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Nissan Pavilion

Written by Travis Jun 09, 2008 at 06:00 PM
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June 25, 1998

*****Tuesday, June 23, 1998*****

It is the evening time, around 8:00 p.m. George shows up at my house and we are waiting for Laura's (BellaStar) call to let us know she is close to my house. Laura is my friend, the one I went up to Delaware to meet and go with to the Camden show. Anyway, our plan was for the 3 of us to hang out and catch up, since Laura and George haven't seen each other since 1996 in St. Petersburg, FL when Stevie did a free show there on the 4th of July. So we get the call and we go down the road a little bit to La Plata to meet Laura in the CVS parking lot. She was already there. I needed to run in Safeway real quick and that time Laura and George were saying their hello's. I came out then we headed to Papa John's to pick up our pizza's that I had already ordered before we left the house. We headed back to my place where were made our way to the basement and began to enjoy our pizza. We watched the MTV Sandra Bernhard interview with Stevie again since Laura had not seen it. We then watched the 1983 US festival where Stevie did a whole concert. This is a pro shot and is definately worth seeking. Laura had not seen this either and it was a real treat for her. All three of us were just having a nice time being with each other, watching Stevie and and giggling up a storm. Stevie really is funny a lot in this concert. Laura always cries when Stevie gets really emotional in her shows. A gentle soul Laura is :-) So after a few hours George headed home and I thought Laura and I were headed for bed but we couldn't escape the internet. We're addicted - Help! We got to bed around 4:00 a.m.

*****Wednesday, June 24, 1998 - The Concert*****

Laura got up around 9:00 a.m. and I got up about an hour later. We just pretty much took it easy for the first hour then I started to prepare for this evening. I vacuumed my car and was collecting my items that I did not want to forget for the show, tickets, camera, etc... I had put in Red Rocks just so we could have some Stevie in the house. Beauty and the Beast came on and Laura was headed for the tissue box again :-). To make this long story shorter for all reading this, George showed up around 3:00 p.m. He would have been here sooner if he hadn't locked his keys in the trunk. Poor thing! :-). We were also meeting my friend Carol and her son in Camp Springs so that they could follow us the Nissan Pavilion. We meet them around 4:30 and were headed for the venue. We're on the beltway and everything was fine for the most part except when I nearly missed the 66 exit nearly causing Carol to get in a wreck. She was determined not to let anyone in between us since she didn't want to loose me. Sorry Carol for the near death accident! :-). So we get the the venue way early and we parked. The tailgate party begins. A couple next to us were playing the Buckingham/Nicks tape so we couldn't play any of our tapes yet, which was fine. Their system sounded nice. After Buckingham/Nicks was over George had put in a live tape he made. He has a mixer and the tape sounded like it was one complete show but in fact it is various songs from various tours. A cool tape. Carol and her son eventually went in and the 3 of us, George, Laura and myself were just enjoying ourselves having a few drinks and listening to Stevie. Laura ran into some friends she knew and they came over for a little while. I had thought about meeting my fellow Ledgies at 7:00 but I didn't want to leave Laura and George. I was just hoping that I would run into them. I had taken up the last few pictures that were in my piece of sh*t camera so I could put in a new roll just in case I was able to get pics of Stevie. I don't know how to work a camera at all. I couldn't get the film rewound with opening up the back. So I did that and then George told me that the film was ruined since I had exposed the film. I didn't know anything about that. I'm clueless sometimes. I had no idea that you couldn't do that, but that was the only way it was working. So between the 3 of us we eventually got the new roll in. Laura could not sneak the camera down her dress this time so I had to stick it down my pants. Later I would find out that Keith thought is was something else :-) Just kidding. So into the venue we go.

