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The story goes, on a hot summer day in 1970, Janis Joplin shouted off the opening band when its set ran long. Stevie Nicks, that band’s diminutive singer would later comment,”Being yelled off the stage by Janis Joplin was one of the greatest honors of my life.”
Both women would go on to beat the rock odds and be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, just 14 percent women. When this year’s inductees are announced in December, Nicks could become the first woman to be inducted into the Hall twice — once as a member of Fleetwood Mac, and once as a solo artist.
Joplin and Nicks’ stage personas, so indelible, were built on opposite characteristics. On stage Joplin swaggered, overpowered. Along with her aversion to sharing a stage, she rarely shared a microphone. Her string of backup bands was an interchangeable not-as-important. It was always Janis Joplin and a forgettable else.
Nicks found fame in the five-member Fleetwood Mac, whose soap opera backstories became the stuff of rock legend. On stage, she twirled and harmonized. Her songs about gypsies and witches shared space with songs by her guitar-picking ex-lover Lindsey Buckingham, who was also her songs’ arranger. At concerts she became ethereal, the feminine yin to his masculine yang.
Critics responded in an odd sort of way. Nicks penned “Dreams,” the band’s only No. 1 hit, as well as half of Rolling Stone’s selections for Fleetwood Mac’s top 14 songs and seven of the ten fan-favorites in a Rolling Stone poll. Yet Nicks was routinely critically dismissed as a “ditz,” a “bimbo,” and a “mooncalf” — while Buckingham was hailed as the band’s creative genius.
Which begs the question: Why was it either/or?
Commenting on critics’ tendencies to overvalue Buckingham while dismissing Nicks, writer Amy Mulvihill suggested, “I wish these people would actually listen to her songs.”
Early Nicks’ lyrics gave a twist to a familiar subject — the demise of a relationship. In Nicks’ songs there is no crying at a party, offering another piece of her heart, or worrying that you’ll love her tomorrow.
Instead, she offers new options, from the flippant, “Well who am I to bring you down?” to the caustic, “Rulers make bad lovers, better put your kingdom up for sale.”
She ruminates, but it never leads to despair. It’s just a learning moment, an important step on the road to something else. It was an empowering shift of perspective, done with the lift of a shawl by a perfectly manicured hand.
“Stevie took traditionally feminine characteristics, unabashedly embraced them, and then made them the source of power,” songwriter and singer Vanessa Carlton commented.
It’s probably no surprise her life mirrors the lyrics. Still performing at 70, her picked-apart love affairs, critic dismissals, addictions and weight ups and downs, never stopped a career that now spans almost 50 years, and includes eight Grammy nominations for her solo work, 28 years of a reverential fan-fest called, “The Night of a Thousand Stevies,” and a continued relevance best expressed in a 2014 millennial TED talk that advised a new generation of fans to “just be Stevie.”
There is a temptation to call it ironic — the fact that this diminutive woman draped in shawls and lace could end up so triumphant — but ironic would embarrassingly miss the point.
Just listen to her songs.
Article Found at The Independent
Affairs, breakups, terrifying brawls between lovers, damage to instruments (and skulls), divorce, drug abuse, alcoholism, rows about money, musical differences, and lots and lots and lots of hit records: Fleetwood Mac might have sounded mellow at times, but off stage they were anything but.
“We’re a group of people who, you could make the argument, don’t belong in the same band together,” Lindsey Buckingham once said of his fractious group. “It’s the synergy of that that makes it work.”
Whether they’ve triumphed because of their famously volatile relationship, or in spite of it, Fleetwood Mac have risen from the ashes of their own self-destruction more times than seemed possible. In the past 50 years, they have found a home for themselves teetering on the brink of implosion – unwilling, or perhaps unable, to let each other go. Their new anniversary album, 50 Years – Don’t Stop, could hardly be more aptly titled.
Not that the current members haven’t tried to stop. Stevie Nicks left the band in 1990 over a dispute with Mick Fleetwood, but rejoined a few years later. Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham quit in 1987, just before the band’s world tour, to “get on with the next phase of my creative growth” – only to spearhead a reunion a decade later. When Christine McVie packed the whole thing in 1998, she even went as far as moving to a sleepy village in Kent. “There’s no more chance of [McVie returning],” said Stevie Nicks in 2012, “than an asteroid hitting the earth.” A little over a year later, McVie was back in the band, no asteroid in sight.
In the early days, of course, some members left for good. When Fleetwood Mac first formed in London in 1968, so constantly changing was its line-up that “List of Fleetwood Mac members” (there have been 18 of them) is its own Wikipedia page.
