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Spiritless, Same Old, Same Old Performances,
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This review is from: Stevie Nicks: Live in Chicago (DVD)
Someone involved in this lackluster production tried to bring Stevie back to her 1981 Bella Donna Tour concert heyday. Even brought back Waddy Watchel on guitar--(never thought he could be bland, but here, he is)--even redid yet another performance of "I Need To Know". Like all of Stevie's concerts over the past three decades, the song picks are mostly the same, the arrangements are exactly alike, and her vocalizations are word-for-word, sound-for-wailing sound. Nothing new, nothing ventured, and nothing gained in this concert. I have loved Stevie since 1975, but feel cheated that she cannot attempt to produce a new show for her devotees, and feel as though she is just taking the lazy way out to make yet another dollar off the same old show. Her lackluster, spiritless performance in this concert saddened me, and I will not watch this performance DVD again. I'd rather watch the "original" version of this concert, the 1981 Bella Donna Tour (only available on VHS, to my knowledge), wherein she had all of the charm and spirit of a performer singing a new, beloved show for her audience. I'm not one to compare, but if Stevie put together a new show arrangement for each tour like Madonna does, I'd be one to attend Stevie's concerts, rather than borrow or buy the
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Initial post: Apr 1, 2009 6:47:19 AM PDT
Rock A Little says:
Guess what...Stevie is NOT Madonna, and never will be, so sorry!
Posted on Apr 1, 2009 7:41:21 PM PDT
FYI Waddy Watchel has been the musical director and lead guitar on EVERY one of Stevie's solo concerts.(so she didn't "bring him back") Also Stevie does manage to mix things up - there is an EXCELLENT version of Gold Dust Woman - especially the new ending which is incredible. In addition, the new songs - never done before - are Crash, a cover of Dave Matthews song, The One - a beautiful and poignant duet with Vanessa Carlton, How Still My Love - a Stevie song she's never done in concert - and an awesome ending with Led Zeppelin's - Rock and Roll! Obviously, she has to do her signature songs and greatest hits - any artist will tell you how difficult it is to introduce new songs to a set so, really, did you expect this to sell if none of her hits were on it? I don't know that you really watched this entire DVD. I do agree with you that the Bella Donna concert on VHS is amazing - very raw and emotional - her first tour without Lindsey and Fleetwood Mac and apparently right after losing her best friend, Robin and the last stop on a tour cut short because she had to rejoin Fleetwood Mac for their tour. I can not understand why this isn't available on DVD. However, having a recent solo tour live on DVD is a great addition to her past DVDs. I have no idea how anyone can be disappointed in this beautifully filmed concert. My only disappointment is why they couldn't add Beauty And The Beast - which was filmed as part of the concert - why wouldn't that be on here? That would have been icing on the cake. This is beautiful and Stevie's voice has only grown more powerful - you will absolutely enjoy this DVD.
Posted on Apr 2, 2009 4:32:23 AM PDT
You did not buy the DVD. Crash is anything but lackluster. You just don't like Stevie Nicks.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2009 1:53:33 AM PDT
Music Man says:
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2009 7:11:17 AM PDT
I do not blindly admire anything she does. I didn't really like The Other Side of Mirror or Street Angel. Her best two albums are Bella Donna and The Wild Heart. Trouble in Shangri La isn't bad, there are just no hits off it.
If you watched the damm DVD, you would see that it's a freaking great concert and the compainion CD is well done for a Live album.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2009 10:05:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 3, 2009 10:06:23 PM PDT
Rock A Little says:
You're not convincing anyone that you were ever a Nicks fan Music Man, so why don't you quit while you're behind.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2009 10:37:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 8, 2009 10:38:07 PM PDT
Music Man says:
Please calm down or take your sedative...it's only music.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 13, 2009 4:14:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 13, 2009 4:19:37 PM PDT
I agree it would be time to hear some new Stevie music. But if she released an album every two years, I believe that her music would lose it's effect and creativity. Certain parts of this show have been reworked, and of course she is not going to have a show like Madonna. She's not a hooker. And she' s older, much more respected, and way cooler (I am 27 and everyone my age and younger who I know would agree). This was to showcase her work... to leave something behind. Not to introduce new material.
Posted on Feb 25, 2011 6:16:26 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 25, 2011 8:46:23 AM PST
The last thing we need is for Stevie to "change it up". Lord knows that 70's artists (with few exceptions) have rarely ever arrived at a better place by "moving forward" creatively! Maybe into the 80's (a la Stevie), but certainly not within the last 20 years.
Be careful what you ask for, because we're all better off when artists like these stick to their original material, and stick closely. I mean, what are you looking for? She's no Robert Fripp! Singer / songwriter-types don't shatter any boundaries, 35 years into their careers. Most often, they embarrass themselves when they try to A) Change up the classics, or B) try to create a new catalog. Stevie has way too much dignity to bother trying to spice up her persona / performances at this point. She knows that the body of work from her "golden age" is worth preserving and presenting, without a new coat of shellac.
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