Stevie Nicks calls on Tom Petty and Prince’s spirits for support before performances

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When she isn’t advocating for people to wear a mask or believing Harry Styles is a member of NSYNC, Stevie Nicks continues to prove how badass and talented she is. Stevie is profiled in Variety to talk about the upcoming release of 24 Karat Gold: The Movie, which will be released Sunday, November 1 in theaters and drive-ins. Stevie discussed the process she went through to film and produce 24 Karat Gold which filmed her performing her album of the same name in Trafalgar Square in 2017. She also said she’s thrilled that her song, Dreams, is popular now. Plus she asks Tom Petty and Prince’s spirits to walk with her before live performances. Below are a few quotes:

VARIETY: One of the songs in this concert film is “Dreams.” As you know, there’s this whole TikTok video tie-in, and suddenly “Dreams” is on the chart again.
NICKS: From the skateboarder? I know. How crazy is that? My assistant showed it to me — he’s drinking his juice and just skateboarding along and just filming himself and singing “Dreams.” It’s so funny, and so great, because “Dreams” is a fun song to sing. I’m thrilled that people still love it, and that it does still make people happy. And who knows even why? But it does. But “Dreams” came out how many years ago? Like in 1975, right? [Editor’s note: early 1977.] My assistant just told me there’s a lot of young kids who don’t even know the song, but they like it, and its streaming is massive. It’s fantastic.

The new film and live album were recorded and filmed in 2017 but not released until now. Were you still doing any work on it after the pandemic started?
I was taking off this year, and it was in my plan to work on my “Rhiannon” miniseries. That didn’t mean I couldn’t go out and do like separate shows; I already had like six shows booked. But we realized by the end of February that that was not going to happen, so between us and the promoters, we basically canceled all the shows. For the film, we had edited all the musical performances quite a while ago, but not the other parts. So in May, we rented a private plane — made sure that they fogged it to death, so it was totally safe — flew back to Chicago and stayed in a house on a golf course where nobody had been since late October. Then we went into Joe’s studio (Joe Thomas of Trafalgar Releasing, the film’s distributor) and were there for, like, a month, editing the stories and anything else around the songs that needed to be edited.

You probably didn’t imagine until fairly recently that a significant percentage of the showings of this film would be in drive-ins. So that’s a new wrinkle.
I never in a million years did. And you know, I just remember from being a little girl how much I used to love drive-ins. I just used to think they were the best thing ever. And I actually saw “Woodstock,” the movie, in my Corvair Monza Spyder five-speed convertible. I went to see that movie in that little car with the top down, right? And when that movie ended, I was like, “Well, this is going to be my life.” When I drove out of there, I was totally crying. I was just like, “That’s it. I’m never going to walk in through the front of an outdoor concert. I am always going to fly in in a helicopter.” [Laughs.] And I mean, I made that statement, and it was like written in gold, you know? Anyway, so when I thought of drive-ins, I thought, well, that would certainly be fun for people, I think.

In the film, though, you do acknowledge that Prince is gone. You say you feel him with you sometimes, and you say “Prince, walk with me.”
Right. And strangely enough, I put them in my journal. And if I have a really big, important show, I call in all my spirits, and I say, “Tom, stand behind me. Prince, stand with me.” I ask for their help, because I know they’re up there. The Prince thing started a long time ago, because sometimes even before Prince died, I would say that. I wish Prince was here and he could just walk with me out there; because of his performing ability and how good he was on stage, sometimes I’d just go, “Come with me.” And I really do feel the presence, you know. I mean, Tom and I were way, way better friends than I was friends with Prince, because I hardly ever saw Prince. When I did see Prince, we’d have some really important conversations, and we talked on the phone sometimes for a couple hours. But Tom was a different kind of friend. Tom was really my buddy friend. I spent a lot of time at Tom’s different houses, and a lot of time with his family when he was still married to Jane. And that was a very hard loss for me.

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There were so many great nuggets in this interview that it was hard for me to pick what to focus on. I really love Stevie’s energy and how open and honest she is. I still can’t believe that she is the only woman to be inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame twice whereas there are 22 men who have been. There are iconic female rockers out there like Janis and Joan Jett, but whatever.

