Stevie Nicks would ‘probably never sing again’ if she contracted coronavirus as she warns about importance of wearing masks | The Independent

Isobel Lewis
August 12, 2020
The Independent

‘I don’t have much time, I am 72 years old’

Stevie Nicks has shared fears that she would never be able to sing again if she contracted coronavirus.

Seventy-two-year-old Nicks, who is best known as the frontwoman of Fleetwood Mac, shared an emotional Facebook post on Tuesday (11 August) warning her fans about the continuing severity of the virus.

Stressing the importance of wearing social distancing, Nicks said that wearing a mask was not a political statement, but protection from a “silent killer hiding in the shadows”.

Listing the symptoms of Covid-19, she wrote: “If I get it, I will probably never sing again. Put me on a ventilator and I will be hoarse for the rest of my life. I don’t have much time, I am 72 years old.

“This virus can kill you. It can kill me. Kill my chances of pulling on those boots and hitting the road. Kill the chances that any of us in the music community will ever get back to the stage, because we would never put you in danger, never take you and your life for granted.”

Nicks performing in 2019 at her Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony (Getty Images)

Nicks, who last released music in 2014, revealed in March that she had been inspired to start writing songs again in lockdown thanks to Harry Styles.

“I know you are doing everything you can to help the situation we are all in,” she tweeted.

“I am getting all my paintings and drawings out, listening to music (mostly Harry Styles’Fine Line) and being inspired by him to write some new songs and poetry. Way to go H – it is your Rumours.”

Watch Lindsey Buckingham Sing for First Time Since Heart Surgery | Rolling Stone

August 10, 2020
by Andy Greene
Rolling Stone

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist sang four songs via Zoom, including “Never Going Back Again”

Lindsey Buckingham sings for the first time since 2019 heart surgery

Lindsey Buckingham has kept a low profile since he was sidelined by emergency heart surgery in February 2019, but he re-emerged on Friday for a four-song acoustic set via Zoom for the tech company Nutanix.

Buckingham played the Fleetwood Mac songs “Never Going Back Again” and “Big Love,” along with his solo cuts “Trouble” and “Shut Us Down,” marking the first time he’s sung in public since the operation.

“This [pandemic] has been like a couple of years previous in which things occurred that I did not see coming,” he said. “One was my split from Fleetwood Mac. Another one was having a bypass operation, which I did not expect to happen. You could say that this makes it a trifecta of events that were completely off the charts.”

Buckingham’s vocal cords were damaged during the bypass operation. “While it is unclear if the damage is permanent, we are hopeful it is not,” Buckingham’s wife Kristen said in a statement at the time.

His first post-surgery appearance took place at his daughter’s high school graduation ceremony where he played “Landslide,” but the students handled all the vocals. He also announced a solo tour in February 2020 for April and May but had to cancel due to the pandemic.

“There are things that are going to happen that you cannot control,” Buckingham says. “There certainly is a lesson in acceptance there, but there’s also a lesson in looking for what is really essential within those circumstances. Yes, I’ve got my talent and my artistic process that I value greatly…Beyond that, I’m here every day with my wife and my children and that is the gift that is essential to all of this. That becomes the silver lining. You are gently, or not-so-gently, reminded of essentials.”

Near the end of the broadcast, Buckingham gave an update on his solo record. “I do have an album coming out,” he said. “We’re waiting to see where this is all going. We don’t have a release date. I was meant to be out on the road now promoting it. It should be out in the spring sometime. It’s just self-titled: Lindsey Buckingham. We’ll see where that goes.”

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