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You're In For A Treat

Written by Joanne Jun 10, 2008 at 12:28 PM
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July 4, 1998

As you may know, we've been having problems with wild fires here in Florida and all day the air was very thick with haze and the smell of burning embers. I frankly thought they might cancel the show since it was in a semi-outdoor amphitheatre. As I was driving around, one of the radio stations must have spoken with Stevie and taped it and she said they would be having the Red Cross at the show to collect donations for the fire victims. She said she was concerned and wanted to "use the power of rock and roll" to do something positive which was great!

Since I don't want to repeat many details already posted from other shows, I'll just highlight the main impressions I had...

Boz Scaggs was excellent! One of the best opening acts I've seen...and I'm almost 40 (meaning I've been to many many concerts). If you're going to one of the upcoming shows, I'd suggest getting there in time to see him.

Stevie came on around 9 and looked and sounded excellent. We had 10th row center seats but were able to move to 5th row on the aisle (between Stevie and the "ladies" singing backup). Needless to say, the seats were terrific and Stevie was certainly a sight to behold.

Musically, I thought the highlight was Stand Back. I was a little disappointed with Rhiannon - I think the Mac's version on the last tour was much better but how can you compare Lindsey's playing? I was pleasantly surprised with the acoustic set and I appreciated her stories and comments.

They didn't do Stop Dragging... All-in-all, I thought Stevie looked and sounded great, the song selection was good (since she has so many great songs in her catalog there's no way she could've played them all) and the experience of having such good seats made the whole event something to remember.

I did also manage to get to the stage during Edge of 17 and was one of the lucky ones whose hand she shook. I was surprised by how much eye contact she made. I really felt her sincerity and the love in her heart as she looked at me.

A couple of times during the show she talked about being in Florida and how upset the fire situation made her. She kept telling us to take good care of ourselves and that "we'll have to do this again soon." I was touched by her genuine nature and playfulness. She seemed like a young girl up there but especially with the outfits, more like an angel! P.S. have people noticed instead of a gold dot on her forehead she had some sort of diamond design in different colors????

The outfits were beautiful...the gold shawl for Gold Dust Woman, the reddish dress with beading on the bottom midway through and the white dress and shawl at the end!

Good luck to all of you yet to see her! You're in for a treat.
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An Amazing Fourth of July

Written by Courtney Kane Black Jun 10, 2008 at 12:27 PM
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July 4, 1998

Stevie was amazing this Fourth of July. She enjoyed herself immensely throughout the entire show, very full of energy. She opened with 'Outside the Rain' and then went into 'Dreams,' singing her heart out. I was lucky enough to be in the ninth row, an aisle seat. I danced the entire show, except for the acoustic set. The music was so great there was no way I was sitting for this show. She was very thoughtful about our state's wildfires, she thanked everyone for coming to the show and said she was glad to see that "at least this group of Floridians was safe." She dedicated 'Landslide' to all of the firefighters, who are trying to save "our beautiful state and its beautiful people." I can't pick a favorite song, all of them brought the house down. She rocked with 'Gold & Braid' playfully holding up her hair on certain lines. During 'Stand Back' she did a lot of dancing, and this woman can sure still move!! Stevie was also very gracious throughout the set, explaining each song and their meanings. Her clothing was beautiful, the dress she had on for the acoustic set was a burgundy gown with woven flowers. She was startlingly beautiful, especially being so close to her and the stage I got to see her better. She is very thin and has such a lovely face. I managed to sneak past the security guard to the stage for 'Edge of Seventeen' and she shook hands with so many. I got to touch her, and she smiled at all of us and kept saying "Thank you." She is obviously very grateful for her fans, not conceited in the least. She ended with 'Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You' thanking the fans, asking us to keep healthy so we can all do this again and not to forget her. Not that we ever could!! And she said at the end of her song, "Well, they ask her about the men in her life. And they do ask. So she tells them, 'Well they were poets...yet they were priests of nothing. But they are all legends.'" Well, Stevie, you are one of the few great legends in your own time. Thank you for the beautiful, inspiring music. I will never forget you.
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