Stevie Nicks, Redbeard look back on Bella Donna

Long before she became a star as a solo performer; before she and her musical partner (then lover) Lindsey Buckingham helped to transform the British blues rock band Fleetwood Mac into one of the top-selling groups of all time; even before her professional recording debut in 1973 on the album Buckingham Nicks, Stephanie Lynn Nicks was living a real-life version of the Glass Menagerie.

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Stevie Nicks: “I remember exactly what it was like to be 20. I mean, I was a cleaning lady, I was a waitress. I had problems… I mean, Lindsey and me together trying to figure out how we’re going to make it in the music business. And this is the only thing that either of us wanted to do. And what if we didn’t we make it ? I had to go to school. And he didn’t so… that, ya know, he had all this time. I didn’t have much time. I mean I was I was an emotional wreck at 20. Oh, yeah. I was an emotional wreck at 18 because that’s when I started singing in a band with Lindsey and we played three and ½ solid years up and down the San Francisco peninsula and opened for all the big huge bands in that special moment in time that was Haight-Ashbury and San Francisco. Where everybody came. And so I got to stand and watch from the side of the stage. Everybody. You name ‘em, we opened the show for ‘em. So I got like first hand experience, it’s the only reason I was able to walk into Fleetwood Mac without having a nervous breakdown. And walk out center front stage to the center mic and not just, ya know, collapse and faint, because I had already played in front of 75,000 people. Standing in the middle of the stage as lead singer.

It was a big adjustment and a lot to take. I was very young. Well, I wasn’t very young, I was 27, but I felt very young and it was like it was overnight, overnight, hugely successful. And it was hard for my little brain to accept that kind of fame that fast. And to go from being that poor and having all these little jobs that I had because Lindsey didn’t know how to do anything else except play music, and I could do anything. And did, to keep us going so that we could do it. Because at that time I had realized that we were going to make it if it killed me. And ya know working solidly to getting the Buckingham-Nicks deal and doing that record and having that record dropped and being just crushed. Because it’s one thing to be working towards it, and another to go into a big studio with a big producer and do a big record with all the 24 track board and everything and having the taste of the big time. And then be just be dropped like a hot potato, and go back to wondering if I should go back to school or if I should just work and let Lindsey pursue the music career. And I should just step out.Because by that time I was to the point where… ya know I’m very loyal and I certainly was Lindsey’s biggest fan and I thought he was the greatest guitar player in the world and had the most beautiful voice. He was one of those people that… I walked into a room once and he sat there and played a song and it was “Rooms on Fire.” He’s one of those. He was one of those men. And… whatever I had to do to keep him going was ok because it was more important for Lindsey than it was that I make it. Because I knew I could do a hundred other things and nobody could ever take my music away from me. I could still write songs and play. And, I could take my music in anything I did. I could go back to school. I only had a year to go to finish to get a masters. I could go back to school for three years and get a PhD. I would be fine. I knew that. I worried about him. I didn’t know what he would do. And because I was so in love with him there wasn’t any question in my mind that I would I stick in there until if we didn’t both make it, at least I got him up there. And when you love somebody and you see the pain in their face, when they even consider the fact that you might not make it… it’s like, “Don’t even think that we’re not going to make it. We are.” And in my heart I’m saying to myself, “If I have to comb this town, I will find somebody to listen to us that will understand how good we are, or that God willing, at least know how good he is.”

RB: What about expectations of you without the safety net of a band?

“I learned a long time ago never to expect. Because I think that was something that was instilled in me when I was really small. Don’t expect anything. Not that you can’t be confident about it. But just don’t expect the greatest things and then you won’t be disappointed. And then if great things do happen, you’ll be much more excited and happy about it. Then if you just said,” I know it’s hit record”, and then what if it isn’t? Then you’re devastated. And I don’t particular love being devastated, so I just thought a long time ago that I would take in my stride whatever happened, especially with my solo records. Being that they were solo records that means that yes, of course they’re more personal. Of course I’m giving away a whole lot more of myself, as my mother says to me, “too honest for the world sometimes”. So I never know exactly how people are going to take them. But every time I do a solo record I get more… convinced that the more honest I am with everybody, with what happens in my life and what has happened and what has gone on, and how I’ve managed to get to this point and still have my sanity, … the better. And the more people understand it, that this is real and these aren’t made up songs… and that I’m really trying to do a whole lot more than sing songs to people. That I’m trying to give out a little experience to people, I think. Maybe run by them, in a fantasy sort of way, experiences that I’ve been through that may save them a little bit of time. A little bit of hard time. Just help a little bit. I have to really feel that the song itself is important because I feel long after the singer is gone, and the songwriter is gone, that the song will remain.”

Editor’s Note: This appears to be an archived interview, rebroadcast for this radio special.

In the Studio with Redbeard / August 2016

LISTEN: Tusk by Temporary Hero

Temporary HeroCovers are always hit or miss, especially when it comes to the acclaimed classic rock band Fleetwood Mac. Even when another rock band takes on the songs, it’s usually a risky move, so what happens when an electronic artist takes on TUSK? Well, Portland musician Jonah Bell, aka Temporary Hero is preparing to release his 10-track album of re-imagined TUSK songs later this month, but we have the stream just below!

With a release date set for March 25, 2016, this ambitious album is sure to be polarizing, but this stream that we’ve provided below is something we’re definitely excited to share with you.

As you may know, TUSK was, in itself, a controversial album for Fleetwood Mac, in that it resulted in the loss of listeners and a drop in concert attendance. Nowadays, it’s considered a classic, but it definitely took some time for fans to fall in love with it. Knowing this, taking on an electronic cover album of it seems like a wild idea, right?

While the compositions sound much different than the original album, TUSK is not absent in the electronic covers. Temporary Hero is paying homage to one of his favorite records, and that is apparent in the finished product.

This isn’t the first time Temporary Hero has released a re-imagined cover album of one of his favorite musical acts. He did the same kind of tribute to Chet Baker and his songs. You’d like to hear those too? Yeah, we thought so. Here’s his version of “My Funny Valentine” for your listening pleasure!

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Description

A re-imagining of one of America’s most iconic albums by one of the world’s most influential and enduring acts, Fleetwood Mac. Here, Temporary Hero covers 10 of the polarizing album’s classic songs in an eclectic variety of styles.

Highlights include the balearic kissed and cello-laden Think About Me, and That’s All For Everyone, a “downtempo/ambient glitch meets country by way of dobro” masterpiece.

 

 

Jon Niles / Music Times / Monday, March 7, 2016

Fleetwood Mac Fest to benefit music charities

Best Fest, an organization that stages tribute concerts for charity, has announced its latest gig. Fleetwood Mac Fest will take place February 9-10 at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theater and features a stacked lineup: Mark Ronson, Alison Mosshart (The Kills, The Dead Weather), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), Will Forte, and Sarah Silverman will appear at the event. Other performers slated for the shows include Joanna Newsom, Cold War Kids, KT Tunstall, Dhani Harrison, Phases, Karen Elson, and “many many more surprise guests.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund and the Sweet Stuff Foundation, the latter of which is the charity of Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal’s Josh Homme. Previous Best Fest events have honored the music of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Neil Young, the Rolling Stones, and George Harrison; next month a recording of 2014’s George Fest hits shelves.

Tickets for the event go on sale Friday at 1 p.m. ET.

Entertainment Weekly / Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Fleetwood Mac Fest flyer

Fan’s dream comes true

“She was just a wish / She was just…a wish”

For one fan, the lyrics from the classic Stevie Nicks-penned song “Gypsy” couldn’t haven’t been more meaningful and appropriate than it was when she met her idol after Fleetwood Mac’s June 16 concert in Glasgow, Scotland.

UK fan Robyn Sneddon literally had her wish of meeting Stevie Nicks granted by Rays of Sunshine, a UK registered charity that grants wishes to children, aged 3 to 18 years old, living with serious or life-limiting illnesses. “I couldn’t believe just how close I actually was to her — my heart was absolutely pounding!” Robyn wrote on her blog about being in the same room as Stevie (a feeling that all fans who have met Stevie in person would attest to!).

You can read more about Robyn’s incredible experience of meeting Stevie on Robyn’s blog. Go Robyn!

REVIEW: Lullaby Renditions of Fleetwood Mac

STEVIE NICKS INFO RATING: * * * * (4 stars out of 5)

Get ready to rock…gently to Fleetwood Mac! On Tuesday, Feburary 10, the music of Fleetwood Mac receives a baby-friendly transformation from award-winning lullaby series Rockabye Baby with the release of Lullaby Renditions of Fleetwood Mac.

Unsurprisingly, Christine McVie’s songs work the best. The eternal optimist’s bright pop melodies naturally lend themselves to this genre. After hearing their impressive transformations, it’s hard to imagine her hit Fleetwood Mac singles “Say You Love Me,” “Don’t Stop,” Everywhere,” and “Little Lies” could have been anything else but these adorable lullabies.

Similarly, the whimsical quality of Lindsey Buckingham’s acoustic classic “Never Going Back Again” and Stevie Nicks’s majestic “Gypsy” shine through as carefree jaunts to dreamland…or the Enchanted Forest!

Rounding out the collections are the less lullaby-like, more meditative “The Chain,” “Dreams,” and “Gold Dust Woman,” which are clearly for the grown-ups.

Be sure to check out the liner booklets for fun games (involving the song titles) and a baby food recipe called “You Make Pumpkin Fun.”

All Rockabye Baby releases are available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon and the Rockabye Baby site. To hear samples of lullabied music from The Beatles, Kanye West, Madonna, Guns N’ Roses and more, click here.

Lullaby Renditions of Fleetwood Mac Track List

  1. Go Your Own Way
  2. Don’t Stop
  3. Everywhere
  4. Say You Love Me
  5. Rhiannon
  6. Little Lies
  7. The Chain
  8. Gold Dust Woman
  9. You Make Loving Fun
  10. Never Going Back Again
  11. Dreams
  12. Gypsy
  13. Landslide

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Never Going Back Again

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Rhiannon

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Little Lies

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FMac lullabies album out Feb 10, enter to win a copy

Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Fleetwood Mac is set to release February 10. The album features renditions of the band’s biggest hits including “Go Your Own Way,” “Dreams,” “Rhiannon,” and more! Pre-order the CD now at Amazon.

Rockabye Baby transforms rock favorites into beautiful instrumental lullabies. Guitars and drums are traded for xylophones and bells, and the volume is turned down from an eleven to a two. Tonight, the cradle will rock. Parents, do you dream of peaceful nights without baby’s cries? Well, the rumours are true: Lullaby Renditions of Fleetwood Mac will soothe those woeful tears. Don’t stop spinning these gentle instrumentals – they’ll make sleeping fun.

Enter to win a free copy!

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Track list

  1. Go Your Own Way
  2. Don’t Stop
  3. Everywhere
  4. Say You Love Me
  5. Rhiannon
  6. Little Lies
  7. The Chain
  8. Gold Dust Woman
  9. You Make Loving Fun
  10. Never Going Back Again
  11. Dreams
  12. Gypsy
  13. Landslide

Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Fleetwood Mac

Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions of Fleetwood Mac

Preview Don’t Stop

https://soundcloud.com/rockabyebabymusic/dont-stop-lullaby-renditions-of-fleetwood-mac

Alexa Chung covers ‘Blue Denim’ for new fashion collection

The multitalented It-girl takes to the stage in a new fashion film

Not only is fashion’s ultimate cool girl a TV presenter, model and author, now Alexa Chung is officially a singer, too.

It’s no secret Chung loves to sing – she even threw a karaoke party for her 31st birthday in New York last year, sharing snaps of herself behind the mic on Instagram – but we had no idea the girl actually had talent.

Starring in an exclusive video for mytheresa.com, the British It-girl performs a cover of Stevie Nicks’ 1994 hit “Blue Denim” in Valentino shoes and an indigo mini-dress from her new collaborative collection with AG (Adriano Goldschmied) (yes, she’s a designer, too).

Ignoring the unimpressed party crowd, Chung gives the Dev Hynes-produced track her all while totally uncool guests dare to suggest she’s hogging the mic with her ninth rendition of the tune. Um hello, she’s Alexa.

The fashion film, which was shot by director Gia Coppola in her own Hollywood Hills home, is part of mytheresa.com’s Tunes series, which celebrates the merge between fashion, film and music. Oh, and that dress is available January 15.

Nadine Dilong / Elle Australia / Wednesday, January 7, 2014

Alexa Chung, Blue Denim

Stevie wears winning fan-designed shawl onstage

Stevie Nicks has been wearing a fan-designed shawl at “On With the Show” performances. So far, Stevie has donned the shawl at every show since debuting the original piece at the Columbus show on October 19. The winning shawl was designed by independent designer Celeste Meyeres for the Talenthouse “Design a Show-stopping Shawl for Stevie Nicks” contest.

Stevie had the following to say about the shawl and her experience reviewing the hundreds of shawl design submissions that Talenthouse artists provided:

“I was so moved by the amount of submissions and the amazing detail and effort that was put into all of the designs. It was such a difficult decision for me to choose just one! I’d like to give a special shout out to 9 year-old Maia Quinn. Your design was in my top 10 before I even realized you were only 9! By the time you’re 15, you’ll be a famous fashion designer living in Paris! Ultimately, I chose NAY-TIV RAY-VIN by Crickets Meyeres. I felt this garment could have been made for Rhiannon or for Gold Dust Woman~ the color really isn’t that important. It just seems like a “Celtic” or a “native American” piece~ and I found that very interesting because it is obviously the tribal element that drew me to it~ be it Welsh or Southwestern~ Congratulations!!!”

Zoë Howe talks to Johnnie Walker about her new Stevie Nicks bio

British rock music writer Zoë Howe talks to Johnnie Walker on BBC Radio 2 about her unauthorized new biography Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams & Rumours, which is currently available as a Kindle ebook in the U.S.. The hardback edition is expected in February 2015.

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Zoë Howe talks to BBC radio about her new Stevie Nicks book

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Zoë Howe talks to Tony Gillham from BBC Jersey about her new book, Stevie Nicks: Visions Dreams & Rumours. The Kindle version of the book will be released on Tuesday, September 16.