Stevie Nicks Recalls Getting Back Together With Lindsey Buckingham For Fleetwood Mac To Work
Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks was interviewed by The New Yorker and remembered the turbulent times of her relationship with her ex-lover and bandmate, Lindsey Buckingham. The singer unveiled that she was very nice to the guitarist so as not to cause Fleetwood Mac’s disbanding.
Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham met while they were studying at high school in the late ’60s, and they discovered both of them had a great interest in making music. Therefore, they fell in love with each other and became a rock duo, which would change their whole life and career for good. They released their only studio album entitled ‘Buckingham Nicks’ on September 5, 1973, and the couple drew Mick Fleetwood’s attention.
After the drummer was fascinated by their performance in the album, he invited Buckingham and Nicks to join Fleetwood Mac in 1974. It marked the beginning of their commercial success and popularity, but their relationship was about to fall apart at those times. The couple decided to break up in 1976 even though the tensions and problems had started during the beginning of their career with Fleetwood Mac. Stevie Nicks explained why she waited for almost two years to end it in her interview.
Nicks stated that she realized they couldn’t break up in Fleetwood Mac’s early years because it could cause serious issues that would cause their disbandment. Therefore, she tried to be ‘sweet and nice’ to Buckingham until Nicks ensured that both the band and themselves wouldn’t fall apart because of their relationship. Nicks and Buckingham decided to be only bandmates in 1976 when it was safe to make that decision.
Nicks stated in her interview that:
“You just have to throw yourself into your song. I mean, I broke up with Lindsey in 1976. We’d only been in Fleetwood Mac for a year and a half, and we were breaking up when we joined Fleetwood Mac. So we just put our relationship kind of back together because I was smart enough to know that if we had broken up the second month of being in Fleetwood Mac, it would have blown the whole thing.
I just bided my time and tried to make everything as easy as possible, trying to be as sweet and nice to Lindsey as I could be. He wasn’t happy, either. Then something happened that was, you know, ‘We’re done.’ He knew it. It was time, and the band was solid. By that time, I could walk away knowing that he was safe. That the band was safe and that we could work it out.”
In the middle of all of these breakups and addiction struggles, Fleetwood Mac wrote and composed ‘Rumours’ which was released on February 4, 1977, and became one of the best-selling albums of all time. The band members reflected these issues in their songs, so the album was defined as an ‘aftermath.’