Stevie Nicks: Game of Thrones Helped Me Through Grief; Talks Cory Monteith, Prince
The Fleetwood Mac singer explains that earlier this year, she was in a dark place following her mother’s death. “I didn’t go [to the studio]. I didn’t want to go. But it wasn’t just that — I didn’t want to go anywhere. I didn’t leave the house for almost five months,” says Nicks.
She continues, “I worked on the edit of my documentary about the making of [her solo album] In Your Dreams. And then I got pneumonia. With my pneumonia and my mother’s death I watched the entire first season of ‘Game Of Thrones’ — so that was great! That certainly took my mind off everything.”
Asked if she’s a “Game of Thrones” fan, Nicks becomes effusive. “Yes! The author [George R.R. Martin] is my age and it blows my mind that he’s able to create this vast, interlinked world,” explains the musician. “As a songwriter I write little movies. But I can’t imagine sitting down and writing even one small book. But then probably somebody like him couldn’t imagine writing “Edge Of Seventeen” or “Rhiannon” — couldn’t write a whole little life in two verses and a chorus.” Nicks adds,” And of course I would love to write some music for ‘Game Of Thrones.’ I’ve written a bunch of poetry about it — one for each of the characters. On Jon Snow… On Arya… On Cersei and Jaime.”
“Glee” dedicated an episode to Fleetwood Mac, and Nicks says she was devastated by Cory Monteith’s death. She recalls, “I can’t remember who it was but somebody said, ‘This is what will happen if you do heroin: you get really, really sick, you’ll throw up for hours, then you’ll have about an hour of a high. And then after that high you’ll start scraping the ground looking for more. Then for the rest of your life — probably — that’s what you will do: search the world for that high. And you’ll never find it.'”
“With this Cory thing I’ve thought a lot about it,” says Nicks. “Mostly you realised that all that recreational/non-addictive [idea] was bullsh*t when it started to become more important than music. And it did. And heroin’s a lot quicker road to that!” She explains, “It’s gonna become more important than your music, or your acting, or your amazing career that you have ahead of you. You’re just throwing it away. And you have somebody like Cory who had the world at his feet, and his fingertips.”
Someone who never did drugs with Nicks was Prince, with whom she almost had a romance. “I wanted to work with Prince,” she tells the outlet. “And I was smart enough to know that if you start having a relationship with somebody, you’re never gonna work with them. The romantic thing’s gonna take over. And Prince is such a strange and beautiful guy.” Nicks continues, “He wanted to be my friend; I don’t know if he wanted any more than that. I don’t know what he wanted. But I know that he wanted to hang out. But we lived in two different worlds. That’s when I was totally a drug addict and Prince is the other side of drug addict — Prince is straight as an arrow.”