Five Reasons You Should Love Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks performs with Fleetwood Mac, 1978. Photo: Richard E. Aaron/Redferns

Classic-rock fans and lace-shawl aficionados alike rejoiced yesterday at the announcement that Fleetwood Mac will be hitting the road next spring for their first tour since 2009. Hell, why not? They’re younger than the Rolling Stones, right? This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Mac’s mega-Platinum monster Rumours, and it’s certain there’ll be no shortage of songs from that one on the setlist, plus the band is said to have a couple of new tunes in rotation too. Though Fleetwood Mac is famous for having a frontline full of talented singer/songwriters, Stevie Nicks’ theatricality has always supplied a huge portion of the onstage starpower. So she’ll have a lot to do with putting posteriors in the seats for the shows, especially with the absence of retiree Christine McVie. Let’s focus on some of the little, less obvious things that make Stevie “Stevie” and keep the crowds coming back to bask in her presence.

1. The Buckingham/Nicks Days

Even before they joined Fleetwood Mac and sold kajillions of records, Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham were already making music equally as intriguing in their incarnation as folk-rock duo Buckingham/Nicks. Their lone album, released in 1973, was full of killer cuts but didn’t make much commercial headway, and remains woefully out of print. Hey Polydor – 40th anniversary reissue?
2. She Jams With Tom Petty

Lindsey Buckingham isn’t the only singer/songwriter with whom Stevie’s ever enjoyed an artistic kinship outside of Fleetwood Mac. She’s had a history of partnering up with Tom Petty. The two teamed most famously on Stevie’s first solo single (and her biggest hit ever), 1981’s “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” and have popped up to sing at each other’s shows over the years. She also sang a stirring, Everly Brothers-esque harmony with Petty in ’81 on his “Insider,” and she can still give you shivers when she sidles up to him onstage to deliver it.

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