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Q and A Stevie Nicks in Rolling Stone - September 22, 1994
by Jancee Dunn.

Stevie Nicks is not merely a woman, she's a way of life: the shawls, the candle, the boots, the white-winged doves singin', "Whoa, baby,whoo, I say, whoo." Refreshingly, Nicks will gamely answer any question posed to her, which reflects her newfound, sometimes startling candor in interviews. Nicks, who recently took up permanent resident in Phoenix, is currently on the road in support of her fifth solo endeavor, Street Angel, which marks a return to the guitars of her past. She dials us up from a tour stop in Pittsburgh.

Jancee Dunn: Suddenly, you're in all the magazines. Y'know, you're funny.

Stevie Nicks: I am funny.[laughs] I crack up my band constantly. I could have been a comedian if I'd really wanted to. In Fleetwood Mac, I was pretty much told to be quiet at all times. I was so intimidated because I didn't feel like anybody wanted me to be in the band and that they only wanted Lindsey[Buckingham] and me along for the ride.

Jancee Dunn: How has it been on the road so far?

Stevie Nicks: I love being on the road. I'm going on a bus this time, which I've never done. I realized that since I don't go to sleep until 5 or 6 in the morning anyway, it's stupid for me to go home from a concert and sleep, because I can't. And my bus is so comfy. I have my quilt and my fishnet hanging from the ceiling and all my special pillows-

Jancee Dunn: How many?

Stevie Nicks: We're talking eight fabulous feather pillows. And, of course, my king-size quilt completely takes up my entire double bed, and my thing hanging from the ceiling completely takes up the entire room.

Jancee Dunn: What do you do with all the stuff people throw onstage?

Stevie Nicks: We take it with us. I get it all back to Phoenix, and we give it to the children's hospital or to charities. I got a beautiful necklace that belonged to somebody's grandmother last night. And I keep flowers. On the last tour I took all the flowers and dried them and made incredible potpouri and made little velvet bags and filled them with the petals for the crew. We gave them this fabulous little magic bag at the end of the tour. The crew are such guy guys, but they're so precious. They seem to love the little bit of a feminine touch that going on the road with me gives them.

Jancee Dunn: Indulge me for a moment.Is your bedroom everything I picture?

Stevie Nicks: Yes, it is. It's fabulous, not because there's a lot of expensive stuff in it but because of all the neat stuff I've collected since I was in high school. There's a lamp that my mom bought for me when I first joined Fleetwood Mac. It's a blue Tiffany lamp,dark blue, and it's called the blue lamp.I keep a fireplace burning-even when it's 99 degrees. I just turn the air-conditioning down. My mother goes crazy. She says,"Do you know how much money you spend to keep this house cool and then you burn fires in every single room? You're so weird, Stevie." A fire creates ambience. I need that fire. So back off, Mom.

Jancee Dunn: How did you lure Bon Dylan out to join in on "Just LIke A Woman"?

Stevie Nicks: I called him and told him that I had recored the song. I nearly finished it because I wasn't going to ask him to come down and hear an unfinished track.You just don't  do that to Bob Dylan. You're very careful, evrything you do and say around him, because he's really sensitive. You don't want to frighten him.

Jancee Dunn: When's the last time you and Lindsey Buckingham spoke?

Stevie Nicks:[Resignedly] I haven't talked to him since the inauguration. We're really not friends. We're really not anything. We did not break up friends, and we have never been friends since. He is not really able to have any kind of relationship with me. I just bug him to death. Everything I do is abrasive to him.He's scary when he gets mad.

Jancee Dunn: Are you aware of the Night of the Thousands Stevies that happen periodically at different clubs in New York? Everyone, both men and women, dresses up as you and performs as you.

Stevie Nicks: You're kidding. How amazing! Wow.

Jancee Dunn: Say you were in New York. Would you ever show up, or would that freak you out?

Stevie Nicks: If they're willing to go to the trouble to do something like that, I'd  have to go.

Jancee Dunn: How many pairs of platform boots do you think you have?

Stevie Nicks: About 25 pairs. I have them in rose pink and gray blue and mauve. I have three or four or five pairs I wear every night.

Jancee Dunn:What TV show do you never miss?

Stevie Nicks:You're gonna laugh. One of my favorite shows is STar Trek: The Next Generation. I don't usually like science fiction. But I particularly like Capt. Jean-Luc Picard. When everything's closing in on me, I can go to my living room at home, put on my surround sound, and the whole room sounds like we're flying.  I have the Enterprise at my fingertips.

Jancee Dunn: If you were a white-winged dove, where would you perch?

Stevie Nicks: In Arizona.

Jancee Dunn: You said recently that you have a teenage personality. How so?

Stevie Nicks: I think probably that comes from the dancing me, because I love to dance, and I can do cartwheels, and I can jump down into splits. Yesterday my assistant was dying, because back ther they have the ESPN hip-hop aerobics at 6 in the morning  and I'm doing this. She said, "Nobody would believe this, Stevie. You're 46 years old." I kind of have a cheerleadery side.

Jancee Dunn: When's the last time you did a cartwheel?

Stevie Nicks:Probably the last time I was in my ballet room in Phoenix. It has a really fabulous ballet bar that some fan carved for me. It has my name and the year. It's wood, and it's just beautiful. I built this room around this bar.
Jancee Dunn: You can do the full spilts?

Stevie Nicks: Both legs. I'm really limber.

Thanks to April for transcribing this and posting it to the Ledge and to Anusha for forwarding it to us.