Showing posts with label Soundstage Sessions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Soundstage Sessions. Show all posts

Sunday, April 05, 2009


Really fun interview this morning with Clayton Morris on Fox and Friends.... Stevie Nicks is now on Twitter, who would have thought! Follow Stevie on Twitter @realstevienicks

On Clayton's Podcast he goes on about his interview with Stevie Nicks at the Waldorf in NYC Grizzly Bear Egg Cafe


Solo or with Mac, Stevie Nicks always busy

Stevie Nicks is one busy woman these days. 

She's in the early stages of a major tour with her longtime band Fleetwood Mac and she's also just released a superb new solo DVD, "Live in Chicago," with a companion CD, "The Soundstage Sessions." 

"Better to be busy than bored," she said during a brief break in the tour recently, when she had a chance to talk about many topics, including her solo career, her days as a waitress, memories of her late father and the truth behind all those rumors about Sheryl Crow's reported flirtations with becoming a member of Fleetwood Mac. 

Q: I was really struck by the version of Dave Matthews' "Crash into Me" on your new solo DVD. It seems like that song is originally so much from a guy's viewpoint, complete with those erotic lyrics. What motivated you to do that song? 

A: Dave's "Crash" came out in 1997 right when we (Fleetwood Mac) were getting ready to go on the road to do "The Dance." And I just totally fell in love with that song. I told everybody, "Someday I'm gonna record that song." And everybody's answer to that was, "You can't really do that, it's a man's song, you can't do it." So I said, "I've heard everything from you guys I need to hear, I'll move on," but I didn't. What I did was I waited 10 years and then I just decided I'd look at the words. It's kind of a twisted song anyway, and I would just twist it a little further. So I did, I twisted it around so it could be a woman's song. Then I added the little part at the end which is really just the beginning. 

I invited Dave Matthews to come and do that song with me, but his wife was having a baby so that was not going to happen. 

But I spent about 30 hours listening to the song, so I said "I'm just going to do it anyway." I called up (her guitarist) Waddy Wachtel and told him, and he called up the band and everybody got the Dave Matthews' song and we tried to remain exactly loyal to Dave's version. It was truly one of the most funnest things I have done in 30 years. I loved it. 

Q: On "Live in Chicago," you talk about what a huge step it was for you to go out on your own in 1981 and that everyone thought Fleetwood Mac was going to break up. What made you convinced at that time that you could make the jump and still keep everything else going? 

A: First of all, and I tell everybody this, when you go to make a solo record and you're in a big band, don't break up your band. Don't tell. Don't even think about telling the world that your band is breaking up because that's crazy. You can always have a solo career and be in your band. In my estimation at that time, I felt like, so if the solo thing doesn't work, I'm still in Fleetwood Mac, 'cause Fleetwood Mac did not break up. I went into it with that philosophy that I would make this record and if it worked, great - I'd have both. If it didn't work, I'd just go back to Fleetwood Mac and I'd be fine. 

Q: And they were OK with that? 

A: I made that extremely clear to everybody in Fleetwood Mac that I was not leaving the band. I think they understood that and accepted that. They knew for years that I didn't have enough of a vehicle for all the songs I wrote. I'd be in there like Linus, or whichever one of the Charlie Brown people played the piano - I would be in there playing away every time we would do a record, writing songs, writing songs, and then you'd only get to do three or four songs on every record and then it'd be another two or three years before you'd do another record. 

So I was writing away every day and it was like all these songs I was writing were going in the vault. So the vault's filling up by 1979 and I have all these songs that I think are major good. I'm like, "What do I do here? Should I just stop writing?" (Fleetwood Mac's) Christine McVie would walk by me and she'd say (Nicks goes into British accent) "Oh she's writing another song. Oh she's writing another song. We don't need another song Stevie, we have millions of songs already. We can't start over here." And I was like, "You're right, we can't." 

So, finally, between 1975, '76, '77, '78 and into '79, I started thinking about making a solo record. I told everyone in Fleetwood Mac that this has nothing to do with me wanting to have a solo career and everything to do with me wanting another vehicle for my other songs that you guys can't use. And they understood that. 

Q: There's a very emotional version of "Landslide" on "Live in Chicago," and you talk a lot about your dad who passed away in 2005. The audience gets to see a lot of great visuals of the two of you and him on the big screen as well. How difficult was it for you to do that on stage every night? 

