Stuttgart, Germany - Schleyerhalle (10.14.2013)
Stevie: Well, this next song has an introduction and, um, I’m always terrified every time I come up to start to do the introduction because all through the United States - 47 shows - I did this introduction, and it ends up taking a lot longer than I would like it to take. But like all old stories, every time you tell it new things come up into your mind and so you start throwing those things in. And pretty soon your fairly short story turns into a really long story, and you try to shorten it up and it’s almost impossible. So I’m going to try to shorten it up once again for you tonight. Um, in 1971, Lindsey and I were living in San Francisco, and we had, uh, we were right in the middle of the most amazing musical thing that was happening - we would’ve called it a happening at that point. Um, it was Janis Joplin, it was Jimi Hendrix, and all the really great rock ’n’ roll stars that we looked up to. And we were right smack dab in the middle of it, and it was fantastic. And so we were in a band and we were playing shows and we were opening for these people and so it was very exciting time.
Anyway, I wrote a poem about Lindsey and me - mostly about him - and it was really a beautiful poem, and it was probably the nicest thing I ever wrote about the two of us, and it was probably because it was, it was when everything was happening. It was so amazing. And it was easy to write amazing things when you were living in such an amazing time, and we had an amazing relationship so… Anyway, this poem didn’t get put to music for some reason. And so the poem when in a, you know, bookshelf somewhere and stayed there until we decided to move to Los Angeles to try and get a record deal. So poem in hand, we jumped in our car and we drove to Los Angeles. And we got a record deal, and we made the ‘Buckingham Nicks’ album. And we were very proud of that album. We thought it was probably the best thing that we ever did or would ever do, and three months later the record company dropped the record. Much to our complete and utter devastation. Um, so we did what all starving - and I do mean starving - artists do, we got some studio time for free somewhere and we started making the second ‘Buckingham Nicks’ album. And, um, whilst doing that I took, I found the poem again. The ’71 poem. So I put it to music. We recorded it and we made this like amazing demo and, um, somehow the demo - that went onto a cassette - got lost. And, um, we think that one of our friends took it or stole it, and we’re not sure what happened to it but it got lost. Then it came back, and we were aware that it returned, and then we lost it again. So it was lost twice.
And by this time I’m starting to think that the song is doomed, and that the song’s never going to see the light of day. So, um, I - We forgot that the song even ever existed basically. So, um, about a hundred years later - because I’ve decided that we’re vampires and that was so long ago that, I know - So anyway, um, some friends of mine who are on the internet - Because I’m not on the internet. I don’t SpaceFace or SpaceBook or whatever it is you people all do. Um, so some friends of mine came to me and said, "Guess what? We found this great song on… YouTube." I am aware - now - of YouTube. And, uh, they said, "There’s this great song and so you have to see it." And, of course, it’s the lost, missing song. And not only is it the great demo that we made - and somebody obviously did steal - and they’ve put pictures of me and Lindsey, and so it’s really, it’s charming, you know, and it’s like a video, it’s like a music video. And I’m thinking, "Everybody in the world has seen this. Except me and Lindsey." *laughs* I know. I crack myself up.
So anyway, I take it to Lindsey, and I say, "Look! Here’s our song." And of course he’s like surprised also, and I said, uh, "Well, since we’re getting ready to go in and record a couple of songs at your house like next week" - this was right at the end of last year - "why don’t we record this song? It’s been waiting for a hundred years to be recorded." And he said, "Okay." So we did. And when we recorded it, um, Mr Fleetwood said, "Don’t forget, when we go on tour, to -" This whole story is your fault. You know that? You realise that, Mick? This whole story, this whole long story is your fault. Mick says, "Stevie, don’t forget to tell your audiences that this is what really attracted me to you guys. The way that Lindsey plays, and the way you guys sing to the way he plays. Cos it’s very counterpoint." And Mick being a drummer, a percussion, you know, he has that great ear, so he heard that. And that was something that I had always thought when I first met Lindsey myself, I thought that’s what makes us special is our whole counterpoint way of singing and the way he plays guitar. So we go on the road in the States, and for three weeks I tell this story. About right up to here.
And one night Lindsey Buckingham just out of the blue, in front of 15000 people, says to me, "But no! That is not what attracted Mick Fleetwood to us. Or basically to me." Meaning to him. And I’m like, ‘Hmm’ and I’m thinking - My life is passing before me and I’m going, ‘I know what he’s going to say.’ And he says, "What attracted Mick to us was the fact that they need a guitar player," and I’m going to myself, ‘You’re right, they needed a smokin’ hot, fantastic lead guitarist.’ Ta-da! And I magically pulled him out of my pocket. And I said, "Well, that’s true", and so the whole story wraps around to this. And if Lindsey wants to speak, he will. I like to tell this story because I really do want - He’s backing away, he’s backing away. I like to say thank you, Lindsey, for telling Mick when he called and asked you to join Fleetwood Mac, thank you for saying whatever it is that you said. Which, would you like to step up to the mic and finish the story? Ladies and gentlemen, Mr Lindsey Buckingham.
Lindsey: Me? You want me to talk?
Stevie: If you like. Say something.
Lindsey: Say something?
Lindsey: That’s very difficult for me.
Lindsey: Right? *laughs* *clears throat* Okay.
Stevie: Tell it.
Lindsey: Let’s see. Yes, it’s true. It’s absolutely true. Mick had heard a song of ours, and their guitarist left and I got a phone call. I did not - I’d only met Mick once, very briefly. And he said, "Lindsey, it’s Mick Fleetwood." "Hi, Mick." Hmm. "Lindsey, would you like to join Fleetwood Mac?" And of course, what did I say? What did I say? I said, "If you’re going to take me, you gotta take my girlfriend too!" And that, Stevie. Baby. That is loooove.
Stevie: Can I just add, in Stuttgart, to that little story since you do like to throw that in, that for five years previous to that I washed your jeans, sewed moons and stars on them, fringed them, ironed your t-shirts...
Lindsey: This is a new, um...
Stevie: ...made the house beautiful, cooked dinner, cleaned the house, was a waitress AND a cleaning lady and ALSO loved you.
Lindsey: That's right.
Stevie: So it wasn't just a one-sided deal.
Lindsey: Did I say it was?
Stevie: No, but it kind of comes across like that. We're letting you into the seriousness of this whole thing. I don't think that...
Lindsey: So all this time...
Stevie: …they really wanna come in here.
Lindsey: So all this time that's I've been saying 'that's love, baby' you've been going, ‘hmph.'
Stevie: Kinda *laughs*.
Lindsey: I can’t win! Geez. I did, I loved you with all my heart, didn’t I?
Stevie: I know.
Lindsey: Didn't I?
Stevie: Yes, you did.
Lindsey: And you loved me too.
Stevie: And I did. And that's why we went together into Fleetwood Mac.
Lindsey: That's right.
Stevie: Thank you, Mick. For calling us. And Johnny Mac, being married to the other woman in the band, thank you for saying to Chris, "Please like this girl. Or we’re guitarless." Thank you, honey. I love you. And anytime you would like to come up and speak during this story, please feel free. Thank you. So… That’s the longest we have ever spent telling the story. Um, so you win on really time, just time from our heart. So this song is the song almost exactly the way as it was recorded in 1994. 94. No. 1974. And, um, when we did record it, we wanted to keep it really realistic so that it would have that same feeling. So here it is and it’s called ‘Without You’.