Tuesday, August 31, 2010


According to David Wild @Wildaboutmusic (Rolling Stone Contributing Editor) his report / preview / blurb on the next Stevie Nicks album being produced by Dave Stewart will be in this issue of Rolling Stone Magazine issue #1113 on store shelves tomorrow September 1, 2010 - You may recall his mention of her album was to appear in the September 2nd issue, but was bumped at the last minute to include U2.

Rolling Stone

David Wild's Twitter post below:
Wildaboutmusic: I can confirm the Stevie Nicks album preview is in the next Rolling Stone with this red hot "MAD MEN" cover!

Here's what David Wild Wrote in RollingStone:

"I haven't been this excited about anything I've done since [1981's] Bella Donna," says Stevie Nicks, who is working on her first solo LP since 2001. The album is a collaboration with Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, who co-wrote and co-produced the disc (Glen Ballard also worked on the recored). "It's thrilling, because I've found a writing partner," says Nicks. "I never thought that would happen, because I've never been into sharing songs." The record, which Nicks hopes to put out next spring, doesn't have a title yet but is full of atmospheric, moody rock & roll reminiscent of her best solo work. "For What It's Worth" is a road song that Heartbreaker Mike Campbell contributed the music for, "In Your Dreams" is a supercatchy, uptempo cut, and "Italian Summer" is a grand, romantic ballad based on a trip Nicks recently took to Italy. "It's so powerful," she says. "That was a magical time that's become a magical song." She adds, "at a certain point, I'm going to get too old for this, but making this album really shows that I'm not done yet."

(REVIEW) Stevie Nicks' voice clear, stunning at MGM Grand show

The Sun Chronicle

Stevie Nicks tours even when she isn't really touring.

The stellar rock singer performed Saturday night at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino, the last of just six dates on a mini-tour.

Nicks is scheduled to come out with a new solo album in March, which likely will mean a longer tour, however.

Nicks, 62, the singer and songwriter for Fleetwood Mac along with Lindsey Buckingham, and the group's most popular member, sang several of that supergroup's hits along with her own material.

She stayed away from any new songs, fearing they would end up on the Internet before her seventh album and the first one since 2001 comes out. But she explained one reason she decided to do a few concerts was because she finds making an album "very solitary."

Her new songs are being co-written with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics.

Nicks' voice remains as stunning as ever, and that was clear after the opening songs in which the lyrics were a bit difficult to hear.

Kicking off with "Fall From Grace" from her 2001 album, "Outside the Rain" from her first album, "Bella Donna," a No. 1 from 1981 and her best effort, segued into Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams."

That No. 1 song was off the phenomenal 1977 Grammy-winning "Rumours" album that has sold over 25 million copies and led to a cover of Tom Petty's country-rock tune, "You Wreck Me."

Nicks had a big hit with a duet with Petty on her first album, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around."

Nicks' "Sorcerer" featured a riveting solo from her longtime lead guitarist and music director, Waddy Wachtel.

Nicks stretched her voice at the tail end of "Gold Dust Woman," also from "Rumours." Here she really displayed her mystic pose in her black outfit and shawl.

"If Anyone Falls in Love," another solo number, preceded a fast-paced Bob Segar song, "Face the Promise."

There was a sweet piano introduction for "Rhiannon," the group's first hit, off "Fleetwood Mac," the 1975 No. 1 and first album with Buckingham and Nicks.

Nicks performed her famous twirl on her solo smash, "Stand Back," a No. 5 song from 1983's "Wild Heart" that had Prince on keyboards.

Nicks' voice was brilliant and Wachtel was on acoustic for the simply stunning "Landslide" from "Fleetwood Mac."

The smooth "How Still My Love," off her first album, led to solos by the drummer and percussionist.

Another of Nicks' big solo hits, "Edge of Seventeen (Just Like the White Winged Dove)" from 1982, showcased the organ.

The appreciative singer shook hands with dozens of fans along the front of the stage before returning for the encore, a cover of Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll," and her "Love Is."

Read more of this review at thesunchronicle.com/go

Nicks was backed up by two female singers - one her sister-in-law. The band was filled out by a bassist and second guitarist.

Nicks' popular "I Can't Wait" didn't make the song list.

Nicks and Buckingham brought a California flavor to the former British blues band of Fleetwood Mac, and they shot the group to worldwide fame when they joined the group in the mid-70s, adding harmony and exceptional songwriting.

Nicks has been nominated for seven Grammys and has inspired many female singers over the years.

Nicks was born Stephanie Nicks in Phoenix, and came out with one album with Buckingham before joining Fleetwood Mac.

Monday, August 30, 2010

(Review) Stevie Nicks a strong, elegant, presence at Foxwoods

By Margaret Smith
GateHouse News Service
August 30, 2010
Mashantucket, Conn. —

The glamorous trappings were there – the black lace, the white shawl, blond hair – but for Stevie Nicks and her packed house at MGM Grand at Foxwoods Saturday, the thread throughout was the beat.

The Fleetwood Mac principal and solo performer, synonymous with all things ethereal, took to the stage with an elegant presence underscored by a strong, percussive sound. Her imagery and characters may have a celestial touch, but her delivery was firmly planted on terra firma.

