Where my Witches At?
You know them, the mysterious, all-too-troubled musicians who cast their spell on the world and made us all fall in love. Fleetwood Mac. I had the pleasure of watching them perform here in Austin, TX at the Frank Erwin Center on Saturday night. I’ve always been a fan of the band’s music and the show inspired me to find out more. Out of all of the drama, old and new relationships, and incredible music, here are three of my favorite tid-bits of their career ups and downs.
Written & Photographed By Judith Carroll
Stevie Nicks (vocalist) and Lindsey Buckingham (former lead guitarist and vocalist), were romantically involved at the time when they joined the band as new members in 1975. They were not a part of the original crew and when they joined their relationship was already in turmoil, but they stayed together for the sake of the band. After many affairs and the stress of being in a sensational band together, the relationship didn’t last much longer.
When Stevie Nicks joined the band, there was already a female vocalist, Christine McVie. During Nicks’ audition, existing crew members gave McVie the option to veto her if the two didn’t hit it off. Through the divorces, constant comings and goings of band members, and rock-star lifestyle, Nicks and Mcvie remained close. As the only two female members of the band, they stuck together when they could have easily been enemies and I LOVE this. They even bought matching apartments together after realizing that staying in the male member’s’ bachelor pad wasn’t for them. If that’s not friendship goals, I don’t know what is! They were each others comfort in a world of chaos and we love to see that female power and companionship.
Their hit album Rumours, is really just a collaborative diary of all of the love and pain they experienced with each other. Various songs were written as letters of truth between the band members, making music out of the words they couldn’t say out loud. Perhaps one of Stevie Nicks most popular songs, “Dreams”, was written in response to a much angrier, “Second Hand News”, written by former lover, Lindsey Buckingham. The band knew through musical talent alone, they had something special. They stuck together the best they could for the sake of the music and I for one am one thankful fan.
Lastly I wanted to share some of the most special moments from their show. Dedicated to Christopher Cross, someone our eternal romantic Stevie Nicks says is her favorite artist of all time, she took a sweet moment and sang “Landslide”, a song she wrote herself. She also did a cover of “Don’t Dream It’s Over”, originally written by Neil Finn while he was a band member in Crowded House. Finn is now touring with Fleetwood Mac. They sang this song during the concert as a message of peace, love and coming together and the audience ran with it. We all put our modern equivalent of lighters in the air, (or phone flashlights), and sang along; it was absolutely beautiful and perfect for us Austinites. Fleetwood Mac? Yep, still got it.