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Nicks not ready to see her whole life up onstage

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TORONTO -- Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks is tantalizing fans with a bold idea: a one-woman show.

Could something along the lines of My Name is Stevie (in the vein of Barbra Streisand's My Name is Barbra) or Stevie With an I-E (in the spirit of Liza Minnelli's Liza With a Z) be in the tarot cards?

The raspy-voiced veteran says it's an idea her pal Dave Stewart has been trying to get her to embrace.

Nicks was appearing at the Canadian première of her documentary In Your Dreams, which follows her and the Eurythmics hitmaker as they write and record her 2011 album of the same name.

She says Stewart's plan would involve massive video screens revealing images from Nicks' storied life. But the Landslide crooner is laughing off the idea.

Nicks' creative bond with Stewart is traced in an affectionate documentary that reveals the veteran rockers nit-picking over melodies and brainstorming lyrics at her home recording studio in California. The film plays in Toronto through Thursday before heading to other cities.

After the film, Nicks told a movie theatre full of fans that Stewart sees a new chapter in her career.

"He wants me to have video screens, like a big room of video screens where it's all my whole life (up there). And I (said): 'Dave, I'm not Barbra Streisand,'" Nicks says, smiling. "But maybe. Maybe someday."

She notes that her solo shows already feature a lot of talking, as opposed to the hit-laden concerts with her band Fleetwood Mac.

"It's very different. Fleetwood Mac's much more sophisticated and grown-up and my show is just like a big slumber party in an auditorium. And I tell everybody the meanings of all these new songs. Because that's how I draw people in," says Nicks, who turns 65 on May 26.

After the movie, Nicks took questions from audience members, recounting the origins of her steadfast determination to be a star and dark days surrounding the recording of Rumours.

"It wasn't really a pleasant experience," she says.

"Lindsey (Buckingham) and I had pretty much just really broken up, and we'd kind of broken up off and on for a year before that. So this is 1977. None of the couples were happy... which, on one hand, really lends to the creative process."

The film includes interviews with Nicks about Fleetwood Mac's rise to fame, sources of inspiration, childhood memories and her surprising passion for the Twilight franchise.

She notes that promoting the album In Your Dreams involved a gruelling two years of touring and promotion. In the end, it didn't amount to much.

"I didn't sell a lot of records, you guys. For me, for a big act like moi, I didn't. Worldwide I probably sold 300,000 records. It's awesome if you're an unknown artist and you have a hit single but it's not really that awesome if you're Stevie Nicks," she says.

"It's such a different age now."

In Your Dreams reaches Winnipeg on May 2, May 3 and May 5.

Fleetwood Mac performs at the MTS Centre on May 12.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 17, 2013 C3

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