With a back screen projecting elemental images – such as falling rain, and for “Edge of Seventeen,” the archetypal white-winged dove, soaring in dream-like slow motion through space – the set list was a delight for Nicks fans with much-loved favorites, such as “Dreams,” “Rhiannon,” and “Stand Back.”

But, the woman who gave rock its feminine side also drew inspiration from some of the guys -- with inspired renditions of songs by Bob Seger, her long-time friends Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and ended with a nod to the past – Led Zeppelin’s “Rock And Roll.”

Standards such as “Gold Dust Woman” – the dark, heady exit cut on Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” – probably did as much as Bauhaus’ “Bela Lugosi’s Dead” to inspire a generation of gothic bands. On this night, the song’s sepulchral spirit lived again, only fresh, new, and disquieting as ever.

Nicks gave a much-deserved nod to her band, and long-time musical director, Waddy Wachtel, for helping to bring the vitality to a body of work sometimes dismissed as flighty and delicate, and detached from worldly cares.

But this has never really been true. Few coming of age songs resonate are as plaintive “Landslide,” which evoked a spontaneous, choir-like response as the audience sang along. Or “Edge of Seventeen,” which is more than about a longing for a forbidden love; it’s a mature woman’s acceptance of its truth.

And, “Still of The Night ”and “Outside The Rain,” from Nicks’ first solo album, “Bella Donna,” not as celebrated as other songs from this album, but jewels in their unadorned arrangements, and lyrics filled with passion and yearning for resolution.

In recent years, Nicks has infused a great deal more playful banter with her audience in her shows, with charmingly self-deprecating references to “Alice in Wonderland” and many warm salutes to people in her life who have inspired her works. It's hard not to feel that everyone is friends at her concert, because that is how she treats her audience -- another enduring Nicks hallmark.

The only missing feature was a signature of Nicks’ performances – changes of costume, each signifying various facets of the identities evoked in her songs.

But this too many signify a sea change – in case anyone should doubt it, it always has been about the music, and a great music maker who now as ever does more than just rock a little.


Stevie was spotted at the Borgata in Atlantic City on August 26th - Stevie (in town playing the Trump Taj Mahal) dined at Bobby Flay Steak on Thursday night.


Stevie seems to enjoy her steak houses!... She was spotted back in March of this year in Santa Barbara at Boa Steak House Link to post

Sunday, August 29, 2010

CHART UPDATE: Fleetwood Mac's "The Very Best Of" Massive leap on the UK Charts

For the week of September 4, 2010 on the official UK Albums Chart Fleetwood Mac's 2009 double disc release moves up from #84 to #41 on a massive sales increase this week.  This is the 3rd week back in the top 100 and it's 224th week on the chart (224 weeks combines the 2002 & 2009 release).

(Review) Stevie Nicks' Voice Left Something To Be Desired At MGM Grand

By THOMAS KINTER, Special To The Courant
Hartford Courant

Stevie Nicks holds one of the most substantial 1980s pop music legacies thanks to her work alone and as a member of Fleetwood Mac. Her show Saturday night at the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods casino in Mashantucket was her final stop on a brief run of summer dates, a fresh chance to polish up that chest of memories, even if Nicks is not quite capable of getting them to shine like they once did.

A husky, nasal edge is still her voice's defining trait, but a tool with fewer fine motor skills than it once possessed. The 62-year-old Nicks hammered away in the most general of fashions at her opener, "Fall from Grace," though she had some trouble competing with the robust chug of her 9-piece band.

Nicks sang with an almost detached quality, tugging at the long fabric strands that dangled from her microphone stand while floating through "Outside the Rain" with a nonchalant remove from any spark it may hold. Her phrasing had a scattershot quality, doing the popular Fleetwood Mac song "Dreams" no favors.

Nicks draped her voice over lyrics like it was a horse blanket, which made for a shapeless inflation of "Sorcerer" and a rasp-lined meander through "Gold Dust Woman" that was more insistent than artful. Her singing was the least melodic component of "If Anyone Falls," splattering against its roomy sway.

The show was a dawdler, taking nearly two hours for 15 songs, among which were covers of Tom Petty's "You Wreck Me" and Bob Seger's "Face the Promise," each a feasible vehicle for the percussive jabs that remain within her vocal range. Songs from her own history are much as they ever have been, but her stewardship of them has changed, to the point that she was most effective when she dialed back her singing, resorting to nearly spoken-word handling to make "Landslide" a cool, understated treat.

Nicks remains one of rock's most prominent shawl advocates, sporting them for a number of tunes and holding one aloft while spinning slowly to the bounding pulse of "Stand Back" when not trumpeting its lyrics. Her closing delivery of "Edge of Seventeen" was so much filler in a rendition that had more than its share, from the dragged-out drum solo that preceded it to the flabby jam that extended its back end.

She avoided tunes from her forthcoming album in the encore as she had during her show — she has spoken out against posting of clips online as spoilers for new work, and so isn't giving anyone the chance. Instead, she served as more of a passenger than driver in Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll," but moved to a comfortable finale with a stroll through the puffy "Love Is," evoking hints of the past without ever quite recapturing it.


