Stevie Nicks Is a Cover Girl Once Again

Stevie Nicks Rolling Stone Cover, Stevie Nicks new version of Gypsy, Stevie Nicks at 66At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Stevie Nicks fans waited and waited on their rock goddess to appear on the “Rolling Stone” website.

That’s because on Tuesday, her social media accounts announced that something big was happening in the world of Stevie. Later that day, it leaked that Stevie landed this week’s “Rolling Stone” cover. That likely was “the” announcement because at the specific time deemed magical by the white witch nothing happened. Fans moaned at the delay, and many twirled themselves into a frenzy, guessing that maybe Stevie was going to tour solo again.

After 10 minutes or so of waiting, a series of articles appeared about Stevie and/or Fleetwood Mac on the sidebar of the “Rolling Stone” site and a few minutes later, the photo of Stevie from the cover. A tagline also stated: The rock goddess appears solo on our cover for the first time since 1981 and performs an exclusive acoustic “Gypsy.”

It’s not just any old video. Stevie sang at a baby grand piano with a glittery blue patterned scarf draping it. There’s something magical, watching her sit at a piano, alone, singing her haunting lyrics. (Here’s my crystal vision: I predict a solo acoustic record by her sooner rather than later). She also performed “Rhiannon” late last year on “The Tonight Show” in the same fashion.

We also got a few snippets from the upcoming 7,000-word profile that lands on magazine shelves Friday. Perhaps the most telling – at least for women who admire her and men who want to date her – is this excerpt about dating older men:

“What if I fall in love with somebody and they die?”

And she doesn’t hold out much hope for guys her age. “They wanna go out with somebody that’s 25,” she says. “That has been going on since the Bible, and I haven’t even read the Bible, but I know that. So what am I gonna do, compete with that? I’m not a competitor. So I don’t even wanna be in that situation.” So, in short, “I’ve narrowed it down to nobody,” she says, and laughs hard. (If she gets lonely, I’ll hang out with her any time and we can wear shawls and sing “Rhiannon” and look at cute boys. But I digress.)

Stevie fans can never get enough, and those who whined, longing for more from her should just hush and celebrate Stevie. It’s no small feat to be a cover girl at 66 in a Kardashian youth-obsessed culture. Sure, Stevie is iconic but she’s done something rare in today’s short-attention span society. She has successfully made fans from Baby Boomers to Millennials again worship at her shawl shrine.

Suzi Parker is an Arkansas-based political and cultural journalist and author of “Echo Ellis: Adventures of a Girl Reporter,” “Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt” and “1000 Best Bartender’s Recipes.” She writes frequently for The Christian Science Monitor, The Economist, and numerous other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @SuziParker.

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Watch this classic clip of Stevie Nicks singing “Edge of Seventen” from 1983.

  • So thrilled for Stevie Nicks to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. Stevie’s beautiful music and melodies have been my friend since Crystal with Buckingham and Nicks early 1970’s. She has so many fans because she is a true ROCKER and gives so much to all of us with her beautiful poetry that she beautifully turns into songs. Stevie’s love and light are timeless . I am getting older too. Happy Stevie Day! It’s about time Rolling Stone Magazine put her on the cover!

  • Lovie Smith

    She’s lost her ability just like Witney Houston did. She’s playing the piano like a kid and the richness of her former voice is gone

    • Except Stevie Nicks is 66. Everyone’s voices start to go with age, and Whitney had a lot of other reasons at a younger age whey hers was gone. Should we have artists retire because their voices aren’t as perfect as they once were? What about James Taylor? Paul McCartney?

  • I saw Fleetwood Mac in Providence, R.I., on Wednesday night … Stevie and Christine both looked wonderful and sounded great, Lindsay Buckingham can still carry a show … Mick Fleetwood and John McVie are as solid a rhythm section as ever (though they both look older than the other three.)

    You can compare then and now all you want, but I can tell you this — they sound *happier* now, and it is a feeling that comes through their live show.

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