According to Nicks, the crash test of the group's solidarity came with the making of last year's controversial Tusk. "It lasted 13 months and it took every bit of inner strength we had," she says. "It was very hard on us, like being a hostage in Iran, and to an extent, Lindsey [Mac's guitarist and Nicks' former lover] was the Ayatollah. It was a risk, his risk, because it was his concept. We went along with it because we thought it was worth a chance."

As an experimental effort, Tusk hasn't matched the phenomenal sales of the band's preceding LP, the MOR-ish Rumours. "I didn't like the Tusk package," says Nicks. "I didn't like the cover and didn't like the name. I didn't agree with a lot of it. But there's an essence to the album that I totally agree with. It might have been too far away for a lot of people to understand, but I think someday a lot of people will listen to that record and a little light bulb will go off.

"However," she continues, "it won't happen again. We won't do another Lindsey Buckingham album on Fleetwood Mac time. The next album we do will go back to Fleetwood Mac."

Meanwhile, the group is planning to market a videotape made during the recording of Tusk. "It's a documentary on how we work together," says Nicks. "It was so personal we were scared. There's a part, for instance, where Lindsey and I are sitting at a piano, singing 'Angel' and looking at each other. There's a certain thing that goes on between us--it always has and probably always will. but it's there, on the tape! It's incredible--and kind of frightening. You can see all of what's gone on between us for the last ten year."

What's gone on between Nicks and Buckingham, or Nicks and the Starship's Paul Kantor, or the Eagles' Don Henley--or even Elton John, for pity's sake--has also been the subject of rampant rumor. At one point, the gossips had Nicks and Buckingham (who parted ways in 1974) as the parents of a baby girl--actually the child of Mick Fleetwood and his wife, Jenny.

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