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Stevie Nicks Defends Going Solo in the 80’s

Stevie Nicks
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Next month marks the 30th anniversary of Stevie Nicks’ second solo album, the double platinum collection, The Wild Heart. The album peaked at Number Five and featured her monster MTV smash “Stand Back” — which also topped out at Number Five — and is the only solo Nicks tune featured in Fleetwood Mac’s current setlist.

Both her fans and Fleetwood Mac bandmates believed that the lure of a blockbuster solo career would force Nicks to split from the group. She explained that her solo career simply provided relief from the backlog of songs he’d been stockpiling for years: “When you’re in a band with three writers, you only get one-third of the writer thing — and that’s the whole reason that I did a solo career. And that’s. . . Y’know, when I told Fleetwood Mac that I was gonna do that, they were of course terrified that I would do that record and then I would quit. And I said to them, ‘I just need a vehicle. I have trunks of songs from 1973 that are never going to be heard. The only reason I’m doing this solo thing is so I can throw a few more songs out. I’ll make a record, I’ll put it out, I’ll do a month of shows, and I’ll be done, and I’ll come back. It’s never going to be. . . It’s never going to be Fleetwood Mac.'”

Fleetwood Mac North American tour dates (subject to change):
May 12 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
May 14 – Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre
May 15 – Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
May 17 – Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
May 19 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
May 20 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
May 22 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion San Jose
May 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
May 26 – Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Arena
May 28 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
May 30 – Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
June 1 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
June 4 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
June 5 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
June 7 – Tampa, FL – Tampa Bay Times Forum
June 8 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
June 10 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
June 12 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena
June 14 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena
June 15 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
June 18 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
June 19 – Albany, NY – Times Union Center
June 21 – Mansfield, MA – Comcast Center
June 22 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
June 24 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
June 26 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
June 29 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
June 30 – Portland, OR – Rose Garden Arena
July 3 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
July 5 – San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
July 6 – Sacramento, CA – Sleep Train Arena

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