Category: 2011

Stevie being her adorable self at the ‘S…

Stevie being her adorable self at the ‘Sunset Sessions’ show with Vanessa Carlton on February 19, 2011.

February 19, 2011: Stevie photographed at the …

February 19, 2011: Stevie photographed at the Sunset Sessions Q&A and Meet & Greet.

February 19, 2011: Stevie attends the Sunset S…

February 19, 2011: Stevie attends the Sunset Sessions Q&A and Meet & Greet and sings “Carousel” with Vanessa Carlton.

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The Song I Play Before A Show:  ‘Blonde …

The Song I Play Before A Show:  ‘Blonde in the Bleachers’, Joni Mitchell (1972) 


“This is about a girl who [sings] “tapes her regrets to the microphone stand, she says ‘you can’t hold the hand of a rock’n’roll man for very long’”. I never saw myself as the girl in the song – I identified with the rock’n’roll star. I was never gonna be the groupie. I was the star, I was sure of that. I listen to that song to this day. It’s on the playlist I have for when I’m preparing to go on stage. I felt sorry for the girl in the song, and for all the girls who got their hearts broken going out with rock’n’roll stars. I don’t think much has changed. Guys become famous, go on the road, all the beautiful girls come to their show, and it’s a free for all. My advice to the young women I know is don’t go out with a rock star. It’s never gonna work.” – Stevie Nicks, 2011.

January 17, 2012:  New York’s City Arts …

January 17, 2012:  New York’s City Arts named ‘Soldier’s Angel’ Song of the Year 


Song of the Year

by Ben Kessler 


Saluting Stevie Nicks’ “Soldier’s Angel”

Years from now, 2011 may be remembered as the year postfeminism produced poster girls for the status quo. Female-fronted hits such as the movie Bridesmaids and the TV show New Girl were hailed as breakthroughs, despite their unremarkable content. (Bridesmaids even showed up on some confused critics’ year-end best lists.)

Ironically, inordinate media attention turned this distaff escapist trend into a genuine threat to women’s cultural advancement. The “women in comedy” hype carries the suggestion that lucrative half-truths are the best female artists can hope to achieve; risking personal expression turns funny chicks into Debbie Downers.

My choice for best pop song of last year, Stevie Nicks’ “Soldier’s Angel,” points the way out of hype. As if responding to Bridesmaids and New Girl, Nicks shows us how 21st-century pop artists can speak truth and navigate politics.

In “Soldier’s Angel,” Nicks tells how her visits with wounded veterans at Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval Hospital unsettled her as a woman, citizen and icon. Lindsey Buckingham’s resonant guitar notes ensure that the song is threaded through with dread in the face of mortality. Against this stirring backdrop, Nicks’ voice—scarred and pitted by time and trouble—expresses a veteran artist’s perseverance for inspiration.

Imagining how the soldiers to whom she ministers must see her, Nicks sings, “I am a soldier’s girlfriend as I look upon their faces/ They make me remember my first love/ Goin’ out to dances.” Buckingham’s presence as guitarist and background vocalist connects her romantic recollection to our collective Fleetwood Mac memories. As “smart” pop critics might say, Nicks “implicates the audience” in her healing mission.

The refrain of “Solder’s Angel” speaks of the “war of words between worlds” within which Nicks’ mission is enmeshed. This must refer to the partisan scapegoating that has infected American political discourse. While Hollywood entertainment like Bridesmaids and New Girl promises escape from political conflict, Nicks elevates the discourse to a philosophical, even spiritual plane.

“Soldier’s Angel” was a 2011 highlight, but it may resonate even more profoundly in this election year. As Nicks warns: “No one walks away from this battle.”

“I love performing. It’s easy for me to slip b…

“I love performing. It’s easy for me to slip back into the person I was when I wrote ‘Gold Dust Woman’ or ‘Edge of Seventeen’. That’s the gift of all gifts.”

‘In Your Dreams Tour’, Las Vegas, 2011.  More:…

In Your Dreams Tour’, Las Vegas, 2011. 

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Good Morning America Concert Series 8/26/2011 …

Good Morning America Concert Series 8/26/2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ0Sdp18uS4 Good Morning America “Rhiannon” Performance

From the “Secret Love” music video – 2011.

From the “Secret Love” music video – 2011.

In Honor of Halloween I am posting pics of Stevie at her best…

In Honor of Halloween I am posting pics of Stevie at her best and most “spookiest”…Stevie at Sturgis Show Aug 12th, 2011..Photos by Uli Stich