Saturday, May 31, 2014

Sneak Peek: Final overdub session with Stevie and Dave "Starshine Oh, you used to be silver"

Wow!... I'm so stoked for this...

Oh, you used to be silver
Loveline, love affair
Well, you used to make me shiver"

UK TV: Sky Arts June 7-11 Filled With Stevie Nicks | Lindsey Buckingham | Fleetwood Mac

SATURDAY, 7th JUNE - Sky Arts 1

5:10 pm - Discovering: Fleetwood Mac 
5:40 pm - Talks Music: Lindsey Buckingham
  6:40 pm - Soundstage Presents Stevie Nicks
  7:40 pm - Classic Albums: Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
  9:00 pm - Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston
10:00 pm - Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston
11:20 pm - Soundstage: Soundstage Presents Stevie Nicks

SUNDAY, 8th JUNE - Sky Arts 1
12:20 am - Video Killed the Radio Star: Fleetwood Mac
12:50 am - Classic Albums: Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
2:10 am - Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston
3:10 am - Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston
8:00 am - Discovering: Fleetwood Mac
8:30 am - Soundstage Presents Stevie Nicks
9:30 am - Talks Music: Lindsey Buckingham

TUESDAY 10th JUNE - Sky Arts 1
1:40 pm - Classic Albums: Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
3:00 pm - Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston
4:00 pm - Fleetwood Mac: Live in Boston

WEDNESDAY 11th JUNE - Sky Arts 1
2:30 pm - Soundstage Presents Stevie Nicks
3:30 pm -Talks Music: Lindsey Buckingham

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Listen to... Absolute Radio Icons with Stevie Nicks

On Absolute Radio 70's, the Fleetwood Mac legend hosts her own show and tells the stories behind the songs!  This is a re-broadcast from a show that originally aired last year in the UK. If you missed it then, it's scheduled to be re-broadcast in the UK on June 15th at 7:00pm.  Or you can listen to the show now below.

Q&A: Dave Haywood of Lady Antebellum - on working with Stevie Nicks

During a conversation on a recent break from the tour, Lady Antebellum’s Dave Haywood talked with about working with Stevie Nicks

This is the section of the Q&A where he's asked about working with Stevie. The full Q&A can be found at

Lady Antebellum performed “Rhiannon” with Stevie Nicks at the ACM awards last month. Who chose that song?
Kind of the both of us. We did (the CMT show) “Crossroads” with Stevie about a year ago, and it was honestly the best experience for us as a band. It was the No. 1 highlight for us, to sit with her and work with her. We did “Rhiannon” on that show, and they had asked us to try and come up with a collaboration to do something with her again. We had a blast doing that.

She has been honestly so genuinely nice. She has invested so much time into our music and to us, spending time practicing and rehearsing. She’s just an unbelievable individual. You sit with her long enough and she’ll start telling old rock ‘n’ roll stories. And it’s the real stuff.

To say that playing with Stevie Nicks is the No. 1 highlight for you as a band is high praise.
My dream has always been not just to meet someone you’ve been a fan of, but to have the opportunity to work with them.

We went into the “Crossroads” experience not sure how that would go, if she would be cold or standoffish, or if it was going to be awkward. We showed up, and immediately she gave us all a big hug and started asking us about us, and how we started as a band, and how we write. She was so invested in our music. She started naming all these album cuts from our debut record and second record.

She was like, “We need to do ‘Cold as Stone’ from your second record,’ and I was like, “Who even knows that song?”

(Well I now know the song thanks to this collaboration... and I love it!  It's a great song)

For more on the Cross Roads collaboration between Stevie and Lady Antebellum, check out this page for more photos and videos from the show including bonus cuts.

"We have to find our own inner Linda" - Stevie Nicks

Linda Ronstadt Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 
"I think that all of us girl singers that started out after Linda became very famous, in a way, wanted to be her and wanted to sound like her, and then we had to say 'we can't,' so we have to find our own inner Linda," noted Hall of Fame Inductee Stevie Nicks backstage at the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in NYC. Ronstadt's indisputable gift and mastery of disparate musical styles -- she is the only artist to win a Grammy Award in the categories of pop, country, Mexican American and Tropical Latin -- reflects her approach to singing: she was always looking for the best song, regardless of category. Those songs resonate as powerfully today as they did then, a fact underscored by the once-in-a-lifetime medley of her songs performed by Nicks, Sheryl Crow, Glenn Frey, Emmylou Harris and Carrie Underwood. "I mean she really is the kind of person that I feel like we all strive for our careers to be like," said Underwood.

