When you’re a double Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, the idea of having many regrets is likely an alien one. But, Stevie Nicks, lead singer of Fleetwood Mac and all round genius vocalist, has always been a lot more human than people would like to think. Despite having an angelic voice and an ethereal demeanour, Nicks is not without her humanity and has made a few mistakes along the way.
Nicks’ struggles with cocaine were well-documented as were her numerous encounters with the opposite sex, especially those within the band. In fact, Fleetwood Mac has never truly been free of sins and the group have always stood next to their issues with pride. But one of the biggest regrets of Nicks’ impressive career is intrinsically linked to a more wholesome side of the band.
The confession from Nicks came with the sad passing of Peter Green, the founding member of Fleetwood Mac and a bonafide guitar genius. Though the band would become the definition of golden sunshine rock in the seventies, when the band was founded they operated on a strict diet of R’n’B with Green leading the charge like an axe-wielding warlord. Few artists could have developed such a sound and even fewer would shun the spotlight, happy that their place in music was secure and their influence would dwarf their riches.
Following Green’s tragic passing, Nicks wrote: “I am sorry to hear about the passing of Peter Green. My biggest regret is that I never got to share the stage with him. I always hoped in my heart of hearts that that would happen. When I first listened to all the Fleetwood Mac records, I was very taken with his guitar playing. It was one of the reasons I was excited to join the band.
“His legacy will live on forever in the history books of Rock n Roll. It was in the beginning, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and I thank you, Peter Green, for that. You changed our lives.”
The idea of seeing Stevie Nicks standing next to Peter Green on the stage is certainly one that slips away from us. One man who did share the stage with him was Mick Fleetwood who also shared his condolences: “For me, and every past and present member of Fleetwood Mac, losing Peter Green is monumental,” he said.
“No-one has ever stepped into the ranks of Fleetwood Mac without a reverence for Peter Green and his talent, and to the fact that music should shine bright and always be delivered with uncompromising passion. Peter, I will miss you, but rest easy your music lives on. I thank you for asking me to be your drummer all those years ago. We did good, and trail blazed one hell of a musical road for so many to enjoy. God speed to you, my dearest friend.”
Stevie Nicks doesn’t have a lot of regrets in her career but sharing the stage with Peter Green, the man who allowed her career to blossom in the most beautiful ways is certainly one of them.