the Fleetwood Mac singer is still the coolest chick in the room
Stevie Nicks is always fun to talk to -- she's
candid (that tantalizing history!), warm and surprisingly funny. The hip big
sister to musicians such as Sheryl Crow is still making vital, viable music in
her fifties. She has been holed up with Fleetwood Mac for the last couple of
months, working on an album, which will be in your hands by spring, followed by
a major tour. (There's also a new Fleetwood Mac greatest-hits collection out
this month.) Nicks phones from her Los Angeles home before she heads off to the
studio at her usual time of 2:30 p.m. -- her idea of an early morn. Because
Christine McVie is sitting it out this time, Nicks is the only woman in the
band, so she has certain concerns that the fellas do not. "There is a tub
of red licorice in the studio, fifteen boxes of Wheat Thins, Doritos and Fritos
-- my favorite thing," she says. "It's a boys' kitchen, full of great
stuff. And I just say to myself, 'You can never eat this, or you will weigh 170
pounds at the end of this project.' I walk in like I've got tank armor on."
How goes it in the studio? Your relationship
with the band has outlasted most marriages.
A lot of times it's just me and Lindsey
[Buckingham]. You know, we have a lot of the same problems that we've always
had, which is our egos. And we've had a lot of fights. But we spend hours
talking -- we're like a bunch of girls sometimes. We'll be putting a guitar part
on, and all of a sudden we'll be talking about something that happened on the
Tusk tour, and two hours later we're still talking about it. And we're filming a
documentary at the studio, so there's a crew with us at all times. There were a
couple of times where I've gotten just furious and walked out of the room,
yelling, and I've nearly run over the sound guy. It's like the TV show Big
Brother. If we could vote each other out, we'd all be fine! My vote would
come up "Lindsey." Lindsey's would say "Stevie" [laughs].
Some women we've talked to have said it's
nearly impossible to have a family and a musical career. You made a choice, and
it was your career.
If I had gotten married to someone in my
twenties, I'd have grandchildren now. And I'd be rocking in a fabulous chair on
my fabulous porch somewhere. So it is so different, my life. All these younger
women who are singers -- I sometimes think they see their future in me, and it's
not such a good thing. I made a choice to not be married and not have children,
because I wanted to be a big-time rock & roll star. And people can get mad
at me for saying this, but I did not feel that I could do both. I would have
been, I think, a great mom, and I would not have put my career first once I had
a baby. Sheryl Crow is a dear friend, and I know she looks at me and goes,
"Do I have that baby now? Or do I want to be Stevie when I'm fifty-five?
And if I do, that means I can never stop working." Even in my really bad,
drugged-out days, I didn't go away. I still toured, still did interviews. I
never gave up the fight. That's why I'm who I am today, because I didn't leave.
And I think I made the right choice.
Which female musicians do you admire?
I love Sheryl Crow. She called me this morning
already. She calls me from the road, and I cheer her up. And I love Gwen Stefani.
I think she maybe is the reincarnated Mae West.
How has music changed for women in your
lifetime? Right on!
People always ask me, "What do you think of
Britney Spears? What do you think of this group, or that one?" I always
say, "Well, they're great." But now . . . I think they all went too
far. Their jeans got too low, their tops got too see-through. Personally, I
think that sexy is keeping yourself mysterious. I'm really an old-fashioned
girl, and I think I'm totally sexy.
And I wouldn't have any problem saying to any of
these girls, "You know what? If you want to be around in twenty years,
you'd better get your act together. And get back to your music." What
Britney should do is go back into the studio and get some great songs, and make
a great record. And change her fashion style a little bit. Bring back her
mysterious persona again. Otherwise it's like, if you see somebody running down
the street naked every single day, you stop looking up.
in this issue of Rolling Stone
Fleetwood Mac are at work inside a rented Bel-Air
home recording their next album. Despite the departure of long-standing member
Christine McVie, the remaining four, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John
McVie, and Mick Fleetwood seem in good spirits." As much as we miss Christine personally, I
don't think there is anything missing musically" says Buckingham.
New tracks for the album include Nick's haunting "Thrown Down" and
Buckingham's potent "Peacekeeper". The new set is currently untitled-recent
suggestions include Infatuation (Nicks' suggestion after a recent dream) and
Gift Of Screws.