The Orion Amphitheater has already hosted some big names since opening this spring, and another music legend is on the way to Huntsville next month as Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Stevie Nicks will play the Orion Amphitheater Oct. 31.
Nicks is making her first appearance in Huntsville, but her musical success actually has a lot to do with the state of Alabama.
Alabama helps launch Fleetwood Mac’s new era
Y’all may not know this, but Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham owe a great deal of their musical success to Alabama. Before joining Fleetwood Mac, Buckingham Nicks had started recording music in 1973 in California. The duo’s music, however, was not met with much commercial success, but significant radio airplay in Birmingham (courtesy of WJLN, a former local progressive rock station) prompted Buckingham Nicks to book shows in Alabama.
“It’s a nice thing to know had we not joined that band [Fleetwood Mac], our record would’ve broken out in the south and our lives would’ve gone in a whole other direction because of you…I think it’s important for you to know that for some reason this city hooked on to that music that then became Fleetwood Mac.”Stevie Nicks
Buckingham Nicks’ popularity in Alabama led to sold out shows and, more importantly, attention from Mick Fleetwood, who was looking to change the lineup for his band, Fleetwood Mac. After hearing a recording of the duo performing the song “Frozen Love” in Tuscaloosa, Fleetwood invited Nicks and Buckingham to join his band.
Buckingham Nicks were invited back to Alabama to headline three shows in 1975. First they performed at what is now the Birmingham International Raceway, then Morgan Auditorium in Tuscaloosa, and finally a farewell show at Municipal Auditorium. The rest is rock and roll history, as Fleetwood Mac would then go on to sell more than 100 million albums and become one of the world’s most successful bands.
How to see Stevie Nicks in Huntsville
Tickets for Stevie Nicks’ concert at the Orion went on sale last week, and as you may imagine, available seats for the show are getting scarce. You can purchase tickets online at the Orion Amphitheater website.
Tickets range from $90 to $300.