Rock Blog: Stevie Nicks Vs Chrissie Hynde

December 8, 2016

In this corner, hailing from Los Angeles, California, by way of Phoenix, Arizona, twirling a full-flowing wash of multi-color lace is the elusive, good Welsh Witch of the West, Stevie Nicks.


And in the opposite corner, hailing from London, England, by way of Akron, Ohio, wearing the black t-shirt is the bawdy, in your face bad-ass alpha-chic of the east, Chrissie Hynde.


It’s a far-fetched, slobber-knocker of a dream match for two of the most important yet contrary female rockers of the 70s and 80s. They come from completely different worlds. If this were WWE, the face (good girl) would be Stevie Nicks. The heel (bad girl), Chrissie Hynde. Nicks with her Fleetwood Mac and solo songs of love, romance, breakup and spooky witches. Hynde has the full on punk attitude, musically styled after The Kinks. Back in the day, Nicks was romantically involved with Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood of The Mac, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and JD Souther of the Eagles, and producer/mogul Jimmy Iovine. And Prince, maybe. Hynde was married to Ray Davies of the Kinks and Jim Kerr of Simple Minds. So there’s that.


But in a juxtaposed world, The Bad Witch is an animal rights activist, protecting all four-legged, two-winged and single-finned swimmer friends of the earth. The Good Witch reportedly broke records in cocaine consumption. Chrissie is confident and tough. Stevie is magical.


If I had to pick a winner, I’d go with Chrissie Hynde. I’ve loved the Pretenders since the beginning and still listen to their first 3 albums a lot. A 2 by 4 of swagger. Fleetwood Mac were unquestionably great and made some albums for the ages, but the Nicks solo stuff always fell a little short for me, less “Edge of Seventeen”.


How brilliant that these two are touring together. Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders play Key Arena this Sunday, December 11th. There will probably not be any physical competition that night. But really, I don’t think any woman or man alive wants to take on Chrissie Hynde in the fantasy squared circle. The phrase used on many occasions for her is “She’s not a very nice person”. That gives her the psychological edge.


In the end we all win. Two super powerful Women of Rock, who stand for altogether different things, but who have lasted a long time in a men’s game. They both deliver a great show, and have a great catalog of tunes.




- Sergeant Hairclub AKA Dave Richards