During the week of August 8, In the Studio with Redbeard will celebrate the 35th anniversary of Stevie Nicks’ debut solo album Bella Donna. The…
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THE PENGUIN’S TALE
I’m really starting to get sick of myself (to quote the great Matthew Sweet) and since there is a limited supply of band photos, we have made some changes. I have asked The Be to shoot or video some new content before I really do hate myself from having to look at me too much. So along with some Fleetwood Mac related content, you will see some new photos that in this instance were taken by Stacy in my front yard. It’s spring in the desert and the cacti are really giving up the flowers this year after a good shimmering spring rain. The natural beauty of the desert this time of the season always has me “Mystified” and I am honored to share some with you. The version of “Mystified” you are hearing is another early mixing board rough captured on cassette for home listening reference. A magical song to be sure and Christine at her finest in any version. A big thank you to Stacy Be for taking the pictures and putting together this piece for all of us to enjoy. Your spirit touches my heart…r
Some 40 plus years ago, Stevie, Lindsey, and myself would quite often get together with the Curtis Bros., either their house or ours, to play and write music. Most of the time as we would sit around, I would watch Lindsey, Rick and Michael Curtis, (Rick & Michael wrote “Blue Letter” on the first Mac album that included Stevie and Lindsey.) Stevie, and other various friends, play & jam together. Quite often, I would record those smoke filled jam sessions with a cassette player, and apparently, one or two of the cassettes have survived. I believe this to be Lindsey and Rick Curtis playing guitar together, working on a song idea, that we found on one of the cassettes. Never before heard by anyone but us for over forty years, we can now present this for your ears, a real treat and a melodic time machine…r
Happy 29 years of “Tango In The Night”
One of the gems that we uncovered in the many cassettes left in storage over the years is this early, unfinished rendition of “Tango In The Night”. I really like the raw nature of this version, the overly limited/compressed sound of the cassette tape, and in your face. We also thought to add some of our favorite pictures to go along with it. Most you have already seen, and perhaps a couple you haven’t. Make sure to stick your head in the middle of the speakers or head phones and crank it up! Enjoy.
A big thank you once again to Kevin Moran, who’s love of music and great patience has allowed for this to even happen. Your reshearch and time are greatly valued. If it was left up to me, I would have surely lost or discarded these old cassettes long ago. Also, I would like to thank Stacy B, for her hard work and dedication to Fleetwood Mac music. Without her, none of this happens, just that simple…….r
Actually this looks like a moment from the Putney house when we were living together in West Los Angeles. He has the “on the phone with the manager” look on his face judging by the psychical nature of his expression. If I had to guess what he was saying, “Oh no, not another interview. I need time to write the darn songs first.” Lol
Here is a photo that I have personally never seen before. It seems to be from the Judy Wong collection. I can only imagine what Stevie was telling me, but if it’s a secret, I’m still keeping it. Thanks for the use of this photo Landon…r
Photo Credit: Landon Annoni
Another little slice of Fleetwood Mac life headed for the archives of “The Penguin’s Tale” website. Most of the video quality is shit, but we put it up anyway after digitizing it, before it had completely deteriorated. The visuals are from the recording of “Tusk” and the sound is from a rehearsal April 9, 1978, apparently an early version of “Storms”….Enjoy….r
“Apparently John didn’t want to hear about Christine’s suggestion and was letting us know about it.” Lol…r
A serious moment in the studio as Lindsey and Stevie discuss a part in one of her songs on “Tango In The Night”. I’m guessing the cigarette was a Kool. She liked her Kools every now and again, and cool she was. But not always when it came to working on her songs, if they turned out below her expectations. This appears to be one such moment before it was finally worked out…r
To our friends in Australia, great memories, great country, great beer. The promoter, “Paul Dainty”, gave us these Aussie style hats and yes we did wear them for a moment. Here is a rare shot of Lindsey in a hat, off stage…r
Classic Fleetwood and an image from the id. “It’s a long story folks.” Lol. …r
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GOLD DUST STEVIE
Stevie onstage during a Heart concert in December 1985.
Fleetwood Mac at the Boston Gardens in Boston, MA - Nov. 17, 1979.
Request: Stevie at the American Music Awards - January 17, 1983.
Yeah I didn’t read the whole book but most of it is/was available on Google Books so I read that. I find it hard to believe that someone who used to consume that much drugs was able to remember that many vivid details from 30 years ago. It’s an entertaining story for sure, but take it with a grain of salt. However I do believe that Lindsey used to have a bad temper in those days, no Stevie never mentioned anything like that while they were together but it’s very possible it escalated later, perhaps triggerd by drug use.
We’re doing great! she’s already getting so big and learning so much! I have one of those babys that barely sleeps during the day, she’s awake a lot and requires a lof of attention leaving very little time for anything else (like this blog),
it’s exhausting but wonderful
and I’m loving every minute of it :)
Yes, it was just a simple gold band:
I guess that depends where you live, here in Europe her solo career is pretty much nonexistent. Most people from a certain generation know Fleetwood Mac, but I think for most people in that group the name Stevie Nicks doesn’t even ring a bell (the UK might be an exception tho). In the US her solo career is far more succesful and she reached her ~legendary status.
Yeah If You Ever Did Believe is a demo from the Rumours sessions, so I don’t know where Sheryl got that from. Unless Stevie told her that but in that case she’s confused, it happens.
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Rhiannon || Fleetwood Mac Live, 1978
“Heart & Soul Tour”, Pittsburgh, PA - July 28, 2012
“Heart & Soul Tour”, Pittsburgh, PA - July 28, 2012
“Rock A Little Tour” scan originally shared by John Gamby
→ Courtesy of John Gamby
Bella Donna Live
→ Courtesy of John Gamby
“It’s just amazing that anyone who looks so frail and kittenish can be so downright powerful, but Stevie Nicks showed she’s got what it takes during her terrific hour-and-a-half show in Market Square Arena Wednesday night. (…) Miss Nicks looked just as one would expect: layers upon layers of billowy shawls and flowing skirts, her blond hair standing out as though a mild electric shock had passed through it. Indeed, her whole body seemed touched by the spark: She seemed to be always moving, either gracefully swirling or kicking up her heels in a sensuous strut.”
The Wild Heart Tour, Indianapolis, IN - July 27, 1983
Large scan: X
‘Heart & Soul Tour’, Washington DC - July 27, 2012
HQ copy: X
“Slash is not the first musical guest to join the School of Rock cast for a jam session. Stevie Nicks, whose music is featured prominently in the show, sang “Rhiannon” with the band for the show’s audience one night. Nicks has seen the show multiple times and according to Tony-nominated star Alex Brightman, she wants to take the young band on tour with her.”
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