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    ^Yeah, I caught that last bit on the BBC documentary from last year. Just incredible.
    I got the videos working -must have been a hiccup. That Sisters of The Moon demo is beautiful.

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    I've been on a huge Stevie kick lately, and have been listening to her solo albums a bunch, especially Bella Donna and Rock A Little. It's funny how that 80s synth-pop sound so prevalent on Rock A Little is back in fashion, but I don't think anyone has matched songs like "I Can't Wait". From Bella Donna, After The Glitter Fades has become a new favorite, that song is very under-appreciated.

    Speaking of demos, have you guys heard the Planets of the Universe demo? Just incredible.


    Stevie is also doing a few shows in August, anyone going? I'm considering going to the Atlantic City show, haven't decided yet because tickets are so expensive. Maybe she'll play something new she's written, or at least add Storms into the set since she played it with Fleetwood Mac.

    Tour dates:
    August 4 - Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA
    August 6 - Harveys in Lake Tahoe
    August 25 -Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY.
    August 27 - Trump Taj Mahal Arena, Atlantic City
    August 28 - Foxwoods Resort Casino/MGM, Mashantucket, CT

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    Oh that Planets of the Universe demo is beautiful! Have you heard the Rumours demo? It's more guitar-y and produced but beautiful too.

    I love Stevie solo, Bella Donna, The Wild Heart, and The Other Side of the Mirror (plus her myriad demos) soundtracked my summer in 2006. I also adore Rock a Little and Trouble in Shangri-La but haven't heard Street Angel in full. "After the Glitter Fades" is lovely.

    Here's a 1976 piano demo



    And here's Stevie recording an unused vocal during Bella Donna sessions in 1981. Also included is the recording of "Blue Lamp" (one of my all-time Stevie faves, wish it made the album!)



    And while we're at it, here's "How Still My Love" recording when it was still called "Still of the Night"


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    ^Thanks for posting those. I had never heard that version of After The Glitter Fades before, it's interesting to hear it without any hint of country to it.

    I also wish Blue Lamp had been released. I really hope there are plans for a 30th anniversary remaster/reissue of Bella Donna that would include a lot of the unreleased demos/b-sides/alternate takes that we know are out there, the album definitely deserves to be revisited. It would also give Stevie an excuse to do a tour that focused on more from that album than just the hits too.

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    There's a great old (fully formed) song from the Bella Donna sessions called Julia which has a number of different demos but one in particular is virtually a studio cut, and it's magical.



    ^ Her voice at 0:54, on the line "When I run through your door", gives me chills.

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    is there a place or a collection that has all of these demos? i'd love to have them all on my ipod...
    Sound is the blood between me and you

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    ^This folder full of downloads has a ton of Fleetwood Mac/Stevie live stuff, demos, remixes, acapellas, etc.: http://www.mediafire.com/NicksMacRemix

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    ^Goodness, that IS a ton! Thanks for sharing

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    Good grief! Thanks for that one.

    There's a forum called The Ledge (www.ledge.fleetwoodmac.net) which has lots and lots and lots of threads filled with random downloads.

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    Oh good, glad people share my obsession with the Mac! I'll second (or third, or fourth) the feeling on the Rhiannon video posted. I remember the first time i watched it and getting chills as she turned wild woman in the end. I had no clue she was that passionate back in those days! She still looks amazing.

    I used to love grabbing a bottle of wine & my cigarettes (before i quit smoking) and surfing youtube for HOURS watching FM vids. If you look up "Fleetwood Mac backstage 1970s" or something similar on YouTube you'll come up with some amazing stuff.

    Sisters of the Moon is one of my faves! I often forget about that song. Amazing solo version that Menju put up in that video with those beautiful black and whites. And that Wild Heart video from the '81 photo shoot is my favorite. I wish there was an album version of that song just the way it is.

    Has anyone seen the Destiny Rules dvd? There's a scene where Lindsay is rocking out & acoustically playing the guitar solo in "Destiny Rules" that's just incredible.

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhh! That August 28 date! I might have to go. I saw FM play years ago at the meadow's here in CT, but it was an unpleasant experience and we left early because the crowd was out of control. I really wanted to see them on their last tour but never got a chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnothon View Post
    There's a great old (fully formed) song from the Bella Donna sessions called Julia which has a number of different demos but one in particular is virtually a studio cut, and it's magical.



