Back in my sophomore year of high school, I was a bigtime classic rock n’ roll buff. My brother and my dad were traditionally well-versed in classic rock giants and we had a solid-as-a-rock classic rock local radio station (101.5 WPDH) that had a daily “Get The Led Out” segment. Ya know, great for young high school stoners. Even though my brother (3 years and 4 grades my senior) had gone through a formidable “rap” phase (they called hip-hop rap music for a minute, remember?), he was and still is a huge fan of guitar rock in the vein of the Allman Brothers and subsequent Trucks projects, Stevie Ray Vaughn and the like. It wasn’t easy to get my friends to get into much beyond the Beatles, but I was really into Rush and Yes and Jethro Tull, too. Pink Floyd was in vogue and the weirder rock kids were really into records like Animals. Anyway, this is all to say, my first concert of all time was when I was in 8th grade, my brother a senior in high school. His friends let me tag along to see The Who on a Quadrophenia tour at the Meadows Music Theater in Harftord, CT (just looked and saw that it’s now the Comcast Theatre – sigh). It was awesome times ten. I think within the next year, in the summer between my freshman and sophomore year, we’d return to Hartford to see Phish, touring for Farmhouse. Yes, jam bands are in my past as well. It was cool and everything. But during my sophomore year of high school, my buddy (well, his parents) took us to see Fleetwood Mac at the Pepsi Arena in Albany, NY as a birthday present. IT. WAS. AMAZING.
See, back in 1997, the Mac put out a reunion record called The Dance. It’s excellent. Seriously, talk smack if you want, but it’s basically a live greatest hits record with a couple B-sides that came out as singles (”The Chain“). Now, at this point, Stevie Nicks is almost 65 years old. True, when I saw her and the gang blast through the endless list of hits they’ve had over the years, she was not much older than 50. But Stevie Nicks is one of the most magical gypsy women of rock n’ roll of all time. There’s been a parade of imitators, followers and women inspired by the “Gold Dust Woman,” but no one does Fleetwood Mac and solo Stevie stuff like Ms. Nicks.
So it was pretty exciting to see this little news tidbit. They kick the tour off in Ohio and then run right to the Wells Fargo Center on April 6th.