Stevie Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac in warning. Although she became an international celebrity for her work in the group and her solo career, her entry into musical history depended on one person: her partner, Christine McVie. After McVie accepted her into the group, Nicks felt grateful that he didn’t feel any resentment.
Christine McVie had the final say on Stevie Nicks’ entry into Fleetwood Mac
While it’s hard to imagine Fleetwood Mac without Stevie Nicks, she barely made her way through the group. Mick Fleetwood wanted Lindsey Buckingham to play guitar, but he didn’t want to include Nicks. Buckingham, who was dating and pursuing music with Nicks, demanded that she join as well. Fleetwood turned to McVie, the only female in the group at the time, to make the final decision.
âIt was essential that I got along with her because I had never played with another girl,â McVie told the Guardian. âBut I loved her instantly. She was funny and sweet, but there was no competition either. We were completely different on stage from each other and we wrote differently too. “
For his part, Nicks had no idea that McVie had made the final decision until years later. At the time, she thought they were just having a friendly dinner.
âWe went to eat Mexican food with them and we laughed and laughed, because you English people have a very strange sense of humor,â she said. “Even Lindsey had fun – he didn’t want to, but he couldn’t help it.”
Nicks is thankful that McVie accepted her
When Nicks joined the group, she was extremely successful. His songwriting and haunting stage performances have attracted a large network of fans. Nicks says she was grateful McVie didn’t take this personally.
“I thought it was very cool from a woman [not] to say, ‘Oh, she’s five years younger than me, I worked for ten years on the road, I killed myself, and here she is, our new lead lady!’ she said, by the book Stevie Nicks: visions, dreams and rumors by ZoÃ© Howe.
Instead, Nicks and McVie made a quick connection. Their personalities were different, but they worked well together.
âStevie was a bright little thing, very humorous, very direct and tough,â McVie said. “I loved her instantly.”
Part of their connection, according to McVie, is their sense of humor.
âWe have a good laugh,â she said. âThis is one of the main reasons why anyone stays together, marriage, group or whatever. The ability to laugh at things and at yourself is very important.
Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie realized the importance of their friendship after McVie left Fleetwood Mac
Together, Nicks says she and McVie are a “force of nature”. They both valued a female presence in the boy’s club of 1970s rock and roll. However, their mutual importance became particularly evident after McVie left the group in 1998.
âWhen we hit the road, I realized how much of an amazing friend she had been that I had lost and I didn’t realize the full consequences so far,â Nicks told the Star Tribune.
When McVie joined the group 16 years later, Nicks was elated.
âShe brings the funny back into Fleetwood Mac,â she said. âIt used to be just a boys’ club. With her back, there is more of a feminine touch to the whole. I never want her out of my life ever again, and it has nothing to do with music and everything to do with her and me as friends.
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