Stevie Nicks is back.
Well, she never went anywhere. Let me rephrase that: Stevie Nicks, the solo artist, is back.
On October 25, Phoenix was host to the opening of Stevie Nicks’s 28-city 24 Karat Gold Tour. The tour is in support of the 2014 solo album, “24 Karat Gold,” by the legendary singer-songwriter — an album she hasn’t been able to tour behind until now because of her lengthy commitments to Fleetwood Mac.
It’s a show built around years of requests from diehards, with Nicks delivering album deep cuts and tunes dating back to 1973’s obscure, vinyl-only album “Buckingham Nicks” (“Crying in the Night”). That’s not to say the more casual, or newer of Nicks’s fans were left out. She revisited fan favorites “Stand Back,” “Edge of Seventeen,” and, of course, her Fleetwood Mac hit, “Rhiannon.”
Teaming up with Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders for a girl power filled double bill, the concert is full of ass-kicking lady rockers. Hynde even surprised the audience by joining Nicks on stage during the Tom Petty duet hit, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”
The set list is risky, leaving out many of her most popular Fleetwood Mac hits, like “Landslide” — making room for the songs she’s wanted to play for 30+ years — poetic songs close to her heart that she’s never had the chance to perform live until now. “Wild Heart” debuted on stage for the first time, followed by “Bella Donna, ” which she hasn’t performed since her whirlwind 1981 Bella Donna tour. Both songs were delightful hits of the night, providing symmetry to the now released deluxe editions of “Bella Donna” and “Wild Heart.” Nicks’s last solo tour was in support of her 2011 album, “In Your Dreams” — songs “Moonlight,” inspired by the Twilight film franchise, “Annabel Lee,” Edgar Allen Poe’s poem turned song by Nicks, as well as Hurricane Katrina inspired song “New Orleans,” are included in the current set list of the 24 Karat Gold Tour.
There is a whirlwind of emotions through the songs as you’re emotionally guided along the heartbreak and joy that Nicks tells of in her songs. It’s a two hour journey in Nicks’s personal, musical time machine. It’s more than just a concert to Stevie Nicks and her band — it’s an expression and reflection of Nicks’s life, memories, what’s to come in the future for her as a singer-songwriter, and most importantly — a badass and inspirational woman.
Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold Tour Upcoming Dates:
November 4: BB&T Arena – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
November 6: Phillips Arena – Atlanta, GA
November 7: Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
November 10: Time Warner Cable Arena – Charlotte, NC
November 12: Colonial Life Arena – Columbia, SC
November 14: Verizon Center – Washington DC
November 15: TD Gardens – Boston, MA
November 19: Bethlehem Event Center – Bethlehem, PA
November 20: Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
November 23: Van Andel Arena- Grand Rapids, MI
November 25: Mohegan Sun – Uncasville, CT
November 27: The Palace of Auburn Hills – Detroit, MI
November 29: Air Canada Center – Toronto, ON
December 1: Madison Square Gardens – New York, NY
December 3: United Center – Chicago, IL
December 5: Pinnacle Bank Arena – Lincoln, NE
December 6: Xcel Energy Center – St Paul, MN
December 9: Pepsi Live at Rodgers Arena – Vancouver,BC
December 11: Key Arena – Seattle, WA
December 13: Golden 1 – Sacramento, CA
December 14: SAP Center – San Jose, CA
December 17: Park Theater – Las Vegas, NV
December 18: The Forum – Los Angeles, CA