Review by Abby, June 9, 1998
Hello. I recently attended the Stevie Nicks' concert in Pittsburgh, PA. I
wrote a review, but I tried to do it differently. So here is my reflection
about the Stevie concert.
As I sat in Section 6, Row Q, Seat 4 at Starlake Amphitheater on June 9,
1998, I felt like I was back in fifth grade again going to my first
concert. Only this time I was going to see a Rock Legend (Stevie), and not
a teen idol (Tiffany...hey I was young!..=) I sat before the show and
watched as all of Stevie's fans wandered around trying to find their seats.
I saw some fans in the front give gifts to stage hands to take backstage to
Stevie. Some fans were dressed in their best Stevie-esq attire. Others
wore old concert t-shirts that were soon covered up by new t-shirts.
A variety of people were there representing a wide range of ages. Sisters,
brothers, and friends came together for an "enchanted" evening with Ms. Nicks.
In front of me was a man and his two young daughters, the latter of whom
were quite visibly excited to see Stevie.
As the band began to play "Outside the Rain", someone read the meaning
of the word enchanted from a dictionary. What a perfect way to start the
show. The crowd rose to their feet as Stevie made her way to center stage. Aah,
sheer magic. Stevie looked great and sounded even better. I tried to savor every
little detail about her performance. I wanted to absorb it all so I wouldn't forget
As I look back now, about 24 hours after the show ended, a bunch of things
run across my mind. Like how Stevie couldn't recall the name of the first
song she played in the acoustic set, which was "After the Glitter Fades,"
and how I would have died to have one of her beautiful outfits. So many
things just seem to run together, but what I do remember very vividly is
how appreciative Stevie looked as we screamed each time she twirled around
and as we sang along with each song. As I peered through my binoculars as
she made her way along the first row of people during "The Edge of
Seventeen," I couldn't help but wish I could run to the front to touch her
hand and tell her how much her music means to me. But alas, all I could
do was watch from the back. Yet, through my binoculars, I found the
memory that I will keep with me forever from this concert. Long after the
memory of what songs she played or what she wore has faded from my mind,
the image of Stevie being so humbled by the love of her fans will remain.
As Stevie finished shaking the hands of her fans, she looked out at the
audience and I swear she had tears in her eyes. This woman, whose music
has touched so many, seemed to be so overwhelmed by the love and affection
that her fans were pouring over her. I think if she could have thanked all
11,268 people individually that were there that night, she would have. And
I will never forget that.
I know this isn't a "typical" review, but I didn't have a "typical" evening
at a "typical" concert. I had an enchanting evening. That is really the best
way to describe it. Stevie is simply enchanting.
Review by Mikie Ray Turner, June 9, 1998
Here is my concert experience:
We arrived at Starlake around 6:30 p.m. We pulled into VIP parking and then
walked the lot to see if we could find any other list members from Enchanted
and Rumours. We found several nice people tail-gating and stopped to chat for
awhile. My friend, Jeff, who is VERY honest asked the guy at the gate if he
could take his camera in and the guy said no. Jeff then went back to the car
with the camera and we walked the lot again as more people had arrived. Three
teenage girls yelled "Hey Stevie!" to me as I was fully dressed in Stevie's
outfit from the Dance (courtesy of Bear). The young girls came over and
complimented me on my outfit. We then decided to enter the venue because we
were supposed to meet some Enchanted and Rumours members at 7:15 to the
entrance of pit seating (left side). As we walked in I got several admiring
looks and several weird looks on my outfit. Some people gave me smiles and
thumbs up and some people snickered and laughed behind my back. Did I care
about these people that did not understand? Hell no, I just ignored them and
their snide remarks. Waiting at the entrance to pit seating, we met up with
Karen and her husband, Phil (from Rumours) and MaryBeth and her husband, Barry
(from Enchanted). These people were very nice and friendly and we talked up a
storm. We then met a nice fellow named Mike Struchion (spelling?). I believe
he was from Enchanted too. These people were very nice, not "Internet
weirdos" like my husband thinks.
At 8:00 we found our seats and sat down to watch Boz
Scaggs, who I must say, put on a very good show. His back-up singer, Lisa
Frazier, was excellent. Boz left the stage and came back for an encore. When
he was finished, the road crew began removing his equipment and checking and
positioning Stevie's equipment. At this time, we went back out to our meeting
place and talked with MaryBeth and Barry again. We saw Karen and Phil in
passing. At about 9:15 we went back to our seats and got ready for Stevie.
