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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

"From our Tribe to yours"... Stevie Nicks letter to her Brisbane fans

Letter provided by Rodney Ward
My Dearest Friends,

I am so so excited for you to see my little film.  It is, to say the least, the diamond in my very long career.  To be able to invite you into my house for a year never seemed to be very possible but as the days flew by, that is exactly what happened. We started in Feb. 2010 and finished in Feb. 2011.  Moments like this just don't come along very often (if ever) so I feel very lucky that the harmonic convergence of the stars happened for Dave and I and all the crazy people who were involved.  I hope you love it as much as we do.

From our Tribe to yours

Stevie Nicks & Dave Stewart

This letter from Stevie and Dave was given to everyone attending the In Your Dreams film premiere in Brisbane tonight (Nov 13th).  Stevie was initially scheduled to attend the premiere which was to include a Q&A but with circumstances surrounding the cancelled Fleetwood Mac AU/NZ tour, she had to cancel.

In Your Dreams screens again in Brisbane on November 15th. Buy Tickets

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

"she offered and we were thrilled" Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks on Christine McVie's Return To The Stage

"I think she's going to come and do the last two shows in London,"

Fleetwood Mac have opened up about their upcoming reunion with former keyboardist Christine McVie at their upcoming London shows.

"I think she's going to come and do the last two shows in London," said drummer Mick Fleetwood. "It's going to be great - Christine's music is so much part of Fleetwood Mac. She's been gone now for many, many years and she's like my sister.

"We're going to make her feel comfortable and have fun and I think people will love it. She's always honoured by the nature of her songs and the depth of that. When she decided to leave 14 or 16 years ago, we were sad and thought that maybe she'd come back, but she made that choice." 
He continued: "A lot of people are saying 'is she going to come back?' and the answer to that is that she would be welcome, but that would be her choice. We will see. At some point we're going to knock it on the head, I'm not sure when, but in that context it would be something that would be entertained." 
Frontwoman Stevie Nicks added: "She's coming to do two nights here and probably do 'Don't Stop'. I'm not sure, but she's coming to Dublin to rehearse whatever song she's going to do. We never wanted her to leave, so for us it's amazing that she is going to come."
by Andrew Trendell 

Stevie Nicks 'thrilled' by Christine McVie's Fleetwood Mac London return
Stevie Nicks has told Digital Spy that Fleetwood Mac are "thrilled" Christine McVie will rejoin the band for a special appearance in London.
McVie, who last performed with Fleetwood Mac in 1998, will rehearse with the band in Ireland this week. She is tipped to appear at two shows in the capital later this month.
Nicks told DS at the UK premiere of documentary Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams that McVie had approached Fleetwood Mac about joining up with them again, explaining: "Well, she said she'd do it. She did not say she would do it on the last two tours.

"So, she offered and we were thrilled, and it's great to have her back and to do a song. She's been very, very missed, so even to have her back for a little while is going to be good.

"And it will be good to see her, I mean, we never see her, you know? We're all so far away. I mean, London to California is far. So it's really great that she's decided to hang out with us for a little bit."
McVie and Mick Fleetwood joined Nicks at the Curzon cinema in Mayfair on Monday night (September 16) for a screening of In Your Dreams, which was directed and produced by Nicks and Dave Stewart.
By Kate Goodacre
Digital Spy

Monday, September 16, 2013

First Public Photos of Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks Together in 15 Years! Amazing!

Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams - Screening and Q&A
Curzon Mayfair, London - September 16, 2013
Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, Dave Stewart and Stevie Nicks Arrivals

 Christine looks awesome!!... So excited for everyone in the UK!
Pictures by Chris Joseph Image Collect and Contact Music

The After Party was held at The Arts Club

More Photos on Facebook

Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart agree to host special shows on Absolute Radio + WIN Fleetwood Mac Tix

Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart will both be part of Absolute Radio's fifth birthday celebrations after agreeing to host special shows.

The two will present an edition each of Absolute Radio Icons, a brand new mini series launching on September 23 and going out at 11pm from Monday to Thursday that week in which a different star will host each night. Fleetwood Mac star Nicks will kick off the series next Monday (September 23), while Arctic Monkeys will present next Tuesday (24), Kings Of Leon on the Wednesday (25) and Dave Stewart on the Thursday (26).

In the cases of the Nicks and Stewart episodes, the programmes will also go out on their respective nights at 8pm on Absolute's Absolute Classic Rock digital station. Nicks will talk about her new documentary In Your Dreams made with Stewart, her work with Fleetwood Mac, including their current world tour, and her solo work. Stewart's show will include him discussing his new album Lucky Numbers, which is due out in October, and him writing Ghost the Musical plus his work on Nicks' film.

