She whirls like a dervish and seems to evoke thoughts of witches, dreams, leather, and lace. But Stevie Nicks' career extends further than the chiffon-garbed earth mother she portrays on stage. When she and former lover/collaborator Lindsey Buckingham were recruited into the ranks of Fleetwood Mac — after attracting the group's attention via a notable duo disc that pictured them nude on its cover — they single-handedly resuscitated a blues band well past its prime. With Nicks and Buckingham's songwriting at the fore, Fleetwood Mac soared to the top of the charts, first with 1975's self-titled set and later with Rumours, its multimillion-selling follow-up. The band's romantic entanglements eventually took their toll, but Nicks' career rebounded, thanks to a series of solo hits like "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," "Leather and Lace," "Edge of Seventeen," and "Stand Back," songs recorded both on her own and with help from impressive pals like Tom Petty and Don Henley. Catching Nicks live in concert promises to be a lively event based on the sheer catalog she's working with. So if you're hungry for a bit of nostalgia coupled with good music—this is the place to be.
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