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Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/19/2001, Stevie Nicks: Nostalgia on many levels

Philadelphia Inquirer 7-19-01

Thursday, July 19, 2001

Stevie Nicks: Nostalgia on many levels

By Jonathan Valania


Who ever thought we would be glad to see Stevie Nicks again?

Well, for starters, the half-million record-buyers who helped Nicks' Trouble in Shangri-la go gold. They were probably pretty happy - until they got it home and listened to it. Then, the righteous-babe rockers such as Sheryl Crow and Courtney Love, who see the former Fleetwood Mac frontwoman as some kind of fairy godmother of chick-rock. And the mothers and daughters who frolicked on the Tweeter Center lawn Tuesday night, twirling barefoot in long summer dresses to Nicks' witchy-woman music.

In the '70s, Fleetwood Mac defined the immaculately crafted El Lay soft-rock sound. When the band split due to souring interpersonal relationships, declining sales, and kilos of rock-and-roll excess, Nicks staked out a solo career, then disappeared into commercial irrelevance. Except for the late-'90s Fleetwood Mac reunion, she hadn't been heard from since 1994's Street Angel. Not much about Nicks has changed. The 53-year-old singer still looks as if she just got back from a Renaissance Faire - all flowing shawls, tangled ribbons and big hair. And her voice, that trademark tremulous bleat, sounds as strong as ever. Even her stage set - a pre-Raphaelite tableau of ivy-covered trellises, Doric pillars, and a medieval archway overlooking a twinkling azure sea - took the audience back, in a unicorns-and-druids sort of way.

Opening with a sturdy version of "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," Nicks and her nine-piece band proceeded to build a Dagwood sandwich from old cold cuts ("Rhiannon," "Edge of Seventeen" and "Stand Back") and new cheese ("Sorcerer," "Planets of the Universe"). Tasted pretty good, too.

Thanks to CLMoon for sending this article to us.

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