Following the massive success of Stevie Nicks' 1983 hit "Stand Back" -- featuring Prince on keyboards -- Nicks says he offered her "Purple Rain" to record. Nicks, who scored a Top Five hit with "Stand Back," was actually inspired by Prince's 1983 smash "Little Red Corvette." Coincidently, it was Prince's dynamic keyboard work that helped "Stand Back" become an instant classic. Nicks spoke about the "Purple Rain" demo Prince offered her: "I've still got it -- with the whole instrumental track and a little bit of Prince singing, 'Can't get over that feeling,' or something. I told him, 'Prince, I've listened to this a hundred times but I wouldn't know where to start. It's a movie, it's epic. The olive branch of him giving me that cassette was huge, but I think he would have liked a romance with me, too." Although no romance bloomed between the diminutive pair, Nicks remained, "flattered" by his efforts.
Nicks went on to recall that following a Fleetwood Mac concert, Prince drove her back to his house: "We get into his purple Camaro and bomb out onto the freeway at 100 mph. I'm terrified, but kind of excited, too." She went on to say that upon rejoining the band no one believed that she and Prince had kept things on the up and up: "I get on the plane and the rest of the band are like (drum fingers, rolls eyes). I'm like, 'What? Nothing happened.'"
Stevie Nicks admitted to us that when she kicked off her solo career in 1981, becoming a bandleader was the last thing she was ever looking to be: "In the beginning, I didn't really wanna be a solo artist. I really had no interest in being a solo artist, because I loved being in a band. Then, after you've been in your solo work, and now, I don't know what I've done, 11 solo albums, where I am absolutely the boss, you get used to being the boss."
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