Other specials taking place to mark five years since Virgin Radio became Absolute Radio include Primal Scream playing the Hard Rock Cafe this coming Thursday (September 19) and a broadcast at 9pm next Sunday (September 22) of Kings Of Leon playing at The NIA in Birmingham. This was recorded exclusively just after the station's launch in 2008.

Music Week

Win Fleetwood Mac tickets
In anticipation of the upcoming Absolute Radio Icons show with Stevie Nicks, Absolute Radio is giving away tickets to the highly anticipated return of the unstoppable Fleetwood Mac. John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks are back in the UK for a run of live shows and you could win a pair to the sold out show at Manchester Arena on Tuesday, 1st October.

More details at Absolute Radio

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Absolute Radio Icons: Dave Stewart Takes Over The Show Thursday Sept 26th #StevieNicks

Absolute Radio Icons: Dave Stewart

Dave Stewart will host a takeover show as part of the series of Absolute Radio Icons, and will talk about his new album Lucky Numbers, writing the music for Ghost the Musical and his experiences working with Steve Nicks on their new documentary.

Event details
When: 11.00pm on Thursday, 26 September 2013
Until: 11.59pm on Thursday, 26 September 2013
Where: on Absolute Radio

Check out his new single "Every Single Night" on iTunes

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams Screening in Gloucester, MA Sept 12th

Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams
(with a live Stevie tribute set by Brian King of Mr. Fox and Friends)
Go behind the scenes of the Fleetwood Mac singer’s latest album (which was produced by Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart) and also enjoy a live Stevie tribute by Mr. Fox’s Brian King and Friends.
Thursday, September 12th at 8:00pm
Cape Ann community Cinema - 21 Main Street
Gloucester, MA

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Stevie Nicks ‘In Your Dreams’ UK Premiere Sep 16th Curzon Mayfair London w/ Q&A - DVD in November

Stevie Nicks movie to Premier ahead of tour
Get To The Front
Entertainment Focus

Stevie Nicks will be joined by Fleetwood Mac members Christine McVie and Mick Fleetwood for the premiere of her new documentary In Your Dreams.

Taking place at the Curzon Mayfair, London on Monday 16th September, Nicks will also be joined by Dave Stewart who collaborated with her on the documentary. 

Stevie will attend a photocall at 6.15pm for the red carpet event, followed by interviews, before joining fans and guests for the premiere at 7.30pm. The film will be introduced by journalist Craig MacLean who will host a Q&A session with Stevie before the film begins.

Ticket information not yet available.

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac teamed up with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame to create her 2011 album “In your dreams”. Now just ahead of Fleetwood Mac’s UK tour there will be a UK premier of the behind the scenes footage of that process with the film of the same name.

Co-produced and co-directed by Dave Stewart, “In Your Dreams shows the up close and personal musical journey that the two artists embarked on in Nicks’ Los Angeles home as they wrote and recorded an album during what Nicks called “the greatest year of my life”. Nicks felt compelled to share the joyful experience with her fans on what she termed “the day the circus came to town”. The record was co-written by Nicks and Stewart and produced by Stewart and Glen Ballard.

A multi Grammy Award winning artist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Nicks allowed cameras inside her magical old mansion high atop the hills of LA with a wild cast of musicians and friends. The inner life of the legendary Nicks has by her design long been kept at a distance from the public. We learn in “Dreams” that her world features costume parties, elaborate dinner feasts, tap dancing, fantasy creations and revealing song writing and recording sessions all of which are captured on film. There are cameos by Edgar Allan Poe, Mick Fleetwood, Reese Witherspoon, a massive white stallion in the backyard, owls and naturally a few vampires who appear in several “home movie” style music videos.

In addition to the story of the Nicks / Stewart creative partnership, “In Your Dreams” has plenty of other cinematic payoffs including rare never before seen personal scrapbook stills from Nicks’ childhood and family life and a wealth of candid backstage and performance shots taken over the last 35 years. The documentary was produced by Dave Stewart’s production company, Weapons of Mass Entertainment.

“This is our baby and we give her lovingly into your dreams. From our tribe to yours,” said Nicks.

“She is really real. It doesn’t matter if she is singing in the make-up room or in the middle of a TV interview. She is who she is, and she doesn’t change.” commented Stewart.

‘In Your Dreams’ will be released on DVD and VOD in November. Take a look at the trailer.

