October 8, 2011
Better than: Unicorn sightings.
Stevie Nicks spent quite a few moments of Saturday night's performance at the Fillmore marveling that she was onstage at the Fillmore, the place where she once attended concerts by the likes of the Byrds and Jimi Hendrix and dreamed about her own possibilities.
"If you wish on the stars," said Nicks, who attended Menlo-Atherton High and San Jose State, "you might get a satellite!"
Nicks left no doubt that she appreciated her time there as much as the approximately 1,500 fans that had managed to get inside. And she didn't keep anyone waiting to hear a classic, starting off with "Stand Back" and weaving a set of what she dubbed "all the wonderful old things and some new songs that deserve to be played."The new songs, including "Secret Love," "For What It's Worth," and "Soldier's Angel," came from In Your Dreams, her critically acclaimed seventh studio album and first since 2001's Trouble in Shangri-La. It's also an extended collaboration with producer Dave Stewart, best known as half of the Eurythmics. She offered extra background when it came to songs like "Soldier's Angel," inspired by visiting with wounded war veterans, and served them all up with as much polish as her seasoned anthems from "Rhiannon" to the closing "Edge of Seventeen." Nicks cut a slimmer shape from recent years, and her long blond hair appeared flawless against two well-tailored outfits, one in mystical black and the other in corseted white. Both had the benefit of high-heeled black boots. She simply looked amazing, and was pitch-perfect throughout. She didn't even appear dizzy after her trademark slow twirls. Nicks made two major dedications during her show: "Landslide" was offered up for her friend, comedienne Kathy Griffin, who waved at the crowd from the balcony. And Nicks honored her vocal coach, Steve Real, who came out to duet on "Leather and Lace." We'd never seen anyone shout-out their vocal coach during a concert, let alone with such affection and obvious gratitude. But gratitude was certainly the overriding emotion felt that night from Stevie Nicks and her audience. Critic's Notebook Personal bias: I once got to meet Nicks and touch the shawl known as the "sleeves of 'Rhiannon'" in her dressing room. Random detail: One poor lady fainted and collapsed before Nicks even took to the stage. We're not sure if she was overwhelmed by her health or the show that was about to happen, but we felt for her and the sad look on her face as she was wheeled out of the main room. By the way: Nicks also performed a second show at the Fillmore on Sunday night (Oct. 9).