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Stevie Nicks blasts Lindsay, Britney

The Fleetwood Mac icon has harsh words for certain younger ‘messy’ and ‘dippy’ singers


 

If anyone has the right to give advice to the Britney Spearses and Lindsay Lohans of the world, it’s Stevie Nicks. In her more-than-30-year career as a solo singer and as one of the lead vocalists of the rock group Fleetwood Mac, the 61-year-old icon has paved the way for women in the music industry. And she has the war wounds to prove it. From battles with drug addiction to notorious love affairs, her life is tailor-made for a Hollywood film. Which is probably why Lindsay Lohan keeps telling reporters about her burning desire to play Nicks in a yet-to-be-made Fleetwood Mac biopic. This has Nicks a little concerned. Via phone from a presidential suite in New York City, she repeats the words “over my dead body” when the mention of a Lindsay-as-Stevie movie comes up. “That girl is the antithesis of everything that I don’t want for younger girls to be. I don’t want anyone as messy as her messing with my history.”

The legacy Nicks is so protective of is still going strong. This spring she has been busy promoting her latest two projects—a DVD called Live In Chicago and a live CD titled The Soundstage Sessions—as well as reconnecting on stage with Fleetwood Mac on its current greatest-hits North American tour. Packed with five remaining Canadian concert dates, the tour has Nicks performing more than 50 shows, many of which are sold out. Which explains why Hollywood execs have been banging on her door. “Most of them,” she says, “want to focus on when I first joined the band and the three fun, crazy years after that. Quite frankly, I don’t blame them—they were a roller-coaster ride!”

To clarify, Nicks is talking about when she and her then-lover, guitarist-vocalist Lindsey Buckingham, became members of Fleetwood Mac in 1975 (joining drummer Mick Fleetwood, vocalist Christine McVie and bassist John McVie). Shortly after the group’s first album together, Nicks experienced the side effects of being in a band with three Top 20 singles. “I was a waitress and Lindsey was a telemarketer back then,” Nicks recalls. “By the end of the summer, we were millionaires. It transformed our lives completely. Then Rumours happened and everything went berserk.”

Nicks is referring to Fleetwood Mac’s hit 1977 disc, which sold more than 30 million copies. According to Nicks, the title of the disc was prophetic on many levels. “I fell in love with Mick [Fleetwood] at the end of the Rumours tour in 1978 while I was still on rocky ground with Lindsey. Fortunately Mick and I ended it for the sake of the band. Around that time, people began saying that I was performing witchcraft—which I never did—and that the band had orgies—which we never had.”

On top of the widely reported false accusations, Nicks had to deal with a growing substance abuse problem. The miracle of it all was that she was still able to write songs (chart toppers Edge of Seventeen, Stand Back and Landslide) while maintaining a sense of mystery about herself. That secrecy is something Nicks feels is missing in the pop stars of today. She points to Britney Spears as a prime example of a singer who has overexposed herself beyond repair. “For her, it’s all about TMI: too much information. She needs to stop sharing. Period. After that toxic reality series she did, I decided I will never buy another one of her CDs because now I know how dippy she is.” When Nicks hears that Spears cursed about wardrobe malfunctions while performing on stage during her recent tour, her voice begins to thunder. “You do not tell the audience about your stupid-ass problems,” she says. “You will never, ever see a sweat drop start to fly off of my face—even if my heel is broken. I’ll do the song heel-less. People paid good money for you to take away their problems and inspire them.”

Other than her beef with Britney, Nicks has a record of embracing the newer divas on the block. “The fact that Etta James got so angry about Beyoncé singing At Last at President Obama’s first dance is tragic. C’mon Etta, just let Beyoncé sing it—she’s the new thing. [James] is still selling concert tickets so she should move over for a moment.” And with that, Nicks pipes down, takes a breath and begins to reflect. “In music history, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Elvis were all called the kings of rock and managed to be quite amicable to each other. They even did shows together! There is no reason why us women can’t do the same. Besides, I don’t want to be known as a queen of rock. When you start having to tell people that you are the queen, you’re done.”


