Stevie Nicks Explains Stories Behind Songs on "24 Karat Gold Tour"
Stevie Nicks has never been shy about sharing deep personal experiences and messages in her songwriting. Her most recent album "24 Karat Gold" is no different.
On her website, Nicks clarifies the meanings behind a few of the songs performed on her 2016 Tour that you'll likely be hearing at Golden 1 Center, Dec. 13!
On "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around"
Nicks brought out Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders for this duet, originally performed with Tom Petty. The song is from Nicks' first album, "Bella Donna" from 1981. Nicks says it wasn't on the album at first, but producer Jimmy Iovine said it needed a hit single.
"Do you want me to go home and write a single? No, I don't because a friend of ours (Tom Petty) has offered to give you an amazing song. If you don't take this song and get this single, your record may tank. We have to thank Tom, because without that single, I may not even be standing here tonight."
On "Belle Fleur"
This song is on Nicks' 2014 album "24 Karat Gold." She wrote it in 1979. She said the song is about not being able to have a relationship because you were a rock n’ roll star. "Those women in the song are me, my sister Lori and friends I had from 1975 to 1978."
On "Bella Donna" and "Wild Heart"
Those are Nicks' first and second albums released in 1981 and 1983. She said there wasn't a big tour for "Bella Donna" because she was with Fleetwood Mac at the time. She says she might not be "standing here tonight" if her second album, "Wild Heart" wasn't successful.
"The thing about the follow-up album 'Wild Heart,' was that whenever you come away from a big group and make a record, people say it's a fluke. The only way you can mess with that argument is to make another record that does really well, too and they can't say 'Bella Donna' was a fluke. We owe a lot to 'Wild Heart' for being the crazier and darker record, but that did really well and gave me the ability to have two careers the rest of my life."
This is another song from Nicks' 2014 album "24 Karat Gold." She says she wrote it in Tom Petty's basement around 1980. She recorded it with The Heartbreakers.
"It came out so amazing that if either of us were doing a record, it would have gone on one of those records, but neither of us were doing a record. So, the song went into the dark trunk of songs possibly never to be heard from again until 2014 when I made '24 Karat Gold."
On "New Orleans"
This song is from Nicks' 2011 album "In Your Dreams." Nicks says it was her way of writing about what she was seeing as Hurricane Katrina was hitting New Orleans. This is the first tour she's performed the song.
"I was horrified. So I immediately started writing my poem. I had to be very careful as a songwriter. I was conflicted on how much I could say. Yes, you have to say, ‘We may never forgive you, government of the United States, for not coming to our aid. But we are a flamboyant city, and we are a city of music, so we will come back."
Nicks says she was so taken by the love story from the second "Twilight" movie, it inspired her to write this song. It's from her 2011 album "In Your Dreams." At the time, Nicks was not happy with the path the music industry had taken and wasn't planning on making another album. But, she wanted to put together a record around "Moonlight."
"This song for me was a touchstone. It's my favorite song to sing and really, it's my favorite song I've ever written."