Bella Donna is the debut solo studio album by American singer and songwriter Stevie Nicks. Nicks began work on Bella Donna in , in between sessions for her third album as part of Fleetwood Mac, Tusk, released in October that year. From Bella Donna's opening title track, it's clear Nicks has something to A Fleetwood Mac album arrived with neither Stevie Nicks nor Lindsey.
The album was not a commercial success, even though the duo played shows to support it. Polydor subsequently dropped them from the recording label.
Stevie Nicks: I think a little turmoil probably helps. Start a Wiki. Her gaze on the back is too pie-in-the-sky; her gaze on the front is uncompromising, seductive, and knowing. Fleetwood Mac is the opposite. Stevie Nicks: It feels wonderful. Ladies of the Canyon taught me a lot.
Nicks and Buckingham briefly relocated to Aspen, Colorado. While there, Buckingham landed a guitar-playing gig with the Everly Brothers.
Buckingham decided to tour with them, while Nicks stayed behind. During this time, Nicks wrote "Rhiannon" and "Landslide". In late , a new opportunity arose.
He heard the album playing while visiting a recording studio, Sound City, in Sausalito, California. Initially, Fleetwood was interested only in Buckingham, but Buckingham stated that he would only join if Nicks was also invited into the group, stating firmly that he and Nicks were a "package deal". The band members agreed, and Fleetwood asked the duo to join Fleetwood Mac on December 31, In , the new band released their self titled album Fleetwood Mac which went to the number one spot and spawned top twenty songs in Nicks' "Rhiannon" reached 11 and became the song that would shape her image as a Welsh Witch and a sultry rock and roll princess.
Almost as enduring as "Rhiannon," the introspective "Landslide" became a popular radio item as well as a Nicks milestone. Fleetwood Mac's second album with their new lineup, Rumours, began recording in early and continued until late in the year. Sessions were dogged by faulty drum tracks, disintegrating tapes, and the tension between the band members, which influenced the songwriting. Nicks' contributions were the jaunty, tight harmony "I Don't Want to Know" intended for a second Buckingham Nicks album in ; the dark, mystical "Gold Dust Woman," a diatribe about the dangers of cocaine and the rock and roll lifestyle; the dramatic "Silver Springs," a b-side about her relationship with Buckingham; and the atmospheric "Dreams," which became the band's only Billboard Hot 1 hit single.
Other songs written for the album, but released later, included "Think About It" recorded for Bella Donna and "Planets of the Universe" recorded for Trouble in Shangri-La Both these tracks were reissued on the expanded and remastered edition of Rumours in Rumours was finally released to widespread acclaim in February It became one of the best-selling albums of all time, selling more than 19 million copies in the U.
The ensuing tour was another great success for the band, during which time they all began relationships outside the group. Nicks also had breast augmentation surgery during this period, feeling her physical appearance inadequate given the media attention she was suddenly receiving. The silicone implants were, however, to give her problems later in life. Plagued by chronic fatigue and persistent malaise, Nicks believed the implants to have broken, blaming them for her declining health and consulted numerous physicians in order to prove her theory.
After several test results proved negative, against medical advice Nicks had the implants surgically removed. It subsequently transpired that the implants had indeed been broken.
Due to her belief that she suffered from high levels of silicone left in her bloodstream by the implants, Nicks spent the next year in and out of hospital, as well as making several visits to acupuncturists and undergoing numerous sessions with "cleansing" IV drips to "remove" the toxic silicone from her blood. Reflecting in Nicks remarked "It was truly awful I'd advise against having them. Helmed largely by Lindsey Buckingham, Tusk ventured into more experimental territory, incorporating odd percussion and arrangements mostly applied to Buckingham's songs.
The high levels of Nicks's cocaine abuse at this time led to one of the more enduring rumours of her career when it was alleged that she favoured administering the drug anally with the assistance of a roadie employed for this purpose.
The album was produced by Lindsey Buckingham and Richard Dashut. It also introduced songwriter and performer Sandy Stewart as co-writer and vocalist. Following the tour for The Wild Heart , Nicks commenced work on her third solo album. Originally titled Mirror Mirror , Nicks recorded songs for the album during However, Nicks was unhappy with the album, and opted to record a new batch of songs in Nicks toured for Rock a Little in The tour ended on October 10, The tour marked a turning point in Nicks's life.
The January before the tour was to begin, a plastic surgeon warned her of severe health problems if she did not stop using cocaine. Later that year, on the advice of friends concerned that she might relapse, she visited a psychiatrist who prescribed the sedative Klonopin to help her remain free from cocaine. In late , Fleetwood Mac began work on Tango in the Night , but due to her promotional schedule for the Rock a Little album and subsequent tour, Nicks was mostly unavailable to work on the album with the band except for a few weeks following her stay at the Betty Ford Center in which was the inspiration for the song "Welcome to the Room She sent the band demos of her songs to work on in her absence.
The album was released in April and became the band's second-highest selling album ever, behind Rumours. Creative differences and unresolved personal issues within the band led Buckingham to quit the group right before their world tour. According to bassist John McVie , a "physically ugly" confrontation between Nicks and Buckingham ensued when Nicks angrily challenged Buckingham's decision to leave the band. The tour was suspended during Nicks's bout with chronic fatigue syndrome and developing addiction to Clonazepam , though it resumed in Tango in the Night met with commercial success and was followed in by Fleetwood Mac's Greatest Hits album in November Also in , Nicks began work on a fourth solo album with English record producer Rupert Hine.
The Other Side of the Mirror was released on May 11, , to commercial success. Nicks became romantically involved with Hine. She has famously been quoted since as stating that she has "no memory of this tour" due to her increasing dependency on Clonazepam,  prescribed in ever increasing amounts by a psychiatrist between and , in an attempt to keep Nicks from regressing to her former abuse of cocaine.
