Pittsburgh Post Gazette, June 10, 1998

By John Young

"STEVIE NICKS' solo singing runs hot and cold at Star Lake"

You know what she sounds like singing in Fleetwood Mac. You probably know what she sounds like with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. But what excatly Stevie Nicks sound like solo? The more than 10,000 people at her Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheatre show last night heard the diminutive songstress answer inconclusively.

Certainly Nicks' solo career has been distinguished by plently of tasty pop rock singles. It's also been cursed by a lot of bad hot-production-of-the- moment, an ill-advised Bon Jovi collaboration and sagging interest before last year's Mac reunion. Her set here was either eclectic or scattershot, depending on your perspective.

On the negative side, Nick's band of studio-quality musicians lacked personality, particularly on her solo work. "Dreams" thudded dully along, while "Gold Dust Woman" suffered from a lack of menace Lindsay [sic]. "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" had none of the rawness and crackle of the original version with Petty.

The highlight of the set came when Nicks stripped the sound down for semiacoustic runthroughs of songs she said were "about [her] relationship with Hollywood and making it as a woman." "After The Glitter Fades" was twangy, "Garbo" spacey and "Rose Garden" folksy, but they all fit Nicks' tough 'n' tender persona.

"Sleeping Angel" brought the volume back up in sweeping and particularly melodic, fashion.

Saying that "this is a fun show for me," Nicks was true to her word that she'd be doing "songs I like and not just songs I have to do". Though no one was yelling for obscure cuts like "Gold and Braid" and "Twisted" from her new boxed set "Enchanted," Nicks delievered them with particular enthusiasm. She quickly followed them up with the likes of "Rhiannon" and "Edge of Seventeen," also, lest the audience thrist too long for a hit.

Boz Scaggs, dressed in black and looking like a cross between John Cale and Elton John, delievered the expected, too. He finished his set with the '70s groove of "Lowdown" and was called back for a surpriseingly rousing encore of "Lido Shuffle."

Nicks' faithful dominated the crowd, though, and they cheered rapturously at her stage patter and song selections. To them, the sound of Stevie softly purrong all manner of tunes was just fine.

Thanks to SaraBellaD@aol.com for sending this article to us.