 

Stevie Nicks blasts Lindsay, Britney

  1. I love these quotes! They are pure Stevie at her best, sharing the wisdom, maturity and humility she developed by busting her chops the old fashioned way: earning it with relentless hard work and raw talent in the music industry. Bravo, Stevie, for calling these tarty trainwrecks out.

  2. Clearly Stevie forgets about the band fight backstage in Vancouver. They ran out and canceled the show over an argument that clearly, professionals would have locked away until AFTER the performance.

    Pot and Kettle !

  3. I love these quotes! They are pure Stevie at her best, sharing the wisdom, maturity and humility she developed by busting her chops the old fashioned way: earning it with relentless hard work and raw talent in the music industry. Bravo, Stevie, for calling these tarty trainwrecks out.

  4. Clearly Stevie forgets about the band fight backstage in Vancouver. They ran out and canceled the show over an argument that clearly, professionals would have locked away until AFTER the performance.

    Pot and Kettle !

  5. Calling a pot a kettle!

    Nicks is trying to whitewash her past. It was as trashy and sordid (mebbe even worse) as the current popstars. We didn't have the tabloids then, lucky her. Spears and Lohan obviously have some problems but part of it is due to their stardom at a young age. Nicks, meanwhile, was a cokehead during the prime of her stardom (age late 20s & early 30s). On many performances, you can see she's totally spaced out. Remember Prince found her zonked-out on his kitchen floor. She slept with half of Fleetwood Mac, nearly all the Eagles, most of her record producers and many more – she totally outdid Spears and Lohan there. Mick Fleetwood cheated on her and left her for Sara Recor – it wasn't for the good of the band as Nicks wants us to believe. Of course, he was still married to another woman when she had the affair with him – the same with the married Rupert Hines. Obviously Nicks morals are questionable here. She has also totally forgotten about her whining and blaming everybody (Christine McVie's absence and Lindsey Buckingham for not bowing to her self-proclaimed fabulousness) but herself for her poor performances at their last "Say You Will" tour. On their current tour, Nicks is once again putting on a subpar performance. She shows total disinterest on the paying audience and her bandmates.

    She shoudn't be surprised if a guitar is thrown her way, followed by a drum kit. Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham are working their asses off to cover for her, for a wonderful and memorable show for the audience.

  6. all I know is i heard she used to have cocaine administered to her in a most unusual way

  7. Calling a pot a kettle!
    Nicks is trying to whitewash her past. It was as trashy and sordid (mebbe even worse) as the current popstars. We didn’t have the tabloids then, lucky her. Spears and Lohan obviously have some problems but part of it is due to their stardom at a young age. Nicks, meanwhile, was a cokehead during the prime of her stardom (age late 20s & early 30s). On many performances, you can see she’s totally spaced out. Remember Prince found her zonked-out on his kitchen floor. She slept with half of Fleetwood Mac, nearly all the Eagles, most of her record producers and many more – she totally outdid Spears and Lohan there. Mick Fleetwood cheated on her and left her for Sara Recor – it wasn’t for the good of the band as Nicks wants us to believe. Of course, he was still married to another woman when she had the affair with him – the same with the married Rupert Hines. Obviously Nicks morals are questionable here. She has also totally forgotten about her whining and blaming everybody (Christine McVie’s absence and Lindsey Buckingham for not bowing to her self-proclaimed fabulousness) but herself for her poor performances at their last “Say You Will” tour. On their current tour, Nicks is once again putting on a subpar performance. She shows total disinterest on the paying audience and her bandmates.
    She shoudn’t be surprised if a guitar is thrown her way, followed by a drum kit. Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham are working their asses off to cover for her, for a wonderful and memorable show for the audience.

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  8. "Bravo, Stevie, for calling these tarty trainwrecks out!"

    Puhleez, Stevie Nicks was the original tarty trainwreck and worse. Up to today, Stevie Nicks has never taken responsibility for her coke addiction – it was always Fleetwood Mac and the music industry that drove her to it. Same with her Klonopin addiction – it was the crazy doctor and friends who pushed her to it.

