Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks at BankAtlantic Center March 20

Although it might initially seem strange, a double bill combining the raspy-voiced, spiky-haired dandy and a self-styled earth mother who whirls like a dervish and sings like a siren actually makes sense. It could serve a purpose, mainly to ease Stevie Nicks out of temporary retirement while bringing Rod Stewart back to rock after years of crooning MOR standards. Indeed, both artists set a high bar early in their careers, but reclaiming that credibility could be a concern.

Nicks's stint with Fleetwood Mac made her an iconic superstar, courtesy of albums such as Rumours and the eponymous Fleetwood Mac, and she maintained that status with solo hits like "Leather and Lace," "Stand Back," "Edge of Seventeen," and "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" before falling off the radar a decade or so ago. Stewart was the essential British rocker, first with Jeff Beck and later the Faces, and then finally on his own, until his Great American Songbook series found him abandoning rock in favor of cabaret.

Neither artist has offered an album of all-new material in more than a decade (Nicks's next is scheduled for the end of May), so expect both singers to rely on their older repertoires and some well-synched duets in order to rally the faithful. Make note that this BankAtlantic date is the first stop on their Heart & Soul Tour, leaving it to us locals to decide whether this performance constitutes a worthy return.


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