A: It wasn't that difficult every night because I never turned around and looked at those pictures. Never. That whole thing came from, well, when my dad died we did not have a funeral. We had a party at the Phoenix Biltmore Hotel, a "Dress up in your diamonds and your black velvet" party. There were about 300 people there at the ballroom. More or less, we played that (same visual presentation). It was fantastic and it was exactly what my father would have wanted. It was this beautiful celebration. I did cry when I watched it at his celebration. 

But when I decided to use it to go behind "Landslide," because "Landslide" was his favorite song, I literally never turned around. So I could say, "This is for my dad and we lost him a couple of years ago but it's cool because he's here. I'm going to share a couple of our moments with you." So I took a very high road on it. 

However in Chicago, there was a "Landslide" we did after the show with the strings, and the camera crew going around Waddy and the girls. Waddy was very close to my dad because all my people were very close to Jess (Nicks' father). I'd known Waddy since 1971 so Waddy had known my dad since 1971. We only filmed it once, this was just a special thing because the strings did not play in the show, but they did play for that because we knew we wanted some extra things for the DVD. I said to Waddy right before, "Y'know what? I think I'm going to have to let go of my dad now. It's been three years and I think it's time for me to say goodbye to him." Which doesn't mean he's still not in my heart, which doesn't mean at the bottom of my journal entry every single night I do not say "Goodnight Daddy" 'cause I do. I looked Waddy straight in the eye and he looked back at me and we just kind of put our hands on each other's shoulders and said "all right, this really is for Jess." So that filming of that song was very precious. And now behind "Landslide," all those pictures aren't there. It was a moment and we got it on film and it's very different than the one in the show. 

Q: On the DVD, you talk about how you went back to being a waitress after Polydor dropped you and Lindsey Buckingham after your "Buckingham Nicks" album in 1973. What was your experience like as a waitress and what did it teach you? 

A: I loved being a waitress ... I did lunches, I was only gone from 11 to 4, I made good money I came home with good money - it was enough to pay our rent and it was enough to pay our food and it was enough to pay for our Toyota that had no reverse. It was enough for us to call Triple A to get us out of the parking places we couldn't get out of because we had no reverse. We could never go backward, that's how we looked at it. We always had to go forward, we're always progressing. It was very funny and I didn't mind. Because it left Lindsey completely free to do what he did best which was record those tracks. I got home at 4 and I'd make dinner and we would go downstairs and record until two or three in the morning, and then get back up the next day. I worked four days a week, it was not hard. It was an easy thing. It was fun and I made really great money and I had no problem being the breadwinner because really, what was Lindsey Buckingham going to do? Be a waiter? I don't think so. He tried telemarketing for one day and the first person who hung up on him that was it, he quit. We came through it with a great laugh. 

Q: Vanessa Carlton sings a couple of duets with you on the new recording. How did you decide that she was someone you wanted to collaborate with? 

A: Because she's my favorite and I just love her. She's completely crazy and she's completely modernist 2009. She could care less about record companies or record deals or what people want. She's all about writing exactly what she wants. She's extreme and I just adore her because of that. I give her advice, she totally doesn't take it. I tell her what I think, she listens and does the exact opposite thing. I love her for that, because she's me in a lot of ways. I think she's extremely talented and I love her voice. If she wanted to be a big rock star she could, but she has kind of chosen to take the avant-garde way and she's made that choice. She's had the big record deals and she has been the one to walk because she has decided that's not for her. One day she's moving to Costa Rica, the next day she's taking a backpack and going to New Zealand. We're kind of sisters in a weird way but whatever it is it's an amazing relationship. 

Q: From your viewpoint, what's the deal with the stories concerning Sheryl Crow almost joining Fleetwood Mac? Did it fall apart because she talked about it before it was official? 

A: No. It fell apart because in the long run, coming up about six months before we went into rehearsal, we set up a rehearsal thing for two days. It was last Mother's Day. Sheryl had invited her entire huge family to be with her on her first Mother's Day with her baby. I told her it was really important that she come (to the rehearsal). She just couldn't get out of it. We had a long talk on the phone and I said "If you're in Fleetwood Mac it's like joining the National Guard - thinking you're going to be there for just one weekend a month and then you're deployed to Afghanistan." I said, "Sheryl, understand, there are no holidays, there are no days off, it's like you're in the Army now." She said "Are you trying to talk me out of this?" I said "No honey I'm not. But this is me, your friend saying I don't think this is the right thing for you. Now Stevie Nicks, the girl who loves singing with you, is very disappointed. But if you're asking me what I think, I think right now in your life it's too much for you." She said "OK, I'm gonna think about it." That was on Friday. She called back on Sunday and said "Stevie, I'm going to have to take a pass." I said, "I think that's the right decision." Because Sheryl is my friend and I love her so I want the best for her. 

