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Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow are both powerful women in the music industry. The two artists collaborated on Crow’s 2019 album Threads. Crow also worked extensively on Nicks’ 2001 solo album Trouble in Shangri-La.

Here is the advice Nicks gave Crow years ago and how she learned her lesson the hard way. 

Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow collaborated on the album ‘Threads’

Sheryl Crow and Stevie Nicks have been friends and musical collaborators for decades. Crow is credited as a producer on four of the thirteen tracks from Nicks’ 2001 solo album, Trouble in Shangri-La. She is also listed as the sole writer for Nicks’ song “It’s Only Love.”

Nicks and Crow collaborated again for Crow’s 2019 album Threads. Nicks and Maren Morris are featured on the album’s opening track, “Prove You Wrong.” In December 2019, the Fleetwood Mac singer appeared with Crow on Ellen to perform “Prove You Wrong” and “Redemption Day,” which was a collaboration with Johnny Cash on Crow’s album. 

In an August 2021 interview with Bustle, the “Strong Enough” singer gushed about Nicks, describing her as “[her] champion as a young artist, [her] role model as a kid from 9 years old on.” 

Sheryl Crow and Stevie Nicks perform together.
Sheryl Crow and Stevie Nicks | Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images

Stevie Nicks shared the advice she gave Sheryl Crow

As two women with successful careers in a historically male-dominated industry, it makes sense that Nicks would have some wisdom to impart to her peer. 

In a 2001 interview with ABC News, the “Gypsy” singer revealed the one piece of advice she gave Crow while working together. 

“What I tell Sheryl Crow: Don’t get interested in somebody who’s going to go back on the road,” Nicks said. “Men are going to go out on the road, and they’re going to find other women. So if you really want to save yourself a whole lot of heartache, do not fall in love with somebody in a band. Just don’t.”

Nicks explained, “Because it just doesn’t ever work. It’s too much to ask of them to be true … In my book, it’s a rule. It’s just an invitation to heartache … If you want to find somebody and you want to be married, and you want to have children, don’t make it a rock star.”

Sheryl Crow and Stevie Nicks perform together on stage.
Sheryl Crow and Stevie Nicks | Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images

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The ‘Dreams’ singer’s advice came from personal experience 

Nicks knows all about dating a fellow rock star, so her advice to Sheryl Crow likely came from personal experience. Nicks was high school sweethearts with her Fleetwood Mac bandmate Lindsey Buckingham. The couple played in the band Fritz together before breaking off and forming the duo Buckingham Nicks, and then they ultimately joined Fleetwood Mac together. 

But Nicks and Buckingham’s relationship didn’t survive the fame, fortune, and rock and roll lifestyle that came with being part of such a successful group. After breaking up, they continued to work, tour, and perform on stage together for years as part of Fleetwood Mac.

Buckingham went on to marry Kristen Messner, with whom he shares three children. Nicks was married briefly for about three months in 1983. In her ABC News interview, nicks referred to Buckingham as “the musical love of [her] life,” while Buckingham has said that the former couple never really got closure from their relationship.