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posted Friday, April 15, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 15
Where It's At: Rock goddess Stevie Nicks finally returns to Seattle
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Where It's At: Rock goddess Stevie Nicks finally returns to Seattle

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Stevie Nicks and Rod Stewart
April 23
Key Arena


Where do I start with Stevie Nicks? Where does any true fan of this rock icon start? Perhaps at the very beginning.

It was in the backseat of a station wagon during a family road trip to Winthrop, Washington, and 'Dreams' played through the car speakers and caught my ear - in fact, the entire Rumours eight-track stayed with me long after we returned from our vacation. Thirty years later, that album still does it for me.

Fleetwood Mac, with Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham at the forefront, sold millions of records worldwide. The band racked up a list of timeless classics, including 'Rhiannon,' 'Don't Stop,' 'Go Your Own Way,' 'Gypsy,' 'Tusk,' 'The Chain,' 'Sara,' and 'Big Love.' Those were the hits, though the group's B-sides were just as great, from 'Second Hand News' to a pair of underappreciated tracks from the Mac's 2003 album Say You Will, 'Destiny Rules' and 'Thrown Down.'

Nicks embarked on her own solo venture, enjoying immediate success with 1981's Bella Donna. Many nights were spent in my bedroom singing 'Edge of Seventeen,' one of three hit singles released from the album - the others were collaborations with fellow rock royalty, 'Stop Draggin' My Heart Around' with Tom Petty and 'Leather and Lace' with Don Henley. The Phoenix native then expanded her catalog with a string of more chart-riding tracks, 'I Can't Wait,' 'If Anyone Falls,' 'Talk to Me,' 'Rooms On Fire,' and her biggest smash to date, 'Stand Back' - I lip-synched that song, too, with a make-believe shawl (a bathrobe) and a fan blowing my hair, just like in the music video.

Nicks, who has family in the Seattle area, returns to the Emerald City for a double-bill concert at Key Arena next week. It's been over 10 years since her last solo appearance here, although she surprised those of us in attendance at Tom Petty's White River Amphitheatre show a few years back. But this is the first proper tour delivering her back to the Northwest in a decade. Nicks will play music from her newest album, In Your Dreams, coming out in May - the leadoff single, 'Secret Love,' is already available as an MP3. What else is on her set list? Fingers crossed for 'Landslide' and 'Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You,' aside from the major hits.

Not to be completely left out, Rod Stewart is Nicks' companion for the 'Heart & Soul' tour. He's a legend in his own right, compiling an impressive catalog that reaches back to 'Maggie May' and 'Hot Legs,' although his disco and pop material is what's to love, from 'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy' to 'Young Turks' to 'Tonight I'm Yours (Don't Hurt Me).' Lately, he's increased his visibility (and piggy bank change) with a set of albums dedicated to traditional pop covers - they sell strongly, but sound awful. Here's hoping he resorts to older material for the Key Arena concert.

Visit www.livenation.com for ticket information. At press time, no announcement had been made as to who performs first or last, so arrive early to not miss a thing. Let us worship Stevie Nicks together, shall we?

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