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Stevie Nicks: ‘There Is Nothing Better Than Be…

Stevie Nicks: ‘There Is Nothing Better Than Being Inducted Into the Hall of Fame’:

Stevie Nicks was two shows away from wrapping up the 2018 leg of Fleetwood Mac‘s world tour when the news came in that she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist, making her the first woman in history to enter the institution twice. “It’s a lot to take in emotionally,” she told Rolling Stone the following evening. “I’m kind of really emotional now. If I have to cry, you just have to let me cry and then we’ll get back to this.” 

Nicks managed to avoid crying during our 20-minute conversation, but she did explain why this honor is so meaningful to her, why she’ll miss Tom Petty and Prince that night along with her parents, how she hopes this will inspire younger women in the industry, how the other members of Fleetwood Mac reacted, what she told the members of Haim after a recent show and how she hopes to finally meet Janet Jackson at the ceremony. 

Walk me through the moment of when you found out you were in. 

“I obviously found out about the nomination [in October], but I never believe anything is going to happen until it actually happens. I believed that the nomination was happening because the nomination happened. But I didn’t give it that much thought because I was out on the road working extremely hard with an extremely hard schedule for a little old lady like myself. I was just like, “Okay.” 

But I’ve always been that way, ever since I was a little girl. When something big or fantastic happens, I never go there in my mind. I just go, “That’s really great.” And I really appreciate that. But I don’t really believe it ever. That’s because in my whole life I’m the type of person where I don’t want to get my feelings hurt, so I’m not going to believe it until it actually is. That’s in every type of part of my life, from family to friends to projects to whatever. I don’t know where that came from, but it started a long time ago, that way of accepting things. 

When I found out yesterday that it was for sure I was getting ready for the second big show at the Forum, so I was super tired and super wanting to walk onstage and for all of us to just be spectacular. And then I’m trying to process the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so it’s a lot for one brain to take in. I was just like, “That’s great. That’s amazing. I’ll be there.” 

But then 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. [She seems to mean before Lindsey Buckingham left the group, but she was unwilling to field questions about that situation.] 

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. 

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. 

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.“ 

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Stevie Nicks and Paris Jackson in Conversation…

Stevie Nicks and Paris Jackson in Conversation for CR13

The young actress-model-musician talks to her all-time idol 

 September 14, 2018

he thought of speaking to her forever-idol Stevie Nicks makes Paris Jackson extremely nervous. So nervous, in fact, that she almost can’t muster the courage to do it. For so long has the 20-year-old actress-model-musician admired the iconic Gold Dust woman that she is petrified of saying the wrong thing, of talking too much or too little. But Nicks puts Jackson at ease with the first syllable of her velvet voice, and the two speak about the perils of social media, the power of folk, and the necessity of finding one’s place in the music. 

Stevie Nicks:
Tell me who you are and what you love. 

Paris Jackson:
I’m very open about myself and my personality on my social media. I don’t post a lot pictures of myself, but I post a lot of pictures of the things that I love. There are a couple pictures of you on there, actually. 

Stevie Nicks:
I’m going to tell you this because it will make you laugh: I don’t have a computer, I just have a flip phone in case of a fire. 

Paris Jackson:

Stevie Nicks
: I’m like your sweet old grandmother who lives down the street. I’m not on Facebook. I mean there is a Facebook [account set up], but I have absolutely nothing to do with it. I have never even been on your social media. 

Paris Jackson: Honestly, the less I use my social media, the happier I am, and I’ve been using it less and less, but when I do use it I make sure to keep it very real and honest and true to myself.

Stevie Nicks: Right, and that’s good. 

Paris Jackson: People can be really cruel online. People can be really fucked up so I try to…

Stevie Nicks: It’s out of my realm of understanding. And if you’ve paid attention to my life, you know that I really believe in the art of mystery. I believe that being mysterious is really great. 

Paris Jackson:
You’re kind of the queen of that. 

Stevie Nicks:
It’s always been my way, since I joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975. I really didn’t want people to know that much about me, except the crazy things building up to joining Fleetwood Mac that I was willing to share, but as far as my life or my boyfriends or my love affairs or my friends or any of that, I preferred to be the…forbidden queen. We all built a persona, and that was mine, and I have pretty much followed it to now. It’s still the way I run my life. Except on the flipside, I am really willing to say, well, I was a waitress, I was a cleaning lady, I supported Lindsey [Buckingham] completely. I was the sole provider for almost five years for us before we joined Fleetwood Mac, when we had no money and absolutely nothing, except our four-track Ampex that his grandmother left us money for. But I’m probably the queen of selfies because I started with Polaroids in, oh God, probably 1978. I would take my Polaroid camera on the road and set up full-on sets by myself while everyone went to bed at the hotel, and I would take these Polaroids, which I dug out for my last record, 24 Karat Gold, and used a lot of the ones that I thought would never be used. But people go, “God, you’ve been taking selfies way before us,” and I was.


