the Lady's feeling just like the Moon that she loved.........
...don't you know that the stars
are a part of us?
26th, 1948: Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona. Stephanie Lynn
Nicks was born, and it was then that ground broke in the world of music
and the role of women on the stage and in the limelight.
Stevie's love affair with music began in
her early childhood. His grandfather played guitar and she used to perform
with him, singing and dancing, as her passion for music was growing bigger
Years went by
It was during that year that Stevie
attended a teen religious function one evening entitled "Young
Life", popular amongst the local teens, and had a chance encounter
with a boy from her school, one year her junior, by the name of Lindsey
Buckingham. Lindsey had taken a seat at the party, and began to play the
first few notes of a popular Mamas and Papas song by the name of
"California Dreaming". Stevie took the liberty of approaching
him, and the two completed the song together, (perfectly, as Stevie would
later add) and their harmony changed the music scene forever.
Stevie and Lindsey parted ways after that
brief encounter, only to reunite two years later when Lindsey developed
the urge to form his own band and remembered Stevie's voice, thinking she
would add a spark to the music. By that time, Stevie had very much delved
into the music of Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, yet her passion for these
bands remained unapparent to those around her. With the urge to be part of
a rock and roll band, Stevie obliged, and the Fritz Rayburne Memorial Band
Joplin got up to sing, and for the next two hours my chin was on the floor.
I mean, you couldn't have pried me away with a crowbar. I was like, glued.
You know most of the stuff I do when we're onstage? That's who I learned
it from. It wasn't that I wanted to be like her, because I had my own
thing, but I figured that if I ever get to be a performer of any value, I've
got to create the same kind of feeling that's going on between her and the
After a futzed record deal, Fritz broke
up in 1971, yet Stevie and Lindsey remained together for the sake of the
music, oblivious to the emotional bindings. Buckingham-Nicks was then
formed, and within mere weeks, the romantic relationship between the
couple was, as well.
It was in 1972 that Stevie and Lindsey
finally fulfilled their goal and set up shop in Los Angelos, as well as in
producer Keith Olsen's house. Further plans were formed, as the duo was
approached by a United Artists-related label, by the name of Anthem.
Originally, Stevie and Lindsey were to migrate to London where they would
record their first album at Trident Studios. However the deal fell apart
as the Anthem partners split up, one fetching a deal with Polydor, and
"Buckingham Nicks" was recorded.
The album was dedicated to Stevie's
inspiration, A.J. Nicks. As time went on, hopes felt loss due to the lack
of success of the Buckingham Nicks album, and soon enough, Stevie and
Lindsey were back where they started, as the duo moved in with record
engineer/good friend Richard Dashut, and Stevie took up waitressing at
Bob's Big Boy and cleaning Keith Olsen's house to support she and Lindsey.
Times were rough and money was tight, as Lindsey temporarily worked with a
company soliciting ads over the telephone between shows.
Fleetwood Mac years...
Creativity sparked from timultuous times,
as during BN's rejection from nearly every record label, Stevie wrote
"Landslide" and "Rhiannon", two of her trademark songs.
She and Lindsey, who had written "Monday Morning" and "I'm
So Afraid", composed the songs in the Buckingham coffee plant, and
crossed their fingers in hopes that it would grant them the success they
so deserved. It was then that Mick Fleetwood of "Fleetwood Mac"
was played a song off the BN album by a fellow record associate, liked
what he heard, and kept Buckingham in mind, especially after the lead
guitarist of his band quit the following week. During a New Year's Eve
party at the Dashut house in 1974, Keith Olsen arrived with the best of
news, announcing that Mick Fleetwood wanted Lindsey to join. It was "Frozen
Love", one of, if not the most intensely haunting song on the BN
album, would also be the song that would help launch Stevie and Lindsey
into super stardom.
In all actuality, Mick was only
interested in Lindsey alpha, yet was assured by Buckingham that he and
Stevie were a unit, a "packaged deal". Buckingham Nicks met up
with the members of Fleetwood Mac at a Mexican restaurant one afternoon
after Stevie had been relinquished for the day from her waitressing job.
Quote: "I saw Fleetwood Mac drive up in these two old clunky white
Cadillacs with big tail fins, and I was in awe."
At that time, the scales weighed toward
Christine McVie, who assured Mick that if she and Stevie hit it off,
everything would go smoothly, in that there was nothing worse than having
two females in a band who do not socialize well with one another.
