Thursday, September 14, 2017
Stevie Nicks will return to Covelli Centre Friday as her “24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault” solo tour continues. The Fleetwood Mac singer last played the downtown arena almost exactly a decade ago.
On her current tour, Nicks is performing songs from her “24 Karat Gold” album (2014), a compilation of freshly recorded tunes that she wrote in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s but never appeared on a previous album.
Of course, she is also including the songs for which she is known – “Stand Back,” “Gypsy,” Edge of Seventeen,” “Stop Dragging My Heart Around,” “Gold Dust Woman,” “Landslide” and “Rhiannon” – on the set list.
For the bulk of the tour, which began last October, Nicks teamed up with Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders. However, the Youngstown show will feature opening act Vanessa Carlton instead.
One song that has become a centerpiece of the tour is “Stand Back,” the 1983 hit she made with the late Prince. Originally written as a compliment, now it is a tribute.
Nicks, who heard Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” on her car radio and loved it so much she decided to write an answer song, hadn’t played “Stand Back” since Prince died in April 2016.
“I will be singing it for the first time without Prince being on the planet,” she told the Associated Press last year. “That is going to be horrible, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t want to pay homage to my ‘Little Red Corvette’ friend. I’ll sing it forever for him now.”
Nicks never had a chance to promote the “24 Karat Gold” CD since she spent most of the last three years on the road with Fleetwood Mac.
“Stand Back” will be there, fueled by the memory of her having lured Prince into the recording studio to play keyboards on the song he inspired. She said one of her deepest regrets is never getting him to join her onstage for a live version.
Though Nicks and Prince were friends, the two didn’t hang out much. One thing they disagreed on was drug use. “He hated them. And he hated that I did drugs, and that’s probably why we didn’t hang out more,” she said.
“He was worried that I would die of an accidental drug overdose, and my sadness is that he did die of an accidental drug overdose. He’s up there looking down, saying to me, ‘Sweetie, I can’t believe it happened, either.’”
In her interview with the Associated Press, Nicks described the era when she wrote the songs that would comprise “24 Karat Gold.”
“These were written during the days when everybody was pretty high and crazy and there was a lot of love affairs going on and a lot of breakups going on and just a lot of emotion going on,” she said.
The 68-year-old singer-songwriter said that there were many reasons why the songs never got on any of her albums or those by Fleetwood Mac. In some cases, she didn’t like the arrangements and pulled them. Or they came out soulless.
So in 2014, she and producers Dave Stewart and Waddy Wachtel went to Nashville, Tenn., and re-recorded the songs in a matter of weeks. When they were finished, she put one CD in a gold box, wrapped it in a red bow and delivered it to the front desk of Warner Bros. Then she rejoined the Fleetwood Mac reunion tour.
Nicks is one of the few legendary acts such as the Rolling Stones or Bruce Springsteen who is able to deliver a marathon set because they never stopped making music.
“I am very aware that artists over 50 don’t – and are never going to – sell a lot of albums any more. It took me years to accept that,” she said. “Now we can just pretend we’re like 15 and start over and make records just because we want to.”
Material from the Associated Press was used in this article.