Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks: ‘I almost died in the nineties’

Singer also claims her drug addiction forced Lindsey Buckingham to quit the band

Fleetwood Mac‘s Stevie Nicks has revealed that she once almost died following a stint in rehab.

The singer claims that her addiction to the tranquiliser Klonopin back in the nineties also forced guitarist Lindsey Buckingham to quit the band in 1987. She told Rolling Stone: “I went into rehab on December 12, 1993 and came out on January 27 – 47 days to come off Klonopin. I nearly died. And I think one of the reasons that Lindsey left is because I was very, very high on this horrific tranquiliser. I didn’t even make it to most of the recording sessions for ‘Tango In The Night’. I was sick. And I think he was horribly worried that I was going to die.”

Buckingham, who eventually returned to the band in 1997, also added: “I quit because things were getting a little too crazy, and I wanted to try to get my feet back on the ground. I think by the time you cut to ’96, when we contemplated doing ‘The Dance’, there had been enough time where we all settled down as people. The craziness that existed in ’87 and ’88 was gone. We were – for all intents and purposes – adults. I think the time apart helped us appreciate each other.”

Meanwhile, the band’s 1977 album ‘Rumours’ is set to re-enter the UK Top Ten this weekend – 35 years after it first reached Number One. Several deluxe reissue packages were released earlier this week to mark the 35th anniversary of ‘Rumours’ hitting the top spot on the UK’s Official Albums Chart. The album originally came out in February 1977, but did not climb to Number One until January 1978, nearly a year later. After spawning the classic hits ‘Don’t Stop’, ‘Dreams’ and ‘Go On Your Way’, it would go on to sell over 40m copies worldwide, placing it in the all-time Top Ten.

The band are now gearing up for a massive North American tour, which kicks off in April and runs all the way into July. UK dates have yet to be announced, but Mick Fleetwood has recently hinted that the band could hit Britain in September or October.