Fresh look at an intimate past: Stevie Nicks’ 24 karat gold concert

By Jakob S. Miller
Times-News correspondent 

Stevie Nicks' "Bella Donna" cover shown during her concert on Nov. 10, 2016, at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte. / Jakob S. Miller, Times-News correspondent

CHARLOTTE — Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders made a stop at the Spectrum Center on Thursday to promote Nicks’ new album, “24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault”, a collection of demos and never before released songs from Stevie herself.
This tour was special since Nicks opened up with these intimate songs from her past, some from more than 40 years ago before she even joined Fleetwood Mac. While most of the concert was comprised of the so-called “songs from the vault,” she also performed some of her biggest hits from her solo career and Fleetwood Mac, such as “Edge of Seventeen,” “Stand Back,” “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” and “Rhiannon.”
A must-see for any Stevie Nicks/ Fleetwood Mac fan, Nicks told stories about the unreleased material such as what was going on in her life at that time and how the songs came to be. She mentioned how she played one song, “Starshine” for “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” collaborator Tom Petty in his basement many years ago before storing it in her bedside table without ever releasing it. Perhaps the most intriguing thing was that she had the original cape from the “Bella Donna” cover with her to share with everyone.

Jakob S. Miller is a sophomore at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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