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Stevie Nicks brought her 24 Karat Gold Tour to open the new Park Theater in Las Vegas- December 17, 2016

 

What can you possibly say about a legendary singer who since the 70’s has been described as magickal and enchanting and dubbed music’s own gypsy witch?  She has been a force to be reckoned with over the decades- weaving her spell over her audience with songs that give a glimpse into her life, somewhat ( but not too much) and can get you up and dancing or weeping like a baby….

On December 17, 2016-  Stevie Nicks, her long time guitarist Waddy Wachtel in tow, opened up and proceeded to enchant the audience at The Park Theater with her “Songs from the Vault” and while some may have been disappointed that some of the “classics” that we have come to love were not done, she made it clear that the evening was not going to be run of the mill with what she has chosen to share with us that evening.

Before I go on further about Stevie,  I would like to give a nod to Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders who were in the opening slot on this bill.  If anyone questions if Chrissie still has it- if Martin can still play- and if the sass and playfulness is still there with her during “Brass in Pocket” – I can assure you, it is indeed! The hits were there and the band was on point as they went thru songs like “Don’t Get Me Wrong” and “My City Was Gone”.   The coarse yet wistful way Chrissie has always sang “Mystery Acheivement” still as great as when it first came out and the crowd could not have been more receptive, dancing and singing along to those songs.  The only thing I was disappointed about was that Chrissie didn’t pull out ” Tattooed Love Boys” – always a kick ass tune!  If you ever question yourself as to if you should catch The Pretenders when they come to your town- question no further and get out of the middle of the road and just GO- you will NOT be disappointed!

” Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” –  Stevie and Chrissie on stage at The Park Theater-

 

When it comes to Stevie, someone who I have admired since I was a kid ( and in fact named my daughter after),  her part of the evening was very much all one could hope for and more.  To hear the stories behind the songs that she has chosen to pull out of the trunk in her vault- some songs, like “Gypsy” and “Stand Back” and “Gold Dust Woman” that are what can only be called “standards” to any Stevie fan and some that were not so familiar- but all phenomenal.  There were tender moments that brought tears such as when she talked about Prince and how Edge of Seventeen came about as well as some funny moments when she had to “scold” someone in the audience who kept shouting at her when she was introducing Waddy Wachtel and talking about how he has been her musical director since Bella Donna days.  There was the story of how Stop Draggin My Heart Around came about and while we wondered if Tom Petty was hiding backstage ( hey it IS Vegas and things like that do happen at times!) we were all surprised to hear Mr Petty’s parts being done and done amazingly,  by none other than Chrissie Hynde who came from behind the drum riser to join Stevie on stage!  The whole evening was, as described previously, a very magickal and very enchanted evening…

         The Park Theater

Stevie closed the show with just she and Waddy onstage doing the song ” Landslide”  which she dedicated to the owners and management of The Park Theater as she thanked them for allowing her to be the opener of the new and most beautiful venue that is now at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino on The Strip in Las Vegas, as well as her audience,  who came together for the type of night that only Stevie can weave.  We can only hope that she will return again soon, to cast her own brand of musical magick over Las Vegas once again.

 

 

Photos of Stevie and Chrissie and of the Park Theater by MGM Resorts International- All Rights Reserved
Stevie Nicks Promotional Photos – All Rights Reserved by the artist
Video of Stevie from that evening doing ‘ Edge of Seventeen’  from the ” Joe In Vegas”  YouTube Channel

 

By Sylvia Lee

Editor/ Staff Writer and Co-Founder of ZRock'R Magazine. Sylvia has worked in and around music since she was 16, though it has always been a part of her life. In radio ( her last radio job was in the mid-90's at KKLZ before departing for other pursuits) , as part of various tour support/production crews, in promotion of both bands and even clubs (recipient of the Climax/Plan C Entertainment Blackberry Award in 2007 for her work as production manager of the Las Vegas MC Jin show ) and in rock journalism with a music column in the late 80′s called MusicLine in the Independent News in central Illinois. Sylvia has also has written articles and reviews for SCOPE, The Reader, Las Vegas Music Scene Magazine, Vegas SoundZ (she was PR director for LVMS where she helped push a little known and upcoming at the time Vegas photographer then known as Shane O'Neil Dobbs ( he later dropped the Dobbs), landing him his first concert shoot for a publication with Nine Inch Nails at the Thomas and Mack in '95) and she also did PR for Vegas SoundZ when they were in print). She also was a contributor to LA’s FIX Magazine. Sylvia credits her love of rock journalism and working in and around it to the person she calls the “First Lady of Rock n Roll Journalists” The legendary Jaan Uhelszki who co-founded influential music publication CREEM Magazine, but also gives a nod to the women who were also involved in the early days like Lisa Robinson and photographer Lynn Goldsmith. Sylvia's eye for talent and ear for great music have never failed her. Ever sarcastic with a love for Metal, Grunge, Punk, and Industrial Music; the occasional glass of fine wine; enjoying some classic movies (the original Universal horror films are a favorite) or binging episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus, Good Omens or all 4 seasons of Stranger Things - she is the fearless leader of this bunch of talented lunatics.

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