The Morning Call, June 14, 1998

Stevie Nicks is going her own way once again.

Most supergroups tour, then take some serious time off. But not all supergroup members go quietly into prolonged vacations and private mansions. Stevie Nicks finished Fleetwood Mac's tour last winter, but has embarked on her own tour for the summer fueled by a new three-CD boxed set, "Enchanted", which was released in late April.

"It's easier for me to just keep going than for me to stop and do nothing for a couple of months, you know what I mean?" said Nicks, who will perform Friday night at the Blockbuster-Sony Music Entertainment Centre in Camden, NJ. "It's better for me to just keep working."

"I've never been able to do anything like this." adds Nicks, who turned 50 on May 26.

On this tour intended to promote her new three disc boxed set "Enchanted" (Atlantic), she will highlight songs from deep in her catalog. But she'll also find room for Mac classics such as "Rhiannon", "Gold Dust Woman" and "Dreams".

In concert, she plans an acoustic segment with three takes on Hollywood from various parts of her life-- "After the Glitter Fades", "Garbo", and "Rose Garden". All are on "Enchanted", a work whose colorful picture booklet also includes occasional quotations, such as the startling admission that most of her songs, "the famous ones, the ones you hear on the radio," were written in the bathroom, which she calls "my sanctuary through the good times and through the bad times."

"Bathrooms are usually acoustically great because of the tile," she says. "And showers are amazing. If you have a pretty big shower, you can just move a chair in there and take your guitar and the sound is incredible. We're also talking really big, beautiful bathrooms, not little crummy bathrooms."

The box set idea came from Atlantic Records, which had issued Nicks' six solo albums and wanted a finale before she bolted to her new label, Warner/Reprise. Nicks at first wanted to do a five-CD box, but settled for three-- and a handsome three, at that, since they include eight previously unreleased tracks and 20 songs overall that have never appeared on a Nicks album, ranging from B-sides to live and soundtrack cuts. These are joined by her 12 Top 40 hits such as "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" (a duet with Tom Petty) and "Edge Ove Seventeen".

"Atlantic wanted to put it out." Nicks said. "So I thought I'd do it as quickly as possible and still try to do it beautifully. Then go out and do a three month tour, then come back and start on my next record."

The songs span passionate times, jilted times, happy/sad times, druggy times-- and the rest of the highs and lows that have characterized this Phoenix native's rags-to-riches, rock'n'roll life.

"All these songs are about some heavy stuff." said Nicks. "There isn't a song in her that isn't about something intense. To hear all the songs in a group, I didn't eve realize that my life was that intense. When I proofread all the words for the songs, I went, 'Wow, even I'm amazed that you're still alive.'"

And, yet, Nicks isn't complaining. Which is why she titled the box, "Enchanted" (also the title of one of her songs, though the title for the box was suggested by her brother, Christopher, art director of the project.) Said Nicks: "I have always considered my work and my life somewhat enchanted."

The box is not chronologically arranged, but includes the song "Rose Garden", which Nicks wrote when she was 17. It was only the second song that she ever wrote.

"I had no idea about fame or fortune or anything else back then. All I had was my own life," said NIcks. "I had no idea I would become famous and own big houses and acres of land and have men and money, thought what I wouldn't have would be that great love of my life, becuase that great love of my life wouldn't be able to hang out with my lifestyle."

Speaking of lifestyle, Nicks has had several rock-star lovers through the years-- Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood and Don Henley-- but there's a B-side in the boxed set, "One More Big Time Rock Star", which cynically says, "just what I need". The song is about a rock star who sends flowers instead of showing up himself. Nicks won't name names in this case.

"It's such a rock star thing to send flowers. It's sick to send a $150 arrangement of flowers and think that that's going to make it OK." said Nicks. Of such an individual she adds: "Nobody needs one of those. They are a pain."

The box is highlighted by several previously unreleased demos. One is "Twisted" (featuring Jesse Valenzuela of the Gin Blossoms on guitar) about someone "chasing down the demons, crying out for love". Another is a terrific rockabilly cover of Dorsey Burnette's 1959 tune, "It's Late", where Nicks shows the vocal power for which she's famous.

That Nicks has matured through the years was evident on the last Fleetwood Mac tour, where she starred on many nights. "The whole Fleetwood Mac thing seems just like a dream. It went by so fast. It was a lot of concerts-- 45 concerts-- and it went by so fast."

Any chance in the future Fleetwood Mac music seems to be in the hands of Christine McVie, who decided to return to England in December.

"She said, 'I did what I said I was going to do and I'm going home.'" Nicks says. "What are you going to say to somebody who says taht to you? 'No, you can't?' Everybody did their best to convince her to finish out the tour [to promote the live album] and she didn't want to. So we thought: Better to let her go and give her lots of love and she'll come around."

"It doesn't worry me in the least that Fleetwood Mac will not always somehow be together." she says. "I mean, how could we not do any music after what just happened to us?"

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