Fortunately, they began to bond immediately, and Stevie and Lindsey were
asked to join the band before dessert, to which they looked at one another,
Stevie and Lindsey celebrated 1975 by
collaborating with Mick Fleetwood and John & Christine McVie, then
forming the most-recognizable line-up of Fleetwood Mac. The fivesome went
to the studio within the first three months and "Fleetwood Mac",
the self-titled 'white-album' was conceived. From that record, Fleetwood
Mac became household names with songs such as "Over My Head",
"Landslide" and "Say You Love Me." As well, Stevie's
mantra song, "Rhiannon" hit the charts and immediately sent her
into diva stardom, which at one point she was unsure of after a rather
negative review from Rolling Stone Magazine.
with Fleetwood Mac
The group toured to promote the album and
in 1976, went back into the studio to produce what is known as one of the
top 5 best-selling albums of all time, "Rumours". The title was
originally thought of by bassist, John McVie, due to the timultuous
relationships occurring within the band. It was during this time that
Stevie became accustomed to using cocaine on occasion. Stevie &
Lindsey's relationship, along with John's and Christine's didn't survive
the nine-month duration of the making of "Rumours", yet the
album spoke for itself with songs such as "Dreams", Fleetwood
Mac's only #1 hit, "Go Your Own Way", "Gold Dust
Woman", "The Chain" (the only FM song all 5 members take
writing credit for as a group) and "You Make Loving Fun." During
its first week on the shelves, "Rumours" sold over 800,000
copies, and Fleetwood Mac's status as a classic rock 'n' roll band was
"Tusk" soon followed "Rumours"
in 1979 and was considered a risky creative installment by those close to
producer and Mac member, Lindsey Buckingham. Lindsey admitted to seeing
the need to go against the grain, producing a critically acclaimed double
album that was soon considered a flop due to low record sales. However,
"Tusk" spawned FM hits such as "Sara" and the
It was at this point that Stevie realized
she required another outlet to express her creativity, in that three or
four songs ever two or three years wasn't enough. After meeting with
producer Paul Fishkin, it was decided that Stevie would go out on a limb
as a solo artist, yet stay true to Fleetwood Mac all the while. The result
of this was 1981's "Bella Donna", Stevie's first solo album
which is now considered one of the top-selling 80s albums by a female solo
artist. "Bella Donna" proved Stevie's status as a rock and roll
diva with hits such as "Edge of Seventeen" and "Leather and
Lace" (with Don Henley), and soon after, Stevie was reigned "Queen
of Rock and Roll" by Rolling Stone Magazine, the same magazine that
under-estimated her talent only 6 years before. However, Stevie was unable
to enjoy most of her Bella Donna fame, in that during that time, she
learned that her best friend since age 15, Robin Angerson, had been
diagnosed with leukemia, given approximately 3 months to live. Stevie was
crushed, trying her best to be there for her friend and her fans at the
same time. Robin Anderson passed away on October 12th of 1982.
Stevie toured to promote the album, yet
after only a dozen shows, went back into the studio to record the
Fleetwood Mac "Mirage" album. Stevie has said that she felt it
best to keep her solo career separate from her work with Fleetwood Mac,
and in that, "Mirage" (which was considered more
essential-Fleetwood Mac) skyrocketed with hits such as "Gypsy"
and "Hold Me."
Stevie went back into the studio solo to
record "The Wild Heart" in 1983, which conceived another hit,
"Stand Back." The "Rock a Little" album followed in
1985. It was during this time that Stevie's drug dependency to cocaine had
reached its high point, and in November of 1986, she spent one month at
the Betty Ford clinic and came out drug-free.
"Tango In The Night" was
released in 1987, another Fleetwood Mac hit with songs such as "Big
Love" and "Little Lies" ranking on the charts. A tour was
sure to follow, but guitarist Lindsey Buckingham backed out and quit the
band at the last moment. He was replaced by Billy Burnette and Rick Vito,
and the original plan to tour resumed on schedule.
In 1989, "The Other Side of the
Mirror", Stevie's 4th solo album, hit the stores. Soon afterward, the
new Fleetwood Mac re-joined to record "Behind the Mask" in 1990.
