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Old 03-10-2008, 11:43 AM   #51
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OMG - I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that video I'm a big Sheryl Crow fan too so the both of them together is great.
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Old 06-09-2008, 12:06 PM   #52
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Default Seeing Stevie at the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi

As I mentioned in another thread, after the Hard Rock Park Eagles show in South Carolina I hopped in my Honda and drove to Mississippi to see Stevie at, coincidentally, the Hard Rock Casino. It's in Biloxi and I joined two friends there to have a great time!

It was also general admission. My friends and I have camped out for Lindsey before and knew that in order to ensure good seats, you have to be EARLY. We got there at 12:30 pm for an 8:00 pm show and we were 7, 8, and 9th in line. We settled in, made friends with the fans around us, and waited for the show. One of them told us that Stevie's photo was on the $5 chips and of course I ran over and got one immediately! Since I never have luck gambling, I stuck that chip in my purse. I am the Stevie fan the Hard Rock Casino hates - I walk straight to the concert and straight out without stopping at any tables or slots!

We got primo positions up at the front - although we were crowded in like sardines due to all the people pressing up to get closer! When Stevie came out, she looked lovely. I think she's lost weight.

She started out with her old combo of "Outside the Rain" and "Dreams", rather than "Stand Back" like she has done on recent shows. "Stand Back" was reserved for second, when after the thunderous applause for "Dreams", she cried "ARE YOU READY TO ROCK?" We all screamed we were and, after donning her famous spotted "Stand Back" scarf, she went into the song. She sang it with such spirit! She did some amazing howls and even did a high kick in her glorious black platform boots before the instrumental bridge. She brought the house down, and it was only the second song!

Stevie loves to tell stories between songs, and before the next one - "Sorcerer" - she reminisced about how she and Lindsey were so scared they weren't going to make it before their big break with Fleetwood Mac - "I had to go back to waiting tables after our Buckingham Nicks album flopped" - and she wrote the song at that point in her life. She also did great on that song.

Next was "If Anyone Falls." She started adding this to her set list in 2005 and the harmonies on it are great.

"Landslide" was moving, as always, although I prefer it when she does it with Fleetwood Mac, backed up by Lindsey on guitar. Funny moment: her lead guitarist Waddy Wachtel was all ready to do acoustic guitar but apparently his mic wasn't on. He hollers to the side of the stage "HEY! WAKE UP OVER THERE! I GOT NOTHIN'!" They reinstore the sound, and Stevie sings "Yay, we've got something!" in a cute way. As she has done lately, she flashed photos of her father who died in 2005 behind her as a tribute to him. She also dedicated the song to us, her fans.

Stevie introduced her cover of the Dave Matthews Band song "Crash" with, "I LOVE this song and I've never had more fun than when I'm doing it. Dave Matthews was supposed to be here tonight, but his wife had a baby and so he couldn't make it." While I've never been sure "Crash" was the best choice for Stevie's voice, you can't help but enjoy it when Stevie is having such a good time with it. When she sang, "And the boy said... hike up your skirts a little more and show your world to me" - she hiked up her skirts a bit, to the whoops of the men in the crowd. She did look pretty dang sexy singing it.

"Fall From Grace" always rocks live, and she nailed it here, singing it with a lot of fire! "Maybe I've fought this long and this hard just to make sure you SURVIVE!"

Since Stevie rarely adds songs to her setlist, we were all astonished and delighted when she announced that she was covering the Bob Seger song "Face the Promise." Before she sang it, she told a little story on Seger...

"This is a story the band hasn't even heard," she said. "I've always loved Bob Seger, and he and I shared a producer, Jimmy Iovine. One time Jimmy told me that he was recording in the studio with Bob, and Bob says goodbye to him 'See you tomorrow' - just like always. Well, tomorrow arrives, and no Bob. 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, 5:00... finally Bob calls. 'Where are you?' Jimmy asks him. 'I'm about 1 hour outside of Detroit,' Bob answers. He'd just decided to get into his car and drive to Detroit without telling anyone! And in honor of that kind of spirit, I'm going to cover this next song, which really captures it."

I think I've captured Seger's spirit too then, as during this trip I've crossed not only Indiana, South Carolina, and Mississippi, but Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Missouri, and Illinois.

Off into "Face the Promise," which she had a lot of fun with. "Goodbye, Mississippi!" got lots of cheers in Biloxi! Behind her were projections of highways from the POV of the driver and then, through the Hard Rock Casino (again POV of the person going through the casino). It was all sped up, but very cool!