I get thru fine. We walk around a bit while looking at all the people. So at this time, I see a guy looking over at me saying (I think) "Travis, are you Travis?". He came up and said he was Keith. Yes Keith, you did surprise me a little bit. From the two photos you posted and seeing you last night, all 3 looked different to me. If you don't mind the compliment I thought you looked better in person. That's a good thing right? :-) So I gave Keith a hug then Keith introduced himself to George and Laura and vice versa. We chatted briefly before we headed to see where our seats would be. I ran back to Keith to tell him that if he ran into the other Ledgies again to please let them know I'm here and let them know what I'm wearing so they could find me. I really wanted to meet my fellow Ledgies. So we checked out the seats. We had a great view. Orch. 3, Row N, seats 13 and 14. We made our way to one of the merchandise booths. I still haven't bought any shirts yet. I have such a hard time making up my mind. I want to get a medium size but I don't want it to shrink on me. Then I worry that a large will be too big. I don't like wearing things that are too baggy. I think I'm gonna end up getting 3 shirts at Friday's show. So shortly after Boz is finished playing we head to our seats. I went to where George was so I could meet Marlene. I met Marlene and was a very nice person she is. Then everything happened so fast after that. Marlene pointed out Vianna to me and I went to say hello. Vianna you are so sweet. I may take you up on your offer to scan some photos. While I was talking to Vianna, a woman was standing next to me. I'm thinking who is this and what does she want. "Hi I'm Torri" Wow, everyone is coming from out of the blue so fast. Torri is cool. Then Keith rushes by and tapes me on the should I think and waves. I don't even remember what Torri and I said. Within a matter of minutes I had met 3 ledgies while another one swings by. It all happened so fast. So Laura and I head to our seats.

The lights dim and out comes Christopher. We all know the routine by now. He reads the Enchanted definition and introduces his sister. "It's only a dream, it's only a dream". No, it is really happening. Stevie takes the stage and the audience gives a thunderous applause. I could really tell a difference between the Camden crowd as opposed to the Nissan crowd when Stevie walked out. Nissan just seemed to love her. Not that Camden didn't, it is just what I observed. The first part of the show was a little distracting for me because I was worried about taking pics and getting caught. I took a few shots. I then noticed a girl who was at the Camden show who was taking pics left and right. Security didn't seem to care at all. I hope Raleigh is like this. It wasn't until Garbo was played that I told myself to relax and just enjoy the show. After a few more songs, Laura and I were able to move up a few rows to where George and Marlene were sitting since no one was next to them. Then Marlene disappeared for a while. Later she came back to me trying to explain that she had this extra ticket and that someone could go up with her but I wasn't totally following her because so much was going on. I guess the fact that I'm a ditz sometimes played into that too. Marlene looked a little frustrated when I wasn't following what she was saying. Sorry Marlene :-(. She later came back again and I understood her this time and I grabbed Laura and said, "Go with Marlene". I figured since George and I have 4th row Friday that Laura should get to go up close. George and I had taken a few more shots and we also moved up a few more rows. Then the next thing I know is, this guy comes up to me and says, "Follow me". I'm thinking HUH? So I just did it not knowing if it was some undercover security guard who was gonna take my film. But no, it was Jes from the ledge. Somehow I got Jes mixed up with another ledgie. Justine I think. I was thinking that Jes was 18 but the person I met looked a tiny bit older than 18 :-) Jes gave George and I two tickets to get up close. I told him that I didn't want to take his tickets but he said it was alright. Bless you Jes! We walked back down the isle but the guard wasn't letting us thru even with the tickets. Then George and I each walked different ways to get the the stage. I got in my 4th row seat that Jes had given me. I took a few more shots of Stevie since no one seemed to care. But then I thought about Stevie and I was wondering if this is something she really doesn't like. I did feel bad at one point but I was still taking them. To be that close just seemed like the perfect opportunity. So as Stevie is making her way across the stage, I'm taking pics. She is getting closer and is pretty much in my face. Here I am taking more pics. And more and more. Ok, done. I think I had taken enough good pictures of her. I know I'm not really saying a lot on the music but so much else was happening. After the encores I made my was over to the left side of the stage to find Laura and George. After many attempts George was finally able to get the towel that Don Boyett threw to him. The towel didn't reach George at first but later a roadie kicked it to him. Ok, ok the show is over and everyone is talking about it. Everyone seemed to have had a great time. My arms are so tired right now. How much have I typed anyway?

