Stevie Nicks has achieved more than she could have ever imagined in her career. In truth, there isn’t much that the Fleetwood Mac singer and esteemed solo star would change if she could do things again. However, there’s one artist that she never got to perform alongside, which leaves Nicks feeling “brokenhearted”.
Nicks is the brains behind some of the most beloved songs, with and without Fleetwood Mac. Her solo career perhaps doesn’t get the plaudits that it duly deserves, and her ability to make a listener feel is truly second to none. The singer has always had a special skill to transmit brutally honest songs from her heart which connect universally on a level that leaves every other singer envious.
Another artist who had a Godlike ability is the late Prince, with who Nicks shared a close friendship during the height of his career. However, sadly, she never got to share the stage, leaving the singer feeling “brokenhearted”.
“Had I ever in a million years thought that we would lose him, I would have made sure that that would have happened,” she said following the enigma’s death in 2016. “And it didn’t. So that’s just one of those things in your life where you so say, ‘I really missed out.’ Because he should have. That should have happened.”
One of her most loved tracks, ‘Stand Back’, wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Prince’s own hit ‘Little Red Corvette’. The Fleetwood Mac vocalist was listening to the number in the car and immediately started singing lyrics to what would become ‘Stand Back’, she pulled off the freeway to find a shop that sells a tape recorder, so she didn’t lose the melody that had just arrived out of nowhere.
“So whenever I play ‘Stand Back’ from this day forward, Prince will be standing next to me. That is always going to be a joy,” she added,
Nicks again shared her regrets about never sharing the stage with The Purple One in 2019 and said how even though Prince has departed the earth, his presence can still be felt everywhere.
“I feel like Prince is with me…When I’m nervous, I’ll talk to Prince,” Nicks disclosed. “In my solo act, when I do ‘Moonlight’, I wear this white wolfy coat — I put this coat on and I try to transform into a Dire Wolf from Game of Thrones. And before I go on, I always say, ‘Walk with me, Prince.'”
“Then he was gone — he was like a spirit then,” she added. “We always had that crazy respect for each other. I feel that connection is still there, maybe more now than before he died — with Tom [Petty] and with Prince.”
It’s a crying shame that the two of them never got to grace a stage together. The energy that Prince and Nicks would have created could have torn the roof off any arena in the world. Unfortunately, it’s left to our collective imaginations, but a medley of ‘Little Red Corvette’ and ‘Stand Back’ from the duo is the stuff that dreams are made of.
More important than any collaboration, in truth, is how the two artists grew close and shared a friendship which means more than any duet possibly could. Next time you see Nicks performing ‘Stand Back’, hold the thought that Prince is on stage with her in spirit and watch in awe.