The 1983 single was inspired by Nicks hearing Prince’s ‘Little Red Corvette’ on the radio during her honeymoon with Kim Anderson.
When Nicks came to later record the demo in the studio, she called Prince and recounted the story of how she wrote the song. Prince then came down to the studio and played synthesisers on the track, although he was initially uncredited.
“I will be singing it for the first time without Prince being on the planet,” she told AP, referring to the song. “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.”
The two never performed the song together on-stage and Nicks previously said she was “heartbroken” that she missed the opportunity to do so.
Nicks also spoke about her relationship with Prince, admitting the two disagreed on drug use.
“He hated them. And he hated that I did drugs and that’s probably why we didn’t hang out more,” she said.
“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.'”
Nicks’ two-month tour with The Pretenders starts on October 25 in support of her 2014 album, ’24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault’. The singer never got a chance to promote the CD having spent much of the last three years on the road with Fleetwood Mac.