So after we the show we headed to the merchandise booth once more. George and Carol ended up buying shirts. We were the last ones in the venue it seemed. We couldn't make up our minds what to buy. So we are back at our cars waiting for the traffic to die down. It wasn't nearly as bad as last year Mac show was. I saw the girl from Camden again, the one who was taking photos. She was riding around on a motorcycle with a guy friend. We stopped her and chatted with her for a while. She was cool. So the trunk is open, we are all just relaxing and still waiting for the traffic to clear before we head out. The plan was to have Carol follow us back out so we could get her home ok. Well, all of a sudden Laura is getting excited. Here come the tours buses. We had warned Carol that we may end up following the buses since we didn't have to work tomorrow. So we get in the car and take off hoping to follow the buses. We were so excited that we left the trunk open while driving. At the stop sign someone got out of their car and closed our trunk. We think it was Carol's son - LOL (laugh out loud). We were cracking up over it. The tour buses were heading south so we figured that they were not going to be staying anywhere soon. We figured they were going straight to Raleigh since that was the next show. So we turned around and headed home. We listened to a radio show that had been broadcasted in 1989. It was one of Stevie's Other Side Of the Mirror shows. We finally got home around 2:00 a.m. All of us are tired. Poor George had another 20 minutes to drive home from my house. Ok, I'm gonna get to today.

*****Thursday, June 25, 1998 - The day after*****

Laura and I sleep in until around 11:00 a.m. We got up checked the Ledge for a little bit. We were moving slow today. I told my Father to rewind the film in the camera since I had a hard time doing the other roll. Well, he couldn't do it either. I may have put in the film wrong but he too did say what a piece of sh*t camera it is. But it has taken us some good pics before so I should be grateful. The same thing happened, we couldn't rewind the film without opening the back. We did it in the kitchen with the lights out hoping it the film wouldn't be that exposed. So Laura and I get ready and we head for the mall in Waldorf. We drop off the film at Ritz and then we have lunch at Ruby Tuesday's. The hour is up and we head back to Ritz with our fingers crossed. Well the first roll was totally blank, the one I had used before the show. But the other roll that I took of Stevie did come out but not without problems. I don't know how to explain it to you all but the scanner at Ritz wasn't able to scan them so they directed me to CPI downstairs in the mall. They were able to scan them but the colour is not exactly right. But the pics still did come out. They are good except for the colour. I'm having them developed anyway. I will let you know how the rest turned out. After we drop of the negative at CPI Laura and I walk out and this is where we say our goodbye's. Laura started to cry. I give her a hug. I know the feeling of when a great experience is over. We all get a little sad at times. I told her not to worry and that there are always good times to come. So I get her out of the mall parking lot and she heads home to Delaware. I go home and get ready for tomorrow. It is now 11:27 p.m. and I'm dead tired. Off to bed I go and Raleigh, NC tomorrow with George. Wish us a safe trip. See you all on the Ledge soon.

It was great meeting all my fellow Ledgies. I hope we can do it again someday.
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Heart Moving

Written by Keith Kirk Jun 09, 2008 at 05:58 PM
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June 24, 1998

I was so happy for the woman wearing the Street Angel t-shirt who scored a really great seat at the box office right before the Nissan show. And at face value! Her excitement at her great fortune reminded me of Torri’s and I great fortune last week at Camden ~ yep, there are angels out there looking after us, if we only believe. Tonight, it was this fan’s turn and I knew exactly how she felt. It made me smile..

Waiting for the gates to open, my friend Marilyn and I stood in the shadow of the box office and with much glee I saw Torri coming towards us with her husband Dave, who was such a sweetheart.."love is hard to find", but when it happens to someone as special as Torri ~ even the angels are singing…..Still waiting for the gates to open, my eyes kept moving towards a familiar face who was holding these 2 red balloons. Yes, he was attractive, but I knew him from somewhere and he must have sensed the same thing as he turned and said, "you look familiar." Well, since he lives only a few blocks from my flat I’m sure our paths have crossed many, many times ~ and I hope I get the chance to talk a little deeper about Stevie sometime as we had just touched the surface. I wonder if he has seen all the demos, bootleg videos. Hmm. My place for some Stevie, coffee, tea...me. If I see him again, will I be singing "Don’t Treat Me Like A Stranger?" ..oops, now where was I?

