Stevie Nicks, Just Following Her Muse | NY Times

Feb 4th 2014
By JOAN ANDERMAN

During her 40-year career as a member of Fleetwood Mac and a solo artist, the singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks has made more than 40 Top 50 hits and sold over 140 million albums. “In Your Dreams,” a documentary film about the making of her 2011 album of the same name, was recently released on DVD. Now 65, Ms. Nicks called from a rented house in Phoenix, her hometown. A condensed and edited version of our conversation follows.

Stevie Nicks: "If I’ve learned nothing else it’s that time passes and anger doesn’t do you much good." Here, arriving at the Grammy Awards ceremony in January. Robyn Beck/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Stevie Nicks: “If I’ve learned nothing else it’s that time passes and anger doesn’t do you much good.” Here, arriving at the Grammy Awards ceremony in January. Robyn Beck/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

You just finished a tour with Fleetwood Mac, a band with a tumultuous personal history. How do you all get along now?
Mick Fleetwood and I are best friends. We were mad at each other for six months or a year after we broke up, and then were able to return to who we were before. My relationship with Lindsey Buckingham is never going to be that. When it’s all said and done and I’m 90 years old, maybe I’ll be able to figure that relationship out. John McVie I adore. I look after him as much as I can [Mr. McVie was given a diagnosis of cancer in October] and make sure he puts ice on his back.

Are you surprised that the band is still together?
Surprised? No. It’s a really great band.

How has your voice changed?
I had a lot of problems with my voice from 1975 to 1998. We were only just starting to use ear monitors, and we’d been using huge floor monitors that blast the sound back at you and you just scream over it. There were many bad nights onstage. Since 1998 I’ve been working with a vocal coach, Steve Real, and I’ve never had a problem onstage since. Continue reading