Fleetwood Mac’s famously fractured family is together, including Christine McVie | Minneapolis Star Tribune

Article by: JON BREAM
Star Tribune
September 26, 2014

Christine McVie is back in the picture after a 16-year separation. Fleetwood Mac talks about their oft-fractured ties and the reunion tour opening in Minneapolis Tuesday.

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She’s back! Finally. After a 16-year retirement, singer/keyboardist Christine McVie has returned to Fleetwood Mac.

The “Rumours” lineup is intact. The band can perform “Don’t Stop” and “You Make Lovin’ Fun” the way they were meant to be played. Fleetwood Mac will be whole once again.

Wait a minute, sister. It’s not that simple.

This is Fleetwood Mac, rock’s famously fractured family. You can’t just write McVie — one of the group’s three singer-songwriters — back into rock’s longest-running soap opera.

It’s a process. You need meetings, and maybe a little therapy, and more discussions. It wasn’t enough that McVie sat in with the Rock Hall of Fame band for one song in London last year.

“There were conversations,” McVie said before a recent rehearsal for the band’s On With the Show Tour that opens Tuesday in Minneapolis. “And we had conference calls, and everybody thought it was a great idea and asked, was I committed seriously? I couldn’t go in and out. I said: ‘I don’t have a problem with that.’ So next thing you know I was sending my demos to Lindsey [Buckingham] and he was sending them back with his guitar and his voice.” Continue reading

Stevie Nicks is still going her own way | Digital Journal

By EARL DITTMAN
Digital Journel

The longtime Fleetwood Mac vocalist opens up about the making of her new solo album, her past pregnancy with The Eagles’ Don Henley, what drove her into rehab, getting older and how she felt going through photos for her upcoming photography exhibition.

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Stevie Nicks readily admits she’s always been a driven woman. And, at the age of 66, she is showing no signs of slowing down. Nicks is about to hit the road with the original Rumours line-up of Fleetwood Mac — Lindsay Buckingham, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood and Christine McVie (who left the band in 1998) — for the North American leg of their On With The Show Tour (which begins September 30 in Minneapolis).

Additionally, on October 7, while she’s busy belting out Mac classic such as “Rhiannon,” “Landslide,” “Sara,” “Dreams” and “The Chain” for loyal Big Apple fans, Nicks will unveil her latest solo record, 24 Karat Gold – Songs From the Vault, a collection of lost songs she had written between the late ’60s and mid-’90s.

“When (John McVie) got cancer, we had to cancel our tour of Australia so I had some free time, and I thought, ‘Maybe I should make a record,'” she told Billboard about the origins of 24 Karat Gold. “All over the Internet, there are songs I wrote but never released, and people keep saying, “Why don’t you record these songs for real?” I’d never had time to do that. Now I had an empty, precious three months. Continue reading

Fleetwood Mac in talks for Glastonbury | Daily Express (UK)

September 25th 2014
Daily Express (UK)

FLEETWOOD MAC are holding talks with tour organisers about the possibility of placing Glastonbury festival in their schedule, fuelling fans’ hopes they will headline the event next year (15).

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The classic line-up of the Go Your Own Way hitmakers was completed when Christine McVie returned to the fold earlier this year (14) after a 16-year absence.

The reunited band heads out on a North American tour later this month (Sep14), and now singer Stevie Nicks has revealed they are planning concerts in the U.K. next spring and are in talks about the possibility of including Glastonbury in their itinerary.

She tells Uncut magazine, “Chris is excited to come back to London. It’ll be soon, probably May… Glastonbury? You never know. You have to weave festivals in. It’s being discussed.”

Last year (13), Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis dismissed rumours suggesting the band had signed up for the 2014 festival and confirmed he was “hoping to get them for 2015”.

Stevie Nicks ‘feeling extremely old’ | BelfastTelegraph.co.uk

Belfast Telegraph
27 September 2014

Stevie Nicks, 66, has spoken about the wisdom she gained over the years.

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The 66-year-old Fleetwood Mac singer is currently promoting her latest solo album 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault, which is compiled of new recordings based on demos Stevie sang between 1969 and 1987.

And upon reflection of her life thus far, the songstress believes she stressed out about far too many things as a young woman.

