A decade after her last solo album, Nicks, the smoky-voiced Fleetwood Mac star, has a new single, "Secret Love" -- the first from her much-anticipated album, "In Your Dreams" -- and toured earlier this year with Rod Stewart.
At 62, the rock legend maintains cult status. When "Secret Love" leaked on the Internet, Perez Hilton posted it on his Web site. When she turned up at a recent taping of "Glee" with Gwyneth Paltrow, star Dianna Agron and other cast members were reduced to tears.
"She kind of made us all cry, Agron, who plays Quinn, told "Entertainment Tonight," "because she came and she said, 'If I hadn't been a musician, I would have been a teacher. And I would've hoped to send this message to kids -- that although there are very important things like math and science and learning, you know, kind of the things that get you through life, there's also [the idea that] you need to find joy. And whether that's through music or dance or things like that, you need to have outlets in your life.'"
Nicks, who was born Stephanie Lynn Nicks, has been making music for decades -- first with lover Lindsey Buckingham and then with British rock group Fleetwood Mac, which the couple joined in 1974.
By 1977, Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album had yielded four top 10 singles -- including Nicks' megahit "Dreams" -- and won the Grammy for album of the year.
In 1981, Nicks, who became known for her mystical style of billowing skirts, shawls and lace, launched a solo career with the album "Bella Donna," followed by 1983's "The Wild Heart" and 1985's "Rock a Little."
Though other members of the group, including Buckingham, also recorded solo albums, Nicks' were, by far, the most popular. But she continues to record and tour with Fleetwood Mac, completing the most recent tour in 2009.
Here's a quick look at what's become of her former bandmates in Fleetwood Mac, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998:
1. Mick FleetwoodBritish drummer Mick Fleetwood is the only remaining original member of Fleetwood Mac, a group that was formed in London in 1967 by Peter Green, who combined the names of two of his bandmates, Fleetwood and John McVie.
Bassist McVie didn't play on the band's first single or even at the first concerts of Fleetwood Mac. But, like many others, he would come and go with this group with an ever-changing lineup. During its most successful period, from the mid '70s to the late '80s, the group was comprised of McVie's wife, keyboardist and singer Christine McVie, Fleetwood, Buckingham and Nicks.
Fleetwood was twice married to Jenny Boyd, the younger sister of Patty Boyd, who was married to George Harrison and, later, Eric Clapton. He has faced an addiction to cocaine and personal bankruptcy despite making millions with Fleetwood Mac.
Today, at 63, Fleetwood continues to make music on his own, as well as with the group. In 2010, his album "Blue Again" was nominated for a Grammy Award.
2. Lindsey BuckinghamBuckingham, now 61, began his career with then-girlfriend Nicks.
Buckingham Nicks, as the group was called, sold few records but came to the attention of Fleetwood, who asked him to join Fleetwood Mac. Buckingham refused to do so without Nicks.
A year after the duo joined the group in 1974, Fleetwood Mac released a self-titled album, which became a hit. But it was Buckingham's "Go Your Own Way," the lead single on the followup album, "Rumours," that helped propel them to superstar status.
Buckingham would break up with Nicks and eventually go his own way, releasing five solo albums. But he would return to the group, notably for President Bill Clinton's inaugural ceremony and as recently as 2009 for the last Fleetwood Mac tour.
Buckingham is married and has three daughters.
3. Christine McVieNicks got most of the attention in Fleetwood Mac but Christine McVie, nee Perfect, is just as responsible for the group's success. The keyboardist, McVie was also an accomplished singer and songwriter, joining the group in 1970.
She later married John McVie and the short-lived marriage became inspiration for her best-known song, "Don't Stop." She also wrote "Say You Love Me" and "Over My Head," and in 1984 released a solo album with the hit, "Got A Hold on Me."
In 1997, after four out of the five "Rumours"-era bandmates reunited for "The Dance" tour, McVie retired from Fleetwood Mac and retreated from public life. In her converted barn in Kent, England, she recorded her last solo album in 2004 but didn't tour and only gave limited interviews.
Now 67, McVie continues to support her former bandmates. She attended a performance during their 2009 tour, but declined to join them on stage.
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