The lights went down and the whole venue screamed when Christopher Nicks came
on to read the definition of Enchanted. Then the lights came up and there she
was! I screamed "Stevie" real loud and everyone was on their feet. I about
died, I have never seen her this close before.
She came out wearing the velvet floor-length coat from the Leno show and
changed accordingly for each grouping of songs. Among the clothing I saw
besides the first outfit were: the Gold Dust Woman shawl (which looked more
beautiful than it did on the Dance), a red and gold floor-length dress/jacket
(made of satin, I think), a red jacket thing (during Whole Lotta Trouble), a
beautiful silver-gray full length shawl (that looked like a dress), a white sparkley shawl (floor-
length) and the last outfit a beautiful sliver/white floor-length velvet,
rhinestone, satin jacket with a white shawl over it. I may have missed a few here.
After Twisted, which I must say was the best I've ever heard her do this
song, my friend and I went to the stage and I got up right against it, I was next to last at the
stage. There was no pushing or shoving. We were in 7th row and it was a piece of
cake to get up there. I watched Edge of Seventeen from the stage front.
After the song was over, Stevie started to make her way along the stage shaking people's
hands and collecting some gifts. I saw her put on a ring, a thing that was
like a tassel (like a priest wears) around her neck, a bouquet of brown-eyed
Susan flowers, a stuffed animal. I could not believe I was there and that my
dream was going to come true. What would I say to her? I had no idea. When
she got to me, she took my hand in both of hers, looked directly at me,
maintaining eye contact and smiled the biggest smile I'd ever seen. I said "I
love you Stevie." and she nodded to me. Now she did not just let my hand go,
she held on and squeezed. My friend, Jeff, said the blue stage light was
shining on my face and I was in a trance. Her hand was the softest I've ever
felt, tiny, and a little moist. She had medium length nails with pearl polish
on them. As she moved to the last person, I touched her burnt red color boot
and touched the hem of her jacket. You could tell the clothing was super
expensive by the feel. We watched her two last songs from the bottom of the
stage and then the lights came up and she was gone. Some drunk girl was
boosted on stage by her boyfriend during Stevie's encore and a big security
guy made her get down. What some people won't do. As I left the venue, I was
walking on air. I had never expected in my life to share such a special
moment with my idol. I think Stevie noticed my costume. She genuinely does
appreciate her fans. My friend, Jeff, who had never seen her before was
impressed with her rapport with the audience. I got home about 12:15 a.m. and
had trouble falling asleep. I was thrilled to death and couldn't wait to tell
everyone about my experience. I bought the tour book, blue t-shirt with
Stevie pointing and a key chain. I am totally broke until Friday.
My Dream came true, I will remember this night.
Love to all,
Review by Lori Aimino, Dana Hardek, and Carlene (posted to the Ledge by Lori), June 12, 1998
Okay, for clarity's sake...when you read this, keep in mind that whenever you see anything written in the first person, that is me (Lori) talking. Carlene's and Dana's information and comments are noted as such. I hope it all makes sense, and that you enjoy it!!!
Stevie's Pittsburgh Show:
Coca-Cola Starlake Amphitheatre, Burgettstown, PA June 9, 1998
Dana and I travelled to the venue together, where we met with Carlene and her mother (Go Joanne!!!) in the VIP parking lot. We had hoped to meet fellow Ledgies Abby, Tammie, and Steve there while we were tailgating, but for many reasons it didn't happen.
We entered the concert area, stopping to purchase our various souvenirs (which for me included the t-shirt with Stevie's self-portrait, which resembles a chalk drawing with kind of an air-brushed effect - very cool!). Carlene comments that although she felt the merchandise was a bit expensive (no surprise), she felt that all of the items that were offered were artistic and VERY "Stevie." We all agreed that we did not feel the bear was worth $20 though!
While we were making our purchases, Boz Scaggs began his performance. We proceeded to our seats, which were amazing (thanks to Carlene, who got up very early to stand in line for us the day the tickets went on sale). My seat was pretty much directly in line with Stevie's (and Boz's) mic, and only 13 rows from the stage - the most incredible seats I've ever had at a concert! Dana estimates that the crowd was approximately 60% female and 40% male, with very few people sporting the "Stevie look." There were also quite a number of little children there, which made me wish my little girl could have been there, too, but we felt we should wait until she is a LITTLE older for her first concert experience!
