Stevie Nicks Unveils the Life-Changing Advice Prince Gave Her

Next month marks the six-year anniversary of the passing of Prince, a legendary musician found deceased at his Paisley Park residence in Minneapolis in April 2016 at the age of 57.

Throughout his career, Prince was celebrated not only as a prolific singer-songwriter and musician but also for his collaborations with numerous prominent artists.

One of these artists was Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac, who recently shared insights into their connection. She revealed that the iconic musician once cautioned her about her drug use.

In the early 80s, their professional collaboration blossomed into “a really amazing relationship.” Nicks, now 73, recounted how she was charmed when Prince showed romantic interest in her.


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“Prince and I were just friends,” Nicks explained to Harper’s Bazaar. “I think he was open to more, though.”

While on her way to her honeymoon with then-husband Kim Anderson, Nicks was inspired by hearing Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” on the radio. Suddenly, she found herself humming a new tune. “Out of nowhere, I’m singing ‘Stand back!'” she shared with Uncle Joe Benson on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show. “I told Kim, ‘Pull over! We need to find a tape recorder right now.'” They quickly found a store, purchased a tape recorder, and she began capturing her ideas.

That evening, she developed a song that would become “Stand Back,” a track that later became the lead single from her 1983 solo album, “The Wild Heart,” climbing to No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard Top 100.

After crafting “Stand Back,” inspired by Prince’s hit, Nicks arranged a meeting with him. Within 20 minutes, they met for the first time in a Los Angeles studio. Prince listened to her work, sat at the keyboard, and immediately began contributing to the music. After adding his touch, he hugged her and left.


“He set the bar high for every band I’ve ever been part of because not even two pianists together could replicate what Prince did alone,” she commented in the book “Rock Lives.”

Nicks mentioned that as much as she admired Prince, she steered clear of a romantic relationship to preserve their musical bond.

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