Brett Tuggle, September 12 - 25, 2000
Hi Brett! By the time you read this, maybe someone else will have already asked, but I'll give it a shot. Since you saw Lindsey the other day in rehearsals, how's he doing? To say we're huge fans of Lindsey's is an understatement. I cannot properly communicate in words how I'll be forever and deeply touched by all of his work, and his musical and personal vision. He's given so much to those of us who feel that connection with what he does, and I'm just hoping he's happy and well. Thanks! (Emma and Greg, Washington, USA)
Hi Emma & Greg,
Hello again Brett! I have a question that concerns Stevie's new solo album. I had read a little while ago that she had recorded two songs from Buckingham Nicks. Is that true? Or did she record two songs from the Buckingham Nicks era? There's a BIG difference in the two. I was just wondering if you could shed some light on this subjuct. It would be a shame if Buckingham Nicks wasn't re-released in its entirety on CD. Thank you. (Jensen, Larksville, Pennsylvania, USA)
Wow this is really great to read these fascinating answers! Thank you! I've asked my question to a couple of people already... one of which was Stevie in the Nicks Fix Q and A. There is a person credited on the boxed set with being the compilation supervisor by the name of Woody Firm. I thought perhaps it was a joke or something because I mean, come on!! Could you imagine taking the SATs and having to put last name first and first name last? Maybe I'm just overly dirty minded... hey, being 20 yrs old should allow for some of that! But seriously do you think it's the type of thing Stevie might put in there as a joke? When I asked her she said it was someone at the record co who was overseeing the project. By no means do I think Stevie was lying to me... just maybe having a little fun and pulling my leg. If you have no idea... maybe you could nonchalontly bring it up during rehearsal or something... "So uh Stevie, who was that Woody Firm guy on the boxed set? Just curious. Poor guy... I'd hate to be named that..." Thanks so much and I'll be at the AHI show on Saturday! I'm looking forward to seeing you and even though you probably won't be able to see me, I'll wave anyway! Thank you so much! Oh yeah... do you know if there's any chance that she and Lindsey are going to do a Buckingham Nicks song? Just wondering... it's been on my mind since I got my tickets. Take care and see you soon! (Jessica Badten, Camarillo, California, USA)
Hi Brett- Thanks for doing this. Your answers have been really great. You seem to be a very kind person. My question is a little weird. When I found out that both Lindsey and Don Henley would be playing Stevie's benefit - I was excited, but thought it was strange. Granted it's been many many years since Stevie and Lindsey and Stevie and Don were romantically linked, but isn't there just a little tension? I know that Lindsey and Don have actually worked together, but I remember reading that Lindsey was not too pleased w/ their relationship.... In any case, I wish I could make it to the show - it's going to be awesome! Thanks again and break a leg - or whatever they say before a show!!! (Tish Lyndsey, Fishers, Indiana, USA)
Hi Brett! Thanks so much for taking the time to do this. This is so great. Well, I'm hoping you can give me some insight/advice. I just finished recording a demo of some of my songs. I have about 50 cd's ready to go out, but I'm not real sure who or where I need to send them to. Record companies, I'm certain, receive thousands of tapes/cd's a day... what's the best way to get my stuff actually heard?
Thanks again, and good luck w/ the show. For what it's worth, tell Stevie and the gang that this is such an amazing thing they are doing. And tell Lindsey to COME ON WITH THE ALBUM!!! I'm dyin'!! (Another Lindsey, West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA)
Hi Lindsey ,
Hi Brett: I must first say that I met you in NY after Stevie's Storyteller and I remember thinking that you seemed like such a nice, friendly guy. After reading your honest answers in theis Q&A, I realize that I was right. Anyway, hello again!! My questions is one that has been going back and forth on the net for quite some time. Is Lindsey married or not? Does he have 2 children??? I've heard the rumours, but I don't know if it was ever confirmed or not!! Thanks Brett. Looking forward to the AH1 Benefit and apres party!! Hope to meet you again. (Carol, Campbell, California, USA)
Hello again Carol,
Hey there Brett! While on the Enchanted tour, What songs of Stevie's were your favorites to play? On the "Shake the Cage" How crazy did recording sessions get? There's some wild and wacky songs on there (sounds like a zoo ha ha!). What was Bekka like? Well, you take care. (Sharon Bos, Sterling, Virginia, USA)
First let me say that I have thoroughly enjoyed your responses. You are obviously a very nice guy, and I'm glad you are in Stevie's band. I will be in the FRONT ROW with my wife Amy on Saturday, and we are very excited. I would love to have the opportunity to chat with you live. I have a couple of questions, you can answer which ever ones you like.
