Stevie Nicks maintains that above all others; Joe Walsh was the love of her life. Nicks spoke candidly about the couple’s brief and torrid love affair to author Stephen Davis for his new book, Gold Dust Woman: The Biography Of Stevie Nicks. According to The Daily Mail, Nicks, who had previously been linked to Eagles frontman Don Henley, fell for the band’s guitarist in 1983 and revealed that upon meeting Walsh she thought, “I can never be far from this person again.”
Nick went on to say, “We were probably the perfect, complete, crazy pair. He was the one I would have married, and that I would probably have changed my life around for a little bit, anyway. Not a lot. I loved him. I really looked after him, and that’s what probably scared Joe the most. We were busy superstars and we were doing way too much drugs. We were really, seriously drug addicts. We were a couple on the way to hell.” In 1986 Walsh called her from Australia and told her not to contact him again.
She said of their breakup: “It nearly killed me. We had to break up or we thought we’d die. We were just too excessive. But there was no closure. It took me years to get over it — if I ever did. It’s very sad but at least we survived. There was no other man for me. I look back at all the men in my life, and there was only one that I can honestly say I could truly have lived with every day for the rest of my life, because there was respect and we loved to do the same things. I was very content with him all the time. That’s only happened once in my life. This man, if he’d asked me to marry him, I would have. There was nothing more important than Joe Walsh — not my music, not my songs, not anything. He was the great, great love of my life.”
Stevie Nicks, who recently wrapped a string of dates Down Under with the Pretenders, credits nightly vocal training for allowing her to sing so strongly well into her ’60s: “I have an amazing vocal coach that I’ve had since 1997. And I do, it’s like 30 minutes, from, like, if I’m playing at eight o’clock at night, I have to be finished at five. So, from three to three-thirty, I do the first half. And then at four-thirty to five I do the second half. So, it’s like, 27 minutes and then, like 11 minutes. Buy, y’know what? It’s amazing. You can’t just walk onstage and sing two hours! So I had a lot of bad nights, up until 1997.”
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