& A with Stevie Nicks
used my sexuality a certain way. I think being a little mysterious works
Rolling Stone Magazine
Published: 5th July 2001
A Fog is pouring over the Pacific Coast Highway toward Stevie Nicks' Sourthern
California home, but the singer's mood could hardly be brighter.
The Fleetwood Mac alumna's Trouble in Shangri-La has just entered the Billboard
200 at an impressive Number Five. Sheryl
who co-produced five racks, joined Nicks on the album, as did Macy Gary Sarah
McClachan and Dixie Chick Natalie Maims, Nicks is also recovering from drug
addiction - her latest was to the tranquiliser Klonopin.
recently, she's come back from shooting her part in Destiny's Child's video
for Bootylicious, which samples the Nicks classic "Edge of Seventeen."
The wild thing is we're together at like, Number One and Number Five, and, of
course, there's about a S,000 year age difference," Nicks says with a sunny
[Rolling Stone] Do
you feel you have become a sort of Mother Superior for women in music?
[Stevie Nicks] I
do. I do. And it's a nice feeling - I certainly would have never gone out
Looking far that, but it seems to be coming to me. I guess these are just all my
lost children coming back into my arms.
do you think of how women in music sell their sexuality these days?
definitely used my sexuality in a certain way I kind of draped it all in chiffon
and soft light and suede boots. Everybody now is
much more blatant. Personally, I think that being a little more mysterious works
better and it lasts longer. You should be very careful
that you don't build everything you have around hear cute you are or hear sexy
you are, because, unfortunately no matter
cute you are or how sexy you are, in fifteen years, that won't be the most
important part of your music. I knew that in my twenties and I
really prepared for that.
Players really only love you when they're playing?
just about groupies and rock stars and what happens out there on the mad. It
really doesn't happen out there on the road to women. It didn't really happen to
me, but I saw it happening all around me.
hear you're into doing Pilates these days. Has Pilates replaced Klonopin for
nothing replaces Klonopin. I'm not addicted to working out. I enjoy it, and I am
doing it now not because I want to be thin but because I want to be healthy, and
I want to be healthy in twenty years.
all that you've lived through, are you surprised you're still alive?
am amazed. I feel very lucky. If
I had not caught that Klonopin thing, I am absolutely sure I would have been
dead in a year - no doubt in my mind. I feel really lucky that somebody tapped
me on my shoulder- some little spirit - and said, you know what? You better go
to a hospital right now and get better.
drugs ever erode your love for music?
Klonopin eroded my love for everything. Klonopin is a tranquilliser. So between
Klonopin for the calm and some Prozac for the wellness feeling, you are never
inspired. That's what it does.
you sense that this album was going to turn things around for you?
I knew that this record would either make me or break me. I figured if I could
do an album that the world loved after being addicted to that Klonopin stuff for
eight years, and just having that be such a black hole, that I would be back on
my way That's kind of how I feel. And the
Fleetwood Mac reunion just flipped in there. I didn't ever think that Fleetwood
Mac would get back together. On that tour, I really regained my power, so when I
came home from the Fleetwood Mac tour I was really ready to finish the record.
though Christine McVie has now retired from the group, is it safe to say that
there is a future for Fleetwood Mac?
Lindsey Buckingham and I and Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, we are going to do
this. Christine is OK. She has set us free and let us go. And she wants us to do
this if we want to. And so were going to do it. As soon as l am done with this
Shangri-La tour, and Lindsey is finished doing whatever he does in the next
year, we'll be done and we'll come together, and we'll do a record. And there's
a possibility that Sheryl could be a little involved in that.
someone who lived though the ultimate rock n' roll interoffice romance, do you
have any advice for us on the subject?
doesn't work. It just doesn't, because when all the business and everything
else is blended. You don't have any space for anything.
the other hand, you've had some fascinating men in your life - Lindsey
Buckingham, Don Henley, Jimmy Iovine.
are all still my really good friends today. I just talked to Don Henley an hour
and a half ago. We just did an incredible benefit for MS in Dallas two weeks
ago. All the men who were in my life I'm friends with now, and it's really nice.
I chose to not be married I chose to be single. I have alot of fun this way I
can do anything I want, go anywhere I want, be with anybody I want, and I'm not
angering anybody Nobody is ever upset with me.
must be intimidating to ask you out. It's like asking out Cinderella
would think it would be very intimidating for people. That's probably why most
people don't, you know because they're scared [laughs]. I figure if there's a
soul mate for me out there somewhere I'll find him. He'll find me.
the secret of your success that you really are a witch after all?
not a Witch.
even, a goad witch, Stevie?
just like Halloween, and I thought that blondes look skinnier in black. That was
my whole idea for that whole thing - a long cool woman in a black dress, right?