One of the first things I do is go to my seat when I get inside the venue, just to see where I will be connecting with Ms. Nicks, and that is what we did. Even though it wasn’t fifth row, it was good enough ~ my heart was starting to warm.

Next, our shopping expedition ~ my Boz Skaggs friend ended up buying 2 Stevie t-shirts (she had to have the one with the Stevie drawing~I was impressed). Then, Torri, Dave, Marilyn and I found a picnic table, had some snacks, and watched the crowds go back. Unlike Camden, I saw very few ladies dressed up like Stevie…but I always find a Stevie crowd interesting.

Yep. We were sitting near the unofficial Ledge meeting place and our eyes were searching. Torri said she thought she saw Vianna go by and fortunately our paths would cross very shortly. With a decent band playing on the side stage, we walked over just to see if we could spot some of you. I did notice this girl with long brown hair standing around, but I didn’t think she was tall enough to be Marlene. So we stood, listening, waiting, and then I noticed Vianna. "Are you Vianna," I said. Yep. It sure was and I gave her a hug and introduced her to the gang. We chatted, looked at the tour book, and then the not so tall (I guess in my definition of the word) J young lady with the long brown hair that I had spotted previously asked me if I was Keith. It was Marlene! This was great, because I really love meeting other Ledgies. Putting faces to the names ~ we chatted, laughed, and then, Jes appeared! What can I say ~ the Ledgies were meeting.. ..well, still no Travis ~ I guess his tailgate party was in full swing,but the nightbirds were just getting started…

Torri and Dave left for their seats, and my friend and I went to get a beer (to help me get through the Boz set ...even though he was very good). And lo and behold, I spotted Travis. I think I surprised him, because he commented that I looked nothing like my picture! Maybe I don’t look like Phil Collins after all! And Bella Star and George were with him, so we chatted briefly. I must say pictures can be deceiving, because I pictured Travis to be taller than George, but I was wrong. I also loved the Hard Rock Shirt with the Stevie drawing on the back that Travis was wearing as I had never seen it before. And that’s when either George or Travis spotted Chris Nicks walking with some other guy. He did look kind of stressed out or something and when I told my friend that it was Stevie’s brother, she said that he looks nothing like her! She is definitely right about that! It was nice to see her only sibling, though. At least for me it was. I couldn’t even imagine having that kind of connection with her.

Right before Stevie began, Jes came over to me and told me they were letting the first five rows rush the stage right at the start of the show. Let me say Jes, if I didn’t have a guest with me, I would of tried everything to make my way up there with you guys. And thanks for the tip..truly appreciated it ..as I did try later throughout the show, but that security guard wasn’t nudging.. I then went over to where Torri was sitting to tell her to enjoy the show, and when I did she told me that she had met ma. She motioned to ma and ma came down and we met, ever so briefly, but I am glad we did. I hope you enjoyed the concert, ma...I miss you when you don’t post..

..and now the music..

The set opens with the dark, and heart-wrenching "Outside the Rain.." Her search for the one thing that has alluded her in her life...true love. I connect instantly. She is singing my story. Once Stevie begins, I become totally entranced. My friend reaches over to ask me a question, and I shrug her off. During the break between songs, I had to apologize, but I also had to let her know that when Stevie is singing, I can’t be answering questions. She understood. She let me be..that is why she’s my friend. "..if you find it, then you have won the game.." I think of Torri and Dave and I my heart smiles.. and the music softens and Stevie sings her rock and roll lullaby that she wrote to Lindsey. "Dreams" is simply beautiful. Stevie welcomes everyone and she is in a playful mood and I love it. She tells everyone that tonight is going to be a very different show because its her box set show. And that there our songs that you might not recognize, but they were there. I know she isn’t talking to me, because I will recognize and sing along to all of them. "Enchanted" with its rockabilly feel fits perfect on this hot Virginia summer night. I had kicked off my sandals and was dancing on the cool concrete and loving life. What can I say. "Gold Dust Woman" was not only haunting, but for the first time, I found myself spider fingering with Ms. Nicks. There’s an added intensity to this song when you play the part.. I played it well. "Gold and Braid.." Oh, to be sitting next to Hayley when she does this song live. I can’t help but think of you girl. "Don’t hide behind your hair.." as Stevie playfully grabs hers. This song is simply golden live! Being 17 rows back, I noticed that the people around me only were getting into the songs they knew, and when "Stop Dragging My Heart Around" began, well they seemed to perk up. And it rocked. And the audience rolled. ..there was also this green and red balloon thing going on throughout the venue. People were simply keeping them afloat in the air, and it was a nice little effect. I knew where the red balloons had come from...and it made me smile.

