''We appreciate each other more now. It has been profound and touching to find each other again as people,'' Buckingham says from his Los Angeles home. ''And without Christine this time, we felt it wasn't so much a challenge as it was a new opportunity.''
Much of the credit has to go to Buckingham. ''Lindsey is so good in the studio,'' Nicks says effusively. ''He would get there at 9 in the morning and many nights stay until 10.... I'd get there at 2 in the afternoon and leave at 7. But because Lindsey did all those incredible guitar parts, that's why he also had to mix the record, since the rest of us didn't even know all those guitar parts were there. It's his little wall of sound, and it was done painstakingly by Lindsey.'' (When the band tours this spring - it comes to the Worcester Centrum Centre May 27 and 28 - the group will have two additional guitarists to help re-create those arrangements.)
Over the years, Buckingham and Nicks have learned that mutual respect means leaving each other's lyrics alone. ''I never tell Lindsey that you can't use this word or that sentence, and he doesn't dare say to me that you have to change this second verse or whatever. We tried that 30 years ago, and it never went over. So we say `This is the song, and if you don't like it, we won't do it.' But neither of us has ever been open to changing our work. That was established so long ago that it's not a problem now.''
Buckingham doesn't mind, however, if Nicks refers to him in a song, as happens on the new track ''Thrown Down,'' with the verse ''You're not like other people/You do what you want to do.''
''That line sums Lindsey up,'' says Nicks with a laugh. ''But he loves it. He loves the fact that I write about him. It makes him happy.''