Q: On stage in Connecticut, Lindsey hinted that there might be a Fleetwood Mac studio album in the works. Is that the plan or what's next on your agenda? 

A: The plan is to get through the next 40 shows. And then, of course, they always tack shows on, so God knows it could be 40 shows and then another tacked on 40 shows. So it will end up being 135 shows and it was supposed to be 40 shows. When this tour is over we will make that decision. Right now we're on the road, we're working hard, and this is a big, big rock tour. So we're not making that decision yet. If it works out, it will work out, and if it doesn't, it won't, and that's really all I can tell you. I just don't know. 

Q: Anything you'd like to add? 

A: Nothing except that it's really fun what we're doing here right now. I think the show is really a great show and I hope people will come out to see us. We've been doing this a long time and it's really great to look out there and see generations of people. We see 14-year-old people and we see 90-year-old people. It's really great. I look at this whole thing as a gift. So I hope everybody comes and hangs out with us and shares the gift with us.

Saturday, April 04, 2009


Watch Stevie Nicks on Fox & Friends this Sunday!
Fox News Channel: April 5th @ 5:50 am PST|8:50 am PST
(check local listings)


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Friday, April 03, 2009


April 2, 2009: Greenhouse in New York City was the place to be last night if you were a Stevie Nicks fan. For the second time this week, fans were able to get up-close to Stevie at the LIFEbeat AIDS Benefit Listening Party to help her celebrated the release of her new DVD "Live in Chicago" and the CD "The Soundstage Sessions" 

photo credit: Paul Zimmerman



ET is with Fleetwood Mac front woman Stevie Nicks for a truth-telling interview about her botox botch and her secrets to keeping fit and staying young at 60 years old.

Stevie recounts the horrific day when she realized her "botox nightmare." "When I woke up the next morning, my entire face had fallen down to around my nose. And I had totally triangle eye brows," she tells ET.

Now Stevie is looking like her beautiful self again and says her secret to staying in shape is the exercise apparatus Power Play.

Watch the video for more with the rock legend and check out her new CD The Soundstage Sessions, as well as her new DVD, 'Live in Chicago.'

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Stevie Nicks -- Still Rockin' Out at 60!

Rock n' Roll legend Stevie Nicks is back with a new CD/DVD, and she's opening up about her childhood and rocky relationship Lindsay Buckingham!



The Morning Jolt with Larry Flick 
Larry Flick a Veteran Billboard editor/pop/culture commentator interviewed Stevie Nicks today for his daily talk-radio show "OutQ In The Morning" on Sirius/OutQ Channel 109. His show airs weekdays from 7am to 11am (eastern time). 

According to Larry, his interview with Stevie will air on Wednesday April 8, 2009.

If you don't have a Sirius receiver, you can check it out for free by going to and entering your email address. That'll get you a three-day free trial of listening!


Stevie's short appearance on the Today Show promoting Live in Chicago and The Soundstage Sessions


Stevie Nicks Wants To Work With Timbaland, Opens Up About Collaborating With Prince
Fleetwood Mac singer admits Prince co-wrote 'Stand Back.'
By Rya Backer and Kim Stolz

For a person who's proud to own neither a computer nor a cell phone, one doesn't expect to hear the name "Timbaland" at the top of Stevie Nicks' list of potential collaborators. When we asked legendary Fleetwood Mac frontwoman about rumors that she was interested in working with Timbaland, she exclaimed, "Oh, I would love to!" But as far as what their work together might sound like, she replied, "Well, I don't really know, so that's why it's exciting."

While this might be news to some of her fans, Nicks — who is currently on tour with Fleetwood Mac — said she's long been a fan of R&B, "I learned to sing to R&B artists, not rock and roll or country artists," she said. "That was my first love, strangely enough. I am really very, very R&B, for my own music. When I'm listening just for my own fun, when I'm dancing around my apartment, I'm pretty much listening to R&B," she continued, noting that she's a fan of both contemporary and classic artists in the genre.

