Stevie Nicks on COVID-19’s impact: “We as a music community of entertainers are screwed. Our lives as we know it is over”
It took a phone call with Harry Styles to make Stevie Nicks grapple with the reality of not knowing when she may tour again.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the Fleetwood Mac singer recalled a conversation she had with Styles about the coronavirus-induced restrictions on live performances.
The pop star, a fan of Nicks’, told her, “I don’t think we will walk onstage again, Stevie, until the end of 2021, if then.”
The comment set Nicks thinking: “Oh, my God, this very, very young man is telling me this sage idea he has in his head.”
“It was that phone call between a really fantastic artist in his 20s and me, in my 70s, going, ‘We as a music community of entertainers are screwed. Our lives as we know it is over,’” she told Rolling Stone.
The veteran musician is also pessimistic that there exists a silver bullet that will rid the world of COVID-19, taking a snipe at Donald Trump at the same time: “The problem is we’re all hoping that some magical thing comes down and just cures all, like the [US] president thinks is going to happen, but it’s not going to. We know that. We have to dance around it and figure out what to do in the meantime.”
Yesterday (21 October) marked the launch of Nicks’ new concert film Stevie Nicks 24 Karat Gold. The feature – which will be screened at select drive-ins, theatres and exhibition spaces around the world until 25 October – was described by Nicks as “about the closest to a big, full-on concert that’s not 25 years old that you can see”.
She added: “You can feel the magic. Knowing that someday, when this is under control, the magic will come back. Because we’ll all come back.”
In other Fleetwood Mac news, Rumours – the band’s megahit album from 1977 – made a surprise return to the top 10 of the Billboard 200 on Sunday (18 October). A viral TikTok video featuring the song Dreams was credited for its sudden resurgence in popularity.
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