Grace Slick Says Fleetwood Mac Should Retire, Is Wrong
In an interview with the Toronto Sun, former Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship singer Grace Slick told reporters that she thinks Fleetwood Mac should retire now, because they are old and less pleasant to look at.
“I saw on television a filming of Fleetwood Mac doing something and I was OK as long as I didn’t look at ‘em,” she tells WENN. “I couldn’t look at ‘em. They sounded great… and if I looked away and imagined young people singing I was OK with it.
“There’s something about old people singing rock ‘n’ roll lyrics that bothers me. It just doesn’t match.”
FIRST OF ALL, Stevie Nicks looks goddamned fabulous, thank you very much. I am happy to see her sing forever, as are many others. Also, crazy as it sounds, many people still don’t actually care what the person they’re listening to looks like or if they are young or old, so long as they sound good. And Stevie still sounds good. In fact, just five years ago, she sounded a hell of a lot better than the young and nubile Taylor Swift.
I got to see Odetta a few years before she died, when she was around 74 years old, and it was the best thing I ever saw in my life (here she is that same year – amazing, right?). I wanted to see her so badly that I went all by myself! I feel so lucky to have been able to have had that experience. I would love to see Fleetwood Mac if I got the chance, and for my part, I believe I should have that chance. So do a lot of other people. I’m not in the “go away, you’re old” camp.
Slick, oddly, seems to reserve her belief that old rockers should just disappear forever for certain groups, and thinks the Rolling Stones should just keep going.
“The only so-called old people I’ve seen that I really liked and thought, ‘That still works’, is the Rolling Stones,” she explains. “They did a thing that was filmed in a park in Great Britain and the way they acted, the way they sang, the musicianship… just worked really well. It was good rock ‘n’ roll.”
HMMM. I wonder what the difference is between Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones! What could it be?
Slick says she regrets sticking around in the ’80s and recording “We Built This City” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” with Starship. Which is not surprising — although those songs are fun and kitschy now, they are not good songs.
“I went 10 years past where I should have gone,” the hippie icon adds. “I should have stopped at about 38, 39.”
But part of the decision to retire came after years of singing songs she didn’t believe in: “Starship gags me. I don’t like to sing songs that somebody else wrote, simply because I don’t necessarily agree with it. I’m lying if I say Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now. A Mack Truck will stop you instantly… and 52 per cent of people who get together get a divorce. What do you mean Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now? It’s b——-.
“And We Built This City on rock ‘n’ roll… What city? There’s no city built on rock ‘n’ roll.”
I mean, I’m thinking Grace Slick is just bitter about going full ’80s and kind of screwing with her own “hippie icon” legacy, and is thus projecting onto Stevie Nicks — who, quite frankly, has managed to retain a fandom that she simply hasn’t.
For what it’s worth though, Grace, I’d probably go see you in concert too! Although, to be frank, I still like Judy Henske better.