LAUNCH:
Do you think Fleetwood Mac's evolution might have taken a different course if you didn't have such a good time?

STEVIE:
Oh now, it could never have been any different than it was. You know, Lindsey [Buckingham, Nicks's former lover and singing partner] and I didn't even drink when we joined Fleetwood, we couldn't afford to drink. So we started drinking like anybody else starts drinking--just to handle the mental pressure. We were really young, you know, 27 years old--really really young--and this was all so big and so heavy around us. People expected so much from us, and all of a sudden we went from barely having enough money to pay for a small apartment to being rich overnight--and how do you deal with that when you're 27 years old? You kind of don't deal with it very well. And nobody dealt with it very well. But--all of those problems, and all of those drugs, and all of the fun and all of the craziness, all made for writing all those songs. If we'd been a big healthy great group of guys and gals that just were, you know...none of those great songs would've been written, you know?

LAUNCH:
In separating your private life from your professional life, and the fact that Fleetwood Mac consisted of various
romantically-linked couples, has time made a difference, or is there still that same sensitivity issue now between you guys?

STEVIE:
No, I think that whatever happens we can pretty much handle, because you know--now we kind of know that we're stuck with each other forever--whether we ever play again. My father adores Lindsey. Adores him. Lindsey can never go out of my life, for that one reason right there, you know what I mean? I absolutely adore [drummer] Mick [Fleetwood]'s mama, and his father who died many years ago from cancer--we are so finely integrated through more things than music now. His little girls that were two and five when I met him--and were just my like babies, I adored these little girls--they're grown up now, and they're like my girls.

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