Queen of Rock & Roll and bohemian icon, Stevie Nicks, came to thrill the Smoothie King Center on her 24-Karat Gold tour. Along for the tour is Chrissie Hynde with her band The Pretenders. In the Smoothie King Center, the air was thick with sequined shawls, tunics, big heels and big hair.
Nicks is the widely-adored frontwoman of Fleetwood Mac and musical partner of Lindsey Buckingham, but she is equally well-known for her solo work. In 2014, she released her eighth studio album entitled 24-Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault, which is where the namesake of this year’s tour comes from. Also in 2014, Chrissie Hynde started a solo career without the Pretenders, but as of 2016, they are back together with a new album and touring with Nicks, Martin Chambers being the only other original member.
The Pretenders started the night at 7:15pm with a solid set. They played all the hits. Songs like "Back on the Chain Gang," "Don't Get Me Wrong," and ending with "Brass In Pocket." The crowd was pleased as punch. Chrissie, all smiles, appeared just as pleased to be back on the road with her band.
At 8:40pm, Stevie Nicks and her band stepped out to a shrieking mass of jumping fanatics. They began the set with “Gold and Braid” from Nicks’ 1981 solo record Bella Donna and followed with “If Anyone Falls” from The Wild Heart (1983). Stevie’s band was made up of some new faces as well as very old ones like her long-time friend and musical director, Waddy Watchel on lead guitar. When the third song began, Chrissie Hynde returned to the stage and joined Stevie for her famous track featuring Tom Petty, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” From the way they danced and sang together, it was clear these two are close pals, beaming and holding one another as they belted out the tune.
Nicks regarded the show as a long-awaited personal goal, explaining that she was finally able to sing all the songs she wanted to sing rather than what she had to sing. She continued to play all her favorites, which also happened to be the crowds’ favorites, from her solo career all the way back to the Fleetwood Mac days. Doing so, she stopped between songs to tell stories about the songs and people she worked with over the years such as Tom Petty and Prince. For the first time ever on tour, she played “New Orleans,” a song she wrote after Hurricane Katrina, which was paired with a painting of hers and some beautiful french quarter imagery on the monitors behind her. The final song was the monster hit “Edge of Seventeen,” and the encore was “Rhiannon” followed by “Landslide.” Before taking a bow with her band, Stevie shared her warm regards for New Orleans and encouraged everyone to be safe and take hold of their dreams.