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Interview:
Bad advice kept Stevie Nicks at bay for a decade
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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It wasn't Stevie Nicks' idea to take 10 years between solo albums.

The singer, songwriter and Fleetwood Mac member released "In Your Dreams" in May of 2011, a full decade after her last solo set, "Trouble in Shangri-La." She was certainly busy in between, including some tours with Fleetwood Mac, but Nicks feels she was certainly capable of making some new music several years ago.

"When I came off the road with Fleetwood Mac in 2005," after promoting the group's "Say You Will" album, "I was definitely ready to do a record," Nicks, 64, acknowledges. "But the powers that be, the people that surrounded me, pretty much said, 'Don't bother. It's not a good time. The music business is in a terrible place. There's no money, and the Internet piracy is taking over. Everybody's just stealing records and music.

A surprised Nicks recalls that, "I didn't know what to say, because I'm not a computer person...and I don't Facebook for Spaceface or Myplace or whatever. I don't do all that. So I just kind of said, 'OK.' If I hadn't have been so exhausted from 135 shows, I might have fought back on that a little, but I just said, 'OK.' "

The wait may have been fortuitous, however. During the interim Nicks developed a relationship with Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart, who co-produced "In My Dreams" -- which debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. The duo also produced a documentary about the making of the album that's slated for release later this year, and they brought in Lindsey Buckingham, Nicks' former boyfriend and Fleetwood Mac bandmate, to appear on the song "Soldier's Angel," which was inspired by Nicks' periodic visits to wounded U.S. military personnel at hospitals on the East Coast.

"I told (Buckingham) the story of the song and said, 'If you can't figure it out, it's not going to go on the record and I'm going to be destroyed because this is truly my most sacred and revered song,' " Nicks recalls. "He really saved the day on that; not only did we create something that's probably as Buckingham-Nicks as we have been since 1973, but...it really brought Lindsey and I back together.

"As he was leaving on the second day he said, 'I feel like we're closer than we've been in 30 years, and I would not mess with that for anything. I'm so happy we have been able to do this song and make it something we love, because I know that's so important to you.' "

Stevie Nicks performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 6, at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $45.50-$125. Call 313-471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com

Web Site: www.olympiaentertainment.com

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