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“Sometimes when I write a song, I’ll just writ…

“Sometimes when I write a song, I’ll just write the first two verses and the chorus, and in my head I know I still have to write another verse, and maybe I’ll do that down the line a couple weeks later or maybe even a month or two later, but it’s very set in stone because—I always have a tape recorder going, and usually the first time, if I’m singing [sings] “Now there you go again, you say you want your freedom /who am I to keep you down?”—I’m not changing that. And I know it. The second it comes out of my mouth, I’m like “Oh, that was good.” So I have a little overhead lightbulb thing that goes off, so then I’m never going to go back and change that even though a good example is Don Henley—I was going out with Don Henley when I was writing “Dreams,” and it says [sings], “When the rain washes you clean, you’ll know.” Well, he didn’t like that [sings]“washes you” [accent on “es”], and he wanted me to go, “When the rain washes you clean” [accent on “wash”]. And I’m like, “No, I don’t like it.” [laughs] And he’s like, “Well, wash-ES doesn’t sound good,” and I’m like, “Well, wash-ES is the way it’s gonna be.” So then you start getting into that with somebody, and we’re talking an ego [of] a fantastic songwriter here. So I’m arguing with Don Henley over this, you know? That’s why I really stayed away from writing songs with other people.”

Gold Dust Woman: A Q&A With Stevie Nicks | American Songwriter – September 1, 2011. Photograph by Kristin Burns.



Stevie Nicks talks to ABC Radio Adelaide’s Ali Clarke. Listen here as Stevie reveals the first encounter between the two “rock chicks” which involves a golf cart, a head full of curlers, ridiculous sunglassas and a dog. This is the extended interview Ali recorded with Stevie, who talks through the highs and lows of her rock and roll life and the stories and people she has collected along the way.  – August 22, 2017.

Stevie Nicks, Jim Ladd on 95.5 KLOS – August 1…

Stevie Nicks: But I love my life. I love being famous. I love being able to walk into a restaurant and say, “I’m Stevie Nicks. Can I get a table?” It’s like, you know, why not? So a lot of people that hate being famous, I’m so sorry for them. The violins of the world are really playing for you in your $18 million house.

Jim Ladd: Good for you, Stevie Nicks. Good for you.

Stevie Nicks: And if I could swear, I would swear right now and say, “Really!? All of you. Get a life.”

Jim Ladd: Thank you, thank you. Cos I hate it when I hear people whining like that.

Stevie Nicks: Complain, complain, complain.

Jim Ladd: “My life is so bad because I have to go to the movie premiere.” Really!?

Stevie Nicks: Or, you know, “I’m just so rich. I don’t have any friends.”

stevie-nicks-daily: “You know, so the thing is…


“You know, so the thing is is that I would never have a bad thing to say about any of the young women artists because I want them to just keep on going and do what they do. Um, and you know, we are a little – I’m the grandmother. So we are a little cult and I tend to want to love all of them because of that. Um, I know her (Lady Gaga), I’ve met her and she’s a big fan of mine, you know. And she said to me, she flat out says, “Well, sometimes when I just don’t know what to do, I say: ‘What would Stevie do?’” And I have to love her for that, you know.”

Stevie Nicks

Jim Ladd on 95.5 KLOS, aired on August 1, 2011.

stevie-nicks-daily: Anon request: Stevie inter…


Anon request: Stevie interviewed by Norman Seeff during a photoshoot in 1999. 

“The magic is not a separate thing from me. The magic is how much I love to sing.”

Knights of Rock Presents Fleetwood Mac  Featur…

Knights of Rock Presents Fleetwood Mac 


Ron “Rhyno” Penny (stage manager)

Patrick “The Beaver” Byrne (keyboard tech)

Mark Drale (front of house sound)

Kenny D’Alessandro (stage monitors/sound)

Chuck Hull (stage monitors/sound)

Curry Grant (lighting designer/director)

Raymond “Ray” Lindsey (guitar tech/equipment manager/guitar player)

Leo Rossi (lighting/electrics/production)



Stevie Nicks and LeAnn Rimes on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show – June 20, 2018.