Visit the movie website:

Monday, August 12, 2013


Dave Stewart posted a message on Facebook which suggests that STEVIE NICKS: IN YOUR DREAMS will finally have it's premiere in London, UK in September!

Great news for everyone in the UK that's been waiting and wanting to see the flick!

I'm not sure whether this is a theatre premiere and just in London or if it's a TV premiere and across the UK, or if it's just being made available digitally to buy. In any case, it looks like it'll be available in September. Wouldn't it be exciting if Stevie and Dave did similar Q&A's at a few screenings in the UK like they did in the U.S. and Canada?

Also, this film could very well be following Stevie and Dave around while they both tour Europe this fall. Dave's in Germany and Switzerland in October playing live to promote his new album "Lucky Number" and Fleetwood Mac are there for dates as well and they aren't too far off from one another.

More info will follow I'm sure.

Currently the documentary is available only in the U.S. and Canada via direct download from Stevie and Dave's site at $9.99 In Your Dreams Movie Website (Includes 2 Bonus Scenes), or through Amazon and the various cable providers via On Demand.  You can grab the film at iTunes as well.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart Film "In Your Dreams" Out Now

Eurythmics' Dave Stewart Talks His New Film With Stevie Nicks
By Nathan Reese

Over their respective careers, Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart have accomplished more than just about anyone else in rock 'n' roll. Nicks, as both a solo artist and a driving force behind Fleetwood Mac, continues to captivate audiences young and not so young (including much of the Refinery29 staff), while Stewart's work with the Eurythmics, as well as his career as a producer and activist, has kept him in the limelight for more than three decades. Considering their histories, when we heard that Stewart would be working with Nicks on her latest solo album, we were more than a little bit excited. What we didn't know is that Stewart and Nicks had decided to film the whole process. 

The result is In Your Dreams, a documentary that serves as a time capsule for the months the two spent writing and recording the 2011 album of the same name in Nicks' beautiful California home. The film shows what it's like to have two icons (and friends) throwing ideas back and forth, arguing about creative decisions and shaping the sound of the record. Along the way, there are guest appearances by Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and Reese Witherspoon, who helped contribute to the album. We caught up with Stewart to talk about working with Nicks, recording the album, and staying inspired. If you're interested, you can purchase the film from iTunes here. 

Was it hard to get used to the constant presence of the cameras during the recording process? 
"No, not once I'd established how omnipresent they were. And also nowadays, there are these great, very small cameras. Sometimes we'd set up cameras on tripods, and they'd capture hours of unusable stuff, but then you'd capture magic moments." 

Was there any moment in particular that you were amazed you had captured? 
"There were loads, actually. I loved watching how spot on and focused Stevie was. All these nuances that captured her focus. A lot of artists don't particularly want cameras, but in that sense, she was surprisingly open. It was pretty amazing." 

In the documentary, you mention that you've been filming for much of your life, but Stevie also has a directing credit. 
"I sort of suggested she had a directing credit, [because of her role in] the editing process. She was devouring information. I think because of that it took a lot longer because, interestingly enough, she wanted to [be involved] with the editing process." 

Monday, July 01, 2013

AVAILABLE NOW! Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams Film via

Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams
Stevie and Dave's documentary on the making of Stevie's 2011 album "In Your Dreams" is now available to purchase via direct download and DRM-Free from

This is especially cool for those that don't use iTunes and didn't get to see the film during it's limited theatre run.  Now you have the opportunity to see it!  PLUS... It's cheaper too!!  Only $9.99 vs the iTunes version. Payment options include: Paypal, Amazon or by Credit Card.

It seems the film can STILL only be accessed by those inside North America!  This is crazy!!  If they are going to make it available on their own website, make it available to everybody everywhere!  

Instant streaming of the film and HD Downloads of the film are available.  Buy now, watch on-line or download immediately.  An email link will be sent to you once you purchase that let's you come back to the site to watch any time!

Buy it today and get TWO, previously unreleased, exclusive scenes with Dave and Stevie!

I just bought using a credit card... Really simple!  It's a fun film!

Also available on Hoopla 

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

NEW Canadian Dates Added: STEVIE NICKS "In Your Dreams" Windsor, Regina and Vancouver

New Canadian Theatre Dates Added
Shifting dynamically among video formats, painstaking recording sessions and revealing interviews, this magic-tinged musical journey is a loving and tuneful portrait of the eternally bewitching Gold Dust Woman.

May 15th - 8:30pm

Only one showing of the film in Windsor on May 15th at the Capital Theatre.  Tickets are $9 for students and $13 for adults, and are available online at or on the evening of the screening at the Capitol box office.

