In the mid 1970s, the one band that the tabloids loved to smear on the cover was Fleetwood Mac. Truth based rumors of drugs and incestuous relationships between band members supplied endless fresh ammunition for the tabloids. At the center of the controversy were the infamous Stevie Nicks and the brooding Lindsey Buckingham.
The Nicks/Buckingham incendiary relationship began while they were in high school. Finding a common ground in music, the two bonded and thus, began their creative collaboration. A deep mutual respect coupled with explosive creative conflicts, kept the fires burning hot for the duration of Fleetwood Mac's mega stardom from 1975 through the split in 1977. During this time, the couple produced some amazing work rising from the ashes of their volatile creative sessions. According to Stevie, it was "always" she and Lindsey.
When the two highly ingenious talents first met in High School, Stevie thought Lindsey was a "Darling". As time passed and their partnership progressed, Buckingham became increasingly possessive and controlling leading to the well publicized rifts between them.
Their relationship and Fleetwood Mac blew apart in 1977. Press reports linked the song "Go You Own Way" as being predictive of the couple's breakup. Stevie, however, denies the suggestion of infidelities found in the song, claiming that she was never unfaithful to the relationship. Their breakup stemmed because each realized that together they brought out the worse in the other.
For 20 years the two remained at odds with no contact between them. Twenty years later, in 1997, Fleetwood Mac reunited with a clean and sober Stevie and very happily married Lindsey. The two were able to find a common ground on which to collaborate with out the anger of the past. For the first time in their relationship, Stevie and Lindsey allowed their original friendship to emerge without all the baggage of the past.
I remember thinking while watching the reunion concert, how attuned each seemed to the other. As I watched them sing "Landside", it was as if no-one else existed for them during that song's rendition. I remember thinking that they had finally let go of the past between them with forgiveness and found peace between them. Clearly the love between them was palpable and brought forth an amazing performance.
In Stevie's own words "Something clicked as we started to play that night. The magic was there again, only we weren't mad at each other anymore. I looked into Lindsey's eyes during so many of the songs. And the tears came. It was uncontrollable. And it was a beautiful night for us and everyone in the audience." Her words reflect the notion I felt as I watched that show.
The music these two created together; the magic of the tragedy of their relationship, will endure the ages of time.