Stevie - SXSW w/ Ann Powers (03.17.2013)

Nicks: ...Mick [Fleetwood] had called us on New Year's Eve night and said, 'Would you like to have dinner with us? We really want to talk to you about joining our band.' And you know, Lindsey wasn't really — and he doesn't get mad at me for telling this, 'cause it's really the truth. He wasn't really all that excited about it. Because we had already started our second Buckingham Nicks record. And we were making it on spec, which means that the studio, Sound City, was giving us free time. So if somebody didn't come in, you know, our producer Keith would call us and say, come down right now. There's five hours of empty time that you can have for free. So he was really excited about this record that we were making. And also, the [first] Buckingham Nicks album was, in its own weird way, starting to simmer back in the South, you know.

Powers: You played Birmingham, Ala.

Nicks: We played Birmingham for 5,000 people. So anyway, Lindsey wasn't all that excited. And I went to Tower Records and spent our last dime on all the Fleetwood Mac records, of which there were many.

Nicks: ...And yes, in fact, Lindsey in many ways was able very much to play like in the genre of Peter Green, if he so chose. Which he didn't so choose that often. He was much more, he wanted to pick, you know.

Powers: Right.

Nicks: He really wanted to be, I don't know, something like an Appalachian ...

Powers: Bluegrassy kind of thing.

Nicks: You know, bluegrass crazy man. But he could do Peter Green very well. And also all the other guitar players in Fleetwood Mac that had come after Peter. So I went and I said to him, you know, "We need to go and meet these people. Because it's a great band, Lindsey. They have a great rhythm section. Christine's an amazing Hammond organ player. And you 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. So we need to go. We need to meet these people and then make a decision. And you need to, like, be nice.”

Nicks: ...And you know, for the first time in a long time we could actually go into a store and buy something. So it was totally cool. And then we actually went into recording. And then we got paid. At this point we were still hired hands. We didn't really look at it that way, but actually were. My mom was like, "So what do you do when they give you the $400 apiece?" ... And I'm going, "We just sign and initial." And my very financially oriented mother is like, "Well, you know there's taxes and stuff. And you can't just like take that money." And I'm like, "I'm taking the money. Back off, mom." So anyway, we started, then we were making $800 a week, together, while we were recording. So we were really rolling in the dough at that point. And so we make this record in exactly three months. We were very, very focused and we were not indulgent. Because we, they weren't indulgent 'cause they needed this record. And we weren't indulgent because we had nothing. So we made this record. It came out in May. We hit the road in like June, and by September or October Lindsey and I, together, were a millionaire.

Nicks: ...I mean, I wanted to go around and hold each one of their hands and say, "Listen, my loves. I am never going to leave you. I just need a vehicle. I can't, I have trunks of songs from 1973 that are never going to be heard. So all, the only reason I'm doing this solo thing is so that I can throw a few more songs out. So while you guys take your extended vacations: Lindsey, while you lock yourself in the studio and make records that nobody's ever going to hear; John, you're going to go and get on your boat and sail, actually sail, from L.A. to Hawaii and back, and get lost out there, and we're going to lose you and not know where you are; Christine is going to go back to London and hang out with her friends. While you guys are doing that, I'll make a record, I'll put it out. I'll do a month of shows.”

Nicks: And when I'm singing to people, you know, Lindsey always says, "So what's that about?" You know? Sometimes I tell him and sometimes I don't tell him. You know, sometimes I go, "Well, I don't think that's a conversation we should get into right now." Or I'll actually just tell him the truth.