Albuquerque Tribune Journal Pavilion Review
Tropical Storm Stevie inundated the Journal Pavilion with more than just rain.
Stevie Nicks brought her "Trouble in Shangri-La" tour to town Tuesday night, a musical tour de force that spanned her career from Fleetwood Mac to her own solo success.
Nicks is still the white-winged dove, the gold-dust woman, the woman who wonders "who will love to love her."
On Tuesday night, the answer to that question was: everybody everyone who endured a drenching during a typical monsoonal downpour loved her, if not at the beginning then at least by the end of the night.
Nicks began with a nod to the present, as "Bootylicious," the Destiny's Child hit that samples her hit "Edge of Seventeen," played as an intro before she took the stage with her band.
Nicks' longtime collaborator, guitarist Waddy Wachtel, led a battery of three guitarists, two drummers, two backup singers, a bassist and a keyboard player as Nicks toyed with the intro to "Trouble in Shangri-La," which segued into "Stop Dragging my Heart Around," a joint work with Tom Petty. The Petty connection would resurface later in the evening.
The familiarity with the song drew a raucous response and outpouring of adoration from the full house, which seemed to be about 75 percent women.
The rain started from the first note Tuesday night, and the lightning and precipitation seemed specially arranged to accentuate her "Rumours"-era hit, the ethereal "Dreams."
"Welcome," Nicks said in her husky, sexy voice. "Sometimes it just rains. We'll just try to get through this."
No torrent of rain could dampen the enthusiasm, which extended to her new crop of music as well as the tried and true pieces.
Nicks played six songs from her new disc, including "Every Day"; the brutal "misery" of "Sorcerer"; "Planets of the Universe," which she said she wrote in 1976 during her tumultuous breakup with Lindsey Buckingham; "Too Far From Texas"; and "Bombay Sapphires."
She proffered the hits, too.
"Stand Back," "Edge of Seventeen" and "Rhiannon" elicited wild responses.
During "Gold Dust Woman," Nicks dressed in a shiny black bodice, adorned in sequins, with flowing sleeves covered herself in a gold pashmina, dancing, swirling and twirling.
The concert came full circle at the encore, when Nicks surprised the partisans with a rocking rendition of Tom Petty's obscure mid-70s hit "I Need to Know." In a contradiction, she followed it with "I Don't Want to Know."
A lyric from the more recent "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You" seemed to sum up the feeling by the end of the night:
"Poets, priests of nothing legends."
Nicks proved herself more than a worthy poet, a priestess of more than nothing, and if nothing else, a living legend.