She went offstage at this point and there was a spooky musical interlude while Stevie changed costumes for her next song, "Gold Dust Woman." She spun around in her lovely gold shawl and we were all cheering madly. She rocked that famous howl and danced around Waddy during the instrumental, as she has done of late.

Another hop offstage for a costume change with "Rhiannon", while Scott Plunkett played a beautiful opening piano solo. She came out again in flowing sleeves and a dipping neckline, looking absolutely gorgeous. Her finishing ad-libs were especially good, as she went HIGH on them as opposed to dropping them an octave like she usually has been doing. It rocked!

She tucked her sleeves up a bit to go into "How Still My Love," which she sang in a very sexy, smoky voice. Then, to top it off, she did a very sexy dance at the very end, including taking off her shawl and spinning it above her head. My girl Stevie really knows how to work it!

Off again for another costume change while Lenny Castro and Jimmy Paxton did their drum solos. Then, Waddy did a guitar solo that had everyone screaming. He was really in "rock star" mode that night, even throwing picks to fans, and we were all crazy for him! Then, he did that famous opening riff, and everyone once again went crazy recognizing "Edge of Seventeen." Stevie came back out in a white dress and black duster and she was on FIRE! Unfortunately, due to the distance between the stage and the gate behind which the audience was located, she couldn't touch hands. We were all disappointed at that but oh well, the show was great, so we can't complain.

We all chanted "STEVIE! STEVIE! STEVIE!" until she came back out again for the encore, in an adorable top hat, and did the Led Zeppelin song "Rock and Roll." She kind of messed up the words at one point, but she didn't let that faze her, still having a blast with it and giving it all she's got.

She once again teased us by saying goodbye and going offstage, but after more applause and cries of "STEVIE!" she came back out again to do one more song. She had changed again and was resplendent in all white. Lately she has been ending with "Beauty and the Beast," but when I saw the background was flashing graphics of the American flag and soldiers, I knew it was something different for tonight. Then, she launched into the old favorite "Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You." Listen to her impassioned voice sing those poignant lyrics as images of soldiers with their families... and also military cemeteries... flashed across the screen moved many of us - myself included - to tears.

Stevie was not just amazing, she was magnificent. She just turned 60 a couple weeks ago (she said she celebrated by going to see the musical "Wicked" and that she can see herself as the witch, lol) and she can rock harder than most people half her age. What a show!
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Old 06-09-2008, 12:31 PM   #53
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And since Stevie doesn't take down YouTube videos...

(Taken by fans with digital cameras)

Clip of Outside the Rain

Clip of Stand Back

Clip of Crash

Clip of Fall from Grace

Clip of Rhiannon

And Landslide in its entirety, although people keep getting in the way:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W441kn_axeY

Clip of Bob Seger's Face the Promise

Clip of Gold Dust Woman

Clip of How Still My Love

Clip of Edge of Seventeen

Clip of Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You

Another clip of Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You

Just to give you an idea of what the general admission crowd was like...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFF0mf1WRyA - I was glad to be in the front!
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Old 06-09-2008, 03:00 PM   #54
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Sounds like a great concert, Soda--glad you got to go!
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Old 06-09-2008, 03:43 PM   #55
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Wow, Soda! You have really been around the last couple of weeks! And by yourself, doing all that driving! Way to go, girl!

And what a wonderful show you saw! Fabulous review!
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Old 06-09-2008, 05:33 PM   #56
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WOW! Soda, sounds like a fantastic gig (and a tremenduous amount of travelling as well!) Glad you've been having such a good time.

And its great that Stevie wont take the vids off youtube!!
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:22 PM   #57
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Intriguing that she did Face The Promise. I wouldn't have associated this type of song with Stevie.

Glad you had a good time Soda.
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Old 06-10-2008, 07:45 AM   #58
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WOW Soda -I wish I had your nerve to do all this traveling town to town and seeing your favorite artists. I'm glad you post all your adventures so that I can live vicariously thru you - My life seems pretty boring at times after reading all the experiences here! I wouldn't change it I guess-but there are times... Keep it up and enjoy yourself!!!! Oh and keep posting your great stories and pictures!
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Old 06-10-2008, 10:30 AM   #59
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Yeah, it was a blast! But after 40+ hours in the car over a period of seven days, I'm about road-tripped out!
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Oooh, those clips were great Soda! Thanks!

I need to go see her!
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