Stevie: I never in a million years expected it to happen to me. I took typing and shorthand. I went to five years of college and I quit and also got into humongous trouble from my parents for that. (Sarah laughs) I moved to Los Angeles with Lindsey Buckingham, which was totally unacceptable to my entire family. Not only was I living with somebody, but I quit school. "What are you gonna do? Be in the circus for the rest of your life?"
Sarah [McLachlan]: Yeah. "When are you going to get a real job?"
Stevie: Right. I also think that fame and fortune have a high price.
Sarah: Oh, no shit. Especially if you're not asking for the fame part. I just want to sing. I've only really become what you call a famous person in the past year. I'm lucky I had five years to get used to it in bits and pieces.
Stevie: The same thing with me. I was just singing with my then-boyfriend, Lindsey, and we had nothing, no money. And I worked. He didn't work. He furiously practiced his guitar every day, all day--and I backed that up. And then we got a call from a famous guy in a famous band who said, "Do you wanna join our band?" We actually went back and forth about it: "Well, maybe we don't. Maybe we just want to do what we're doing now." And between January and my birthday in May we became famous."
Sarah: Oh man!
Stevie: We got paid in cash, two hundred dollars a week each, so I had hundred-dollar bills everywhere. And since we hadn't spent any money in five years, we didn't know how to spend money. And I was washing hundred-dollar bills through the wash and finding them crumpled and detergented out, and hanging them on the line with the rest of our stuff.
Stevie: Which is very easy to do over there, because everybody there drinks like it's water. When I joined Fleetwood Mac, I was twenty-seven years old and I had never ever drank, and these people were used to getting on an airplane at nine in the morning and ordering a double Bloody Mary.
Stevie: Pretty soon I realized I can't enjoy being with these