Stevie Nicks opens up about the recent passing of Prince: “It turned into a really amazing relationship. Is my heart broken? Absolutely.”
This past Tuesday, Stevie Nicks gave a surprise performance when she joined the School of Rock cast for their curtain call. Joining the very young and talented band onstage, Nicks and company performed her hit song “Rhiannon.” Afterwards, she gave each cast member an encouraging hug and sang their praise–she was truly impressed with each and every one of them. Associated Press reports that she was so impressed with the show upon seeing it opening night, she came back and saw it a second time.
“I have Fleetwood Mac, and then I have my solo band that I’ve been playing with since 1980, and now I have one more fantastic band to add to my roster, so I’m very happy. To be in the presence of these kids that are so amazing that honestly sometimes I close my eyes and I’m not sure that it’s not Fleetwood Mac. It’s very trippy. They are so good.”
That same night, Nicks opened up about the very first time she met Prince and how she went about recording her 1980’s hit single “Stand Back” during her stint as a solo artist. She claims that the song came to her after Prince’s song “Little Red Corvette” came on the radio.
“I asked him if he would come over to Sunset Sound in Los Angeles. Never in a million years expecting that he would say yes, or that he was even in Los Angeles, and he was there in like twenty minutes.”
Admittedly, she states that she felt guilty, even admitting that she might’ve felt too inspired. In the end, The Purple Showed up at the studio, even going so far as to play keyboards on the master recording, albeit going uncredited in the liner notes.
“I didn’t have to call and tell him that I kind of ripped off his song, but I did because I’m honest. So it turned into a really amazing relationship. Is my heart broken? Absolutely.”
The Fleetwood Mac singer was in good spirits though, as she was thrilled to perform with the cast. And as it turns out, this is the first time Nicks has performed on the Broadway stage, something she’s aspired to accomplish since proceeds for the show went to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, a charity that supports individuals afflicted with AIDS/HIV and HIV-related illnesses.
“I think this is my Broadway debut,and I’m thrilled. It was like being somewhere between eight and 13 again … I can’t wait to send a tape of this to Lindsey and my other guitar player, Waddy, because they’re gonna die. They’re not gonna believe it. They’re so good. It’s not work, it’s just great fun … so it’s a great, easy way to make money to give to people that really need it.”