These are probably more to label types, so if they annoy you I apologize. I worked for Modern Records as a temp during the "Street Angel" phase. I was dismayed at realizing how much "business" was in the record business. Stevie's weight was such an issue, and it was so sad when that record didn't live up to prior releases. I thought it was a solid effort with "Maybe Love Will Change Your Mind" being a solid single which actually peaked at #57 with no video. I feel that although an excellent career, since "Rock A Little" she has been plagued with unfortunate situations that have limited her to really live up to her total potential. I feel that now she is healthy, drug-free, weight under control, etc. and with her "return" to popularity she is poised for a REAL comeback. So my questions are:
1- Do you think her label, Mgt company, etc. will really "work" this project. Or will it be, "Oh Stevie is ready with her album, we'll put it out and we'll move 400,000 from her true fans and if radio should pick up a song, great." OR "We are determined to help make this record SELL, and to do so we are going to put our best marketers, promoters, and above all CASH up to make it work!
Including: Videos (expensive good ones!), TV appearances, maybe some other VH-1 special, or maybe some other untapped channel to really spotlight Stevie's talent etc. I'm a big fan of the "ladies from the 80's" and ask Heart, Tina, Linda R., etc. when the last time they had a really big record. It's been a while, and I would be so disappointed if Stevie's record came out and did the obligatory 400,000 units and went away especially since she has worked so hard to get it right.
My other questions is I saw in USA Today that Sheryl, Ann and Nancy, etc. were performing at the Wiltern Theater on Oct 12 to benefit Breast Cancer. It sounds like a great show, (each artist performs one song alone and then one with another celeb) and I was wondering if Stevie might decide to that too, since she currently has a "working" band. How long winded am I???!! Sorry. I hope to see you after the show.
Thanks so much for your time Brett. (Steve, Richmond, Virginia, USA)
Hi Brett - I will see you Saturday! I am so excited, it is the first time to see Stevie in concert. I am from Fort Worth, and was wondering if you could expand a bit on your time in this area. Who did you play with and where? Any favorite times or locations? Thanks for sharing your time with us here. The fans really love the opportunity and honesty. (Phillip Green, Fort Worth, Texas, USA)
Hi Brett-- I honestly don't have a question for you, since anything I wanted to know was answered in a previous response, so I guess I will just say that I think you are very cool, I have seen you live with Stevie 4 times in the past few years and seeing you play definitly helps me realize why I want to be involved in music, so thanks :) (Sara, Ludlow, Massachusetts, USA)
When you played for the Dance and Enchanted tours, were you in a situation where you were told what songs were going to be played, and then did you just listen to the tracks and learn them? Or were you given sheet music? I picture Lindsey as more or less the musical director of Fleetwood Mac. Did you guys just jam and then he'd kind of guide you to specific parts you were to play, or do you just come up with your own contribution to the musical arrangement? Best to you! (Raven, Cold Spring, New York, USA)
Hi Brett! I was just wondering if you tried to maintain any kind of physical fitness regimen or healthy eating habits while you're on the road. Is this difficult to do? What does Stevie do while on the road? Is she still on the "Atkins Diet"?
I believe in a healthy lifestyle, as it makes for a better quality of life. I know when I get a little stressed out about something, there's nothing that takes the edge off better than a little cardio-vascular exercise. Any opinions on this?
Thanks again Brett. (Joe Droege, Erlanger, Kentucky, USA)
Christine McVie, Neale Heywood, and Brett Tuggle
First of all Brett, thank you for clearing up the Waddy Wachtel matter concerning the alleged child porn. It gave me peace of mind after a very stressful week.
Secondly is it true Stevie counts Elvis Presley and Joni Mitchell as being major influences upon her direction as a performer all through these years ? Because she does have a touch of the King in her stage persona and I do detect a Joni like quality in most of her solo efforts. (Arizona Ranger, Cranford, New Jersey, USA)
Hello Arizona Ranger,
Great Q&A! I was wondering if Carlos Rios is single? And if so would you ask Stevie what she is waiting for? He would be a lovely mate for her!
Also, do you know if Stevie still maintains her friendship with Tom Petty? They have not worked with one another in a while, and they are such a brilliant collaboration. Thanks. (Laura P., Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Hi-- Did a lot of celebrities attend "The Dance" and "Enchanted" tours? And if so, how does Stevie respond to being approached backstage by other celebrities? Is she shy? Thanks. (Laura P.)
I have seen quite a few celeberities on both The Dance and Enchanted tours. Stevie is always very warm and friendy and makes people feel welcome backstage after a show or in a band rehearsal. She has a lot of famous admirers.....
