Stevie Nicks on Mick Fleetwood


Recording artist Stevie Nicks, recipient of the BMI Icon Award, attends the 62nd annual BMI Pop Awards at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on May 13, 2014 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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Singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks began performing in bands in high school in California, and later joined Lindsey Buckingham's band, Fritz, opening for such artists as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jefferson Airplane. After three-and-a-half-years Fritz disbanded, and in 1973 Nicks and Buckingham recorded the album, "Buckingham Nicks."

Soon after, they joined Mick Fleetwood and Christine and John MvVie's band on their eponymous 1975 album, "Fleetwo0od Mac." Nicks would continue with the group to this day, recording eight albums, while also recording eight solo albums, including the 2014 release, "25 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault."

CBS News correspondent John Blackstone recently talked with Nicks about her relationships with members of Fleetwood Mac, who are regrouping with former member Christine McVie for a new album and tour.

John Blackstone:
You're a better singer now than you were in the 1970s, Stevie.

Stevie Nicks: So much better. So much better. I'm really trained. I could teach voice now.

Blackstone: Mick said, "As much as Stevie said she'd like time off, that girl just keeps workin'." You got a new album comin' out. You're doin' this tour. You can't stop. You don't wanna stop.

Nicks: You know what? It's kind of like, what else would you do? This is my job. This is what I've been doing since I was a senior in high school, and I joined my first band with, you know, three girls and five guys [singing] Bob Dylan songs.

And I learned to play the guitar, not very well, but well enough to play for my mom and dad and convince them that I was gonna be a singer. And so it's what I do. I enjoy it. I think I would be probably better served to take a little bit of a break once in a while. The last time I actually had a real vacation was 2008. And I went to Mexico for three months. And I should do that every once in a while.

But it seems that every time I almost get to booking that trip -- we were not supposed to come back out on the road this year. And then Christine called and said, 'I'm back.' And then all of a sudden, shows went on sale and sold out in the beginning of February. So there was no time for that. So I kind of look at it as, well, I guess it's better to have a job than to not have a job!

To hear Stevie Nicks' "24 Karat Gold," one of the tracks from her new album, "24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault," click on the video player below.

Blackstone: Let me just ask, for you, the significance of having Christine back in the band now.

Nicks: Well, when she left in 1998, it was very significant. Because we had only just reunited to do "The Dance" tour and "The Dance" record. And it went swimmingly well. We hadn't played together since the "Mirage" tour, which was somewhere in the beginning of the '80s. It was after "Belladonna" and before "Wild Heart." It was really a long time ago that Fleetwood Mac, as a band, this five, played. Because when we did "Tango in the Night" in 1987, Lindsey quit before that tour. And we had to hire Rick Vito and Billy Burnett to take his place. Because we were already so booked that there was no getting out of that tour.

So "The Dance" was the first time that this five had played in a long, long time. So when that tour finished our 40th show, Christine, after the Grammys in 1998, came to me and said, "I'm quitting," I'm like, "Why? We've just done 40 shows. And we have, like, the potential to do another 100 shows."

Fleetwood Mac in 1997. Reprise/David LaChapelle

And she said, "Because I wanna go back to England. I don't wanna fly anymore. And I don't wanna live in hotels anymore. And I don't wanna do this anymore." And there was something in her eyes that was so serious that it really is like somebody breaking up with you, when they say, "I'm leaving you." And you don't even go, like, "Why?" She was done.

And so the fact that she made the phone call last year, right before we got to Europe to do the the last leg of tour that we did last year, and said, "How would you feel if I came back to the band?" I'm like, "Are you serious?" Because I never would've thought she would. I really believed her from the very beginning. And 16 years slowly went by. And there was never a phone call saying, "I'm thinking about it."

And I said, "I think it would be amazing. But you should come and see us play. It's a three-hour show. It's very physical. And you should hire a trainer." So she did come to see us play. She hired a trainer. And she is now stronger than any of us. She's been working out solid since then. I've never even had a trainer in my life. So she's, like, left us in the dust. (laughs) So she's totally, really strong. And she's ready to go. So she slipped right back into the band as if she never left.

I mean, I look over, and I think, "I don't think she ever left. I think that was a dream, a bad dream that wasn't true. And she's really never been gone. She's actually been here all this time," or we left. And it's the "Twilight Zone." (laughs)

So it's really wonderful to have her back. And she brings the funny. And the funny is very, very important. And that is what is really, to me, besides her beautiful songs and her beautiful presence, the fact that she's such a comedienne, and she just makes us all laugh is, to me, the most precious part of the whole thing. What you do notice is how much you missed that. Without her, it was a much more serious band. With her, it's it's much more lighthearted. So that right there makes the whole thing easier.