Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Stevie Nicks's New Year's Resolution: Make Fleetwood Mac's Upcoming Tour Great!


After a busy 2012 promoting and touring behind her latest solo album, In Your DreamsStevie Nicks is turning her full attention to Fleetwood Mac in the coming year.  The band will hit the road for a lengthy North American tour in early spring, and Stevie says her New Year's resolutions are all about her work with the Mac.
"I'm just going to work as hard as I can to make this Fleetwood Mac thing be as great as I know it can be," she told ABC News Radio.  "It is a lot of work, and it takes a lot of thought, but we're all really willing to do that."
She added that maintaining her health also will be a part of her commitment to the band.  "My resolution is always to just do what I do and do it well," she noted, "[and] take care of myself on the other side of that, physically, and make it great."
Prior to the tour kickoff, Stevie and the band plan to put out a couple of recently-recorded new songs.  While Stevie admits she isn't sure about the when, where and how when it comes to the release of the new tracks, she says she's very excited about them.
"I don't think [the record company reps have] exactly decided what they're gonna do or how they're gonna present [the songs]," she tells ABC News Radio.  "But, whatever, I can tell you they're done, and they sound amazing.  So, they're gonna fly out there into the world in some way, shape or form." 
Fleetwood Mac's North American tour leg kicks off on April 4 in Columbus, Ohio, and is scheduled through a June 12 show in Detroit.

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

FM should have signed with Interscope - they got Lana Del Rey's "Paradise" album out quick and it was STELLAR. Warner will drag their legs with this hoping to capitalize on everything at once...the B/N album, IYD Documentary (which Dave Stewart posted on my Facebook that it was up to Stevie's management as to WHEN it gets released), ANOTHER Rumours re-release, etc.

Anonymous said...

Dave Stewart posted that on Twitter numerous times as well that it was up to Stevie's management on the release. Its an independent film outside of her recording contract unless she cuts a deal with her label to distribute the film via DVD or a film company to distribute the film via movie houses and or direct to DVD. As far as Fleetwood Mac is concerned, they aren't signed with any label at the moment as a band. Warners has their catalogue and can do with that what they please, but as far as going forward, I think anything new from them is pretty much up for grabs from the highest bidder.

Anonymous said...

Oh great, Stevie's management has a poor track record of releasing things at good times. They always seem to miss the boat. My fear is that the attention will be on FM and this IYD doc gets lost in the shuffle. You would think Stevie would have more to say about the release in Jan. or Feb before FM swings into high gear.

Anonymous said...

So the new Fleetwood Mac songs wil coincide/conflict with the IYD doc, the Rumours re-release and the B/N re-release, which will also supposedly contain a new song? What a confusing mess!

Anonymous said...

The only thing that's so far been announced and being released is the Rumours re-release... Nothing else is scheduled. What's confusing?

Anonymous said...

Yes Stevie's management has a poor track record on timing of singles, and choice of singles. Wide Sargasso Sea coulda been a huge hit. FM should have released Smile at You as a single.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully she won't be wearing those annoying aviator glasses on the tour. Note to Margi Kent: Put some COLOR back in Stevie's wardrobe! She's relatively thin now and can pull it off!!!!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I come here just for the drama...

Anonymous said...

Stevie's IYD documentary needs to go on sale NOW!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes - it IS confusing. More casual fans won't know exactly what it is they're promoting or, say, what the IYD doc has to do with the Fleetwood Mac tour. And they'll see they're on tour, hear about new songs, expect an album and there will be none. And with the Rumours re-release they might think this is an anniversary Rumours tour, which it can't be because Christine is no longer with the band. And they won't know where to find the new songs if interested because they'll be split between being available individually on iTunes and paired with a B/N re-release. It's all crazy.

Anonymous said...

The hype for IYD is over. It seems pointless to release the DVD now. Unless they re-release the album with some extra songs. #epicfail

Anonymous said...

they probably want to make it confusing so more people will just buy everything they put out

Anonymous said...

I understand everyone's feelings and want you to have the DVD, but as one who saw the documentary, the first sceening, in Sag Harbour, NY, it just
IS
NOT
GOOD.

It needs much music added to it, it was horribly edited and all the relentless talking without performances of the songs beyond seconds was tedious. Yes, I am a huge fan, have been all of my life since I was 13, and I always will be. The film flopped. HOPE for a proper dvd with full songs, not 19 second clips of songs- it needs a second DVD, with the Wiltern concert, and the documentary itself needs serious recutting- more music put back in, but for everyone, even if it is the version i saw, i hope it comes out on DVD. Til it does, you are not missing MUCH.

