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Stevie Nicks jams with Tom Petty, fears Prince committed suicide
Stevie Nicks joined Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers on stage during their joint gig at London, England's Hyde Park on Sunday night (July 9th) to revisit one of the first and best musical moments of the 1980s.
Nicks and Petty sparred off on their 1981 Top Three hit, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around." The BBC reported that Nicks told the crowd afterwards, "You know that Tom Petty is my favorite rock star!"
Stevie Nicks told us that she feels a particular kinship with Tom Petty and his music: "Tom is my favorite writer, 'cause I kinda feel if I had come into this word as a boy, I would've been him, y'know? It's like I really do, I feel that there's a part of Tom's writing that I relate so easily to."
In Other Stevie Nicks News:
Stevie Nicks fears Prince might've committed suicide. Nicks, who usually dedicates her song "Moonlight (A Vampire's Dream)" to Prince in concert, told Britain's The Mirror, "I don’t know in my heart of hearts whether he just took too much. Or did he purposefully take too much? Did he accidentally take too much? When you get to be our age -- and he was younger than me -- and you’re like, 'I’m not making hit records any more. . . I’m not able to really tour any more because of my health. . .' You’re not married, you don’t have children… you don’t hang out with a bunch of people because you’re really an isolationist."
She went on to say, "Fentanyl is the worst of the worst of the worst; way stronger than heroin, morphine, anything -- and he was having to take it because I think he was probably fractured from his neck down to his feet. I think when you’re in that much pain, and you’re somebody who has made it your life’s work to preach about the downfall of people that do drugs, that had to be (a burden). I think that broke his heart."
Last year, Nicks touched upon the death of Prince who had supplied keyboards on her 1983 classic "Stand Back" -- which she actually wrote while listening to his own 1982 hit "Little Red Corvette." She admitted she regretted not recaching out to him in recent years: "Had I ever in a million years thought that we would lose him. I would have made sure that that would have happened. And it didn't. So that's just one of those things in your life where you so say, 'I really missed out.' That should have happened. So whenever I play 'Stand Back' from this day forward, Prince will be standing next to me. That is always going to be a joy.”
It was 40 years ago, during sessions for Rumours that Stevie Nicks and her Fleetwood Mac bandmates began a dangerous cycle of booze and drugs that tangled the group up in cross addiction: "For us it was basically, y’know, brandy, cigarettes, pot, and coke -- and that was just the wicked little circle -- ’rat’s wheel,’ I call it -- that everybody was on. Y’know, you do some coke and you were nervous and then you’d smoke some pot to calm down, and you were too stoned and then you’d, y’know, do some more coke to wake up and then you’d have a drink, ‘cause you were too nervous. . . and it was just a nightmare.”
Stevie Nicks tour dates (subject to change):
August 25 - Saint Paul, MN - Minnesota State Fair
September 9, 10 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival At Ravinia Park
September 13 - St. Charles, MO - The Family Arena
September 24 - Louisville, KY - Bourbon & Beyond at Champions Park
Fleetwood Mac tour dates (subject to change):
July 16 - Los Angeles, CA - Classic West at Dodger Stadium (with Journey, EWF)
July 30 - New York, NY - Classic East at Citi Field (with Journey, EWF)
Stevie Nicks has re-recorded Fleetwood Mac's 1982 classic "Gypsy" for the new Naomi Watts series of the same name, according to EW.com. Stevie Nicks talked about the remake in a press release for the series: "I’m very excited for the world to hear 'Gypsy' more like I wrote it -- on piano. I am very proud of this version." The 10-episode season of Gypsy, featuring Watts portraying "a therapist-gone-wild’s harrowing identity crisis" is available now on Netflix.
In addition to the new "Gypsy" remake, a new Stevie Nicks tune will appear in yet another upcoming Naomi Watts project, the indie drama, The Book Of Henry.
The song, marks the first new music from Nicks since 2014's Top 10 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault collection. The new track, "Your Hand I Will Never Let It Go," was written by Doveman’s Thomas Barlett and Guster’s Ryan Mille.