    ^ Her voice at 0:54, on the line "When I run through your door", gives me chills.
    I simply love Julia. I think the more finished ones from Bella Donna were Julia, Blue Lamp, and Gold and Braid which for me could/should all be on there (seriously, Blue Lamp is one of my fave songs.)

    The Bella Donna sessions produced a lot of goodness but not all of them were taken much beyond very rough, basic demos. I saved an absolute ton of Stevie demos a few years ago but the computer lost them. I think I put them all on CDs too but I need to locate them. I am feeling a craving for some obscure 80s demos

    (She could make about six fantastic albums from her unused demos)

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    Quote Originally Posted by menju56 View Post
    I simply love Julia. I think the more finished ones from Bella Donna were Julia, Blue Lamp, and Gold and Braid which for me could/should all be on there (seriously, Blue Lamp is one of my fave songs.)

    The Bella Donna sessions produced a lot of goodness but not all of them were taken much beyond very rough, basic demos. I saved an absolute ton of Stevie demos a few years ago but the computer lost them. I think I put them all on CDs too but I need to locate them. I am feeling a craving for some obscure 80s demos

    (She could make about six fantastic albums from her unused demos)
    You're so right. There's a (sadly poor quality) demo of Running Through the Garden from the Rock a Little sessions that is on the cusp of awesomeness. Sometimes though, her demos with just her at the keyboard are quite painful. Sometimes. For example, there was a late 80s demo of No Questions Asked (which I actually love love love on the FM Greatest Hits), but her keyboard demo was just rambling and awful, though, to be fair to her, she herself was a rambling strung out mess at the time.

    Gold & Braid from the White Winged Dove concert video is my all time favourite Stevie stage performance. She was on fire.

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand from a brand spankin' new interview:

    Stevie Nicks Is Looking Back, Charging Forward On New Album
    Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Reigning Queen Plans Santa Barbara Concert for a Cause

    Monday, July 26, 2010
    By Aly Comingore



    I’m a firm believer that every girl born this side of 1969 has had their Stevie Moment. It’s that time in a young lady’s life when, barring any and all scholastic goals and career aspirations, she realizes that she just kind of wants to be Stevie Nicks. Even for a day. I’d like to think my brush with the phenomenon came on post-high school, when I started driving and slowly realized that I missed the never-ending Nicks tributes that once poured from my friend’s mom’s car speakers during our daily trips to school. (She’d been having her Stevie Moment since Rumours came out, I later realized.) Suddenly void of my Fleetwood fix, I caught the bug—and came to realize that there’s just something far too cool about Stevie. It’s the flowing skirts, the mile-high boots; the fact that she could make dressing like a hippie witch look chic. It’s the way her voice, no matter what she’s saying, can send chills up the spine. Needless to say, when the opportunity to chat up Nicks arose, I had more than a moment—I had a full-on Nicks fit.


    At 62, Nicks is a not-so-far cry from the chanteuse I envisioned during those drives.
    In conversation, she’s giddy, passionate, and assertive in a way that forces you to pay real close attention. She is her own hype machine. This Wednesday, Nicks returns to the Santa Barbara Bowl as part of a short six-city tour. The jaunt also acts as a reprieve from Nicks’s current project, which will be her first album of new material in almost 10 years. I recently spoke with Nicks from her home outside of Los Angeles about the tour, the record, and why her S.B. stop is much more than “just another concert.”

    How did these concert dates come about?

    This was very unplanned. I’m in the middle of doing a record, so I really wasn’t planning on touring this year, but I got some offers to do five or six shows. My manager said, “Well, if you stop doing your record for one month, you can go out and do five or six shows, and it will be like you worked all year!” [Laughs.] But I decided to add the show in Santa Barbara because I have a little friend named Cecilia who’s eight years old, who I’ve known for almost five years, and she was diagnosed a couple months ago with a very, very rare cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. It’s a rare soft tissue cancer. … She has one more week of radiation, and she’s looking down the road of almost a year of chemotherapy. Needless to say, this has been extremely devastating to her family. So when I found out this was all happening, I called my manager and said, “So, what can we do?” And he said, “We’ll figure it out.”

