Stevie Nicks Says Her Addiction to Painkillers Broke Up Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac is back together and ready to hit the road this spring, but Stevie Nicks says it was her addiction to prescription painkillers in the late 1980s that ultimately derailed the band the first time around.
The singer tells Rolling Stone that her condition led Lindsey Buckingham to quit the band ahead of a major tour in the 1987, effectively putting an end to Fleetwood Mac prior to the group's 1996 reunion.
"I nearly died," Nicks says, recalling a 47-day rehab stint that ended in January of '94, during which she detoxed from the drug Klonopin. "I think one of the reasons that Lindsey left is because I was very, very high on this horrific tranquilizer. I didn't even make it to most of the recording sessions for Tango in the Night," she said, referring to the band's 1987 album.
Nicks added, "We had this huge tour and it was booked...and [Lindsey] stood up and said 'I quit,' and I -– being so high and so messed up –- just raged across the room and I wanted to kill him."
After completing her rehab, Nicks went on a three-month solo tour, during which it became apparent to her and those around her that she was going to be OK. "I think that's when Lindsey thought Fleetwood Mac could go on, because his beloved ex-girlfriend was not going to die. She was going to make it," Nicks tells Rolling Stone. The band ultimately reunited for a tour two years later, in 1996.
Fleetwood Mac kicks off its latest tour April 4 in Columbus, OH. Also, as previously reported, this week saw the release of the two special 35th anniversary editions of the band's 1977 classic Rumours, in mult-disc packages feature outtakes and live tracks from 1977.
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