My favorite part of this interview not included above is when she talks about those amazing high heeled black velvet boots that she wears during her concerts. She sees them as her weapons against over enthusiastic fans and a message that she isn’t a delicate ballerina.

I think it is so sweet how she talks about Prince and Tom. She still sees them as being alive and here, walking with and guiding her. I feel that way about Prince too and some of my close friends who passed on. Sometimes, you just feel them around you.

I hope to get my hands on the 24 Karat Gold film at some point where I can watch it at home because I refuse to go to the theater. All of the drive-ins in my city have been destroyed. In the meantime, here is her new song, Show Them the Way, which was inspired by a dream she had of MLK, JFK and a few other historical figures. It’s soothing to the soul during these chaotic times, just like Stevie’s voice.

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  1. smcollins says:

    The Queen, always & forever

  2. smcollins says:

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  3. Mignionette says:

    I know many don’t like her but I love this woman.

    She occupied space in a man’s world and for that they will forever be salty.

    • tmbg says:

      Anyone who’s a Stevie hater is no friend of mine. I got to see her in concert a few times back in 2005 and shake her hand during the Edge walk. I was on cloud nine. 🥰

  4. Becks1 says:

    Love the Stevie coverage here lately!

    the film is going to be available streaming in a week or two I think. I’m getting reminders on my FB to preorder it, lol.

    (random fact about our household – my husband is a HUGE Springsteen fan and I’m a HUGE Stevie fan, so this month, with Stevie’s new song, Bruce’s new album and documentary, and Stevie’s movie coming out – big big month here, lol.)(

    • Becks1 says:

      I checked – it will be available for streaming (at a price) from October 29 to November 5 ONLY and you have 48 hours to watch it following the purchase. You cant download it.

  5. Darla says:

    Oh I will definitely watch this. I LOVE Stevie Nicks. Forever.

  6. Laura says:

    I’m gonna get flack for this but so be it.
    I’ll preface it by saying I’ve been a fan of Fleetwood Mac and Stevie since I was 17 when Rumours came out. Perfect album no fillers what a monster it was and still is. Just check out resurgence of Dreams.
    However the whole Lindsey debacle couple years ago really soured me on them. They unceremoniously dumped him (because Stevie gave them an ultimatum, me or him) then ghosted him, lied about why they fired him, he sued them and won. They or rather Stevie claimed it was tour issues. He proved in his lawsuit it wasn’t which is why they settled so quickly.
    There are theories out there but prob came down to she just didn’t wanna tour with him and was mad they put out the Buckingham mcvie album a few years ago without her. Even though they begged her to be on it. And that’s fine, but why the vindictiveness and lies.? After decades to force him out on what’s prob their last tour as the original Rumours 5. I look at her totally differently now and it’s a shame because I loved her music. If anyone interested you can read his lawsuit, I know he’s a multimillionaire but can’t help but feel for him. Out of all of them he was the one who valued their legacy the most and even talks in the lawsuit about how much he loved his band and doesn’t want their legacy to end this way.
    How many times he emailed them and called and pleaded for a reason and was ignored. I blame the other 3 also, it came down to money. Stevie puts more rears in seats than Lindsey.

    • Becks1 says:

      Well, Lindsey was the one who walked away in 87 and refused to tour with the band to support Tango, and then there was a break in that lineup for about a decade, so its not like Lindsey didn’t know he was replaceable.

      But the recent fiasco did come down to money, Lindsey overestimated his value to the band and Stevie 100% knew her value. They have always been a very messy band and this was just one more messy incident in a 50 year history of messiness. Stevie has openly said that she did not want to be on stage with him again and that was why she gave FM the ultimatum.

      We saw them in 2019 with Mike Campbell and Neal Finn and they were very good, I actually enjoyed Mike Campbell more than Lindsey, although it pains the FM fan in me to admit that.

      for Fleetwood Mac, switching members has always been a thing and no one is irreplaceable. Christine didn’t tour for a few years and FM toured with her, even made an album without her.

    • Sass says:

      Lindsey is an abusive piece of sh-t and if I were Stevie I wouldn’t want to work with him or anyone who wanted to work with him either. 🤷🏼‍♀️

    • Nini says:

      Lindsey literally beat Stevie while they were in a relationship so I don’t give a shit what happens to him.