By the time we were really settled into our seats, Boz was a couple of songs into his set. He sounded great (though I was a little shocked at how much older he looked than my memory of him), his band was very tight sounding, and the members really seemed to be enjoying themselves. As we were watching Boz perform, I noticed that there appeared to be smoke puffing out of his ear! I mentioned it to Dana, who mentioned it to Carlene, and the three of us had a good laugh, then we all zeroed in on him with our binoculars to try to identify the real source of the smoke. Apparently, there was a smoke machine running to give some kind of foggy effect to the stage, and there appeared to be a tube attached to the microphone which was pumping the smoke out to, I suppose, give Boz a more mysterious look. Unfortunately, he just looked like his left ear was smoldering (sorry, Boz)!
As we looked around at our surroundings, my attention was drawn to the lighting control area, which was directly behind our section, and I noticed Lenny Castro was hanging out there, enjoying Boz's show. Dana and I got our courage up, and approached the area to request an autograph. He was very friendly and gracious, and autographed our Stevie picture-postcards, with the added touch of little bongo drum drawings! True to form, I was a chicken at first, but once he started signing my postcard I started babbling things like, "Tell Stevie my 3 year old daughter loves her!" I'm sure he was thinking, oh no, it's another nutcase!
Dana and I then went scouting for our fellow Ledgies. We found Abby in her seat (and may I say, she really looks a lot like a young Stevie), and she was just adorable. She joined us on our trek to Steve's seats, but unfortunately we never found him; according to Steve, he and his friend were already busy at this point trying to steal better seats - shame, shame!!! We finally decided to stop running around, and get back to our seats, where we met Tammie, who coincidentally had seats directly behind ours!!!
We also managed to get back in time to hear some of the better-known Boz tunes, such as Love, Look What You've Done to Me and Lido Shuffle, which he did as an encore. Many people got up and boogied to that one, which sounded awesome, and you could tell by looking around that Boz had a small but devoted group of fans there as well.
Finally, it was time for Stevie. The set was just gorgeous, very intimate looking, with the back-drop resembling an open fan. Everything was in shades of pink and lavender, and just what you would expect Stevie to choose. The band came onstage first, with Christopher Nicks coming on to read the definition of the word "enchanted" and to introduce his sister. During the dictionary reading,I remember Chris very distinctly emphasizing the part about "bringing someone to the point of TEARS." How true!
And then, what we'd all been waiting to hear: PLEASE WELCOME MISS STEVIE NICKS!!! Of course, at that point everyone who was in the pavilion seating area was on their feet, and thousands of us began to scream, whistle, and cheer for the "sweet girl" making her entrance onto the stage! Carlene observes, "Stevie looked VERY happy, VERY comfortable with herself, and VERY confident. I think that translated into the audience." Her opening outfit appeared to be a long, deep purple fitted coat over a lavender chiffon skirt - absolutely gorgeous. I remember Dana commenting that it would be a beautiful Christmas outfit. And the woman herself looked INCREDIBLE. Positively radiant, and smiling from ear to ear.
The opening song was Outside the Rain, which sounded fantastic. The band was incredible, and Sharon and Mindy's harmony vocals were perfect. Stevie was singing very intensely, and at one point between verses spoke the words that were something to the effect of "you'll never take my soul" (obviously in reference to the man in the song, not the audience). This song segued directly into Dreams, which sounded fantastic. During the "heartbeat drives you mad" part, the drums were VERY strong, mimicking a heartbeat. Dana comments, "I think this song loses some of its power when not sung by Fleetwood Mac. I missed the harmonies."
Dreams ended, leading to Stevie's first opportunity to address the crowd. She appeared thrilled by the applause, and said she "couldn't ask for more." She then gave the audience a thrill by saying, "Wasn't I just here last September, on this very stage?" Of course, the screaming of the crowd was deafening! Stevie then spoke of how special this tour was for her, because she could pick the songs SHE wanted to perform. She mentioned that if some of us didn't have the box set yet, that some of the songs may be unfamiliar, but said with a smile, "Trust me, they were out there. You just must have been sleeping!"
The band then broke into Enchanted, which really rocked. I asked Carlene and Dana for their input on this one, because I can't remember much except that I was dancing like a nut at this point. Dana must've been, too, because her comment was, "People seemed to like this song, that's all I remember." I do remember thinking that many of the people must have gotten the box set, because a lot of the crowd seemed to be singing along, or at least familiar with the song.
