Stevie Nicks reacts to being made fun of on South Park, remains infinitely cooler than all your favs
KBCO: I was wondering if you had seen the episode of the animated series South Park where they used 'Landslide' recently.
STEVIE: I haven't seen it, but I okay'd it. They called me and asked me. It was going into production the next day, and I was in London doing press. You know, I like South Park, and I like the two guys that do it. I think they're really funny and I think that they're relevant. You know, they already did an episode kind of about me a long time ago, and I got kidnapped by the Afghanistan people and they sent the army in to get me. Yes, I was a little goat in a cape. But who cares? It was hysterical. The fact is, they sent the whole army in to get me.
KBCO: What's interesting when you see it, Stevie, is that they use the song without any irony whatsoever. They use it affectionately and they use it poignantly and that's something that they do not normally do. So in a way, they paid great respect to you. It's not mocking in any way, shape, or form. It's actually strangely touching, they way they used it.
STEVIE: Stan's parents were getting divorced, right? That's all I knew about it - and that they wanted to use 'Landslide.' And I went, "Well, totally cool." You know, you have to roll with the punches here and those guys are so clever. C'mon, we all watch South Park.
KBCO: You have such this omnipresence right now. I've got to say, I'm pretty impressed.
STEVIE: Well, just call me the new wave of car salesmans! You know, I just made a promise to myself that I believe that this record is going to crawl out of the muck, up above the world and float down into the living rooms of everybody. Because I do, I believe it. Needless to say, there's a lot of naysayers out there when it comes to selling records these days. It's not really that I care so much about selling records - I'm financially stable, my money was invested, I'm in good shape. It's not that. It's that you want people to hear the record. You just want it to get out there.This is, in my opinion, the best record I have ever made. I love it. The love and the laughter that went on this record was so electric and wonderful and magical and mystical and all of the things my fans love - and I know that - that I'm like, "How could that not have transferred on to the tape? How could people not hear it, if they hear [the record]?" So I made a pledge to myself that I would talk to everybody who wanted to talk to me and tell them about the record and tell them about all the songs and just hope that some little part of it sticks.
KBCO: I also wanted to ask you about Betty Ford, because Betty Ford just passed away. You've been very candid, and you are not hesitant to say that Betty Ford helped to save your life at one point.
STEVIE: Oh, she did absolutely. I went to [The Betty Ford Clinic]. I had decided about six months before I actually went in, that that was what I was going to do; I had checked around and decided that's where I wanted to go. In those days, she spoke once or twice a month, so I was lucky enough to see her speak twice. You kind of felt when you heard Betty speak that if she could do it, anybody could do it. If she could find her way back to a normal world, anybody could do it. She was so inspiring. After she spoke for an hour, she would hang out and she would talk to everybody. It was just a kind of brilliant moment in the two times that I met her. Then, I went to speak at a Betty Ford Alumni thing a couple years back, and she was there. Sometimes you wonder if people like this understand the impact they've had on your life. I said to her, "You know, Betty, had it not beeen for you and your facility, I'm pretty sure I would have been dead by now. That means that all those songs and all the music that came after 1985 would not have existed, had it not been for you." And it's totally true. When you meet her, and you go to her facillity, it's like you go to her house. She expects great things from you, and she expected great things from all of us. Her rate of success in that rehabilitation center is majorly good. So I'll miss her. But she was very old, and I think it was nice that she went on to join her husband.
KBCO: Stevie Nicks, I think we should bring up that in telling your stories like this story have probably saved quite a few lives yourself.
STEVIE: I hope so. I was just speaking to somebody yesterday about continuing to talk about the Klonopin thing, because that really was the worst of all the things I did. [Klonopin] doesn't make you feel much of anything... It took 47 days to come off of Klonopin. It takes twelve days to actually physically come off of Heroin. So imagine, 47 days. It's very difficult. You're in a lot of pain, your body freaks out, your hair turns gray, your skin molts, and it's not a pretty thing. So I really wanted to continue to talk about it even though it was a long, long, long time ago.
KBCO: People relate to your music on such a personal level. Do you often find someone telling you their life story?
STEVIE: Yes, they do. They ask me, a lot of people just flat out ask me stuff. I'm a talker, so if somebody wants to talk about it, I'm totally into talking about it. It's nice for me that people actually ask my advice and care about what I have to think about it. It's kind of part of being a singer-songwriter. Like singer-songwriter-psychologist.
Fierce bitch, awesome sense of humor, the poet in my heart, etc.
p.s. I'M SEEING HER LIVE IN TWO WEEKS.