On The Edge Of 70… A 31-day Stevie Nicks chall…

On The Edge Of 70… A 31-day Stevie Nicks challenge! 

 ↳ Day 17. Favorite interviews

I didn’t pay attention and repeated the same prompt of day 06, so here are a few more of my all-time favorites:

• Dreams Unwind: Lana Del Rey In Conversation With Stevie Nicks

“Write your songs, but remember that we’re the ones that are here to lighten, to lighten life, to light the lanterns and the little fairy lights, and try to keep people going. We have to have hope. We have to believe that this will all end up okay and that we’ll all end up okay. Because we don’t do it, then who the hell is gonna do it?”

• Why I’ve gone my own way: On the edge of 70, Stevie Nicks addresses a few rumours… head on! 

“When I go up on that stage, that arena is my own personal house of love. And I’m going up there to tell these funny stories and to make people pump their fists in the air. I want to bring joy to these people.”

 Sisters of the Moon: Stevie Nicks and Haim 

“On the right-hand side of the page you write what happened that day, and on the left-hand side you write poems, so when you have an evening where you’re like, “I’m gonna light all the candles and I’m gonna put the fire on, and I’m gonna go sit at the piano and write,” you can dip into your diaries and instantly find a poem and begin. You want your journals written by hand in a book, because someday, if you have daughters . I don’t have daughters, but I have fairy goddaughters, thousands of them and all of these books are gonna go to them, and they’re gonna sit around just like we are now, and they’re gonna read them out loud, and they’re going to be able to know what my life was.” Then, pointedly, to Este: “And they’re not gonna find it in your phone.”

 Stevie Nicks: ‘I was so sick — I couldn’t shower. I almost died’ 

“A friend told me that when you retire, you get smaller. Small means old, so I fight it with a sword. I’ll be on stage, dancing around, thinking, ‘Now, let’s see… how old am I again? 110?’ And it blows my mind! But I would be so bored if I wasn’t doing this.”

• Stevie Nicks:  Mike Hosking radio interview 

“I just think it is such a very unromantic world now because everyone is either always on their phones, always on their computer, or always on their iPod. And I think, ‘Are you living your life? Living in the minute? Do you have to film everything? Take a breath and look at how beautiful it is around you.’”

• Stevie Nicks: ‘I Will Always Be That Gypsy’ 

“It’s really nice to know and people tell me that, and I feel a great amount of pride, but at the same time that person — basically the person I am onstage except in much better clothes and much better hair and with heels on — is really the same person I am sitting here right now. I’m pretty much the same person that I’ve always been. I’m nice part of the time and irritated part of the time; that’s really who I am, and I’ve never changed since I joined Fleetwood Mac.”
– On being called an icon.

Stevie Nicks reveals how she almost got kicked out of Australia for singing with Tom Petty

“Mick (Fleetwood) and I have actually adopted Harry Styles; he’s the very tall and handsome 23-year-old son we never had. We just love him; he’s really talented and he’s a nice guy with beautiful manners.”

• Stevie Nicks Admits Past Pregnancy With Don Henley and More About Her Wild History 

“Part of me is feeling extremely old now, and part of me is feeling extremely young. Because I look at these pictures and realize I worried about things that I shouldn’t have been worrying about. Like the fact that I had little marionette lines around my mouth when I was 29, and I was complaining about them. I wouldn’t go out to the beach without a sarong from my neck to my ankles. Now I see a picture of myself from that era in a bikini and I’m like, “You looked great. And you missed out on a lot of fun vacations, because you were so sure that you were fat.” Spend more time in a bikini! All the little girls in their 20s, they’re terrified of looking like they’re not 16. And I’m like, “Oh, just get ready for what’s to come.” It’s going to be way harder for them. The world has become a much more vain place.”

• Stevie Nicks on the importance of being a romantic 

“To inspire people, to make people feel things—that’s why we do this. Maybe you want to make people sob the way we were sobbing the other night at the movies—me and two friends, all of us sobbing so hard we can’t even look at each other—that’s actually a really beautiful thing. If you can’t do that or if you can’t make somebody laugh and remember the first time they ever fell in love, then you should just stop. You should not destroy your former career by trying to keep things going if you don’t have it anymore and the work isn’t coming from the right place. You should just count your money and make investments in real estate and be done. That’s it. You should just go to do something else.”

 The ‘best’ is yet to come for Stevie Nicks 

“I write four or five times a week. I write a page or two and that’s where my poems come. If I have a day when all I do is drink coffee and read magazines and read Vogue and watch mindless TV that I love, I don’t write. I write the important stuff down.”