Nicks of Time

Pop's gold-dust woman bounces back from drugs, depression and sluggish sales

Nicks levels her career perseverance on the fact she's eschewed the wife-and-kids routine. Career and longevity are two ostensibly mutually exclusive terms when Rock Star is your job description. If only to sustain the idea that there is a possibility of being adored at an advancing age, the hit tunes have got to keep coming. Nicks claims no worries when it comes to dwindling sales success, even after Shangri-la stalled in the lower reaches of the Billboard charts: "As soon as somebody says to you, 'Okay, write a Top 10 single,' you run screaming from the room. What is a hit single? Really, what is that? As soon as you start thinking about music in those terms, you're messed up. It will taint everything that you do."

Nicks, in fact, considers herself no different from "all those little 16-year-old girls who are searching for the love of their lives. We are all searching. So that's how I write my music. Really, my songs aren't so very different than the very first song I wrote when I was 16. I think that when you get married and have children and divorce your husband and have to pay child support and blah, blah, blah, you don't write the same anymore. That's how I feel with this record."

What did former beau and bandmate Lindsey Buckingham think of Trouble in Shangri-la?

Stevie Nicks: From passé nostalgia figure to grand pop matriarch, all in the space of a few years.
Stevie Nicks: From passé nostalgia figure to grand pop matriarch, all in the space of a few years.
Stevie Nicks: Juggling a solo tour and Fleetwood Mac recording sessions.
Stevie Nicks: Juggling a solo tour and Fleetwood Mac recording sessions.

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Scheduled to perform on Thursday, December 6. To benefit the Arizona Heart Institute Foundation. Special guests include Sheryl Crow, Don Henley and Lindsey Buckingham. Showtime is 8 p.m.
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"He thinks that it is a very good record. Lindsey does not ever and has never thrown out compliments to me about anything outside of Fleetwood Mac. And on this record he said, 'I think that is the best thing that you have ever done.' That meant a lot."

"I was in Aspen a week ago for three days," she continues. "I wrote 'Landslide' there in, like, 1974. So I was walking around the streets of Aspen going, 'You know what? Aspen has served you well for "Landslide,"' and that song has served me well my whole life. So I thought I'd better write another song, so I wrote about what happened in New York. I just gave it to Lindsey last night -- just the raw cassette and a set of words -- and I'll see when I return in two weeks what he has done with this song."

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