The pioneering singer has opened up about her monumental career, her spiritual connection to the late great Prince, her climate-controlled shawl vault and her, uh, son Harry Styles?
Praising the former One Direction star’s rendition of Fleetwood Mac hit ‘The Chain’, the iconic singer jokes that Styles is the secret ‘love child’ of herself and bandmate Mick Fleetwood: “When Harry came into our lives, I said, ‘Oh my God, this is the son I never had’. So I adopted him.”
“I love Harry, and I’m so happy Harry made a rock & roll record. He could have made a pop record and that would have been the easy way for him. But I guess he decided he wanted to be born in 1948 too, he made a record that was more like 1975.”
Nicks went on to describe how she feels about young female singers drawing upon her as inspirations: “That makes me happy because I didn’t ever have children, but I feel like I have a lot of daughters. I love Vanessa Carlton. She’s like my younger, younger, younger sister- like if my dad had divorced my mother and married a really younger woman, then had Vanessa.”
The singer also described her and the late, great Prince’s ‘strange friendship’: “When I’m nervous, I’ll talk to Prince. In my solo act, when I do ‘Moonlight’, I wear this white wolfy coat — I put this coat on and I try to transform into a Dire Wolf from Game of Thrones. And before I go on, I always say, ‘Walk with me, Prince.’”
Nicks recalled that Prince’s mammoth hit ‘Little Red Corvette’ inspired her single ‘Stand Back’, a song that the singer loved so much that he played guitar and piano for.
“Then he was gone — he was like a spirit then,” Nicks recalled, going on to compare the aftermath of his passing with the late Tom Petty’s: “We always had that crazy respect for each other. I feel that connection is still there, maybe more now than before he died — with Tom Petty and with Prince.”
Known for her signature shawls, Nicks admitted that she owns temperature-controlled ‘shawl vault’: “I have these huge red cases Fleetwood Mac bought, all the way back in 1975 — my clothes are saved in these cases.
The singer went on to explain that she took such great care of the items for her young family members: “All my vintage stuff is protected for all my little goddaughters and nieces. I’m trying to give my shawls away — but there’s thousands of them. If I ever write my life story, maybe that should be the name of my book: There’s Enough Shawls to Go Around.”
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