Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks to appear together again this summer

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Fresh off a series of successful shows last spring, Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks will join forces again for a summer tour. The initial stop is set for Cleveland on July 20, though only six shows have so far been confirmed.

Stewart, of course, will be in Cleveland this April for his second induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this time as a member of the Faces. He has already been so honored as a solo act, back in 1994. Nicks joined the hall in 1998 as a member of Fleetwood Mac.

“I couldn’t be happier to be back on the boards with Stevie this summer,” Rod Stewart said. “We had fantastic fun on the road together last spring and I’m thrilled at the chance to bring it to new cities and fans this summer.”

The announced tour dates so far are included below.

Here are our recent thoughts on Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac. Click through the titles for complete reviews …

STEVIE NICKS – IN YOUR DREAMS (2011): Stevie Nicks is, I’ve always thought, one of those ingredients that only tastes completely right in concert with other things. Those things being the rest of Fleetwood Mac in general — and, more specifically, Lindsey Buckingham. Sure, she’s had her own hits, away from the band. But they never could mimic the recipe of finish-their-sentence symbiosis, not to mention revenge-screw sexual tension, found in her best work with Buckingham. Same here, despite a gristly new attitude in the songwriting and the presence of the really very talented Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics.

DEEP CUTS: ROD STEWART, “EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY” (1971): Before he had hooked up with Clive Davis to transform himself into a dubious version of Tony Bennett…many MANY years before…Rod Stewart was a seriously good rock singer. Especially back in 1971, as Stewart unveiled the second of his holy trinity of classic albums, Every Picture Tells A Story (the first being Gasoline Alley and the third Never A Dull Moment). This is the record that contained his signature hit “Maggie Mae” and the fine English folk album cut “Mandolin Wind.” It also commences with one whale of a rocker with a song by the same name as the album.

GIMME FIVE: RECOMMENDED FLEETWOOD MAC, BUT NOT FROM ‘RUMOURS’: News that Fleetwood Mac could reunite this year — after Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham complete their current solo commitments, that is — had me scurrying back to the old records for a refresher. But not to Rumours. All hail Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 paean to Love, American-style — or California-style, anyway. More than three decades later, one estimate put total sales at 30 million copies. So, enough of all that. Rumours — actually, the 13th recording issued by Fleetwood Mac, which had notable earlier success as a blues-based English band fronted by Peter Green in the 1960s — has had its day.

FLEETWOOD MAC – SAY YOU WILL (2003) They were the Chanteuse, the Wild Hair (in more ways than one) and the Songstress. And now Fleetwood Mac has had a hit album in every decade since the 1970s. The reason seems to be in their very makeup: This is the rare group that has enough hardness (in the spindly tunes of Lindsey Buckingham) to attract the average rock music fan; enough magical mystery (in the gauzy stuff from Stevie Nicks) to attract the fanciful; and a dollop of old-fashioned power-pop (the now-missing Christine McVie) to lure in the rest. In many ways, they were the perfect concoction for FM radio. Throw in the juicy melodrama of their lives, though, and it’s all the more surprising that any of it turned into great music.

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2012 tour dates for Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks:

7/20 — Cleveland, Ohio
7/21 — Cincinnati, Ohio
7/24 — Nashville, Tenn.
7/28 — Pittsburgh, Pa.
8/3 — Amway Center Orlando, Fla.
8/4 — BankAtlantic Center Sunrise, Fla.

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