These clips with Stevie Nicks, Carrie Underwood and Glenn Frey backstage at the Ceremony reveal the impact Linda Ronstadt's music had on some of the most-celebrated artists of the past 40 years.

Source: Huffington Post

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony that took place on April 10th at Barclays Center in New York City will air on May 31st at 8:00pm.  Hopefully during Linda Ronstadt's induction, the program airs Stevie singing "It's So Easy" along with each of the other ladies in her group celebrating Linda. There's a clip of them together below singing "When Will I Be Loved"... and they sound amazing together!!

Sneak Peek.... "When Will I Be Loved" from The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony airing May 31st on HBO at 8:00pm

The 20 Best Fleetwood Mac Songs of All Time via @pastemagazine

By Holly Gleason
May 29, 2014

The 20 Best Fleetwood Mac Songs of All Time
Fleetwood Mac embodied the high gloss, tube-topped reality of the late ’70s like few others. Equal parts British blues rockers, folkie bohemians and thick South California soft-pop harmonies, they crafted a songbook rife with strife, long on eroticism and charged by the cocaine-fueled reality of the era. Post-disco, it was the illusion of earthy, mystical post-hippie magic, the return of electric guitars and rhythm sections that echoed.

Ironically, it was the merger of two Northern California dreamers—Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks—that provided the solid rhythm section of Britain’s ferocious Mick Fleetwood on drums, velvety vocalist/B-3/pianist Christine McVie and melody-driven bassist John McVie the catalyst for superstardom. Aggressive playing, pop-inflected melodies and sexual frisson ignited rock that was palatable in the malls as well as back rooms, yet some of pre-Buckingham/Nicks songs remain pivotal in the catalogue.

And what a catalogue! The self-titled “white album” lead to the 45-million selling Rumours—inescapable for a period of almost three years. They followed with the progressive, challenging two-record set Tusk, the more conventional Tango in the Night and Mirage. When Bill Clinton made his ran at the White House, it was “Don’t Stop” that fired up his team; for his Inauguration, the band reunited to play.

Here are the 20 best songs from Fleetwood Mac:  Click through to Paste Magazine, see if you agree.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Big Ticket Weekend: WIN Fleetwood Mac Tickets to the Nov 20th Tacoma Show

It’s official! After a 16-year absence, Christine McVie will be re-joining Fleetwood Mac band mates Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks as they launch the On With The Show Tour. Exclusively promoted by Live Nation, the tour will kick off on Tuesday, September 30 and the reunited band will perform 34 shows in 33 cities across North America. Christine has not toured with the band since 1998’s The Dance Tour….now is your chance to win tickets to the November 20 show at the Tacoma Dome!

Starting at 3pm Friday May 29th through Sunday June 1st text to win your Fleetwood Mac tickets…

Text BIG to 96750 to enter to win! 

For alternative means of entry click HERE

Contest by 96.5 JackFM

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Top 25 Live Artists Since 1990 >> Fleetwood Mac / Stevie Nicks at No.24

More than a dozen of the most in-demand headlining tours this summer testify to a refusal to burn out or fade
away, including The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac, Kiss/Def Leppard, Journey/Steve Miller Band, Billy Joel, Tom Petty, Elton John, The Eagles, Aerosmith, Motley Crue/Alice Cooper, Cher and Prince.

For nearly 25 years, acts that first broke in the 1970s or early '80s have dominated the Billboard Boxscore year-end charts. The list of the 25 highest-grossing touring artists from 1990 through 2014 includes just three acts that released their first albums in the '90s - Dave Matthews Band and Toby Keith (both of whom released debut albums in 1993), and Kenny Chesney (who debuted in 1994). Only one act that broke through in this century makes the list: Coldplay (which released its first album in 2000). Among the top 10 earners since 1990, the average age of vocalists - upon whom touring takes the hardest toll - is 56-and-a-half, and not one is younger than 46.

Meanwhile, the old guys aren't ready to pass the baton just yet. The road offers lucrative income when other revenue streams dry up, and the sweat equity they earned through relentless touring when they were young hitmakers continues to pay dividends at the box office, as original fans (many now blessed with sizable discretionary income) return again and again and new generations turn out to hear classic songs.

Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks make the list... their boxscore numbers combined for both band and solo touring.

24. Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks
Gross: $349,906,931
Attendance: 4,906,995
Shows: 483

Continue to the full article at Billboard along with the stats for the Top 25.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Some great news on Mick's New book... #FleetwoodMac

Author Anthony Bozza began working with Mick in April, 2013 compiling his life story for a book tentatively titled "Play On". The release date hasn't been determined yet, but according to Anthony's Twitter post today, things are progressing nicely and it won't be long now until we can pre-order.  For more info on the book check out these posts

The Essential Stevie Nicks: Ranking Her 66 Greatest Songs “Don’t listen to her … listen through her.”

Stevie Nicks is the undisputed Goddess Of Rock, and has influenced a generation of female artists with her style, her music, and the fact that she’s a survivor.

For forty years, she’s seen firsthand the ups and downs of the rock star life, and she’s managed to emerge and thrive, and is more respected and beloved now more than ever.

Today is her 66th birthday, so let’s attempt the impossible. Let’s rank her 66 greatest songs, both solo and with Fleetwood Mac. If you don’t agree with the rankings, well, tomorrow they might be totally different, but this is a good place to start to begin your Essential Stevie Collection.

Click through to The Backlot for the 66!

Happy Birthday Stevie! Visit Stevie's official website to send a Birthday Greeting

Happy Birthday Stevie Nicks
Wishing you a lovely day, not just today, because it's your birthday, but every day! Thank you for the music.

Visit Stevie's official website The Nicks Fix and send her a Birthday Greeting.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Mick Fleetwood column: Talking Drums (via @daily_express) #FleetwoodMac

Mick Fleetwood Goes His Own Way: Talking Drums: Part One 
WHY we are all dancing to the beat of the drum 
By: Mick Fleetwood
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Full article at Sunday Express

Friday, May 23, 2014

Fleetwood Mac for Glasto! "If Michael Eavis provides the wellies I'll be there." Christine McVie

Fleetwood Mac have opened the door to headlining Glastonbury Festival next year.

The Anglo-American supergroup had been rumoured for this summer.

But after nabbing her Lifetime Achievement gong, returning member Christine McVie, 70,  told me: "If Michael Eavis provides the wellies I'll be there."

She added: "We are making new music right now. It's half done, then the world tour starts in September."

James Cabooter's Playlist
Daily Star - May 23, 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Christine McVie Presented With Prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award

Fleetwood Mac star honoured at awards
By Tim Masters
Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

Photos Mark Allan
Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie has been honoured with a lifetime achievement at this year's Ivor Novello songwriting awards which took place today (May 22, 2014) in London at The Grosvenor House Hotel.

McVie played with Fleetwood Mac for 28 years and wrote some of their most famous songs, including Don't Stop and Little Lies.

The annual awards, now in their 59th year, are voted for by songwriters.

Picking up her award, McVie confirmed she had rejoined Fleetwood Mac after a 15-year absence and would join them on a world tour.

The 70-year- old was presented with the tribute by 12-time Ivor winner Sir Tim Rice, who said: “She lives her songs, she has been through it all and she oozes class and style. Christine, whatever you’re doing, don’t stop.”

“I can announce that I have rejoined Fleetwood Mac. We are in the process of recording another album which should be out next year and we will tour Europe.” she added.

Congratulations Christine!!

Arrival Photo: Christine McVie attending the Ivor Novello Awards in London May 22nd

Photo: Eamonn M. McCormack
CHRISTINE MCVIE Presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Ivor Novello Awards.

Christine McVie attended the Ivor Novello Awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London - May 22, 2014 where she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Tim Rice.

Also, Christines was interviewed yesterday by Darren Haynes for "The Works" a magazine published by BASCA which presents the Ivor Awards Presentation.  You may recall last month submitting questions for Darren to ask Christine regarding her songwriting etc. He said, and I quote "she was absolutely brilliant".  The interview should be published next month. Will advise when it's available. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Dave Mason on his short 2 year stint in Fleetwood Mac

Dave Mason Interview with Technology Tell
by Howard Whitman
Time Era Fleetwood Mac 1995
John McVie, Becka Bramlett, Mick Fleetwood, Dave Mason
Christine McVie and Billy Burnette

“Feeling alright? I’m not feeling too good myself …”

Many a musical jam has cooked along to those words, and the absolutely classic song that goes with them. That’s the work of Dave Mason, the legendary English guitarist / singer / songwriter who began his professional career with the band Traffic in 1966 but went on to a successful solo career in the 1970s.