Of course, it's Stevie, and she's wonderful, but the film has no impact at all. Horrid, horrid, editing and poor choices ruined it and if not for being such a SN fan, it would be a total snore. Very disappointing film, so hope for a better DVD than what was screened.

Anonymous said...

Really appreciate your honesty and it seems to explain the lack of a marketing plan and/or interest from companies to release it. I got nervous when Stevie said, "we didn't set out to make a documentary" and "everybody got flip cameras" - because that's not the way one goes about it. Love our Stevie, but she's not the most objective gal on the planet when it comes to this sort of thing. Oh, well....

Anonymous said...

I don't think it would be unreasonable for Fleetwood Mac to request that the band members refrain from promoting their solo projects whilst the FM tour is active, and leading up to it. Just sayin'

Linds and Stevie have had the last several years to focus on solo work.

Anonymous said...

I remember Stevie was hawking her PBS DVD during the last MAC tour, and it was a little annoying.,

Anonymous said...

"And with the Rumours re-release they might think this is an anniversary Rumours tour, which it can't be because Christine is no longer with the band."

This is essentially a Rumours re-duxe tour as was the last one. Doesn't matter that there is no Christine. "And they won't know where to find the new songs if interested because they'll be split between being available individually on iTunes and paired with a B/N re-release. It's all crazy."

BN needs to just wait until FM tour runs its course.

Anonymous said...

I was also at the IYD Doc screening in Sag Harbour and I have a somewhat different opinion. I was sitting a few rows away from Stevie and being able to see the look on her face when the film was over, she was so proud. You can tell it was exactly what she wanted us to see, the making of IYD the album, not a concert documentary. It was like she wanted to show Fleetwood Mac the right way to make an album not a constant war. I do hope it does come out in dvd so her fans can get a chance to see it.

Anonymous said...

^ I appreciate your perspective, and sure, there were a few enjoyable moments. But it was not a making of the IYD album documentary, more than a bit- no footage existed similar to say 'Angel' in the Tusk documentary, where you see the song being worked on, harmonized, recorded, all in the studio, then a live performance of the song without cuts to her pet dog and ''talking in a doggy voice'' over her own song!

What the film IS was more than a dozen soliloquies about each song, then seconds of snippets of ''videos'' made, or the final mixes, no footage of her singing in the studio is in the film anywhere- they had nothing for 'Wide Sargasso Sea' and no more of 'Italian Summer' than in the Sizzle Real. She just talked and talked and talked about how or why she wrote each song, and then tiny bits of each song were heard. That's NOT a ''making of the album'' documentary - studio footage was minimal, very minimal. After the ovation, we were all fans, and Stevie was on stage, there was a normal, sturdy chair brought for her to be seated. "Can I sit down, will the chair break? Oh, that would just be my luck- Bad angles''- it was as close to flop sweat as I've ever seen on her, ever.

One lone voice cheered ''Congratulations'' to her, she waited a beat for more applause, or more voices, and there were no bravos, no bravas- it was a ''thud'' moment. Sure, she has reason to be proud. She got the film screened. But it is NO making of the album documentary. The one interesting thing was Dave's guitar solo, which was better than what wound up on the cd, but that was listening to the playback. No footage of the recordings. The film was screened TWO other times- it failed. Nothing wrong with failing, she tried. Fans will not love it, or it would probably be out, already. Needs tweaking. And someone who thinks it could earn back the cost of a dvd release. How can you objectively say the documentary showed the album being made, in the making? None of it was on the screen!

Anonymous said...

Ok I get your point, I think you are looking at the film more technical than me. I see Stevie letting us in her world seeing her talk with her dog I'm sure is a daily occuarance with her and being able to see that was just Stevie being Stevie and I loved that and she did too from the look on her face standing at the end of the stage watching it with tears rolling down her face.

I agree the q and a part after the film was half ass. But that wasn't planned right it just sort of happened. So for her to go up their at all was kinda cool. She had already done the q and a before the film showing which I really didn't get, why do that before the screening? I think she might have got caught up in Dave's world with all the quick clips, Listen was this a masterpiece, no. Could it have been better yes. But come on it's no worse than Destiny Rules. The screening in Mill Valley didn't seem to fail as you like to say. It seemed like she was more comfortable and enjoying the moment.

I think in today's culture you need shock value to sell anything. If Dave and her were in the hot tub getting high together people would want to buy that. Or if they showed her having a melt down because the song doesn't sound right people would care more. Stevie is very guarded she has worked hard to overcome all her bullshit from the past and want's to keep her image intact. This was a film about the creating of In Your Dreams and how it came about. If you want to hear the album listen to the album.

Anonymous said...