After suffering a drug-induced mental decline, founding member Peter Green – who led the band through their early blues-rock era (songs such as “Somebody’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked in Tonight” could hardly be more different to the pop-rock sound the band would later develop) – left in 1970.
Guitarist Danny Kirwan was fired in 1972 after smashing both his guitar, and his head, on a dressing room wall before a gig. Singer and guitarist Bob Welch, who had become increasingly estranged from John and Christine McVie and whose marriage was failing, resigned in 1974, and was replaced by LA singer-songwriter duo Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. And that’s when the turbulence really started.
Since the beginning of October, Stevie has been very busy with the kickoff of An Evening With Fleetwood Mac tour. On October 31st the band hit the milestone of 13th show in the now expanded tour that will be heading for a European leg. The gallery which now has over 1000 images has been updated with HQ photos from a few of the recent concerts. In addition you can also find pictures from the September 21st performance by “The Mac” at the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas. Finally all articles from October and a few from November have been added and can be viewed here.
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A week ago Closer Weekly shared an article on Stevie going on after the firing of Lindsey Buckingham from Fleetwood Mac back in January. A High Quality scan of the article shared by the fan site Fleetwood Mac News can be viewed below. The article is from the November 5th issue of the magazine.
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Stevie Nicks GOES HER Own Way . From “CLOSER Weekly” November 5, 2018 . "Let’s stop before it’s too late, and leave it all up to the fates,” Stevie Nicks sang in a duet on stage in Des Moines, Iowa, on Oct. 14. The performance was the sixth night of Fleetwood Mac’s new tour, but the group looked slightly different than usual: Guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, 69 — Stevie’s onetime boyfriend — was fired in January. Like so much in the band’s volatile history, the parting was acrimonious — Lindsey is suing for breach of contract and has blamed Stevie for his exit. So in Des Moines, after running through their hits, the band closed with the poignant “All Over Again.” Said Stevie, “It’s a song about surviving change. It’s a song about the future.” . GOLD DUST WOMAN Stevie knows a lot about both, but she’s focused only on her future. Just as the new tour kicked off, Stevie, 70, got nominated as a solo artist for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and made a buzzed-about appearance on American Horror Story: Apocalypse. “She’s one empowered lady,” a friend tells Closer. As a star whose success spans five decades, “she knows she’s earned the respect, trust and adoration,” that’s giving her this moment, adds the insider. “As she often says, ‘I’m still kicking a–!’ ” . And while Lindsey feels bruised, Stevie is taking their fight in stride. “Our relationship has always been volatile,” she says. She’s ready to move on and “is relieved,” the friend says. . For now, Stevie is adopting “the band’s ability to put the music first,” the friend explains. “She’s very rock ’n’ roll hippie in her thinking. Whatever comes up in her path… she goes with the flow.” In other words, she’s leaving what comes next up to the fates. — Lisa Chambers . #fleetwoodmac #stevienicks #ragmag
Article From Billboard
Fleetwood Mac is extending their ongoing North American tour with the addition of new tour dates. The tour will now go through more than 50 cities and will end April 8, 2019 in Toronto, Canada.
The tour lineup consists of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie, along with new guitarists Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and Neil Finn (of Crowded House and Split Enz). Campbell and Finn joined the band this fall.
“Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents,” Mick Fleetwood said in a statement. “We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realize that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style. We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound.”
“With Mike and Neil, we’ll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we’ll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalogue of songs,” said the group collectively in a statement. “Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour.”
Fleetwood Mac, founded in 1967, has created music for over half a century. In addition to the tour, the band is commemorating this milestone with a new 50-song collection, 50 Years — Don’t Stop. The album collects songs from every Fleetwood Mac album to date, and will be available Nov. 16. The group is also kicking off a European tour in June 2019.
Check out the full list of tour dates below, and visit the band’s website for tickets.
Fleetwood Mac 2018-2019 Tour Dates:
11/01 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
11/03 – Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre
11/05 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
11/07 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
11/10 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place
11/12 – Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome
11/14 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena
11/17 – Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome
11/19 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
11/21 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose
11/23 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
11/25 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena
11/28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena
11/30 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena
12/03 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
12/06 – Fresno, CA @ Save Mart Center
12/08 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena
12/11 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
12/13 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
12/15 – Inglewood, CA @ The Forum
01/31 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
02/02 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premiere Center
02/05 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
02/07 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
02/09 – Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
02/13 – Birmingham, AL @ Legacy Arena at The BJCC
02/16 – New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center
02/18 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
02/20 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
02/22 – Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
02/24 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center
02/27 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
03/01 – Chicago, IL @ United Center
03/03 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
03/05 – Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena
03/09 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Boardwalk Hall
03/11 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
03/13 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
03/15 – Hartford, CT @ XL CENTER
03/18 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
03/20 – Albany, NY @ Times Union Center
03/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
03/24 – Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena
03/26 – Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center
03/31 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
04/02 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden
04/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
04/08 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena
Article from NME
Fleetwood Mac have announced details of European tour dates for summer 2019 – including a huge stop at London’s iconic Wembley Stadium.
