What Prince and Stevie Nicks Talked About When They Talked About Drugs

Sep 13 2016

What Prince and Stevie Nicks Talked About When They Talked About Drugs

September 13th, 2016

Prince and Stevie Nicks were close, but didn’t actually hang out that much because of drugs. It was her drug use back in the day that separated them.

“He hated [drugs]” she told the Associated Press. “And he hated that I did drugs and that’s probably why we didn’t hang out more.”

“He was worried that I would die of an accidental drug overdose and my sadness is that he did die of an accidental drug overdose. He’s up there looking down, saying to me, ‘Sweetie, I can’t believe it happened either.'”

The 68-year-old singer-songwriter plans to honor her friend in her upcoming tour with The Pretenders, which begins October 25.

She’ll play songs from her 2014 album, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault, which she didn’t promote on its release due to her past three years spent touring with Fleetwood Mac.

The songs on the album, she says “were written during the days when everybody was pretty high and crazy and there was a lot of love affairs going on and a lot of breakups going on and just a lot of emotion going on.”

She’ll also perform her 1983 hit “Stand Back,” which Prince played on.

Nicks was inspired to write the song when she heard Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” on her car radio. She hasn’t played “Stand Back” since he died in April.

“I will be singing it for the first time without Prince being on the planet,” she said. “That is going to be horrible, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t want to pay homage to my ‘Little Red Corvette’ friend. I’ll sing it forever for him now.”

  • winsomeRefusenik

    Stevie Nicks and the Pretenders should invite Wendy & Lisa and Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam on their tour for an 80’s extravaganza. They could have an Abbot & Costello “Who’s on first?” thing where they perform “Computer Blue,” and Lisa Lisa goes, “Wendy?”
    and Wendy goes, “Yes Lisa?”
    “Is the water warm enough?”
    “Yes Lisa.”
    “Shall we begin…”
    “Yes Li—?!? What the hell?! Who the hell are you? How did you get into my bathtub?
    “I’m Lisa Lisa.”
    “You’re not Lisa! Where’s Lisa?”
    “I’m Lisa. Lisa Lisa.”
    “That’s what I mean. Where is she? What did you do to her?”
    “What d’ya think you’re better than me ’cause I’m…”

    You guys remember when Prince turned out Sheena Easton? Before she was sweet little, “My baby works from 9 to 5 and then…” Then Prince got ahold of her and they did “Strut” and “U Got the Look.” It was like Sheena Easton was to Prince what Teena Marie was to Rick James, Prince’s funk rival. Isn’t it weird how both their names end in “eena?” Was that a coincidence?

    Don’t Stevie Nicks and Bernadette Peters look alike, kind of? You ever wonder if The Four Tops’ “Bernadette” was about Bernadette Peters? I always wonder that when I hear that song.

    Remember that song “Emily?” I’ve only heard it a few times years ago and I can’t find out who sings it, even googling it. It sounds like Nazareth or April Wine or something.

    Isn’t it weird that Prince is gone but El DeBarge is still here? I think it’s a sign that we should give El DeBarge another listen and reconsider where our musical priorities were back in the 80’s.

    • winsomeRefusenik

      I just found out the song I was thinking of was “Emma” by Hot Chocolate. Hot Chocolate, Nazareth. I was close. The guitarist in the video looks like he might have been in Nazareth.