Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena (06.24.2013)
Stevie: ...probably the most beautiful and the nicest poem that I ever wrote about the two of us ever. And probably because in 1970, we were in San Francisco, we were in the most amazing musical time you can even imagine. That was (?) Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, that was, and we were right there in the middle of it. So I was writing poetry like crazy. So I wrote this poem, put the poem away - sometimes I don't write my songs right away. I put the poem away, and soon after that Lindsey and I drove to Los Angeles to get a record deal with twelve songs. And, um, we got a record deal and we made 'Buckingham Nicks'. It was released to great critical acclaim and then Polydor Records just dropped it, much to our horror. Because we had, you know, we thought we had made the best record ever. And it was. It was such a great record and we just didn't understand why (?). So what did we do? We did what all starving artists; we just started another record and talked a studio into giving us free time cos we had absolutely no money. And so we started making demos. So that's when we think that we put this poem to music.
Then somewhere in house - in our house was about a million cassettes, in our little house. So I think that I probably threw the cassette on the couch and somebody - one of our sleazy friends - stole it. Copied it and then brought it back so we never even knew it was stolen. And then we lost it cos, I mean, I was a cleaning lady so I probably brushed it under the couch or something and it was gone. So the song is gone, we can't, we don't remember it, it is gone. And in 2010, some friends of ours were on, oh yes, YouTube and there it was, the whole song. And, you know, I don't know how to feel. Do I feel good about this? Well, yes, cos I got my song back. Do I feel good it was stolen? No. But. So I take it to Lindsey and I go, "Look, the song." And he's like, "Yeah." And I said, "Don't you think this is a really wonderful song? We should show it to Mick and John and we can - We should record it." And he said, "Yes, we should." So we did.
We went to his house at the very end of last year and we recorded it and, um, and, and, when we recorded it Mick Fleetwood said to me, "Don't forget when we go on tour to tell the audience, to remind them, that one of the things that attracted me so much to you guys was the way he plays guitar and the way you guys sing." It is like a triangle. He said it was very counterpoint to the way that you sing. So it's like we sing (?). We don't sing like that, we go back and forth. And that's, in my opinion, that is what made us special - to us - from the very beginning. So anyway, at some point after we went on tour, about two or three weeks, in front of, I don't know, 15,000 people, Lindsey says, "Ah! But that is not the reason that Mick was actually attracted to us. He was - What he needed was a lead guitarist." Cos his lead guitarist had just quit, so nowhere in the words 'lead guitarist' does it say 'lead guitarist and hippie girlfriend'. I said, "Well that is very true. That is actually very true." So then I decided, on this tour, to make my amends and to, uh, to say thank you to some people, some different people, for things that happened to me in those years. So first of all, I'd like to thank Lindsey for taking me with him when Mick asked him to join the band. And he probably said something to the effect of, "Well, I have a girlfriend." Lindsey, would you like to jump in here?
Lindsey: Would you like me to?
Stevie: I would.
Lindsey: Well, yes, funny you should mention that. Gracie.
Stevie: Thank you, George. *laughs*
Lindsey: Um, yeah, no, I did. I got a call from Mick, out of the blue. We had met Mick a few weeks before and he had heard some stuff from 'Buckingham Nicks.' And he called up and he said, "Lindsey, would you like to join Fleetwood Mac?" And I said, "Well, Mick, if I do that, you're going to have to take my girlfriend too!" That was love, that was loyalty.
Stevie: It was. So I would now like to thank you personally in front of all these people in Charlotte for taking me on the wild ride that you decided to go on in 1975, and I thank you, Lindsey, for that.
Lindsey: I think it worked out okay.
Stevie: Alright but no, the story's not over. And now I would actually like to throw out a little thank you, kudos, to Mr Mick Fleetwood for asking Lindsey and, insomuch, me, for taking us on his Alice in Wonderland ride through the world over the last 35 years. Thank you, Mick! And happy birthday. And I would also like to thank the handsomest and the best bass player ever because I think that when this conversation came up between him and Mick that John McVie probably just said, "Just take the girl!" Would you not? You said that, right? Cos you're the smartest one of all. So this song is called 'Without You'. It is the poem. It is done exactly, really, almost, as if it were 1973 again.