NUMBER OF attendees in 2011: 1,200; Price of admission: $25; consecutive years event has been sold out: 5; U.S. Sales of Fleetwood Mac’s album Rumours: more than 19 million; U.S. sales of Stevie Nicks’s solo albums: more than 16 million
Stevie Nicks, the Fleetwood Mac vocalist, has always attracted blatant imitators and fervent admirers. For 21 years, the two camps have converged annually in New York City at the Night of 1,000 Stevies. With singers, dancers and other performers at the multimedia celebration at the Highline Ballroom earlier this month, Nicks (otherwise unaffiliated with the event) appeared in a video, promising to attend a future show and sing “Edge of Seventeen.” “Should Stevie ever attend and perform,” says Chi-Chi Valenti, the show’s founding producer, “it would be a mass of fans weeping, twirling, reaching out to touch her hand, singing along and making a mighty clatter of tambourines.” Future attendees, be prepared: the Web site says it’s strictly B.Y.O.B.T. — Bring Your Own Bedecked Tambourine.
Tony Gervino / New York Times / Sunday, May 29, 2011