Hi again-- How important is it to Stevie to have her family travel on tour with her. Since Christopher introduced her each night on "Enchanted", I was wondering if Chris, Lori, and Jessica with be touring with her this summer. Does Stevie speak of Jessica often? Thanks - You're the best! (Laura P.)
Hi again Brett! I was wondering about last years Arizona Heart Institute Benefit and Lindsey? He was invited and I had read his name as a guest, but then he didn't perform. Do you happen to know why? I had heard that he was there and that he was very friendly with Stevie, but he didn't perform. Was he there last year? Thanks. (Jensen, Larksville, Pennsylvania, USA)
At the FM concert in Atlantic City in 97, Stevie didn't finish 'Silver Springs.' Lindsey was right there next to her by her mic and he ended up finishing the final few sentances. I was hoping that maybe you knew what was going on? Do you know what happened? Thanks again. (Jensen)
Hi again, Brett!
I just wanted to compliment you all on such a wonderful show last night...I had THE best time of my life there. And one of the many highlights was Stevie singing Happy Birthday to you...Happy Birthday from me, too :) Please tell Stevie thank you for doing that concert...it really meant a lot to me and to a lot of other people. Thank you again...and I hope to see you again soon! (Tracy, Phoenix, Arizona, USA)
Hi Brett Tuggle.... ! Bravo to Lindsey ...My Guitar Hero! Mr. and Mrs. Lindsey Buckingham! I can say it at last! What a relief for you to confirm this great news!!!! Us fans just want the guy to be healthy and happy as Lindsey is Our Musical Hero !!!! He looks so great now! He was so sad and his songs were so bitter-sweet I started to pray for him to be well and for God to send some one to truly love Lindsey for the great man he is! God Is Good !!! Brett, You have given me a lovely gift with your news about The Guitar Man!!! Thanks! Well, sad to say I can't be there tonight! What a thrill it would be for me to see Lindsey! So I'll Shout to HIM here....HI LINDSEY !!! MY GUITAR HERO !!! LOVE YA! (Charlotte Ann Mac, North Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Hi-here I am again- you don't know how I wish I were in Phoenix to see that show=:-) Anyway, do you know how old Stevie's niece Jessica is now? There is the cutest pic of her on the Street Angel liner notes, looking just like Aunt Stevie=:-), holding a little guitar. I love the pic of Chris and you guys that you gave Marty! Take care - best of luck for the show!! (Vianna, Alexandria, Virginia, USA)
First of all, I would like to wish you Happy Birthday again...did you hear us singing to you? :) THE AHI benefit was incredible!!!! We had a wonderful time! Can you tell us a little about backstage before/during and after the show? There seemed to be a great deal of positive energy flowing out to the audience and back atcha! Everyone on stage seemed to be having so much fun. Thanks again for such a great night! (Patti, Phoenix, Arizona, USA)
Hi Brett! I know you answered this question earlier about Carlos, but I have been breathlessly waiting for someone to ask it of you. And since I can't hold my breath any longer and time is running short here, I'd better ask it myself. Here it goes...
So are you married? Single? Hopelessly in love? Or perchance, have you been waiting for an amazingly intriguing woman from Gloucester (this description is based on my doggie's reaction when I walk through the door!) who thinks you are OOO-LA-LA to find you on The Penguin? What are the chances of that? Ha! Now if there is someone special in your life, I truly hope you are deliriously happy. But if you're free for lunch, please come to Boston (isn't that a song?) and we'll dine on lobsters by the seashore :)
Thanks so much for doing this Q&A. With all due respect to the previous interviewees, this has been the best one yet. Now the wine is chilling and, until further notice, so will I! (Lilah, Glouchester, Massachusetts, USA)
It's me again. I forgot to ask you some very important questions. How long have you been playing professionally? And what artists have you played with throughout the years that you remember fondly or not so fondly? Thanks!! (Michelle Anderson, South of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Congratulations on (from everything we hear) a wonderful benefit show. It sounds like it was full of warm, touching moments. Does Stevie or FM, as a group, have any pre-performance rituals? Group hug, group prayer, group let's-go-out-there-and-kick-some-booty? I remember a behind the scenes type video of the post-Lindsey FM, and they had some sort of pre-performance moment, and I was wondering if that continued during the Dance, and then...in a different setting, with Stevie's "group" during Enchanted.
Thank you for answering our questions, and please put in a plug for (at least) two dates in New York during the upcoming tour. We're a big state, and I'm dying to see Stevie in concert! (Special guest appearance by Lindsey always welcome!) (Regina, Bronx, New York, USA)