The Song That Made Stevie Nicks Want To Kill Lindsey Buckingham
We might say that Stevie Nicks has always been a nice person. Indeed, she’s no saint and probably has her mistakes and regrets. Still, generally speaking, even we, the audience, who do not know the singer personally and only see her while performing and in interviews, can say that she’s not one to hurt anyone deliberately… right? Well, at least, most of the time.
There were times when Nicks resented her beloved Fleetwood Mac bandmates and friends. For instance, Stevie resented her bandmates for changing and altering her melodies and lyrics. In one case, she discussed that it wasn’t nice to see her tracks become unrecognizable at the hands of her bandmates. Still, at the end of the day, she would say her bandmates weren’t such bad fellows, after all.
However, there was one instance, and maybe more than once, where Nicks mentioned how much she wanted to kill Lindsey Buckingham. Stevie wanted to kill her bandmate and ex-boyfriend because of a track he had written for her, and well, the frontwoman wasn’t pleased with that at all.
Maybe, the relationship between Buckingham and Nicks was a catastrophe from the start. When the duo released their eponymous album two years before joining Fleetwood Mac, it was reported that the process of shooting the record’s cover was a nightmare for Stevie Nicks. You see, reportedly, the studio and the photographer wanted a sexy picture for the album’s cover, but Nicks was anxious to appear nude.
So, when she was reluctant to get naked for the album’s cover, it was told that Buckingham yelled at her and forced her to pose nude by saying, ‘it was art.’ As Stevie felt desperate, the singer did as she was told. However, as her father wasn’t pleased with the picture, the then 25-year-old Nicks considered quitting music.
However, that controversy wasn’t the only reason Stevie resented her ex-boyfriend so much. As the pair was on and off, their toxic relationship fruited numerous tracks filled with criticism and revengeful words against one another. In fact, Nicks once admitted to Rolling Stone that she wanted to kill Buckingham because of the lyrics targeting her in the song ‘Go Your Own Way.’
“I very, very much resented him telling the world that ‘packing up, shacking up’ with different men was all I wanted to do,” admitted the frontwoman. “He knew it wasn’t true. It was just an angry thing that he said. Every time those words would come out onstage, I wanted to go over and kill him.”
To her dismay, Nicks had to sing the song on stage but also emphasized that Lindsey knew how to push her limits and annoy her for breaking up with him. She said, “He knew it, so he really pushed my buttons through that. It was like, ‘I’ll make you suffer for leaving me.’”
Even though the dispute between them creatively fueled the genius beneath ‘Rumours’ and the future albums of Fleetwood Mac, there were reportedly times when Buckingham took the feud too far and tried tripping Stevie down during a show. There was another instance where he threw a guitar to her head while performing, so, as much as Stevie might be forgiving of her bandmates, it’s easy to see why she felt resentful toward Buckingham.