In 2014, Mason is looking back on his Traffic and solo days with his Traffic Jam tour—as well as looking forward with a new CD, Future’s Past.

When we spoke to Mason (who was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Traffic in 2004), he was resting up after his first swing of Traffic Jam shows, and prepping for the release of the new album (funded in part by his fans online).

In the following interview, Mason discusses these projects, as well as his celebrity-created album art, future plans, his feelings on new tech, and his little-known stint as a member of Fleetwood Mac.

(excerpt of the full interview)

Whitman: One interesting chapter in your history that I haven’t heard much about and was curious about was … you were in Fleetwood Mac for a time?

Mason: For two years.

Whitman: How did that come about, and how was that experience for you?

Mason: Well, they weren't together. Mick was calling me one day and said, “Hey man, can we meet? want to talk to you about something.” He asked me, would I be interested in being part of reforming Fleetwood Mac? It was in a period where I was still working solo but I was free enough to say, “Well yeah, OK. Let’s give it a shot.” And we did an album called Time (1995), which unfortunately never really got promoted by Warner Bros. at all, they let it sort of die. And it lasted two years and it was over. They went back to the original lineup … well, not the original lineup.

Whitman: But the one everybody knows (with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham). Not the Peter Green version.

Mason: No.

Whitman: But I thought it was very cool when you were in the band, what you brought to it was very interesting.

Mason: Well, yeah. It had the potential to be there. It was a little hard, because Christine (McVie) did the album, but she wouldn't go on the road, so it was like “OK.” And you’ve got three or four different managers, everybody’s got a manager … that part was a little [difficult]. But otherwise, we did some touring, we went to Europe—and it was fun while it lasted, but it just sort of ended very abruptly.

New Interview | New Photo: Fleetwood Mac's New Music Will Override 40 Years Of Gossip

by Jessica Goodman
Huffington Post

The most interesting narrative of Fleetwood Mac -- one every music writer hopes to chronicle and every fan dreams about when reading between the lines of "Rumours" -- involves romance and adultery. The stories behind lyrics of heartbreak and betrayal and love and acceptance are well-documented, but in recent interviews with Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie, the bandmates assert that the past is just that.

Fleetwood Mac released its best-selling album "Rumours" 40 years ago; Christine McVie left the band 16 years ago. Now, the original five members have reunited for an album and an international tour, "On With The Show."

"It’s been the most profound experience of my entire life," Christine McVie said of returning to the group in an interview with HuffPost Entertainment. "The chemistry between the band is stronger than it ever was." 

In March of this year, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie joined Buckingham and Christine McVie at Studio D in the Village Recorder in Los Angeles, where they made 1979's "Tusk." (Nicks was unable to be there due to prior scheduling conflicts, Buckingham and McVie said.) They laid the groundwork for eight tracks, mostly written by Christine McVie and began to reestablish the legacy and future of Fleetwood Mac.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

"The Harmonica Killer" Filmed During Fleetwood Mac Tusk Sessions at Village Recorder Studios

I've never seen this before... What a little treasure! Thanks Richard for posting it!

From Richard Dashut:

"Many moons ago I had posted on YouTube by an old and great friend of mine Kevin Moran, a video we shot while recording the album Tusk at the Village Recorder in 1980. During some down time while Ken was dealing with some broken equipment, Mick, Lindsey, Myself and with some help from Raymond Lindsey, (Lindsey's guitar tech at the time) decided to make a horror movie to stay creatively engaged. Up stairs from the studio was the Transcendental Meditation Center for the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, (hope I got that right), which used to be an old theatre complete with seats and when empty was a bit creepy. Perfect setting for a horror movie, right? Well with Lindsey (Buckingham) as director, Mick as the monster and myself as a truly bad actor, (I really suck) we went at it without even a hint of a script. What you will bear witness to is called The Harmonica Killer. My sincere apologies if this attempt at humor offends any one in anyway. PC wasn't a top priority back in 80 but I think will get by. Anyway, why do you think they call it dope, right? So as long as it is still up there, if you have a few minutes to spare, just punch up The Harmonica Killer, Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac on YouTube and feel free to comment on just how bad a short movie (edited in camera, on the fly) this really is. Enjoy, with luv and laughter......r"

The Harmonica Killer
Starring Richard Dashut (self) & Mick Fleetwood (harmonica killer). Written, Directed, and Filmed by Lindsey Buckingham.