That love came into play more than two decades ago, when she collaborated with Prince. The story began on the first night of her honeymoon with Kim Anderson, to whom she was briefly married. "I'm driving to my honeymoon night in Santa Barbara from L.A., and 'Little Red Corvette' comes on," she recalled. "We're like oh my God, it's Prince! So I start singing all these words, and I'm like, 'Pull over, we have to get a cassette player! And we have to record this!' I'm writing in the car — here we are, newlyweds, and we get to our hotel and we're setting up the tape recorder and I've made up my whole new melody to [the song]. So I haven't really ripped off the song, because I'm admitting that I have done this. So we go into a studio in Los Angeles a couple weeks later and I track down Prince's phone number — and because I'm Stevie Nicks, I can get it.

"I call him, and I never thought he was going to answer, or that it would be him, or that I would ever find him — and he answers. I said, 'Prince, this is Stevie Nicks, and I wrote a song to your song 'Little Red Corvette,' and we're at Sunset Sound right now, and I was wondering — first of all, I wanted to tell you that I'm giving you 50 percent of [the royalties] it if it ever goes anywhere, but are you in town? If you are, how would you feel about coming down and playing on it?' Never in a million years did I think this man would be like, 'I'll be right there.' He was there in 20 minutes and he played [she mimes instrumental parts of the song] on 'Stand Back,' and he was there an hour and a half, and then he left."

But that was far from the end of their musical relationship. "Prince and I became really good friends," she said, "and he actually gave me a cassette, and said, 'There's a song on it, and I would like you to write.' I take it home and put it on, and I'm listening to this like amazing song ... and it's 'Purple Rain'! And I'm like, I can't write a song to this! It [wasn't] 'Purple Rain' yet, but it [was] the track that became 'Purple Rain.' "

Times have changed since in the past 25 years, but Nicks is still writing new music, and thinking of new collaborators, like Timbaland. When asked what he might think of her interest in working with him, Nicks laughed and said, "Of course, he'll hear about this and go 'Oh my God, why in the world?' "

Tim, it's your move.


Jerry Penacoli interviewed Stevie Nicks... Watch the full interview on EXTRA Thursday April 2nd... Stevie Nicks raw and uncensored.

EXTRA . Check local listings.


Nicks of the North
Is there a Canadian home in the Fleetwood Mac singer's future?

Stevie Nicks -- future Canadian resident?

Don't laugh, the 60-year-old singer just returned from performing Fleetwood Mac shows in Montreal and Toronto and really likes it up north.

And there's still three Western Canadian dates in May.

"It was fantastic because we actually got to be in Canada for a while instead of just flying in and out," said Nicks, down the line from New York City to chat up her new solo releases, the Live in Chicago DVD and The Soundstage Sessions CD, released Tuesday.

"I really like Canada, and I think it's really friendly and we laugh because we think it's more romantic than the United States. I'm sorry, United States, because I'm from here but we see more people walking around holding hands there, we see more of an intimate relationship going on there than the hustle and bustle of the United States. Of course, I love my country, but it's kind of like I think, 'Gee, you know when I'm done with all this maybe I'll just get a really cool penthouse apartment somewhere in Canada.' "

Just 17 shows into the Fleetwood Mac -- Greatest Hits Unleashed Tour (and 40 to go) Nicks says she's enjoying herself.

But Nicks says performing as a solo act, as she does on both her new live CD/DVD, taking on covers like Dave Matthews' Crash Into Me, inviting singer-pianist Vanessa Carlton to join her on stage and telling an incredible story about writing Dreams in Sly Stone's black velvet studio in Sausalito, Calif., is quite different than being part of the group.

"When I'm in my own band, I'm really talkative, I really try to tell stories, I really try to relate to the audience and I become more who I really am," said Nicks.
"When I'm in Fleetwood Mac I become that more mysterious, quieter creature.


"And that's always been since the very beginning. People have said to me, 'Well, you know you could get out there a little bit more since Lindsey (Fleetwood Mac guitarist Buckingham) is running around the stage like a crazy whirling dervish.' And I'm going, 'But I don't do that.' What am I supposed to do? Do a tap dance? Or cartwheels? Or jump down in the splits? What should I do to keep up with Lindsey? So I don't try."

Nicks, meanwhile, said her bum knees and hip have improved due to some serious workouts on something called A Power Plate, developed by the Russians for astronauts.