^ Good points. I was too tough. Fans will ''like'' it, I liked it but wanted to see her in that big house singing while making the album, not talking about youtube, internet piracy, the Bob Dylan thing and how much fun it all was. I wanted to 'see' the fun or the process of recording, alternate takes and getting to where which 'take' is used fascinates me. Snippets of 'You May Be The One' being recorded may have been shown, so I made some errors, besides being too harsh about something she put a lot of effort into.
Of course, I meant ''Sizzle Reel'' not 'real'- duh. I expected for 'You May' and 'Italian Summer' to be big moments in the film. Now, I doubt that there is a full video for 'IS'- they just filmed the ending of the song, or so it seems!
Still, it's a nice little film. If recut, remembered it should be that she's fascinating to watch work, even in the early stages of a song- like the very old 'Wild Heart' clip. Oh, and can the Bob Dylan story be included in ''every'' filmed appearance she may make from now on? Being in 'Destiny Rules' and 'In Your Dreams' just isn't enough times!

"I wouldn't say that to Bob Dylan!''

^Loved your messages, by the way. It wasn't ''technical'' exactly, what I was looking at- I just wanted to see and hear the songs, see her and Dave while recording, and though WSS was talked about much, we then heard about 10 seconds of the final mix. Also, the songs ''New Orleans'' and ''Moonlight'' were given a decent amount of time in the movie, and that was very enjoyable. Her humor was enjoyable to watch too, and there's only one Stevie Nicks.

Good for Stevie Nicks, she got her film done in her way, she's a rock legend, and of course, every fan will want it in their collectio with the other works of Stevie Nicks.

Anonymous said...

i'm upset they obviously are too ....to record a new album. i liked syw a lot even though christine was not part of it. i want them to do a lot of syw songs as they fit much better to the mcvie-less fm than most of the older stuff. buckingham nicks on cd would be great though i have litte hope they're gonna release it in germany.

Anonymous said...

Subtext of the "You wouldn't say that to Bob Dylan" comment to Lindsey goes something like this:

"Listen Buster, you need me more than I need you at this point, so I'll write whatever nonsense I want to and you'll like it!"

Taking such an attitude doesn't make Stevie right, it just makes her a little tyrant who will not accept criticism. She used to defend the virtues of a messy creative process - now her ego won't allow it. Ugh!

Anonymous said...

What I don't get is why obviously Stevie and Lindsey don't get along while making an album but they are all over each other on stage. Kind of hypacritcal in my book. You can say they are creative on stage but not creating a new album..

Anonymous said...

The Dylan comment was just her rebuking an incessantly critical Lindsey. No ego there.
She is a widely respected song writer and artist and doesn't need his micromanagement.

Anonymous said...

She's a widely respected songwriter and artist largely because he sent her into the stratosphere early on with brilliant arrangements and production on her songs. I think really superb work requires a healthy back-and-forth in which an artist is forced to defend certain choices. If she wins in the end, fine - but let the process take place. Better to hash it out in the early stages than to make mistakes that are permanently on record - that's the very trouble she fell into on later projects when no one cared enough to challenge her. After all, Lindsey plays these songs on record and on stage and he wants them to be as wonderful as possible. I really don't think he meant any malice by it. She's very prickly with him.

Anonymous said...

I knew Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan was a friend of mine. Stevie Nicks, you're no Bob Dylan.

Anonymous said...

I hate Robert Zimmerman - who isn't dead - as does Joni Mitchell, who calls him a big phony. It's not a conventional opinion, but in my mind Stevie's a better songwriter - and clearly a better singer. So take Bob Dylan, his phony name and his Victoria's Secret commercials and....

Anonymous said...

Well, the points I wanted to make are:
*Stevie's told the Bob Dylan story too many times, and much of what she talks about in the film we have heard from her before. More than a few times!

* The ''documentary'' is a talking head: Stevie Nicks. Nowhere in any prominent way in the film does one see the album being made or any musicians playing on any tracks, or even Lori or Sharon involved in the recording of the album!

Hell, you don't even see Stevie and Dave as they work. First, I was told it wasn't supposed to be a concert film, which I knew. Then, the same person wrote back to me 'if you want to hear the album, play the album' - well, if i want to see a documentary about the making of 'In Your Dreams' it is not unreasonable that i do want to see the album being made, not talking about it afterwards. That fan is so blinded, the screening at The Hamptons was received ok, and I wasn't at Mill, so don't know if it was ''a success'' that everyone thought they saw a film about the making of the album. It was the concept not realized of a documentary of a work in progress being caught on film that was and is a failure. The sad thing is that there is probably footage of the songs being worked on, as they were recorded, not shown so we can hear about 'piracy' and why she hadn't recorded an album in so long, and many other of the same speeches she has said over and over. She repeats herself, and the Dylan anecdote is obnoxious. Someone got it right, above- thank you, the one with "you need me more than I need you''-- and Nicks is clueless how unattractive the Dylan story is, and how unreasonable and bloated it makes her sound.

