IN YOUR DREAMS: Stevie Nicks gives a live chat with fans at TIFF Bell Lightbox

(Rene Johnston / Toronto Star)
(Rene Johnston / Toronto Star)

In advance of Fleetwood Mac’s Tuesday concert, singer Stevie Nicks stopped by a screening of her new documentary for a Q&A.

By Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Stevie Nicks says it was a “million-to-one” serendipitous event that allowed her to present In Your Dreams, the documentary she co-directed with Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame, at two sold-out screenings at TIFF Bell Lightbox Monday night.

“Really, seriously, what are the chances that Toronto would ask us to show this film? They didn’t know that Fleetwood Mac would have one day off here and I would be able to come to this showing,” said Nicks during the first of two post-screening Q&A sessions for the film, about the making of her 2011 solo album. “What are the chances of that?”

Fleetwood Mac plays the Air Canada Centre Tuesday night. With bandmates Mick Fleetwood and John McVie in the house to cheer her on, singer-songwriter Nicks shared insight into her art and her life with appreciative fans. They brought albums, photos and even paid tribute by imitation, like Nicks female impersonator Crystal Visions, who was outfitted in a blonde wig, flowing black dress with a sparkling shawl and a scarf-ringed tambourine.

Nicks took her time on a red carpet leading into the theatre, stopping for photos and interviews. Slim and looking younger than her 62 years, Nicks was dressed all in black with her trademark high-heeled boots, fingerless gloves and a shimmering half-moon necklace at her throat.

The film is an up-close look at Nicks’ songwriting process and, since the album was recorded in her California home, a rare look inside her life.

Working with Stewart and the added pressure of shooting a film while writing and recording an album took some getting used to, Nicks admitted. He showed up daily to start work at 2 p.m., “which was ridiculous because I don’t get up until 1 o’clock,” Nicks laughed.

So she simplified. “I wore exactly the same thing every day. It was a different top, but it was a closetful of these black tops made by (New York designer) Morgane Le Fay. I didn’t want to think about what I was wearing.”

Nicks made several jokes at her own expense during the brief Q&A session. She said that what’s onscreen, the portrait of an uncompromising artist who has a stellar ear, a silly side and a stubborn streak, is true to who she is. “If you know me, if you had known me for the last 35 years, you would say, ‘That’s really her. That’s the way she really is.’”

But she became quiet and her voice quavered when Nicks talked about her mother, Barbara Nicks, who died at age 84 in December 2011.

“Ever since I lost my mother, I really realized how important what you do is and that your journeys are much, much more important than what you come out with,” she said, adding her mom often reminded her during the making of In Your Dreams to enjoy the moment when creating the album.

“It’s a journey,” said Nicks. “You’re just making memories. That’s all you’re doing.”

In Your Dreams screenings continue until Thursday at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

The songs to be played at Tuesday’s Fleetwood Mac concert at the ACC are under wraps, but here’s what the band performed at its most recent show, on Saturday in Chicago, according to setlist.fm:

1. Second Hand News

2. The Chain

3. Dreams

4. Sad Angel

5. Rhiannon

6. Not That Funny

7. Tusk

8. Sisters of the Moon

9. Sara

10. Big Love

11. Landslide

12. Never Going Back Again

13. Without You

14. Gypsy

15. Eyes of the World

16. Gold Dust Woman

17. I’m So Afraid

18. Stand Back

19. Go Your Own Way

(Encore)

20. World Turning

21. Don’t Stop

(Second encore)

22. Silver Springs

23. Say Goodbye

KiSS 92.5 FM Headcam Interview with Stevie Nicks

Toronto radio station KiSS 92.5 FM interviews Stevie on the red carpet of the Toronto International Film Festival.

Fleetwood Mac plays Toronto

By Erin Criger
City News Toronto
April 16, 2013 8:32 AM

Stevie Nicks was in Toronto this week ahead of Fleetwood Mac’s show Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre.

The singer was promoting her new documentary In Your Dreams. The movie, filmed with Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, follows Nicks as she makes her 2011 album, also called In Your Dreams.

The Canadian premiere was held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Monday night.

“We got stuff that nobody ever gets. We got the actual writing of the songs – nobody ever gets that, because you usually don’t let anybody in while you’re doing it,” Nicks told CityNews at the Lightbox.

“Everybody got a camera. There were like 12 people there with a camera,” Nicks said.

Nicks said Stewart persuaded her to make the documentary and to film it in her house. At first, she said, they were only going to record the album at her home.

When he proposed the idea, she said, “Are you serious? Are you kidding? You mean I have to put makeup on every day?”

She said Stewart promised that if she didn’t like the footage, they wouldn’t use it.

“It was a promise made between the caterpillar and Alice. And I knew it was true,” Nicks said.

In Your Dreams will play at the Lightbox until April 18.

Stevie Nicks’ sweet ‘Dreams’

In Your Dreams premieres in Toronto on April 15. (Weapons of Mass Entertainment)
Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams premieres in Toronto on April 15. (Weapons of Mass Entertainment)

By Jane Stevenson
Toronto Sun
Sunday, April 14, 2013 08:02 PM EDT

In Your Dreams
**** (4 stars)

TORONTO – In the feature film about her life, Stevie Nicks wants Reese Witherspoon to play her.

This is one of many revelations found in In Your Dreams, the documentary about the making of Nicks’ 2011 solo album of the same name, co-directed by Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, who also helmed the record with Glen Ballard.

On and off, over the course of a year, Stewart shot 50 hours of footage of the now 64-year-old Nicks, most intimately at her mansion high in the hills above Los Angeles. The resulting film features cameos by Witherspoon, Fleetwood Mac members Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham, Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and, of course, Stewart, who is a bit of a character himself.

When he’s not belting back the occasional martini, he’s got either an acoustic or electric guitar or camera in his hand.

During one funny moment, Stewart is filming Nicks and she looks up and says: “Oh, that was you the whole time. I’m going like, ‘Who’s the chick in the white outfit that’s filming us?’”

One genuine surprise? That until writing with Stewart, Nicks had never ever written a song with another person in the same room before.

“I don’t like to be told what to do,” she says at one point.

In another scene, she is seen arguing with Buckingham over tense changes in her lyrics.

“Would you say that to Bob Dylan?” Nicks asks him.

And when Stewart tries to insert some “too siren-y, too weird” guitar effects into a song, Nicks says bluntly: “Don’t quit your day job.”

No pushover is Nicks. And she’s honest too.

She admits to ending up with a demo reel of 23 Campbell tracks in the ’80s after visiting Tom Petty and stealing one — Runaway Trains — for a Fleetwood Mac song until Petty got wind of it.

“All I could hear was Tom screaming,” she says to the camera. “I was so busted.”

The movie is certain to appeal to fans of Nicks, whose gypsy persona, fashion style and throaty voice made her an icon.

And for those who aren’t devotees, the behind-the-scenes music-making with some of rock’s top musicians will fascinate.

In Your Dreams: Stevie Nicks is at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Monday at 7 and 7:30pm, with Nicks conducting a Q&A afterward.

IN YOUR DREAMS: Dave Stewart Q&A

(Weapons of Mass Entertainment)
(Weapons of Mass Entertainment)

Dave Stewart: Co-director, Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams

By Susan G. Cole
Now Toronto
Monday, April 15, 2013

Dave Stewart put on every one of his musical hats – producer, guitarist, songwriter – for Stevie Nicks’s 2011 disc, In Your Dreams. He adds feature film co-director to his artistic resumé with this documentary tracking the album’s creative process and probing Nicks’s personal history and inspirations. He talked with NOW about that collaboration and why it worked. Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams screens at the TIFF Bell Lightbox April 15 to 18.

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Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams: Fleetwood Mac singer’s doc almost foiled due to vanity

(Jason Merritt / Getty Images)
(Jason Merritt / Getty Images)

By Sarah Kurchak
Spinner
Tuesday, April 16th 2013 4:40PM

Jason Merritt, Getty

Toward the end of In Your Dreams, Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart’s documentary about the making of their album of the same name which opened at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox last night, Stewart muses about the magic that he experienced in that year of writing and recording with the rock ‘n’ roll legend and his hopes that a piece of that comes across in the film.

“I hope it brought you a little closer to Stevie’s heart,” he says in his closing narration.

The film certainly lives up to Stewart’s expectations. The result of the producer and former Eurythmics member’s almost obsessive need to film and document everything in his life, “In Your Dreams” takes viewers deep into the year-long creative process behind Nicks’s 2011 album — her first solo release in over a decade — and just as deep into the heart of its co-writer and co-director.

With his omnipresent camera essentially becoming part of the gang, Stewart documents almost every detail of what happened from the time that Nicks asked him to produce her new album to the assembly of her band and crew (including superstar producer Glen Ballard and her Fleetwood Mac bandmates Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham) to the videos the crew made to accompany each song on the disc.

Obviously comfortable with her creative partner, Nicks opens up about almost everything. Her family, her early music history, her sometimes rocky history with Buckingham, and her current inspirations are all covered. She even waxes poetically on her love of the “Twilight” films, which were the inspiration for the song “Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream).

“I was taken with this movie because what happened to Bella absolutely happened to me,” she says about Bella’s post-Edward heartbreak in “New Moon.”

The result of this intimate and open atmosphere is a documentary that actually does make you feel like you’re part of the action, as cliched as that phrase may be. And, as it turns out, the film was only really the opening act for people who attended one of the two screenings and Stevie Nicks Q&As last night. In the flesh, the rock star was even more personable and charming.

Clad in one of her trademark flowing outfits, Nicks amiably sauntered on stage after the screening, settled into her seat and started regaling the sold out crowd with a story about the genesis of the “In Your Dreams” film, and how her own personal insecurities almost destroyed the project before it even began.

Stewart, she explained, original brought up the idea of filming the whole process when he first agreed to produce the album for her. Nicks wasn’t big on the idea, as it stood in the way of all of dreams of recording and home and dressing as a complete slob.

“That means serious hair, makeup and clothes,” she said, in mock horror.

In the end, though, it was Running Down a Dream, the 2007 Tom Petty documentary, that convinced her to give the camera a shot.

“I remember the footage from Tom Petty’s very, very long four-hour documentary, which I personally loved, every minute of it,” she said. “But there was a part on the Traveling Wilburys that was so brilliant and it really showed the five of those guys like they were in the James Gang or something. And we got to see them for a half-hour really be who they were and just looking so handsome and playing this amazing music and then, within minutes, it seemed, two of them died. And if they hadn’t have done that, what a shame that would have been.”

This got her reevaluating her own priorities.

“What a shame it would be if you, Miss Vanity, said no to this because you don’t want to spend a half an hour doing makeup and picking a uniform,” she continued. “What if we come up with something that’s really great and we don’t film it? And then how are you going to feel a year after that? You’re going to go ‘Wow, now you really can admit to the vanity of women because you lost out on something really brilliant.’ So I said ok.”

Soon, she said, her appearance wasn’t even on her mind.

“It’s amazing how easy the process becomes because of the people involved.”

Taking questions from the crowd, Nicks indulged the audience in questions about making the classic Fleetwood Mac album Rumours (“It wasn’t a very pleasant experience,” she quipped before embarking on a more philosophical reflection on the romance and the drama behind those days), and opening up about the death of her mother.

She also talked about how the promotion of In Your Dreams really forced her to adapt to the new realities of the music business. For someone who came of age in a wildly different music industry, it hasn’t always been an easy transition.

“The music business has turned to stone,” she said. “I can’t expect anyone to help me.”

She also pointed out that record companies just don’t have enough money to invest in bands for the long term anymore, using Fleetwood Mac’s post-Rumours career as an example.

“If it had been now and we had done Rumours and had that success and then we did Tusk, the double record from Africa? Warner Brothers would have said ‘Get out and take your African tusks with you!’ It’s such a different age now.”

Nicks credits her fans and their support or allowing her to tirelessly tour and promote “In Your Dreams” and help her make it the modern day music business success that it is. As such, she pointedly thanked those in attendance for their part in it.

“I’m not going to worry about record sales anymore and I’m not going to worry about what people think,” she said. “Because what really matters is what I think, because if I’m thinking good and I’m thinking happy, then what I do is going to turn around and make you feel good. So we just bounce off of each other. I throw the dreams out there and you throw them back at me. And that’s how we make this together. This is not anything that is done by one person. It happens because we’re a team. And you’re my team. You are. I mean that.”

Stevie Nicks is on tour with Fleetwood Mac right now.

Stevie Nicks: Reese is too old to play me in biopic

(ET Canada)
(ET Canada)

By Michele Yeo
ET Canada
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

As a member of Fleetwood Mac as well as a successful solo artist, Stevie Nicks is undeniably one of music’s true legends. Her wild past of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll are the perfect fodder for the big screen and the singer knows who she’d like to portray her in a biopic — Reese Witherspoon. Her choice makes sense — Reese did, after all, win an Oscar for playing another iconic musician, June Carter Cash, in Walk the Line.  But it seems it might be too late to make this movie magic happen, since Stevie says, “I’ve already told her she’s almost too old.”

True, Reese is no longer on the ‘edge of seventeen’ but too old? “I love her, but she’s like, ‘I could play your mother’ I’m like okay.”

We caught up with the Gold Dust Woman on the Toronto red carpet of her new film, In Your Dreams. The documentary chronicles the making of Stevie’s first solo album in 10 years, of the same name, In Your Dreams.

Filming the process was her producing partner, Dave Stewart’s idea. “He’s totally insane and fantastic and he films everything,” Stevie says of Dave, who himself  is a member of one of music’s iconic groups, The Eurythmics. “When he suggested it I was like ‘oh please, you’re not serious, right?’” Stevie eventually agreed to let the cameras in, but assumed the footage would end up being a personal memento, not a full-length feature film! “I thought a few people would see it and love it and it would go back on the library shelf,” she explains. “They say good things come to people who wait… I think good things come to people who don’t expect anything!”

Stevie walked the red carpet just over 24 hours before a reunited Fleetwood Mac are to take the stage for a nearly sold-out show at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.

Clad in her trademark head-to-toe black, Stevie admitted that, even after all these years of performing she still gets nervous before a big show: “I said to Lindsey (Buckingham) it’s disturbingly big because you’re putting on your shoes and all of a sudden you’re walking on stage in front of 16,000 people and you’re like, ‘is this really happening?’”

Stevie Nicks stirs up fandemonium in Toronto

(Xtra)
Fleetwood Mac singer is in Toronto promoting her documentary In Your Dreams. (Xtra!)

ON SCREEN / Singer is in town promoting her new documentary

Xtra! (Canada)
Monday, April 15, 2013

The incomparable Stevie Nicks thrilled fans (including more than a couple gay men) at TIFF Bell Lightbox ahead of the Canadian premiere of her new documentary, In Your Dreams.  The doc, created with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, takes a behind the scenes look at the making of her 2011 album of the same name.

Nicks is also playing a Fleetwood Mac gig on April 16 at the Air Canada Centre. Fleetwood Mac hit the big time in the 1970s. Their 1977 album, Rumours, had four number one hits, including “You Make Loving Fun,” “Go Your Own Way” and “Don’t Stop.”

Nicks has maintained a rock star status through the years and has had a successful solo career with such hits as “Edge of Seventeen” and “Stand Back.” A recent episode of Glee introduced a new generation to Nicks and Fleetwood Mac.

In the below video interview with Xtra, Nicks talks about today’s music industry, including her favourite new artist.  The documentary In Your Dreams plays at TIFF April 16-18.

MOVIE REVIEW: Stevie Nicks fans will get their fill with In Your Dreams

Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams

Stevie Nicks: Nicks In Your Dreams is an affectionate documentary about the Fleetwood Mac singer co-directed by Eurythmics Dave Stewart.

By Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
Monday, April 15, 2013

Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams
*** (3 stars out of 4)

A documentary about the making of Stevie Nicks’ album. Directed by Nicks and Dave Stewart. 100 minutes. Screens April 16-18 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. G

Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams shows devotion to its raspy-voiced rock goddess subject immediately, with a montage of concert-goers professing their love for the poetic Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter who went on to solo success.

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Stevie Nicks In Your Dreams: Q&A with Dave Stewart

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Musician Dave Stewart co-produced Stevie Nicks’s In Your Dreams album and co-directed the subsequent film. (MLW/SolarPix Inc.)

By Brad Wheeler
The Globe and Mail (Canada)
Sunday, Apr. 14 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

Billed as an “intimate portrait of one of rock’s most enduring and legendary artists,” In Your Dreams, a documentary on the making of Stevie Nicks’s 2011 album of the same name, runs the risk of being too intimate for its own good. Musician Dave Stewart, who co-produced the album, shared directorial credit on the film with the singer herself. We spoke with him about a documentary being too close to its subject.

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