She actually fell on stage during a solo performance at Casino Rama in 2007.
"It's kind of this vibrating plate and you stand on it and you just do little yoga positions and it's all of 14 minutes. But I've been doing this every other day for a year and I have really fixed my knees and my hip and I'm in pretty darn good shape. We took it with us on the road. It's this big ass machine and we built a big case for it and we roll it in and we use it."

That doesn't mean her signature high-heeled suede boots aren't a pain to put on every night.

"It is a very big pain because I don't wear heels in my regular life," said Nicks. "So putting on the platforms again to walk around for two hours and 20 minutes -- well, it's horrible. From the time you put them on to when you take them off is about three hours. I may be donning my Canadian black fur suede wedge boots in the future because I'm ju
st about ready to throw all those boots out on the street because they're killing me. They're taking my mind off my singing because my feet hurt so bad."

Nicks said she may even revert to the platform tennis shoes she wore on previous Fleetwood Mac tours.

"You know what? They worked. And I wore the velvet leg warmers that covered up half of them and I mean I thought it was really important to the fans to wear the boots. But now I'm starting to think, 'You know what? So I'll wear boots for the first four songs and then they get to see them. And then I'll put them back on at the end.' "

Wednesday, April 01, 2009


ET was there as Stevie Nicks met enthusiastic fans at Barnes & Noble in New York's Union Square during her very first in-store appearance.

The 60-year-old multiple Grammy winner and legendary Fleetwood Mac singer greeted fans and signed copies of her latest CD, The Soundstage Sessions, as well as her new DVD, Live in Chicago.

"This is really fun for me I am enjoying it, and I'm very proud of this 1985 - 2009," Stevie says. "I have the best fans. They are very honorable and very polite. They get excited but they are really sweet and I love that. I have wonderful fans."

There has never been a shortage of Stevie Nicks look-alikes and impersonators -- both men and women -- and some of them showed up to her first-ever in-store signing. Watch the video to hear how they are inspired by the original "Gold Dust Woman."

"It's a dream come true," says one adoring fan. "I've waited over 20 years to meet her. She's just so gracious and so loving. She wants to meet all her fans. She can't often do that so this is a real treat for everybody. We've followed her for years and years, and she's just beautiful."

Nicks is once again performing with Fleetwood Mac, which earlier this month kicked off its "Unleashed" nationwide tour, the group's first tour in five years.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Massive turnout today for the Stevie Nicks appearance at Barnes and Noble in New York City. Fans waited in lines that stretched around the block from as early as 5:30 this morning for the signing which didn't begin until 7pm tonight.  Congratulations to everyone that managed to get in to meet her.  This is a first.  Stevie's never done anything like this before.  A really great start for release day of Stevie's CD "The Soundstage Sessions" and the DVD "Live in Chicago".



The legendary Stevie Nicks is going to be on the show tomorrow night. As if that's not amazing enough, Stevie will be answering a few questions from viewers like you! All you need to do is head on over to our Ask Stevie page and follow the instructions to upload your video question - if we like your question, we'll show it on air and get Stevie to respond directly!

Here are some tips:

Show us your Stevie style! Do you have a Stevie Nicks outfit or decor that you save for special occasions? Now is the time to break it out (I'm not sure what other times you break it out. That's your business.)

Don't get too obscure! As much as you'd like to know the thread count on Stevie's purple scarf from the concert at Salt Palace Convention Center in October '79, keep it interesting for us average folk!

Ask her questions, ask her sweet little questions. (See what I did there?)


Stevie Nicks On Her Favorite Songs: A Music Mix Exclusive
by Leah Greenblatt

It's been more than 30 years since the world first met Stevie Nicks—mystical Fleetwood Mac chanteuse, famously excessive solo star, leather-and-lace pop icon. Yesterday, the original Gold Dust Woman sat down with EW to discuss her new live album, The Soundstage Sessions, and companion DVD Live in Chicago, both out today. Though she is now 60, and many years sober, she looks very much the same: pink cupid's bow mouth, long sweep of blond hair, diminutive (minus her habitual platform boots) five-foot-one frame draped in red chiffon.

Ensconsed on an overstuffed couch in her suite at New York's Waldorf-Astoria and surrounded by her two pocket-sized dogs and a towering spray of white orchids, Nicks tell the stories behind some of her most memorable compositions; songs that have been covered by everyone from the Dixie Chicks to Dave Grohl, but are still, and always, signature Stevie.

