Stevie - Q Magazine (May 2008)
How did you and Lindsey Buckingham first meet?
I was in the 12th grade [17 years old] and he was in the 11th grade. My family had moved to San Francisco from Los Angeles and I was horrified, because I was just settling in and I had made friends finally, and I was happy and I was singing, and here I was in a new place. About halfway through the school year I was invited to some little get-together and Lindsey was sitting in a corner with a guitar and he started playing The Mamas & The Papas’ California Dreamin’. Being the brazen brat that I was, I walked right up and, knowing the song as well as I did, just burst into song and I sang it with him.
And walked off together into the sunset?
No. Right after I met Lindsey I met the guy I ended up going out with for five years, David Young. Lindsey disappeared out of my life.
Until he asked you to join his band Fritz?
He didn’t ask me, the drummer did, Bobby Geary. Bob, I think, had been there that night I sang with Lindsey and said, “What do you think about asking that girl that sang California Dreamin’ with you that night to join our band?” And Lindsey’s like, “Oh, OK.”
When did you and Lindsey become a couple?
I joined Fritz in '68, and '68, '67, '70 he had a girlfriend and I had a boyfriend. Then we came down to LA with our producer Keith Olsen to do a showcase and the record companies told him, "We like Stevie and Lindsey but we don't like the rest of the band." That's when Lindsey and I started going out—and is probably the only reason we started going out.
It's well known that you don't have the best relationship now and that during a tour of New Zealand in 1980 you had an onstage fight. But once you were the ideal couple?
I don't think ideal, but when we started seeing each other he was very sweet and attentive and loving. Back home in San Francisco, Lindsey's dad gave us a tiny room in the coffee plant that he was president of. The workers left around six, and Lindsey and I went up there every night around eight and stayed all night long until 6.30 in the
We all know about internal band rivalries, how the lead guitarist
Who was the love of your life?
Your relationship with another member of the Eagles is far better known.
I dated Don Henley in 1976. Don was really my first boyfriend after Lindsey. We went out for about a year and a half. I wasn’t with Joe Walsh until the end of ’83, ’84. Joe and I broke up because of the coke. He told my friend and [backing] singer Sharon, “I’m leaving Stevie, because I’m afraid that one of us is going to die and the other one won’t be able to save the other person, because our cocaine habit has become so over the top now that neither of us can live through this, so the only way to save both of us is for me to leave.”
Going back to 10 years before that, how did Buckingham Nicks wind up in Fleetwood Mac?
Buckingham Nicks, our first album, came out in 1973, to great critical acclaim—but we were dropped like a rock. We’d started working on an album with Keith Olsen, and Mick went to the studio to talk to Keith about producing the next Fleetwood Mac album, and Keith played him a couple of songs from Buckingham Nicks. When Mick heard Lindsey play, he was like, “Oh my God, who is this?” He talked to Lindsey and he said he would only join if they took me too.
What did Christine McVie make of you joining the band?
Mick and John told me it was absolutely left up to Chris. They told her, “This is a team so we can’t just have Lindsey, so you need to meet this girl. If you like her and think you could work with her and you like Lindsey, you can make the decision.” We all met up at this Mexican restaurant and
Was there any hesitation?
No hesitations. I was working as a waitress to keep us. When they called us, I spent our last dime buying every Fleetwood Mac record, and Lindsey and I sat and listened to all of them,
I think, in Lindsey's heart, he thinks if we hadn't joined Fleetwood Mac, we would still have become famous, and we probably would have gotten married and probably would have had kids and probably would have lived in San Francisco, his hometown, and our lives would have been very different and we probably would have never done drugs. It's possible.
After your relationship with Lindsey broke up while you were in Fleetwood Mac, you and Mick became an item. Didn’t it occur to anyone it might not be a great idea to date someone in your band?
Oh, definitely. And that is exactly why it didn’t
And will there be another Fleetwood Mac record?
I think Fleetwood Mac is thinking about working next year and we'll see how that goes. Lindsey knows that I did not have a great time during Say You Will. Because he was just not being very nice or friendly to me. And at my old