Two of our journalists, Sonny Coombs and Rhiannon Koch, were there and have shared their thoughts.
Rhiannon Koch: Stevie Nicks. What did you think? Did it reach your expectations?
Sonny Coombs: I had reservations about seeing Stevie live because you never know how well ageing stars’ voices are going to hold up. I’m talking about you Meatloaf. I needn’t have worried though because Stevie is a professional and blew my socks off with her voice!
RK: Right? Even my man Daryl Braithwaite has sounded less than stellar recently and he hasn’t had nearly the rock-and-roll life of Stevie. The format was a little different to what I thought it would be though. I’m not sure I expected it to be a 50-50 split between stories and songs.
SC: Can we talk about Botanic Park? Those huge trees blocked the stage and ruined a perfectly good venue. With 10,000 people it was always going to be a struggle to get a good spot and the trees created wasted space. I’d definitely pay more next time to get a bit closer to the action.
RK: You should have just sat down in the middle of the food trucks like we did, right by the bins. You could see the top of the stage and all the video screen, which is all I really expected. I probably should have packed some warmer socks though.
SC: It was a chilly night. My $5 blanket doubled as a cape later in the evening and couldn’t have been more perfect for re-enacting Stevie’s famous twirl on the dance floor.
RK: You definitely came prepared. Your cape might have been warm but Stevie’s capes were definitely better. My new life goal is to dress up as Stevie Nicks for some sort of theme party (send me invitations, people).
SC: She certainly hasn’t lost her sense of style and at 69 is looking the bomb.com. She had the crowd on their feet from the get go. It was a solo concert so there weren’t a lot of Fleetwood Mac songs. But when you have been in the business for nearly 50 years you are bound to have an impressive repertoire of your own. Her Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around duet with Chrissie Hynde was certainly a highlight.
RK: It was a shame they didn’t quite have Chrissie’s mic at the right levels for that one, but it was definitely a highlight of mine. If it weren’t for you, I would have left before she played Rhiannon. And now it’s in print, I will never live it down.
SC: There was no way she could have left without playing Rhiannon or Landslide which were her two closing numbers. Being a bit of a sleuth I decided I would research her set list before the show. It was quite funny getting a text from you expressing your outrage that she didn’t play Rhiannon but I knew it was coming.
RK: Yeah, well a heads up would have been good.
SC: The crowd was pretty mellow until the last couple of songs (Edge of Seventeen, Rhiannon, Landslide). It really erupted which I’m sure had no connection to the fact that the bar started running out of booze.
RK: I’d heard some of the middle-aged white ladies mention that as they stumbled passed me. I even heard reports of some mature attendees riding the porcelain express (minus the porcelain) mid concert.
SC: Those ladies know how to party and I was right up there with them (sans vomiting). I somehow ended up in a huddle singing and dancing like we were in some sort of magical Stevie Nicks coven. The perfect way to end a perfect concert.