Next was Gold Dust Woman, for which she had of course donned her gold shawl, which was so beautiful. This song was HEAVILY drum-oriented, and Stevie was really into it, dancing around a lot and doing this snake-like thing with her arms held out to the side. At the end of the song, during the "running in the shadows" part, she was VERY animated, miming like she was running along and acting like she was pushing her way through cobwebs, with her hands held up in front of her face. Also at the end, she spoke/sang "someone said something about, someone said something about, someone said something about Gold Dust." Very intense!
Then came Gold and Braid, which was a real crowd-pleaser. Dana notes that Stevie played with her hair a lot during this song. I found this particular version of it VERY interesting, being as she has said it is about Lindsey. She changed the words in the first verse, singing "HIS EYES, HIS mystery" and at the end totally omitted the line about "I'd always love you," but instead had a smile on her face like the cat who'd swallowed the canary! What kind of secret are you keeping, Miss Nicks???
Next was Stop Draggin' My Heart Around. The guitarist, Frank Simes, did a nice job with Tom Petty's part. I commented to Carlene and Dana that he was also much easier on the eyes than Waddy, though I'm sure Waddy is a VERY nice person! ;o)
At this point, the stage was reset for the acoustic portion of the set, with Stevie exiting for a costume change. She reappeared moments later to join her bandmates, wearing a black lacy/sheer slip-dress covered by an over-dress that was burgundy brocade with clusters of silvery-gray and lavender flowers on it. Again, gorgeous! Stevie then explained that the following songs were a "trilogy" that she had selected of songs that she felt fit well together. After her big "trilogy" speech, however, when it came time for her to introduce the first of the three songs, she then said, "The first song is called, uh, uh..." and had forgotten the name of it! She was reminded by her bandmates, and with a laugh said, "After the Glitter Fades!" It was very funny, and the song to follow sounded wonderful.
Next was Garbo, which before had not exactly been one of my favorites, but took on a whole new meaning once Stevie explained its origins. She said she wrote it the night of the photo session for the Buckingham Nicks album cover. She told us there was a big part of her that hadn't wanted to take those pictures, and so she went home afterward and wrote Garbo. She basically said that she knew that she had a choice to either put herself in the place of a big Hollywood star and just grit her teeth and do it, or just try to forget it. Several times after the "or you could forget" part, she spoke the words "just walk away." The song is really invokes a lot of empathy when thought of in this context.
Then came Rose Garden, which was such a lovely song. Stevie introduced it by saying how odd it seems to her that she wrote it at age 17, not knowing what her life would be like, yet she must have had some sense because the song ended up being rather prophetic; she does have a big house, land, and other things, but no marriage. She really seemed to enjoy performing this one, and played acoustic "air guitar," strumming along for most of the song. She also held up her left hand at the appropriate point at the end of the song, and looked at it as if to illustrate the point that there is no gold band there.
The band went straight into the song Sleeping Angel (which kind of makes it not a trilogy, but oh well). This song was very nice and heartfelt. Someone in the front row was desperately trying to give Stevie a bouquet of flowers while she was singing, but she looked down and smiled, and gestured that she couldn't get around all of the equipment, etc., to reach them, and was like "sorry!" At the end, she said with a big smile, "That ends the acoustic segment. I'll be right back!" and exited the stage for a costume change.
I want to add here that Carlene comments, "I was charmed (i.e. "enchanted") with her between-songs conversations with us. She is truly an open, giving individual.
Okay, so now that she had the audience all lulled into submission, Miss Nicks re-entered the stage for the "Stevie kicks butt" portion of the program, beginning with Stand Back! Carlene feels, of course, that this was one of the "standout performances" of the evening, and I'm sure everyone there would agree. Stevie was wearing a black dress with a long black shawl over top that was encrusted with silver, mirror-y looking things all over it. She was SO into this song, and at one point she went over and danced in front of the guitarist, Carlos Rios, shaking everything she had, to the point of messing up her hair! Dana observes, "Stand Back really seems to take on a life of its own in concert. When I went to see Fleetwood Mac, that was definitely the song that got everyone the most excited, and the same happened at this concert."
Following Stand Back was another all-time concert highlight, Rhiannon. This was performed very similarly to The Dance version, with the added twist of it being VERY HEAVY on the drums. At the end of the song, Stevie kept repeating, "Don't leave me, don't leave me." When it was finished, Stevie explained to the audience that when the white Fleetwood Mac album came out, she hadn't wanted Rhiannon released as a single, due to her fear that the song would "fail" because, in her words, "it was such a WEIRD song." To convince her, the rest of Fleetwood Mac said to her, "Then it will be the weirdest song to ever be a hit on the charts!" This got a BIG laugh from the audience.
