Stevie Nicks 12/17/18

Stevie Nicks was amazed at the reaction her Fleetwood Mac bandmates gave her onstage in response to her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nicks, who had previously stated that her massive solo success was essentially never acknowledged by her bandmates over the years, revealed that times have changed.

Nicks told Rolling Stone, “When we went onstage. . . I never would have expected anybody in the band to have said anything about it. But I was standing right in front of Mick (Fleetwood)and all of a sudden he did say something about it, but I had one of my ear monitors out. I thought he said something about the Hall of Fame, but I wasn’t really quite sure. I turned around and looked at him and I could hear he was saying, ‘Congratulations. We’re really proud of you.’ It was something like that. I couldn’t really tell what he said. And then I turned towards Christine (McVie) and she was like, ‘Congratulations sweetheart’ or something and I’m just standing there and thinking that this was not anything that would have been mentioned onstage before. (Nicks seems to mean before Lindsey Buckingham left the group, but she was unwilling to field questions about that situation.)”

She went on to say, “I was a little bit verklempt and I didn’t know what to do. And then we were getting ready to go into the song that Neil (Finn) and I do (‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’) and then during the ‘Landslide’ dedication I said, ‘I wouldn’t have said anything about this, but because Mick and Christine said something about it, you’ve opened the doors.’ Then I made a dedication to Jimmy Iovine for making this Gemini able to have two careers, which for somebody like me was so wonderful because I like bouncing from one thing to the other back to the other back to the other. I’m never bored, ever, and if I want to take a vacation, I told the audience, I don’t want to go to Hawaii for a year. I really just want to go to Hawaii for like two weeks and then come back and start on another project. That’s how I’ve always been. I would be bored stiff.”

Nicks went on to say: “The fact that I’ve been able to have these two careers my whole life. . . I joined Fleetwood Mac at the beginning of 1975. We started talking about the solo album at the end of 1979, so my solo work was just a little over four years behind Fleetwood Mac. It has made my life amazing because I’ve been able to have these two amazing careers and live in two completely different worlds. I did dedicate it to Jimmy Iovine, him and several others. But it was Jimmy that said, ‘I will produce your record and we’ll make you a Tom Petty record, expect it’ll be a girl Tom Petty record.’ I found that very exciting and I was jumping off the walls.”

She was clear from the onset that she didn’t want to damage her relationship — or overshadow her membership — in Fleetwood Mac: “That’s how it all started. The people around me in my solo career were all very much like, ‘This is not going to mess with Fleetwood Mac. You’re going to be able to do both. It’s what you do. You’re a Gemini. You want two lives.’ And then it just took off, both things. So I’m very grateful to all the spirits that it was made easy for me to do this and nobody was angry with me and saying, ‘You shouldn’t do this.’ Everybody backed up the whole thing. That was really wonderful because it could have gone the other way, but it didn’t go the other way.”

Nicks spoke frankly about her feelings about the induction night itself: “My sadness is there are a few people that won’t be there. Had Prince not passed away, Prince would have come and played on a song with me because I get to do one or two or three songs. He would have come and played on his and my song for the first time in history since we never got to play (‘Stand Back’) together on stage. If Tom Petty had lived, he could have come and played ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’ with me. And that breaks my heart that those two people aren’t alive for this. But you know what? They are in my heart. They walk with me onstage every night. That’s the sadness that there are a few people that I would really loved to have shared this with, but life goes on and they are in my heart, so it’s okay. I have to let that part go.”

Stevie Nicks has been a solo superstar for over four decades now. We asked her what the best aspect of juggling two very high profile careers over the years is: [“A solo career and Fleetwood Mac are a really great thing to go back and forth to. Because, y’know, you can do your solo work and then you could do Fleetwood Mac, and then you can go back to your solo work and then you could do Fleetwood Mac. It really is kind of a blessing in many ways. You never get bored, so you can do your thing until you start to get bored and then you can go to the other thing. (Laughs) And then you can do that until you start to get bored and go back to the other thing. And it really makes for staying in a much more excited and uplifted humor for everything that you do when you’re not just doing one thing.”] SOUNDCUE (:31 OC: . . . doing one thing)

  • Fleetwood Mac tour dates (subject to change):
    January 31 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
    February 2 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
    February 5 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
    February 7 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
    February 9 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
    February 13 – Birmingham, AL – Legacy Arena at The BJCC
    February 16 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center
    February 18 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
    February 20 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
    February 22 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
    February 24 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
    February 27 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
    March 1 – Chicago, IL – United Center
    March 3 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
    March 5 – Washington, DC – Capital One Arena
    March 9 – Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall
    March 11 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
    March 13 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
    March 15 – Hartford, CT – XL CENTER
    March 18 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
    March 20 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center
    March 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
    March 24 – Baltimore, MD – Royal Farms Arena
    March 26 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
    March 31 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
    April 2 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
    April 5 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
    April 8 – Roronto, ON – Scotiabank Arena
    April 13 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
    April 15 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
    June 16, 18 – London, England – Wembley Stadium

SIDE NOTES

  • Stevie Nicks‘ first solo album away from Fleetwood Mac. Bella Donna, was released on July 27th, 1981. Although the album only topped the charts for a single week, Bella Donnaspent nearly three years on the Billboard 200 album chart — from July 1981 to June 1984 — and has sold over four million copies to date. Bella Donna featured four Top 40 hits; her first single with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” (#3), her duet with former flame Don Henley on “Leather And Lace” (#6), “Edge Of Seventeen” (#11), and “After the Glitter Fades” (#32).
  • Back in 1978, Nicks had dipped her foot in the solo waters by duetting with Kenny Loggins on his Top Five hit, “Whenever I Call You A Friend.” The song, which Loggins wrote with Melissa Manchester, was featured on Loggins’ album, Nightwatch — which credited Nicks — unlike the single, which was credited to Loggins only.
  • Among the high profile side musicians appearing on the Jimmy Iovine-produced Bella Donna were the E Street Band‘s Roy BittanElton John guitarist Davey JohnstoneBooker T. & The MG’s bassist and Stax legend Donald “Duck” Dunn, along with such top drawer L.A. studio musicians as guitarist Waddy Wachtel, bassist Bob Glaub, and drummer Russ Kunkel.

SIDE NOTES

  • Out now is one of the best books on Fleetwood Mac with the new Fleetwood Mac FAQ: All That’s Left To Know About The Iconic Rock Survivors. The 376-page tome by author Ryan Reed chronicles over 50 years of the band with in-depth and previous unpublished interviews with key players throughout all the eras, with every album, side project, and member being dissected and celebrated.
  • In addition to new testimonials from the band’s musical and technical support teams over the years, Fleetwood Mac FAQ features interviews with former Mac members guitarists Rick Vito and Billy Burnette, their producers Ken Caillat, Richard DashutJohn Shanks, and Mike Vernon, studio crew members Rich FeldmanRay Lindsey, and Ken Perry, “along with others who’ve been privileged to join the band’s inner circle.”
  • As the press release for FAQ states: “Sure, the book touches on the band’s noto