Watch Stevie Nicks’ Emotional Tribute To Christine McVie
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Stevie Nicks did an emotional performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” during the opening night of her co-headlining tour with Billy Joel last Friday.
Nicks played a 16-song set before concluding it with the moving acoustic ballad which is also her tribute to her late friend Christine McVie. Pictures of her and McVie flashed on the screen as she sang. After the performance, she addressed the crowd by saying:
“There’s really not much to say. We just will pretend that she’s still here. That’s how I’m trying to deal with it. Thank you for listening.”
It was the singer’s first performance this 2023 and since McVie passed away. After hearing the news of McVie’s passing, Nicks quoted the lyrics to Haim’s 2020 song “Hallelujah” on Twitter in which she said:
“I had a best friend but she has come to pass – one I wish I could see now…. You were there to protect me like a shield, long hair running with me through the field.”
She also called McVie “my best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975.” After McVie’s death, a 2014 archival from a Rolling Stone interview was published. In the interview, McVie described her friendship with Nicks stating:
“We met and I instantly liked her. She and I are not competitive in any way at all. We’re totally different, but totally sympathetic with each other. We are dear, dear friends. We don’t have any competition on stage. She is who she is. I am who I am. Easy, easy, easy.
“She’s an icon. She’s a genius. She’s a lovely, kind, beautiful woman and I love her to death. She and I are different, and I can’t not love the woman. She’s just amazing. She’s very, very generous in every, single department – in every single department.”
Meanwhile, the co-founding Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood said last month:
“I think right now, I truly think the line in the sand has been drawn with the loss of Chris. I’d say we’re done, but then we’ve all said that before. It’s sort of unthinkable right now.”
Watch the emotional performance below.