"Oh boy, I’ve never really spoken about this, so I get verklempt, and then I’ve got the story and I start to screw it up. Okay: In the old days, before Fleetwood Mac, Lindsey [Buckingham] and I had no money, so we had a king-size mattress, but we just had it on the floor. I had old vintage coverlets on it, and even though we had no money it was still really pretty... Just that and a lamp on the floor, and that was it—there was a certain calmness about it. To this day, when I’m feeling cluttered, I will take my mattress off of my beautiful bed, wherever that may be, and put it outside my bedroom, with a table and a little lamp.

That's the words: 'So I’m back to the velvet underground'—which is a clothing store in downtown San Francisco,where Janis Joplin got her clothes, and Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane, it was this little hole in the wall, amazing, beautiful stuff—'back to the floor that I love, to a room with some lace and paper flowers, back to the gypsy that I was.'

So that’s what 'Gypsy' means: it’s just a search for before this all happened. And later, I tacked on a line for my friend Robin, my best friend, who died of leukemia: 'I still see your bright eyes.' But then, Robin wasn’t sick yet. She got cancer, and died within a year."

"Edge of Seventeen"
"This was written right after John Lennon was assassinated. That was a very scary and sad moment for all of us in the rock ’n roll business, it scared us all to death that some idiot could be so deranged that he would wait outside your apartment building, never having known you, and shoot you dead. If you were the president of the United States, maybe, but to just be a music person, albeit a Beatle? And to be shot and killed in front of your apartment, when you had a wife and two kids? That was so unacceptable to all of us in our community. So the white dove was John Lennon, and 

"Now, for me, it has taken on something else. I feel like I hear war, because I go to visit soldiers in Bethesda and at Walter Reed [Army Medical Center], and when I hear their stories... We can’t even imagine what they’re going through, the violence. So when I sing ‘Flood of tears that no one ever really heard fall at all / Oh I went searching for an answer, up the stairs and down the hall,'—'the call of the nightbird' is death, and I think of them in the desert, coming around corners, the fear, waiting to be ambushed. It’s very foreboding, ominous."

"It’s not about Mick’s Fleetwood's ex-wife, who was also one of my best friends, even though everybody thinks it is. I used her name because I love the name so much, but it was really about what was going on with all of us at that time. It was about Mick’s and my relationship, and it was about one I went into after Mick. Some songs are about a lot of things, some songs only have one or two lines that are that main thing, and then the rest of it, you’re just making a movie, writing a story around this one paragraph, that little kernel of life. 'When you build your house' was about when you get your act together, then let me know, because until you get your act together, I really can’t be around you."
EW: Some people have said it's about Don Henley, whom you dated around that time 

"He wishes! If Don wants to think the' 'house' was one of the 90 houses he built—and he did build house after beautiful house, and once they were done, he would move because he wasn’t interested in them anymore [laughs]... No. He is one of my best friends in the world. If anything happened to me, he would be there, always. But if someone said that, they're so full of s---!"

"Crash Into Me"
written by Dave Matthews
"Oh, as soon as that song came out I said, I want it. I want to do that song! And the answer from every single person was, 'This is really a man’s song, you can’t do it.' So I was like, “Alright, whatever,” but in my head I said, ‘But I will do this song. It’s a twisted song, so I’ll just twist it even more, and make it fit me.' Now live, where he would sing 'In a boy’s dream' I have the [backup] girls go 'And the boys sing...' Then I can do those lines: [singing] 'Hike up your skirt a little more, and show your world to me.' Dave’s actually very sexual, his writing. But I don’t know if he likes it or not. I invited him to come to the taping for PBS, and he never got back to us. I thought he would! But you know, his wife was having a baby, I think."

"How Still My Love"
"I really don’t write extremely sexual songs, never have. I’m always going to write about the bouquets and the flowers [laughs]. But 'How Still My Love' really is a sexy song, and being that it’s one of my few sexy songs, when we do it onstage it’s fun. It’s kind of woozy and it’s slow, but it’s got a really great beat—kind of a strip-tease, a little burlesque, a little Dita Von Teese-y. The title actually came from two different books I saw in some hotel, one was called How Still My Love and one was called In the Still of the Night, and I used both, but I never even opened up the books [laughs], so I have no idea what they were about. Whenever I come into a room with a library, in a hotel or whatever, I pull them all down and just sit—I get a lot of ideas that way."

