Stevie Nicks Preparing for Fall Tour with Pretenders

09/13/2016

Stevie Nicks Preparing for Fall Tour with Pretenders

–Joe Lund

Stevie Nicks is set to hit the road in late October for a two-month tour in support of her most recent solo album, with the Pretenders on-board as opening act. Christened the “24 Karat Gold Tour,” the trek is being staged in support of Nicks’ 2014 record, 24 Karat Gold – Songs from the Vault, a collection of newly recorded versions of unreleased demos that date back as far as 1969.

In a recent chat with Billboard, Nicks said she’s still working on the set list, but she plans to draw from her entire solo catalog. “It’s at about 30 songs right now,” she said, adding that she wants to have “little explosions of fun” lifted from various points in her career. “[People] might want to come to two shows,” she added, “because you never know — there might be an alternate set list.”

The tour comes just months after Fleetwood Mac completed an ambitious world tour that lasted more than a year. Nicks told the New York Times: “I just woke up one morning and said, ‘I have two years off before Fleetwood Mac comes knocking on my door. Why would I want to sit around and do nothing?’”

The veteran singer added that while she cherishes her role in Fleetwood Mac, she relishes the chance to call the shots herself.

“Fleetwood Mac is a team,” she observed. “When you’re on a team everybody has the same vote — except in this particular team Lindsey [Buckingham] has a little bit of a stronger vote than anybody else. I love being part of a team. We argue all the time, but we always have. In my band, there is no arguing. I am the boss. My solo career is probably the reason Fleetwood Mac is still together in 2016, because I was always happy to leave Fleetwood Mac, and I was always happy to come back too.”

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