Nightbird Stevie Nicks is as enchanting as ever and her performance at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore Sunday night had all in attendance simply spellbound. This stunning beauty’s aura and unique voice remain a powerful force to be reckoned with. The Pretenders were to perform as well, however Chrissie Hynde was sick with the flu.
“Locked in a bell jar to keep everyone else from getting sick,” Nicks said at the show. Nicks' performance felt very personal, as if she was just hanging out chatting with some friends. The setlist was a combination of her solo work, Buckingham Nicks tunes, Fleetwood Mac classics and songs she’s written that never had a chance to be heard and were relegated to her “dark gothic trunk of lost songs.”
Bella Dona was Stevie Nicks' first solo project and perhaps her highest selling album. Chrissie Hynde would usually sing the title track with her for the show, but since she was recuperating on the tour bus guitarist extraordinaire Waddy Wachtel stepped in. The harmony between the two of them was stunningly beautiful. The entire evening had a storyteller vibe as Nicks shared memories of how different songs came to be.
A particularly heartfelt moment was when she spoke about Prince. Stevie heard his song “Little Red Corvette” on the radio and it inspired her to write one of her greatest hits "Stand Back". She needed him to come down to the studio before they could continue recording her song but she did not know him yet so she called him with fingers crossed. Twenty minutes later in walks Prince in total purple glitter regalia and velvet leggings. He thought the song was great, played some synthesizer in the middle part and did some vocals for an hour or so then he had to leave.
To hear Nicks sing “Gold Dust Woman” in person is an alchemical moment indeed. “Landslide” definitely had the loudest sing-a-long from the crowd, slightly edging out “Lone Ranger.” As always, Stevie closed down the night with her signature song “Rhiannon.” Before leaving, Nicks encouraged her fans, “Dreams come true. I believed it. I acted the part. There was no doubt in my mind that I would be a huge rock star. Your dreams are to be followed. Don’t let people tell you things and stomp on your dreams. They are jealous of your talent and ambition. Go for it! Girl power!”