On Sunday night, Stevie Nicks performed at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD — the 43rd show of the 24 Karat Gold Tour. For a third show in a row, The Pretenders did not perform due to illness. Some members of the band are suffering a respiratory illness.
Thanks and much love to Jim Hunter, Diane Lyn, and Faith Merritt for sharing these photos.
Thanks and much love to jclark0333, Tango Cruz, Stephanie Morton, oldschool7166, Jim Powers, and nraymond81 for sharing these videos.
Gold and Braid (Jim Powers)
If Anyone Falls (jclark0333)
Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around (Jim Powers)
Gypsy (Jim Powers)
Wild Heart / Bella Donna (jclark0333)
Enchanted (Jim Powers)
New Orleans (jclark0333)
Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream) (Jim Powers)
Stand Back (TangoCruz)
Stand Back / Meeting Prince story (Jim Powers)
Meeting Prince story (nraymond81)
“So here’s my Prince story. Prince and I were friends. I first met him probably in 1977 at Warner Bros. I didn’t really know who he was, and I didn’t really know what his music was. He was not that…he was that guy up there. He was not that guy yet. He was very shy and quiet, standing over there on the other end of the room. And a friend of mine took me and introduced us and I talked to him. I sat on the couch next to him and I talked to him for a minute. Not very talkative. And you know, I’m really a talker, so. So he’s like looking at me like eyes crossed, right? And I’m like Prince, you’re gonna have to learn to talk more. At that point, I just said, Nice meetin’ ya.’ I said, ‘I have to flutter. I have to go mingle a little.’ So I left and I never saw him or really heard of him again for a while up until like the beginning of the ’80s. So that was a couple of years.
In 1981 or ’82, I got married [for] 3 months — that’s it. The guy who introduced me to Prince was the guy that I married. So he and I are driving to Santa Barbara on our honeymoon and this song comes on the radio and I’m like, ‘Who is that? This is like such a great song.’ And my husband says, ‘It’s Prince. Remember that guy?’ And I’m like, ‘Yes!’ And I said, ‘Well, you know what? I’m a like writing a new song and take his song.’ And my husband says, ‘Well, you can’t do that, it’s like Prince’s song.’ And I’m like, ‘No, I’m already doing it. In fact, it’s happening in my head as we’re speaking.’ I’m like a typewriting in my head.’ So I said, ‘We have to get some paper and pencil so I can sort of remember it.’ So we went, we got paper and pencil, pulled over to the side of the road, and I got all the words written. We recorded it on a cassette — still have it — and raced back to Los Angeles to book a studio to go in and record this song.
So I went into Sunset Sound, which we already sang about in ‘Belle Fleur.’ So we recorded it with a very small band, just especially to the ‘dah dah dah-dah dah dah’ part ’cause that’s the main part of the song that’s not his song. So we recorded it, it sounded great and at one point, I said, ‘Hold up. We can’t continue. We have to get in touch with Prince. We have to find him. So does anybody in here know how to get in touch with Prince?’ Nobody. So I said, ‘Well then, call our managers, call our business people, call everybody and tell them we need to…we need a phone number. We need to call Prince because we really can’t continue this. So we’ll just sit in here and wait’ So in about 15 minutes in came somebody with a piece of paper and a number on it, ‘Here’s the number.’ And I’m like, ‘Oh my God! I can’t call Prince.’ So I go like, ‘But I have to because otherwise I can’t do this song.’ So I dial the number and the phone is answered and this man says, ‘Hello?’ I’m like, ‘Hello, Prince? This is Stevie Nicks.’ And he says, ‘Hello, Stevie Nicks. This is Prince.’ So I got through that, but now I almost don’t really know what to say. I got him on the phone. He’s nice, you know? And I said, ‘Well, this is why I’m calling: So I was driving in the car and your song came on, and what I do once in a while, I start writing another melody to your melody. In other words, I’m writing a lyrical melody and a lyric to your track.’ I’m sure he was standing wherever he was going like, [twittles fingers around head]. ‘And it’s really good, and I think you’re really gonna like it, but if you don’t like it then it’s gone, it’s done, it’s in the garbage. And where are you, by the way? Are you in Minnesota in Minneapolis in the frozen tundra?’ And he said, “No, I’m in Los Angeles!’ And I said, ‘OK! Can you come to Sunset Sound?’ And of course, I’m like getting really excited, and he can hear it in my voice. I’m going like, ‘Can you come over to Sunset Sound like soon?’ And he said, “Yeah, I can.’
So 20 minutes later in walks Prince in total purple glitter and velvet and like leggings and oh my God just so much more like dressed up than anybody in the studio. And it’s seriously like, ‘Tah-dah!’ And we’re just like standing there like really stupid, dumb people that have no business to be in the same room with this guy. So he comes in. He’s very nice. and he just looks at me and says, ‘So, play it for me. Let’s see what you got.’ I’m just about to drop dead on the floor. And so we played it, went through the whole thing, and I’m standing next him like not looking at him because the body language can totally give you away, so I’m like not even looking. And he says, ‘I love it.’ And in my head I’m going, ‘Well, that was easy. Is he lying to me?’ And he said, ‘No, really, I love it. I think it’s great.’ And I’m like, “OK. Well, do you want to play on it.’ And he said, “Sure.’
