April 14th, 2009
So Fleetwood Mac is coming back to Philly tomorrow night — the veteran English/American band plays the Wachovia Center (Where else?! They still move maaaad tickets). Which makes this a fine time to unearth that old Stevie Nicks myth/urban legend. You know the one. It’s as enduring, particularly around these parts, as that rumor about Jerry Penacoli and small rodents. Anyway:
The myth: Back in the ’70s and/or ’80s, Stevie Nicks allegedly did so much cocaine that not only did she develop a tolerance to it, but it put a huge hole in her nose, and so she had to have a roadie blow cocaine up her ass with a straw.
Believable?: Sure. It’s hard to imagine that cocaine taken rectally would give one the same effect as when it’s taken the traditional way, but I’m no doctor. Still, the rock ‘n roll highway is littered with tales of excess, depravity, and otherwise disgusting shit (see: Motley Crue’s The Dirt), so why not? I’ve seen The Bad Lieutenant — when you gotta get that fix, you’ll do just about anything. Besides, there was a time when Stevie Nicks was pretty damn hot, and we can imagine there were loads of people lining up to blow all sorts of things up her ass (not that she necessarily obliged any of them, we’re just sayin’…). Who knows? If she did it, maybe she did it to make Lindsey Buckingham jealous, although he was probably too busy gobbling up his own pile of coke to notice or care. Also, isn’t Stevie Nicks a witch? Maybe cocaine up the ass is some sorta crazy witches’ thing. Eh, that’s probably a myth for another day.
The truth?: We’ll never know for sure, but Stevie Nicks has flat-out denied it. Here’s what she told Britain’s Q magazine: “You know, I heard that [myth] too,” she snaps. “But of course that never, ever happened. That is an absurd statement. It’s not true. Maybe that nasty rumour came from the fact that people knew I had such a big hole in my nose, which of course didn’t stop me from doing cocaine one little bit. The hole in my nose is this big,” she says, sketching a diagram of her face with a circular hole at the right side of her nose, not much smaller than an eye. “I have very delicate tissue, so it ate away my nose. It’s so painful. I curse the day I ever did cocaine. Nothing really works right in my head now.”
Final verdict: Inconclusive. We’d like to believe the story is true, and if it is, it wouldn’t really shock us. But our gut tells us it’s false. Unless there’s an old roadie out there who can confirm the tale, ideally with photos. If so, contact us! There’s a Stevie Nicks “Rooms on Fire” cassingle in it for you!