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Old 09-25-2023, 07:10 PM
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September 23, 2023 is a night I will never forget. I traveled from home with three friends to see Stevie Nicks and Billy Joel in Foxborough, Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots. That place is huge! Were came prepared with our rain ponchos and took our place in our awesome seats, 8th row center, directly in front of Stevie. It rained on us the entire evening but we were told that would probably happen. I have seen Stevie so many times in my life that I simply lost count. Even in the last 20 years I have seen her a gazillion times. But this show was the best performance I have seen from her this entire 21st century. The rain only seemed to enhance her determination to impress her audience. Even though the stage was covered it did not spare any of the stage musicians from the rain. It rains sideways around here and we could see on the multi camera videos the instruments were wet all evening. Stevie literally gave 100% of herself. She sang loudly and clearly. She held her notes longer than she normally does. She moved around a lot. She literally sang the sheet out of every song. None of the songs sounded boring. It was as if she were singing them for the first time. They were filled with so much life. Fall from Grace was a special delight for me because the sound was turned up louder and Waddy blasted that guitar. The looks she gave her bandmates and the looks they gave her all night were very telling of how obnoxious it is to have to play in the rain. You could tell they all felt so bad for us audience members and collectively the band played their ultimate best, the best they had to offer. It was such a great show!! I also noticed the crowd had a lot of college age people mixed right into the baby boomers. It's nice to see the music of my generation lives on.
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Old 09-25-2023, 07:20 PM
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September 23, 2023 is a night I will never forget. I traveled from home with three friends to see Stevie Nicks and Billy Joel in Foxborough, Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots. That place is huge! Were came prepared with our rain ponchos and took our place in our awesome seats, 8th row center, directly in front of Stevie. It rained on us the entire evening but we were told that would probably happen. I have seen Stevie so many times in my life that I simply lost count. Even in the last 20 years I have seen her a gazillion times. But this show was the best performance I have seen from her this entire 21st century. The rain only seemed to enhance her determination to impress her audience. Even though the stage was covered it did not spare any of the stage musicians from the rain. It rains sideways around here and we could see on the multi camera videos the instruments were wet all evening. Stevie literally gave 100% of herself. She sang loudly and clearly. She held her notes longer than she normally does. She moved around a lot. She literally sang the sheet out of every song. None of the songs sounded boring. It was as if she were singing them for the first time. They were filled with so much life. Fall from Grace was a special delight for me because the sound was turned up louder and Waddy blasted that guitar. The looks she gave her bandmates and the looks they gave her all night were very telling of how obnoxious it is to have to play in the rain. You could tell they all felt so bad for us audience members and collectively the band played their ultimate best, the best they had to offer. It was such a great show!! I also noticed the crowd had a lot of college age people mixed right into the baby boomers. It's nice to see the music of my generation lives on.
That is awesome! Did she do any spins? Did you like Free Fallin?
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Old 09-25-2023, 07:21 PM
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Wow, thatís high praise! That rain could have really ruined the concert, but it sounds like it helped the band give an even better performance than usual.

Glad you enjoyed the concert.
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Old 09-25-2023, 08:33 PM
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That is awesome! Did she do any spins? Did you like Free Fallin?
Yes she did to some twirls and I did like Free Fallin' and most Ledgies hate to hear this but in my opinion Free Fallin' got the loudest response of the evening. And most likely it's because of all the Tom Petty photos they show in the video montage. I'd say the people really miss Tom Petty.
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Old 09-25-2023, 08:37 PM
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Wow, thatís high praise! That rain could have really ruined the concert, but it sounds like it helped the band give an even better performance than usual.

Glad you enjoyed the concert.
It is high praise and so far none of the videos I have seen on youtube have the quality of sound that the live experience offered. Another cool thing was during GDW when her power pack stopped working and a tech came out and took hers off while she was singing and placed a new one on her. She didn't miss a beat. After the song was over she told us that for a third of the song she was unable to hear anything from the monitors. Then she looked at Waddy and said something like, "when I get home I'm gonna say 'damn Stevie, you really know your song!!'"
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For me, it was ALL ABOUT THE HAT!

"Karen, the forecast is calling for rain at the show. Ship my hat!"

The HAT was channeling 1980's Stevie!!
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Old 09-25-2023, 08:59 PM
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Yes she did to some twirls and I did like Free Fallin' and most Ledgies hate to hear this but in my opinion Free Fallin' got the loudest response of the evening. And most likely it's because of all the Tom Petty photos they show in the video montage. I'd say the people really miss Tom Petty.
It does get a loud reaction. The solo show reaction didn't get as loud of a reaction the FM shows I went to.

How were the reactions to I Sing For the Things and For What It's Worth?
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How were the reactions to I Sing For the Things and For What It's Worth?
She didn't perform those songs
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Old 09-26-2023, 05:32 AM
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She didn't perform those songs
Oh wow sheís shortened her set. Did she have any comment about Fall From Grace?
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Old 09-26-2023, 09:24 AM
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Oh wow she’s shortened her set. Did she have any comment about Fall From Grace?
I already knew she wasn't going to perform ISFTT because she hasn't done it at all the Billy shows. One of my friends read that both artists shortened their sets because of the bad weather. Billy sang with Stevie on Stop Draggin' but Stevie never came out and sang with Billy during his set. No comments came with FFG that I can recall but it sounded great live. For me just hearing her sing, "Not all the kings horses, not all the kings men," inside a stadium was satisfying enough because I had the demo All The Kings Horses for a thousand years.
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Old 09-26-2023, 10:47 AM
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I already knew she wasn't going to perform ISFTT because she hasn't done it at all the Billy shows. One of my friends read that both artists shortened their sets because of the bad weather. Billy sang with Stevie on Stop Draggin' but Stevie never came out and sang with Billy during his set. No comments came with FFG that I can recall but it sounded great live. For me just hearing her sing, "Not all the kings horses, not all the kings men," inside a stadium was satisfying enough because I had the demo All The Kings Horses for a thousand years.
Oh wow. Is Sara still gone from the setlist too?

Have you heard FFG live before last weekend?
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Oh wow. Is Sara still gone from the setlist too?

Have you heard FFG live before last weekend?
Sara was not performed. I don't recall if I saw FFG performed live before. I only remember the version she debuted on some tv show before the album it was on was released.
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Sara was not performed. I don't recall if I saw FFG performed live before. I only remember the version she debuted on some tv show before the album it was on was released.
It's a great live song. I actually loved when she opened her Rod Stewart shows with it. That's unfortunate about Sara. It was a huge hit.
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Did you enjoy Billyís show? Any highlights?
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Did you enjoy Billyís show? Any highlights?
I'm not really a fan of Billy's music. It's all very mediocre to me but I stood and watched his whole show because my seat was drenched and I couldn't sit down in water! On his opening number he stopped the show because the piano keys were soaked from the rain and the piano stopped working. All night long he had towels that he used to keep the keys dry. Even though I yawned a lot through his performances, I was impressed by his showmanship. He doesn't mind sharing his spotlight with all the musicians he has on stage. Several times he would have his horn or trumpet players move to the front of the stage for solos. His percussion player, a lady named Crystal got her own chance to shine. She sang River Deep Mountain High while singing and dancing from one side of the stage to the other and Billy clearly looked entertained by her. Billy had a very good sense of humor. He made a lot of comments about the rainfall. He even spontaneously sang 3 songs acapella that have Rain in their titles or subject matter. But despite his great act I just wanted him to finish so I could get back to the car just to sit down. LOL.
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