Return of the Mac: Stevie Nicks talks Fleetwood Mac, feminism and romancing Prince ahead of O2 gigs
FLEETWOOD Mac are back touring for the first time in four years and heading for the O2 arena for three dates at the end of the month. The classic line-up includes iconic members Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Christine McVie is rumoured to join up with her old band. Singer Stevie Nicks explained now was right to bring the band back.
She said: “I thought Fleetwood Mac should stay off the grid for three years. It’s a good idea; it’s just smart to keep us out of the spotlight for three years. Everyone went along with it. We were gone long enough that it was us coming back. I told the press last year that 2013 was going to be the year of Fleetwood Mac. And I was just hoping with all my heart that this big statement was gonna come true.”
And the show is not to be missed, the singer said. “When people in Britain see the show they’re gonna be blown way,” she said. “Honestly, rock bands that are 30 years old would baulk at this schedule and at the amount of songs we’re doing and the length of the show. They would go, ‘you are kidding? Two hours and 40 minutes a night?’”
The 65-year-old, who joined the band in 1975 for its most successful period, was one of the first female rock icons. She said: “We were feminists, and we fought for the feminist movement. And I see that starting to be lost a little bit now. I see women being more willing to be put in their place today. I can’t exactly put my finger on it, what it is. But I see something changing, and I see girls being not quite as willing to take a stand.”
With a tempestuous relationship with one of her band mates leading to one of the biggest-selling albums of all time, Rumours, Stevie knew not to mix the personal and professional a second time.
She said: “I wanted to work with Prince. And I was smart enough to know that if you start having a relationship with somebody, you’re never gonna work with them. Prince is such a strange and beautiful guy. He wanted to be my friend; I don’t know if he wanted any more than that. But I know that he wanted to hang out. We lived in two different worlds. That’s when I was totally a drug addict and Prince is the other side of drug addict – Prince is straight as an arrow. He would bring me cough medicine when I was sick and then I’d ask for another spoon of it, and he’d go, ‘I didn’t come here to start you on a new drug!’ So I realised that that was not gonna work out. We’re two really famous rock’n’roll stars, and I’m a drug addict, and he’s not, so these paths are not gonna meet ever well. But if I needed Prince I’m sure he would come and help me.”
Fleetwood Mac are at the O2 on September 24 to 27. Go to theo2.co.uk
Jim Palmer / This Is Local London / Tuesday September 17, 2013