Chris Loomis

Stevie Nicks @ City National Grove of Anaheim – 10/12/11

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The Gold Dust Woman, Stevie Nicks made the fourth stop of her brief intimate five date fall 2011 tour at The City National Grove in Anaheim on Wednesday October 12 supporting her latest solo release In Your Dreams (released May 2011). Nick’s popularity is as strong as ever evidenced by the sold out show in Anaheim on this night. At 9:00pm the lights dimmed and the Missing Persons classic “Destination Unknown” was played until the Fleetwood Mac singer hit the stage and opened the show with the solo classic “Stand Back”. Stevie Nicks made it clear to the packed house that “This was not a greatest hits tour” and she was promoting her latest album and then continued on with her nearly 2hr set comprised of solo material old and new with some Fleetwood Mac classics mixed in.

Nick’s looked and sounded great, her appearance in her trademark long flowing wardrobe and onstage twirls along with great interaction with her backing band made for an entertaining night with the capacity crowd dancing and singing along to every song. One of the highlights of the set was the performance of Leather and Lace where Don Henley’s vocals were performed by a male who I believe was her vocal coach who sounded fantastic and made you forget the song’s male lyrics are sang by Henley. Stevie gave almost every song a verbal introduction with a short story of what the song was about and/or what inspired her to write the lyrics.

At 63 yrs old Stevie Nicks looks and sounds great and left the crowd wanting more . . . age has certainly not effected Nick’s ability to deliver an inspiring, top notch show. America’s Got Talent season five winner, Michael Grimm opened the show with a 40 minute acoustic set.

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