While cleaning out Dashut's storage unit one hot day in vegas, i found this dvd labeled "fleetwood mac -tusk 1980 - "The Harmonica Killer" in an old box with a bunch of cassettes in it. Turns out to be a "horror movie" they filmed while a tape machine was being fixed and they had the day to mess about.

ON TV: Fleetwood Mac | Stevie Nicks UK, US Behind The Music, Rock Hall Marathon

UK TV: Behind The Music: Fleetwood Mac 
Sky Arts 1 - Wednesday, May 21, 2014 5:00pm

Concert Marathon on AXS TV
Memorial Day Monday, May 26th
Celebrate the past and present of the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame with AXS TV

Fleetwood Mac, Live in Boston
Monday, May 26th at 10:35 ET|7:30 PT

Tom Petty, Live from Gatorville (Feat. Stevie Nicks)
Tuesday, May 27th 1:55a ET|10:55p PT

2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 8pm/7c on HBO
Linda Ronstadt - Inductee
Stevie Nicks performed in a musical tribute to Linda Ronstadt Thursday, April 10th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY along with Bonnie Raitt, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris and Sheryl Crow.

Glenn Frey inducted Linda and also sang with the girls.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Hey if you are in #Maui May 29th / 30th Mick Fleetwood is performing with Rick Vito

King Paris featuring Rick Vito and Mick Fleetwood will be performing on May 29th and May 30th at Fleetwood's on Front St. located in Lahaina. Mick's Maui restaurant

- Pre-fix Dinner & show at 6:00pm $99
- Show Only $20 pre-sale. $25 at the door.

Show begins at 8pm

Tickets available at Fleetwood's on Front St.

Chart Updates: Fleetwood Mac

Very little happening that's exciting with the usual albums on the usual charts... in fact, things are slowing down... But give it a few months and as soon as Fleetwood Mac head back out on the road, the usual albums, Rumours, Greatest Hits and The Very Best Of will be back on the charts.

CANADA - Chart date May 11, 2014
# 34 (36) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
# 132 (100) Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits

IRELAND - Chart date May 15, 2014
# 66 (67)  Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

UK - Chart date May 24, 2014
#22 (25) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

AUSTRALIA - Chart date May 19, 2014
# 78 (70) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

#  8 (6)   Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

# 18 (18) Sound City - Real To Reel (features Lindsey, Stevie and Mick)

Friday, May 16, 2014

New Photos... Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie has Officially Joined Facebook!

Christine McVie has officially joined Facebook... 
'Like' her new page HERE. and Check out these hot new photos!  She looks wonderful!!
Fleetwood Mac's official facebook page made the announcement this morning.

Photos: Danny Clinch

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Fleetwood Mac singer re-records obscurities from her own catalog she found on YouTube for new LP

Stevie Nicks' Upcoming Album Was Inspired By YouTube

By Andy Greene
May 15, 2014

Many artists lament the fact that YouTube is filled with bootlegs of their unreleased music, but for Stevie Nicks,  this proved to be a tremendous gift. Her entire upcoming album - tentatively titled 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault - consists of newly recorded versions of obscurities she found on the song/video-sharing website, according to Billboard. The disc, produced by Dave Stewart, guitarist Waddy Wachtel and Nicks herself, is slated to hit shelves in October.

Full article at Rollingstone

Stevie Nicks "I'm a songwriter first" gives riveting life-lesson through song

BMI Icon Stevie Nicks Leads Star Studded Pop Awards
Huffington Post
by Charles Karel Bouley

One of the top performance right's agencies in the country BMI Music has added a name to the prestigious list of Icons at the 67th Annual BMI Pop Awards hosted at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel May 13th, 2014. Last year's icon, the very blonde Adam Levine, was on hand, as was BMI Icon David Foster. But the spotlight of the evening was on not just a songwriting dynamo, but a person who defines legend.

"Of all the awards, I have to say, tonight is the night of my life. Because it means you noticed, you get it, that behind all of the madness and the music is a songwriter. So many times no one bothers to notice, and tonight, you have."

Photo by Michele McManmon
View Gallery at LA Weekly
How could they not? The person making the statement truly is an icon of modern day rock music, as defined by Webster's Dictionary --icon: a person or thing representative of something.

She is Stevie Nicks, who is not just an icon, but a survivor -- quite literally -- of rock music's heyday. And she is a songwriter, make no mistake about that. Hits that she penned for herself and her band, Fleetwood Mac, not only sold millions of copies worldwide, but as a woman, she helped blaze a trail for female singer/songwriters.

