Thursday, December 13, 2018

Stevie Nicks earns unique Rock Hall status with 2019 induction

With news of her induction into the 2019 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Stevie Nicks has earned the unique honor of becoming the first woman to enter the Cleveland-based institution on two occasions.

Originally inducted as a member of Fleetwood Mac in 1998, Nicks will re-enter the Rock Hall at a March 29 event at New York’s Barclays Center alongside fellow honorees Def Leppard, The Cure, Janet Jackson, Radiohead, Roxy Music and The Zombies.

The singer is thrilled by the recognition of her solo career, which began with the release of her 1981 album, “Bella Donna.”

“I have a lot to say about this,” posted Nicks on social media, “but I will save those words for later. For now I will just say, I have been in a band since 1968. To be recognized for my solo work makes me take a deep breath and smile. It’s a glorious feeling.”

After releasing the “Buckingham Nicks” album with guitarist/vocalist Lindsey Buckingham in 1973, the pair joined Fleetwood Mac before their recording debut with the group for a self-titled 1975 album that proved to be their commercial breakthrough thanks to three US Top 20 singles: “Over My Head”, “Rhiannon” and “Say You Love Me.”

1977’s “Rumours” propelled Fleetwood Mac to the biggest album success of their career, and as sales slipped for its 1979 follow-up, “Tusk”, Nicks would go on to issue her solo debut two years later.

“Bella Donna” topped the US Billboard 200; the project featured a duet with Tom Petty on “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around”, and other hits “Leather And Lace” and “Edge Of Seventeen.”

Nicks would go on to issue seven more solo records – up to and including the 2014 collection, “24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault” – with six of the eight reaching the US Top 10.

The singer has been making headlines in the past year with Fleetwood Mac following the dismissal of Buckingham as the group prepared to launch an extensive North American tour and release their first-ever career-spanning collection, “50 Years – Don’t Stop.”

As the band brought in Mike Campbell of Tom Petty’s group and Neil Finn of Crowded House and Split Enz to handle guitar duties for the trek, Buckingham came forward with claims that Nicks was behind his exit after being informed by manager Irving Azoff.

"It appeared to me that she was looking for something to hang on me, in order to instigate some kind of coup,” said Buckingham recently after reaching a settlement in a lawsuit against his former outfit. “Irving told me … that she'd given the band an ultimatum and either I had to go or she was going to go. None of it makes sense to me, you know? Fleetwood Mac, the five of us together is in my mind, is a very sacred thing."

See also:

Def Leppard and Stevie Nicks among 2019 Rock Hall inductees
Lindsey Buckingham settles Fleetwood Mac lawsuit over dismissal
Fleetwood Mac 50th anniversary collection debuts on UK charts
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