So he went out and played some synthesizer on the verses and on the middle part and he played a little bit of guitar that’s mixed in there somewhere, and that was about an hour and then we was like, ‘Well, I’m outta here…people to see, places to go. So let me know. Keep in touch and let me know what’s going on. And I love it, Stevie, and I’m proud to be a part of it. Thank you, you know.’ And so I walk him out to his car, if my memory serves me, this car was a purple Camaro! And he gives me a hug and he gets into his car, and it’s like…Vroom! He’s gone. And I walked back into the studio — it’s a lonely place now.
So that was my experience with that, and so the song that we wrote ‘Stand Back’ to was ‘Little Red Corvette.’ So your mission in life is to go home and try to stick ‘Stand Back’ into ‘Little Red Corvette.’ You can do it. Put on your musical hat.
So anyway, the great thing now about having written that song and having it be a co-written song with Prince is that Prince always worried about me through the next many years up until my final rehab in 1994. Prince worried about me — he really worried. So now that he’s gone I feel like he’s right here, and I feel like he’s watching me. He’s watching over me, and sometimes I’m very nervous when I walk out onstage, and sometimes I am, it’s different from some nights, and I’ll just go, ‘Prince, walk with me.’ And he does — he does.
So anyway, whenever you hear either one of those songs, you can think of our friend that’s up there watching over all of us and how cool it was that we accidentally got that song from ‘Little Red Corvette.’ So that’s my Prince story. There are many more, but that’s for another time.
Crying in the Night -- partial (oldschool7166)
Gold Dust Woman (nraymond81)
Edge of Seventeen (Jim Powers)
Edge of Seventeen (nraymond81)
Edge of Seventeen (Stephanie Morton)
Rhiannon/Landslide (Stephanie Morton)
Rhiannon (Jim Powers)
Landslide (Jim Powers)
Stevie Nicks mints golden performance at Royal Farms Arena (Jon Gallo, Baltimore Post Examiner)
“Nicks turned back the clock and took the crowd on a voyage where she unveiled her music, which has transcended generations. Nicks looked refreshed as she performed during the final leg of her 24 Karat Gold Tour, which combines recently recorded, previously unreleased songs with the array of hits that have made the former Fleetwood Mac singer one of rock’s most iconic women.”
Stevie nicks ?? pic.twitter.com/FLKsq9A9aM
— Faith Merritt (@Faith_merritt03) March 27, 2017
.@StevieNicks brought it in Baltimore tonight. The Queen of Rock n Roll is as good as ever.
— Eric Pahls (@EricPahls) March 27, 2017
Stevie Nicks rocked tonight
— Olivia Bowman (@OliviaBowman20) March 27, 2017
Just got back from Stevie nicks concert ?"Awesome" thank you Stevie
— David james (@maga002017) March 27, 2017
— Steve Goodman (@RM2SteveG) March 27, 2017
Stevie Nicks was amazing live, I'm in love. Her show was magical. ?✨
— Rapunzel (@K_Seese1025) March 27, 2017
✨STEVIE NICKS ✨ pic.twitter.com/v36YaRIuZW
— Em M. (@EmWitDaLastName) March 27, 2017
Stevie Nicks is an actual angel. What a night❤️ pic.twitter.com/tXF02pLfSC
— julia merritt (@Julia_Guliaa99) March 27, 2017
— Em M. (@EmWitDaLastName) March 27, 2017
blessing your tl with stevie nicks ? pic.twitter.com/KUL0VZrVsT
— kayla ? (@_kayla_cook) March 27, 2017
Stevie Nicks just covered Iron Age in Baltimore. pic.twitter.com/iWbSncgc6a
— ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@ItsGoTime) March 27, 2017
seeing stevie nicks do her twirl with her cape in real life was all i needed i can die now
— savana (@imnotsavana) March 27, 2017
— Royal Farms Arena (@RoFoArena) March 27, 2017
Stevie Nicks rocking it tonight in Baltimore pic.twitter.com/V9v2oKGzbH
— Karen Sroka (@KarenJSroka) March 27, 2017
— Royal Farms Arena (@RoFoArena) March 27, 2017
"The Girl Power thing, it's happening.. We fought for it in the 70's, don't let it die out" -- the love of my life, Stevie Nicks
— L ? (@lauren_higgins) March 27, 2017
I'm crying bc Stevie Nicks is wonderful and telling the story about her and Prince making their AMAZING song ugh love
— Kristine Kraus (@kristine_kraus) March 27, 2017
— 102.7 JACK-FM (@1027jackfm) March 27, 2017
— Matt Ryan (@MattRyan7) March 27, 2017
— Laura Fraher (@LauraFraher) March 27, 2017
— Diane Lyn (@dianelynradio) March 26, 2017