Stevie Nicks on Love, Loss and What She Wears

With her first solo album in a decade widely praised as her "best yet," the rock icon reflects on past loves, present challenges, and her growth beyond Fleetwood Mac.

By Holly George-Warren
Stevie Nicks "In Your Dreams" cover

   I think that anything that catches on like Twilight is wonderful, because it gives people a fun world to live in.

 When I was in Europe in 2009 with Fleetwood Mac, I went to Paris with three of my friends. We were at the Hotel de Crillon and two days after we get there, there's people gathering at the hotel and there's security people on our floor, and every day there's more and more people outside.  There's kids staring through the windows at us --everybody in the hotel felt like we were in a zoo. Finally my friend Mary walked up to one of them and said, "Why are you here?"  He said, "Oh, the vampires are here."  So they were on our floor --Edward and Bella.

More:  I wonder if they're going to hear that song and know that it was inspired by that movie?

SN:  Oh, they're going to know.

More:  I recently heard Ann Rice is going to write about vampires again.

SN:  I only read Interview With a Vampire. It’s interesting because in the "Moonlight" song, there's a violin part that I wrote and when I got my friend's daughter to play it, I said to her, "I want you to be Lestat sitting on the top of an old building in London, playing an amazingly lonely gypsy violin part."  Because Lestat played the violin.

More:  Have you seen any of True Blood with the sex-crazed vampires?

SN: There's nothing romantic about True Blood.  The whole vampire thing for me is all about forbidden love.  The reason that Edward doesn't want to be with Bella is because he doesn't want her life to be ruined.  It's very unselfish, the way that he looks at it.  And she doesn't care because he's all she wants.  It's Beauty and the Beast.  All the great fairy tales are built around that forbidden, cursed love.

More:  I guess an element of that is in "Secret Love," too, even though it's on a  more human scale. But the fact that it's a secret kind of freezes the moment because it can never be played out.

SN: Yeah.  [That relationship] could not be. It was so forbidden that I never even told anybody about that song, and I'm not exactly sure who I wrote it about, because it was so long ago and I put it away in a box and it went into The Song Vault and I never pulled it out.  And when we were recording last year, at some point I saw that cassette with the words "Secret Love" on it, and I thought, "I wonder if I can find that song?" We finally found it on YouTube before we found it in my garage.  So somehow that cassette had gotten out many years ago.

More:  How could that happen?

SN: I don't know.  There was a part of me that was thrilled because we found it, and the other part of me was not thrilled because it was stolen.

More: That must feel so awful.

SN: It's the world of the internet, and I don't like it, and I think it's sad because it's taken away, especially for children, their manners and their abilities to have social skills, and their ability to just go out and hang out and talk, and not stand in the same room looking at each other texting each other.  I just think it's crazy.  But there's nothing we can do,to stop it

More:  I love the fact that you used Poe’s “Annabelle Lee” in a song, showing how 19th century literature is still vibrant today.

First Published May 16, 2011

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