The Song I Play Before A Show: ‘Blonde in the Bleachers’, Joni Mitchell (1972)
“This is about a girl who [sings] “tapes her regrets to the microphone stand, she says ‘you can’t hold the hand of a rock’n’roll man for very long’”. I never saw myself as the girl in the song – I identified with the rock’n’roll star. I was never gonna be the groupie. I was the star, I was sure of that. I listen to that song to this day. It’s on the playlist I have for when I’m preparing to go on stage. I felt sorry for the girl in the song, and for all the girls who got their hearts broken going out with rock’n’roll stars. I don’t think much has changed. Guys become famous, go on the road, all the beautiful girls come to their show, and it’s a free for all. My advice to the young women I know is don’t go out with a rock star. It’s never gonna work.” – Stevie Nicks, 2011.