Stevie Nicks is back and better than ever, and she showed San Francisco what she’s got courtesy of two sold out nights at The Fillmore. Opening the show was singer-songwriter Michael Grimm, winner of last season’s America’s Got Talent. Grimm showcased a wide variety of styles, including some interesting covers of classic Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bob Seger songs, ending his set with backing from Nicks’ band.
When Stevie took to the stage, the vibe was electric. All in attendance were immediately whipped into a frenzy when the set was started with her hit “Stand Back.” Nicks then noted that this was not a greatest hits tour, and that she would be performing 6 new songs from her new album that night. The new material was reminiscent of classic Stevie with a new, more updated twist. Kicking into high gear, “Landslide” was a huge hit amongst the fans, an emotionally charged highlight of the night. “Gold Dust Woman” brought the element of pure rock n’ roll, complete with an overdose incident and a fight breaking out (the gentleman was later put in jail, I was informed at the end of the night). Stevie then brought out her vocal coach to perform Leather and Lace with her, before closing out the night with Edge Of Seventeen. The vibe of excitement and adventure clung in the air that night, which had a definite “this is San Francisco” feel to it. Stevie’s still got it.