Toledo Blade, May 18, 1998

David Yonke: A look at Stevie Nicks

Not only does Stevie Nicks' new three-disc box set, ``Enchanted,'' include seven previously unreleased songs, but the twirling rock chanteuse also shares a few personal revelations as well.

She lets the world know, for example, that she finds inspiration in a most unlikely place.

``... As usual, I am sitting here in the beautiful bathroom,'' she writes in the liner notes, ``... my sanctuary ... through the good times and through the bad times, and many of my favorite songs have been written right here in this very room, the famous ones ... the ones you hear on the radio. ...''

Most of the 46 songs were recorded between 1981 and 1994, after Nicks had left Fleetwood Mac, but it also includes ``Long Distance Winner,'' the first CD release of any music from her 1973 collaboration with Lindsey Buckingham, ``Buckingham/Nicks.''

``[The duo] Buckingham/Nicks had to bite the bullet for Fleetwood Mac,'' Nicks writes. ``That's a choice. We'll never quite know exactly what would have happened if we had gone the other way. ...

``And of course, that's the thing that Lindsey probably gets the most upset about in his heart sometimes - he wonders what would have happened if it had just been the two of us. ... Which is not to say we don't love Fleetwood Mac. We do. But it would have been a whole other life. Destiny would have just knocked it a whole other way.''

Other rarities and treats on ``Enchanted'' include a solo piano version of ``Rhiannon,'' a demo of ``Twisted,'' which Nicks wrote for the movie Twister but was left off the soundtrack, and a 1995 cover of Dorsey Burnette's 1959 hit ``It's Late,'' which Nicks said she'd been singing since fourth grade.

There's no way to know how things would have turned out, but after spending some time with ``Enchanted,'' it's pretty clear that Nicks would have been a star with or without Fleetwood Mac.

NIX THIS: On another note, Nicks recently lamented the day a psychiatrist prescribed for her the antidepressant drug Klonopin, which she took from 1988 to 1993.

``Those years are just nearly gone for me,'' she told Entertainment Weekly magazine. ``... It nearly destroyed me.''

The drug was ``much harder'' to kick than cocaine, Nicks said, and she offered this advice: ``I want people, when somebody says, `I want to put you on Klonopin,' to run screaming from the room.''

UNFLEETING FAME: Another Fleetwood Mac tidbit comes from the Recording Industry Association of America, which reports that the group's remarkable 1977 release ``Rumours'' has jumped into fourth place on the all-time best-seller list.

``Rumours'' has sold more than 18 million copies in the United States, putting it ahead of Billy Joel's ``Greatest Hits, Vol. I&II'' and ``Led Zeppelin IV,'' both of which have sold 17 million copies.

Can you name the top three sellers of all time?

First is Michael Jackson's ``Thriller,'' with 25 million copies sold. ``Eagles: Their Greatest Hits, 1971-1975'' is second with 24 million sold, and Pink Floyd's ``The Wall'' is third with 22 million.

LIVE AND IN CONCERT: By the way, Stevie Nicks is in concert May 29 at Pine Knob Music Theatre, north of Detroit.

David Yonke is The Blade's pop music writer. He can be reached by e-mail at yonke@theblade.com.

David Yonke is The Blade's pop music writer. He can be reached by e-mail at David_Yonke@Bigfoot.com.

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