Stevie Nicks at the MGM Grand
August 29, 2010
by: Donnie Moorhouse

MASHANTUCKET - It came during “Stand Back,” her signature pirouette with shawl-covered arms outstretched, looking like a bird in flight as the band revved on.

Stevie Nicks took a break from a recording session to mount a quick, six-show tour that included a stop at the Grand Theater at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods on Saturday night. She performed a two-hour set that featured many of her classic hits and some choice covers.

Full Review


I had to post this... From Al Ortiz facebook page... The Final Bow at MGM Foxwoods last night... Cool shot of the audience from the stage - maybe you can pick yourself out in the shot.

CHART UPDATE: Stevie Nicks "Crystal Visions" Australia - August 30, 2010

"Crystal Visions The Very Best Of Stevie Nicks" drops down to #49 after re-entering the chart at #37 last week.  So far the compilation has logged 16 non-consecutive weeks on the catalogue chart.


C&K Back in the Day Good Times Together
Labor Day Concert!

Mick Fleetwood is set to make a guest appearance with Cecilio and Kapono Labor Day Wknd in Hawaii.  His appearance hasn't been made official just yet, but rumblings on the net indicate the "Surprise Appearance by an International Recording Artist on Friday Night" on the C&K website is referring to Mick.


  • September 3-4, 2010 - Labor Day Weekend
  • 3rd Annual Back in the Day Concert Series
  • Hilton Hawaiian Village on The Great Lawn
  • A Guest List of Hawaii's Premiere Entertainers
  • An Amazing Fireworks Show

Website and Ticket Info

Saturday, August 28, 2010

(PHOTOS) STEVIE NICKS - Atlantic City, NJ - Trump Taj Mahal

STEVIE NICKS Looking Really Good in
Atlantic City Last Night - August 27, 2010
Photos By: Donald Kravitz/Getty Images



More Shots at Getty Images

Friday, August 27, 2010


The solo side of Stevie Nicks performs in Atlantic City Tonight
Courier Post

Stevie Nicks admits she's led a double life since the early 1980s. In one life, the ethereal singer stands front and center as a mainstay of the celebrated Fleetwood Mac. In the other, she flies solo.

And she couldn't be happier with the two sides of Stevie Nicks. The crossover keeps the juices flowing, keeps boredom at bay.

"Now I go back and forth and it's proved quite wonderful for me. I do Fleetwood Mac till I'm run ragged. I run ragged till the music plays out as Stevie Nicks. It's worked well all these many years," she said in a phone interview last week.

The solo Stevie Nicks brings her entourage to the Etess Arena at Trump Taj Mahal tonight as part of a very short tour this month, which included an earlier benefit concert for a cancer-stricken girl in Santa Barbara.

Meantime, Nicks has been busy in the studio recording her first solo album of new material since "Trouble in Shangri-La" in 2001, with the Eurhythmics' Dave Stewart as producer.

An Arizona native, Nicks has sold over 120 million albums, both solo and with Fleetwood Mac. She has seven Grammy nominations and, with Fleetwood Mac, won a Grammy for Album of the Year for "Rumours." As a member of Fleetwood Mac, Nicks was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

With an almost ten year lag, Nicks said she wasn't going to make a new record. "But I woke up one day and said "I'll do it even if only one person buys it."

And she's glad she came to that conclusion. "I'm having the best experience I've ever had," Nicks said.

Working with Stewart on songs together was a first, she said.

"I've never written before with anyone in the same room. It never appealed to me. But this opened my eyes why Lennon and McCartney did this great writing as a team," she said.

Stewart also provides something Nicks lacks when creating a song: an almost endless supply of chords. "I know four chords on guitar and not as many on piano. Imagine what I can do with ten chords," she said.

The expanded musical vocabulary translates to expanded lyrical capacity as well. "I go through my poetry and pick something out. With Dave, I'm able to get more of each poem in there. I get these great whole stories in the songs," she said.

So far, she's worked on nine songs with Stewart. "The songs are spectacular. Another five were just mine. Once we weave it all together, it'll be fantastic," she said.

Don't expect Nicks to preview any of the spectacular songs in Atlantic City. "I never do songs I'm working on. Otherwise they'll be on YouTube the next day."

Nicks also believes playing new songs short changes the audience.

"If I go see my favorite band and they take out "Rhiannon" and "Stand Back" to put new ones in I would be disappointed. You can't make people listen to a bunch of new material no matter how good it is. I learned that a long time ago. We did that with (Fleetwood Mac's) "Rumours" tour and we almost got booed off stage."

Next year when the album comes out, she'll do up to three new numbers on stage.

The as-yet untitled record will debut 30 years after Nicks' first release, "Bella Donna," which yielded such hits as "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," "Leather and Lace," "Edge of Seventeen" and "After the Glitter Fades."

As for the other side of Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac is on hold right now. "When I'm done with this project I'll go back to Fleetwood Mac. I'm loyal to the group. I love my band," she said.

Stevie Nicks performs at 8 tonight at Etess Arena at Trump Taj Mahal, 1000 Boardwalk. Ticket are $116, $96 and $76 and can be obtained by either calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420, on the web at www.ticketmaster.com or in person at the Taj Box Office. For box office hours and more information call (609) 449-5150.


VERONA, NY - August 25, 2010

 The way she's singing this live is pretty much exactly like the demo version she recorded in the mid-90's... I'm a little stunned that she says she doesn't really like the finished version that appears on Trouble in Shangri-La... That one is great too!  Just a little more polished... Plus Sarah McLaughlin sings it with her.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Stevie Nicks Talks Touring & New Music ("Wrote a Rock'n' Blues Song")

"The adrenaline coursing through Stevie Nicks is palpable, even over the phone. The Fleetwood Mac vocalist is pumped up about her forthcoming solo album and her mini-tour, making a stop tonight at Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City."

"Much of the new material was inspired by a trip to Italy, which was just fantastic,'' Nicks said while calling from her Los Angeles home. "I wrote the most romantic ballad I've ever written that was inspired by my time in Rovello, Italy. I also wrote a rock 'n' blues song that kind of sounds like Canned Heat. You have to hear these songs.''

Nicks is anxious for her fans to experience her new tunes. However, you'll have to wait until the album drops in 2011.

"As much as I want everyone to hear the new songs, I can't do them live,'' Nicks said. "I don't want them on YouTube after the show looking and sounding terrible. When you hear these songs for the first time, I want you to hear them the way they should be heard.''

So when Nicks plays Atlantic City, expect an array of hits as well as some choice deep album cuts. But according to the veteran singer-songwriter, she will keep fans guessing throughout the show.

"You never know what I'll do,'' Nicks said. "I've resequenced my show. I'm a master at sequencing. I'm the one who sequenced for Fleetwood Mac. I sequenced "Rumours.' Everyone loves my sequences. They're fun.''

There's a serious side to the show. Nicks is donating proceeds to benefit an 8-year-old fan, who is suffering from cancer.

"Her name is Cecilia, and she was diagnosed with a very rare cancer, rhabdomyosarcoma,'' Nicks said. "It's a rare soft-tissue cancer. It has just devastated her family.''

Nicks will be selling "Team Cecilia'' T-shirts with a silkscreen of the pop-rock icon's art.

"I've been so fortunate,'' Nicks said. "I lost my best friend to leukemia in 1981, and I've had so much success with Fleetwood Mac. How can I not do something?''

With her mini-tour and her new album in the wings, Nicks doesn't have much time for Fleetwood Mac, but she insists that she'll be back with her band at some point.

"It's busy now,'' Nicks said. "I want to complete my album, then tour behind it next summer. Once that cycle ends, I can definitely see myself getting back in the studio for another album with Fleetwood Mac or at least going on tour with the band. We did a world tour (in 2009) and did 83 dates. We've had too many good times, and we have all of those great songs.''

Nicks, who still exudes a youthful ardor, hopes to write material for many years.

"I really feel like a teenager at times,'' Nicks said. "I'm just so inspired. I can't see stopping writing. I'm still seeing parts of the world for the first time, and it's moving me. I still have to express myself as a writer and, of course, as a performer.''

Backstage with Stevie Nicks - Turning Stone Review

Backstage with Stevie Nicks : News : CNYCentral.com:

By: Matt Mulcahy

The distinctive raspy alto of Stevie Nicks soared through the hall as she led her two back up vocalists in a tightly harmonized second encore of "Love is..." This poetically crafted question and answer lyric was the only one of the evening where her adoring fans did not join her in singing. That's because she had never before performed the song live. She explained to the audience as their applause faded how she wrote it in 1995. A couple of arrangements have made her recordings, but recently digging through her personal archives brought her back to this pealed back version. The piano, two singers and Stevie.

(PHOTOS & VIDEO) Stevie Nicks - Gold Dust Woman

Stevie Nicks Verona, NY
August 25, 2010
Photos by: granitdog


Last night I had the extreme pleasure of seeing Stevie Nicks perform at the Turning Stone Casino & Event Center in Verona NY, and I could only describe the experience as magical.

(PHOTOS) STEVIE NICKS - Verona, NY August 25, 2010

Stevie Nicks Verona, NY
August 25, 2010
Photos by: Hejiranyc

Stevie Nicks Mention: Anita Baker Receives Crescent Moon

Anita Baker's latest CD to blend old, new | detnews.com | The Detroit News:

"Playing a show together with Stevie Nicks last year was a chance to commune with another of her favorites.

'I have this necklace Stevie gave me, a crescent moon; she took it off the neck of one of her girlfriends.' Baker imitates that scratchy, leather and lace voice: 'She said, 'I give these to all the ladies who inspire me.' Again, in the Joni Mitchell vein, she's an amazing writer and storyteller in her own way, her own voice, her own style.'

Baker's own penchant for wearing full skirts in concert, 'That's me trying to imitate Stevie.'"

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Stevie Nicks Finds New Inspiration, Talks About New Album
Rock Icon Stevie Nicks takes a break from recording her new album with Dave Stewart to play the Taj Mahal Aug. 27.
Atlantic City Weekly
by: Michael Pritchard

The last time Stevie Nicks played Atlantic City, in June 2009, she played Boardwalk Hall, the city’s big room, surrounded by a few band mates you may have heard of — Lindsay Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, you know, Fleetwood Mac.

But Friday, Aug. 27, Nicks switches to her other side, as a solo artist, when she plays the Trump Taj Mahal.

And in either incarnation, whether she’s Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman” or her own “White Winged Dove,” Nicks is an icon in both settings. And she’s comfortable in both, she says in a telephone interview with Atlantic City Weekly from her Los Angeles home.

“You know, the two are very different,” she says. “There’s something to be said for the great huge hall and [playing for] 18,000 people in New Zealand. But then there’s the small venues that are much more intimate. And you can’t be that in the huge venues. You’re very far from the people.

“But when you’re in a small venue, it’s like way back in the beginning when you were playing clubs, even though it’s way bigger than a club [the Taj Mahal’s Etess Arena can seat 5,000], there’s still a little of that vibe. But there’s a lot to be said about both and I’m one of those very lucky people who gets to play both.”

And at 62, she’s also lucky enough to pick and choose her spots. Nicks isn’t currently on tour. In fact, she’s in the middle of writing and recording a new album (her seventh) with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, a project she speaks about with excitement and a little bit of wonder.

Yet, this month, she’s taking a break from the album and doing a brief five-concert tour.

“About two and a half months ago, my manager called and said, ‘I know you’re doing a record, but how would you like to do five shows in August?’ And I said basically, ‘You know I’m doing a record.’ And he said, ‘I know, but it’s good to work and in this economy ... maybe it would be a good idea for you to do this. Because if you do, it will be like you worked this year. And that’s always a good thing.’

“So I said basically, ‘You’re telling me that that’s what you want me to do?’” she says. “He said, ‘I think you should do it’ so I said, ‘OK, cool. We’ll break for the month of August.’”

Continue to the full article

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Source: Projo.com
By Rick Massimo
Journal Pop Music Writer

Stevie Nicks hasn’t come out with a new studio record since 2001’s “Trouble in Shangri-La,” and she says that around 2005 she decided she wasn’t going to bother — people would simply take it off the Internet anyway. But last year’s 83-show Fleetwood Mac tour convinced her that the fans were out there, and Nicks has been readying a new disc that she hopes will come out in March.

For the first time, Nicks is collaborating with another songwriter, Dave Stewart, formerly of Eurythmics. Nicks calls him “my new best friend. He’s all four Beatles rolled into one.”

Their method of working together was natural and organic, Nicks says. They set up a studio in her living room, and a couple of weeks before they got together, Nicks sent him a book’s worth of poetry culled from her journals, “never in a million years thinking he would read it. But he did read it, so he hands me a poem and says [thick English accent] ‘OK, what about this poem?’ And first, I’m like, ‘Wow, he read it,’ and second of all, I’m like, ‘OK, they’re all my poems, so I like this one.’ So he starts playing guitar, and … I just started reciting in a sing-songy way, right off the top of my head. And in about 10 minutes, we had written a really great song.”

They’ve written nine songs together, “and seriously it’s been the most fun I’ve had since I was a teenager. It’s been an eye-opening experience. We sit, we laugh, we make dinners. It’s like the way we used to make records in the old days. It’s not like making an album with GarageBand in your closet.”

She’s also written five more typical “suffering Stevie songs … just me, sitting at my piano with tears in my eyes,” and says that working with Stewart, and her occasional long-distance collaboration with Tom Petty guitarist Mike Campbell, “opens up a whole new world of chords. I know four chords. And [they] know thousands. [I] can go places in your melody that I couldn’t go if I was playing the piano, because I can’t. I don’t know how.”

Nicks says that they’re shooting to get the record out March 1, and her fans are going to have to wait until then to be knocked out, because she isn’t going to do any of the new songs on the road. “We don’t want them to be filmed and on YouTube the next day. We want people to be surprised, and be listening to whole songs. I’m a girl who is all about mystery and surprise. I always want to keep my little jewel mysterious until I decide to flip the fairy dust in the air.…

“I think [my fans] are going to be knocked out.”

And even though live video grabs or even leaked studio tracks have been known to help a disc’s sales, Nicks says that’s not what she’s after: “I don’t really care if anybody buys this record. What I care about is the journey of making the record, and how much fun it has been for me.”

Though she hopes that after the disc comes out, people will buy it the old-fashioned way. “I’m pretty financially stable, so I’m gonna be OK. But what I try to put over to my fans is, try to support the music business, because it’s dying. Anybody who comes out with a new record, I can get it free from the record companies. But I don’t. I buy it, and every little thing that goes with it. Because I’m going to be that one person who does support the business.” Otherwise, “in 20 years, everybody’s going to be listening to — guess who? — Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones. There’s never going to be new music. It’s not going to last.”

Plenty of today’s young female singers and songwriters have cited Nicks as a musical and career influence, and Nicks says it’s a role she’s taken seriously ever since her first solo album, 1981’s “Bella Donna.”

“Absolutely,” says Nicks, who adds that she would have been a teacher if a musical career hadn’t worked out. “I try really hard to teach all these girls, or at least set an example for them.” She wants them to have their own style, but “watch what I’ve done, or how I’ve done it, and use that in their world of striving forward to be a big rock star.”

Mainly, she stresses the importance of writing one’s own material. You make more money that way, and otherwise “you’ll just be known as a singer of other people’s songs. And in my opinion, you should do it all. … So I have my little lecture periods with all of them.”

While we wait for the new disc, she’ll be performing Fleetwood Mac and solo hits. The first of the five shows Nicks is doing this month was a benefit for Cecelia, “a little girl with a difficult kind of cancer,” and she also made a special “Team Cecelia” T-shirt from one of her old drawings, which will be available at this weekend’s show.

And Nicks says she still gets the same charge out of performing that she always has.

“How can you not? … It never gets old.”

Stevie Nicks sings at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods on Saturday night at 8. Call (866) 646-0609 or go to www.mgmatfoxwoods.com for tickets.


Stevie Nicks brings summer tour to MGM Grand
Source: Newstimes
Sean Spillane, Staff Writer

After coming off the road following a 2005 tour with Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks planned to get back to the studio to record a new solo album. She was talked out of it by her manager, of all people.

There's no point, she was basically told. After all of her time and expense, Nicks' new creation would just end up available on some nefarious website for free download. That's just the way of the world now in the music business.

"That's why I didn't do another record," Nicks said in a recent phone interview from her Los Angeles home. "I was going to do another record, but my manager basically said not to bother because 150 of your closest fans will buy it and then in the dark of the night they'll just push `send' and send it out to everyone they know.

"I was horrified."

It was following Fleetwood Mac's most recent tour, which ended in December, that Nicks decided to throw caution to the wind and get started on a new album.

"One day I woke up and I just said, `I'm making another record and I don't care if anybody buys it,'" she recalled. "That's OK because at least I'll have done it. At least I made the effort.

"I'm going to hope that my fans are honorable and that they don't -- in the dead of night when nobody can see them -- send out my record to 500 of their friends. That's not because I need the money. It's because I need to know that my fans are honorable."

Nicks' justifiable fear extends to her brief summer tour, which comes to the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Saturday night. She will stick to her solo hits and Fleetwood Mac favorites and is not showcasing any of the new tunes.

"No, because we don't want my brand-new song filmed and put on YouTube the next morning," she said. "Nobody is going to hear one note of this record until it is released. And then it can go everywhere, but at least it was new for one day.

"All you can do is laugh," she added, "but for five years, I cried about this."

In making the new record, Nicks enlisted Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame to produce and she called the sessions "the best time I've had ever."

She also ended up writing songs with Stewart, something she said she never did with Fleetwood Mac's other main songwriters, Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie.

"It has just been an eye-opener for me," she said. "I've been very selfish about writing with anybody else and I never have -- I didn't write with Lindsey; I didn't write with Christine; I didn't write with anybody.

"I understood, all of a sudden, why people like Paul McCartney and John Lennon and Rodgers and Hammerstein and all of the great songwriting teams wrote together. They still wrote alone, but why they wrote together, also. It opens up something that you don't have, which in my case it's that I don't know thousands of chords.

"I only know four chords, and so writing with Dave opened up a whole side of music that I've never had at my fingertips before. These nine songs that we wrote, actually, are somewhat more musical because they have more in them. It's just been a lot of fun."

Nicks was thrilled when Stewart suggested that they just put her completed poems to music, as she was used to combining verses from several of her poems and creating lyrics in that manner.

"More of my words actually got into these songs because he'd say, `Well, I like this poem and I don't really want to take two verses out. Let's just do it. Let's just put all the verses in,'" Nicks, 62, said. "Of course, I'm just like, `Right on,' because my whole story is going into my song.

"He just starts playing ... and I just basically start reciting, in song, from my poetry page and in about five minutes we had written a really beautiful song and my life was forever changed.

"I think that the product that we've come up with is really spectacular. I could be wrong, but I don't think so. I think it's really, really great. I think people are going to love it."

One of the songs on the new album, which Nicks has targeted for a March 1 release, is especially dear to the singer, "Soldier's Angel." The song came about after Nicks' first trip to visit wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.

"I wrote a poem called `Soldier's Angel' in 2005 and it is very much for them," she said. "I was going to make it into a song, but I never did. Well, I finally did it and it's pretty chilling, actually. It's about visiting the soldiers and seeing everything that goes on there -- the good, the bad and the ugly.

"I'm pretty proud of it and I hope the soldiers are proud of it, too, because it's theirs."

MGM Grand at Foxwoods is at 240 MGM Grand Drive, Mashantucket. Saturday, 8 p.m. $85-$135. 866-646-0609, www.mgmatfoxwoods.com.

Monday, August 23, 2010



If you missed its first string of broadcast dates back when it first aired in the UK and Ireland last November, 2009 - nows your chance to watch record it.  Or you can watch the documentary here (7 parts)

Date: August 27, 2010
Time: 23:30 (11:30pm)
Duration: 60 minutes
ChannelBBC Four

Also in the UK on BIO UK another documentary will air. [description]: Fleetwood Mac were a band born out of the English blues movement pioneered by John Mayall in the mid-Sixties. This is the story of the rise of the successful soft rock group.

Date: August 28, 2010
Time: 22:00 (10pm)
Duration: 60 minutes
Channel: BIO UK

Sunday, August 22, 2010


Stevie Nicks feels excited about collaboration with Dave Stewart
by: Mark Bialczak/The Post Standard

The call rings at precisely the appointed time the evening of Friday the 13th.

