Stevie interview/ Classic Rock Mag 2/04/18
I copied this from the interviews section at FleetwoodMac-UK.com
Classic Rock Magazine (Issue 246)
By Gary Graff
4th Feb 2018
After going from small fry to big Mac, now she balances the band and a solo career.
Stevie Nicks may appear to have a complicated and ambivalent relationship with Fleetwood Mac, but youíd be bard-premed to find a greater public proponent for the band. Since 1981 the writer and singer of Rhiannon, Dreams, Sara and many more has juggled a successful solo career alongside being in the group and has sometimes frustrated her bandmates with her priorities. But Nicks still swears allegiance to the Mac and is always ready to add a new chapter to the saga Ė when it fits.
You maintain an active and successful solo career, as well as membership in Fleetwood Mac. Whatís the agar of doing both?
Solo work and Fleetwood Mac is a really great thing to be able to go back and forth to. You can do your own thing until you get bored and then you can go to the other thing and do that until you start to get bored, and then you can go back to the other thing. It helps you stay more excited and uplifted for what you do so youíre not just doing one thing year after year.
It keeps it fresh, in other words.
Basically, what we are is entertainers. When we go on stage weíre performers. Thatís what we do. Even if this band had never made it big, weíd be playing all the dubs. So it isnít a question of keeping it fresh, itís that were doing what we love and we donít have anything else, basically, to do.
Whatís the most difficult adjustment when you move between the two?
From the very beginning, when I was seventeen, I wanted to be in a band. When youíre in a band youíre a team. When Iím in solo work, Iím the boss. I have gone back and forth about it in my head. Iíve decided I do like being the boss, but Iíve been in Fleetwood Mac for so long I understand how to not be the boss and be part of a team and a team player and itís okay. Part of it knocks your ego down, makes you humble. So thereís a lot of good things about being in a band.
Your solo commitments often seem to go on longer than they were initially expected to, which frustrates a lot of the bandís fans ó and maybe your bandmates?
A big band like Fleetwood Mac needs to get out of the spotlight, so thatís what we done. We should always be off the road for three years, because when we come back itís an event. I think thatís very important. Thereís a lot of famous bands and a lot of important people out, and youíre going to make a choice of which ticket to buy, and if you havenít seen one of them for three years or more then thatís going to be at the top of the list. It feels more special. And being away from each other for three years is good. It really sets you up for a good time because everythingís new and everybodyís got new stories and everybodyís been doing crazy, different things, so when you walk into rehearsal that first day everyoneís really happy to see each other. If we toured every other year it wouldnít be like that.
With all the available material, how does the band put together a set-list?
Everyone comes in with their big list of songs that they think we should try. We sit around a table with acoustic guitars and a little keyboard and we just start playing all the songs we might not always do, and some of the songs we maybe havenít done for fifteen years. Thereís about ten songs, the hit songs, that we have to do, and that leaves us ten more. So you start going through Tusk, going through Rumours, going through Fleetwood Mac and Mirage and Tango In The Night and you find a few songs everybodyís wanted to do but never actually suggested, and you play them and pretty soon you start to see the right twenty songs somewhere on the horizon.
Youíre back to a three-writer collaboration in Fleetwood Mac. How has that process worked historically in the band?
Christine (McVie) wrote most of the singles. She was the pop writer. And then Lindsey would get into the production, which is what he does, and he would try to pull that pop out of her, so what would be left was a great pop song with a real great [sings] ĎSay that you love meÖí Lindsey and I do what we do, and when you put the three together you have Fleetwood Mac.
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