Stevie Nicks Performs “Leather and Lace” Without Don Henley On Corden
We’re In Love… Again
When Stevie Nicks stopped by for a chat and some jamming session in The Late Late Show With James Corden, we knew it was going to be a fun episode. She performed the beautiful classic ‘Leather and Lace’ (which was released 35 years ago for her ‘Bella Donna’ album) sans Don Henley. She had backup singers and she proved that her voice might be edgier but still powerful.
The song, by the way, ranked at number 3 on The Rolling Stone magazine’s “Readers’ Poll: The 10 Greatest Duets of All Time.” We all know they dated for a few years and even after they broke up, they still remained close friends. On one interview, Stevie shared:
“I wrote it for them and I wanted them to do it. Waylon Jennings asked me to write a song called “Leather and Lace.” That’s his title. So I did and I spent a lot of time on the psychology of the man and the woman in the music business both being stars in their own right and trying to live with each other and work and give Waylon a break and let him be a little weaker for a minute and let Jesse be a little stronger for a minute. This is a long time ago. This is what I was searching for even then. I mean, I was writing about Waylon Jennings and Jesse Colter, but I was writing about me and Lindsey (Buckingham, of Fleetwood Mac). And I was, at that point, going out with Don Henley and I was writing about Don and me. I was writing about the few couples that I knew and what they went through to try and work it out. And I guess Jesse and Waylon sort of broke up around then. And I felt in my heart that either I had to do this song with Don, or Waylon had to do it with Jesse, or Waylon and I had to do it. Those were the only three possibilities for that song to be done. It was the most disciplined song I had ever written and I had to finish it.”
Now this is just beautiful. Stevie clearly still has it!