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Rock music’s Gold Dust Woman is perhaps one of the most visually descriptive artists. Listening to her lyrics is like listening to the likes of great writers such as James Joyce, C.S. Lewis, John Keats, and John Steinbeck. Couple that with the overall sound of Stevie Nicks and you have the American answer to the British Kate Bush – albeit with a lower vocal range and an edgier sound.

Stevie Nicks’ 1989 release The Other Side of the Mirror is a return to the sound that made her a great solo artist. Gone are the cheesy 80’s synthesizers, producer Jimmy Iovine (with whom she had a relationship with sometime during the making of Bella Donna and The Wild Heart) and cocaine that defined her 1985 release Rock A Little. Here, Nicks returns to her roots, but this time takes a bit more of an adult approach. She proves this on Rooms On Fire, which is a more grown-up version of The Wild Heart. Nicks has stated that the song “is about a girl who goes through a life like I have gone through, where she finally accepts the idea that there never will be those other things in her life. She will never be married, she will never have children, she will never do those [that] part of life.”

Many of the tracks are nothing short of beautiful. One prime example of this is her duet with Bruce Hornsby of Bruce Hornsby and the Range on Two Kinds of Love. One of the greatest aspects is the harmonies with both Hornsby, Nicks, and her ever-present backup singers Lori Perry-Nicks and Sharon Celani. However, Nicks returns to the rock sound that we know and love hearing her sing with the down and dirty rocker Whole Lotta Trouble.

Nicks also seems to take slight cues from her peers on Alice – a song about Alice from Alice In Wonderland. (which is the theme of the overall album) However, the overall sound seems a bit inspired by the later works of fellow rocker Pat Benatar. However, there is interesting little surprise on this track: Kenny G on tenor sax.

However, one part does get a little spooky. On Doing The Best I Can (Escape From Berlin) speaks of life after an abusive relationship. But it works well for the album.

This album is probably one of the more underrated gems of Nicks’ career. However it is still worth investing into because this is alot like reading a book at times.

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On July 27, 1981 Fleetwood Mac member Stevie Nicks released her landmark solo album Bella Donna. That album with songs

30 years of entertainment and white-winged doves

like Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around, Leather and Lace – both duets with Tom Petty and Don Henley respectively, and the ever-popular Edge of Seventeen launched her enduring solo career. Though its a belated birthday, I, would like to present you with the 10 facts that you probably didn’t know about Bella Donna.

  1. The most well-known single from this album is, of course, Edge of Seventeen. Nicks has said that this song is about the death of her uncle and the death of John Lennon. She explained in her Live In Concert video that “I was in Australia when John Lennon was shot. Everybody was devastated. I didn’t know John Lennon, but I knew Jimmy Iovine, who worked with John quite a bit in the ’70s, and heard all the loving stories that Jimmy told about him. When I came back to Phoenix I started to write this song. Right when I got to Phoenix, my uncle Bill got cancer, got very sick very fast, and died in a couple of weeks. My cousin John Nicks and I were in the room when he died. There was just John and I there. That was part of the song when I went running down the hallways looking for somebody – I thought where’s my mom? Where’s his wife and the rest of the family? At that point I went back to the piano and finished the song.”
  2. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around was one of the earliest videos to air on a new network that debuted on August 1, 1981 at midnight called Mtv. Mtv ended up being massively popular with teenagers and young adults and introduced both Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Nicks to a younger audience.
  3. Producer Jimmy Iovine (who has since worked with rap artist Eminem, Dr. Dre and R&B singer Mary J. Blige among others) produced the album. Iovine and Nicks ended up moving in together during the making of the album.
  4. Bella Donna is an italian expression for “beautiful woman.”
  5. Some tracks did not make the final cut of Bella Donna, but were included on other albums. Some of these tracks were “I Sing For Things (which was eventually re-recorded for her 1985 album Rock A Little), Gypsy (which was included later on Fleetwood Mac’s Mirage album in 1982), Sleeping Angel (which was included on the soundtrack to the hit film Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Blue Lamp (which was included on the Heavy Metal soundtrack) and Gold and Braid, which Nicks has performed live for the Bella Donna tour.
  6. The Bella Donna tour kicked off in Houston, TX at the the Summit, which was also where fellow rockers Journey recorded their 1981 Live In Houston – the Escape Tour video. Nicks herself would later return to The Summit in 1989 for her The Other Side of the Mirror tour and film the video for Whole Lotta Trouble at said concert. The Summit was the home of the Houston Rockets and later became known as the Compaq Center. It now currently houses bestselling Christian author Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church.
  7. There are many tracks that still remain officially unreleased but have become popular on sites like youtube and other peer-to-peer sites. Some of these tracks include “Castaway,” “Lady From the Mountains,””China Doll”, “Christian (Spinning Wheels)”, another duet with Tom Petty, and “Stay Away.”
  8. Bella Donna hit #1 on the US Billboard charts in September 1981 and was awarded platinum status 2 months later. It has since gone 4x platinum.
  9. This was the 1st recording to feature Nicks’ longtime backup vocalists Sharon Celani and Lori Perry Nicks.
  10. Nicks wrote Leather and Lace for a duet album for country singer Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter. However it wasn’t used by either singer so Nicks recorded it as a duet with Don Henley. The song itself hit #6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in January 1982.

