In a uniform of billowing chiffon, layers of lace, delicate shawls and a blanket of long blonde hair, Stevie Nicks will forever be The Reigning Queen of Rock n Roll.
The legendary singer songwriter has been on the music scene since she graduated high school and hasn’t stopped to take a breath since. She catapulted to international fame after joining Fleetwood Mac in 1974 and has been the driving force behind over forty top 50 hits, album sales of over 140 million and a combined 13 Grammy nominations between her work with Fleetwood and her solo career. When Fleetwood Mac released their second album Rumours after adding Stevie and her longtime love Lindsey Buckingham to the line up they found themselves suddenly at a level of success previously unimaginable. The album was the best selling album of all time at the date of release in 1977 and now has only moved seven places down despite a 35 year time lapse. Four Top 10 singles resulted and Stevie’s Dreams became their first and only US #1 hit. Clearly the synergistic energy of the newly formed group was the stuff of legends, and Stevie’s songwriting prowess took them all to the top. She had been writing long before joining Fleetwood — Rhiannon and Landslide were completed before she even had one of her specially decorated mics in her hand. Having joined the band with her lover Lindsey, their chemistry helped to further their fame but also caused tension within the group. Ultimately she had to leave seven years later to go solo, but in the time spent all together it is said that their live performances were filled with theatrical and interpersonal intensity sometimes bordering on exorcism like ferociousness that lulled audiences into a heavy trance.
Once she went solo in 1981 with Bella Donna she was cemented as the strongest female in the game. The album went platinum within three weeks of its release and is now certified as quadruple platinum — incredible. She was an unforgettable force; everything about her was distinctive. Especially that voice. That husky, emotional, gorgeous voice — that she credits in part to seeing Grace Jones and Janis Joplin play live — will easily give goosebumps to anyone in ear shot. Known also for her unique style, she was always wandering around like a mystical gypsy — long hair blowing in the breeze, chiffon dragging on the ground behind her, that signature black half moon tambourine gently shaking in her hand. She stuck with the same style over the span of her career — it’s said that she’s worn a variation of the same suede platform boots during every performance since 1975, even if they weren’t in style at the time. Her look was so evocative that a slew of witchcraft (not joking) rumors began to spread and she was forced to dial it down a bit as to not scare people away. Despite addictions to cocaine and tranqs she’s still alive and kicking today, making her one of the few female acts of her time to witness induction to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, to watch album sales soar above 100 million, to see college kids forty years her junior decorate their dorm rooms with posters of her and all her friends. Rolling Stone crowned her with the title of Reigning Queen and it seems she’ll be holding on to it for quite some while.
For anyone in NYC who’s equally as obsessed with Miss Nicks as we, there is an event that we all have no choice but to attend. The Night of 1,000 Stevies is May 3rd at the Highline Ballroom in NYC — be there or be square!
A friend showed us this video of Stevie backstage, without a clue she’s being recorded, singing her untouched, un-auto-tuned little heart out. Couldn’t you honestly just die?
Well you knew we were going to have to include a Landslide performance. With all the lip syncing that goes on now (we’re looking at you Bey! Not really though, we’re looking at most of you) wouldn’t it be so incredible to force everyone back to 1975 and make them perform acoustically? #dreams