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In the mid-80’s rocker Stevie Nicks was at the top of her game with her multiplatinum-selling albums (1981’s Bella Donna &  1983’s The Wild Heart). However, by 1986, her “game” was being threatened by a deadly cocaine habit which greatly affected her then-latest album, Rock A Little, and its subsequent tour. Her 1986 concert, Stevie Nicks: Live At Red Rocks chronicles her concert at the beautiful Red Rocks Ampitheater tucked away inside the Colorado Rocky Mountains in Denver.

While this dvd is far from Nicks’ worst performance, it’s not up to par with her post-drugs performances such as her 2009 dvd: Live in Chicago. Nevertheless, there are some redeemable parts of this concert. For example, she opens the show with the Bella Donna-era classic, Outside the Rain with a nice fade-into her Fleetwood Mac classic Dreams. 

However, one of the best parts of the concert is when she performs Talk To Me from 1985’s Rock A Little. Her vocals sound amazing just as they do on the album.

One of the cutest moments of the film is after Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You. Someone in the audience releases a white-winged dove. The dove is then handed to Nicks (who tries to get the bird to speak into the mic) and she tries to release it, but the bird doesn’t leave.

Unfortunately Nicks’s performance of No Spoken Word is an absolute disaster in both sound and film. The closeups of her face are obviously retouched due to her drug issues. She looks tired. Additionally, her vocals sound tired. It gets even worse with Beauty and the Beast. On the ever-popular Edge of Seventeen, she performs a completely unnecessary vocal solo. At times, she even looks like she’s, as the great George Costanza once said on Seinfeld, in “a full-fledged body heave set to music.”

Overall, it’s an okay dvd due to the fact that it contains rarer songs that Nicks nowadays doesn’t perform live. However, it shows her in the worst part of her drug-fueled days. Fortunately after this tour she checked into rehab and has been off cocaine ever since.

B-.

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Very few albums, or artists for that matter, have served as a soundtrack to a generation. Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours does exactly that. It’s still is a relevant album because it explores in a voyeuristic way, the personal turmoil amongst the band members during the recording of the album. The mix of personal turmoil amongst the band, though it nearly cost them their sanity and was fueled by lots and lots of drugs, make this a beautiful masterpiece.

Best of all, it is easy to relate to lyrically due to its content –  which includes jabs at other band members, all of whom were experiencing romantic turmoil: bassist John McVie and his wife Christine’s marriage was in shambles as was the romantic relationship between singer Stevie Nicks and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. Additionally, Nicks and drummer Mick Fleetwood (who was married at the time) were having an affair.

Songs like Don’t Stop and Songbird which are nothing short of an offer of hope both personally and for the band itself. Perhaps they were thinking in they lyric from The Chain: “I can still hear you saying you would never break the chain.” It is one of the few songs that is written by the ENTIRE band and it is a gem.

Also, one of the other great things is the actual skill of the musicians. One of the best sounding tracks on the album is You Make Lovin’ Fun. Lead vocalist [for this track] and keyboard player Christine McVie is remarkable on all accounts. However, all of the lyrical greatness and great sound come together on Gold Dust Woman – which is both a metaphor for drugs and quite possibly the ending of the relationship of the songs author, Stevie Nicks, and then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham.

For those of you that saw last week’s episode of Glee, this is an album worth buying due to the fact that it is great musicianship under fire, something that happens to us all. It is very relatable if you have ever endured a never-ending breakup. That is what makes this album one of the greatest albums.

Also be sure to check out the special Classic Albums that VH1 Classic and the BBC documentary they did on Rumours, where they go into both the technicality of making the album as well as what the songs are about – including stories and interviews with band members and album personnel.


Jon Anderson in concerto al Maxlive di Costabi...

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In honor of the latest announcement from Fleetwood Mac, we thought it would be nice to tell the whole wide world of what artists would be possibly a well-sold tour if they teamed up. As they say, sometimes two heads are better than one.

  1. No Doubt with the Cure: Punk and emo-heads UNITE! You know this would draw those emo kids, hipsters, and punkheads alike.
  2. Stevie Nicks with Pat Benatar: Two of the greatest women in rock & roll. Though they are getting older, songs such as Dreams, Gold Dust Woman, You Better Run, and Heartbreaker are timeless classics.
  3. Linda Eder and Lea Michele (tv’s Glee): Lea Michele is a great singer in her own right and was in Spring Awakening. I think it would be a great career boost for Michele to have an audience with a Broadway legend.
  4. Yes and Rush: Though I am a fan of Yes’s 90125 and I love Jon Anderson’s voice, this would be a total testosterone fest. Mostly men like Rush from what I can tell. Bring it on!
  5. Talking Heads, Muse, and Radiohead: Now there’s one way to bring all the hipsters and nerds outta the woodwork. However, one thing that would have to be brought down is none other than the ego of Talking Heads lead singer David Byrne.

It was a full moon with blazing humid Texas heat but that didn’t stop thousands of enthusiastic Stevie Nicks fans from singing along to some of her greatest hits at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in the Woodlands – a suburb of Houston, TX on August 13.

Nicks opened the show with a searing rendition of her 1983 classic Stand Back as she slowly twirled around with her red shawl adorning her back and arms. She even did her signature high-kick near the song’s end.

