The tao of Stevie

Modern-day enchantress Stevie Nicks to weave her spell at the TECO on Tuesday

Stevie Nicks is a modern-day enchantress, weaving magic with her songs.

Even her tunes boast other-worldly themes, with titles such as “Enchanted,” “Dreams,” “Sorcerer,” “Planets of the Universe.”

On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Stevie Nicks brings her musical mysticism to the TECO Arena in Estero.

“I like her voice and I like her spirituality, which I think comes through in her songs,” says Sally Maitland, of the Make A Wish Foundation in Bonita Springs. “She’s grown spiritually, and it’s reflected in her music.

“Her voice is so distinctive. That’s something that stands out in all the songs — she’s got a great voice.

“She’s been through some tough times,” Maitland adds. “She’s not shy about singing about it. She struggles with a lot, like a lot of people in this generation. She’s gone through a lot of personal challenges and issues, so it’s nice to see someone who has gone through things and come out the other side successfully.”

Nicks has battled broken hearts, cocaine addiction, an addiction to prescription drugs, weight gain, writer’s block and depression. During her current tour, she had to cancel a few shows due to acute bronchitis.

Nicks and high-school sweetheart Lindsey Buckingham joined Fleetwood Mac at the end of 1974, mixing California rock with Mac’s British blues sound. The group’s self-named album went platinum and produced such hits as “Over My Head,” “Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win)” and “Say You Love Me.”

Their next album, “Rumours,” went on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time, with hits such as “Don’t Stop,” “Dreams” and “Go Your Own Way.” (The band eventually performed “Don’t Stop” for President Clinton’s inaugural and for a surprise farewell party for him.)

But in 1980, the band members started concentrating on solo success.

Nicks soon became known for her hits “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” “Edge of Seventeen (Just Like the White Winged Dove)” and “Leather and Lace.”

She was also known for her unique sense of style, dressing in flowing dresses, lace shawls and English silk top hats.

Seven years after her last effort, Nicks has released a new solo album, called “Trouble in Shangri-La.” The CD includes guest artists Macy Gray, Sarah McLachlan, Lindsey Buckingham, Dixie Chick Natalie Maines and Sheryl Crow, who co-produced five cuts.

In a press release from her label, Reprise Records, Nicks says, “My music often unfolds like the book of my life. I believe in telling the truth … actually, it’s the only way I can exist as a writer. Every step along the path of my life, I’ve been writing it all down, taking incredibly detailed notes. Instead of partying, I run back to my room, open my journal, and pour out my heart onto paper. It can take minutes, or it can take all night. But it’s always deep. And it’s always real.”

Her lyrics explore the pain of lost love and separation. In “Bombay Sapphires” she sings: “You — beloved/Were to me — everything/That love stood for/To love one another for awhile/Was enough — /It was all that I lived for/How can I go on without you/Can I go on —without you/I tell myself — this time/I’m going to have to — /Move on.”

And in “Love Changes” she sings: “It wasn’t that I didn’t love you/I just couldn’t make you see/That as hard as I tried/To make it all better/It was not better for me/The love that I gave you was…/All around you/There was nothing left for me/But I hate to say it/But I saw it coming/My feelings were changing.”

And, at 53, she still has that distinctive voice that sounds like a little girl with a worldly wise huskiness.

Jonathan Spafford, 16, a junior at Barron Collier High School, likes Nicks’ style.

“She’s raw, she’s so uncut,” he says. “She’s real. She has her own way of things. She’s unique.”

His friend, Blair Eckhardt, 16, a junior at Gulf Coast High School, agrees. “There’s nothing to describe her (unique) voice,” she says. “She doesn’t follow the formula of today’s music.

“When I saw her in the Destiny’s Child video, (“Bootylicious”), I was excited she was trying to appeal to a younger audience.

“What do I like about her? It’s everything. I like her voice.

“I think she is an amazing artist.”

Nancy Stetson / Naples Florida Daily News / Friday, September 21, 2001

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TWO ICONS ONE NIGHT

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Los Angeles, CA
SoFi Stadium

April 10, 2023
Arlington, TX
AT&T Stadium

May 19, 2023
Nissan Stadium
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August 5, 2023
Ohio Stadium
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Arrowhead Stadium
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Presented by Live Nation

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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