May 30th - 9:00pm & 11:00pm
May 31th - 7:00pm & 9:00pm
June 1st - 9:00pm & 11:00pm
June 2nd - 7:00pm & 9:00pm

Regina is seeing a total of eight screenings of the film beginning on May 30th running through June 2nd.  That's huge!  Tickets will be available at the box office 45 minutes prior to the show.

The RPL Film Theatre is located inside Central Library, in the heart of downtown Regina, at 2311-12th Avenue between Lorne and Smith Street. 

Vancouver - Rio Theatre
June 10th - 7:00pm & 9:30pm

If you can't make the May 18th showing of the film in Vancouver at VIFF, well the Rio Theatre has you covered.  The Rio Theatre on Broadway in east Vancouver will be showing the film twice - one night only on June 10th at 7:00pm and 9:30pm.  Advance tickets will be available on-line to purchase through

N/A indicates no advance on-line tickets available - purchase at the Box Office

SASKATOON, SK Broadway Theatre May 13 7:00pm N/A
EDMONTON, AB Metro Cinema May 12 4:00pm N/A
EDMONTON, AB Metro Cinema May 13 9:15pm N/A
EDMONTON, AB Metro Cinema May 14 7:00pm N/A
WINDSOR, ON WIFF May 15 8:00pm Tickets
CALGARY, AB Globe Cinema May 16 TBA TBA
SASKATOON, SK Broadway Theatre May 17 9:00pm N/A
SASKATOON, SK Broadway Theatre May 18 7:00pm N/A
VANCOUVER, BC Vancity Theatre May 18 9:30pm Tickets
SASKATOON, SK Broadway Theatre May 20 7:00pm N/A
SASKATOON, SK Broadway Theatre May 21 9:00pm N/A
SASKATOON, SK Broadway Theatre May 23 9:00pm N/A
REGINA, SK RPL Film Theatre May 30 9:00pm N/A
REGINA, SK RPL Film Theatre May 30 11:00pm N/A
REGINA, SK RPL Film Theatre May 31 7:00pm N/A
REGINA, SK RPL Film Theatre May 31 9:00pm N/A
REGINA, SK RPL Film Theatre June 1 9:00pm N/A
REGINA, SK RPL Film Theatre June 1 11:00pm N/A
REGINA, SK RPL Film Theatre June 2 7:00pm N/A
REGINA, SK RPL Film Theatre June 2 9:00pm N/A
VANCOUVER, BC Rio Theatre June 10 7:00pmTickets
VANCOUVER, BC Rio Theatre June 10 9:30pmTickets
MONTREAL, QC Cinema Du Parc June 14 9:00pm Tickets
MONTREAL, QC Cinema Du Parc June 15 9:00pm Tickets
MONTREAL, QC Cinema Du Parc June 16 9:00pm Tickets
MONTREAL, QC Cinema Du Parc June 17 9:00pm Tickets
"Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams" Documentary at the Rio Theatre

Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams is an intimate portrait of Stevie Nicks, the Grammy-winning artist and member of legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac, as she creates an album with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame. Co-produced and co-directed by Nicks and Stewart, the film goes behind the scenes as Nicks and Stewart embark on a musical journey to write and record the critically acclaimed album In Your Dreams.

Monday, June 10th - 7 + 9:30 pm
Tickets $8 advance/$10 at the door
19+ w/ bar service

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

STARTING FRIDAY: Stevie Nicks "In Your Dreams" Film at Carlton Cinema in Toronto For 1 Week!

Beginning Friday, April 26th and running through Thursday, May 2nd, Stevie's documentary "In Your Dreams" will be running at the Magic Lantern Theatres - Carlton Cinema located at 20 Carlton Street at Yonge.  The film will play twice daily at 1:40pm and 6:50pm.

Go on Toronto... You know you want to!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Stevie Nicks "In Your Dreams" Screening + Q&A with Dave Stewart in NOLA April 29th

NOVAC, Jazz & Heritage Foundation and The New Orleans Film Society (NOFS) have partnered to produce Sync Up Cinema, a free film industry conference focused on Louisiana film production and the emerging opportunities in the film industry.  For three days, in between the weekends of Jazz Fest, Sync Up Cinema will bring to the region: screenings of local and international documentaries and NOVAC Conversations and Panels with internationally renowned filmmakers and industry pros.

