Stevie Nicks Says Prince Once Tried to Drive Her Little Red Corvette
As we previously reported, the unlikely duo got its start during the sessions for Nicks’ solo smash ‘Stand Back,’ which features uncredited synth work by Prince, which was inspired by his hit ‘Little Red Corvette.’ Understandably enthused by the results, Nicks suggested they work together again, but when Prince responded by sending her a demo for what would ultimately become ‘Purple Rain,’ she froze.
“It was so overwhelming,” she later explained. “I listened to it and I just got scared. I called him back and said, ‘I can’t do it. I wish I could. It’s too much for me.’ I’m so glad that I didn’t, because he wrote it, and it became ‘Purple Rain.’”
“I’ve still got it,” Nicks recently told Mojo (via NME) when asked about the demo. “The whole instrumental track and a little bit of Prince singing, ‘Can’t get over that feeling’, or something. I told him, ‘Prince, I’ve listened to this a hundred times but I wouldn’t know where to start. It’s a movie, it’s epic.”
Adding that she was “very flattered” by his advances, Nicks went on to relate the story of an evening spent in Prince’s company after a Fleetwood Mac show, which culminated with a high-speed trip to his house. “We get into his purple Camaro and bomb out onto the freeway at 100 m.p.h. I’m terrified, but kind of excited too,” she recalled, but quickly added that things stayed platonic. “I get on the plane and the rest of the band are like [drum fingers, rolls eyes],” she laughed. “I’m like, ‘What? Nothing happened.’”