Stevie Nicks recalled how she and Prince teamed up for her blockbuster 1983 Top Five classic, “Stand Back.” During a chat with the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show, Nicks recalled driving with her former husband Kim Anderson, when they heard Prince's 1983 hit, “Little Red Corvette,” and Nicks stumbled upon some Top 40 inspiration.
Nicks remembered, “All of a sudden, out of nowhere, I’m singing along, going, 'Stand back!' I’m like, ’Kim, pull over! We need to buy a tape recorder because I need to record this.' And so we do — we careen off the freeway to find a radio, record shop or something, and we go in and we buy a little tape recorder. We get the song, and I’m basically using Prince’s instrumental melody. What I’m singing along is very, very different from what he’s singing. I’m singing in and out of all of the holes.”
Nicks remembered calling Prince and inviting him to join in during the session for “Stand Back”: “'I know that 50 percent of it is yours — and, what are you doing later? Because we’re here at Sunset Sound. . . Do you have any interest in coming down and hearing it?' never in a million years thinking that he would say 'Yes.' And he said, 'Yeah, I’ll be right down,' and he came down. . . .That was the coolest thing we’ve ever heard. Takes him an hour; he gives me a little 'I don’t really know you' hug, and he’s gone. Like a little spirit.”
Back in 1983, only two years into her solo career, Stevie Nicks explained that fronting and leading her own band was hardly a walk in the park compared to the cushy existence she and her bandmates enjoyed in Fleetwood Mac: “I don't feel like a princess anymore. I feel like a hard working princess, because I am called upon now to do a lot more that I never really thought I wanted to do. I never really wanted to be a solo artist. I never wanted to go up there and stand and sing 20 songs alone. I loved being in Fleetwood Mac, because it was a band.” SOUNDCUE at Portland, Oregon's Moda Center