Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks performing to a sold-out crowd last night in Mountain View. (Louis Raphael/Music in SF)

Stevie Nicks brings back memories at the Shoreline

So much has been written about the turmoil of Fleetwood Mac and for many, a Stevie Nicks show is the closest they’ll actually get to hear a song or two from their impressive catalog. But last night at the Shoreline in Mountain View it was Stevie, and Stevie alone, who shined bright like a diamond on a stage that she considers home. “This is the house of Bill Graham. This is where we started. This is definitely my hood,” she declared at the show’s start.

One by one she played some of her biggest hits like “Stand Back”, “Edge of Seventeen”, and “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” But also a few obligatory Fleetwood Mac classics like “Landslide” and “Dreams”. Backed by an eight-piece band of seasoned pros they all sounded powerful, emotive, but above all genuine.

Early in the set, she introduced us to this little girl named Robin, the daughter of a late friend of Stevie’s. The audience pointed her out in the audience and shortly after Stevie dedicated a song to her. She also mentioned that to this day the child calls her “Grandma Stevie.” It was an endearing moment and one that set a warm tone for the rest of the night.

Tonight was sentimental. Like when the icon sang a cover of “Free Fallin’” in honor of her friend Tom Petty who passed away a few years ago. Or when images of Prince were displayed on a backdrop that was filled the entire night with gorgeous displays of creative imagery. We also got to see some candid Polaroids of Stevie from a career that’s spanned close to 60 years now (all taken by her, she so proudly professed).

Of course, no show would be complete without some of the iconic singer’s famous trademark twirls, which she executed with style and grace. And yes, the capes. There were many including the original from Bella Donna. She told us a story of how her mom gave her grief about how much she’d spent on those. “Mom, a cape that’s worth 5,000 dollars that I’m going to wear for 60 years,” she giggled, “That’s like 10 dollars a day!”

And therein lies the appeal of Stevie Nicks. Although relatively small in stature, her voice and presence command attention, but it’s her quiet charm that puts you under her spell from the moment she steps onto that stage. It’s the magic of her shows. Not sure how she does it, maybe it’s got something to do with those mystical spins of hers.

Louis Raphael
With a discography that includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.

Louis Raphael / Music in SF /  June 13, 2022

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April 10, 2023
Arlington, TX
AT&T Stadium

May 19, 2023
Nissan Stadium
Nashville, TN

August 5, 2023
Ohio Stadium
Columbus, OH

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Arrowhead Stadium
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2022 Tour

Stevie Nicks

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

POSTPONED
Ak-Chin Pavilion

Phoenix, AZ
October 6, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

POSTPONED
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

RESCHEDULED SHOWS

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

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

 

Edge of Midnight (2020)

Beautiful People Beautiful Problems (2017)

New Release

Stevie Nicks, Stand Back 1981-2017, compilation

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