Happy Birthday to Stevie Nicks, who celebrates her 65th birthday today (May 26th)!!! Although Fleetwood Mac has tonight off (May 24th), tomorrow night (May 25th), they'll play a hometown gig at L.A.'s Hollywood Bowl. Nicks will ring in her birthday onstage with the band and over 16,000 fans on Sunday at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Nicks' 2011 album, In Your Dreams, entered the Billboard 200 chart at Number Six, selling 52,000 copies during its first week of release, and marked her first Top 10 album in a decade. In April, her new documentary on the album -- also called, In Your Dreams -- played at over 50 theaters across North America. The film, which is expected out on DVD before the end of the year, showcases the "inner life of Nicks -- including costume parties, elaborate dinner feasts, tap dancing, fantasy creations and revealing songwriting and recording sessions, all of which are captured on film." The film also features cameos by Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and Reese Witherspoon, alongside several "home-movie" style music videos.
Stevie Nicks was contemplating quitting music in December 1974 when she and then-boyfriend and bandmate Lindsey Buckingham got the break of a lifetime when Mick Fleetwood was checking out Sound City Studio in Los Angeles, where he was considering recording the band's next album. Staff producer Keith Olson played Fleetwood a Buckingham Nicks track called "Frozen Love" that had been recorded at the studio, with Fleetwood deciding upon first listening that he wanted Buckingham to join Fleetwood Mac. Buckingham told Fleetwood he would join the band -- but not without Nicks, and the rest is, as they say, history.
Although its been over 35 years since Buckingham and Nicks parted ways as lovers, Lindsey Buckingham says that the public at large can't really grasp how tough it was for him to continue being a bandmate and producer with his former longtime live-in girlfriend: "For me personally, it was difficult to continue to produce songs for Stevie, and to do for her -- do the right thing, obviously -- but in the context of her moving away from me. And it was painful. Obviously, I think the same would be true for John and Christine (McVie)."
Stevie Nicks said that the emotional trauma of every one in the band suffering through a romantic breakup during the sessions for 1977's Rumours pushed the group towards cocaine -- which kick-started a decade-long addiction that nearly killed her. As cocaine took over the industry, Nicks says that most people believed it was entirely non-addictive: "Y'know, I thought as I was going through the '70s and cocaine was introduced into everybody's life, and told that it was recreational, and that it was not dangerous. But, y'know, that's what we were told, really. On the other side of that, we were also told, 'Don't ever do heroin, because if you do it once, you'll have to do it every day, because you'll never feel that good again, and you'll be chasing that, that high for the rest of your life.' So, it was like, I was told not to do heroin and told why and didn't. But cocaine, we were all told was cool -- that's why we did it. Of course, then we all got extremely addicted to it."
Stevie Nicks has been a solo superstar for over four decades now. We asked her how she feels about juggling two very high profile careers over the years: "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."
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