Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Stevie's Prediction for Fleetwood Future ; SPOTLIGHTThe Singer Is Relieved Her Tip about the Band's Big Return Has Come True, Writes SARAH WALTERS

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Stevie's Prediction for Fleetwood Future ; SPOTLIGHTThe Singer Is Relieved Her Tip about the Band's Big Return Has Come True, Writes SARAH WALTERS

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'ITOLD the press last year that 2013 was going to be the year of Fleetwood Mac," comes the nervous confession of Stevie Nicks, the band's vocalist and songwriter.

"I was just hoping with all my heart that this big statement was gonna come true!" Certainly, the UK hasn't made a liar out of Nicks who, at the age of 65, is about to embark on a headline trip around the country's biggest arenas. Nor, in fact, has the rest of the world: the band's biggest selling album, 1977's Rumours, found itself nearing the top of several worldwide charts again this year - adding hundreds of thousands more sales to the 40m copies shifted since its release.

Nicks is still a blonde stunner, and it's hard to believe she's preparing to celebrate her 40th year with the group in 2014; in that same year, Fleetwood Mac - completed by Mick Fleetwood (drums), John McVie (bass) and Lindsey Buckingham (vocals, guitar) since the departure of Christine "Perfect" McVie in 1998 - will reach the grand age of 47.

They lost years to drugs, infighting and line-up changes, but since the Anglo-American bluesrock band dropped to a four-piece they've seemed unstoppable, their international live shows grossing millions at the box office. And that's, in part, because of the longevity of their back catalogue; Albatross, Go Your Own Way and Nicks-penned Dreams and Rhiannon have endured through musical fads and fashions.

Of course, Nicks has helped her prediction of 2013 success along by stalling the band's return to the live stage. "It's just smart to keep us out of the spotlight for three years, she says.

"Everyone went along with it. And now they all know it was really a great idea because we were gone long enough that it was us coming back."

There was, too, the not-so-small matter of Nick's own solo album - In Your Dreams, her first in a decade and recorded with The Eurythmics' Dave Stewart - and accompanying documentary which she felt needed her focus. And then there was personal tragedy; Nicks lost her mother and says the experience rocked her to the core.

"I didn't go (to the studio). I didn't want to go," she recalls. "But it wasn't just that - I didn't want to go anywhere. I didn't leave the house for almost five months. …

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