Thank you all so very much for your kind words on Part I of the story of my journey
of becoming the Original Stevie Nicks Tribute Artist…beginning in 1993 and STILL creating the authentic
finery for each show, and traveling Nationwide to bring the Magic of a Stevie Nicks show to the stages of the World! There were a few lovely ladies in the 1980s (Cheryl Cusella, Lori Carpenter) who were just GORGEOUS and looked very much like Stevie, but they did not do shows where they sang live (Lip Synching), so I am one of, if not, the only, tribute who sang live, and still continues to this day, now with my Awesome band, White Winged Dove.…to dance across the stages of the world, in tribute to Stevie & Fleetwood Mac.
Since I did not keep journals/diaries, everything I write is from memory, and my time frames may not be
spot on, and I may post a story about something, but then, remember something that happened BEFORE that,
and write IT, next time…so forgive me this.
Around 1991, with me being a great SN fan, and collecting all the beautiful photos I could, from S&M Rock Photos,
Don Bandel, Pete Haas (RIP), Jim Welander, Herbie Worthington (RIP), & some others, who…the names elude me right now…I would save each week,
and choose my next batch of Stevie photos for my scrapbooks, then wait anxiously for the mail to bring them to me.
Of course I found out about “Fanzines” which were like little private insider magazines, just for the TRUE
fans, with other fans names and addresses in the back, that you could write to, and become “pen pals” (this is long before
stalker internet haters and crazies were rampant). We traded awesome demo Cassette Tapes, photos, and videos.
I met a variety of people via these Pen Pal ads, including a wonderful
forever friend in the United Kingdom, Sir Bobster of Kent, who, to this day, I am in daily contact with (now via the WWW).
I also met three wonderful friends, also, Alicia, Michael and Tony (RIP sweet friend), who came to visit me when I lived in KY, and we all went out to a “karaoke” club, which was popular at this time (early 1990s). Alicia and Mike are still friends, and just wonderful people.
So, for this gathering, I made this black satin cape, again, on my tiny “mender” sewing machine…
no cutting table, pattern, etc. just the idea in my head from my collections of Stevie photos/videos to go on. We all went to Karaoke, where I sang “Wild Heart” and a few others, which I have forgotten, but I remembered doing WH because I love that so! LOL! These three were also HUGE Stevie fans like I am, so we had a wonderful time, and they were very complimentary on my singing…which is truly meaningful when coming from a serious fan. I mean, some people have heard some Fleetwood Mac songs, like them, so anyone that sings them, “oh you sound like Stevie Nicks” because they are not really serious fans, who have the demos, have the outtakes and KNOW how Stevie pronounces words, phrases, amount of vibrato, etc. NOT that everyone ‘should’, but I am just saying a compliment from a fan like ME of Stevie’s is AWESOME to me!
SO….Michael suggests, “you should do tribute shows”…so, I am like, “what do you mean” he explained there is a club in Cincinnati (where he and Tony are from, Alicia from Chicago) that has shows and I could ‘do’ a Stevie one there…called “The Dock”…Stevie has a huge Gay following, and this is a predominantly Gay venue, which I had not been to, NOR had I presented a “show” or “Tribute” to Stevie? I was like OMG I cannot do this!!! just ME up there, in front of people singing, as a SHOW? WOW. Well, I thought…I will try this. So I called up the Dock, spoke to an awesome guy named Don, who LOVED Stevie and booked me. Ok, me and dates, not so precise at…but I believe it was around October of 1993 or so? What will I wear? What songs will I do? OMG what if they hate me? What if I freak out and can’t do it? Why did I ever agree to do this, I mean this is STEVIE NICKS…WHO…WHO can portray a worthy tribute of this wonderful and amazing LEGEND???? Well, it was up to me to MAKE IT HAPPEN….please check back for Part III to see all about this life changing (for me) EVENT!….Thank you for reading…and always….Rock A Little! x0x0x0x