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Stevie Nicks sings "Bella Donna" at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 11, 2022.

Stevie Nicks performs at Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Stevie Nicks returned to the historical Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado on Wednesday night, where she performed to an adoring, sold-out crowd. This was the second show on the unnamed summer-fall tour through the nation’s outdoor concert venues. For the first non-festival show of the tour, Stevie added two songs to the set, deep cuts “Soldier’s Angel” and “Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream).”

Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down a Dream” set the tone for the much-anticipated evening, as the prerecorded track played in the background seconds before Stevie took to the stage. Moments later, the enchanting Stevie Nicks appeared and kicked off her set with the “Outside the Rain/Dreams” combo.

Stevie Nicks - Dreams (live)

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Early in the show, Stevie performed her biggest solo hit “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” a Billboard Pop Singles No. 3 in 1981. Guitarist Waddy Wachtel served as Stevie’s regular duet partner for the live rendition.

Stevie Nicks - Stop Draggin' My Heart Around (live)

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,Next up was “Enchanted,” the tight and reliable ditty from Stevie’s second solo album The Wild Heart (1983).

Stevie Nicks - Enchanted (live)

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Near the halfway mark, Stevie performed another combo piece, “Wild Heart” and “Bella Donna,” the title tracks from her second and first solo albums, respectively. Afterwards, Stevie showed off the famous “Bella Donna” cape. “This is the original ‘kimono,'” she said. “It’s in perfect shape. 1981.”

Stevie Nicks - Wild Heart/Bella Donna (live)

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Next, Stevie lit up the night with “Gypsy,” her majestic Fleetwood Mac hit single from Mirage (1982).

Stevie Nicks - Gypsy - Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater, 5/11/22

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A Stevie Nicks show wouldn’t be complete without the unforgettable “Landslide.” Hardly a dry eye in the entire amphitheatre at this point, no doubt!

Stevie Nicks - Landslide - Live at Red Rocks Amphitheater, 5/11/22

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Another emotional moment came just before Stevie began “Soldier’s Angel,” a track from In Your Dreams (2011). Reading words that she prepared earlier that day, Stevie introduced the personal song, which has proven to be relevant in today’s unsettling world affairs. “This next song was written 14 years ago. Sadly, I knew it would be called back into service at some point in my life. Sometimes it’s easier to say how you feel in music and in pictures. I let the song and the video tell the rest of the story. The sunflower painting, as it was a present from a lady in Ukraine, her name’s Julia… (starts to cry) This is ‘Soldier’s Angel.” Overcome with tears, Stevie appeared to cut the introduction short so that she could proceed with singing the song.

The large monitor showed images of the sunflower painting that Stevie had been gifted, along with scenes of Ukrainian cities in ruins after the Russian invasion. 

Stevie Nicks - Soldier's Angel (live)

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The pulsating “Stand Back” got the crowd on its feet, as Stevie twirled and kicked in her famous gold-circle cape.

Stevie Nicks - Stand Back (live)

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The “Gold Dust Woman” emerged for a performance of what Stevie has described as “the crackhead dance” during the instrumental break.

Stevie Nicks - Gold Dust Woman @ Red Rocks 5/11/22

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Stevie explained that it wasn’t often that a movie could inspire her to write a song. But New Moon, the second film in the Twilight trilogy, did just that, as it motivated her to compose the atmospheric “Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream) back in 2010. She joked that she had lived as a vampire over the last two years, alluding to the pandemic lockdown.

Stevie Nicks - Moonlight (A Vampire's Dream) (live)

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Stevie ended the regular set with the epic “Edge of Seventeen.” While she performs a shorter version of the rock anthem these days to help maintain her voice, it’s still a compelling showstopper in its abbreviated form.

Stevie Nicks - Edge of Seventeen (live)

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The Red Rocks attendees continued to light up the night with their smartphones illuminating the entire venue just before Stevie returned to the stage for the encores. 

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For the first of three encores, Stevie honored her muse, the late Tom Petty, performing his 1989 “Free Fallin.'” In 1996, Stevie covered the track, with it later appearing on the release Music from Party of Five. As Stevie sang the distinctive bars of “I’m freeee!” photographic memories of her performing with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers displayed on the large monitor at the back of the stage.

Stevie Nicks - Free Fallin' (live)

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For the second encore, “Rhiannon,” the fine sky lark, took to the sky like a bird in flight once again.

Stevie Nicks - Rhiannon (live)

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Stevie ended the night with the Led Zeppelin classic “Rock and Roll,” an homage to another one of Stevie’s musical heroes.

Stevie Nicks - Rock and Roll (live)

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Set List

  1. Outside the Rain
  2. Dreams
  3. If Anyone Falls
  4. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around
  5. Enchanted
  6. Wild Heart
  7. Bella Donna
  8. Gypsy
  9. Landslide
  10. Soldier’s Angel
  11. Stand Back
  12. Gold Dust Woman
  13. Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream)
  14. Edge of Seventeen
  15. Free Fallin’ (encore)
  16. Rhiannon (encore)
  17. Rock and Roll (encore)
Stevie Nicks Setlist Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO, USA 2022

Band

Stevie Nicks: Lead vocals
Waddy Wachtel: Guitar, musical director
Benmont Tench: Keyboards
Carlos Rios: Guitar
Al Ortiz: Bass
Ricky Peterson: Keyboards
Drew Hester: Drums
Sharon Celani: Background vocals
Marilyn Martin: Background vocals

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

Today in Stevie History

Album
1999

Jesse Camp Jesse & the 8th Street Kidz 1999

On May 25, 1999, Jesse Camp released his debut solo album Jesse & the 8th Street Kidz on the Hollywood Records label. It contained the track "Saviour," a duet with Stevie Nicks.

1992

Rick Vito King of Hearts Stevie Nicks Desiree 1992

On May 25, 1992, former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Rick Vito released his first solo album King of Hearts on the Modern Records label. It contained two duets with Stevie Nicks, the single "Desireé" and "Intuition".

Edge of Midnight (2020)

Beautiful People Beautiful Problems (2018)

New Release

Stevie Nicks, Stand Back 1981-2017, compilation

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