Stevie Nicks will get out of her gypsy camper van to hit the road with the Pretenders in October for what could possibly the ultimate classic female-led rock n roll concert of the year. Stevie’s 24 Karat Gold Tour comes two years after the album’s release but as they say, better late than never. Read on for more on the concert and event details…
Gypsy woman Stevie Nicks is doing what she does best; hitting the road in all her witchy gloriousness on a 27 North American city tour with friends, Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders. Now that’s not only going to bring houses down, it might just end up being some blissful, smoky pagan celebration for everyone and their accompanying cosmic cats (if pets are allowed to these concerts, that is).
The multi-platinum, Grammy® Award Winning-music icon just announced The 24 Karat Gold Tour which will be produced exclusively by Live Nation.
The 27-city tour with Pretenders, will begin on Tuesday, October 25 in Phoenix, Arizona and will see the legendary Nicks perform throughout North America this Fall with shows scheduled inNew York City, Los Angeles, Toronto, Vancouver, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta and more. We’ve listed the full list of tour dates below this article.
This tour supports her 2014 album 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault, which marked her sixth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart.
The album was comprised of tracks Nicks had written and made demo recordings for decades ago but had never been included on any of her previous albums. Then, in 2014, she and producer Dave Stewart headed to Nashville with the demos and recorded entirely new versions of the songs to produce 24 Karat Gold. “I think this [tour] is going to be great,” Nicks says. “I think that all the fans are gonna have a ball. And I hope that they totally just dress up — as Wendy Williams would say, ‘Dress to the nines.’ And come to party, and sing.”
She worked on the album for a good two months; a record that would be her last for Warner Bros Records.
“We finished [24 Karat Gold] in, like, two months — the whole record. And then, this is kind of what I did: It was like, metaphorically, I bought a gold box, I put the record in the box, I put tissue around it, I wrapped it, I put a red bow on it. I got in the car, we drove past Warner Bros., and I ran in, put it on the front desk and said, “Please give this to the president of Warner Bros.,” and I ran back out. Got in the car and went straight to Culver City to be at rehearsals with Fleetwood Mac at 2 o’clock. That was it!
Needless to say, me doing a record wasn’t exactly the most favorite topic of conversation at the Fleetwood Mac rehearsal. Christine had just come back in, you know, changed her life, moved to L.A. So that was it. I can honestly say, I never even listened to 24 Karat Gold again until we got home from the tour in January. Because why would I, you know what I mean? Why would I go and make myself feel bad by listening to my really beautiful, fun record of all my great old glory songs? [They] were the sex, rock and roll and drug songs that just almost made every single big record, but for whatever my reasons were, I pulled them. These weren’t songs that were kicked off the record by anybody; these were songs that I pulled off records.
So why would I want to sit around and make myself miserable? So I never listened to it once until we got home from the Fleetwood Mac tour. And then I said to my manager, “Well, I’m gonna think about this very carefully.” And the fact was… my little life-partner puppy dog that was almost 18 years old was seriously dying. And she died between December and July 5. So I didn’t go anywhere, I didn’t take any vacations, I didn’t really do anything except be with her and kind of deal with that whole situation. But all through that, I was thinking, “You know, if I don’t do this now, we’ll miss the window that will make it possible.” If we go out for 24 Karat Gold right now, we’re actually going out with some product — not that I am going to necessarily sell records, because I don’t believe that people buy records, so that’s not why I’m going out. I’m going out to promote this record just because I want people to hear what’s on it. And I figured the only way I can let them hear what’s on it is to actually go out and play some of the stuff that’s on it.”
The multi-platinum selling artist – dubbed “the reigning queen of rock and roll” by Rolling Stone Magazine has had six Top Ten albums and 8 Grammy nominations. As a member of Fleetwood Mac, Nicks recently performed 122 sold out shows around the world during 2014-2015. Collectively as a solo artist and Fleetwood Mac band member, Nicks has sold over 140 million albums and won several Grammys. That kind of track record coupled with that of The Pretenders just means this is one super-show you don’t want to miss tomboys.
The Pretenders, of course are no strangers to the American rock n roll scene. Their music crosses the bridge between punk, new wave and Top 40 pop music more than any other band, with hit songs like I’ll Stand By You, Back On The Chain Gang and Don’t Get Me Wrong. The band has sold over 25 million albums and founder and leader Chrissie Hynde is one of contemporary music’s greatest songwriters. Chrissie most recently released the album Stockholm and a 2015 memoir, Reckless: My Life As a Pretender, hailed by the New York Times upon its release as “honest and distinctive…first and foremost, a love letter to rock and roll.”
So for Stevie, touring with Chrissie and her bandmates will certainly be different from touring with her bandmates in Fleetwood Mac.
In an interview with The New York Times, Stevie muses, “Fleetwood Mac is a team,” she explained. “When you’re on a team everybody has the same vote — except in this particular team Lindsey [Buckingham] has a little bit of a stronger vote than anybody else. I love being part of a team. We argue all the time, but we always have.”
“In my band, there is no arguing,” she continued. “I am the boss. My solo career is probably the reason Fleetwood Mac is still together in 2016, because I was always happy to leave Fleetwood Mac, and I was always happy to come back, too.”
If you’re in North America at the time, you can get your tickets which go on sale beginning Monday, September 12 at www.livenation.com.
American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, September 7 at 10:00 a.m. through Sunday, September 11 at 10:00 p.m.
STEVIE NICKS 24 KARAT GOLD TOUR WITH THE PRETENDERS
October 25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
October 27 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
October 29 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
October 30 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
November 2 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
November 4 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
November 6 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
November 7 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
November 10 – Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
November 12 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
November 14 – Washington DC @ Verizon Center
November 15 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
November 19 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
November 20 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
November 23 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
November 25 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
November 27 – Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
November 29 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
December 1 – New York, NY @ MSG
December 3 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
December 5 – Lincoln, NE @Pinnacle Bank Arena
December 6 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
December 9 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
December 11 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
December 13 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
December 14 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
December 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum