Friday, April 08, 2011

Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks -- a tale of the hair

How well do you know your '70s hell-raisers?
By Allison Stewart, Special to the Tribune
Chicago Tribune

Back in the day, Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks were two of rock's biggest hell raisers — battle-scarred, road-tested, scandal-prone superstars who battled addictions to cocaine and prescription drugs (her) and leggy blondes (him).

With a combined 80-plus years of music-making between them, Stewart, 66, and Nicks, 62, have embarked on the Heart and Soul tour. Nicks, whose first disc in a decade, “In Your Dreams,” drops in May, will open, playing a set of Fleetwood Mac and solo songs, then will briefly join Stewart during his set.

It’s been a bumpy road so far: Before the tour began, Nicks complained to a reporter about Stewart's lack of interest in pre-tour preparation, saying in the Guardian newspaper, “He's not a rehearser. He. Is. Not. …. He doesn't care. He's just not like me.” The tour's opening date was later cancelled (according to organizers, Stewart had the flu); subsequent dates have gone off without a hitch.

In honor of the tour's Saturday night United Center stop, we've assembled a partial guide to Nicks’ and Stewart’s colorful pasts, provided in harder-than-you-think quiz form.

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