With Trouble in Shangri-La, I really felt that I was making a step away from the past. The box set really was all about the past, and the Fleetwood Mac reunion was all about the Rumours songs. I really felt a necessity to go into the future. Because when you're in a great old band that still exists, you can always live on that ... you can always be that. Or you can go ahead and do your own thing along with doing that.
~Stevie Nicks, Interview, April 14, 2001


I've never thought about where I fit in pop culture. If I did, I'd get paranoid, and then I'd be afraid, and I don't do well with fear. I have to believe people will like this record, because it is my heart and soul, everything I've wanted to say over the last 10 years.
~Stevie Nicks, Entertainment Weekly, March 16,2001


The title song is written ~ Trouble in Shangri-La. It's like Bella Donna; it's a definite concept album. It's about achieving Shangri-La and not being able to handle it.
~Stevie Nicks, Rolling Stone, May 14, 1998


[On TISL] It's a rock and roll record. But there are some quieter things.
~Stevie Nicks, The Arizona Republic, Sept. 21, 2000


If you're in show business or sports and you're famous, there is a price that comes along with it. You get to have Shangri-La, but people just go crazy. So it's not so wonderful as everybody thinks sometimes. [The title song, tinged with the suggestion of a Himalayan chant, was written] in the last few months of the O.J. and Nicole trial. It wasn't really about them, it was just about how people make it to the top of their field and can't seem to handle it.
~Stevie Nicks, Scottsdale Life, July/August 2000


The theme of this record is 'Trouble in Shangri-La': To achieve Shangri-La and then not be able to handle it. So that is the element of Paradise, slips away.
~Stevie Nicks, Ask Stevie,, 2000


I remember asking my dear friend Tom Petty to work with me on some
songs. I wasn't feeling my best; I was unsure about a lot of
things. He said, 'No. You're a premier songwriter. You don't need anyone
to help you with your songs. Do it yourself.' It was the jolt I needed.
~Stevie Nicks, Billboard Magazine, February 2001


In many ways, this album brings me full circle. There are
a couple of songs I've been holding on to since that era, waiting for the
right context to bring them out. Also, there was an accumulation of time
and life experiences~and songs~reminiscent of that period.
~Stevie Nicks, Billboard Magazine, February 2001


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