Stevie fans. I started to hear
snippets of conversations going on around me. People telling each other about
their love for Stevie. Sharing stories about how her songs have effected their
life. Now how can I possibly be cranky with this kind of love around!?
And then it was
like a bomb went off. The energy that came pouring off the floor when "Stop
Dragging My Heart Around" began was unbelievable. By the time they ripped
into Enchanted, I was gone. For 2 hours I danced, clapped and jumped up and down.
I didn't think anything could beat the FM reunion tour and I was wrong. I was
thankful for the long musical interludes that allowed Stevie to change clothes,
because I needed them to catch my breath! "Fall from Grace" rocked so
hard I thought I was going to levitate off the floor (and I may have) and there
was a moment during "Rhiannon" in which I believe time stood still.
But all of this
has been written before (I've loved the reviews posted for this tour!). My favorite
moment of the evening came after the show was over and I was walking to my car.
Every car that I passed had Stevie Nicks loudly playing. And for one moment, surrounded
by Stevie fans with the air filled with her music, I was at peace and all was
right with the world.
Thank you Stevie
and thank's to the fans for sharing last night with me.
Hi, just got home from the Seattle Concert!!!!!!! It was "AWESOME"
it was a packed house at the KeyArena and she rocked the place....... I have been
reading the reviews and the songs were right on the money!!!! Alot of people around
me wanted to hear songs that I knew weren't on her roster of songs.... I informed
everyone around me about the website so I am sure many will be tuning in to here
out alittle slow in her moves tonight but once she got going, she was FANTASTIC!!!!!!!
And boy did she do alot of twirling tonight and the crowd went nuts!!!!!!! I took
a friend of mine who loves her but had never seen her and she couldn't believe
that she still sounds AWESOME after so many years of performing!!!!!! I have seen
her before so I knew what to expect, and again she out did herself and gave everyone
a night to remember..... I could listen to her all night!!!!!!!!!!! the band rocked,
and the intermission where the band just played the crowd went nuts...... and
she didn't have "hot" weather here so that must have been a relief for
her......... I can't wait until the next time we meet again..... By the way, she
shook so many hands and acknowledged the whole crowd tonight, and I very much
enjoyed that she made her performance personal and spoke often to the crowd......
THANK YOU STEVIE FOR A MAGICAL NIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
After the concert, my friend and I enjoyed a cigarette before embarking
on the drive home to Vancouver, Canada (we both don't smoke!!) I needed time and
a distraction to clear my eyes as I cried the most cathartic cry during "Has
Anyone Ever Written Anything For You" . Can't believe I actually heard Stevie
sing solo live, too fabulous for words. For those fans who haven't heard her,
do attend -she is a godess!! The energy was great from the start to finish. "Stand
Back", took me back 15 years or so as I found myself bouncing in the aisles!!
"Fall From Grace" rocked out! and "Sorcerer" is my favorite
tune these days. Thanks to Stevie for her music and for letting me visit her world.
Until we meet again...(and we will!).
Wow, what can i say it was the most awesome thing i have witnessed in
my life. I had been reading the reviews of Stevie's performances and i was wondering
what to expect! As soon as the lights went out it was nothing but rocking from
the start until the end of the show, i mean rocking. I was in utter amazement
on how when she would start to sing it would pull me in like a magical force and
it did not let go until the end, there was NOT ONE point where i was not dancing
and yelling. She is amazing i am 25 and she has more energy then i do, i still
cannot stress how she just grabs you with her vocals (whether or not you want
it to happen, when she starts you are a part of her). When i herd how old she
was i was a little skeptical of how the show would go, but then it started and
i was in the 6th row and let me tell you age has nothing to do with it, i really
think her voice is at it best! The whole group just rocked, waddy even got into
it, but it was Stevie who just! ! held it together. Thank you Ste vie we love
I was fortunate to go to Stevie's show last night. Sure my friends and
I had to drive 3 1/2 hours, but boy was it worth it. Stevie performed some of
her many classics, and some of the songs from the new album. It is hard to pin
point my favorite part of the concert, or my favorite song that she performed.
High on the list though was the encore performance of "Has anyone ever written
anything for you". Throughout the concert I had serious goosebumps from just
being able to see and hear her in person, but I was also on the verge of tears
when she performed this song. The band rocked, and Stevie sang her heart out for
all to hear. Stevie, when ever you are in the Northwest area again, you can count
on my friends and myself driving any distance to see you rock again. Thank YOU
for such a magical evening.