This very soft and beautiful music begins and plays while the band gets ready for the "acoustic/electric" set. This is where I begin to inch my way down closer to the stairs, where I would find Torri and enjoyed most of the set until shooed away by the security guard who is loving his little bit of power. "After the Glitter Fades" was simply a beautiful country song about Hollywood heartbreak. "Garbo" waltzed directly into my heart ~ I loved when she was talking about this song and she said she wrote it while thinking about Garbo, Marilyn, and you know, that other one.. you know.." She was having fun and I simply loved seeing her that way. Especially after hearing about the Virginia Beach show when she got extremely emotional. "Rose Garden" ~ to this day~ amazes me. She wrote this song at the age of 17, but this is her life at fifty. "You broke my heart.." "Sleeping Angel" defines the word ballad, and while listening to her passionate singing with the soft mandolin playing, I felt her yearning for someone to grow old with...

The venue was mellow, then the drumming began....like the African drummers on Sunday afternoon in Malcolm X park, I felt the rhythm..then the defiant synthesizer that introduces the audience to "Stand Back." It took a few moments for the crowd to identify it, but when they did the whole venue was on its feet. Stevie appeared, her capes flowing around her, walking to greet Don who was moving towards her with his guitar as his guide. It was sexual, it was hot, it was "Stand Back"..in the middle of my room, I did not hear from you.." one of my favorite lines that Stevie has ever written in one of her favorite songs she loves to perform. She is the Queen.

I love the way Rhiannon begins. The piano is so simple, yet so haunting. I started getting emotional here ~ and it was mixed emotions. Stevie’s voice came into my world in 1976 through Rhiannon. Hearing her sing her signature song that is just as powerful as the first time I heard it made me realize how this woman touches me. "dreams unwind, love is hard to find.." Stevie understands. She lives her songs.

At the end of this song, she started sharing how she was thinking about not doing any Fleetwood Mac songs on this tour ~ but, her manager called her and told her she had to!! Then, she started talking about spirits, but that there were really only "good" spirits ~ and its not so much what she was saying, but how she was so full of life when sharing. It made me feel warm inside. ‘Whole Lotta Trouble" is a great rock and roll song - no horns need apply in my book! Of course, I was up close ~ even though I was not going to get by the security guy. But, this is where I was suppose to be at this show. I might not have been in the pit, but I was there in spirit. "Landslide" was simply gorgeous ~ even when Stevie seemed to get ahead of the soft guitar that was playing. And when everyone starts singing along, well words just can’t describe the beauty. My favorite part was when she sang "I’m getting older,too" the second time and held up 1 finger at a time until she get to 5. Nothing else needed to be said.

"Twisted" is such a great rock and roll song. The live version she is doing is simply the best. With Edge approaching, I thought I would be moving to get near the stage ~ but, it wasn’t meant to be. And that was okey. Tonight was for other fans - and I was hoping that Jes, Marlene, Travis, and George made it. "Edge" rocks, but when Stevie goes to greet the fans, I just simply watched. Seeing her adored with so many gifts ~ and I was thankful that no one was throwing things ~ was beautiful. To the person who gave her the purple beanie doll - you could tell she simply loved it. To the person who tried to give Stevie her top hat - she had her reason for not accepting it. In her heart, it meant the world. To the person who gave her the Sara life preserver "drowning in the sea of love.." - well, how she displayed it up to the audience showed how much she was impressed. So, in my little spot right above the pit, I watched the beauty of Stevie and her fans touching and sharing. It was a highlight for me.

