When singer, songwriter, musician Stevie Nicks strode on stage at the Mohegan Sun Arena, in Uncasville, Connecticut, her long blonde hair flowing and opened with the 1973 Led Zeppelin song, Rock and Roll, whose lyrics proclaim, "Been a long time since I rock and rolled ..." it was like we had time traveled into the 1970s.
On July 12, 2012, we caught Stevie Nicks' incredible performance at the 10,000 seat Mohegan Sun Arena. Stevie's amazing vocals on the song Rock and Roll coupled with Neal Preston's iconic black and white photographs projected on three large screens of many of the rock legends including Janis (Joplin), Frank Zappa, Elton John, Keith Richards and Mick Jaeger, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Dave Stewart, and more, had the mixed age audience sharing the moment and the incredible 1970s vibe.
Stevie Nicks on Stage
Stevie then launched into Listen to Me, followed by Dreams, off the 1977 Fleetwood Mac Rumour's album, which Stevie wrote, and was the band's only #1 song on the US charts. It was not an evening of all 1970s music though, it was a mixture of old music, new music, and a blend of both, pure Stevie at her best captivating the audience with her music and her engaging stories, and interesting videos to complement the music.
She explained that in 1970, she was living in the mountains outside of San Francisco, and wrote a few lines for a song, never finished it, and set it aside. In 2009, she became enthralled with the "Twilight" saga like so many people, and while she was in Brisbane, Australia, she picked up the 1970 lyrics where she had left off and used them to write, "Moonlight (A Vampire's Dream)." She recorded it on camera and then said, "I am ready to make an album" resulting in the In Your Dreams release.
Stevie Nicks and Guitarist Waddy Wachtel
Stevie took the audience on a memorable journey to 1983 wearing her original black and gold cape as she twirled around the stage while belting out the song, Stand Back, off her 1983 release, The Wild Heart. By now, those that knew the song were singing the lyrics along with her, "No one looked as I walked by, Just an invitation would have been just fine, Said no to him again and again, First he took my heart then he ran ..."
Compassionate, gifted, and sincere, she said that in 2005, she went to the Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC, and described entering the hospital as "Stevie Nicks' rock star" and leaving much humbler after visiting each of the thirty wounded soldiers and hearing their stories. The hours she spent there that day had such an impact on her that she went home and wrote a 7-verse poem over the course of two weeks, which she printed out by the hundreds and gave to the soldiers and to their families that she visited there over a 5-year period.
Stevie Nicks and the Band
In 2009, Fleetwood Mac went to London, and it was there that she was finally able to sit at the piano and write the song, Soldier's Angel, also on the In Your Dreams release. The poignant lyrics, "I am a soldier's angel, Through the eyes of a soldier, Through the eyes of a soldier, I am a soldier's mother, Through the eyes of an angel, I am a soldier myself ..." capture the emotion of her experience and her dedicated commitment and enthusiastic support of the USO (http://www.uso.org/) and the Walter Reed Society (http://www.walterreedsociety.org/).
Stevie continued with For What It's Worth, which she said was one of her "most favorite songs ever" also off the In Your Dreams release. It was a most memorable evening that proved that yes you can indeed go back in time, if only for a few precious hours.
Band taking a Bow
The talented singer, songwriter, musician, Vanessa Carlton opened for Stevie, and performed many cuts off her latest release, Rabbits on the Run, which she recorded in London, including Tall Tales for Spring inspired by Steven Hawkins, Hear the Bells, and The Marching Line, inspired by her long walks along the river in New York City with her dog, Victor.
Tickets for future performances are available for purchase at the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office Box from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm daily, or from Ticketmaster or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
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