(Hebert W. Worthington III)

Unenthusiastic Nicks gives a fashion show at SPAC

Songbird Stevie Nicks focuses on costume changes at dull Saratoga concert.

Stevie Nicks has given rock fashion her own special twist with her flowing ensembles, but in Tuesday night’s concert at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center she introduced a bothersome trend: A change of clothes for each song.

Apparently the outfits hold special significance for the Fleetwood Mac sex symbol, who’s ending up the summer solo tour soon, but for her 10,700 fans, it was a little frustrating. The stage went dark after most numbers in the hour-and-a-half-plus show, and the songbird disappeared.

The mini-intermissions only twice meant a solo from the band. Guitarist Waddy Wachtel delivered a hard-rock improvisation that seemed stale and inappropriately raucous. Then the band vamped over percussionist Bobbye Hall’s nothing-special bit. Nicks’ fashion show halted the momentum. Although she came back for an encore, some bored fans already had left.

Nicks performed her new hits, “Talk to Me,” with a saxophone solo by Bobby Martin (who also was on keyboards), and “I Can’t Wait.” For the latter Nicks might find it important to point out she was draped in black, and Wachtel spilled another solo.

“Beauty and the Beast” revealed her voice – with qualities of both a baritone munchkin and a post-game cheerleader – at its roughest. The music overall was well done, maybe a little unenthusiastic at times.

Her voice returned for “Leather and Lace.” She sang harmony with Martin, who has a bright tenor voice. But here is a good place to point out another flaw in the Nicks show. She spent half of the night, including most of “Leather,” with her back to the audience. Perhaps to give them the benefit of studying both sides of her ensembles? Is she introducing a clothing line?

She also performed “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” sans Tom Petty, and walked off for a change before the song had ended. There was no enthusiasm whatsoever. There was no rapport with the crowd. It was amazingly dull. And those people screaming for the encore must have been very faithful or very easy to please.

Opener Peter Frampton, on the other hand, was a sensation with his three-piece backup.

Before his encore, he closed the show with his 1976 smash hit, “Do You Feel Like We Do?” complete with his trademark mouth-guitar. The extended version revealed the former Humble Pie player has only improved his technique. He’s making his comeback now, and Tuesday night’s performance made it no surprise.

Laura Haynes / Knickerbocker News (Albany, NY) / August 13, 1986

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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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