Known as the “Queen of Rock and Roll”, Stevie Nicks is a legend – with her distinctive voice, symbolic lyrics and mystical outlook. She is a member of the famous British-American rock band, Fleetwood Mac and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with them. Nicks has not only had a great career with the band, but she has also had a highly successful, chart-topping solo career. In total, she has sold more than 140 million records, making her one of the top-selling artists of all time.
With multiple awards and honors under her belt, the rock singer has been in the music making business since 1968. Today, Stevie Nicks tickets sell out faster than you can imagine. Lucky for the fans of the artist and the band, Fleetwood Mac have announced that they will be regrouping with Stevie Nicks for a long-awaited tour in 2018. When this legendary tour goes down, you wouldn’t want to miss even a single bit of it!
Early Years and Career with Fleetwood Mac
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1948, Nicks struggled a lot to make ends meet before eventually being asked to join another struggling group, Fleetwood Mac, in 1975. The newly created band quickly recorded and released a self-titled album in the same year, which ended up being a massive success. The mystical song “Rhiannon” and the ballad “Landslide” were both super hit songs, transforming the singer into an overnight sensation.
Personal Troubles and Continued Success
Following the huge success of their first album, the group went through a very rough period as all of the band members developed personal problems – Christine McVie and John McVie, two of the band members had decided to split, Fleetwood and his wife had gone their separate ways and Nicks’s and Buckingham’s relationship was going through a tough time as well. Nevertheless, the group powered through and worked on their second album, called Rumors.
This 1977 album became a life-changer for everyone in the band, as it was a record-setting hit. It spent 31 weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200 and received a Platinum certification in both the UK and the US. In 1978, Fleetwood Mac won their first Grammy Award for the song “Dreams”. More success followed in 1979 as the band was honored with a star on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame. The band released its third studio album Tusk in 1979, followed by Mirage in 1982. Following the release of this album, the band members went on to pursue their solo careers, only to regroup years later to make more music.
The Solo Career of Stevie Nicks
Nicks released her first solo album, called Bella Donna, in July 1981. The album was a massive commercial and critical success and peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. Four singles from this album made it to the Billboard Hot 100 and Stevie Nicks got the label of “the Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll” by Rolling Stone.
Nicks’s second studio album called The Wild Heart was released in June 1983. This solo album by the artist was also a massive success as it went double platinum and peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
While working on her solo albums, Nicks was also involved in the making of Fleetwood Mac’s next album, called Tango in the Night. The album was released in April 1987 and went on to become the band’s highest selling album after Rumors. She also worked with the band on the album, Behind the Mask, which was released in 1990.
Tom Petty and Trouble in Shangri-La
On the insistence of her friend and former music partner, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks began working on her new album, Trouble in Shangri-La. Nicks was initially a little hesitant to begin working on this album due to the failure of her previous album. But soon, Trouble in Shangri-La restored Nicks’s solo career, after its release in 2001. The song, “Planets of the Universe” got a nomination for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Nicks also got named VH1’s “Artist of the Month” in May 2001, along with being named as the People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People.
More Solo Work
Her next album, In Your Dreams, was another well-received album by the critics, with Rolling Stone praising it as “her finest collection of songs since the Eighties”. Nicks’s eighth studio album, called 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault, was released in September 2014. The album peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200 chart.
Music, Style and Influences
The musical style of Stevie Nicks has remained pretty much the same over the years. Her vocal style evolved with influences from female singers such as Janis Joplin and Grace Slick. Her voice structure has been described as “gruff, feathery alto”.
In addition to her vocal styling, Stevie Nicks is also very well-known for her on-stage persona and choice of attire. Her multiple wardrobe changes during live performances made her quite an expensive artist.
Stevie Nicks has also been a source of inspiration to several major artists over the years. Beyoncé, Destiny’s Child, Courtney Love, Belinda Carlisle, Dixie Chicks, Mary J. Blige, Nadia Ali, Taylor Swift, Sheryl Crow, Florence Welch, Vanessa Carlton and Delta Goodrem have cited her as a major influence on their work. The Dixie Chicks even did a cover of her 1975 classic, “Landslide” which became a top-10 hit.
In January 2010, Nicks performed alongside pop star, Taylor Swift at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. Swift cites Nicks as one of her childhood heroes and said that, "it's a fairy tale and an honor to share the stage with Stevie Nicks."
Awards and Honors for Stevie Nicks
In her illustrious career, Stevie Nicks has been the recipient of countless awards and honors. As a solo artist, she has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards, including Best Female Rock Vocal Performance multiple times. With Fleetwood Mac, the singer has been nominated for another nine Grammy Awards, winning one for the Album of the Year in 1978 and receiving the 2003 Grammy Hall of Fame Award.
Her influence in the industry is felt in multiple spheres. She was named one of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time by Rolling Stone. She was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 as part of Fleetwood Mac. The sales of her albums, solo and with Fleetwood Mac have crossed the mighty figure of 140 million units – clearly her fame knows no bounds!
Stevie Nicks Tour Tickets
Stevie Nicks tour tickets for her most recent effort, the 24 Karat Gold Tour, sold out soon after they went on sale. People fell in love with the performance on this tour. The Houston Chronicle reported that “Stevie cast a spell over Houston... Women danced. Men sang along. And Nicks in all her witchy allure proved she still reigns supreme.”
The Atlanta Journal Constitution was also full of praises for the artist, saying that “Stevie Nicks enchants faithful fans at the Atlanta show... As women rock stars go, there aren’t much cooler than Stevie Nicks and Chrissie Hynde... A whopping injection of female fused musical power – a love letter to the faithful.”
With such amazing reviews from her most recent performances, you can get a pretty good idea about what is in store for you with the upcoming shows. Whether it is with Fleetwood Mac or her solo tour, Stevie Nicks will not fail to impress. So, grab your tickets at the earliest and get ready to enjoy a live performance unlike any other!