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Trouble in Shangri-La turns five

May 1, 2001 marks the fifth anniversary of the commercial release of Trouble in Shangri-La — Stevie Nicks’ sixth solo album and her first full length release since 1994’s Street Angel. Working with a talented cast of musicians, which included Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, and Natalie Maines, Nicks delivered her strongest collection of songs since her 1981 groundbreaking solo debut Bella Donna.

Highly anticipated, Trouble in Shangri-La impressively debuted at #5 on the Billboard Hot 200 Album Chart, selling over 100,000 copies in its first week of release. Earning critical and fan acclaim, the album exceeded industry expectation and went gold (500,000 units shipped to retailers) in just six weeks. Shangri-La spawned the singles “Every Day” [official video], “Sorcerer” [official video], and “Planets of the Universe,” which earned a 2001 Grammy nomination for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

Nicks supported Trouble in Shangri-La with a full-scale North American tour, which ominously lived up to the album’s title, as a series of unexpected events undermined the spirit and pace of the tour. Early on, respiratory illness forced Nicks to postpone shows, a setback that would follow her throughout the tour.

On September 11, terrorists executed organized attacks in New York and Pennsylvania, which halted the tour and led to national turmoil and more show cancellations. Despite these troubles, Nicks (who was in New York at the time of the attacks) carried on with encouragement from her family, friends, and fans, finishing the regular tour on a high note in October. Nicks reflected on her traumatic experience of September 11th in her journal entries, which were published on her official website, and later in the song “Illume (9-11)” from Fleetwood Mac’s 2003 album Say You Will.

Five years later, Trouble in Shangri-La remains as one of Nicks’ most accomplished and cohesive solo recordings to date.

2022 Tour

Stevie Nicks

🗹  New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
New Orleans, LA
May 7, 2022 

🗹 Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Morrison, CO
May 11, 2022

🗹  The Gorge Amphitheatre
Quincy, WA
May 14, 2022

RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
Ridgefield, WA
June 10, 2022

Shoreline Amphitheatre
Mountain View, CA
June 12, 2022

USANA Amphitheatre
Salt Lake City, UT
June 16, 2022

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
Manchester, TN
June 19, 2022

Ruoff Music Center
Noblesville, IN
June 21, 2022

Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Snowmass, CO
Labor Day 2022

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

Sea Hear Now Festival
Asbury, NJ
September 17, 2022

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

Ohana Festival
September 30, 2022
Dana Point, CA

Edge of Midnight (2020)

Beautiful People Beautiful Problems (2018)

New Release

Stevie Nicks, Stand Back 1981-2017, compilation

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