Fleetwood Mac
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In Fleetwood Mac I have a persona, I call myself the 'Spider Woman'. I try to imagine myself putting on a spider mask. I become very subdued and quieter, I don't move so fast., I'm in a state of suspended animation. The only time you see that other girl from Red Rocks is in Stand Back. I could never be like that [video from Red Rocks] in Fleetwood Mac, that's why I have two careers. I like being in a band, I like being in Fleetwood Mac. It's a whole other deal where I make up this character every night and she's interesting but she never gets crazy and she keeps all her emotion very much within herself. Stevie from Red Rocks really lets go.
~Stevie Nicks, Newspaper Article, 1987

Oh I've been close to leaving Fleetwood Mac ever since I joined Fleetwood Mac. But so has everybody else. To be in Fleetwood Mac is to live in a soap opera. And it has been pretty scandalous and pretty incestuous, and pretty wonderful in a lot of ways.
~Stevie Nicks, Us Magazine, July 9, 1990

Fleetwood Mac goes on like a miniseries. It's one of those 'Gone With the Wind' things that goes on and on; I never really know what's going to happen. …I never burn bridges, but right now I don't think I'll work with them.
~Stevie Nicks, Boston Globe, July 14, 1991

The first condition of me joining was that I should only worked for Fleetwood Mac...that I should only live for the band. Our lives were planned for years ahead.
~Stevie Nicks, Rock World, January 1993

stechr.jpg - 20.55 KMick is the king. He's the head of the band. He comes in and you think you ought to curtsy. In the studio, Lindsey's word was law. Christine almost always delivered the hits. She's like an earth mother, and I'm her little sister. John is the other fixed point around which the band revolves. Sometimes it got really funny, this giant percussionist and two couples in front of him. Especially when all the relationships broke up.
~Stevie Nicks, Rock World, January 1993

No matter how fabulous and big time Fleetwood Mac were, there was always a really dark edge to it. Fleetwood Mac were anything but a happy soft-rock band. There was a lot of darkness and a lot of dark stuff going on. And so maybe people relate to that darkness because they knew it wasn't easy for us and that we went through the drugs, criticism, the big success and the dropping down and going back up.
~Stevie Nicks, Bam Magazine, August 22, 1997

At the inauguration, I just realized I wanted it to be back the way it was, or I didn't want to be in it anymore. I couldn't continue to be in a Fleetwood Mac that didn't have Lindsey in it.
~Stevie Nicks, Philadelphia Inquirer, September 21, 1997

The music is easy. It's the other stuff that's hard. But I realized a long time ago that there is no Fleetwood Mac without Lindsey Buckingham. If it can't be with him, then let's not do it.
~Stevie Nicks, Q Magazine, December 1997

I was always available to give this another try....In an eerie sort of way it felt as if we had only been apart for a year. Some things you just never forget. [Lindsey's and my] voice are just good together and we know it. I love my solo career ~ don't get me wrong. But it will never be quite as exciting as Fleetwood Mac. There aren't very many women who have ever been in a great rock and roll band . . . limousines and champagne and all that. Every time the five of us are out in public together, people look at us like we're in a movie, and I feel like we're in one.
~Stevie Nicks, Total TV Site/Online, 1997