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Mar 22, 2013

Stevie Nicks Interview in Billboard

By Ben York
Posted: March 22, 2013

Stevie Nicks is a music icon.

And that's putting it mildly. 

The singer-songwriter has produced over forty Top 50 hits and sold over 140 million albums during her career with Fleetwood Mac and as a solo artist. Combined, she has received 13 Grammy Award nominations and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in1998. 

Perhaps even more significant, Rolling Stone dubbed her as one of the "100 Greatest Singers of All-Time" along with the prestigious title of "The Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll." 

Now, in 2013, she's preparing a huge tour with Fleetwood Mac which makes a stop at US Airways Center on May 30. She recently sat down with Billboard Magazine to talk about the band's upcoming tour, her new song and the importance of longevity.

Here are a few excerpts from the interview. To read the full article, click here

On rehearsals with Fleetwood Mac:

“I’m in rehearsals with them now. We go from ‘Go Your Own Way’ to ‘Sara’ to ‘Never Going Back…’ to ‘Landslide.’ This time we’re actually doing ‘Sister of the Moon,’ which we haven’t done since 1979 or 1980. And it’s dark; (sings) ‘Intense silence as you walk in the room,’ and people are like, ‘What does that mean?’ That’s me talking to me, talking to my alter ego and the person that’s having a hard time being a rock star…Twenty-four songs is what we’re doing. I’m sitting there looking at the board going, ‘Oh my God, we’re only halfway through. We have 12 songs to go and we’ve been playing for six hours!’"

On her new song:

“I just saw a movie I was going to write a song about that I was inspired by in a very strange way – ‘Anna Karenina.’ I’m watching this movie and I’m really riveted by the fact that she was happy in her marriage and it was fun…and then she meets this mom who asks her, ‘Have you ever really been in love?’ What a question! And she’s like, ‘What is love, really?’ and thinks about it. Then she meets her son and it happens. I never jumped in front of a train, but what obsessive love can do to people, I’ve seen it in my own life and I saw it in that movie and it really affected me. I’ve been there and I don’t want to be there again. So now I’m just walking around with this in my head, and I’m so ready to go to the grand piano with white candles and (write)."

On touring into her....80's?

“Opera singers plan to sing into their 80s. I plan to not be doing 190 shows when I’m 85, but I do plan to be out there singing when I am a seriously older woman, ‘cause I think my voice will still be pretty good because I’m not gonna let it go. 

Click here to read the full interview