It’s rare that someone takes the stage and you can actually feel the energy of the room shift, but Stevie Nicks had that force inside the Prudential Center on Sunday night with many stories to share. The Phoenix-born rock goddess started her career more than 40 years ago, yet her passion for music was more commanding than ever. Nicks opened with “Gold and Braid,” a song originally intended for her “Bella Donna” album that never made the cut. The lively jam allowed Nicks to shimmy her shoulders and open up her infamous sandy vocals. Opening with the not-so-well-known song prepared her fans for a set-list of rarely-played treasures. But the whole night wasn’t just treasures. Those jonesing for the classic Nicks hits got exactly what they went for.
The Newark show was one of many nights of the 24 Karat Gold Tour but so much was so many expectations were met, and Stevie Nicks barely skipped a beat. She jetted into “If Anyone Falls” and then brought the crowd to its feet with “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” Standing in for the original duet with Tom Petty was Chrissie Hynde, whose band The Pretenders opened the show. Their raspy vocals were perfectly in sync proving, as Nicks has been doing for years, that she doesn’t need a man to do anything.
Nicks’ latest tour embraces women and highlights her mastery of her craft. Her live version of “Bella Fleur” gave fans a taste of her vocal range and proved she still has the vocal chops we fell in love with in the ’70s. But there’s nothing quite like when she performed Fleetwood Mac songs.
When performed “Dreams,” it was just as magical as when fans would see the same performed with Fleetwood Mac. Although there were no famous Stevie Nicks twirls on stage during the song, when she grasped the microphone and sang “When the rain washes you clean, you’ll know” it reminded fans that no matter what mistakes we make tonight, tomorrow is a brand new day.
Nicks moved through her set quickly, only breaking a couple times to tell many stories. She closed the night with “Leather and Lace” from Bella Donna; the original duet was performed with Don Henley, but Nicks again, carried it just fine without him.
Speaking of which, Stevie Nicks will be back with Fleetwood Mac to headline Night Two of the New York City, “The Classic” at Citifield with the Eagles headlining night one, along with Steely Dan, Journey, Earth, Wind and Fire and The Doobie Brothers all together for two nights for a mega concert.