I am a HUGE fan of Stevie's. I love her with all my heart. The lights
went down and the crowd went wild. All I could do was stare as a tear rolled down
my face knowing that I was acctually at my idol's concert. The blue, purple, and
aqua backdrop with the sky and the ships was just amazing. The whole show was
just heart stopping. Beauty and an air of charm and wisdom were all around the
Key. (Key Arena in Seattle, Wa).
Rhiannon made me
cry again as she dazzled us with her voice. " Don''t leave me, don't leave
me!!" The backdrop was the most neat thing I have ever seen in a concert.
It changed from a pretty blue sky with clouds to a thunderstorm with lightning
during "Dreams". Then during one certain song that to me sounded new,
it changed to a space view.
This was the happiest
day of my life and I will never forget at the end when she came out and did Has
anyone done anything for you I was balling like a baby. I didn't want the night
to end. In between lyrics I shouted "Stevie you're Beautiful." I know
she heard me because it was quiet at that moment.
She is a goddess
in my eyes and will forever live in my heart as the most wonderful woman in the
world. This night was like a dream come true and nothing can ever top it!!!! Stevie
is a LEGEND in her own time and forever.
One word to sum up Stevie's Seattle gig last night. Amazing! I was mesmerized
from the opening notes of "Stop Draggin my Heart Around" to the closing
notes of "Has anyone ever written anything for you". Stevie was in excellent
form. And her band was energetic and sounded great! The new songs from TISL RULED
live! "Sorcerer" and "Too Far From Texas" were my favorites
from that album. My night was complete when Stevie played "Gold Dust Woman",
I had chills over my entire body. It was really cool to hear Stevie talk and "introduce"
her new songs, for the people who were not aware that most of TISL was written
back before her Fleetwood Mac era. She even sent hello's out to her Uncle who
was out there "somewhere" in the audience. Each time Stevie said "Thank
you" to the crowd, I shouted out "No, THANK YOU Stevie" and "We
Love You Stevie"!! She looked beautiful and sounded better than ever! I recommend
that if she hits a town near you, that you do not hesitate to attend one of the
premier summer tours of 2001
I have to say, as a major Stevie fan, I was sorely disappointed in the
show at the Key Arena in Seattle on August 12. Stevie looked tired, and I hate
to say it, but she looked bored through much of the show. The old standards sounded
like she'd done them a million times (which we all know she has) and like she
really wasn't into it. I was more impressed with some of the newer material. Fall
From Grace, which isn't even one of my favorites from the new album, had a great
edge to it. She actually looked like she was enjoying it and FEELING the song,
where as some of the old favorites left me lonely. I've seen her really rock out
with Rhiannon, and with Edge of 17 - but last night Stevie had a look about her
that said to me, "Ho hum... here we go again. I'm tired." I watched
her move to the music... she looked stiff. During Stand Back, she finally did
the first seemingly obligatory twirl. She just didn't seem to be enjoying her
self as much as I recall from previous tours.
Add to that, the
fact that the security staff were kind of jerks, and that Stevie and her band
are so unreachable.... and when Stevie DID make effort to connect with the crowd
by telling stories about the songs, there were people in the audience just screaming
out her name randomly or names of songs... so it was hard to hear what she had
In a nut shell,
the evening was a great disappointment to me. I'm very sorry for that. After 22
years of being a devoted fan, I'm left with a hole in my heart from this show.
Since I purchased my tickets over a month ago I have been anxiously
awaiting Stevie's concert here in Seattle. Well it finally came last night and
Stevie did not disappoint! It was a perfect mix of old and new! It was great to
hear some of her great "classics" , but I also love her new CD TISL
and was glad that she included several songs from it as well! TISL so new and
fresh sounding. It's vintage Stevie with a great modern twist! I have been a fan
for a long time and had not seen Stevie in concert since the early '80's (at the
US Festival in CA). She is just as beautiful and ethereal as ever. The whole concert
was amazing, but the highlight had to be the long drum & guitar solo leading
up to and exploding into "Edge of Seventeen". Stevie's voice is just
as powerful and unique as ever! There were SO many more songs I would've loved
to have heard her sing! I only wish she could've played on for another hour or
I am still glowing from the really wonderfull concert that I attended
with three friends at the Key arena last night Stevie came out and did some great
old songs likr Gold dust woman and Rhiannon as well as some of the newer songs
from TISG! What a terriific performance I am so happy we took the front row she
came out and I was the first person she shook hands with! Her voice is strong
and I loved the costume changes and the twirling! Just makes me want to follow
her around and watch all her concerts! I ve always been a huge fan and it was
great to meet some of her other big fans everyone was in very high spirits thanks
so much, really enjoyed Rob Schnieders warm up!