New Music: Stevie Nicks ’24 Karat Gold’

It’s proving to be a very busy year for the legendary Stevie Nicks. Not only is she about to head out on tour with a reunited Fleetwood Mac, but she’s also in the midst of finishing up her own new solo album. 
Tentatively titled “24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault,” Nicks’ forthcoming collection includes lost and stray tracks that she’s written and recorded through the years, but never made it onto an album. The selections for “24 Karat Gold” were all newly recorded, and co-produced by Nicks, Dave Stewart and Waddy Wachtel.
Nicks’ publicist, Liz Rosenberg, says that Nicks hopes to release the album in October on Reprise/Warner Bros. Records. She recently recorded the “24 Karat” tunes in Nashville, and will continue working on the album in Los Angeles.

(The album title presumably refers to Nicks’ song “24 Karat Gold,” which is widely available on YouTube as a bootleg.)

Nicks says that she just recorded “18 tracks in three weeks” for the album — saying that it’s the “fastest I have ever recorded.”
She made those comments last night during her acceptance speech at the BMI Pop Awards in Los Angeles, where she was honored with the BMI Icon award for her songwriting achievements. Nicks has written or co-written many of her solo hit singles, including “Edge of Seventeen (Just Like the White Winged Dove)” and “Stand Back.” As part of the band Fleetwood Mac, Nicks wrote or co-wrote such favorites as “Landslide,” “Rhiannon” and the No. 1 the Billboard Hot 100 hit “Dreams.”
“We went onto YouTube and we found all the songs that, somehow, were taken from my house or picked up or loaned out or whatever … and we went to Nashville (and recorded them),” Nicks told the Associated Press. “So they’re like all starting from like 1969 maybe? I call them my 24 karat gold songs.”
There’s no word on if “24 Karat Gold” will feature any special guests, however, with Nicks having been in a collaborative mood lately, one never knows who might turn up on the set. Recently, Nicks performed with Lady Antebellum on the Academy of Country Music Awards (April 6) and on “CMT Crossroads” (Sept. 13, 2013), as well as with Dave Grohl on the “Sound City” soundtrack (2013).
“24 Karat Gold” follows Nicks’ last studio effort, 2011’s “In Your Dreams,” which was also co-produced by Stewart. It debuted and peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart and has sold 199,000 in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. 
Fleetwood Mac, meanwhile, is also working on new music and will kick off a concert tour starting Sept. 30 in Minneapolis. It will be the band’s first trek with singer/songwriter Christine McVie since The Dance Tour in 1997.

Stevie Nicks & Javier Colon Perform Landslide On NBC’s The Voice

Kudos to my roaming reporter Andrew who alerted theaussieword to this amazing take on the hit song ‘Landslide’ performed by the one and only Stevie Nicks and Javier Colon. This great rendition brought shivers to the spines of many, who watched NBC’s The Voice
Stevie Nicks & Javier Colon ‘Landslide’ (The Voice 2011)


She gave us a string of hits with Fleetwood Mac, but now Stevie Nicks is returning to Australia with Eurythmics front man Dave Stewart for a performance at Melbourne’s Myer Music Bowl on November 19, followed by a gig at Mornington Race-course on November 20. The new album titled In Your Dreams is out now, also produced by Dave Stewart and features the tracks Secret Love and Cheaper Than Free. A series of new dates have been announced for the US, with the setlist featuring a few Stevie gems…. Stand Back, Rhiannon and Dreams. Tickets for the Melbourne show are available from Ticketmaster on 136 100 from July 6th. 
John Farnham is also touring the land Down Under. Love him or hate him, the man has been part of the Aussie wireless since ‘cookie was an egg‘. We got hits such as Sadie (The Cleaning Lady), Touch Of Paradise, Two Strong Hearts, Age of Reason, Pressure Down and the biggest tune for John to date, Your The Voice. Farnham has been on and off stage declaring it would be his last, but the icon from OZ refuses to give up. This time, John Farnham will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of Australia’s highest ever selling album Whispering Jack. In October, the album will mark 25 years since hitting number one in 1986 and 1987 for 6 months – an extraordinary achievement. Tickets for his shows at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne have been selling fast, here is where you can catch Farnsie.

Whispering Jack 25 Years On

Wednesday 5 and Friday 7 October – 
AEC Theatre, Adelaide

Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 October – 
State Theatre, Sydney

Wednesday 2 and Friday 4 November – 
QPAC Theatre, Brisbane

Wednesday 9 and Friday 11 November – 
Palais Theatre, Melbourne

Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 November – 
Burswood Theatre, Perth

Joe Camilleri is bringing Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons back for a special 35th anniversary show on September 2 at The Forum Theatre in Melbourne. The band is well known for it’s album Screaming Targets in 1979 which boasted hit songs Hit and Run and Shape I’m In. Jo Jo also put group The Black Sorrows onto the map, featuring sisters Vika & Linda Bull, the ensemble had several massive hits in 1989. Chained To The Wheel, the biggest hit from The Black Sorrows reached a chart high of #9 in February of 1989. The song, still worthy of a foot tap and a sing-along on all Aussie radio stations. The band is also well known for the tracks Never Let Me Go and Harley and Rose which were charted hits released in 1990 and 1991.