    It's interesting to note that Stevie Nicks did her best work when she was coked out. After her detox (good for her), she's as interesting as a dead rat on stage (bad for her). As for her self-proclaimed poetress and good songwriter, she needed Fleetwood Mac to work their magic on them cos all her solo work apart from Stop Dragging My Heart Around are generic, sound all alike and highly forgettable. Of course that excellent Stop Dragging My Heart Around wasn't even written by her – it was Tom Petty.

  9. all I know is i heard she used to have cocaine administered to her in a most unusual way

  10. I've been a Fleetwood Mac fan for years and have never heard Stevie address the rumours about Rumours. Well done.

  11. “Bravo, Stevie, for calling these tarty trainwrecks out!”

    Puhleez, Stevie Nicks was the original tarty trainwreck and worse. Up to today, Stevie Nicks has never taken responsibility for her coke addiction – it was always Fleetwood Mac and the music industry that drove her to it. Same with her Klonopin addiction – it was the crazy doctor and friends who pushed her to it.
    It’s interesting to note that Stevie Nicks did her best work when she was coked out. After her detox (good for her), she’s as interesting as a dead rat on stage (bad for her). As for her self-proclaimed poetress and good songwriter, she needed Fleetwood Mac to work their magic on them cos all her solo work apart from Stop Dragging My Heart Around are generic, sound all alike and highly forgettable. Of course that excellent Stop Dragging My Heart Around wasn’t even written by her – it was Tom Petty.

    • Excuse me, she is one of the most prolific songwriters out there!!! As for Tom Petty, he is also a memorable performer. But Stevie did write the Grammy Winning song Free Falling for Tom Petty. But like the saying goes opinions are like assholes, everybody has one!!!

  12. Jeez, you haters sound like bitter 50-somethings who can't deal with someone who still has a career instead of lining up to buy sneakers and elastic-waist pants at WalMart. Not into Fleetwood Mac myself, but she sounds like fun! Am eager to hear what Britney and Lindz have to say in 30 years — if they're still standing (I hope they are). Train wrecks who clean up and sober up are really fascinating, fascinating people: god bless 'em!

  13. Everyone should quit attacking her. What makes Stevie Nicks so interesting is that she is actually speaking the truth. I really wish more singers would be so open.

  14. I agree. Make it to fifty with a career like that and you can say whatever you want.

    If I was Lohan I'd be happy she mentioned me.

  15. It's okay, we understand. Nicks has to say outrageous things for some publicity. I've been told that she's phoning in her performances on their current tour – unlike Britney who's totally rocking out hard on stage.

  16. I stopped reading when I saw the Lindsay Stevie Nicks was blasting wasn't Buckingham.

  17. I’ve been a Fleetwood Mac fan for years and have never heard Stevie address the rumours about Rumours. Well done.

  18. all this from someone who has not put out any new music in years….who's last 3 tours consisted of the same tired set , and listless performance…..and same old interviews of empty promises of new music and movies……Blah blah ….BAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

  19. Sorry, I think you are mistaken. First of all, someone who is 60 is not going to be jumping around on stage and doing seductive moves like someone in her 20s. I saw Stevie in concert last week and her voice sounds quite good-not lip syncing like Brit. Lindsey Buckingham is more energetic on stage, but Stevie was hardly 'phoning in'. She went through costume changes, sang with genuine feeling, and energetically played the tambourine. I'm not standing up for her past drug use and agree that her past is just as spotted as the pop stars of today, but at least she still wrote her own songs unlike today's girls (of course I still prefer the work she did with FM over her solo collection.) I did not go to see Stevie impersonate Brit or act like she is still 25–she met my expectations and I definitely got my money's worth!

  20. Jeez, you haters sound like bitter 50-somethings who can’t deal with someone who still has a career instead of lining up to buy sneakers and elastic-waist pants at WalMart. Not into Fleetwood Mac myself, but she sounds like fun! Am eager to hear what Britney and Lindz have to say in 30 years — if they’re still standing (I hope they are). Train wrecks who clean up and sober up are really fascinating, fascinating people: god bless ’em!

    • I agree. Make it to fifty with a career like that and you can say whatever you want.
      If I was Lohan I’d be happy she mentioned me.

  21. Everyone should quit attacking her. What makes Stevie Nicks so interesting is that she is actually speaking the truth. I really wish more singers would be so open.

