Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold Tour Reno Nevada February 23, 2017
(Michelle Payne)

RECAP: 24 Karat Gold Tour resumes in Reno

After a two month break, Stevie Nicks resumed the 24 Karat Gold Tour, kicking off Leg 2 in Reno, Nevada on Thursday night. Stevie admitted she was nervous and uncomfortable after being off for so long, but she thanked the crowd for being so supportive, calling them “Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!”

Producer Keith Olsen (Buckingham Nicks, Fleetwood Mac) was at the show. Stevie first mentioned him during the band introductions, crediting him for introducing her to guitarist Waddy Wachtel, her “best friend” and “confidant” of more than 45 years. Stevie brought Keith out onstage at the end of the show for the final bows.

Like on the previous leg, Stevie first prepared the crowd for eclectic mix of songs (deep cuts) coming their way.

What I did was I went back through the, like…what do you want to call it? You know, the years! I went back through the years and back to the catalog and I found all the songs that I really love that for whatever reasons that did not go on records because not because they weren’t good enough, but because I didn’t like the way they were done. And as a strong woman, I said at the very end, ‘I don’t like it, you have to fix it!’ So these are some of those songs. There are some other things. Anyway, it’s a journey, it’s a trip. Come with me on my journey, all right? Let’s go!

While the tour mainly picked up where it left off in December, with the set list unchanged, Stevie added new drummer Drew Hester to her band, replacing outgoing drummer Scott Crago. She thanked Drew profusely for being able to pick up the drum parts in just two weeks’ time. “Our new favorite drummer” has “come in and saved our life,” Stevie told the crowd.

Stevie continued to tell long stories about the songs in the set list to the joy — or frustration — of the audience, depending on their desired concert experience. But her band introductions were noticeably shorter and succinct.

Fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee The Pretenders, led by singer-songwriter Chrissie Hynde, accompanied Stevie once again, opening the show as the support act. As expected, Chrissie joined Stevie on the stage for another lively rendition of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” Humble and playful, Chrissie told the crowd how much she adored Stevie.

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Photos

Thanks and much love to Tia Guenther, Anita Kayed, and Michelle Payne for sharing these photos.

Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold Tour Reno Nevada February 23, 2017
Stevie, her band, and producer Keith Olsen take a final bow at Thursday night’s Leg 2 opener in Reno. (Michelle Payne)
Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold Tour Reno Nevada February 23, 2017
(Anita Kayed)
Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold Tour Reno Nevada February 23, 2017
(Tia Guenther)
Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold Tour Reno Nevada February 23, 2017, memorabilia, concert t-shirts
(Michelle Payne)

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Videos

Thanks and much love to Tracy Crutchfield, Sheri Kush, Michelle Payne, and Willow J. for sharing these videos from the show.

2. If Anyone Falls

What I did was I went back through the, like…what do you want to call it? You know, the years! I went back through the years and back to the catalog and I found all the songs that I really love that for whatever reasons that did not go on records because not because they weren’t good enough, but because I didn’t like the way they were done. And as a strong woman, I said at the very end, “I don’t like it, you have to fix it!” So these are some of those songs. There are some other things. Anyway, it’s a journey, it’s a trip. Come with me on my journey, all right? Let’s go!

3. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around feat. Chrissie Hynde (Sheri Kush)

Stevie Nicks with Pretenders Reno 2017

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4. Belle Fleur

So you probably know this is our first show. We’ve been off since the 18th of December. So we did 28 shows, Chrissie Hynde/Stevie Nicks. So this is the first time I’ve actually seen her since the 18th of December. I know, it’s all…it’s all rather shocking and amazing! So if I seem a little bit ‘discomboobled,’ it’s because I just haven’t been onstage in so long that I’m kind of asking myself, ‘What are you doing up here?’

OK! So anyway, this song, this next song could have been written in 1981, or whenever it was written, which could’ve been written by Chrissie Hynde or me, it’s about… When I first joined Fleetwood Mac, I had a Toyota. It was the…and it had no reverse. And did I mention I was a waitress and a cleaning lady? And so when I joined Fleetwood Mac, the first thing that I got, like two weeks into it, was I was picked up by a limousine, and I got a first class ticket on a plane. So this was really different than what I used to. So I always to this day have this picture of this long black limousine driving up in front of my house to pick me up. But what happened was that that started to become the picture of the limo coming to get me to take me away. So if I had a boyfriend, it was goodbye, but it might not be goodbye forever, but it usually was because if you go on tour, you usually don’t know how long you’re gonna be out. This (24 Karat Gold) tour was supposed to end on the 18th of December, and here we are two months later. So the fact is you can never actually give somebody a real answer. So the limousine started to become to me the thing that came to take me away. So this song was written about the big black limousine that comes to take you on tour and basically that relationship is over. Sad, but nevertheless, over. It’s called ‘Belle Fleur.’

5. Gypsy (Sheri Kush)

Stevie Nicks with the Pretenders Tahoe 2017

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6-7. Wild Heart/Bella Donna & Enchanted

Well, I have a story about this song, these two songs. Bella Donna was only done…it was a very short tour because I made that promise to Fleetwood Mac that I would only be gone for a little while. So we made the record, we did like a couple of weeks, and then I was off to Paris to do Mirage. So it was my promise, I kept it. I’m still keeping it…even after all these years. So anyway, Bella Donna ended up being very successful…lucky, lucky, lucky. However, many times when an artist walks away from a really big band, then makes a solo record, and it’s successful, then what is said about that is that it was a fluke. I was terrified that they would think that Bella Donna was a fluke.

