Prince and Stevie Nicks were close, but didn’t actually hang out that much because of drugs. It was her drug use back in the day that separated them.
“He hated [drugs]” she told the Associated Press. “And he hated that I did drugs and that’s probably why we didn’t hang out more.”
“He was worried that I would die of an accidental drug overdose and my sadness is that he did die of an accidental drug overdose. He’s up there looking down, saying to me, ‘Sweetie, I can’t believe it happened either.’”
The 68-year-old singer-songwriter plans to honor her friend in her upcoming tour with The Pretenders, which begins October 25.
She’ll play songs from her 2014 album, 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault, which she didn’t promote on its release due to her past three years spent touring with Fleetwood Mac.
The songs on the album, she says “were written during the days when everybody was pretty high and crazy and there was a lot of love affairs going on and a lot of breakups going on and just a lot of emotion going on.”
She’ll also perform her 1983 hit “Stand Back,” which Prince played on.
Nicks was inspired to write the song when she heard Prince’s “Little Red Corvette” on her car radio. She hasn’t played “Stand Back” since he died in April.
“I will be singing it for the first time without Prince being on the planet,” she said. “That is going to be horrible, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t want to pay homage to my ‘Little Red Corvette’ friend. I’ll sing it forever for him now.”