What's Playing in Stevie Nicks' Ear?
Fast-Forward: Fleetwood Mac's spring-summer Unleashed tour will spotlight their greatest hits, and a supersized Rumours is out now in a CD-DVD boxed set, with previously unreleased tracks, acoustic demos, and behind-the-scenes footage. "I remember sitting on the studio floor making feather earrings and thinking, 'Oh my God, this album is going to be legendary,'" Nicks says.
Play It Again: Since 2005 Nicks has been transferring three decades' worth of her own mix tapes—ranging from classic rock to hip-hop to R&B—onto iPods and taking them in person to wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital. "I thought, 'What can I do?' The answer was music," she says. "Music changes your life. It can pull you out of where you're at." She talked to O about the sounds that tug at her lately.
Coldplay, Viva la Vida (Capitol): "They have a great guitar tone—the open-tuning chords have a spacey effect, like they're up with the moon and the stars. And Chris Martin's voice gets to me emotionally."
Rihanna, Good Girl Gone Bad (Island): "If I ever met her, I'd call her Rhiannon. I've adored her since she did 'Shut Up and Drive' on Letterman. I thought, 'That girl could be in Fleetwood Mac.' She can do it all."
Snow Patrol, Eyes Open (Interscope): "I relate to their song 'Chasing Cars' [sings]: "Would you lie with me, and just forget the world?' They can take a personal experience and make it universal."
Dixie Chicks, Top of the World Tour: Live (Sony): "Natalie Maines is my favorite person to sing with, ever. I could happily be a part of the Dixie Chicks. Even though they're billed as country artists, they're very rock 'n' roll."