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Stevie Nicks sprinkles her Gold Dust over rapt audience at Borgata

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Stevie Nicks

By her own acknowledgement, Stevie Nicks was late to the stage Sunday night. Eleven months late, to be exact. Due to vocal issues, the legendary singer and iconic front woman for classic rock royalty Fleetwood Mac was forced to cancel her August 2011 show at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. She certainly made up for lost time, wowing the crowd with her trademark rasp, string of hit songs, and inimitable gypsy goddess style.

“I’ve danced across the stages of the world,” she informed the audience, filled with loyal and energized fans, many of them dressed in flowing dresses and bangles. “Let’s just have fun tonight,” she encouraged. “Let’s have a really good time.”

Nicks opened with a rousing rendition of the popular Led Zeppelin anthem “Rock and Roll,” followed by her own “Enchanted” and “Secret Love” from 2011’s In Your Dreams, her first studio album in a decade since the release of the impressive Trouble in Shangri-la. Known for being fond of conversing with her audience, Nicks went a step further this time, painstakingly introducing each song as if she were sitting in her own living room with a cup of tea in one hand, lacey tambourine in the other.


One of the more poignant moments of the night came when Nicks shared a story of her experiences with wounded veterans at Walter Reed Hospital, a series of events that inspired the raw and emotional track “Soldier’s Angel.”  

Hoarse at times, Nicks admitted she was feeling a bit off vocally, but by no means did she fail to deliver on her revered classics, offering an intense rendition of “Gold Dust Woman” and some seriously understated emotion in “Rhiannon.” At one point, she even brought her vocal coach to the stage for a duet on the elegant classic “Leather and Lace.” When longtime guitarist Waddy Wachtel launched into the iconic and often-sampled riff that kicks off “Edge of Seventeen,” the audience was electrified.Nicky Vallee, Stevie Nicks, and Philly2Philly's Joe Vallee.

Nicks ended the show with an encore of “Landslide,” asking the audience to “be safe so we can do this again, and appreciate your families while you still have them.” She seemed in good spirits backstage after the show and is scheduled to enjoy a few days off before embarking on the next leg of her tour, which includes a handful of U.S. dates with Rod Stewart.

With a Fleetwood Mac reunion tour scheduled for 2013, and the possibility of a new album on the horizon for the band, the 64-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down, and seems to be hitting her stride, one unforgettable performance at a time.

Stevie Nicks was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac in 1998.

Set List at a Glance:

Rock and Roll
Enchanted
Secret Love
Dreams
Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream)
Gold Dust Woman
Soldier’s Angel
Stand Back
For What It’s Worth
Rhiannon
Leather and Lace
Annabel Lee
Edge of Seventeen

Encore:

Landslide

Contact Nicky Vallee at nicky_vallee@hotmail.com 

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Very special thanks to Michelle Dawn Mooney of NBC40, Joe Lupo, Brian Brennan, Kathy Wagner and the entire Borgata staff!