Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome (10.07.2013)
Stevie: We have been on tour in the United States. Before we came here we did forty-seven shows in three months and as you go through forty-seven shows, you tell stories. They change, they get, you know, you use them as ways to communicate and they change every night. So I’m not sure how much of this - I’m sure you all speak English. Please tell me that you do. Otherwise I can’t tell this story. Um, so the story, um, that in 1971 I wrote a poem. Lindsey and I were living in San Francisco where we lived and, uh, we had been in a band together for three years and we were actually getting our songs together to move to Los Angeles to try and get a record deal. And, um, so I wrote this poem. I never put it to music. I put it away and when we went to Los Angeles, we got a record deal, we made a record - which was called ‘Buckingham Nicks -, and we thought that we had made the best record ever, and we probably still believe that. And we got dropped by our record company three months later, which was devastating. We got over it, and we struggled onward and we did what all struggling audiences - audiences *laughs* You’re struggling too! - Um, we did what all struggling artists do; we just started making another record. We talked a studio into giving us some free time, and we started making the second Buckingham Nicks album.
And so at this time I took that poem and I put it to music, and it turned into this wonderful song. And it was really the nicest lyrical thing that I have ever written about Lindsey and me and our relationship and, um, so a couple of years later when it became a song, this wonderful song, and we made a really great demo of it. And, uh, the demo got put onto a cassette and then got lost. We’re not sure how it got lost. I think somebody stole it, one of our sleazy friends, and maybe they took it because they wanted to protect it because they knew we’d eventually lost it anyway. So, whatever, it went out and it came back, and then we lost it. So it was lost twice. So at that point who remembers? It was gone. So anyway, about, you know, a hundred years later in 2010 - we’re actually vampires; we’ve been around a long, long time - And, I know, it’s very, very mysterious. And, uh, anyway so my, some friends of mine came to me in 2010, in the summer of 2010, and said, "Stevie, guess what, we’ve found this amazing song on the internet, on - " Yes. I don’t have a computer nor do I have a phone or a SpaceFace or any of that stuff so I am probably the only person in the world who did not know that there was my missing song. So there it was, and someone had taken the time to put little pictures to it. It was really like a little video. So I’m thinking, ‘God, the whole world knows about my song except me.’
And so I take it to Lindsey. I go to him, "Do you remember this song?" And he’s like, "I do." I said, "Do you love this song as much as me?" And he goes, "Well - " I don’t think he said he loved it as much as I did, but he did love it. So I said, "Can we record it?" Because we were just getting ready to go in and record four songs for our EP that we made. So we recorded it. And, um, we recorded it very much exactly how we had recorded it in 1974 and here’s where the story goes wrong. Ten minutes later. The story is is that Mick Fleetwood, when we recorded this song at Lindsey’s house, said to me, "Don’t forget to tell the audience that, uh, this song, the way Lindsey plays, the way you guys sing in counterpoint to each other, is one of the things that really attracted me to you guys." Um, when we were, you know, a long time ago. And he says, "Don’t forget to tell the audience that", so for three weeks I told the audiences exactly that. And then one night I’m in the middle of my story and Lindsey Buckingham says to me, "Ah! But no. That is not what Mick Fleetwood was attracted to. He was attracted" - he’s using my word - "he was attracted to the fact that they needed a lead guitarist." A fantastic lead guitarist. Because they didn’t have one, which means they didn’t really have a band. They needed a guitarist. And I’m like, ‘Hmm, absolutely right.’ And they absolutely didn’t need his, um, waitress/cleaning lady girlfriend. So… I said to Lindsey - What did I say to you? *laughs*
Lindsey: What did you say to me?
Stevie: What did I say to you? Oh. What did you say to me?
Stevie: Or what did we say to them? Or what did you say to Mick? It’s a conundrum.
Lindsey: Okay, well you said to me, "Don’t go without me."
Stevie: *shrieks* Exactly what I said!
Lindsey: I remember that. And I said, "No problem." I mean, you know, Mick had called me anyway, right? He called. He said, "Lindsey, would you like to join Fleetwood Mac?" I said, "Mick, you’ve got to take my girlfriend too!"
Stevie: So for that amazing moment that became the last days of Stevie Nicks as a cleaning woman I thank you, Lindsey Buckingham, for that.
Lindsey: Sounds like a movie. Stevie Nicks: The Cleaning Woman.
Stevie: Before the fall. I do thank you for that. And then I would like to - This is a big thank you moment. Then I would like to thank - I feel like I’ve won an Oscar! Then I would like to thank Mr Mick Fleetwood for taking me and Lindsey on his Alice in Wonderland ride. Thank you, Mick. And I would also like to thank Mr John McVie, who we actually call Johnny Mac. Johnny Mac, thank you for taking the girl! So here it is, this song. Almost exactly the way that we recorded it back in 1974, and it’s called ‘Without You’.