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#QueerQuote: “If You Want to Find Somebody and Be Married and Have Children, Don’t Make it a Rock Star.” – Stevie Nicks

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Through the decades, Stevie Nicks has been romantically entangled with musicians Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Don Henley, and Jimmy Iovine.

Stephanie Lynn Nicks is one of the greatest rock stars and is considered by most of the world as the “Queen Of Rock ‘N’ Roll”. Of course, Nicks is most famous for her membership in the band Fleetwood Mac beginning in 1975. Nicks went on to become one of the cultural icons of the 1970s and every decade since, through music, song writing, fashion and scintillating performances on stage.

In 1981, while remaining a member of Fleetwood Mac, Nicks began her solo career, releasing the album Bella Donna, which topped the Billboard album charts. She has released eight solo studio albums, her most recent, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault, was released in 2014.

With her very distinctive voice, mystical stage persona and poetic lyrics, she has not only thrilled generations of fans but also paved the way for future female singers. Beyoncé, Courtney Love, Belinda Carlisle, The Dixie Chicks, Mary J. Blige, Sheryl Crow, Florence Welch, Taylor Swift, and Lorde, have all called Nicks an inspiration.

Collectively, her work both as a member of Fleetwood Mac and as a solo artist has produced over 40 Top Ten hits and sold over 150 million records, making her one of the bestselling music acts of all time.

At 5 feet 1 inch, Nicks has stated she felt “a little ridiculous” standing next to Mick Fleetwood, who is 6 feet 6 inches. So, she developed a thing for 6-inch platform boots. Nicks:

“Even when platforms went completely out of style, I kept wearing them because I didn’t want to go back to being 5 feet 3 inches in heels.”

Nicks has developed a style which she calls her “uniform”. She is still working those gossamer tunics and shawls that have influenced two generations of Stevie acolytes. Nicks is known for her multiple wardrobe changes during live performances, almost having a new outfit for each song. The ”Stevie Look” doesn’t come cheap. In 2016, the cost to keep up her overall style, of hair, makeup, and wardrobe, was over $50,000.

Nicks joined Fleetwood Mac in 1975 along with her then-boyfriend, Lindsey Buckingham. Rumours, Fleetwood Mac’s second album with Nicks and Buckingham was the best-selling album of 1977 and 1978, and has sold over 50 million copies worldwide, making it the fifth-highest selling studio album of all time. The album won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978. It produced four Top 10 singles, with Nicks’ song Dreams being the band’s first and only Number One hit.

Earlier this year, Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, parted ways with Lindsey Buckingham, the longtime guitarist and voice behind many of Fleetwood Mac’s most enduring songs. According to the group, the split came down to a scheduling conflict surrounding a world tour. Nicks:

”We were supposed to go into rehearsal in June and he wanted to put it off until November. That’s a long time. I just did 70 shows on a solo tour. As soon as I finish one thing, I dive back into another. Why would we stop? We don’t want to stop playing music. We don’t have anything else to do. This is what we do. ”

Buckingham’s firing is just the latest in a decades-long series of changes and drama in the lineup of the band.

They invited Mike Campbell, the former guitarist of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn to join for the band’s massive 52-date tour beginning in October and wrapping up in April 2019.

Stevie Nicks celebrates her 70th birthday today, May 26. Hopefully with carrot cake and magic, and no cocaine.

 


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