“It’s Stevie Nicks,” says the oh-so-recognizable rock voice, full of energy and a fair amount of good cheer.

Wait a sec. Isn’t she a bit hesitant about baring her soul on this day of supreme superstition?
Not a bit.

“I didn’t even know it was Friday the 13th. Anyway, it’s a good day for me, you know,” says the woman who’s long had mystical elements tied to her persona since her whirling, twirling days on stage with Fleetwood Mac and thereafter.

Great grist for the mill.

Headline over an Associated Press story from 1998: “Stevie Nicks Denies Witch Rumor.” In the article, Nicks says, “I can’t believe people are still telling me I’m a witch because I wear black.”

Now, in summer 2010, as Nicks is in the midst of a short tour that includes a Wednesday night stop at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino Event Center in Verona, N.Y., Nicks is in a good mood about a lot of things.

As the 62-year-old singer and songwriter continues, you get the feeling that Nicks’ life is full of a lot of good days.

She’s positively effusive about the aura surrounding her collaboration with Dave Stewart for Nicks’ upcoming solo album, her first since 2001.

“It’s the best time I’ve had since my teens. I was going to say my 20s, but that wasn’t all that much fun. So, since high school,” Nicks says of her work with Stewart. Stewart previously teamed with Annie Lennox in Eurythmics, the British band that landed the song “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This” at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1983.

Nicks teamed with Stewart after he grabbed his guitar, walked into her living room and simply rocked her world.

Before that magical day, Nicks’ co-writing process centered around guitarist Michael Campbell sending her tracks of his lines.

“This is the first time I have ever written in the same room as somebody,” she says.

To prepare for the collaboration, Nicks sent Stewart a collection of 50 poems she’s written. “I didn’t expect him to read it, really, but he did,” she says. “He handed me a poem and said, ‘Let’s start with this one. I love it.’

“He plays guitar and gives me this no-frills English works and says, ‘Go.’ Within 10 minutes we had finished the song,” Nicks says.

“Suddenly a light bulb came on and I found out why great songwriting teams worked between people who could write great songs on their own,” she says. “Lennon and McCartney. Rogers and Hammerstein.”

Their two greatest individual attributes fit together like the last two pieces to a puzzle, Nicks explains.

“He doesn’t write long story poems. I have that to give him,” Nicks says. “I don’t have a million chords. He has that to give me. I thought, I could get at a piano for a thousand years and never write a chord structure like that. The two of us are able to give each other a whole other world.”

The album, produced by Stewart, will contain nine songs they co-wrote and five Nicks wrote alone.

It’s almost done, Nicks says, and they’re shooting for a March release, even though it could be ready months before that.

“We don’t want to be declared a Christmas album with a release around the holidays,” she says. “March is a good time to drop the record and be out on the road.”

She’s not playing any of them in concert now, leaving this tour to her huge hits — solo, such as “Stand Back” and “If Anyone Falls” and with Fleetwood Mac, such as “Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win)” and “Landslide.”

If she played one of the new ones live, she says, a video would be on YouTube minutes later. “I don’t want these songs to be leaked out,” Nicks says. “I want the big reveal to be the record.”

She’ll talk about the songs with enthusiasm, though.

She calls “Italian Summer,” inspired by a trip to Ravello, Italy, “the sweetest love song I’ve ever written. And I didn’t write it about anybody. It’s about being in Italy,” Nicks says.

And she’s proud of “The Soldier’s Angel,” which she’d been promising herself to write since first visiting the soldiers hospital in Bethesda, Md., five years ago.

For that one, she and Stewart stuck with a demo she recorded herself.

“I decided there’s no way to beat the demo I recorded myself at home late at night,” Nicks says. “It’s brutal and honest, for the kids that are injured.”

Nicks and Stewart thoroughly enjoyed their sessions, she says. "We had similar relationships in our pasts,” Nicks says. “Stevie and (Fleetwood Mac guitarist) Lindsey (Buckingham). He and Annie. We have that in common.”

What: Stevie Nicks in concert.
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Where: Turning Stone Resort and Casino Event Center, Verona.
Tickets: $80, available at the Event Center
box office, Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com and 877-833-7469.


For the week of August 28, 2010 on the official UK Albums Chart Fleetwood Mac's 2009 double disc release moves up from #93 to #84 in it's 223rd week on the chart (223 weeks combines the 2002 & 2009 release).


"Crystal Visions The Very Best Of Stevie Nicks" re-enters Australia's Top 50 Catalogue Chart this week at #37 after being absent last week.


Fleetwood Mac star Stevie Nicks finds her groove collaborating with Dave Stewart for 7th solo album
Stevie Nicks has gotten her groove back.

by: Phil Roura

Nine years after her last solo CD, the Fleetwood Mac superstar is deep into her seventh album - which for the first time she is writing with a collaborator, one-time Eurythmic Dave Stewart. Rumors of a romantic liaison notwithstanding, Nicks says it's the best time she has ever had putting out a CD.

"I've never before written anything with anybody else," says the smoky-voiced rock icon. "This is a great opportunity to do something new. I now understand why John Lennon and Paul McCartney worked so well together. You feed so much off each other."

As a result, Nicks has not ventured far from her California cocoon where she and Stewart have been working. The only concession: a short series of summer concerts that includes the Trump Taj Mahal on Friday night and Foxwoods' MGM Grand on Saturday.