WHEN: Monday, April 29 – Wednesday, May 1
WHERE: New Orleans Museum of Art
(* indicates off campus event)


SCREENING: "In Your Dreams" a documentary about rock legend Stevie Nicks starring Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks PLUS Q&A with Director Dave Stewart (formerly of the Eurythmics) to follow.
Monday, April 29, 2013 6:45PM

Dave Stewart (IN YOUR DREAMS), a multi-media entrepreneur, is recognized as one of the most respected and accomplished talents in the music industry today. Beyond his creative work as a musician, Stewart is a renowned producer, author, director, photographer, filmmaker, and philanthropist. Stewart’s music career spans three decades and more than 100 million album sales, highlighted by his collaboration with Annie Lennox in the groundbreaking pop-rock duo Eurythmics. Behind the scenes he’s produced albums and co-written songs for Bono, Bryan Ferry, Gwen Stefani, Tom Petty, Katy Perry, Mick Jagger, and Sinead O’Connor, racking up numerous Producer, Songwriter, Golden Globe, and Grammy Awards along the way. As an entrepreneur, Stewart has established Weapons of Mass Entertainment (WME), a “media company for the new world” (The LA Times), linking creative ideas to a host of projects in music, film, television, books, theatre, and new media. As the creator of content for WME, Stewart has recently married his passion for music, film and television by creating a number of high profile projects. In 2011, Stewart co-wrote and co-produced Stevie Nicks’ critically acclaimed solo album, In Your Dreams, marking the first time Nicks has ever collaborated on a solo effort.

Detailed information at Sync Up Cinema

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fleetwood Mac songstress Stevie Nicks is tantalizing fans with a bold idea: a one-woman show.

Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks recounts dark days of 'Rumours'
Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Fleetwood Mac songstress Stevie Nicks is tantalizing fans with a bold idea: a one-woman show.

Could something along the lines of "My Name is Stevie" (in the vein of Barbra Streisand's "My Name is Barbra") or "Stevie With an I-E" (in the spirit of Liza Minelli's "Liza With a Z") be in the tarot cards?

The raspy-voiced veteran says it's an idea her pal Dave Stewart has been trying to get her to embrace.

Nicks made the comments while appearing at the Canadian premiere of her documentary "In Your Dreams," which follows her and the Eurythmics hitmaker as they write and record her 2011 album of the same name.

She says Stewart's plan would involve massive video screens revealing images from Nicks' storied life. But the "Landslide" crooner is laughing off the idea, noting: "I'm not Barbra Streisand."

Nicks' creative bond with Stewart is traced in an affectionate documentary that reveals the veteran rockers nit-picking over melodies and brainstorming lyrics at her home recording studio in California. The film plays in Toronto through Thursday before heading to other cities.

After the film, Nicks told a movie theatre full of fans that Stewart sees a new chapter in her career.

"He wants me to have video screens, like a big room of video screens where it's all my whole life (up there). And I (said): 'Dave, I'm not Barbra Streisand'," Nicks said smiling. "But maybe. Maybe someday."

She notes that her solo shows already feature a lot of talking, as opposed to the hit-laden concerts with her band Fleetwood Mac.

"It's very different. Fleetwood Mac's much more sophisticated and grownup and my show is just like a big slumber party in an auditorium. And I tell everybody the meanings of all these new songs. Because that's how I draw people in," says Nicks, who turns 65 on May 26.

After the movie, Nicks took questions from audience members, recounting the origins of her steadfast determination to be a star and dark days surrounding the recording of "Rumours."

"It wasn't really a pleasant experience," she says.

"Lindsey (Buckingham) and I had pretty much just really broken up, and we'd kind of broken up off and on for a year before that. So this is 1977. None of the couples were happy... which, on one hand, really lends to the creative process."

The film includes interviews with Nicks about Fleetwood Mac's rise to fame, current sources of inspiration, childhood memories and her surprising passion for the "Twilight" franchise.

She notes that promoting the album "In Your Dreams" involved a gruelling two years of touring and promotion. In the end, it didn't amount to much.

"I didn't sell a lot of records, you guys. For me, for a big act like moi, I didn't. Worldwide I probably sold 300,000 records. It's awesome if you're an unknown artist and you have a hit single but it's not really that awesome if you're Stevie Nicks," she said.

"It's such a different age now."

"In Your Dreams" heads to Ottawa on Friday and Saturday. It reaches Winnipeg on May 2, May 3 and May 5; Saskatoon on May 13; Edmonton on May 14; Calgary on May 16; Vancouver on May 18 and 23; and Montreal from June 14 to 17.

Fleetwood Mac performs at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday. They head to Ottawa on April 23, Winnipeg on May 12, Saskatoon on May 14, Edmonton on May 15, Calgary on May 17 and Vancouver on May 19.