The classic rock veterans are currently touring with a new line-up after guitarist Lindsey Bucking was sacked back in April due to “scheduling conflicts”. The line-up now features Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn, as well as the band’s own Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood.
After a number of US performances, now the band have dates in Berlin, Dublin and London.
“Fleetwood Mac has always been about an amazing collection of songs that are performed with a unique blend of talents,” said Mick Fleetwood. “We jammed with Mike and Neil and the chemistry really worked and let the band realise that this is the right combination to go forward with in Fleetwood Mac style.
“We know we have something new, yet it’s got the unmistakable Mac sound.”
A full band statement added: “We are thrilled to welcome the musical talents of the caliber of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn into the Mac family. With Mike and Neil, we’ll be performing all the hits that the fans love, plus we’ll be surprising our audiences with some tracks from our historic catalogue of songs,” said the group collectively. “Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honouring that spirit on this upcoming tour.”
Fleetwood Mac’s upcoming UK and European tour dates are below. Tickets are on sale here from 9am on Friday October 26.
It was recently revealed that Lindsey Buckingham had begun legal proceedings against the band following his firing.
Buckingham’s manager informed the musician that Fleetwood Mac “would proceed with its upcoming and already organised 2018 to 2019 concert tour without him”, and that “not a single member of the band” had spoken to him directly about the decision.
Buckingham has now decided to sue his former bandmates for “fiduciary duty, breach of oral contract and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage”.
Responding, the band’s spokesperson Kristen Foster has disputed his claims, adding: “Fleetwood Mac looks forward to their day in court.”
Meanwhile, Fleetwood Mac were among the acts rumoured to be headlining Glastonbury 2019 – however organiser Emily Eavis has since insisted that they have not been booked.
The Gallery has been updated (Now with over 800 photographs!) with pictures from the various cities that Fleetwood Mac has visited on An Evening with Fleetwood Mac tour. Some of the photos have been donated from fans while the rest are from professional sources. Since kicking off on October 3rd the band looks like they are having a blast. Note: The Sioux Falls October, 24th concert has been postponed until February 2nd due to scheduling issues.In addition to concert pictures screen caps from all of Stevie’s In Your Dreams music videos has been added. Dave Stewart who helped produce her 2011 album was featured in each video which was a beautiful added touch as well as Mick Fleetwood’s addition in Secret Love. A smaller update to the tour section includes black and white photos by Bill Hansen from the 1977 Rumours Tour.
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Last night Stevie made her return to TV in American Horror Story: Apocalypse. She reprised her role as “The White Witch” in episode 5 entitled Boy Wonder. While she was in only the last 5 minutes her incorporation into the episode was pure Stevie magic. Her return was on the heels of Misty Day’s resurrection after her death which occured in Season 3’s finale Seven Wonders in which Stevie was a guest as well (along with Episode 10 The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks). The two are reunited as Stevie serenades those in the room with Gypsy. The gallery has been updated with screencaps from last nights episode as well as a behind the scene photo from Lily Rabe.
The Gallery has been updated with screencaps from Stevie’s two appearances on American Horror Story: Coven in 2013. In addition to the caps you can also find Behind The Scene Photos that were released, keep on the lookout for caps from American Horror Story:Apocalypse. In the fifth episode of Season 8 premiering tonight Stevie is reprising her role as “The White Witch”.
It has been announced today through numerous news sources including Stevie’s social media accounts that she has been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Via USA Today:
“Stevie Nicks is also nominated for induction for the first time as a solo artist, having previously been welcomed into the Rock Hall in 1998 as a member of legendary rock group Fleetwood Mac. If she makes the cut when the 2019 class is announced in December, Nicks will become the first female artist to join the Hall a second time.
Starting Oct. 9, the public can visit rockhall.com to cast their votes for who they would like to see in the Class of 2019. Voting ends Dec. 9 and the top-five artists will make up a fan’s ballot, which counts as a single vote.”
Stevie took to her Social Media to express her happiness over the nomination in the post below: