They’re Playing My Song: Landslide

Section: Songwriters & Publishers

“LANDSLIDE”
Written by Stevie Nicks
Published by Welsh Witch
Music: Sony/ATV Music (BMI)

Among the many treasures in Fleetwood Mac’s repertoire, the beautiful ballad “Landslide” is one of the most memorable. Penned by Stevie Nicks, the tune was first recorded on the band’s self-titled 1975 album and was released in 1980. However, the song didn’t chart as a single until it was culled from the Mac’s most recent album, “The Dance.” It climbed to No. 10 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart in April 1998 and peaked at No. 51 on The Billboard Hot 100 in August last year:

Most recently the song received a gorgeous, harmony-laden treatment from California-based folk/pop foursome Venice on its new albums, “Spin Art.” The Vanguard Records act consists of brothers Mark and Michael Lennon and their cousins Pat and Kipp Lennon (brother of “The Lawrence Welk Show’s” singing Lennon Sisters). “Landslide” is the only cover tune on the 13-track album.

“Growing up as a family, we always listened to the Beatles, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the Eagles. Then Fleetwood Mac came along the blew us away,” says Mark Lennon. “When we formed a band 20 years ago, we started doing cover tunes, playing all the clubs in Hollywood. They’d tell me, ‘You’re 14. You come out to sing’ … Then we started writing our own original stuff and doing acoustic shows in 1988 or ’89.

“We started doing a few covers in our acoustic shows and decided to do ‘Landslide.’ We did it in the same key as Stevie Nicks. We just added our own harmonies on the chorus, and people were going crazy.

“We did it for so many years that everybody started saying, ‘You guys should record that. Finally, on this album we were talking about doing a cover time tune. We do the Jackson 5’s ‘I Want You Back’ in our live show for our blended together; but everyone kept saying, ‘You need to do “Landslide.”‘ So finally after all these years, we said, ‘Let’s record it, and if it makes the 12 or 13 of the final cut, it’s there.’

So that’s what we did. It made the cut on the album, and now we’re getting this great feedback from it.”

Lennon says Nicks’ gift as a lyricist makes the song an enduring classic. “Stevie Nicks writes in such an incredible way. Her lyrics are so different. Ten different people could tell you what that song means, and it would all be different meanings … The Lyrics mean something else to everybody. That’s how mystical she is. She can really pull you in. You can make her songs what you want them to be about. Overall, that song is undeniably a beautiful hit.”

Deborah Evans Price / Billboard / September 18, 1999

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TWO ICONS ONE NIGHT

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Los Angeles, CA
SoFi Stadium

April 10, 2023
Arlington, TX
AT&T Stadium

May 19, 2023
Nissan Stadium
Nashville, TN

August 5, 2023
Ohio Stadium
Columbus, OH

August 19, 2023
Arrowhead Stadium
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2022 Tour

Stevie Nicks

Jazz Aspen Snowmass
Snowmass, CO
Labor Day 2022

Ravinia Festival
Highland Park, IL
September 8, 2022
September 10, 2022

Pine Knob Music Theatre
Clarkston, MI
September 13, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Sea Hear Now Festival
Asbury, NJ
September 17, 2022

Xfinity Center
Mansfield, MA
September 19, 2022
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Maine Savings Amphitheatre
Bangor, ME
September 22, 2022
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Sound on Sound Festival
Bridgeport, CT
September 24-25, 2022

Ohana Festival
Dana Point, CA
September 30, 2022

Hollywood Bowl
Los Angeles, CA
October 3, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

POSTPONED
Ak-Chin Pavilion

Phoenix, AZ
October 6, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

POSTPONED
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

The Woodlands, TX
October 9, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Alpharetta, GA
October 12, 2022
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Ascend Amphitheater
Nashville, TN
October 16, 2022
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Credit One Stadium
Charleston, SC
October 19, 2022
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PNC Music Pavilion
Charlotte, NC
October 22, 2022
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MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
Tampa, FL
October 25, 2022
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iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
West Palm Beach, FL
October 28, 2022
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Orion Amphitheatre
Huntsville, AL
October 31, 2022

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Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
The Woodlands, TX
November 2, 2022
w/ Vanessa Carlton

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November 5, 2022
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