Fleetwood Mac did their first show with Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks 45 years ago this Friday (May 15th, 1975) in El Paso, Texas.
Stevie has occasionally commented on the show in interviews. It seems to have gone very well for her and the band, but until she walked on stage, she was a wreck. She recalls finding herself in the dressing room with all her stage clothes “scattered across the floor, just thinking, ‘This is not going to work.’ Nothing fit right, nothing looked good, nothing felt comfortable.”
In a different interview, she says she was “very nervous before the show…sick to my stomach…really ill. And as soon as I walked out on the stage, that all went away.”
Lindsey also remembers having to go through some musical changes during that first tour.
“If you go back to what Stevie and I had done, it was very guitar-based. It was a lot of finger-picking within tracks that had drums and everything on it. There was a sound, and that sound, even the guitar I was playing live, was not suitable for the pre-existing sound of Fleetwood Mac. And so there was a lot of adapting to do as an instrumentalist.”