      Would you want to go on tour with a man who beat you? Good on her for standing up for herself.

    • Valerie says:

      As much as I once loved the longtime link between Stevie and Lindsey, their relationship was never healthy. We all knew that from the songs that they wrote about each other and the interviews that they’d give. Stevie has talked about how Lindsey would sit at home and noodle around on the guitar while she busted her ass cleaning houses and waitressing at Bob’s Big Boy before they joined FM. Only in the last few years have we learned just how deep their issues ran.

      Lindsey is a talented musician, but not a great person, no matter how soft-spoken and Zen he is. I think it took a long time for Stevie to realize that she had to cut ties with him, and I’m proud of her for doing it at her age. I would have been at ANY age, but to put up that boundary at 70 and walk away from someone you’ve known since you were 16? Incredible.

      I am a little disappointed in Chris for staying in touch with him, knowing how close she is to Stevie, but that’s her business.

  7. Sass says:

    I’m a lifelong Mac fan and it’s 1000% because of Stevie. I was dancing and singing to their songs from a very early age and some would argue after the band’s height as I was born in 1984. Many many afternoons in my room just pretending to be on the stage with the band while listening to The Dance CD in high school. I dressed as her on the Rumours cover for Halloween one year and was literally singing Rhiannon at a party (karaoke) when some guy came up and was like HEY SO ARE YOU DRESSED AS A WITCH and I said “I’m Stevie Nicks”. I remember being so annoyed that nobody appreciated my costume. I won fifth row seats to their 2015 concert and took my husband. His first ever concert. That one and the Tom Petty concert I attended when I was 19 (My first concert) are the two best I’ve ever gone to. Stevie reminds me a lot of Carrie Fisher. They have the same spirit. I’m so glad Stevie is still with us.

    • AMA1977 says:

      Stevie puts on a fantastic show, and so did Tom. I was gutted when he died, Prince too. Stevie forged her own success in a man’s world, and did it her way. I love that about her.

    • Valerie says:

      haha, that reminds me of the time Stevie said that as a kid, she never wanted to dress up as a hot dog or a box of Kleenex for Halloween. She always wanted to be a witch :D

  8. Valerie says:

    I love how everything with her is “my assistant—” lol. Finally, the Rhiannon miniseries rises!

  9. Miasys says:

    Stevie Nicks is simply iconic. I grew up listening to Fleetwood Mac & came of age listening to Stevie. Recently read an unauthorized bio about her and didnt realize how open & candid she is about her life, addictions, and loves. Shes an amazing person. Lindsey Buckingham is an abusive POS, and she put up with his ish in the band for a long time. She was absolutely gutted when Tom Petty died. They were super tight & she performed with TP & the Heartbreakers a lot, to the point where they considered her as an honorary Heartbreaker. I can’t wait to see her movie!

  10. olliesmom says:

    This just makes me love Stevie more. What a voice. What a songwriter. What an icon.

  11. Blueskies says:

    I love that so many of us here love Stevie, thank you for another post about her! I’m hoping I can watch her movie some time in the future, maybe a dvd release.

    I laughed a bit when she described Dreams as a “fun” song to sing. It’s so hugely beautific with a strut and attitude, it still sends shivers up my spine as so many FM songs do and most notably Stevie’s.

    We’ve lost so many incredible, iconic musicians in such a short time, there’s been so little opportunity to reconcile them all, Tom Petty and Prince included. Both so dearly missed. I can imagine the deep loss of Tom for Stevie. They were such great performers together, too.

  12. Mash says:

    I had a dream of Prince and he had his short haircut and his hair pressed out and he was in the desert and he owned a bar he was like the bartender and it was just him and me and he was wearing Paisley and purple and I remember in the dream asking him what happened and did someone hurt you and he gave me a look it was all telepathic I didn’t really ask him with words and my dream it was like just communicated and he gave me a look of like girl you know I didn’t OD and then I looked at him and was like but tell me what happened who are you what does that even mean and then he kind of just sent me on my way and then I woke up I took that dream to mean he’s doing well but there’s still a lot of messing us around how he passed and no one can really convince me otherwise it was a very real dream for me