“Part of me is feeling extremely old now, and part of me is feeling extremely young. Because I look at these pictures and realise I worried about things that I shouldn’t have been worrying about,” she explained in an interview with Billboard magazine. “Like the fact that I had little marionette lines around my mouth when I was 29, and I was complaining about them. I wouldn’t go out to the beach without a sarong from my neck to my ankles.

“Now I see a picture of myself from that era in a bikini and I’m like, ‘You looked great. And you missed out on a lot of fun vacations, because you were so sure that you were fat.’”

Mabel Normand is one of the songs from her new LP that holds deep significance for Stevie.

The biographical tune is based on the life of the eponymous actress who died after struggling with a severe cocaine addiction.

“Give Mabel Normand a special listen. Mabel was an amazing actress and comedian from the ’20s, and she was a terrible cocaine addict,” Stevie explained. “She eventually died of tuberculosis, but it was really her drug addiction that killed her. I saw a documentary of her in 1985, when I was at my lowest point with the blow. I was watching TV one night, the movie came on, and I really felt a connection with her. That’s when I wrote the song. Less than a year later, I went to rehab at Betty Ford.”

Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks to display unseen Polaroid self-portraits for first time in New York | The Independent (UK)

The Independent (UK)
JESS DENHAM 
Friday 26 September 2014

Nicks took the photographs at home and on tour during the Seventies and Eighties

radar-fleetwood-getty]Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks is displaying a collection of self-portraits taken on her Polaroid camera during the Seventies and Eighties.

New York’s Morrison Hotel Gallery will house the 24 Karat Gold exhibition, presented in accompaniment with her forthcoming October album, 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault.

Nicks credits her insomnia for the creation of the photos. “Some people don’t sleep at night – I am one of those people,” she said in a statement.

“These pictures were taken long after everyone had gone to bed – I would begin after midnight and go until 4 or 5 in the morning. I stopped at sunrise like a vampire.”


(Pic: Stevie Nicks/Morrison Hotel Gallery)

Nicks added that she “never really thought anyone would ever see” the images, which she stored in shoeboxes.

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Fleetwood Mac welcome Christine McVie back in the fold, and plan a British return | Uncut Magazine

Uncut Magazine, November, 2014
by Piers Martin

‘DON’T STOP IT”LL SOON BE HERE…..’

Fleetwood Mac welcome Christine McVie back in the fold, and plan a British return. “It’s all about you, Chris,” says Stevie Nicks…

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The newly reformed 1970s blockbuster lineup of Fleetwood Mac starring Christine McVie will head to the UK for shows early next summer, singer Stevie Nicks tells Uncut, and their first ever Glastonbury is not being ruled out. “Chris is excited to come back to London. It’ll be soon, probably May,” says Nicks, as a rejuvenated Mac prepare to head out on their first US tour with the classic Rumours lineup since October 31, 1982, when the troubled five-piece played the final show of their Mirage tour. “Glastonbury? You never know. You have to weave festivals in [to the tour]. It’s being discussed.”

McVie, who quite the group in 1998, joined her former bandmates onstage for an emotional encore of “Don’t Stop” during their shows in London last September and became an official member again in January when the new tour, dubbed On With The Show, was announced. “The second people saw she was coming back, the tickets just sold,” says Nicks, “and I tell her: ‘It’s a good thing you’re in really great shape and you’re happy about this, because it is all about you.’ It’s fun to see it through her eyes, her being gone for so long, because she’s so excited.”

With the band not getting any younger, Nicks admits McVie’s return has plenty of benefits. “It’s less work when it comes down to it as Lindsey [Buckingham] and I don’t have to sing 50/50. Now we do a third each so it’s less singing and a little less physically difficult, so that’s nice. Her music is very different too, so it adds to everything.” Continue reading

Stevie Nicks – 24 Karat Gold – Songs From The Vault Review | Uncut Magazine

Uncut Magazine, November, 2014
by Piers Martin
Rating: 7/10

Fleetwood Mac star heads to Nashville, chasing the songs that nearly got away.

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As if Stevie Nicks hasn’t done enough soul-searching during her 40 years in one of the world’s biggest bands… On her eighth solo album, Nicks immerses herself in her past, gathering 16 of her long-lost songs together like errant children and dressing them in traditional costume – the billowing robes and gypsy shawl – before sending them out, fullyNicksed, into the world.24 Karat Gold – Songs From The Vault finds the 66-year old getting her memories in order with the help of longtime associates Waddy Wachtel (he first played with her on 1973’s Buckingham Nicks) and Dave Stewart, producer of Nicks’ last solo set, 2011’s In Your Dreams, and a band of hired hands in Nashville who knocked out new versions of Nicks’ old songs in 15 days last May. In Your Dreams, somewhat tarnished by Dave Stewart’s sweet tooth, took 14 months. Fleetwood Mac records take far longer.