She gave an almost 30 minute acceptance speech, which was more like a crash course in how to be a rockstar AND hit songwriter and live; she recalled how she would shut the press down during interviews.

"If anyone would come in and start asking what it feels like to be a sexy Pop star or a sex symbol I would say 'This interview is over, because you obviously don't know who I am," she recalled. "I'm a songwriter first and foremost, yes, I'm kinda cute and can dance a little and maybe can hold an arena full of people every now and again for a few hours, but I'm a songwriter first."

And she recounted the hits, and the motivations, it became a riveting life-lesson through song.

...Message of that one, "don't break up someone's marriage. Nothing good will ever come of it"...and then there's 'Landslide,' "That was the song that was so important to me. Was I to stay writing and performing with Lindsey (Buckingham), go solo, go home? I was ready, it was time for something to change, to happen and 'Landslide' is what happened. We joined Fleetwood Mac, which was a good thing, and began a new journey."

The room sat rapt while she spoke, because it was filled with songwriters old and new. The older ones related to Nicks when she said, "The music industry is a mess right now, radio is a mess right now, but it's us, it's our mess. We can fix it and make it fun. Look, I'll be 66 years old this year, you can write songs for your entire life so if you're going to do this for another 30 yeas or so, shouldn't it be fun? We must make changes to take back music and our industry and bring the joy back to it."

And the younger ones, like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Adam Levine, Sheryl Crow or the over 50 recognized songwriters and hundreds of publishers in attendance to receive recognition for writing the hits of the year published and administered through BMI Music all sat knowing something special was going on on stage.

Full article at Huffington Post

Stevie Nicks accepted her Icon Award at last night's BMI Pop Awards in Beverly Hills with a 35 minute spoken and sung speech.

It followed the course of her life from the first time she tried to write a song at age six, through joining, leaving and rejoining Fleetwood Mac, up to the present.

Among its many topics: the bad effects of drugs and of stealing other people's husbands.

The performance rights society's annual event honors its top writers of the past year, in front of an audience of mainly artists, songwriters and music publishers.

Nicks took the stage and prepared them all for what was to come: "This is going to take a minute, so you might as well get comfortable...I expect for you to not leave, because I've spent two nights crying over this entire thing."

Just prior to receiving her Icon Award, Nicks received a four song tribute:
  • Vanessa Carlton sang "Dreams"
  • Lady Antebellum sang "Rhiannon"
  • Shakira sang "Landslide"
  • Adam Levine and Sheryl Crow duetted on "Leather and Lace"
Portion of Stevie's Acceptance Speech
Stevie Nicks Interviewed at the 2014 BMI Pop Awards

Combination of Red Carpet, Tribute Performance clips and Stevie speaking about her new album
More Articles:
Stevie Nicks Honored by Adam Levine, Shakira, Sheryl Crow at BMI Pop Awards
Stevie Nicks Takes Home BMI Icon Award
Hollywood Reporter
Video Interview: Stevie Nicks talks music influences at the BMI Pop Awards

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Liz Rosenberg, says Stevie Nicks hopes to release newly recorded songs from the vault in October

NEW Album Tentatively Titled "24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault"
Photo: Kevork Djansezian

It's proving to be a very busy year for the legendary Stevie Nicks. Not only is she about to head out on tour with a reunited Fleetwood Mac, but she's also in the midst of finishing up her own new solo album.

Tentatively titled "24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault," Nicks' forthcoming collection includes lost and stray tracks that she's written and recorded through the years, but never made it onto an album. The selections for "24 Karat Gold" were all newly recorded, and co-produced by Nicks, Dave Stewart and Waddy Wachtel.

Nicks' publicist, Liz Rosenberg, says that Nicks hopes to release the album in October on Reprise/Warner Bros. Records. She recently recorded the "24 Karat" tunes in Nashville, and will continue working on the album in Los Angeles.

(The album title presumably refers to Nicks’ song “24 Karat Gold,” which is widely available on YouTube as a bootleg.)

Nicks says that she just recorded “18 tracks in three weeks” for the album — saying that it’s the “fastest I have ever recorded.”

She made those comments last night during her acceptance speech at the BMI Pop Awards in Los Angeles, where she was honored with the BMI Icon award for her songwriting achievements. Nicks has written or co-written many of her solo hit singles, including “Edge of Seventeen (Just Like the White Winged Dove)” and “Stand Back.” As part of the band Fleetwood Mac, Nicks wrote or co-wrote such favorites as “Landslide,” “Rhiannon” and the No. 1 the Billboard Hot 100 hit “Dreams.”