What do Apple Computers, Steve Wozniack, Mtv, Ozzy Osbourne, The Ramones, the Cars, Pat Benatar, Stevie Nicks,

The Us festival quite possibly was the best festival since Woodstock and Altamont

 Fleetwood Mac, the Grateful Dead, Missing Persons, and Willie Nelson all have in common? The greatest music festival since Woodstock 1969 of course: not the butt of a Homer Simpson joke on The Simpsons but rather the US Festival!

What is the US (pronounced “us” not “u-s”) festival you ask? It was the biggest musical festival since Woodstock and the poorly planned 1969 Altamont festival. It happened on Friday, September 3 and went through Sunday, September 5, 1982 – Labor Day Weekend and happened again on Memorial Day Weekend, 5/28/1983-5/30/1983. It finally ended on July 4, 1983. There were different themes for each day: country day, rock day, new wave day, and heavy metal day. The lineup consisted of such great artists as INXS, Pat Benatar, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks (both with Fleetwood Mac and as a solo act), Van Halen, U2, and the Clash.

It was literally the biggest festival since Woodstock.

However, it has never been released on dvd or blu-ray. But it has been shown in increments on VH1 Classic. I think that needs to change, don’t you?

Here are the 10 reasons Steve Wozniack needs to release this great festival on dvd and blu-ray:

1. Bono climbs the scaffolding during U2’s set.

Bono is a great showman, no doubt. However, this is the height of greatness when the greatest frontman of one of the greatest (and possibly the most controversial) Christian bands of all time decides to pull a stunt that could quite possibly put him one more step closer to God.

2. Breakfast with the Grateful Dead

What happens when you get pothead’s that are ending their “last dance with Mary Jane” all in one place? You get “Breakfast with the Grateful Dead!”

3. A blitzed David Lee Roth takes shots at Mick Jones of the Clash onstage.

You gotta love it when one rock star fights another. It’s like one of those moments that says “sucks to be you buddy!” As history has it, the Clash and Van Halen already had a fight going on when guitarist Eddie Van Halen decided to criticize the music that the Clash played by saying that it was “like music that I played in my garage.” At the Us festival, a clearly blitzed David Lee Roth said “I wanna take this time to say that this is real whiskey here… the only people who put ice tea in Jack Daniel’s bottles is The Clash, baby!” Roth only took one time to bash the Clash.

4. Heavy Metal Day

The artist lineup for that day was quite possibly the best lineup of heavy metal artist that ever walked the face of the earth. It was a sellout crowd with an estimated 375,000 attendants. It was, as Motley Crue’s Vince Neil put it “the day that New Wave died & rock & roll took over.” With a lineup that included the likes of Van Halen, Quiet Riot, Motley Crue, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Triumph and Scorpions – Neil’s point is well-taken.

5. Stevie Nicks babble’s and has technical issues.”

The night was a rather interesting night for rock goddess Stevie Nicks. For starters, she was high and a little off-key on her hit single “Edge of Seventeen.” But the more funnier and greatest moment of her set was when she performed her upcoming new hit single (and signature song) “Stand Back.” Nicks says nice things like “I am only talking cuz I should keep my mouth shut” and then tells the audience that she will “hand deliver it [her now-classic album The Wild Heart] to each one of you. I will! We will………sorta like Girlscout cookies!” She is clearly high at this point. she shows that she has a sense of humor when she starts explaining the lyric “be standin’ in” means and of course introduces the band. However she gives a great performance of “Stand Back” for the first time ever and that is what makes this performance memorable. Also, during the performance of “Edge of Seventeen,” Nicks dedicates the song to her late best friend, Robin, who passed away from leukemia during the success of the release of “Bella Donna.”

6. The Ramones perform “Rock and Roll Highschool.”

Words cannot describe this.

7. Pat Benatar sings “In The Heat of the Night.”

Never has a song been so fitting for both the time of day (or night in their case) and even the weather – which was a blistering 110 degrees in the middle of the day.

8. The Divinyls

Now, to anyone born after 1985, such as myself, they are known as a one-hit wonder band. Apparently they were labeled wrong because they did a bang-up set at the Us Festival. However, one must wonder what was lead singer Christina Amphlett was thinking with the fake ugly teeth.

9. Fleetwood Mac performs Tusk minus a marching band. However, the mac daddy and company make up for it by having keyboardist Christine McVie rock out on the accordion. Who knew that playing the accordion could make a person even more amazing than they already are? Christine pulls it off very well.

10. David Bowie electrifies the crowd with “Let’s Dance.”

David Bowie is one that never ceases to amaze.