Stevie Nicks: The melodic, creamy voice of Stevie Nicks has moved audiences for decades, both during her tenure with Fleetwood Mac and her illustrious solo career. Her solo tour dates have brought in thousand of people and have been highly regarded among her fans. Ms. Nicks continues to produce hit albums, and her latest record, In Your Dreams, has received great acclaim from critics and fans. The album has whetted the appetite of fans who are eagerly anticipating Stevie Nicks' upcoming tour dates in 2011.
The musical career of Stevie Nicks began when she wrote her very first song for her very first band in high school. It was then that she met Lindsey Buckingham who, years later, would ask her to perform with a band called Fritz in San Francisco. They opened for huge acts like Jimi Hendrix in the Bay Area before Buckingham and Nicks moved to Los Angeles to perform as a duo. In 1974, Lindsey Buckingham was invited to join Fleetwood Mac and accepted, on the condition that Stevie Nicks could also join. The band's self-titled album was a big hit, and Nicks began developing a signature style on tour dates, while breaking up with Buckingham shortly after the album's release.
During the production of Tusk, Stevie Nicks began to compile a solo album consisting of songs she had written years before. Her debut solo album, Belladonna, was released in 1981 and became an instant success. It was followed by constant solo tour dates, recording with Fleetwood Mac, and then touring with the band. After the release of Fleetwood Mac's Behind the Mask in 1990, Nicks left the group due to conflict with Mick Fleetwood that stemmed from Stevie's dual projects. Throughout the 90s, Stevie Nicks focused mainly on her solo tour dates and reorganizing her personal life. She bounced back in 2001 when she released the long anticipated Trouble in Shangri-La, which delighted fans and provided them with world wide tour dates.
Stevie Nicks released a slew of live albums and Greatest Hits records -- as well as becoming deeply involved in charity work -- before returning to the studio in 2010 to record In Your Dreams. The album has been compared to Belladonna in terms of quality and has given way to numerous tour dates in 2011. After an appearance at Hard Rock Calling in London on June 26, Nicks will begin her US concert schedule on August 9 in Denver. Stevie Nicks' 2011 tour dates end on September 4; with such a short concert schedule, fans better look for tickets soon.
Lindsey Buckingham: Lindsey Buckingham is a multi-platinum enigma -- massively successful and still somehow an enduring, intriguing mystery. As an individual artist, Buckingham has remained a curiously low-profile figure, despite decades of high visibility as a member of Fleetwood Mac -- the legendary band for which he has long served as a visionary leader and bold sonic architect.
For Buckingham, "Fleetwood Mac has been one of the joys of my life, but that kind of success is a double-edged sword. You're under tremendous pressure to sell as much and as often as possible, to become an assembly line, to feed the philosophy, `If it works, run it into the ground.' Artists need to take their time to breathe in and out, to take risks though it may not always be good for business."
Buckingham is that rare artist whose body of work shows a refusal to allow commerce to swamp art. His series of wildly eclectic and consistently acclaimed albums have topped more critics' annual Top Ten lists than sales charts. Within Fleetwood Mac, his role is fascinating-- his brilliance as a singer-songwriter-arranger and producer have been key in making the band's music so successful, yet he's famously displayed a commercially subversive tendency dating back to Fleetwood Mac's Tusk -- the band's daring follow-up to 1977's Rumours, one of the best-selling albums in music history. Rarely has anyone followed their muse so strongly, challenging himself and his bandmates rather than taking the formulaic path of least resistance.
"On the heels of Rumours, the pressure was very great to come up with something like Rumours II," Buckingham remembers. "But the process of making Rumours had been about spontaneous events as a band and as individuals -- events never to be repeated. Why try? We were at the crossroads, and I felt as a writer and producer I was being given the opportunity to make choices that would define me forever after. It defines the ethic I try to uphold to this day. I remember hearing that when the Tusk album was played for the first time at the Warner Bros. weekly staff meeting, everyone saw their Christmas bonuses flying out the window! That was their equation and therein lies the dilemma between creativity and business."
Today, Tusk is viewed not as a commercial letdown, but rather as an influential rock classic. It stands as a testament to the unflinching talent that makes Buckingham a true musical artist. His refusal to sell his own musical gifts short can be heard loud and clear on his wonderful and willful solo albums -- Law and Order, Go Insane, Out of The Cradle -- and most recently on Fleetwood Mac's 2003 smash release Say You Will, an acclaimed album that has stunned critics with its ambition and accomplishment. For anyone who's been listening closely, Say You Will is the latest evidence that Lindsey Buckingham is a daring musical genius who remains at the height of his powers, refusing to rest on his laurels. Lindsey Buckingham is that rare rock god who seems constitutionally incapable of simply going with the flow.
All in all, he'd rather go his own way.