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Stevie Nicks Concert Review (The Forum Dec 18th 2016)

Posted by Ryan Polsky on

For over 40 years, Stevie Nicks has been a rock and roll icon, known for her beautiful voice and energetic, passionate performances. At age 68, she doesn’t appear to have lost any of her edge. The former Fleetwood Mac frontwoman and solo artist gave a rocking performance to a sold out crowd of 17,000 at the Forum in Inglewood, California on Sunday, December 18th. The Queen covered her whole career, from her solo hits (Edge of Seventeen, Bella Donna), Fleetwood Mac classics (Rhiannon, Gypsy), and lesser known songs (Enchanted, New Orleans). Backed up by a group of solid musicians two guitar players, a bass player, drummer, and two pianists, the music sounded in top form.

As someone who has been involved in the music scene for a long as she has, Stevie Nicks has a lot of awesome stories and experiences, which she isn’t afraid to share with her fans. At one point toward the end of the show, she said “I probably have spent more time telling stories than actually singing, huh?” While not quite true, fans were treated to interesting anecdotes told by the Queen herself. These tales came from the early days of Fleetwood Mac, inspirations behind songs, and how she began to work with with various artists. Tom Petty, who Nicks collaborated with on “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”, was frequently mentioned in her tales. A highlight of the concert was Chrissie Hynde, the lead singer of the Pretenders (who opened the show), singing Petty’s part during the performance of the aforementioned single. The closer, Landslide, brought much of the audience to tears.

Beyond the music, it was awesome to see such an icon of female empowerment, and all of the young ladies in the audience. Although we have made progress, rock still needs an improved gender balance, and Stevie Nicks has been fighting for that her entire career. All in all, this was a fantastic concert, and I highly recommend seeing this rock legend in concert. After a two month break, she will resume touring, beginning in Reno, NV. If you miss this tour, rumor has it that Fleetwood Mac will be doing a 50th Anniversary tour. Now that is something you DO NOT want to miss...