So when I was off making Mirage and doing the very, very long Mirage tour, I was writing Wild Heart and setting myself up to hit the ground running the second I got home, which I did. It’s like…go home, unpack, straight into the studio. So we made Wild Heart. It was not as organized. It took a lot longer than three months. But it ended up to also be very, very crazily successful, which proved that Bella Donna was not a fluke, and therefore, my solo career was not a fluke.

This made me very happy because I even knew even way back then that for me, the Gemini that I am…the two personalities, the person that gets bored…it’s like I needed both of those tours to be happy. I wouldn’t have been happy to be in either one all the time. So that’s my Wild Heart and Bella Donna story.

This cape is on the back of the Bella Donna album, and it has been with me since 1981, and I’m gonna show you.

The interesting thing about this is that, you know…you don’t know this…but my mom, Barbara, was very frugal, even though my dad was very successful. And certainly they were very poor, and they worked very hard, and he made a lot of money, and then she didn’t have to be frugal anymore, but she never learned how not to be frugal, and she pounded that into me. So when I started doing all this stuff, this little number here cost like $2,000. And that [inaudible] a lot of money. So my mother would have like fallen dead on the floor if she’d known. And so I’d always think that if she was standing right here, she would look at this and go, ‘Well, Stevie, you made a very good decision on the fabric because it’s silk chiffon, and you know that’s what they make boat sails out of, and that was why it is in perfect shape 30 years later.’ So thank you, Mom, for teaching me to be frugal.

9. Starshine (Willow J)

Starshine by Stevie Nicks Feb. 2017

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11. Stand Back

13. If You Were My Love

14. Gold Dust Woman (Willow J)

Gold Dust Woman by Stevie Nicks feb. 2017

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Thank you. “Gold Dust Woman” has been done in every show, really, since the very beginning, since the beginning of the Fleetwood Mac, all the way through the beginning of Bella Donna, all the way through from those two records, all the way up to now. This song has never been dropped in the set, never once. So it’d always have its way. It morphs into a different… Depending on who’s playing, our vibes, it goes in and out of its own story. It changes every single time we do it on stage. So thank you for that. 

15. Edge of Seventeen (Tracy Crutchfield)

Stevie Nicks Reno Event Center

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Thank you, everyone. You have been a completely rockin’ audience! And whenever you do a first show, it’s always frightening because you’ve forgotten some things, you’re a little uncomfortable, and you’re little out of…you know…out of whack in your head. And so you always, when you walk in, you go, “Oh my God, I hope this is an audience that’s really gonna just roll with us and like kind of hold us up a little bit,” and you did that, you really did that. Thank you so much! I will be able to go on from here and feel like we did a good show, and now we can go on and we can be back to where we were when we stopped in December. Thank you so much for that, it means the world! You’ve been awesome! So awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Triple awesome! Thank you!

Rhiannon (Sheri Kush)

Stevie Nicks with Pretenders in Reno 2017

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Set List

  1. Gold and Braid
  2. If Anyone Falls
  3. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around
  4. Belle Fleur
  5. Gypsy
  6. Wild Heart / Bella Donna
  7. Enchanted
  8. New Orleans
  9. Starshine
  10. Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream)
  11. Stand Back
  12. Crying in the Night
  13. If You Were My Love
  14. Gold Dust Woman
  15. Edge of Seventeen
  16. Rhiannon (encore)
  17. Landslide (encore)
Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold Tour Reno Nevada February 23, 2017
(Michelle Payne)

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Touring Band

Lead vocalsStevie Nicks
Guitars/Musical DirectorWaddy Wachtel
Hammond PianoRicky Peterson
DrumsDrew Hester (new)
Grand PianoDarrell Smith
BassAl Ortiz
GuitarsCarlos Rios
Backup vocalsSharon Celani
Backup vocalsMarilyn “Minnie” Martin

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24 Karat Gold Tour | Winter/Spring 2017

Show No.DateVenueLocation
29Thursday, February 23, 2017Reno Events CenterReno, NV
30Saturday, February 25, 2017Vivint Smart Home ArenaSalt Lake City, UT
31Tuesday, February 28, 2017Moda CenterPortland, OR
32Thursday, March 2, 2017Viejas ArenaSan Diego, CA
33Monday, March 6, 2017BOK CenterTulsa, OK
34Wednesday, March 8, 2017FedEx ForumMemphis, TN
35Friday, March 10, 2017CenturyLink CenterBossier City, LA
36Sunday, March 12, 2017Frank Erwin CenterAustin, TX
37Wednesday, March 15, 2017Smoothie King CenterNew Orleans, LA
38Friday, March 17, 2017Nationwide ArenaColumbus, OH
39Sunday, March 19, 2017PNC ArenaRaleigh, NC
40Tuesday, March 21, 2017Amway CenterOrlando, FL
41Thursday, March 23, 2017Jacksonville ArenaJacksonville, FL
42Saturday, March 25, 2017John Paul Jones ArenaCharlottesville, VA
43Sunday, March 26, 2017Royal Farms ArenaBaltimore, MD
44Wednesday, March 29, 2017Bankers Life FieldhouseIndianapolis, IN
45Friday, March 31, 2017PPG Paints ArenaPittsburgh, PA
46Sunday, April 2, 2017Prudential CenterNewark, NJ
47Wednesday, April 5, 2017SNHU ArenaManchester, NH
48Thursday, April 6, 2017Nassau ColiseumLong Island, NY

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