    So the proceeds from the show are going to her?

    She’s getting my salary for the night, basically. I lost my best friend to leukemia in 1981. Robin was 33, so when I saw the picture of Cecilia, I’d already seen it. When you spend a year at a cancer ward, you kind of understand. I’ve been drawing since Robin died; I think that was her gift to me. I never took an art class in my life, and when she was sick I started drawing these little things—pyramids, stick people, just these funny little drawings that she could hang on her wall and look at when I wasn’t there. … So I’ve picked one, a really sweet little drawing, and I’m going to have it made into a T-shirt for Cecilia. It’s a two-fold thing. It’ll be nice for my fans to have a piece of my art and it will be nice to be able to have a piece of art that is drawn from a situation like this, which makes it so much more special.

    After these shows, what comes next? Can you tell me anything about the album?

    I think it will go down in history as my greatest work. I have written nine songs with [The Eurythmics’] Dave [Stewart], and I feel like I’m part of a writing team—like Lennon and McCartney or something. I have always been so closed to the idea of writing with anybody, and my eyes have been so opened now.

    Stylistically, how would you describe the stuff you’ve done so far?

    It’s very diverse. There’s really, really rock ’n’ roll things, then there’s a song called “Italian Summer” that’s just a beautiful, beautiful love song I wrote when I was in Italy last year. It wasn’t even about anybody. It’s just the feeling you get when you go to Italy is just so romantic, so I wrote this song about this country that I just so fell in love with. Then there are the suffering Stevie songs. [Laughs.]

    How did you and Dave team up?

    I had met Dave a long time ago, and a couple years ago, he did a pilot for an interview show with Jimmy Iovine. So he kind of interviewed me, then we went to the piano. We sat down and I played “Rhiannon,” and he got his guitar out—because he’s never without it—and he sat down next to me and started playing along, and we did like a 15-minute rendition of “Rhiannon,” and it was so spectacular that I said to myself, “Okay, the next time I do a record, I’m going to ask Dave Stewart to produce it.” He’s very similar in a lot of ways to Lindsey [Buckingham] in the way he plays. He’s like a peer of Lindsey’s; he’s one of those great guitarists. … The girl always gets all the attention—Annie Lennox got all the attention—but the fact is, after spending four months writing with him, I know how important Dave was to all those Eurythmics records. They wrote those songs together, and that’s why they were so fantastic.

    If you had to compare this to a past record, which would it be?

    Well, probably Bella Donna, because that was my first solo album. I could go back to Rumours, but we didn’t know how great Rumours was. That was just a record that we made that we thought was good, but we had no idea Rumours was going to become one of the biggest records of all time. We had no idea. We made the record, and then we went on the road. The second we came off the road, we went straight in to make Tusk. There wasn’t really much celebration time there. I think I was sitting in my apartment, and I heard one of the songs come on the radio, and it was played, like, after a Beatles song, or after a Who song, or a Led Zeppelin song, and I thought, “Oh my God. One of our songs has just been played right after Led Zeppelin. We’ve made it. We’ve hit the big time.” That moment is forever in my mind—and that’s kind of how I feel about this. I feel an intense kind of slow burning excitement about this that I have not felt in a long time.

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    Then there are the suffering Stevie songs

    awww....

    Lovely interview. It all sounds very promising and exciting and it makes me happy to know that people like Dave Stewart are still out there. We definitely need to have a listening party when the album comes out. I'll have to catch up a bit first, though!

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    I'm stoked about a new Stevie album! I regret selling my Enchanted box set years ago. I'd love to bust that out tonight..

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    The new album sounds great, i think her and Dave Stewart can come up with something excellent. She certainly has enough unreleased stuff from the past to draw on for a great album, and it's been 9 years since her last solo album and 7 years since the last Fleetwood Mac album, so there's been plenty of time for her to store up the best possible material/ideas to work with, in addition to anything totally new she wrote with Dave. Glad to see we're getting some "suffering Stevie" songs and that she can laugh about it. Donating the proceeds of the show/t-shirt sales to that little girl is very sweet as well.

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