Interview: Dave Stewart Co-director, Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams

Dave Stewart: Co-director, Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams
Now Toronto

Dave Stewart put on every one of his musical hats – producer, guitarist, songwriter – for Stevie Nicks’s 2011 disc, In Your Dreams. He adds feature film co-director to his artistic resumé with this documentary tracking the album’s creative process and probing Nicks’s personal history and inspirations. He talked with NOW about that collaboration and why it worked. Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams screens at the TIFF Bell Lightbox April 15 to 18.

Given your history with Annie Lennox, it’s obvious you like to work with strong women.

It’s my favourite thing. It’s much more rewarding than working with dumb women. I like working with strong men, too – Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger. They’re very vibrant thinkers. They have inquisitive minds so have much more to add to the process.

What makes you a good collaborator?

People have different ways of getting things done. Some people can be very controlling and not end up with what they want. But my way of working is to be not controlling and end up getting what I want. The smart thing to do is choose to work to with brilliant people. There’s less to do.

What surprised you about Stevie Nicks once you started creating together?

Her loyalty. She’s incredibly loyal to her fans and the people she’s worked with for years and years – her two backup singers in particular, her friends and her family. She’s kept all that private.

Then there’s her incredible work ethic – it’s unbelievable how hard she works. Most people wouldn’t think that about her. They remember her wild periods or imagine her as a kind of ethereal, floating figure. And then you get into the workplace with her and she’s running the ship. 

She’s more erudite than I expected, talking about Keats and Edgar Allan Poe....

But fans know Stevie is that character who’s walked out of an Edgar Allan Poe poem. She talks about how when she was a little girl she was sure that everyone had this thing about Poe, and still to this day she thinks that, when really, no, probably not. She’s always had this side of her – romantic but wandering to the dark side, a kind of Gothic world of writing. She also has a huge connection to something mystical and otherworldly, and when you’re with her and she talks about it, she makes it convincing because she doesn’t talk about it in an airy-fairy way.

How did the film project come about?

When we first started making the movie, Stevie didn’t realize it could be a movie. She thought we were documenting stuff in case we forgot it. But then I did some editing, and when I showed her some of the stuff and suggested it could be part documentary, part something bigger, a snapshot of what happened but also a snapshot of how her mind works, she started to get more intrigued.

You recorded the disc in the living room of Nicks’s mansion – hard enough. But it must have been just as hard to shoot there.

I had a few people miked up, and some ambient microphones. There weren’t that many cameras, and the camera operators worked discreetly. We used those Canon cameras that use very little lighåt, because there’s nothing worse for an artist than trying to work with a bright light shining in your face.

REVIEW: Stevie Nicks’ dream state - Nicks turns her poetry into lyrics 4/5 Stars

Stevie Nicks' sweet Dreams
4/5 Stars - Toronto Star

By Jane Stevenson, QMI Agency
Toronto Sun

TORONTO - In the feature film about her life, Stevie Nicks wants Reese Witherspoon to play her.

This is one of many revelations found in In Your Dreams, the documentary about the making of Nicks’ 2011 solo album of the same name, co-directed by Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, who also helmed the record with Glen Ballard.

On and off, over the course of a year, Stewart shot 50 hours of footage of the now 64-year-old Nicks, most intimately at her mansion high in the hills above Los Angeles. The resulting film features cameos by Witherspoon, Fleetwood Mac members Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham, Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and, of course, Stewart, who is a bit of a character himself.

When he’s not belting back the occasional martini, he’s got either an acoustic or electric guitar or camera in his hand.

During one funny moment, Stewart is filming Nicks and she looks up and says: “Oh, that was you the whole time. I’m going like, ‘Who’s the chick in the white outfit that’s filming us?’”

One genuine surprise? That until writing with Stewart, Nicks had never ever written a song with another person in the same room before.

“I don’t like to be told what to do,” she says at one point.

In another scene, she is seen arguing with Buckingham over tense changes in her lyrics. “Would you say that to Bob Dylan?” Nicks asks him.

And when Stewart tries to insert some “too siren-y, too weird” guitar effects into a song, Nicks says bluntly: “Don’t quit your day job.”

No pushover is Nicks. And she’s honest too.

She admits to ending up with a demo reel of 23 Campbell tracks in the ’80s after visiting Tom Petty and stealing one - Runaway Trains - for a Fleetwood Mac song until Petty got wind of it.

“All I could hear was Tom screaming,” she says to the camera. “I was so busted.”

The movie is certain to appeal to fans of Nicks, whose gypsy persona, fashion style and throaty voice made her an icon. And for those who aren't devotees, the behind-the-scenes music-making with some of rock’s top musicians will fascinate.

