Stevie Nicks, the homecoming queen of old-school rock, made last night's Capital Centre concert worth every penny of the hefty ticket price.
Nicks missed cues, suffered feedback problems and miscalled a few tunes, none of which seemed to matter in a performance as richly textured and multilayered as her trademark witch-princess threads and ringleted hair. The exuberance reached such a peak that in the middle of one song she reached for a pigtailed child in the audience and danced around with her.
With backing instrumentalists from the E Street Band, the Heartbreakers, Billy Joel's group and perennial studio ace Waddy Wachtel, all she had to do was open her mouth and spread her wings, and the audience took flight along with her. From Fleetwood Mac favorites such as "Crystal Visions" and "Sarah" through "If Anyone Falls," from her new album, "Wild Heart," she showed control of voice that equals her balletic motions pirouette for pirouette. Surely an act to be appreciated visually as much as musically, Nicks gave her audience gratifying amounts from both categories.
Walsh opened the show with some especially deft Ravel licks. Shouting, "Eat your heart out, Mozart," he took it breathlessly from there, pausing only long enough to announce his renewed presidential candidacy. Corporate rock it may have been, but after such a spectacular double bill, capitalism never looked or sounded so appealing.