In , Nicks set to work with Fleetwood Mac on a new album, Behind the Mask , which was released in to moderate commercial success in the US. In the UK, however, the album entered the chart at number one and was certified platinum. The band went on a world tour to promote the album, on the last night of which Buckingham and Nicks reunited on stage to perform "Landslide".
During the US presidential campaign, Bill Clinton used the Fleetwood Mac hit " Don't Stop " as his campaign theme song, and Nicks rejoined the classic Rumours line-up of the band including Buckingham to perform the song at Clinton's inaugural gala. No plans for an official reunion were made at that time. Nicks was criticized for her weight gain. I didn't write, and I had gained so much weight. In late , while Nicks held a baby shower at her house, she tripped over a box, passed out, and cut her forehead near a fireplace.
I was horrified to see that blood. I hadn't had enough wine. I knew it was the Klonopin," she said, realizing that she needed help, and endured a painful day detox in a hospital. Following her successful detox, Nicks released her fifth solo album, Street Angel , recorded during and using material written mostly in previous years. Released on May 23, , Street Angel was poorly received, reaching number 45 on the Billboard Top Nicks has since expressed major disappointment with the album, claiming that a lot of its production work took place during her second stint in rehab, meaning she had little or no say over the final product.
Disgusted by the criticism she received during the tour for being overweight, she vowed to never set foot on a stage again unless she slimmed down.
In , Lindsey Buckingham, working on a planned solo album, enlisted the help of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, which eventually led to a reunion of the entire band. The live CD release, The Dance , was released to commercial and critical acclaim, earning the group several Grammy nominations, including their live performance of Nicks's "Silver Springs". In , she joined the group for its induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
She put work on a new solo album on hold when she was approached by Warner Music to release a solo career-spanning box set, to finish her contract with Atlantic Records in the US. After the culmination of the Fleetwood Mac reunion tour, Nicks settled down in Los Angeles and Phoenix with close friends and colleagues to devise a track list for this three-disc collection. The box set Enchanted was released to acclaim on April 28, , with liner notes from Nicks, as well as exclusive rare photographs, and pages from her journals.
Nicks supported the box set with a successful US tour. Nicks had begun writing actively for Trouble in Shangri-La in and as she came out of her Klonopin dependency.
Released May 1, , Trouble in Shangri-La restored Nicks's solo career to critical and commercial success. Nicks made several television appearances in support of the album and performed at the Radio Music Awards. Nicks supported the album with a successful tour, although some shows were canceled or postponed because of her bout with acute bronchitis. In , Fleetwood Mac began work on a new studio album, though this time without Christine McVie , leaving Nicks as the sole woman in the band for the first time. After the end of her solo tour, Nicks convened with the other members of the band for recording during Say You Will was released in April and met with commercial success but mixed reviews.
She has subsequently stated in several interviews that she was not happy with the album or the successful world tour that followed, citing production disputes with Buckingham as a core factor, as well as the absence of fellow female band member Christine McVie.
During the summer of , Nicks continued doing solo shows Gold Dust tour with pop singer Vanessa Carlton as the opening act, playing over 20 dates nationwide. The album debuted at number 21 on the Billboard albums chart. The compilation includes her hit singles, a dance remix, and one new track, a live version of Led Zeppelin 's " Rock and Roll ". Two versions of this album were made, one with just the audio CD and a deluxe version which includes a DVD featuring all of Nicks's music videos with audio commentary from Nicks herself, as well as rare footage from the Bella Donna recording sessions.
Reprise Records initially released two radio-only promos, the live version of "Landslide" with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and "Rock and Roll". Both tracks failed to garner much airplay and made no impact on the charts. Reprise Records released " Stand Back " issued with club mixes on May 29, Nicks previously reached number one on this chart, with "Planets of the Universe" from Trouble in Shangri-La in The remix single of "Stand Back" debuted on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart on September 15, , at number 10, peaking at number four the following week.
It also debuted on the Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales chart at number three, later peaking at number one. The album debuted at number 47 on the Billboard albums chart. The first single from the album, " Crash into Me ", was released as a digital download, along with "Landslide" orchestra version as a B-side , on March 17, In late , Fleetwood Mac announced that the band would tour in , beginning in March. As per the —04 tour, Christine McVie would not be featured in the line-up.
The tour was branded as a 'greatest hits' show titled "Unleashed", although they played album tracks such as "Storms" and "I Know I'm Not Wrong". After completing the Unleashed tour with Fleetwood Mac, Nicks began work on her first solo album in a decade with David A. Stewart , a musician and record producer best known for being one half of the duo Eurythmics. Nicks performed in a series of shows in August "it's not really a tour", she said.
They did not contain any of her new music, because she did not want it to end up on YouTube. The Santa Barbara show benefited a young girl she had met through the Make-a-Wish Foundation in Los Angeles with rhabdomyosarcoma , a rare cancer. Reprise provided a free download of the single to fans who ordered the album via certain websites. Nicks originally wrote "Secret Love" in and recorded a demo of it for Fleetwood Mac's album, Rumours. It did not make the final cut for the album.
The demo version had been circulating among fans for many years prior to its inclusion on In Your Dreams. Nicks promoted the song with a video directed by Dave Stewart. Nicks's goddaughter Kelly appears in the video wearing a vintage dress that Nicks wore on stage in According to Nicks, Kelly portrays the young Stevie Nicks blending with the soul of Nicks's year-old self. The song reached number 25 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in September The documentary was critically acclaimed, and Nicks appeared at many film festivals to support the documentary. In Your Dreams was well received by music critics.
Rolling Stone commented "It's not just her first album in 10 years, it's her finest collection of songs since the Eighties".