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Stevie Nicks eyeing 2017 Fleetwood Mac tour
Although she's been hesitant to commit to a new Fleetwood Mac studio album, Stevie Nicks says that the group will be hitting the road in the New Year. Nicks, who heads out on tour later this month as part of a double bill with the Pretenders, told The Huffington Post, "We will go out again. We will probably go out in another year and a half. We have to for Christine (McVie). Because she's like, 'Oh my God. I just came back to the band after 16 years and you are going to break up now?' We can’t break up now. We gave Christine her 120 shows and she flew through them. She’s five years older than me and you would just never know it. She looks great. You’ll get to see that show. She will never let us off the hook for that."
Prior to releasing her 2011 In Your Dreams solo collection; Nicks had spoken frankly about the sad state of record sales for artists these days. When asked about the current climate, she said: "I think it’s very hard now. That does not mean that it can’t happen. Look, it happened for Adele. Adele is certainly someone who writes great songs and has an amazing voice. Why did it happen for Adele? It’s because the stars crossed exactly at the right time, who knows. Whatever it was she worked very hard at it. I think that’s the thing."
She went on to talk about the sacrifice needed to fully become an artist, explaining, "You have to figure out a way, if you’re 18 or moving out of your parents house because you have to figure out a way to play and also support yourself. If everybody is like how my parents were, oh boy, I went to college for five years. I stopped after five years and had three months left to graduate. I called my parents and I said 'My boyfriend Lindsey (Buckingham) and I are going to L.A.' They said 'Well, that’s fine we totally believe in you and support your theory in what you’re doing.’ I said, 'Mom, we have to go now. It’s now or never.’ She said, ‘Cool, however, we will be withdrawing all financial support.' And I said 'I know that and it’s okay. We are going and I will be okay.' And it was okay."
Nicks went on to recall, "Lindsey and I went to L.A. in 1971 and we worked our butts off. I had lots and lots of jobs. We didn't really play shows because Lindsey didn’t want to play covers. We could have made $1000 a week if we did three days a week. I wouldn't have had to be a cleaning lady, a maid, a waitress or any of that. But the fact is, is that it made me a well-rounded person to be able to do that. We never gave up. You just have to keep working."
Stevie Nicks remembered the moment she put her foot down and got Lindsey Buckingham to commit to joining Fleetwood Mac: "I said to him, 'We need to meet these people, because, it's a great band Lindsey. They have a great rhythm section, Christine (McVie)'s an amazing Hammond organ player, and y'know what, we are starving to death. And I have two waitress jobs and a cleaning lady job, and I'm really tired of being super, super poor. I am, I'm tired of it.'"
Coming on November 4th are newly released "Deluxe Editions" of Stevie Nicks' first two solo albums, Bella Donna and The Wild Heart. The same day, single disc, vinyl, and digital versions of the albums will also be issued.
In addition to the inclusion of assorted B-sides, alternate mixes, unreleased tracks, and soundtrack songs, the Bella Donna reissue features a full unreleased 1981 concert from Nicks' first solo tour.
Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders tour dates (subject to change):
October 25 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
October 27 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
October 29 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
October 30 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
October 31 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater (The Pretenders only)
November 2 – Tampa, FL – Arena
November 4 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
November 6 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
November 7 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
November 10 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
November 12 – Columbia, SC – Colonial Life Arena
November 13 – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center (The Pretenders only)
November 14 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
November 15 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
November 17 – Red Bank, NJ – Count Base Theater (The Pretenders only)
November 19 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
November 20 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
November 23 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Handel Arena
November 25 – Nashville, CT – Morgan Sun Arena
November 26 – Akron, OH – HE'. Thomas Hall (The Pretenders only)
November 27 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills
November 29 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
December 1 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
December 3 – Chicago, IL – United Center
December 5 – Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
December 6 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
December 9 – Vancouver, BC – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
December 11 – Seattle – Key Arena
December 12 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater (The Pretenders only)
December 13 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
December 14 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
December 17 – Las Vegas, NV – Monte Carlo Resort & Casino Park Theater
December 18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
Just released is the deluxe and expanded version of Fleetwood Mac's 1982 chart-topping Mirage collection. The album, which was released on June 18th, 1982, was the group's first studio set of the decade and topped the album charts for five straight weeks.
Mirage, which was released in the wake of Stevie Nicks' 1981 solo breakthrough, Bella Donna, was pushed by constant airplay of its first two singles and videos — Christine McVie's "Hold Me" and Nicks' "Gypsy." A third song from the set, McVie's opening track "Love In Store" stalled at Number 22.
In Britain, Lindsey Buckingham's neo-rockabilly track, "Oh Diane" was released as a single and scored the band its only Top 10 hit off the album there, when it peaked at Number Nine.
The newly expanded version of Mirage, features the remastered original 1982 album, a second disc of 19 alternate versions and outtakes, along with a third disc featuring highlights from the band's brief U.S. tour in support of the album.
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