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Solo Stevie Nicks Still Feels Pull Of Fleetwood Mac

Of the Oakland Press

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Like many California rock stars of the ’70s, Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks spent subsequent years overcoming a near-debili tating cocaine addiction.

But, the self-proclaimed “Gold Dust Woman” says, that wasn’t the drug that really laid her low. Instead it was Klonopin, a tranquilizer used in treating the cocaine addiction that, in turn, became its own eight-year ordeal — exacerbated by complications from faulty silicone breast implants, a weight problem that had Nicks up to 175 pounds during the early ’90s and Prozac dependency.

“The fact that I took Klonopin for eight years really wrecked my creative juices,” Nicks, 59, acknowledges. “When you take that kind of drug, you don’t write anything. You don’t do anything creative. You become a totally uncreative being.

“If I had stayed on that drug — those drugs — there never would have been another record from me. There would have never been any more Fleetwood Mac. There would’ve been nothing.”

Fortunately, Nicks managed to kick the drugs in 1994 and return to her creative ways, including reunions with Fleetwood Mac in 1997 and 2001; a solo album, “Trouble in Shangri-La,” in 2003; and a tour with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers last year. This time out, Nicks is promoting a new compilation CD/DVD, “Crystal Visions ... The Very Best of Stevie Nicks,” which includes rare and live tracks, as well as hits.

But as dedicated as she is to her own work, Nicks says the connection to Fleetwood Mac, which she joined in 1975 with then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham, remains strong.

“It’s just — it’s grand, you know? It’s a very grand thing,” she explains. “It’s nothing like your solo career. Don Henley and I laugh at each other sometimes; there is our solo career, and there is the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac, which seem to have all precedence over everything else that we do.”

Stevie Nicks and Chris Isaak perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (June 9th) at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road north of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $65-$125 pavilion, $28 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www. palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacent.com

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