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 possibly can watch video of the efficiency beneath.
Nicks ended her 16-song set at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium with the poignant acoustic ballad. Footage of her and McVie flashed on the screens behind her as she sang. When the tune ended, she clutched the microphone stand and commenced 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 making an attempt 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 word to Twitter the identical day through which she referred to as McVie “my finest buddy in the entire world because the first day of 1975.” She additionally quoted the lyrics to Haim‘s 2020 tune “Hallelujah,” which she had hoped to sing to her: “I had a finest buddy however she has come to go – one I want I may see now. … You had been there to guard me like a defend, lengthy hair operating with me by the sector.“
McVie reflected on her friendship with Nicks in a 2014 archival Rolling Stone interview printed after her dying. “We met and I immediately preferred her,” McVie stated. “She and I should not aggressive in any method in any respect. We’re completely totally different, however completely sympathetic with one another. We’re pricey, pricey mates. We haven’t any competitors on stage. She is who she is. I’m who I’m. Simple, straightforward, straightforward.”
The “Songbird” creator had no scarcity of superlatives to explain Nicks. “She’s an icon. She’s a genius. She’s a beautiful, variety, stunning girl and I really like her to dying,” McVie stated. “She and I are totally different, and I am unable to not love the lady. She’s simply wonderful. She’s very, very beneficiant in each, single division – in each single division.”
Co-founding Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood stated final month that he suspects the band is finished following the dying of McVie. “I feel proper now, I really assume the road within the sand has been drawn with the lack of Chris,” he stated throughout an interview on the Grammys (by way of The Los Angeles Times). “I might say we’re finished, however then we have all stated that earlier than. It is type of unthinkable proper now.”
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There have been greater than 40 of those exterior tasks, which deepen and add to the band’s legacy.