- 27 Oct 20
Stevie Nicks has shared many legendary tales from her life as a solo artist and Fleetwood Mac singer with her fans, but her latest stories are proving even more fascinating.
In a new interview, the 72-year-old icon has revealed that she was battling double pneumonia when she performed at the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
The musician made history last year for being the only woman to be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
“The night of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I knew before I went on stage that something was wrong with me, so I had to really pull it together,” Nicks told Variety.
The day after she took the stage, the singer was rushed to a hospital in Philadelphia where she spent a week in the ICU being treated for pneumonia, human metapneumovirus and asthma.
“Talk about your oxygen levels going down; my oxygen levels were hardly existing,” she said.
Discussing Covid-19, the Grammy-winning singer now has compromised lungs as a result of the experience and is unsurprisingly worried about her survival chances if she contracts the coronavirus.
After seeing how much damage a ventilator did to her mother, who “was hoarse for the rest of her life”, Nicks fears losing her career over her health.
"I don’t want to not pull on those boots again.”
Nicks also discussed the TikTok 'Dreams' resurrection, which launched Rumours back into the albums charts, her new concert film and the 2020 virtual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
“Do you know what I would have done if I ran the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? I would have just said, ‘We’re going to take a pass this year. Hopefully it’s just a year. So we’re going to do it next year, and hopefully everything will be back to normal enough where we can do it the way it’s supposed to be done.'”
The singer also released her first solo song in almost a decade earlier this month with drums from Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, titled 'Show Them The Way'.