"I Need to Know" rocked the first encore. And then, way too quickly, it was time for the last song. "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for Me." After seeing the Camden show and now Nissan, this song has really come full circle for me. It’s her farewell song to us, and she asks us only one thing, "to remember her." But for me, she doesn’t have to ask. The song was over and so was the concert and I turned and there was Torri. I gave her a selfish hug ~ I needed it for myself ~ I hope you didn’t mine Torri.. I just needed a simple touch from a Stevie fan just like me ~ and you were the perfect one. Thank you.

Leaving the venue, I was walking with my friend Marilyn, with my sandals off and my barefeet loving the warm pavement. We said goodbye to Dave and Torri, and went our separate ways. In the stillness of the night, waiting to leave the venue, I knew that once again my heart had been moved by the incredible words and music of Stevie Nicks.
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A Woman At Peace

Written by Jeffrey Roth Jun 09, 2008 at 05:56 PM
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June 25, 1998

To steal a line from a friend of mine who witnessed this powerful show with me, "This concert showed us a woman at peace with herself." This was my 23rd Stevie/FM show and our 3rd and final (?) of this tour---but it was the best one by far! Stevie was in a "playful" mood all evening on this muggy night. My friend Rhonda & I traveled 123 miles from PA to see this event--and it was worth every mile! We were fortunate enough to meet some very nice people at this show---that's the good thing about a mid-week concert, it seemed that only the "hardcore" fans turned out. The Pavilion was grossly empty...so empty that they closed the lawn area & moved everyone into seats. But no matter...Stevie treated us to a rare performance!

We all know the set list by now---I'll just point out some of the "spontaneous happenings" from this show. You all remember how much of an issue some were making of the way Stevie & Lindsey used the same lines & same hug/kiss after "Silver Springs" during the FM tour last year? Well solo-Stevie seems to be treating each audience to a lot of spontaneous conversation each night. Last night she mentioned "I didn't want to do any Fleetwood Mac songs on this tour and my manager called me up and said PUT THEM BACK IN. So I did and right there was Rhiannon 1998...out there for you." She also started telling us about "Garbo" and forgot who the song was about, so she said (laughing) "Well, you figure it out!" Stevie later told us "I wish I was a multi-millionaire! I'd pack you all up and take you with us on the rest of the tour. But I'm not..so I can't...but I do want you to stay well so we can do this again sometime. Wasn't this fun?" She also was DEEPLY moved by a fan's gift of a Princess-Di Beanie Baby which she received in her march along the stage-edge. She handed it to a stage-hand who was helping her put all of her gifts behind her so other stage-hands could take them backstage. She explained what it was to him & seemed to be telling him not to lose it & to put it somewhere where she could be sure to get it. (He stayed by the edge of the stage and after trying to find someone who he could turn it over to, ended up taking it back to her dressing room himself).

I'll also give credit to the fans of Manassas for not hitting Stevie with flowers & glow-sticks and not jumping on stage as the crowd in Camden did last Friday night...it visibly scared her near the end of her show. Now as the tour heads south and west, we wish Stevie and the lucky fans who have yet to see her all the best. Thanks again for spending your night with us, Stevie!
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A wonderful, enchanted evening

Written by Marlene Jun 09, 2008 at 05:55 PM
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June 24, 1998

I knew it was going to be a good evening when it took me practically no time to get to Nissan Pavilion (anyone who is familiar with this venue can appreciate that it only took me an hour of driving time from D.C.—and in early rush hour traffic no less). I went in around 7 and walked around—looked at the merchandise, checked out my seat (7th row, to the left of the stage), and did some people watching. There was a wide variety of ages—a lot of thirty- and forty-somethings, but also a lot of twenty-somethings and younger kids with parents. Around 7:30 I went to the side stage and met some people from the Ledge—Keith, Torri, Vianna, and Jes. That was great—it was really nice to be able to put faces with names, and meet other very enthusiastic Stevie fans. We talked for awhile, and then went into the Pavilion around 8 for Boz Skaggs. I only knew his last two songs, but was very impressed with his performance. I completely agree with everyone else who mentioned his terrific back-up singer, and thought Boz sounded good. The crowd, which was still coming in, gave him a nice ovation and he seemed to really mean it when he said he had enjoyed playing for us.