“We went onto YouTube and we found all the songs that, somehow, were taken from my house or picked up or loaned out or whatever … and we went to Nashville (and recorded them),” Nicks told the Associated Press. “So they’re like all starting from like 1969 maybe? I call them my 24 karat gold songs.”

There’s no word on if “24 Karat Gold” will feature any special guests, however, with Nicks having been in a collaborative mood lately, one never knows who might turn up on the set. Recently, Nicks performed with Lady Antebellum on the Academy of Country Music Awards (April 6) and on “CMT Crossroads” (Sept. 13, 2013), as well as with Dave Grohl on the “Sound City” soundtrack (2013).

“24 Karat Gold” follows Nicks’ last studio effort, 2011’s “In Your Dreams,” which was also co-produced by Stewart. It debuted and peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart and has sold 199,000 in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. 

Fleetwood Mac, meanwhile, is also working on new music and will kick off a concert tour starting Sept. 30 in Minneapolis. It will be the band’s first trek with singer/songwriter Christine McVie since The Dance Tour in 1997.

Source Billboard

This is crazy exciting!!... She's got so many great songs that have never been officially released... I'm really interested to see which ones were chosen.  Obviously, 24 Karat Gold is one of them. She apparently recorded 17-18 tracks in Nashville. We have a lot to look forward too... and a lot of great stories I'm sure will be revealed as to what inspired the song.

Fitting title too... Stevie's been wearing a lot of 24 Karat Gold the last couple of years!

Video: Stars Pay Tribute to Stevie Nicks at BMI Pop Awards Plus Stevie's Acceptance Speech

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Legendary singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks received the BMI Icon Award in recognition of her unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers. As the 2014 BMI Icon Award recipient, Nicks joins an elite list of past honorees that includes Paul Simon, Carole King, David Foster, John Fogerty, Kris Kristofferson, the Jacksons, Carlos Santana, Dolly Parton and others.

"This is one of the best nights of my life," Nicks said upon accepting her award, going on to poignantly capture the craft for which she was honored, "We are reporters – we songwriters write songs about life, not just love." Nicks added, "I want to thank Del. This is so important to me. To all of you here, all of you songwriters and artists, I wrote my first song when I was 15 1/2 and this is what you have to look forward to if you really want to do this. Go for it, be determined, don't let anyone get in your way … Bring the fun back!"

The night included a special star-studded musical tribute to Nicks, featuring Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, the incomparable Sheryl Crow, country music trio Lady Antebellum, piano-playing chanteuse Vanessa Carlton and the multi-talented Shakira. Levine and Crow combined their breathtaking talent to deliver a mesmerizing rendition of Nicks’ “Leather & Lace,” Lady Antebellum commandeered “Rhiannon,” Carlton wowed the audience with “Dreams” and Shakira serenaded with “Landslide.”

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(clip) Shakira "Landslide"

Below video contains red carpet arrivals, interviews with attendees, Musical tribute to Stevie, plus Stevie's acceptance speech

Stevie Nicks reveals upcoming new album details... 17 so-called "trunk" songs

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New BMI icon on first full Fleetwood Mac reunion in 16 years, new solo album and acting on 'American Horror Story'

Stevie Nicks/Musician, on the reunion of the full superstar configuration of Fleetwood Mac: "Well, Christine (McVie) just decided to come back. She called. We were in Europe last year at the end of the year and she called me and said, 'What would you think if I decided to come back to the band?' And I'm like, 'Well, you've convinced us over 16 years that you were never coming back. You finally, actually convinced us. So, are you kidding?' And she said, 'I'm not kidding.' And I said, 'Well, Chris, have you seen us in concert lately? Because you should see us, because it's very physical. It's almost three hours, and you have to kind of be an athlete. So, get a trainer.' And she did! She did, totally! So she's, like, rockin.' So she's very excited, and we are very excited for her. "

Steve Nicks/Musician, on reviewing her own compositions: 
"There's no fluff songs in my songs. And they all meant a lot to me and they were all written about somebody else or about me or about the world or about the country or, you know, there's no just playful no-big-deal songs."

"It's a very, very heavy thing to look back at all the things you've done, especially when that's between 15 years old and 66 years old, and, then, tomorrow, it all starts again with a whole other thing."

