Mystical Music: Stevie Nicks

One of the “rules” of growing up is to leave behind childhood fantasies of spirits, fairy princesses and the like — unless you build a career on mystical appeal, as has singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks.

Throughout her 15-year career, Nicks, 35, has held on to the fantasies of her youth and made them part of her music. She’ll share those fairy tales with South Florida Saturday at the Hollywood Sportatorium, a stop on her current U.S. tour with singer-guitarist Joe Walsh.

After “Rhiannon,” her first hit composition as a member of Fleetwood Mac, Nicks was nicknamed the “Welsh Witch” after the character in the song. On the cover of her first solo album, Bella Donna, she is surrounded by mystical objects — a tambourine, a crystal ball. On her new album, The Wild Heart, she is draped in a velvet cape, her hands folded in the gesture of a sorceress casting a spell. In interviews, she speaks of dreams and visions that have guided her career and life.

“I love the mysterious, the fantastic,” Nicks told Rolling Stone magazine. “I like to look at things otherworldly and say, ‘I wonder what goes on there?’ I think I was a monk in another life…”

After four years of writing music and recording demonstration tapes with then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham, the couple was accepted without audition as members of the already successful Fleetwood Mac in 1974. Within three months, the new Mac was on the road with Nicks as its “front man,” a gravelly voiced petite blond in lacy dresses.

Three Fleetwood Mac albums released from 1975 to 1979 contained hit Nicks compositions — “Rhiannon,” “Dreams” and “Sara.” But being part of a group made Nicks wary of losing her identity, so in 1981 she released her first solo album, Bella Donna, which sold 3 million copies and is still on Billboard’s Top LP chart after 116 weeks.

“The album was my finding out if I could still do something on my own,” Nicks said. “You start to doubt yourself after seven years with Fleetwood Mac…”

After the release of Bella Donna and a duet with Tom Petty, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” Nicks embarked on her first solo tour, of the Southwestern United States. Her second successful solo album, The Wild Heart, was released four months ago. Two songs from the new album have become hits — “Stand Back” and “If Anyone Falls.”

Nicks’ life indeed reads like a fairy tale — with a new husband, a self-designed dream house in the hills near Los Angeles, her first extensive American solo tour and, of course, the popularity of her music, which she calls the mirror of her “wild heart.”

STEVIE NICKS and JOE WALSH perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Hollywood Sportatorium, Hollywood. Tickets are $13.75 plus $1 service charge at BASS outlets. Call 653-0450, 428-0917.

Linda R. Thornton / The Miami Herald / November 4, 1983

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TWO ICONS ONE NIGHT

Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks

March 10, 2023
Los Angeles, CA
SoFi Stadium

April 10, 2023
Arlington, TX
AT&T Stadium

May 19, 2023
Nissan Stadium
Nashville, TN

August 5, 2023
Ohio Stadium
Columbus, OH

August 19, 2023
Arrowhead Stadium
Kansas City, MO

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2022 Tour

Stevie Nicks

Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Snowmass, CO
Labor Day 2022

Ravinia Festival
Highland Park, IL
September 8, 2022
September 10, 2022

Pine Knob Music Theatre
Clarkston, MI
September 13, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Sea Hear Now Festival
Asbury, NJ
September 17, 2022

Xfinity Center
Mansfield, MA
September 19, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Maine Savings Amphitheatre
Bangor, ME
September 22, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Sound on Sound Festival
Bridgeport, CT
September 24-25, 2022

Ohana Festival
Dana Point, CA
September 30, 2022

Hollywood Bowl
Los Angeles, CA
October 3, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

POSTPONED
Ak-Chin Pavilion

Phoenix, AZ
October 6, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

POSTPONED
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

The Woodlands, TX
October 9, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Alpharetta, GA
October 12, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Ascend Amphitheater
Nashville, TN
October 16, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Credit One Stadium
Charleston, SC
October 19, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

PNC Music Pavilion
Charlotte, NC
October 22, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Tampa, FL
October 25, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
West Palm Beach, FL
October 28, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Orion Amphitheatre
Huntsville, AL
October 31, 2022

RESCHEDULED SHOWS

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
The Woodlands, TX
November 2, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Ak-Chin Pavilion
Phoenix, AZ
November 5, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

 

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