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myLAUNCH, 4/30/1998, Stevie Nicks: Going Her Own Way

myLAUNCH, April 30, 1998

Exclusive myLAUNCH Q&A

"It's like when they say 'youth is wasted on the young,'" says singer Stevie Nicks. "It's almost like we kind of get to be back and be big-time rock 'n' roll stars again in our forties. It's pretty incredible."

Nicks was speaking only a few weeks after her much-celebrated reunion with Fleetwood Mac last year--a televised reunion that would result in the multi-platinum live album The Dance, a mega-successful concert tour and a rekindling of interest in one of pop music's most unforgettable divas. The Mac reunion was only the beginning of Nicks's re-emergence into the pop arena: This year brings both Enchanted--a three-CD, 46-track career retrospective--and a 40-date concert tour, slated to begin May 27th in Hartford, Connecticut.

By far the most successful solo artist to emerge from the super-selling Mac, Nicks launched her solo career in 1981 with Bella Donna, a No. 1 album that went quadruple-platinum and offered the Phoenix-born singer in a variety of contexts--including as a duet partner to the likes of singers Tom Petty ("Stop Draggin' My Heart Around") and Don Henley ("Leather And Lace"). Within 10 years, Nicks would release 11 top 40 hits spread over four well-received (and multi-platinum) albums.

Though Nicks kept a relatively low profile during the early '90s, her long-term impact was evident upon her return last year with Fleetwood Mac. Fans from all walks of life--including Courtney Love and Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan--conspicuously emerged, praising Nicks's recorded legacy and social impact. "People say to me, 'Who would you rather be than you?'" Nicks says with a smile, "and I say, 'I really can't think of anybody I'd rather be than me. Not right now, not at this present time."

Are there any dumb moves that you wish you yourself or Fleetwood Mac hadn't made in the past?

My biggest regret is that I didn't have better money people that watched out for me, which is the old story that you hear from the movie stars from 1920, right? I wish I had a better money person, I wish I had somebody that I would listen to more, so that I would've saved the incredible fortune that I made--which isn't to say I don't have any money. I do, I have lots of money. But I don't have a lot of the money that I should have, because I just blew it, you know? And now I'm real sorry that I did that. I would've liked to have had that in the bank, or had another house--or given it to charity or something. So that makes me really sad, but...hey, it's gone. [pause] And we had a good time!! [laughs]

Do you think Fleetwood Mac's evolution might have taken a different course if you didn't have such a good time?

Oh now, it could never have been any different than it was. You know, Lindsey [Buckingham, Nicks's former lover and singing partner] and I didn't even drink when we joined Fleetwood, we couldn't afford to drink. So we started drinking like anybody else starts drinking--just to handle the mental pressure. We were really young, you know, 27 years old--really really young--and this was all so big and so heavy around us. People expected so much from us, and all of a sudden we went from barely having enough money to pay for a small apartment to being rich overnight--and how do you deal with that when you're 27 years old? You kind of don't deal with it very well. And nobody dealt with it very well. But--all of those problems, and all of those drugs, and all of the fun and all of the craziness, all made for writing all those songs. If we'd been a big healthy great group of guys and gals that just were, you know...none of those great songs would've been written, you know?

In separating your private life from your professional life, and the fact that Fleetwood Mac consisted of various romantically-linked couples, has time made a difference, or is there still that same sensitivity issue now between you guys?

No, I think that whatever happens we can pretty much handle, because you know--now we kind of know that we're stuck with each other forever--whether we ever play again. My father adores Lindsey. Adores him. Lindsey can never go out of my life, for that one reason right there, you know what I mean? I absolutely adore [drummer] Mick [Fleetwood]'s mama, and his father who died many years ago from cancer--we are so finely integrated through more things than music now. His little girls that were two and five when I met him--and were just my like babies, I adored these little girls--they're grown up now, and they're like my girls.

At the time, how big an issue was your solo career within the band?

It was a big, big issue for everyone, because...because I chose to do both. I never ever did a solo career to get out of Fleetwood Mac--I knew when I signed up for the solo thing and that I was going to have to just do both. And I was not going to complain about it--I was gonna just move very quickly through everything, to get back and forth and not piss anybody off. It was really hard to do. It was really hard to do. It's like I'm kind of married to Fleetwood Mac, and then what I do in my solo career, that's something we really don't talk about a whole lot. It's like the two never really came into contact too much--when I'm doing the solo thing, it's really that, and when I'm doing Fleetwood Mac, it's totally Fleetwood Mac. People would say, "You were doing your own album--are you sorry you're not doing your own album now?" No, of course I'm not sorry. Because I'm doing this now, and I love this. And when I'm done with this, then I'll go back and I'll do that. That's another reason people did drugs--to just be able to do everything. "I want to do everything, I want to make 50 albums, I want to be at every single session, I want to be at the editing things, I want to do the filming thing"--and that's why it was so crazy. But again, if I didn't do both, then there wouldn't be the songs, my favorite songs, my "Edge Of Seventeen"s, my "Stand Back"s, my "Leather And Lace"s. Those songs wouldn't exist then.

You seem the picture of health now.

I'm not "the picture of health," but I'm healthy, yeah. I'm on a treadmill 45 minutes every day.

I just saw Hole's video of "Gold Dust Woman" the other day--how are you dealing with that generation thing, as a woman in your late forties? How do you feel about the younger audience?

I'm totally honored that there are some people in that generation of music people that are interested in me--because I'm totally interested in them, and I'm totally interested in being with them, and finding out about what they do and showing them how I do my stuff. [Hole's] Courtney [Love] is becoming a good friend of mine--we may end up being really good friends out of this, you know? And I feel very close to Billy Corgan, because we've spent many evenings--you know, even like you and I are doing right now--you spend several evenings really talking and maybe playing a little piano, you get to know each other pretty well. And I feel like God has like given me this little lightning bolt into their lives and their world, and I'm so pleased, you know. Because I want to do music forever. I didn't get married, I don't have children, music is what I do. So, for me, it's a brilliant idea that this happened for me. I really think there's a God, you know?

I hate to use the cliché, but the feeling from the audience during the reunited Mac show was so powerful--they were definitely sending out "love vibes" or something. It was obvious. They were digging it tremendously.

It makes you feel a little bit like you're having a kind of a holy experience. That we're all going back to how we were when we heard "Gold Dust Woman" on the radio, when we were driving down the street with the top down on the car, we're all back there, and the "Silver Springs" and "Don't Stop"--it's like, when I think of those songs, I remember where I was and what I was doing , when I was hearing them--and I can see it in people's faces. I can see, it's like all of us get to go back. For a little while in time, we get to escape back there.

Thanks to Karen for posting this to the Ledge and to Anusha for formatting and sending it to us.

Date: 1998-04-30         Number of views: 1399

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