Next, Stevie became a Whole Lotta Trouble! This song was very heavy sounding, and she was really into it. Dana recalls that this was a "good grooving song. Sharon and Mindy looked like they were having fun." Carlene also feels this was another standout performance, and she comments, "This song isn't really one of my all-time faves, but I loved the way she sang VERY DEFIANTLY...'When I want something...(pause)I GET IT!' I think she even did the hands-on-the-hips gesture and thrust her fist into the air."
I suppose next Stevie decided she would soothe us after trouncing us a good one with the last few numbers ;o), so she performed Landslide next. For her introduction, she said, "This is the song I usually dedicate to my dad, but tonight there is a wonderful lady in the audience. She was my father's secretary for years and years, since I was a little girl, and she always picked up and followed us whenever we moved around. So, Frances, I love you very much, and this is for you." (Note: I cried during this song; it is so special to me!) The crowd sang along, INCREDIBLY LOUDLY, which made Stevie smile a big smile! During the part where she holds out the word "SNOW," the crowd was singing SO loudly that she gestured for us to hold out the note, then directed us to sing the rest, gesturing as if she were conducting. It was fabulous, and at the end she and Frank Simes both did a sweeping bow to each other. I was glad there was no repeat of the Lindsey hug/kiss. It would have seemed too "staged."
The introduction of the band members followed. Some of the highlights:
-Brett Tuggle - Stevie said he was a "new" friend, as she had just gotten to know him as he helped Christine out on keyboards for Fleetwood Mac's Dance Tour
-Land Richards - this is pretty much word-for-word, "I'm a woman who loves drummers, so you KNOW this guy must be REALLY cool!"
-Sharon Celani - Stevie said, "This woman's been with me through everything, since like 1978, and Sharon...I really love you so much, Sharon." Sharon appeared quite overcome by this!
-Carlos Rios - Stevie introduced him as her musical director as well as her guitarist, and then said he is pretty much "the love of my life, at this point!" Carlos' eyes got WIDE and he looked VERY pleased! (Note: The 3 of us found this very interesting, and it is now more interesting coupled with the rumours that they are involved...hmmm...)
Stevie exited for another costume change, and then a twister hit! (Well, sort of!) The "fan" back-drop of the stage was lit up purple, with swirling shadows behind it. There was a big storm sound, with thunder and loud, blowing winds. We were about to be Twisted! Stevie re-entered wearing her red shawl, looking great. The song sounded great, too, though part of me really missed Lindsey and the "I know, you know, watching you go is like dying" part, which is my favorite part of the duet version. When the song was over, Stevie started to walk off the stage to prepare for The Edge of Seventeen, and realized she still had her tambourine with her. She nonchalantly handed it to Mindy, who placed it over by the drum kit before exiting the stage with the rest of the band, leaving only Lenny Castro onstage for the bongo solo.
Ok, here is where things got interesting for Carlene, Dana, and I. I had committed to memory what Rhapsody had said about getting to the stage when the bongo solo was starting, so the three of us left our seats and walked to the aisle on the far left of the stage, in hopes of reaching the stage a bit more easily that way, due to the fact that the folding chairs of the "pit" area of the audience were blocking the end of our aisle. We were "nabbed" by a security woman, so Carlene explained our plan to go to the stage. The woman said she didn't know anything about people being permitted to go to the stage, and to ask the guy in the headphones who was walking around (apparently he was a security "bigwig"). So I told the guy that we had been told that we would be allowed to go to the stage during this song and take our gifts to Stevie. He said, "Do you have a gift?" and so I lied and said that I had a drawing in my pocket from my daughter (I still feel the need to go to confession over this - sigh). He said he would escort ME ONLY to the stage, just long enough to place my gift there. I said, sorry, if we can't all go, I'm not going. So we started to return to our seats, when some people went past us, down our aisle, to the first row of seats behind the "pit." We decided to go for it, and walked down, too. This was about halfway through the Edge of Seventeen. All of the people seated in the pit area were up against the stage already, but we couldn't get past security, so we just stood at the bottom of the aisle and watched the rest of the song from there. And how unbelievable THAT performance was! Stevie looked gorgeous in a beautiful creamy-white dress. Sharon joined Stevie at her mic for the "Well I hear you, in the morning" echo part, which sounded great. The highlight for me was on Stevie's big Oooooo-ooooh part; she was SO into it that she started doing her "speaking in tongues" thing like she did in the Mirage video performance of Sisters of the Moon. I couldn't believe that I witnessed that first-hand! I know my eyes were like saucers and my mouth was wide open! This was the Stevie from days gone by, and I was there to see it personally, from only about 20 feet away! I will never forget that! Here are Carlene's thoughts on the song, up to this point: "I loved our little 'adventure' during Edge of Seventeen, but I don't remember much of the song since we were running about. (I'm so proud of myself...I did something impulsive!)." Dana adds, "That's exactly what I was thinking too. No one's ever called me Ms. Spontaneous. Although it took me only 2.4 seconds to become the kind of concert attendee I usually make fun of (yelling and screaming, making a fool out of myself).