"My management pushed me," she explains. "They said I had to take a month away from the record, and I'm glad I listened to them. It's been a good change of pace and a lot of fun."

The untitled CD is "a full-blown rock 'n' roll album with some beautiful ballads. And it's been fantastic and funky working at home."

It wasn't something she had planned. "My last performance was Dec. 21 in New Zealand after 83 shows with Fleetwood Mac," she says. "Coming straight home, the farthest thing from my mind was going straight to work."

Then along came Stewart, whom she had known in other circumstances. "I gave him a book of 50 poems I had written over the years," she recalls, "and he really liked them."

The day after the Grammys in February, they went to work. "I sat on a couch across from Dave. He'd play something on the piano. I'd throw out some lyrics."

Somehow, they got to talking about the Sargasso, a sea within a sea off Bermuda, from a movie she had seen. "He became intrigued with it," she adds. "I started developing lyrics off the top of my head - and a crazy, creepy, weird story began to take form. Dave liked it. In 10 minutes we had a song."

Word is that the CD will drop in the spring and that contributors include Mike Campbell of the Heartbreakers, Waddy Wachtel, Steve Ferrone and Mick Fleetwood on a drum solo.

It was on May 26, 1948, that Stephanie Lynn Nicks warbled her first note when she was born in Phoenix to Jess Nicks, a corporate veep, and Barbara Nicks, a housewife. As a toddler, she had trouble pronouncing her name, which came out "tee dee" and eventually "Stevie." It stuck.

Her great initial success was with lover Lindsey Buckingham. In 1974, they joined Fleetwood Mac and by 1977 the "Rumours" album had churned out four top 10 singles - including Nicks' megahit "Dreams," the group's only U.S. No. 1. By 1981, she began a solo career with the album "Bella Donna," but she continued to record and tour with Fleetwood Mac; the band's latest studio album is 2003's "Say You Will," for which Nicks wrote the title track.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Fleetwood Mac in 1998, the now 62-year-old rocker worries about the future of the industry she loves.

"The Internet has destroyed rock. Children no longer develop social graces. They don't hang out anymore," she complains. "I'm financially stable. I'm okay. But what about the kids trying to make it in this business? If you're not an established band, if you don't have a hit single, they're gonna drop you. There are a lot of people out there as talented as we were, but they can't sustain being in a rock 'n' roll band for long without success. We were able to, but we're going to die out."

Still, her current passion remains the new CD. "Eventually, there will be another Fleetwood Mac record and another tour," says Nicks. "But this record is my moment. All next year, it's going to be this. This is now my turn." It's her groove.

Friday, August 20, 2010


From Randy Rhodes To Precious Metal, from Lindsey Buckingham to her own solo career, the ongoing tale of guitarist / singer / songwriter Janet Robin is a fascinating journey.

It’s the tale of how a young girl barely into grade school fell in love with the guitar as she took lessons from an axe-slinger about to make his own mark upon the rock world. It’s a story where the daughter of a Southern California dentist grows up to join the 1980s all-girl band Precious Metal, plays in Lindsey Buckingham’s first solo group and further evolves into the performer she is today.

Full Article on Pollstar

Here's the section that includes Lindsey Buckingham:

A musician’s life is filled with unexpected breaks and this time opportunity came a knockin’ in the form of Lindsey Buckingham.

“He was putting together his first-ever solo band for a record,” Robin said. “A very special ten-piece band that was going to incorporate five guitar players, two percussionists, a drummer, bass player and keyboards.”

The audition took half the day in a studio where the two guitarists spent most of the time talking, as Buckingham instructed her to play specific guitar parts. Five hours later, the audition concluded, Robin went home to wait. And wait.

“I didn’t hear for two weeks until the agent called and said, ‘You got the gig. You’re going on Leno in a week.’”

As it turned out, Robin wasn’t the only woman in the band and she joined a lineup that also included Liza Carbe. First came rehearsals, then “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” followed by a six-week tour. Robin remembers her time with Buckingham as her “most professional gig.”

“It was semi-pro with Precious Metal. We had some tour buses and we played some good venues,” Robin said, comparing the two experiences. “But it stepped up a notch with Lindsey. That was the 1992 ‘Out Of The Cradle’ tour.”

Robin’s gig with Buckingham lasted until 1994 with the band touring as a headliner as well as supporting Tina Turner. Six years later, Robin recalls the experience as one of the most important times in her career, saying Buckingham demanded nothing less than perfection.

To accomplish this, Buckingham would record rehearsals on individual tracks and then meet with each musician and critiquing his or her work. The message was clear: get it right or get out.

“So you got your shit together,” Robin said. “He motivated me to rise to the occasion, whatever it meant. Like going to vocal lessons or deal with the metronome. I did all that and worked with the other guys in the band and we kind of came together.

“I learned what it takes to be close to perfect, what you do in rehearsals, what you expect from a band, how you put a band together and how to put a show together. I cannot thank him enough. He mentored me and he was very respectful to me. We still stay in touch.”

Here's Janet as part of Lindsey's guitar army - just to Lindsey's left.
Don't Look Down Live 1992
(from Out of The Cradle)