Some fans, like the one who kept finding reasons why the film is flawless, aren't very bright, and I think she loves them the best! I don't need the love, I just thought a decent, interesting film was on the plate, showing the process of recording the album. How unreasonable of an expectation!

Anonymous said...

Previous poster - THANK YOU!!! - I take so much incoming crap from other fans here for being critical of Stevie that I'm about to give on this site. I imagine my critics as gay ex-publicists with bad plastic surgery and overweight cat ladies with overfull litter boxes. Apparently, she's their religion and her career choices cannot be commented upon because they come directly from heaven.

Anonymous said...

There's a difference between a "making of" and a "promotional" film. When I learned that the "documentary" was simply an expansion of the material in the sizzle reel I was aghast. In DESTINY RULES a pair of filmmakers were employed to document the making of the album. Here, people involved in the project were given "flip cameras" to record what happened. That means there's no perspective, objective or subjective, and that Stevie just ran roughshod over the whole thing, just presenting what she thought was flattering to herself. Ugh! Bad documentary approach! The anti-GRAY GARDENS if you will....BORING AS HELL. So bad it won't get a distributor...

Anonymous said...

The IYD doc calamity is a warning that Stevie's ego is out of control. The reaction of her nutso-crazy fans? Double down on the notion that the outside world doesn't "understand" what they're seeing. Next stop - the Michael Jackson fan club. Good god, does Stevie need Lindsey at this point. She's going crazy like she did in the 80's again!

Anonymous said...

Remember when TROUBLE IN SHANGRLI-LA was her masterpiece? I loved that album but somehow it got downgraded with the advent of IYD and is now never mentioned. Someone else pointed out that Stevie always says that her new album is her best ever and it's true - this has been going on since the 1980's. It's great as a promotional angle but it wears thin as a perennial tactic. If you wait 10 years between projects, it's easier to believe. In contrast, Stevie couldn't wait to trash SAY YOU WILL - which truly contains some of her best work - because of you-know-who being involved. I can't get over her rejection of a new FM album and I'm very, very sick of her IYD offensive. For me, it's time to pay attention to other muses.

Anonymous said...

Why aren't you trashing Dave Stewart for the documentary, it was his idea, his concept, she didn't want the thing filmed in the first place. Wouldn't the blame rest mostly on his shoulders being the producer? Isn't he the one that scaled it from 3 hours to 90 minutes? I think for her to be 60 something years old and making music is fantastic!!!! With regard to ego, yes you have to have one to be a rock star!

Anonymous said...

Why is anyone trashing anyone? Without Dave S. we likely wouldn't have seen anything like this... Chill out people! Think of it as a gift! Even if we don't have it.. yet!

And for the record, it was Stevie and her assistant (and likely Dave and his team) that took the years worth of footage that Dave and his team broke down to 3 hours and whittled it down even further to 90 minutes.

Anonymous said...

I have been a big FM and Stevie fan since 78, I was also at Sag Harbor for the IYD show, and was very pleasantly surprised by the whole production. I thought the film was quite good, not a documentary about how the album was made but the "why it was made"and what made the songs important to her. No this was not about the production, nor about the technical side of making the album but what made it special to Stevie. Why would we want to waste time on Sharon and Lori as they are only backup singers and have no part in making the album. You can listen to the album to hear the songs but the intent of album was not about how it was made but "Why". Stevie appeared very proud and happy with the finished product and I think that any real Stevie Nicks fan or FM fan will enjoy it and I hope it gets released someday for all to enjoy. By the way, I am not gay and I hate cats..

Anonymous said...

SO although I am not a huge stevie nicks fan, I do agree that she is a very talented singer and songwriter. I have been to a concert her and Rod stewart performed at together and I feel a lot of her lyrics and songs come from the heart. I do agree that a lot of Stevie Nicks fans devote to much time and effort into these blogs but they probably are not all "gay ex-publicists with bad plastic surgery and overweight cat ladies with overfull litter boxes." So yes, Stevie Nicks is not God and she can be critized just like every other human being because no one is perfect and everyone has a chance to voice their own opinion. So let's not trash eachother and waste time arguing over a stupid blog. A blog should be used to discuss not to attack one another. All in all I agree the movie should come to DVD so all of her fans have a chance to expierence it, just because its in stores does not mean you have to buy it.

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