Happy Birthday to Stevie Nicks, who celebrates her 68th birthday today (May 26th)!!! Nicks is currently on hiatus having wrapped Fleetwood Mac’s world tour earlier this year. The trek marked the first time Christine McVie had performed with the group since 1998.
Stevie Nicks recently released the live album, Beauty And The Beast: Live 1986 Radio Broadcast. The concert, which has long been bootlegged, was taped on August 15th, 1986 in Cuyahoga, New York during Nicks’ tour in support of her third solo set, Rock A Little. In addition to such solo hits as “Edge Of Seventeen,” “Stand Back,” “Talk To Me,” and “Leather And Lace,” the disc also features a cover of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ “I Need To Know,” and renditions of her Fleetwood Mac classics “Dreams” and “Rhiannon.”
In October 2014, Stevie Nicks released her latest album, 24 Karat Gold – Songs From The Vault. The tracks are re-recordings of her long unreleased and unfinished demos — many written in the early-’70s. The album, which hit Number Seven on the Billboard 200 album charts, was co-produced by Nicks, Dave Stewart, and longtime guitarist Waddy Wachtel.
Also that fall, Nicks launched her first photo exhibit in New York City. The show, featuring a selection of Nicks’ formally lit and posed Polaroid photographs, ran for a week at Manhattan’s Morrison Hotel Gallery in SoHo.
Stevie Nicks was the 2014 recipient of the prestigious BMI Icon Award and honored at the 62nd Annual BMI Pop Awards held at L.A.’s Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The invite-only gala featured an all-star musical tribute to Nicks. BMI.com posted that over the course of her career, Stevie Nicks has received 12 BMI million-performance citations, along with 12 BMI Pop Awards, a BMI Urban Award, and a BMI Country Award for such hits as “Landslide,” “Rhiannon,” “Dreams,” “Leather And Lace,” and “Gypsy,” among others.
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. Her documentary on the album — also called, In Your Dreams — played at over 50 theaters across North America and is now out on DVD. The film 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 doc 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).”
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