On Thursday, September 22, 2022, Stevie Nicks performed at the Maine Savings Amphitheatre in Bangor, Maine.
At this show, Stevie put “Solder’s Angel” back into the set list; it followed “Gypsy.” “Free Fallin'” moved back to the first encore position.
Vanessa Carlton was Stevie’s support act.
Special thanks to Steve B, Gary Allen, and Midnight for sharing your videos!
Gypsy (Steve B)
“So this next song is a song was written in Aspen, Colorado in 1973. And somebody that I just know, their house and I was there, and I just said… We were all going out to dinner, and this was the year that Buckingham Nicks came out. And I said can I just sit in your 10 million dollar living room and write a song. And they said, ‘For sure, of course.’ So they all left me in this beautiful house and I wrote this song. And when I walked out of the house that night in snowy, snowy Aspen, I said, ‘This little song has the potential to do something. I don’t know what, but something. And in fact, this little song kicked Fleetwood Mac right into the universe.
“So I would like to dedicate this to a friend of mine, who came out on the road for the last several days to take our road manager’s place because he had to go party. I mean, parties are important, that’s okay. So anyway, Doug Casper, my friend, this is for you. This is ‘Landslide.'”
Landslide (Steve B)
Soldier’s Angel (Gary Allen)
Edge of Seventeen (Steve B)
Free Fallin’ (Steve B)
Rhiannon (Steve B)
A Thousand Miles – Vanessa Carlton (Midnight)
On Thursday, the autumn equinox brought the start of fall to Maine, bringing with it the legendary Stevie Nicks, one of the most occult figures in popular music. She enchanted the Bangor crowd with poise, presence, and a voice that improbably hasn’t aged a day since she boarded the Fleetwood Mac tour bus in 1975. She also has an incredibly extensive music collection and a fashion sense so distinctive that you could tell exactly where dressed-up concert attendees were driving if you saw them at gas stations.
Arrival of autumn coincided with a marked drop in temperature and sporadic showers that drenched concertgoers just enough to give the cold wind some bite. But it made no discernible difference to the crowd’s mood. At Maine Savings Amphitheater, the crowd was loud and upbeat the entire time, yelling furiously whenever Nicks left the microphone to perform her signature twirls. At 74 years old, this was a more delicate proposition, making the effort all the more appealing. She also, coincidentally, began the performance with a medley that specifically alluded to the weather, starting with “Outside the Rain” from her 1981 solo album “Bella Donna” and including a smooth transition into the Fleetwood Mac classic “Dreams” (featuring the “thunder only happens when it’s raining”
She used her solo discography more frequently than her Fleetwood Mac discography throughout the show. There were almost as many tributes to her buddy Tom Petty as there were to Fleetwood Mac; she sang their duet “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” covered his “Free Fallin’,” and entered the stage to Petty’s “Runnin’ Down a Dream” playing over the sound system.
Her solo material demonstrated the breadth of her composition, almost as if she had written songs particularly for a lengthy and enjoyable concert set, when mixed with her Mac stuff. “If Anyone Falls” and “Stand Back” were two options for dance tracks with a strong synthesiser influence. With “Enchanted,” “Gypsy,” and “Bella Donna,” you got barroom blues, soft-rock, and power balladry, respectively. To extract the most drama and contrast from the material, this range was all practised and performed with a professional backup band.
The two songs that concluded the concert, “Gold Dust Woman,” from Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours,” and “Edge of Seventeen,” her biggest solo hit, were the best examples of this. After a protracted intro to “Gold Dust Woman,” Nicks reappeared on stage draped in a gold shawl. Additionally, it had long musical sections in the middle and the finale, during which Nicks danced wildly. At the conclusion of the song, she stood facing the audience while rising her arms so that the shawl looked like wings.
She sung the lyric “I’m getting older too” in the song “Landslide,” which she has been singing for almost 50 years, getting more pointed with each passing year. She still interprets her earlier stuff as if she wrote it yesterday, keeping endlessly vibrant even as we all age. Her songwriting mix of young energy, unique viewpoint, and wise-beyond-her-years words have aged amazingly well.
Rakhi Kale | Globe Stats | September 24, 2022
- Outside the Rain
- If Anyone Falls
- Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around
- For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield cover)
- Wild Heart
- Bella Donna
- A Soldier’s Angel
- Stand Back
- Gold Dust Woman
- Edge of Seventeen
- Free Fallin’ (Tom Petty cover)
- Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin cover)
Bella Donna (4), The Wild Heart (4), In Your Dreams (1), Fleetwood Mac (5), covers (3)
|Lead Vocals||Stevie Nicks|
|Guitar and Musical Director||Waddy Wachtel|
|Background Vocals||Sharon Celani and Marilyn Martin|
Stevie Nicks tonight! 🔥 pic.twitter.com/vPx2HzEgZD
— SNBR | tour mood 🎫 (@BRStevieNicks) September 23, 2022