FILM | Stevie Nicks "In Your Dreams"

by Jason Steidman

Singer/songwriter Steve Nicks, known from her association with the group Fleetwood Mac, will be present tonight at a special screening of the film, In Your Dreams, a documentary about the making of her 2011 album of the same name. This album was her first effort in ten years. A top notch cast of LA production and musical talent was enlisted to make it happen, led by Dave Stewart, a well-known producer whose career was launched back in the early '80s as part of the group The Eurythmics. The film follows the project from the writing process onwards, and also features biographical passages, and footage from Nick's childhood and career.

In Your Dreams: Stevie Nicks is at the TIFF Bell Lightbox tonight at 7 and 7:30, with Nicks conducting a Q&A afterward.

Sweet dreams — musically anyway — are made of this.
by Jane Stevens
Ottawa Sun

Two rock icons, Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics, worked together on Nicks’ first solo album in a decade, 2011’s In Your Dreams.

But their creative collaboration didn't end there.

There’s also a Stewart-directed 2013 behind- the-scenes documentary of the same name about making the record, co-produced by Glen Ballard, that will debut in Toronto Monday night. The film then moves across Canada over the next several weeks.

“It’s a movie that Stevie Nicks’ fans love,” says Stewart, 60, from Los Angeles.

“Obviously, she’s been a bit of an enigma and very sort of mysterious and there’s an insight not only into her world and her home and how she works but inside her mind as well. How she works creatively and how she thinks. What’s good is that if you’re not a Stevie Nicks fan in particular and you watch it, you get kind of surprised at how kind of intense and focused she is working. Because I think a lot of the views or people’s opinions about artists during certain periods of their life is kind of spaced out, hippie like. And then you see Stevie at work in the film and you go, ‘Holy s---!’ She’s like a force of nature.”

Turns out Stewart and Nicks met 30 years ago.

The occasion was an Eurythmics show in Los Angeles and Nicks came backstage.

“We got on really well,” says Stewart. “And I went back to stay in L.A. for a bit and we hung out and I was writing just experimental stuff with her and I ended up writing this song for her but then Tom Petty liked it and wanted to record it — Don’t Come Around Here No More — that’s why at the end (of the film, Stevie) says, ‘ Hey, Dave, definitely come around here!’ Because it became this epic sort of song for Tom.”

Stewart and Nicks regrouped again significantly in 2006 when Nicks appeared on a pilot for Stewart’s HBO music- themed interview show. In the documentary, she reveals after that collaboration she knew she wanted Stewart to produce either her next solo album or a Fleetwood Mac record.

He says after recording the album with Nicks and shooting about 50 hours of footage — boiled down to one hour and 40 minutes on-screen — he learned two significant things about her.

“Stevie’s incredibly generous. She’s always kept the same backing singers, the same friends ... even the sounds guys and everybody. They've all stuck by her. They’re so loyal to her. And that’s an amazing thing that I discovered about Stevie of how deep that runs within her, this loyalty. And then all of the time and effort she puts into putting her lyrics together. Training herself in books and reading so much literature. She’s steeped in her job. She said it herself. She purposely decided not to have children because she just knew she couldn't do both. It’s a massive decision.”

Sunday, April 14, 2013

In Your Dreams, reviewed: In the Nicks of it

The week ahead for "In Your Dreams"
Fans who have seen this film across the U.S. absolutely loved it!... I think if you've been along for the ride from the inception of this album (and film) like many of us feel we have been, you'll get it... Obviously as an 'outsider' looking in, Mr. Bidini will have a different take on this film and situation, which is not a career spanning document but one of an experience of two seemingly different people, yet very similar in a lot of ways coming together and trying to capture the magic that occurred over that year (2010) of recording Stevie's "In Your Dreams".  But it is interesting seeing another perspective.

by Dave Bidini

A documentary that follows Stevie Nicks as she begins writing and recording her first solo album in nearly a decade.

“And herewith be the tale of the bescarfed nymphette spritzed with the gay mist of ladyhood traipsing about her earthen wares and sacred beads while cast in the glow of an everlasting aurora” is how any review about anything regarding Stevie Nicks should probably start. And yet the film, In Your Dreams, about the Fleetwood Mac sirenette, begins, regrettably, without much of her medieval-by-way-of-Topanga hoodoo or late ’70s Angelino imagery choosing, instead, to put us on a jet — a private jet, Nicks’s jet — before lapsing into footage of fans outside some indeterminate concert bowl in some indeterminate American city espousing life-changing testimony bout the bigness of Nicks’s songs as they relate to their lives. After too much of this, the plane lands. A limo. More fans telling the camera (and, ostensibly, telling Nicks): “I love you.” Then Nicks being made up backstage. Nicks shaking her bracelets. There’s the dull roar of the crowd, some lights, and: go. Lips struggling to push a food cart into his old highschool cafeteria in the opening moments of Anvil: The Story of Anvil this is not.