The songs in question stem from demos Nicks wrote at various stages in her career between 1969 and 1995, intended for her solo or Fleetwood Mac albums. One ballad, the bonus track “Twisted”, written in 1995 with Lindsey Buckingham for the film Twister, she felt deserved a wider audience. “When songs go into movies you might as well dump them out the window as you’re driving by because they never get heard,” she tells Uncut.

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Stevie Nicks to display rare archive portraits in New York in Oct

The Morrison Hotel Gallery, which specializes in music photography – not only photographs of musicians, but also photography by musicians – will present a show of self-portraits by Stevie Nicks from between 1975 and 1987. The pictures for the show were selected by Dave Stewart, the Eurythmics guitarist, who co-produced her “In Your Dreams” album. The show, called “24 Karat Gold” – also the name of Ms. Nicks’s new album (a version of which will come with a book of Ms. Nicks’s photographs) – is devoted entirely to selfies taken in the wee hours of the night, both at home and on tour, using Polaroid cameras.

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Why self-portraits?

“I wanted to learn how to become a photographer,” Ms. Nicks said in comments forwarded by her spokeswoman, Liz Rosenberg. “And I don’t sleep at night, so I thought, who am I going to ask to stay up all night, and then do a show tomorrow? So I’m not going to get Christine,” she said, referring to Christine McVie, her colleague in Fleetwood Mac. “She’s going to say, ‘Are you crazy? I’m going to the bar. Bye.’”

In search of variety, Ms. Nicks used props and costumes, often tinkering with lighting and placement through the night. “I did everything,” she said. “I was the stylist, the makeup artist, the furniture mover, the lighting director — it was my joy. I was the model.”

She continued taking self-portraits for more than a decade, until, as she put it, “the Polaroids were just almost impossible to use, because there was just no more film and they all broke down.”

The pictures have not been exhibited before. Mostly, Ms. Nicks said, they were stored in shoeboxes, where she filed them soon after taking them.

The exhibition will be at 201 Mulberry Street on Oct. 10 and 11, and will move to the Morrison Hotel Gallery at 116 Prince Street on Oct. 13, where it will run for the rest of October.

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Stevie Nicks to unveil intimate late-night Polaroids at gallery launch | Daily Express (UK)

Daily Express (UK)
Published: Sat, September 20, 2014

A collection of candid Polaroids taken of FLEETWOOD MAC star STEVIE NICKS 40 years ago are to be unveiled as part of a new exhibition in New York.

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The 24 Karat Gold showcase at the Morrison Hotel Gallery will coincide with the release of the rocker’s new album, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault, which will be released in early October (14).

Nicks reveals she took the self-portraits “long after everyone had gone to bed”, explaining, “Some people don’t sleep at night – I am one of those people.”

She adds, “I would begin after midnight and go until four or five in the morning. I stopped at sunrise – like a vampire… I never really thought anyone would ever see these pictures. They went into shoeboxes, where they remained.

“I did everything – I was the stylist, the make-up artist, the furniture mover, the lighting director. It was my joy – I was the model.”

Nicks’ photographer pal Dave Stewart, who also co-produced her new album and 2011’s In Your Dreams, selected the photos which will be on show to fans and the public at the gallery.

The singer reveals to the New York Times that she has boxes full of Polaroids of herself taken between 1975 and 1987 and only stopped snapping them when her Polaroid cameras “broke down”.

Stevie Nicks: Visions Dreams & Rumours by Zoe Howe

Stevie Nicks: Visions Dreams & Rumours

“A chiffon-tastic biography of Stevie Nicks”

OP55440 Stevie Nicks Jacket 37.25mm Spine.inddLyrical visionary, enduring style icon and one indispensable fifth of post-Peter Green megaband Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks is one of the most recognisable figures in rock ‘n’ roll history – very much Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Queen Bee’, as Mick Fleetwood himself describes her. While she once made headlines with her hedonistic lifestyle, part of Nicks’ irresistible appeal is her youthful vulnerability and mystical aura, making her an artist with whom fans have an unbreakable emotional connection. Continue reading