Finally, so many people had started filtering down toward the stage, that I think the security people just gave up. Dana, Carlene, and I seized the opportunity and headed for the stage. Stevie was already at the edge of the stage, shaking hands and accepting gifts. At this point, the three of us were desperately trying to work our way up as close to the stage as possible, but unfortunately missed Stevie by the time we got there. Stevie was still accepting gifts at the far right of the stage; she had mostly been given flowers, but I saw her also getting a gold scarf and putting it around her neck, and Dana remembers her getting a gold-looking ring, which she put on. Dana also says Stevie was "nailed" in the leg by some flowers someone threw onstage! Something tells me that probably was not the first (nor the last) time that has happened! Carlene says, at this point, "The great thing was stopping - giving up from trying to get to Stevie - and finding myself 4-5 people back from her microphone!" Dana adds, "After I got up near the stage, I was really amazed by how *tiny* she is! She has the smallest little face. There was a security guard right next to her to make sure the crowd didn't pull her in. (Not that we would DO that. Oh no.)"
People were going nuts! The entire band put their arms around each other and took a big bow and waved before exiting the stage. At this point, I had worked my way to directly in front of Stevie's mic, with only one person between myself and the stage, so I had an incredible view for the two encore songs. I estimate I was about 10 feet away from Stevie for the encore.
Stevie and the rest of the band re-entered the stage after only a few minutes at most. She was wearing a gray dress with a beautiful white shawl over it. The band blasted into I Need to Know, and Stevie really gave it her all. As a matter of fact, she got SO into it that at the end she shook her head so much, all her hair fell onto her face, and she had to bend over and flip her head back to get presentable (ha ha) again. When the song was over, she went to the right side of the stage to have her hair and makeup quickly fixed.
And finally, Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You. What a perfect song to end the evening with. Note: I had to go and bawl again. Stevie sang this song with such sincerity and emotion, and I felt as if she were singing it directly to ME, as I'm sure every other person felt as well. Many people were crying (including some of the men), and Stevie herself even seemed to get choked up at one point, due to the audience's reaction. At the end of the song, the band again got together for a bow, and waved as they exited the stage. The crowd was applauding like mad and screaming "STEVIE!" and I saw her look at Carlos and raise her eyebrows like "Do you BELIEVE this???" I think they were all very pleased with the reception by the audience.
I think I'll end our review with each of our thoughts about Stevie and the show as a whole:
Dana: "I am happy to say that Stevie saw me fall off the folding chair I was standing on in the pit. The things I have to do for attention!"
Carlene: "I was impressed with the entire evening (Boz was great!). The end of 'Edge' and the encores were really special for me since I watched from such a close vantage point. She was graceful, beautiful...and totally HUMAN. I mean, I was not starstruck or anything like that. I was more 'Gee, here I am in front of this world-renowned singer...and she's so down to earth!' I never got the 'kiss my a**, I'm a rock star' attitude from her. Very genuine! It was a little amazing to be so close that I could count the beads on her outfit!"
Dana: "Again, just what I thought. In a way, it was a little odd."
For myself (this is me, Lori), I have never attended a concert before where I have felt such an overwhelming sense of intimacy, even with many thousands of people there. Stevie's charisma is truly staggering. She has a way of making you feel as if she is singing to YOU, personally, and YOU alone. I will never in my life forget this concert, and would attend another of her concerts in a heartbeat. The woman is an amazing phenomenon, and, I don't hesitate to add, probably one of the most incredible entertainers of her (and our) time.
***Well, if you stuck with me this far, I thank you very much. Do you think it's possible that I was maybe a little TOO thorough??? ;o)***