Nicks is enjoying it now. “But in the beginning, before the shows, truly, I’d look at Lindsey as we were going up to the stage in the lift and go, ‘This is too much for me.’ And he’d go, ‘What do you want me to say?’”
“And I’d go, ‘Well, I don’t know, some sympathy would be good. Something like, “I know you’re an old woman and this is hard on you – but you’ll get through it!”’
Of course, Nicks knows Buckingham better than that. They met as teenagers in northern California in 1965. He was the high-school swimming champ and a prodigal guitarist; she was the girl from Arizona, relocated to the San Francisco area thanks to her father’s corporate executive job.
They became friends, then bandmates, then, finally, a couple.
Buckingham is now married with three young children, but the spark between him and Nicks never went away, in ways good and bad. During the making of Fleetwood Mac’s 2003 album “Say You Will” they had a falling-out from which they’d never fully recovered.
So, prior to this year’s tour, Nicks decided they needed to clear the air. She duly invited her first love over for a pre-tour summit.
“We had a lot talk to about, he and I,” she says. “And I said to him: ‘I believe that you and I need to remember who we were when we were 16 and 17 years old. We need to remember that we were really good friends before we ever had a date.
“We need to remember how much we respected each other, how much fun we had – and how much fun we can have when we’re both in good spirits. And we need to take that power couple on to the stage. Or we need to not go on tour.’”
Did Buckingham agree with that?
“He listened to me, and I’m just sorry we didn’t have this conversation 10 or even 20 years ago.”
The heart-to-heart did its job. “We are having fun,” she says, clearly delighted at the late-flowering harmony in this legendarily dysfunctional band.
As Buckingham recently put it, describing the American leg of the tour, “It’s a little bit of a love-fest up there.”
As well as completing the second half of the Fleetwood Mac world tour (which runs until the end of this year), Nicks is working on plans to release a long-lost pre-Mac album that she and Buckingham made as Buckingham Nicks, the duo they’d formed after Fritz.