Stevie Nicks shared a sibling-like relationship with Tom Petty for nearly 4 a long time. The ultimate second they shared got here months earlier than his loss of life in 2017, an event which noticed them each carry out collectively in London and duetted for one final time.
They turned associates when the Fleetwood Mac singer had begun making her manner as a solo artist. It was the primary time in Nicks’ profession that she was out alone and didn’t have anyone else to depend on. Each choice was her personal, and attributable to her love of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, she determined to work with their producer Jimmy Iovine.
Iovine was accountable for Petty’s third alum, Rattling The Torpedoes, and the 2 males shared a decent bond following the expertise. As a result of she beloved the document so dearly, she hit up Iovine for her debut, main her to befriend Petty.
Throughout the recording of Bella Donna, Petty would frequently go to them within the studio and supplied Nicks with the album’s lead single, ‘Cease Draggin’ My Coronary heart Round’. Fittingly, the ultimate time they noticed one another was to carry out the hit at Hyde Park in London in entrance of 60,000 adoring followers.
Reminiscing in regards to the present, Nicks later instructed Rolling Stone: “We hadn’t performed ‘Cease Draggin” since MusiCares. Once I went into the dressing room earlier than the Hyde Park present, it was me, the Heartbreakers, the Webb Sisters [Petty’s backing singers on the 2017 tour], another associates. We stood there and rehearsed it with [drummer] Steve Ferrone beating on the sofa, everyone kind of buzzing their components.”
She continued: “Tom and Mike performed guitar. Ron Blair dragged out a bass however didn’t play it very loud as a result of it wasn’t plugged in. We went by way of it a few instances. It was humorous – you play a improper chord, and everyone’s eyes go straight up. We didn’t understand it in addition to we thought we did [laughs].”
There was additionally one well-known face in attendance who Nicks watched Petty’s present alongside. The Fleetwood Mac singer added: “It was fascinating as a result of Shania Twain had come to see me and to look at Tom. After I got here off stage from my set, she got here backstage. She was so humorous. She stated, “I’m going to be grasping proper now. I want to look at this present with you.”
Nicks blissfully reminisced: “Shania and I watched Tom’s present [from the side of the stage] and sang on the prime of our lungs. I look again on that and what a magical second that was: Shania received to face there with me and watch my boys.”
Only a few months later, Nicks could be left devastated when the singer immediately handed away, and she or he is left with Hyde Park as her final reminiscence of a four-decade friendship. Though Nicks couldn’t say her remaining goodbyes, this efficiency will dwell with the singer for the remainder of her days.
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