Stevie Nicks is expressing her sadness at the passing of her closest friend and Fleetwood Mac bandmate Christine McVie via music. McVie died on Wednesday, aged 79, after a brief illness.
Nicks paid her respect on social media with a handwritten statement that read- She found out a few hours ago that her closest buddy in the entire big world from the first day of 1975 had passed. She didn’t realize she was ill until late Saturday night and was eager to travel to London, but they were instructed to wait.
Since Saturday, one song has been playing over and over in her brain. She thought she could sing it to her, therefore she is doing it right now, Nicks penned the piece. The following slide on the Instagram carousel showed another handwritten letter with the words of Haim’s Hallelujah. The 74-year-old concluded the letter with: “See you on the other side, My love. Don’t forget about me. Always, Stevie.”
Nicks also included a gorgeous shot of her and McVie nuzzling their faces together in the post. Fleetwood Mac made an official statement in the aftermath of McVie’s death. The band described her as really one-of-a-kind, extraordinary, and skilled beyond measure.
She was the finest musician anyone could have in their band, as well as the close buddy anyone could have. They were really fortunate to share their lives with her. They treasured Christine greatly, both personally and collectively, and are grateful for the wonderful memories they have. She will be greatly missed.
Christine Perfect—maiden McVie’s name—first made a name for herself on the charts as a member of the British blues-rock band Chicken Shack, where she provided lead vocals on the band’s 1969 rendition of American vocalist Etta James’ 1967 R&B smash I’d Rather Go Blind. She was selected best female vocalist by the British weekly Melody Maker in 1969-70. She previously married John McVie, the bassist of Fleetwood Mac, which was led by guitarist and founder Peter Green at the time.
Green’s final album with the group he created, Then Play On, included the late vocalist (1969). McVie became a permanent member of Fleetwood Mac in 1971, when guitarist-songwriters Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwan left and American singer-songwriter-guitarist Bob Welch rose to fame. Between 1971 and 1974, she developed as a creative force in the band as both a lyricist and lead singer over the course of five LPs. However, the band was primarily regarded as a journeyman act, mostly forgotten in its native country and only moderately popular in the United States (where it ultimately settled in the late 1970s).