The 75-year-old rock icon opened up about McVie's passing in a new interview, admitting that she doesn't see a way forward for the band without McVie's presence.
"We did go out on the road and do a year-and-a-half tour with Neil Finn and Mike Campbell. We had a really great time and it was a huge tour. That was there in the realm of possibility," Nicks told Vulture. "But when Christine died, I felt like you can't replace her. You just can't. Without her, what is it? You know what I mean? She was like my soul mate, my musical soul mate, and my best friend that I spent more time with than any of my other best friends outside of Fleetwood Mac. Christine was my best friend."
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks
Nicks referenced Taylor Swift's song "You're on Your Own, Kid" as a tune that encapsulates the kind of relationship she had with McVie, telling the outlet that the pair "were on our own in that band" after Nicks joined in 1975, while McVie had been a member since 1970.
"We protected each other. Who am I going to look over to on the right and have them not be there behind that Hammond organ?" Nicks continued. "When she died, I figured we really can't go any further with this. There's no reason to."
Nicks also praised McVie's music-making prowess on songs like "You Make Loving Fun," "Don't Stop," "Everywhere," and "Little Lies."
"None of the rest of us could write those songs," Nicks finished. "What would happen is we'd have to take the songs out, like we did when she actually retired for 18 years. We couldn't re-create those songs. So we became a much more hard-rock band."
McVie died in November 2022 at age 79, after a brief stay in the hospital for a stroke and complications from metastasized cancer.
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