It was during this time that Stevie threatened to leave the band, after a
confrontation with Mick Fleetwood resulting from his lack of permission in
allowing Stevie to use the song "Silver Springs" for her
forthcoming greatest hits album. "Silver Springs" was scheduled
to appear on the 1977 "Rumours" album, yet was dropped at the
last minute due to time standards and replaced by another song of Stevie's
entitled, "I Don't Want To Know." During the final days of the
"Behind The Mask" tour, Stevie and Christine saw it best to
discontinue their performances, and during their final show, Lindsey
Buckingham surprised the crowd to perform "Landslide" with
"Timespace", Stevie's GH album
was later released in 1991 without "Silver Springs." During
1992, "The Chain", Fleetwood Mac's boxed set was released.
It was during the Spring of 1993 when the
US was surprised with the news that Fleetwood Mac of the Buckingham-Nicks
era would once again reunite to perform at President-Elect Clinton's
Inaugural Gala. "Don't Stop" was chosen as Clinton's campaign
song and after a phone call to Lindsey from Stevie, the plans were set and
the performance was classic. It was during this time that Stevie decided
that she no longer wished to be a part of Fleetwood Mac unless Lindsey was
in the line-up.
During the same year, Stevie was admitted
to the Exodus Medical Group in Marina Del Ray, California for a 45-day
detox due to her 6-year dependency to the tranquilizer, Klonopin. This
resulted after a sudden fall Stevie took at a friend's baby shower; her
head was injured in the fireplace.
"Street Angel" was released in
1994 by a healthy Stevie Nicks. Yet after a show to promote the album one
night, Stevie became upset by the public's apparent disregard for her
music and obsession with how she looked, and she walked off the stage and
vowed to never sing in public again until she reached a normal weight.
In 1996, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey
Buckingham reunited once again to record "Twisted" for the
"Twister" movie soundtrack. Soon afterwards, talk for an offical
Fleetwood Mac reunion was in the works, as one by one, each member of the
band was asked to help on Buckingham's forthcoming solo album.
On April 1st of 1997, Fleetwood Mac set
foot on the stage again in rehearsal for "The Dance", a new live
album scheduled to hit the stores in August of the same year.
"The Dance" was an immediate
success, and the group celebrated the album with a promotional 3-month
tour. Fleetwood Mac was then inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
in 1998, and nominated for 3 Grammys for "The Dance."
Stevie went into the studio once again
after "The Dance" tour to begin work on her latest gem,
"The Enchanted Works of Stevie Nicks", a 3-CD Boxed set spanning
two decades. The set was released in May of 1998, and the day after her
50th birthday on May 26th, Stevie and her new solo band set off on the
"Enchanted Tour" of '98.
Stevie celebrated the millenium
with her fans on the "Pondering the Millenium" tour, a short run
spanning from various parts of California to Las Vegas, Nevada. Stevie's
latest solo album, "Trouble In Shangri-La", produced in part by
solo artist Sheryl Crow, TLC producer Dallas Austin and Stevie herself,
was released in 2001.
In 2003 Stevie re-joined Fleetwood Mac to
record a brand-new, superb album, "Say You Will". The band is
now on tour around the world...........and the story continues........
"At night the ocean
gets really loud. And then you realize how close you are to it."
"The ocean is so
heavy, and so big and so massive and so dangerous. It just makes me feel
"If you offered me a
passionate love affair and you offered me a high-priestess role in a
fabulous castle above a cliff where I can just, like, live a very
spiritual kind of religious-library-communing-with-the-stars, learning
kind of existence, I'm going to go for the high priestess."
Sunflowers and your face
You love only the tallest trees
I come running down the hill
But you're fast
You're the winner
Long distance winner
Not unlike the blue white
You burn brightly in spite of yourself
I bring the water down to you
But you're too hot to touch
You love somebody
Save their soul
Tie them to your heaven
Erase their hell
Love the lifestyle if you feel it
Don't try to change them
You never will
Sunflowers and your face
You go into the dusty pink day
I come calling unto you
But you run
You're the winner
Long distance winner
you hear demons,
I think you are the demon
In this place where images are born
Oh, fire in sequences
The sun goes down, filling the air with color
You fall to your knees, and embrace the storm
You live for the danger, like your passion and your anger
You like to be twisted, by the force
you know, watchin' you go is like dyin', is like dyin'
You take it to the limit
You'd rather be rapped up, in the arms of a storm
The sun goes down
Chasin' down the demons
You think you hear demons
Cryin' out for love
Chasin' down the demons
Chasin' the demons down
You'd rather be rapped up
In the arms of a storm
Chasin' the demons