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Concert Reviews
Stevie Nicks
(DTE Energy Theatre, Clarkston, MI June 9th, 2007)

Stephanie Lynn "Stevie" Nicks is an American singer and songwriter of some great stature. Best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac - although a long solo career has also kept her in the spotlight - they collectively have produced over twenty Top 40 hits. As a member of Fleetwood Mac back in 1998 she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but all those years on since her halcyon days as Mac's gypsy rock goddess she once more brought her musical magic to us all.

Just past 9.00pm, and yet with the evening daylight still quietly evident all around, the band make their way on stage and begin to lay a musical foundation. Then to the guitar strains of 'Stand Back' Nicks appears from out between the two drum sets, a few wafts of stage smoke adding to the illusion that she had quite simply appeared out of nowhere!

Dressed in her requisite black, her blonde hair cascading down her shoulders, she sings and twirls her way through the song, inciting rapturous cheers from the close to capacity crowd, ending it with a high kick. "Welcome, everybody. We're here tonight backing up the new release 'Crystal Visions'," she pays mention to, adding "Thanx for staying with us all these years") before seamlessly flowing into 'Dreams.'

Introducing her 1983 solo hit 'If Anyone Falls' as a song "... inspired by something someone once said to me," bathed in a purple spot Nicks' familiarity with each song allows for them all to come across with such a beloved grace. A lovely piano intro precedes 'Rhiannon,' which also made time for a quick outfit change, before the backdrop suddenly begins to show black and white drawn images of an Angel for the rootsy gem 'Enchanted.'

Introducing 'Sorcerer' as a tune she had written back around the time (and record label confusion) of the Buckingham/Nicks sessions, it may not have been all that well-known to the crowd, but they loved it all the same. The classic 'Gold Dust Woman' - complete with images of mystical women and dancing lights flickering on the backdrop - was next up, a sparkling golden shawl now around her shoulders. The rousing 'I Need To Know' ("... a song written by my favorite rock star, Tom Petty") follows, before the musical tone is brought way down for the ubiquitous 'Landslide' - complete with accompanying photos of her late father on the massive back drop.

Quickly introducing her band, whilst at the same time desperately trying to dislodge an unfriendly mosquito from her throat, Nicks then allows the tom toms to be gently beaten, before the drums get their turn, lastly both making way for the lead guitar intro squeals to the sexually charged groove of 'Edge Of Seventeen' to be brought lovingly to the fore.

Having disappeared off stage for an unofficial encore - and yet purposeful further costume change - she quickly returns adorned in a white ruffled dress and black tails with fringe. Atop her head is her stylish black hat complete with colorful feathers. Conducting her usual meet-and-shake at the front of the stage, handing off many single roses and cards, Led Zeppelin's 'Rock and Roll' is sung loud and proud ... with Detroit's own cigar smokin', wifebeater-wearin', vocal-less Kid Rock accompanying her on tambourine.

Wrapping the show up with 'Beauty and the Beast,' a dramatic ballad accompanied by arresting black-and-white images from Jean Cocteau's 1946 French film, Nicks' still-soaring vocals were truly put to the test one last time ... and past with flying colors.

Review by Russell A. Trunk