Paris, France - Bercy Arena (10.11.2013)
Stevie: Well, I have a very long story to tell you and I’m hoping that some of you - I mean, do you speak English? Because it’s a long-winded story and I want you to understand it. Or at least the person next to you can translate. Okay, thank you. Um, in 1971 Lindsey and I, uh, going out in San Francisco where we lived. We were right there in the middle of the most amazing musical genre thing you could imagine - Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin. It was beyond, you just can’t imagine it. We were just plopped down in the middle of this amazing thing that was happening in San Francisco, and we were. And we had been in a band for three years and we had really, we really understood what was going on. It was the Age of Aquarius and, um, so anyway, we were living outside of San Francisco. And I wrote a poem and it was one of the many poems that I wrote that I didn’t put to music, but I put it away just in case. Not long after that, Lindsey and I moved to Los Angeles to get a record deal, and we did. We got a record deal and we made the ‘Buckingham Nicks’ album. Which was, for us, huge. And we were so happy about it because we thought it was just our best record ever and, um, we probably still feel that in a lot of ways.
And, um, the record company dropped the record about three months later so we were pretty devastated, and we did what all struggling artists do. We just started over on the second ‘Buckingham Nicks’ album. And we talked, we talked a recording studio in Los Angeles into giving us free time and we went up there and we started making this record. And that’s when I put, finally put this poem to music. And, um, it came it great. It was one of my favorite songs ever, and what happened was was that the poem, the song, it got lost. It got put on a cassette, which many of you have probably never heard of. But in our time everything was about cassettes. So everything you recorded you put on a cassette and then because cassettes were little so you just threw them down and you lost them. So we lost them. And then we think somebody took it from us and probably went and copied it and put it back. And, you know, I mean, you could say they wanted to protect us. They thought the song was great so they did keep it and make sure that it wasn’t lost. Or they were just not very nice people that decided to steal our song. So we didn’t really know. All we knew is that once it came back, it got lost again. So it was gone forever.
And, um, hundreds of years later in 2010 - because we are vampires; we’ve been around a long, long, long time - So, um, some friends of mine came to me and said, "We found this great song on the internet on - " *audience calls out YouTube* Yes, YouTube. I’m not, I don’t have a computer and I’m not on the SpaceFacePlace. Don’t do it. And so everybody in the world knows this song except me and Lindsey. And so she comes in and she plays it for us and I’m like, "Oh my god, it’s the lost song!" So I go and I play it for Lindsey, and I say, "Do you remember this?" And he’s like, "Well, of course I remember it." And I said, "Well - " We were just getting ready to go in and record four songs at his house. This was right at the end of last year. And I said, "Well, can we record it?" And he said, "Sure." So we did. And it came out great. It came out very similar to the way that we had originally done it. So this is all leading up to the reason why this story takes so long. Is cos you have to have the set-up. So - I know, I know, you’re ready to go buy a T-shirt at this point.
Um, anyway, so what happened was: we recorded the song, it came out great and Mick Fleetwood said to me, "When we go on tour, don’t forget to remind the audience that this is one of the things that really attracted me to you guys was the way that you and Lindsey sing together and the way that he plays guitar, which is very counterpoint." And it’s what I think makes us special. It’s what I think made us special in the very beginning when I first met Lindsey and started playing music with him. And Mick really saw that and so he said, "Remember that." So we go out on the road to do forty-seven shows in the United States in like, we started in April. It was a lot of shows, and about three weeks into it I’m telling this story and Mr Buckingham says - When I said that that was what attracted Mick to us, he goes, "But no. That is not what attracted Mick Fleetwood to you and me when he asked us - he was being kind - to join the band." He said, "What attracted Mick to us was the fact that he needed a guitar player." Because their guitar player had just left. And I thought to myself, ‘Hmmm, he’s right.’ What they needed was a smokin’ hot, fantastic lead guitarist. And nowhere in those words does that say ‘and his hippie waitress girlfriend’.
So at this point I’d like to take a moment to clear up my story and, um, by the way, really it was three weeks before I even knew I was telling the wrong story. Um, and give Lindsey a thank you, a big thank you, for asking Mick if it was okay to bring me when Mick asked him if he wanted to join the band. And Lindsey, now do you have anything to say? I was trying to simplify the story a little bit because I would’ve loved to have told it in French had I spoken French.
Lindsey: I have nothing to say.
Stevie: You have absolutely nothing to say. That’s not like you.
Lindsey: No. Well, no, you said it.
Stevie: I kind of said it all.
Lindsey: You’re right. Mick called me up. He said, "Lindsey, would you like to join Fleetwood Mac?" I said, "Well, Mick, if you take me, you gotta take my girlfriend too!" And, you know, that’s love, baby.
Stevie: They understand that in Paris. They get it. I know. And so you did, and I want to thank you for that. I will always thank you for that.
Lindsey: Well, I think it turned out okay.
Stevie: It did turn out okay. And Lindsey and I would both like to thank Mr Mick Fleetwood for bringing, for asking us to come and join his mad Alice in Wonderland ride, and take us through all these crazy years. Thank you, Mick, for seeing the potential. And I would also like to thank Mr Johnny Mac, the best bass player in the whole world, for saying, "Let’s just get the girls and go!" So this is the little song. It’s called ‘Without You’ and it really is exactly how it was in 1974. So this is who we were then and who we probably still are now.