Stevie Nicks paid tribute to the late Christine McVie on Friday through the first date of her co-headlining tour with Billy Joel, delivering an emotional, tearful rendition of the Fleetwood Mac basic “Landslide.”
You’ll be able to watch video of the efficiency under.
Nicks ended her 16-song set at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium with the poignant acoustic ballad. Photos of her and McVie flashed on the screens behind her as she sang. When the track ended, she clutched the microphone stand and started to cry, then advised the viewers, “There’s actually not a lot to say. We simply will faux that she’s nonetheless right here. That is how I am attempting to take care of it. Thanks for listening.”
Friday’s live performance marked Nicks’ first efficiency of 2023 and first efficiency since McVie died on Nov. 30 on the age of 79. Nicks shared a handwritten notice to Twitter the identical day by which she known as McVie “my finest good friend in the entire world because the first day of 1975.” She additionally quoted the lyrics to Haim’s 2020 track “Hallelujah,” which she had hoped to sing to her: “I had a finest good friend however she has come to go – one I want I might see now. … You have been there to guard me like a protect, lengthy hair operating with me via the sector.“
McVie mirrored on her friendship with Nicks in a 2014 archival Rolling Stone interview printed after her loss of life. “We met and I immediately appreciated her,” McVie mentioned. “She and I will not be aggressive in any approach in any respect. We’re completely completely different, however completely sympathetic with one another. We’re expensive, expensive associates. We haven’t any competitors on stage. She is who she is. I’m who I’m. Straightforward, simple, simple.”
The “Songbird” creator had no scarcity of superlatives to explain Nicks. “She’s an icon. She’s a genius. She’s a beautiful, type, stunning girl and I really like her to loss of life,” McVie mentioned. “She and I are completely different, and I am unable to not love the girl. She’s simply wonderful. She’s very, very beneficiant in each, single division – in each single division.”
Co-founding Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood mentioned final month that he suspects the band is completed following the loss of life of McVie. “I believe proper now, I actually suppose the road within the sand has been drawn with the lack of Chris,” he mentioned throughout an interview on the Grammys (through The Los Angeles Occasions). “I would say we’re executed, however then we have all mentioned that earlier than. It is type of unthinkable proper now.”
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There have been greater than 40 of those exterior initiatives, which deepen and add to the band’s legacy.