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Stevie Nicks on new album: 'half the songs' about Lindsey Buckingham

Nearly 40 years after their tumultuous split, Stevie Nicks' relationship with Lindsey Buckingham still figures heavily in her work. Coming on October 7th is her latest solo set, 24 Carat Gold: Songs From The Vault, which features newly recorded versions of lost and/or long bootlegged tracks. The set was co-produced by the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart along with longtime guitarist Waddy Wachtel, and recorded in only three weeks.

One of the highlights is "Lady," which stems from her early-'70s stockpile of unreleased tracks. Nicks told Rolling Stone, "'Lady' captures the mood of me and Lindsey being scared to death when we moved to L.A. in 1971. Our producer Keith Olsen gave us this white carved piano -- I wrote 'Rhiannon' on it. But I didn't know how to play. 'Lady' was me figuring it out."

She admitted that although none of her Fleetwood Mac bandmates have heard the new album yet: "Lindsey will love it. Half the songs are about him!”

Stevie Nicks explained to us that unlike many singer-songwriters, her music doesn't come from hours slaving over a piano: "I write in a journal every night and most of my songs come out of the prose that I write in my journal. Then, I'll write a formal poem to some situation that I've written about. So, I have many, many, many long, two-to-three page formal poems that are ready to be made into songs. What I haven't done is, I don't take them to the piano until I know there's a reason to do it."

Although they parted ways as a couple in 1976, Lindsey Buckingham says that Fleetwood Mac projects aside, his relationship with Stevie Nicks is stronger than ever and still extremely important to him: "Whatever happens with Stevie, I would just wanna, with the band in general obviously, but I mean with Stevie in particular, because I've known her for so long, since I was about 16, one thing that would be very important to me by the time we say 'we're not gonna do this any more,' would be that Stevie and I end up in a really good space together, y'know?"

Fleetwood Mac -- with returning member Christine McVie -- kicks off the first leg of their world tour on September 30th at Minneapolis’ Target Center.

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