(Bill Wade)

Rod Stewart animated, Stevie Nicks more subdued

Stevie Nicks performs at Consol Energy Center as part of the Heart & Soul Tour with Rod Stewart

There’s no question that Stevie Nicks and Rod Stewart are legends in the music industry. One was a member of Fleetwood Mac, and was once called “The Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll” by Rolling Stone Magazine — not an accolade to be taken lightly. The other is one of the best-selling musicians of all time, both domestically and in the U.K., where he’s spawned an obscene 31 Top Ten singles.

(Bill Wade)

It’s also pretty obvious that the masses understand what it is to have two Rock and Roll Hall of Famers touring together. Consol Energy Center was decidedly packed on Saturday night, from the folding chairs on the floor space far up into the nosebleeds. And despite what was likely a higher average age than most concerts at Consol, many came out in full dedication, sporting Stevie Nicks outfits or Rod Stewart hairdos.

(Bill Wade)

However, the concert — which never featured the two singing together — took some time to get going. Nicks was the first to don the stage to the tune of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” — a fun song, to be sure, but not necessarily well-suited for the rock singer. After playing through “Enchanted” and “Secret Love,” both of which seemed to be more suitable for her style, it was time for one of the big hits.

Described by Nicks as Fleetwood Mac’s only number 1 single, “Dreams” brought the crowd to its feet as soon as the song started. However, it was in this particular track that it became apparent how much her vocals have changed: She was unwilling to hit some of the high notes required of the track, and her approach to singing has taken on an undesirable evenness. Essentially, her voice is still there, but its scope has begun to diminish.

However, the dark and electric “Gold Dust Woman” was able to infuse her performance with more energy than previous tracks. The following “Stand Back” brought some welcome 80’s sound to a crowd eager for some dancing (even if it was often awkward).

Stevie Nicks then took a moment to explain the inspiration for the song “Soldier’s Angel:” a visit to a military hospital. However, the description left a sour taste — she seemed to emphasize her sacrifice of “7 or 8 hours” there more than the sacrifice of the young men putting their lives on the line.

But regardless, she finished her set with a trinity of blockbuster hits: Fleetwood Mac’s “Rhiannon,” and her own “Leather and Lace” and “Edge of Seventeen (Just Like the White Winged Dove).” By the time the last song played, the blatantly un-raucous crowd was singing and clapping along, and Nicks executed the songs with distinct accuracy. An encore of “Landslide” was clearly the highlight of her performance as it normally is, and the message was all the more powerful for a musician looking back on her career.

The curtain (which featured a technicolor steam engine) lifted for the ever-jacketed Rod Stewart about a half-hour later at 9, though he maintained that they would play for as long as they could. And, true to his word, his performance ended close to the 11 o’clock curfew.

(Bill Wade)

Starting with a cover of the O’Jays “Love Train,” Rod exuded his seasoned showmanship throughout the set. He continued with “Tonight’s the Night,” a song that would perfectly complement a suburban summer night. The swinging piano of “Having a Party” was countered by the slowness of the following “You Wear It Well.” And after the Vietnam War feel of “Rhythm of My Heart,” “Young Turks” did well to juxtapose increasing age with trying to maintain youthful fieriness. Rod then brought out the “Pittsburgh Strings” to perform a few more songs, including Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?” A rendition of “The First Cut Is the Deepest” employed the entire section, giving the song a depth of flavor.

(Bill Wade)

Rod ended his night with two of his biggest hits: “Hot Legs” (during which he punted soccer balls into the crowd) and the classic “Maggie Mae,” which the crowd began singing even before Rod himself. An encore of “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy” finished his enthusiastic set.

For the night as a whole, Stevie Nicks’ more subdued style was countered by Rod Stewart’s always-animated performance- a well-executed one-two for the seasoned veterans.

(Bill Wade)

By Elliot Alpern / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / Post-Gazette / July 31, 2012

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March 15, 2023
Seattle, WA
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March 18, 2023
Las Vegas, NV
T-Mobile Arena

May 12, 2023
Raleigh, NC
PNC Arena

May 16, 2023
Knoxville, TN
Thompson-Boling Arena

May 19, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Nashville, TN
Nissan Stadium

May 22, 2023
Atlanta, GA
State Farm Arena

May 25, 2023
Orlando, FL
Amway Center

June 16, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Philadelphia, PA
Lincoln Financial Field

June 20, 2023
Toronto, ON (Canada)
Scotiabank Arena

June 23, 2023
Chicago, IL
United Center

June 27, 2023
Louisville, KY
KFC Yum! Center

August 5, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Columbus, OH
Ohio Stadium

August 8, 2023
Milwaukee, WI
Fiserv Forum

August 12, 2023
Houston, TX
Toyota Center

August 15, 2023
Austin, TX
Moody Center

August 19, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Kansas City, MO
Arrowhead Stadium

September 23, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Foxborough, MA
Gillette Stadium

September 27, 2023
Pittsburgh, PA
PPG Paints Arena

October 1, 2023
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden

October 4, 2023
Buffalo, NY
KeyBank Center

October 7, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Baltimore, MD 
M&T Bank Stadium

October 28, 2023
Memphis, TN
FedEx Forum

November 1, 2023
Savannah, GA
Enmarket Arena

November 4, 2023
Allentown, PA
PPL Center

November 7, 2023
Detroit, MI
Little Caesars Arena

November 10, 2023 – BILLY JOEL
Minneapolis, MN
U.S. Bank Stadium

November 29, 2023
San Diego, CA
Viejas Arena

December 2, 2023
Inglewood, CA
The Kia Forum

2022 Tour

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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

Ak-Chin Pavilion

Phoenix, AZ
October 6, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

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


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

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

For What It’s Worth (2022)

Edge of Midnight (2020)

Beautiful People Beautiful Problems (2017)

New Release

Stevie Nicks, Stand Back 1981-2017, compilation