Concert: Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks in Phoenix
Two of pop music's most iconic voices -- Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks -- delivered a nonstop barrage of hits over the course of three-and-a-half hours during their co-headlining show, "Heart and Soul," at Phoenix's USAirways Center last Friday (4/15).
Nicks made a triumphant return to her hometown stage promptly at 7:30 p.m. after an introduction by Stewart, which thrilled the sold-out crowd. Dressed in a black lace dress and a scarf around her shoulders, the former Fleetwood Mac songstress kicked off the show with an energized "Stand Back."
In songs like "Stand Back," as well as "Rhiannon" and "Edge of Seventeen," her vocals were perfect, harking back to her heyday. But don't write Nicks off yet. She debuted a fantastic new song, "Secret Love," which will appear on her next album, "In Your Dreams," set to drop May 3. The background video for the song featured the collection's producer, Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, playing guitar.
For her set, she stuck mostly to her own material as well as Fleetwood Mac's, but made a quick diversion after saying her favorite rocker is Tom Petty. She covered his "You Wreck Me," featuring a guitar solo by Waddy Wachtel, who instrumentally resembles Petty's Mike Campbell.
As she made her way through the 11-song set, Nicks repeatedly stated how happy she was to be back in Phoenix, somewhere she hadn't visited since Christmas. She said that once she stepped off the plane from Kansas City, she thrived on the warmth of the sun, which hit near 90 degrees on show day. She received a rousing ovation when she announced that her family, including her mother, was in the audience. Her father, Jess Nicks, who died in 2005, made a pivotal appearance on video during the song "Landslide," a tune which he inspired.
She closed her set, as she usually does, with a ballad. "Love Is," she said, was a song that was destroyed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11, but she rediscovered the piano demos in her home.
Unlike Nicks, Stewart tackled classic covers during his portion of the "Heart and Soul" tour stop. While Nicks kept the set simple, Stewart's massive bright white stage was reminiscent of Las Vegas, with women dressed in red fringe mini-dresses and the men dressed in suits, all backed by a giant video screen that showed clips of Stewart's beloved "football" team, Celtic Football Club, Stewart dancing and downtown cityscapes.
Clad in black pants, a white button-down shirt and a bright yellow jacket, "Rod the Mod" began his show with a fun version of the O'Jays' "Love Train," but he didn't leave the hits for the encore, as some acts do. He immediately went into "Tonight's the Night" and then returned to party mode with "Having A Party."
"What a great show you're going to see," Stewart said coyly. "You lucky people." He then reintroduced Nicks into the show so they could duet on his "Young Turks" and her "Leather and Lace," a song she originally performed with Don Henley. Stewart seemed to suffer a bit through "Leather and Lace," words for which he appeared to read from a Teleprompter. But he saved face when, during the line "You give me your lace," he acted like he was removing knickers.
The show was a family affair for Stewart as well, as his children Sean and Liam were in the venue. On the video screens, he proudly displayed a photo of young Aiden Stewart, who was born Feb. 16. He dedicated "Forever Young" to the youngsters in his family.
Stewart treated his bandmates as family as well, not being shy about letting them take center stage during solos.
Stewart didn't tap into his "American Songbooks" era, but instead pleased the audience with a slew of hits like Nicks did.
"Outside The Rain"
"Gold Dust Woman"
"You Wreck Me" (Tom Petty cover)
"Edge of Seventeen"
"Tonight's the Night"
"Having A Party"
"Young Turks" (with Stevie Nicks)
"Leather and Lace" (with Stevie Nicks)
"You Wear It Well"
"The First Cut Is The Deepest"
"Twistin' The Night Away"
"Some Guys Have All The Luck"
"Reason To Believe"
"You're In My Heart"
"Sweet Little Rock And Roller/Dance Little Sister"
"It's A Heartache"
"Rhythm Of My Heart"
"Knock On Wood" (back-up singers only)
"Have I Told You Lately?"
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"