“Thank you very much everybody. Welcome to Storytellers. I’m gonna try to ease into this talking thing. I’ve actually done a little bit of it on the last, on this tour that we’ve been on for the last three months. But not quite as much as I have to do tonight. So if I sound like my, I’m shaking from the bottom of my toes, I am. So, I’m gonna tell you very quickly what I can remember about the story of “Dreams”. Um, when we were first recording the Rumors record we spent two months in Sausalito at the record plant, and as far as I’m concerned that’s when we actually recorded the record. It took another eight months after that , but the tracks were all done there. Um, while they’re doing all kinds of stuff and there’s nothing for me to do, I went next door to Sly Stones studio, within, the building, this big like black and red room with a kind of a stairway that went down into this like kind of tunnel thing where people would set up and play around this like light house sort of setup. And I took my little Fender Rhodes piano in there and I wrote “Dreams”. And I spent about an hour in there, and then I went back in to Fleetwood Mac and actually was brave enough to just play, play it for them, cause I really thought it was good and uh, and they liked it and we recorded it that night. That is the story of “Dreams”.
Stevie’s VH1 Storytellers special was taped on August 18th, 1998 at Sony Music Studios in New York City.
You know, I went to Stevie Nicks’ 70th birthday party and I went, “Oh my God, I can’t believe that the new 70 is 20!” I mean, when I was a kid, I thought 70 was like, “Sit down, you’re done,” you know? Now I look at other people and I’m seeing people that are very active and are taking better care of themselves, and then they are hanging together better. I mean, Mick Jagger’s 75 and he’s out on tour. Fleetwood Mac’s going out on tour and some of them are now in their 70s, but you’d never know it, because they’re singing great and they have a lot of energy.
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.”
You have to keep moving. This world will walk all over you if you don’t just keep going.
You kind of have to create a phenomenon. You have to really believe in yourself and you really have to work your butt off and never take no for an answer. Ever.