Every year, tens of thousands of ticket holders pack their bags and get ready for Bonnaroo with an idea of ​​how they want to dress, act and feel at this hippie-rooted festival. And for many, that image looks a lot like Stevie Nicks.

Do you see her brand style and free spirit reflected in countless participants, regardless of age or gender. So when the 74-year-old took to Bonnaroo’s biggest stage on Sunday night – as the festival’s final performer – it was all too late, and not just because of her influence here.

On Sunday, Nicks became the first female headliner in Bonnaroo history. It’s not a flattering fact for a 20-year-old event, but a cause for celebration nonetheless.

“I’m so honored to be the first girl to be the last person tonight,” she said. ” For women ! Yes! But of course, the girl in me says that I’m also very happy that there are also a lot of cool men here tonight. So don’t feel left out.

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From our vantage point on the pitch, everyone felt more than welcome here, especially as the opener “Outside The Rain” mixed in with “Dreams” – a Fleetwood Mac classic, though. sure, but also a recent TikTok sensation.

Soon she was sharing “Landslide,” and seemingly everyone else — whether they were watching intently or pushing their way through the crowd — was singing along. As she sang “I’m getting old too,” a nearby voice shouted, “Never, Stevie!

Another early treat was his collaboration with the late Tom Petty, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” It was the song that first brought her to Bonnaroo, when she joined Petty to sing it in 2006.

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That tune aside, Nicks and her band kept the set pretty sweet, and for a moment it seemed like she was bringing Bonnaroo down softly after more than four hectic days and nights. But this set quickly reached a bubbling boil, culminating in the thunderous “Edge of Seventeen”.

“Bonnaroo, it’s been a real pleasure to be here with you tonight,” she said afterwards. “I might just drop by to tell you more stories at some point in the future. I’ll call it ‘Stevie 101.'”

After Nicks said goodbye, the crowd sang one more song and were thrilled when she returned for an encore — an inevitable one, if you checked online. Anyway, cell service was non-existent in the crowded field.

It started with another nod to Petty, “Free Fallin'”, plus “Rhiannon” and finally a rousing cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” (for the second time this weekend, as Robert Plant himself sang it with Alison Krauss Friday).

“What a great audience you’ve been,” Nicks told them. “We couldn’t ask for anything more. »


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