Then the lights came on and they started setting up the stage and I started to get even more excited. I met George, whom I was sitting next to, and Travis, BellaStar, and ma (Marcial). Jes, who was sitting in the first few rows, came up and told me that security had said that they would let people in the first 5 rows stand right up next to the stage once the concert started, and that I should try to get down there. But then the lights dimmed, and Chris Nicks came on stage to read the definition of Enchanted.

The stage was just as other people have described, with pink curtains and a stained-glass backdrop that changed from pink to red to white and back during the concert. The band started playing "Outside the Rain" and Stevie came out. She looked beautiful, and was wearing a long black sparkly dress, and a gem on her forehead. I was in heaven and the huge smile on my face was a permanent fixture for the rest of the evening. As everyone else has said, her voice sounded fantastic and she seemed so happy to be there. Initially, I thought she seemed a little tired, but she also seemed very peaceful, so possibly it was only the latter. The set list was exactly as described, but some songs really stood out to me. "Enchanted" was one, and the whole band really seemed to be into this. My seat was directly in front of Carlos Rios, and I was very impressed with him the whole evening. When they started to set up for the acoustic set, Jes came up and gave me his friend's ticket so I could get down to the stage. There were 30 people or so (that's a very rough estimate) standing in the area between the first row seats and the stage. It was amazing to be so close to the stage, to be able to see her expressions and those of the rest of the band. She talked about each song, and after this set went right into "Sleeping Angel." At this point I went back and brought BellaStar up front with me. Because I was moving around I only caught the end of "Sleeping Angel" (sniff—it's one of my favorites) but I got chills when she sang "and someday, when we're older…" She got a lot of cheers at the end of this song, and said in a surprised way "Oh, you know that song? It's from Fast Times At Ridgemont High." "Stand Back" was really incredible—it never ceases to amaze me how she can show some much energy during this song. From this point on she really seemed to put her all into every song. "Whole Lotta Trouble" and "Twisted" were both really great ("Twisted," as everyone has said," was very different from the demo and rocked!), and I was struck again at how much fun the musicians seemed to be having. Before "Landslide" she said, "We always have to dedicate this song to someone, and since we don't know anyone here, Frank is going to pick somebody out to dedicate this to," and Frank, her guitarist, walked to the edge of the stage (unfortunately he was on the other side of the stage) picked out someone named Ivy, who Stevie dedicated the song to.

All too soon the bongo solo started, and George managed to join us at the stage. Stevie came out in her white shawl, and started dancing to "Edge of Seventeen." I can't even describe the experience of this song. Many more people came up to the front at this point, but security still wouldn't let everyone up, which I thought was a very silly. A lot of people had flowers, stuffed animals, candles, and letters. In mid-song she walked over the to far left side of the stage and starting shaking people's hands and taking a few gifts as she worked her way across the stage. When she was right in front of me she took my hand, and all I could get out was a "thank you!" She really tried to reach everyone, and stopped at a little girl of about 7 or 8 in a black top hat—the girl passed the hat to Stevie but Stevie passed it back, as if to say "No, I want you to have it."

The whole experience, which had seemed somewhat surreal to me until this point, became very real, as did Stevie herself. She was so unbelievably gracious as she crossed the stage, and the feeling that I hear in her songs every day came through ten fold in person. It was very obvious that she treasures these concerts and her fans and that very moment in time, no matter if it happens in 50 cities on 50 different nights. The band took an initial bow, and then came back to sing "I Need to Know" and "Has Anyone Ever…" which were both perfect. I was so sad when it was over but so happy at the same time to have had such an incredible opportunity. I would see her again and again and again, and can't emphasize enough the generous spirit of this amazing woman. From meeting people from the Ledge to shaking her hand, it was all around a wonderful, enchanted evening. Thank you Stevie!!
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