Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders served as her opening act, and they were able to warm up the stage for Nicks.
Nicks opened her set with “Gold and Braid” and it was followed by “If Anyone Falls.” Thank you. This is a night of storytelling,” she said. “It’s so much fun for me.”
She told the audience the story behind “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” and brought back Chrissie Hynde on stage to sing the Tom Petty-penned tune as a duet with her, which was a nonchalant yet powerful collaboration. Nicks noted that thanks to success of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” it helped propel her Bella Donna album straight into the stratosphere.
For the follow-up song, “Belle Fleur,” the stage was decorated in an elaborate set and a neat backdrop, as she brought her tambourine with her on stage and showcased her timeless outfit. She took the crowd on a trip down memory lane with “Gypsy” as a rain backdrop graced the stage.
She subsequently described “Wild Heart” as a song that was more crazy, while “Bella Donna” was more focused, and she delivered memorable versions of both songs. “Wild Heart” was an important song for Nicks since it proved to her that her solo career was not a fluke, and rightfully so.
One of the most poignant songs in the set was “New Orleans,” which she wrote about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which has optimistic vibes to it.
The rock queen noted that the song “Starshine” originated in Tom Petty’s basement, and she sang an upbeat and rocking version, which had that vintage Tom Petty touch to it.
After an outfit change, she took her fans on a vocal voyage to “Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream),” which had a neat orchestral arrangement to it, that was reminiscent of a scene in a Twilight film, featuring Nicks’ expressive vocals. She noted that she wrote the song in 2009 at a time when she was super-disturbed with the Internet world. “At my age, I’m writing music just for me,” she said, and the audience concurred with that statement, since Nicks proved that it is all about the quality of music.
One of the highlight moments of the night, and this journalist’s personal favorite performance was “Stand Back,” where she got the crowd on their feet. The best was when she did her signature spinning move midway through the song, which resonated well with the audience, garnering her a standing ovation.
After “Crying in the Night” and “If You Were My Love,” she concluded her show with “Gold Dust Woman” and her Grammy-nominated “Edge of Seventeen.” For her encore, Nicks performed two beloved Fleetwood Mac classics, “Rhiannon” and “Landslide.”
Overall, Stevie Nicks gave Nassau Coliseum a nostalgic night of music to remember, which was a blend of her solo material, Fleetwood Mac songs and even newer songs that she had written. She proved to be one true song stylist, and was able to share her insights with her audience about the origins of some of her songs. The crowd was aware of the fact that they were in the presence of a rock and roll countess. Her “24 Karat Gold” tour stop at Nassau Coliseum earned an A rating.
To learn more about Stevie Nicks and her latest endeavors, check out her official website.