Movies about rock ’n’ roll — its scent, its pulp, its shattering emotional properties — are inherently disappointing because they’re not rock ’n’ roll, although In Your Dreams is disappointing because it’s not even really a movie. Instead, it’s a vanity postcard co-directed and co-produced by the film’s two principles, Nicks and Dave Stewart of The Tourists/Eurythmics, who are to cinematic objectivity what Stewart was to the ’80s neckbeard: ill-suited and gaudy. Because Stewart and Nicks are new filmmakers — and because everyone these days is a pocket Buñuel with their digital apparatii — the movie plays as if demanding visual Ritalin: colour becoming black and white becoming bordered with Kodak film stock becoming archival footage becoming video before eventually blurring into a kind of artless everything. Within the first few minutes, Stewart and Nicks are seen talking about the genesis of their working relationship — they have gathered to make her first record in 10 years — which amounts to each of them, by turns, telling the other how great they are. It’s like an SCTV sketch only no one gets blown up.

The concept of the film is all right — it’s essentially a making-of doc that hiccups between tiresome music videos of the songs — yet it’s a wonder that neither of the musicians/filmmakers’ watched VH1’s Classic Albums instalment on Fleetwood Mac’s seminal Rumours, a fine 60 minutes that reveals more about Nicks and her life than anything here. That said, it’s easy to imagine them deciding that they could do better, the massivity of their ego being what it is. Long and terrible passages in the film are spent while Nicks lounges on a settee worrying over lyrics, which are also long and terrible. While watching people write is rarely effective cinema (“Let’s face the music and dance” is a great lyric, but I doubt the scribbling down of its words would make a good film), the only thing less gripping is watching people track boring albums, which Nicks and her band do throughout In Your Dreams. In these scenes, Stewart directs himself pitching advice while wearing his fedora and sunglasses, which he never takes off. The truth is that, after a few weeks in the studio, one is rarely in good enough shape to get dressed, let alone dress well. Being in the studio is like being shipwrecked: oxygen-deprived and starving for normalcy and a decent meal. There’s nothing here that comes close to reflecting this experience. In the end, this film, like the sessions that produced Nicks’ album, reeks of catering.

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A Stevie Nicks documentary by Stevie Nicks
The Globe and Mail (Canada)
by Brad Wheeler

Billed as an “intimate portrait of one of rock’s most enduring and legendary artists,” In Your Dreams, a documentary on the making of Stevie Nicks’s 2011 album of the same name, runs the risk of being too intimate for its own good. Musician Dave Stewart, who co-produced the album, shared directorial credit on the film with the singer herself. We spoke with him about a documentary being too close to its subject.

Stevie Nicks was involved in the editing of the documentary. Without someone independent doing it, doesn’t In Your Dreams end up being a fans-only film?

I suppose. My favourite music documentary is D.A. Pennebaker’s Dont Look Back, on Bob Dylan. But that kind of film would have never been made with Stevie. She never would have allowed an independent filmmaker to film her making a record. She wouldn’t have felt comfortable writing and recording with a camera filming. This came about naturally. A lot of it in the beginning was filmed on a cell phone.

I cringed watching her visit with soldiers in the hospital. Isn’t that a bit self-serving on her part?

Maybe. But it’s something she’s been doing for quite a while, that kind of charitable endeavour. It’s something she wanted to put in. She felt very seriously about the song Soldier’s Angel. The film could have had many different narratives. But once she got involved in the editing and really put herself into it, it meant that it wasn’t going to be the movie I would have exactly made.

At the end, she describes the experience of making the album as the best year of her life. You were there. Why do you think she felt so strongly about it?

I think there was a realization that happened to her – that the album was a collaboration, and that it was possible. She’d been closed in and locked in, if you know what I mean, and then the whole world opened up for her. I’m sure she could spend a lot of time in her house on her own, or with the people she normally works with, and not realize that there’s a world out there to play with.

In Your Dreams screens April 16 to 18 (special screenings on April 15 with Nicks Q&A sessions are sold out). TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., 416-599-8433.

In Your Dreams runs from April 16-18 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, with further screenings across Canada listed below.