  22. It’s okay, we understand. Nicks has to say outrageous things for some publicity. I’ve been told that she’s phoning in her performances on their current tour – unlike Britney who’s totally rocking out hard on stage.

    • Sorry, I think you are mistaken. First of all, someone who is 60 is not going to be jumping around on stage and doing seductive moves like someone in her 20s. I saw Stevie in concert last week and her voice sounds quite good-not lip syncing like Brit. Lindsey Buckingham is more energetic on stage, but Stevie was hardly ‘phoning in’. She went through costume changes, sang with genuine feeling, and energetically played the tambourine. I’m not standing up for her past drug use and agree that her past is just as spotted as the pop stars of today, but at least she still wrote her own songs unlike today’s girls (of course I still prefer the work she did with FM over her solo collection.) I did not go to see Stevie impersonate Brit or act like she is still 25–she met my expectations and I definitely got my money’s worth!

      • I saw her at Columbus and she was totally anal there. I paid a lot of money and got to stand in front of Stevie. She didn’t look happy at all on stage. She didn’t even look at the audience once. Her tambourine playing was half hearted. A zombie on stage. Boy, did I wish was standing on Lindsay Buckingham’s side cos the audience there were having so much more fun.

  23. I stopped reading when I saw the Lindsay Stevie Nicks was blasting wasn’t Buckingham.

    • all this from someone who has not put out any new music in years….who’s last 3 tours consisted of the same tired set , and listless performance…..and same old interviews of empty promises of new music and movies……Blah blah ….BAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

      • Stevie Nicks is one of those women who don’t really need new albums or new music. What she has done already exemplifies a type of music that doesn’t even exist today. Its so powerful that even if she had a new hit or new set it would not come close to measuring up to the early work she did in her solo career. She was the one who wrote Fleetwood Mac’s best songs anyway. Where would they be without Dreams or Gold Dust Woman?

        • She’s a Rock Dinosaur all right.

        • That’s right! Nothing that she puts out can ever measure up to her early days. Obviously she’s way past her prime. I feel sorry for her because Buckingham and Fleetwood are still putting out excellent music today. If only she had an ounce of their drive, she would then quit bitching about others and focus on her music.

    • Well, Stevie is genetically programmed to bitch about Lindsey. Since that one is happily married and has his own brood of beautiful children, Stevie has verbally moved on to Lindsay. It gives her the same satisfaction bcos in her head, it’s still all about Lindsey.

  24. I think Miss Nicks is aging with grace and I can't say that Lindsay and Britney will be doing the same.

  25. Stevie Nicks is one of those women who don't really need new albums or new music. What she has done already exemplifies a type of music that doesn't even exist today. Its so powerful that even if she had a new hit or new set it would not come close to measuring up to the early work she did in her solo career. She was the one who wrote Fleetwood Mac's best songs anyway. Where would they be without Dreams or Gold Dust Woman?

  26. She's a Rock Dinosaur all right.

  27. I saw her at Columbus and she was totally anal there. I paid a lot of money and got to stand in front of Stevie. She didn't look happy at all on stage. She didn't even look at the audience once. Her tambourine playing was half hearted. A zombie on stage. Boy, did I wish was standing on Lindsay Buckingham's side cos the audience there were having so much more fun.

  28. I think Miss Nicks is aging with grace and I can’t say that Lindsay and Britney will be doing the same.

  29. That's right! Nothing that she puts out can ever measure up to her early days. Obviously she's way past her prime. I feel sorry for her because Buckingham and Fleetwood are still putting out excellent music today. If only she had an ounce of their drive, she would then quit bitching about others and focus on her music.

  30. Well, Stevie is genetically programmed to bitch about Lindsey. Since that one is happily married and has his own brood of beautiful children, Stevie has verbally moved on to Lindsay. It gives her the same satisfaction bcos in her head, it's still all about Lindsey.

  31. Nicks shld realise that times have changed. The public wants a celeb with the whole package. In todays world, an artist with great looks and moves and some talent is worth more than one with lots of talent and little else. Spears is dressing just like any other young person today. Nicks niece is the one who needs to wear more clothes and listen to her aunt.

