Stevie Nicks pleases in return to Boston

A review of Stevie Nicks at the Bank of America Pavilion on August 29, 2011

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With the voice that’s helped sell over 140 million records, Stevie Nicks hit town on Monday in support of her most recent album, In Your Dreams. Although her latest effort hasn’t quite sold in the mass quantities of her previous works, it has received highly positive feedback.  On Monday night at the Bank of America Pavilion, the veteran singer proved that she can still garner the same response with her live performance too.

Infamous for her style, Nicks appeared for the first number, “Stand Back” in a red shawl over a black gown that looked like a party dress fit for an evening at Dr. Frank-N-Furter’s house from Rocky Horror. She would use her wardrobe to set the tone on several numbers, appearing with a golden shall during “Gold Dust Woman”, which had fans roaring from the opening drumbeat, sporting all black for the classic “Rhiannon” and later returning in all white for the thrilling “Edge of Seventeen”.

However, the night wasn’t about fashion, but more a celebration of both old and new. Nicks mixed in hits from Fleetwood Mac and her solo career, with the new material making up about half the setlist. She used imagery to portray the mood of her new material with videos featuring herself and her niece (playing the young Stevie) and producer Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame. She told the story of the video for her catchy new single “For What It’s Worth”, saying it was filmed to recreate a bus tour she took back in the early 70’s. It was the last time she toured by bus after her great displeasure over the experience, however, the video of the gang hanging out in the desert did appear more cheery.

“Annabel Lee” was a fun discovery, with Nicks explaining its origins from an Edgar Allen Poe work that he wrote for his wife, which Stevie put to music at 17 but hadn’t recorded until this year. It was worth the 46 year wait just to see percussionist Lenny Castro bang away with a smile from ear to ear. Still, the strongest of her new songs was “Ghosts are Gone”, which Nicks introduced as “early 70’s rock” and her band did not make a liar out of her, especially lead guitarist and musical director Waddy Wachtel with his scorching slide licks.

After an extended jam on “Edge of Seventeen”, during which Nicks greeted fans up front across the entire stage, the leading lady returned with just keyboardist Darell Smith for a ballad, just as Fleetwood Mac have been known to do at their shows for years. She chose to sing “Love Is” off her 2001 album Trouble in Shangri-La, saying she was prepared to close with the song “for the rest of her life”. Although it couldn’t live up to the ballads it followed (“Landslide” and  “Leather and Lace”), the song was a tender moment that fans can likely live with as well.

Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham recently stated that the band could be back for a tour and perhaps even a new album next year. After Stevie Nicks’ outstanding performance at the Pavilion on Monday one can be sure that she’ll certainly be ready for the call.

“America’s Got Talent” winner Michael Grimm opened the show and would later join Nicks and co. playing guitar on “For What It’s Worth”.

Setlist
1.  Stand Back
2.  Secret Love
3.  Dreams
4.  Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream)
5.  Gold Dust Woman
6.  Soldier’s Angel
7.  Annabel Lee
8.  For What It’s Worth
9.  Rhiannon
10.  Landslide
11.  Ghosts Are Gone
12.  Leather and Lace
13.  Edge of Seventeen
Encore
14.  Love Is

One Comment

  1. “Nicks appeared for the first number, “Stand Back” in a red shall over a black gown”: the word is “shawl” — does no one proofread these articles?

    And Rocky Horror isn’t something I’d normally associate with Stevie — more New-Age and Ren Faire fashionistas seem to sport her image — but it would certainly be interesting to have her show up to a showing and play one of the roles …

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