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Stevie Nicks explains heartfelt song dedication to Kid Rock at Fleetwood Mac concert

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Stevie Nick's dedication of "Landslide" to Kid Rock caught fans -- and Kid Rock himself -- by surprise on Wednesday night, Oct. 23, during Fleetwood Mac's concert at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

But Nicks says it was a heartfelt gesture, and that Rock walking on stage to embrace her was "an unforgettable moment."

"I have known Kid since 2001~ and we have had a very special friendship ever since," Nicks said Thursday via e.mail. "We had the special opportunity to spend four days at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in 2006 with (the late Atlantic Records co-founder) Ahmet Ertegun, me, Kid, Robert Plant, Stevie Winwood, Nile Rodgers, Chaka Khan and more -- each of us hand-picked by Ahmet~.

"It was adult summer camp in Switzerland. We relate on many levels. Behind (Rock's) crazy flamboyance lies the most amazing person. We have always joked that if I had had a child~ it would have been him. From that comes the dedication on stage during the Detroit show."

After Nicks announced the song dedication, Rock strolled on stage, embraced her from behind and kissed her on the cheek. The two remained in a kind of slow dance until the song finished, when Nicks turned around to return the hug and kiss. Rock also embraced Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham on the way off stage.

Rock said Thursday that he knows Nicks "pretty well through the last 10 years. Stevie has always declared me 'the rock n roll love child' she never had." Going on stage, he added, was a "spontaneous" decision. "I told Stevie when I surprised her that her security was not very good -- joking, of course," he said. "They sounded great, I thought."

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