12 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Stevie Nicks
Stevie Nicks performs at the 2001 Radio Music Awards at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas Friday, Oct. 26, 2001. Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect
Pretty, kind of witchy, and with a voice that could mesmerize you, Stevie Nicks is an epitome of a rockstar goddess. You may know her as a powerful singer of Fleetwood Mac who also has an impressive solo career, but there lies still a hint of mystery (like most enchantresses have) that needs to be discovered. What are those you ask? Fortunately for us, Stevie Nicks’ autobiographical book Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams & Rumours is here to help us delve into the musician’s life on and off the road. Here are 12 facts that we gathered from the book:
Stevie Couldn’t Stop Dancing While Fleetwood Mac Was Being Recorded
The singer felt like someone who needed to perform rituals while the studio was busily editing the songs “Rhiannon,” etc. Real witchy move.
She Married Her Deceased Best Friend’s Husband Out of Grief
After Robyn Anderson, Stevie’s best friend died of cancer, she made a knee-jerking decision to marry the widower. However, she did it so she can become a mother to the motherless child.
Her Ex-Boyfriend Once Slapped Her on Her Face
The ex in question was her bandmate, Lindsey Buckingham. One of the reasons why the guitarist left the band was due to him not wanting to work with her anymore. One time, while there were in Christine McVie’s house, the two bickered and Buckingham slapped Nicks on her face. Buckingham, however, couldn’t remember what happened.
She Almost Went Blind from Partying Too Hard
When Rumours went platinum, Fleetwood Mac threw a celebration party that went for almost 2 days. Nicks, who was wearing contact lenses, forgot to take them out, which resulted in consequences.
Wicker was Her Choice of Furniture
A weird thing about Nicks that was shared by Lindsey Buckingham’s then-girlfriend Carol Anne was when Nicks’ let her stay in for a night in her house; she found out that most of the singer’s furniture was made out of wicker.
Her Doomed Affair to Mick Fleetwood Was a Result of Them Doing So Many Drugs
While she highly regarded Fleetwood as a musician and a friend, Nicks admitted to Oprah to only hooking up with him because they were the “last two people at a party.” Having too many drugs in their system, they couldn’t think straight.
A Hole as Big as A Dime Is Burned in Her Nose from Excessive Drug Use
This isn’t a well-hidden fact, but it’s still a topic of controversy whenever we discuss the singer. The hole was due to her getting hooked on cocaine, and she never got to fix her nose due to fear that she may not sing as well as before.
She Revealed the Pre-stage Cocaine Bumps
Before going on stage to perform on a sea of concertgoers, Nicks revealed that each of the Fleetwood Mac members would hit cocaine on their wrists provided by their tour manager. It was at this moment that Nicks would get hooked on the merciless ride of drug usage.
She Almost Died Due to Drugs
With her career going up, her personal life and contentment came spiraling down. Drugs became her company during these times, and several life-threatening moments happened in the 80s that almost killed her. But then, enough was enough, so she checked herself for recovery.
Both She and Christine McVie had Elegant Coke Vials
The girls’ friendship stood the test of time and both even shared some craziest and the most unusual bonding. One of those was shopping for elegant coke vials because they didn’t like to be seen by the others as snorting large amounts of cocaine.
A Producer of Buckingham Nicks Abandoned a Date to Convince the Couple to Join Fleetwood Mac
When Mick Fleetwood needed help on recruiting someone who could fill in during Bob Welch’s sudden departure from the band, he called Keith Olsen, co-producer to the 2nd Buckingham Nicks album. Long story short, Olsen left a New Year’s Eve date just so he can talk to the couple about joining the British band.
She Had Her Own Little “Witch Clique”
In an interview with Kenny Loggins for the book, he said something about Nicks gathering female blondes who copied every look that Stevie had donned. “My first impression of touring with Fleetwood Mac was seeing Stevie and her acolytes,” he said. “She seemed to collect talented, young, beautiful girls who would then dress like her and follow her around all the time.”