  32. Nicks shld realise that times have changed. The public wants a celeb with the whole package. In todays world, an artist with great looks and moves and some talent is worth more than one with lots of talent and little else. Spears is dressing just like any other young person today. Nicks niece is the one who needs to wear more clothes and listen to her aunt.

  33. Great article! I read everything Elio Iannacci writes in McLean's. He's really got great insight!

  34. Great article! I read everything Elio Iannacci writes in McLean’s. He’s really got great insight!

  35. This article is great! Stevie is a legend first, last and always. I saw her during her recent Crystal Visions tour at Casino Rama, and she was incredible. She sure knows how to weave her magic with a tambourine. She had us transfixed. Although I didn't attend the recent Fleetwood Mac show, I find it extremely hard to believe that her tambourine playing this time out was only 'half-hearted', as a previous poster suggests.

  36. This article is great! Stevie is a legend first, last and always. I saw her during her recent Crystal Visions tour at Casino Rama, and she was incredible. She sure knows how to weave her magic with a tambourine. She had us transfixed. Although I didn’t attend the recent Fleetwood Mac show, I find it extremely hard to believe that her tambourine playing this time out was only ‘half-hearted’, as a previous poster suggests.

  37. for me i've always tried to avoid wasting my time on fakeness or bad attitude or hubris and to support real musical talent–Alicia Keys, Debra Cox, Amanda Franklin, Michael Buble, Feist and other as yet unknowns come to mind. not necessarily a reflection on Ms. Nicks…but,

    i'm just sayin…

  38. for me i’ve always tried to avoid wasting my time on fakeness or bad attitude or hubris and to support real musical talent–Alicia Keys, Debra Cox, Amanda Franklin, Michael Buble, Feist and other as yet unknowns come to mind. not necessarily a reflection on Ms. Nicks…but,

    i’m just sayin…

  39. I am one of the biggest Stevie Nicks fans around and have been for over 20 years, but I do not see why she felt the need to be so harsh on Lindsey Lohan in public. She should be a little understand and sure Lindsay needs a swift kick in the butt for her behavior, but I sure she could have phone her personally.

  40. I am one of the biggest Stevie Nicks fans around and have been for over 20 years, but I do not see why she felt the need to be so harsh on Lindsey Lohan in public. She should be a little understand and sure Lindsay needs a swift kick in the butt for her behavior, but I sure she could have phone her personally.

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  42. Stevie Nicks will be remembered long after the pop culture trash queens of today are forgotten.

    And yes, the somewhat lurid details of her sex life to make for people blushing, not to mention feeling envy for her wherewithal to do what she wants, on her own terms.

    "Britney who?" is the question we'll all be asking sooner rather than later.

    I can hear the song Rhiannon playing in my head right now.

  43. Stevie Nicks will be remembered long after the pop culture trash queens of today are forgotten.

    And yes, the somewhat lurid details of her sex life to make for people blushing, not to mention feeling envy for her wherewithal to do what she wants, on her own terms.

    "Britney who?" is the question we'll all be asking sooner rather than later.

    I can hear the song Rhiannon playing in my head right now.

  44. While I love Stevie with all my heart I always get a bit miffed when she starts seeming offended that people assumed she was a "witch". She purposefully created and promoted that "image" in the 70`s so she should accept the publics assumptions and not seem so surprised or annoyed that people would or did ask about it.

  45. While I love Stevie with all my heart I always get a bit miffed when she starts seeming offended that people assumed she was a "witch". She purposefully created and promoted that "image" in the 70`s so she should accept the publics assumptions and not seem so surprised or annoyed that people would or did ask about it.

  46. Excuse me, she is one of the most prolific songwriters out there!!! As for Tom Petty, he is also a memorable performer. But Stevie did write the Grammy Winning song Free Falling for Tom Petty. But like the saying goes opinions are like assholes, everybody has one!!!

    • Stevie still is the hardest working woman in the music industry. Take, for instance, her current 24 Karat Gold tour. It was to end the week before last Christmas, but now new dates have been added up to next April. Therefore, as a variation to the line in “Dreams”, I would like to ask Stevie, if I could (although I realize this is unrealistic): “Have you any seats you’d like to sell.”

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