The inaugural Race to Erase MS event was held in 1993 in Aspen, Colorado, just one year after chairman Nancy Davis was diagnosed with the illness. It was a two-day ski race event, which raised approximately $1.3 million for MS research efforts and featured performances by Michael Bolton and Kenny G. In 1996, the event moved to Los Angeles for the first time, where it has remained ever since (with the exception of a special year in Vegas). No matter the venue, the event continues to grow year after year, with the performance roster exploding to include some of the biggest names in music history including Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Steven Tyler, Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper, No Doubt, Natalie Cole, CeeLo Green, KISS, Rita Ora, Ne-Yo, Kenny Loggins, Smokey Robinson, Donna Summer, Stevie Nicks, Goo Goo Dolls, Fitz and the Tantrums, Michelle Branch, Avril Lavigne, Chicago, The Eagles, and many, many more.
I’ve had so many top moments and had the good fortune of singing with people like Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Justin Timberlake. But one of my favorites is Stevie Nicks,“ Sheryl tells the publication. "I’ve always loved her, her music and authenticity. I think we have a great blend together.
Stevie Nicks is a true original. From a young age, she established her own identity. When she couldn’t pronounce her given name of “Stephanie,” she adopted the nickname that would stick with her for life. By 16, she was writing her own songs. She met Lindsey Buckingham in high school, and their romantic and musical partnership soon became the stuff of rock legend. Among her great compositions for Fleetwood Mac were “Rhiannon,” “Landslide” and “Dreams,” the band’s biggest hit, for their 1977 landmark album Rumours, a release fueled by heartbreak, drama and a whole lot of cocaine. They were songs that felt both personal and universal, and that’s part of what makes Nicks the quintessential frontwoman: She was an unmistakably singular presence, with her long blond locks, feline voice, and flowing fabrics nearly transcending her band. And yet, she was also just one part of the magic that made Fleetwood Mac what it was—a tumultuous family of lovers, friends, fighters and artists. While Nicks has enjoyed a long and successful solo career, Fleetwood Mac is where she captivated the world, dancing and twirling onstage like the magnetic, witchy force of nature she was born to be. We’ve been under her spell ever since.
Lana Del Rey has revealed Stevie Nicks was “full of surprises” when they worked together in the studio.
The ’Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems’ singer was working with the iconic rock star on the track for her latest album ‘Lust for Life’, and she found it delightful to work with a legend with such a great attitude.
Speaking on World Cafe on National Public Radio, she said: “Funny enough, I had wanted her to open the song – ’cause, you know, she’s Stevie.
"But she didn’t want to. She wanted to take the second verse and step into it. So, yeah, she was full of surprises.
"She gave me a little golden diamond H, cause she always joked about how when I got older, I would live in the H and she would live in the W of the Hollywood sign – turn it into a little A-frame house. I was like, ‘Really? Let’s do it.’ ”
Lana admitted the session with the Fleetwood Mac star was memorable for all the right reasons, and she was amazed when Stevie took inspiration from her own vocal takes.
She added: “I remember so many different things about that session. She wanted me to go in and do something at the end, like a little tag.
"I got on the microphone and I had, like, red-light fever because she was watching me. I said, ‘That was bad, my voice was breaking.’ And she’s like, "I like that it was breaking. I’m gonna try and do it like you now.”
“My mom used to always say to me, “You’re on a mission here. People out there who are hurting or are sad or have something horrible going on in their lives, when they walk into your house of love or your house of music, you are going to take them on your own little adventure that’s going to pull them out of their life for a minute. And hopefully, when they leave you, they’re going to take a little bit of you with them and they’re going to feel better the next day.” – Stevie Nicks
I think I was too nervous to do it. I wasn’t sure what people would say. When I got Stevie Nicks to sing with me I wasn’t sure they’d think I was worthy of a Stevie collab, but she was so fabulous in person and she was a fan. So it kind of made me put my guard down a little bit.
Stevie: Dear Lana, are we planning on spending the summer in our fantastic apartments in the Hollywood sign?
Lana: Stevie! Sweet angel! Yes don’t worry I’ve already began planning the summer but I was thinking we could spend half of our time on that boat we were talking (maybe shoot a video for “Beautiful People, Beautiful Problems.”) I was thinking we could kick it off on the Summer Solstice — what do you think?
Stevie: Are we still going to have the fabulous dinners and parties? Long gowns required. (I realize no one will know what we’re taking about!)
Lana: Yes to fab parties with long dresses, folk music, and all the most fun people in attendance. I started a guest list I’m going to send over to see what you think. (The men are the trickiest part.) Should we invite the local gossip columnists too or keep it low key? I was thinking open bar, but buffet-style only. Lots of twinkling garden lights on our shared deck.
Stevie: Have you enjoyed your new record Lust For Life and why, since it’s so different?
Lana: I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed touring this new record and a lot of my happy feelings about it kicked off when I was talking to you and we were so on the same wavelength about how nice it is to turn a corner for the better. Obviously you have to really be changing to write a record that’s different from the rest of your discography, but it feels good to be slowly catching up in my personal life to some of the more cheerful sentiments I was writing about over the last two years.