"The Circle Dance"
written by Bonnie Raitt
"I love to do this song. Bonnie’s dad, John Raitt, was a big music guy, Broadway, and he would be gone a lot when Bonnie was growing up. And when you’re young, you don’t think 'Oh, they have to work,' you just think, 'They’re gone and it’s my fault.' You know, the words, 'I’ll be home soon, that’s what you’d say, and a little kid believes / after a while I learned that love must be a thing that leaves.' But when her father was older, there was a peace she found with him. And in many ways the song can be about a romantic relationship too, about letting go: 'Time has made things clearer now.'"

"Beauty and the Beast"
It was definitely about Mick, but it’s also based on the 1946 Jean Cocteau movie. I first saw it on TV one night when Mick and I were first together, and I always thought of Mick as being sort of Beauty and the Beast-esque, because he’s so tall and he had beautiful coats down to here, and clothes made by little fairies up in the attic, I always thought [laughs], so he was that character in a lot of ways. And also, it matched our story because Mick and I could never be. A, because Mick was married, and then divorced and that was not good, and B, because of Fleetwood Mac.
Lindsey had barely survived the breakup of Lindsey and Stevie, much less would he not survive the relationship of Stevie and Mick. So Mick told Lindsey, even though I thought it was totally the wrong thing to do, and two days later we broke up. But of course Lindsey never forgave me for years, if ever. All the great love stories are the love that cannot be. And in the midst of that whole thing, Mick fell in love with my best friend Sara. So the moral is, Don’t go out with a gorgeous rock star who goes on the road, just don’t! Because it will never, ever work out."

"I was in Colorado around 1973, after me and Lindsey's first record, and we’d just been dropped. Lindsey had been offered a tour with the Everly Brothers, it was a good salary and we really needed the money, so we went to where either Don or Phil Everly lived, in Aspen, to rehearse. I had my best friend with me, and we went out to dinner one night and met these great guys, they just gave us their living room in their three-bedroom apartment—we stayed there for three months.

"So one day while I was sitting there sitting on their floor, looking out the window at all the snow, I made a decision whether I wanted to continue a relationship with Lindsey, musically and romantically, and I decided that I was gonna give it another try, because we weren’t getting along very well, but the music was important. But I never told him what it was about 'til years and years later, maybe only in the last five. I knew it was a good song. Whether I had sense if it would do anything or go anywhere? I don’t know [laughs]. But I knew it was really good."


This week is a big week for Stevie.... 
Tonight Barnes and Noble, Union Square, New York City - CD/DVD signing

April 1st, Late Nite with Jimmy Fallon

April 2nd The Today Show

April 2nd CD Listening Party at greenhouse in New York City. 

STEVIE NICKS... The Original Gold Dust Woman

Nick of Time: Q&A With Stevie Nicks

Forget retirement. For Stevie Nicks, it’s a busy few months, touring with Fleetwood Mac and promoting a live solo album and DVD. On Monday, the original Gold Dust Woman talked to WWD about what it’s like to fight with Lindsey Buckingham at age 60, the perils of Botox, and the reason she isn’t mentoring flailing divas like Britney Spears and Courtney Love. 

WWD: Your publicist barely allowed me to interview you at 2pm. What time do you ordinarily get up?
Stevie Nicks: : I get up when I have to get up. But Lindsey Buckingham insisted that we start rehearsals for the tour between 1 and 2. That meant my vocal lesson had to be at 11, and I got up everyday at 8 so I could have my two hours by the ocean with my coffee. Before that I could sleep until one or two. 

WWD: At the show at Madison Square Garden, you and Lindsey were very affectionate with one another. Have you guys finally made peace or does it change on a daily basis? 
S.N.: Well, that was a good show. We love New York. But Lindsey is married. He has three darling children, one little boy and two girls. He lives in girlie world with the wife and the four year old girl and the eight year old girl. So he’s softened. When he gets mad at me, he treats me like with the love and respect that he would show for a girl-child instead of just getting mad at me like an old, miserable ex-girlfriend. It’s different. And I’m thrilled. 

WWD: Isn’t that damning with faint praise? Wouldn’t it be better if he were mad at you like an equal rather than his preteen daughter? 
S.N.: Well, It’s a softer way. And I prefer it. He treats me as an equal. He just sometimes doesn’t agree with me. And sometimes I don’t agree with him. We don’t agree on a lot of things. Putting this set together, we didn’t agree on a lot of things. But we came to be one voice. By the end. After two months of rehearsal. 

