Valerie: You’re listening to Spotlight on Stevie Nicks, and I’m Valerie Smaldone. As Stevie’s a great storyteller and, she painted a picture of how it came to pass that she became a part of Fleetwood Mac. It was at a gathering where she first met Lindsey Buckingham.
Stevie: It was one of those things in high school, you know where they just have these kind of little religious meetings, but they weren’t really religious and there was really nothing religious about it. (Stevie chuckles) It was just a reason to get out of the house and go somewhere on a Wednesday night. And, ah, it was just this kind of thing...I don’t even remember why I was there. And I walked into a room and Lindsey was sittin’ on a chair with his guitar and he kinda broke into California Dreamin’ - Mamas and the Papas - which of course I knew every word to, and I just walked over and started singing with him. And we finished out the song and we introduced ourselves, and he was going with somebody and I was going with somebody...and we walked away and I never saw him again for 2 1/2 years.
Valerie: But they obviously reconnected...
Stevie: The drummer in his band called me and asked me if I want to join their band, and I said, “Sure why not? I’m ready to rock now.”
Valerie: This is Spotlight on Stevie Nicks, and I’m Valerie Smaldone. Being in a band like Fleetwood Mac, the whole world seemed to be in on the affairs of the four of them...Stevie had had a tempestuous relationship with Lindsey Buckingham.
Stevie: You know, it was very difficult for Lindsey and I. And it never got better, really. It’s better now because Lindsey is married. And he loves his wife, and I think she’s great too. And he has a little six...seven month old baby girl named LeeLee, and a little boy named Will, who’s four. And they are precious, you know... Lindsey has a life now. So now Lindsey and I can really be friends. Because now we’re not thinking in the back of our mind that we’ll ever go back together. That allows us to be free. So now with his new relationship that’s really great for me, because it allows me to be his friend, and hang out with him and see him.
Valerie: That’s Don and Stevie on Spotlight on Stevie Nicks. And I’m Valerie Smaldone. Stevie and I spent a lot of time talking about her eight years on the tranquilizer she wishes she never took. But I asked her what she did during those years.
Stevie: I managed to do the Timespace record, which was a greatest hits kind of record. And I managed to get through Tango in the Night, but that was really a Lindsey Buckingham record changed into a Fleetwood Mac record so I didn’t have to do a whole lot of work on that. I just stayed home.