“Well hello hello Houston welcome,” Nicks said in a mysterious tone. “They said it was gonna be hot but this is fantastic.”

Nicks then launched into a very enchanting rendition of Secret Love, the first single off her latest album In Your Dreams.

During the concert, the Gold Dust Woman proved that she is the master of suspense. For a moment she left the stage as it faded to black and changed into a golden shawl as the band chimed in with her signature Fleetwood Mac hit Gold Dust Woman. After the song Nicks lamented about the death of Amy Winehouse and how Nicks, while singing the lyric “you don’t see me now/you don’t feel me now” was thinking of the singer and her untimely death as she was singing the song. Nicks repeated this suspenseful vibe later in the show while performing a bang-up rendition of her 1976 hit Rhiannon.

One of the most touching moments of the evening was when Nicks talked about her trip to Walter Reed Medical Center, which made her cry. It served as the inspiration for Soldier’s Angel. The audience gave her a semi-standing ovation. Nicks then encouraged everyone to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project and the USO.

Nicks shines when she kicks up her heels and rocks – which is exactly what she did on Ghosts Are Gone. However that paled in comparison to the extremely popular showstopper Edge of Seventeen – which had a very long intro as Nicks emerged dressed in a white blouse and black dress. Shortly after she came back onstage for the encore she said “we want to leave you with a kiss” and launched into a beautiful rendition of Love Is.

The Gold Dust Woman, though she was losing her voice, still sounded amazing. She proves that at the ripe age of 63 that she can still rock it like she did in the 1980’s. After all these years, Stevie Nicks still looks and sounds amazing.


Stevie Nicks in concert

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‪Stevie Nicks – Original Stand Back US Fest 1983‬‏ – YouTube.

In celebration of the In Your Dreams tour coming to Houston, TX this Saturday at 8pm (if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet and live in Houston, go to get ’em!), I think I shall post a few things about, well, the author of the album that is the name of this blog: The Wild Heart herself. (Though I blog about other artists too!)

I will also be tweeting from the concert so if you aren’t following me, well now is a GREAT time to start following me on Twitter.


Very few albums, or artists for that matter, have served as a soundtrack to a generation. Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours does exactly that. It’s still is a relevant album because it explores in a voyeuristic way, the personal turmoil amongst the band members during the recording of the album. The mix of personal turmoil amongst the band, though it nearly cost them their sanity and was fueled by lots and lots of drugs, make this a beautiful masterpiece.

Best of all, it is easy to relate to lyrically due to its content –  which includes jabs at other band members, all of whom were experiencing romantic turmoil: bassist John McVie and his wife Christine’s marriage was in shambles as was the romantic relationship between singer Stevie Nicks and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. Additionally, Nicks and drummer Mick Fleetwood (who was married at the time) were having an affair.

Songs like Don’t Stop and Songbird which are nothing short of an offer of hope both personally and for the band itself. Perhaps they were thinking in they lyric from The Chain: “I can still hear you saying you would never break the chain.” It is one of the few songs that is written by the ENTIRE band and it is a gem.

Also, one of the other great things is the actual skill of the musicians. One of the best sounding tracks on the album is You Make Lovin’ Fun. Lead vocalist [for this track] and keyboard player Christine McVie is remarkable on all accounts. However, all of the lyrical greatness and great sound come together on Gold Dust Woman – which is both a metaphor for drugs and quite possibly the ending of the relationship of the songs author, Stevie Nicks, and then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham.

For those of you that saw last week’s episode of Glee, this is an album worth buying due to the fact that it is great musicianship under fire, something that happens to us all. It is very relatable if you have ever endured a never-ending breakup. That is what makes this album one of the greatest albums.

Also be sure to check out the special Classic Albums that VH1 Classic and the BBC documentary they did on Rumours, where they go into both the technicality of making the album as well as what the songs are about – including stories and interviews with band members and album personnel.


Glee has nailed it when it comes to the personification of Fleetwood Mac and their ever-popular Rumours album. All the infighting, breakups – which really made the band great.

So here is a recap of the best of what happened last night:

Overall it did the album justice, but there was a bit that was left out

The ever dumb Brittany now has her own web show called “Fondue For Two” where she invites guests, or in this case Tina Cohen-Chang and Mercedes Jones to eat fondue and do what people like her do best: gossip. She reveals that Santana is a lesbian by saying she “plays for the other team.”

However, Sue Sylvester gets quite a bit of airtime this time – something that the Wild Heart absolutely loves! Her outrageous disguises ranging from David Bowie to conservative commentator Ann Coulter within one take, are nothing short of classic.

But the special appearance by Kristen Chenoweth as April did not seem to fit. Her performance of Dreams does not even begin to touch the original by Stevie Nicks. It seemed overall fake. However, this is quickly kicked out of the ballpark by Artie’s performance of Never Going Back Again – albeit with a chorus of acoustic guitars. The performance of the songs of Rumours is made even better by Rachel’s performance of Go Your Own Way. It almost makes you think that during the original album, either Stevie Nicks or Christine McVie should have sang the lead vocals – not Lindsey Buckingham.

Overall B+ because it was still rather funny.