WWD: What’s it like not having Christine McVie on tour? 
S.N.: The loss of Christine has been gigantic. Before she left there was Lindsey the gnarly gnome, Stevie the miserable, philosophical fairy and Christine the pop star. She was happy. She was able to rein everybody in. She’s five years older than me and six years older than Lindsey. She had a lot of power in this band. She was older, she was smarter, and she had been through more. So we miss her terribly and if there was any way to get her back we would. But she’s finished. She has no interest. 

WWD: You said in a recent interview that you were relieved to still look like you. And you do. Is this the result of good work or no work? 
S.N.: You mean like plastic surgery? No. I had Botox and I hated it. For four long months, I looked like a different person. It almost brought down the whole production of the last tour. It was so bad, I would look into the mirror and burst into tears. Botox is becoming the new face of beauty and it’s unfortunate because it makes everybody look like Satan’s children. Everybody has pointed eyebrows. Everybody looks related. All the Desperate Housewives look like sisters. If you’re an unattractive girl who’s trying to be beautiful with Botox, forget it. If you are a beautiful girl who’s trying to be beautiful with Botox, you will look like you’re angry all the time. You’d have to tie me down to get me to do it again. 

WWD: Do you find yourself wearing different clothes now that you’re getting older? 
SN: I’m very aware. I want to be age appropriate. I don’t want to be that girl you see walking away and she looks 25 and then she turns around and she looks 90. I don’t wear see-through chiffon skirts anymore. I wear a slip. When I was 30 I didn’t care if people could see through my clothes. Now I care. I know I’m sixty. 

WWD: In the last decade, you’ve worked with Sheryl Crow and mentored Courtney Love. What are you listening to now? 
SN: This is the part where I run and get my Ipod. Can I do that? [She runs and gets her Ipod.] I just made a tape of dance tracks. Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” “Umbrella,” by Rihanna, “Come to me, Peace,” by Mary J. Blige, “Afraid,” by Nelly Furtado, “Touch my Body” from Mariah Carey. Love that. 

WWD: So you like R&B? 
S.N.: Oh yes, very much...I’d like to do something crazy with Timbaland and Justin Timberlake. I learned to sing listening to R&B groups, Phil Spector stuff. 

WWD: Anything else you’d like to do? 
S.N.: I’d like to do an all girl choir with Michelle Branch and Sheryl Crow and Natalie Maines. I love singing with her.

WWD: Do you still talk to Courtney? 
S.N.: I haven’t talked to Courtney in a long time. We formed a bond the last time before she got all messed up again. When she did the movie [The People vs. Larry Flynt], and came to my house and interviewed me for Spin or Interview Magazine. She was totally sober, and she was beautiful and so smart. I thought she was going to be a famous Academy Award winning actress. Then she fell apart. But if she called me and said “I need you,” I’d go to her. I love her. But you can’t tell people what to do. People say “Do you want to talk to Britney Spears.” I say “No.” Because nobody could talk to me back when I was having problems. 

WWD: Do you have any regrets? 
S.N.: The eight years I was on Klonopin. 

WWD: You don’t even drink now, right? 
S.N.: No. But not purposely. I used to have a shot of tequila before I went on stage and it would give me this acid thing. Finally, I said, “This isn’t worth it.” I can’t get a good enough buzz on one shot of tequila to risk having an acid bubble my entire show. And I don’t like watching drunk people. Especially women. My mom always said to me “Everybody forgets drunk men, but no one forgets a drunk woman.”


Stevie Nicks: How I Look Fabulous at 60
By K.C. Baker

Stevie Nicks is 60 but she still feels like she's on the "edge of 17," thanks to super-efficient Power Plate workouts that have whipped her into incredible shape. 

"When I gained my 30 lbs., it was because I went on tranquilizers for eight years," Nicks told PEOPLE Monday, the day before her new CD, The Soundstage Sessions, and Live in Chicago DVD hit stores. "I don't blame myself for that." 

The secret to staying slim is finding a healthy weight you can maintain, says the "Rhiannon" chanteuse, who is now a sleek size 8 and is touring with Fleetwood Mac for the first time in five years. "You don't have to weigh 105 lbs. Weigh 125 lbs. and stay there."