Stevie Nicks was amazed at the reaction her Fleetwood Mac bandmates gave her onstage in response to her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nicks, who had previously stated that her massive solo success was essentially never acknowledged by her bandmates over the years, revealed that times have changed.
Nicks told Rolling Stone, “When we went onstage. . . I never would have expected anybody in the band to have said anything about it. But I was standing right in front of Mick (Fleetwood) and all of a sudden he did say something about it, but I had one of my ear monitors out. I thought he said something about the Hall of Fame, but I wasn’t really quite sure. I turned around and looked at him and I could hear he was saying, ‘Congratulations. We’re really proud of you.’ It was something like that. I couldn’t really tell what he said. And then I turned towards Christine (McVie) and she was like, ‘Congratulations sweetheart’ or something and I’m just standing there and thinking that this was not anything that would have been mentioned onstage before. (Nicks seems to mean before Lindsey Buckingham left the group, but she was unwilling to field questions about that situation.)”
She went on to say, “I was a little bit verklempt and I didn’t know what to do. And then we were getting ready to go into the song that Neil (Finn) and I do (‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’) and then during the ‘Landslide’ dedication I said, ‘I wouldn’t have said anything about this, but because Mick and Christine said something about it, you’ve opened the doors.’ Then I made a dedication to Jimmy Iovine for making this Gemini able to have two careers, which for somebody like me was so wonderful because I like bouncing from one thing to the other back to the other back to the other. I’m never bored, ever, and if I want to take a vacation, I told the audience, I don’t want to go to Hawaii for a year. I really just want to go to Hawaii for like two weeks and then come back and start on another project. That’s how I’ve always been. I would be bored stiff.”
Nicks went on to say: “The fact that I’ve been able to have these two careers my whole life. . . I joined Fleetwood Mac at the beginning of 1975. We started talking about the solo album at the end of 1979, so my solo work was just a little over four years behind Fleetwood Mac. It has made my life amazing because I’ve been able to have these two amazing careers and live in two completely different worlds. I did dedicate it to Jimmy Iovine, him and several others. But it was Jimmy that said, ‘I will produce your record and we’ll make you a Tom Petty record, expect it’ll be a girl Tom Petty record.’ I found that very exciting and I was jumping off the walls.”
She was clear from the onset that she didn’t want to damage her relationship — or overshadow her membership — in Fleetwood Mac: “That’s how it all started. The people around me in my solo career were all very much like, ‘This is not going to mess with Fleetwood Mac. You’re going to be able to do both. It’s what you do. You’re a Gemini. You want two lives.’ And then it just took off, both things. So I’m very grateful to all the spirits that it was made easy for me to do this and nobody was angry with me and saying, ‘You shouldn’t do this.’ Everybody backed up the whole thing. That was really wonderful because it could have gone the other way, but it didn’t go the other way.”
Nicks spoke frankly about her feelings about the induction night itself: “My sadness is there are a few people that won’t be there. Had Prince not passed away, Prince would have come and played on a song with me because I get to do one or two or three songs. He would have come and played on his and my song for the first time in history since we never got to play (‘Stand Back’) together on stage. If Tom Petty had lived, he could have come and played ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’ with me. And that breaks my heart that those two people aren’t alive for this. But you know what? They are in my heart. They walk with me onstage every night. That’s the sadness that there are a few people that I would really loved to have shared this with, but life goes on and they are in my heart, so it’s okay. I have to let that part go.”
Stevie Nicks has been a solo superstar for over four decades now. We asked her what the best aspect of juggling two very high profile careers over the years is: “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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