Stevie Nicks/Musician, on the material for her upcoming solo album:

"We went on to YouTube and we found all the songs that, somehow, were taken from my house or picked up or loaned out or whatever, and we picked up all the songs that like -- there was like 25 songs that the fans really wanted me to record, and we picked 18. And we went to Nashville and we recorded 17 songs. So they're like all starting from like 1969 maybe? I call them my 24-carat gold songs."

Stevie Nicks/Musician, on acting opposite actress Jessica Lange in "American Horror Story: 
Coven": "She's amazing. And, so, I just watched her a lot, you know? And I sang, 'Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You' to her, probably like 20 times. And she cried every time. And it was like, 'Oh my god!' It was -- the fact that Ryan (series co-creator and -producer Ryan Murphy) brought me into that was such a gift - nothing like that probably will ever happen to me like that again. 'American Horror Story: Coven'! It's like my dream, you know. (laughs.)"


Stevie Nicks thought former Fleetwood Mac bandmate Christine McVie was pulling her leg.

"She called when we were in Europe at the end of last year," explained Nicks. "And (she) said, 'What would you think if I decided to come back to the band?' And I'm like, 'Well, you've convinced us over 16 years that you were never coming back. You finally, actually convinced us. So, are you kidding?'"

She wasn't.

McVie had conquered a longtime fear of flying -- a fear so crippling that, in 1998, it forced her to retire from one of the world's busiest touring bands.

McVie spent most of the time between then and now at her mansion in rural northern England.

With McVie's return, Fleetwood Mac is finally back to its most successful configuration, also including Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and Christin's ex-husband John McVie.

Out of the gate, they produced the multi-million selling albums "Fleetwood Mac" (1975) and "Rumours" (1977) and such pop classics as "Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win)" "Say You Love Me," "Go Your Own Way" and "Dreams."

Many of Fleetwood Mac's hits were written by Nicks, who, Tuesday night, was honored with the Icon award from music-rights management group Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) for her body of work both with the band and solo, also including the songs "Landslide," "Gypsy," "Edge of Seventeen" and "Stand Back."

To prep for her acceptance speech, Nicks, 66, reviewed her own songbook.

"There's no fluff," she noted. "There's no just-playful, no-big-deal songs."

"It's a very, very heavy thing to look back on what you've done," Nicks continued. "And, then, tomorrow, it all starts again."

There's a solo album on the way, with 17 so-called "trunk" songs -- things Nicks had written and, in some cases, performed over the years that fans requested be properly recorded and put into an album. A new Fleetwood Mac album is coming, too, as well as a big Mac tour, beginning 30 September in Minneapolis.

Nicks said she warned McVie to expect a very different experience on stage, "'It's very physical. It's almost three hours. You have to kind of be an athlete, so get a trainer.' And she did! She did, totally! And she's like rockin.'"

via: The Ledge

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Photo: Stevie Nicks BMI Pop Awards Red Carpet Photos

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Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), the leading global music rights organization, to honor GRAMMY Award-winning artist Stevie Nicks.

BMI's 62nd Annual Pop Awards is a black-tie, invitation-only dinner that will present the BMI Icon Award to Stevie Nicks for her unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.

The evening will also recognize the songwriters and publishers of the past year's most-performed pop songs in the United States from BMI's repertoire of more than 8.5 million musical works. The BMI Pop Song, Songwriter and Publisher of the Year will also be named during the ceremony.

Additional invited guests include:  Adam Levine, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Lumineers, Fall Out Boy, Florida Georgia Line, Sheryl Crow, Shakira, Mac Miller, Skylar Grey, Vanessa Carlton, Andy Grammer, Paul Doucette, Lady Antebellum, Jeff Bahsker, Alex Da Kid, Rodney Jerkins, Bonnie McKee, Busbee, Claude Kelley, Brenda Russell, Noel Zancanella, Nathaniel Motte and more hit-making scribes.

Beverly Wilshire Hotel: Arrivals begin at 6:30 p.m.; awards begin at approximately 9 p.m.

Above Photos: BMI and Photo: Frazer Harrison
Photo: Frazer Harrison

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Above Photos: (Right) Andrea Seikaly (Left) BMI

 Above: the musical tribute to Stevie included Sheryl Crow and Adam Levine singing Leather and Lace, Vanessa Carlton singing Dreams and Shakira singing Leather and Lace.

The Band featured: Waddy Wachtel, Jimmy Paxson on drums, Brett Tuggle on keyboards, Sharon Celani and Lori Nicks on backup vocals.

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