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Stevie Nicks has released a cover of Buffalo Springfield's iconic song "For What It's Worth."
Listen to the song by clicking on the image below.
Right now the song is only available as a digital download and streaming single. A Dolby Atmos mix of the track is also available now on all platforms that support the format.
The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recently added the song live to her setlist earlier this month as part of her ongoing U.S. tour, which will continue through late October. For tour dates, go to stevienicksofficial.com
Nicks recorded “For What It’s Worth” earlier this year in Los Angeles. On the track, she’s joined by two longtime members of her touring band. The first is backing vocalist Sharon Celani, who began recording and performing with Nicks in 1978. The other is guitarist Waddy Wachtel. His connection to Nicks goes back to 1973, when he played on Buckingham Nicks. Since then, Wachtel has appeared on all of Nicks’ solo studio albums. Grammy®-Award winner Greg Kurstin produced the single while also playing multiple instruments, including drums, organ and guitar.
Nicks shared her thoughts on the track on her socials earlier this week.
Nicks also joined Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1 to discuss her cover of “For What It’s Worth.”
About Her History With Stephen Stills’ Song “For What It’s Worth”...
So, I'll tell you why I used it. Since 1966, when it was first written, I was a big Buffalo Springfield fan. So then, we moved quickly towards the future, and say 1968 is probably when I really started listening to Crosby, Stills & Nash. So, what happened was, is that then I really became a big fan of that song. And, even in those early days, that was right when I joined the band with Lindsey, it was 1968 in San Francisco. And, in my little head, thinking that, "Yes, of course this is going to work out." I said, "I'm going to record that song someday.”
Why She Decided To Release The Cover Now...
…it took a whole long time to do it, but the reason that I recorded it was because a week after the Uvalde shooting, I recorded it. I just said... It just came into my head. Sometimes you're just sitting on the couch, and sometimes it'll just come into your head, and you didn't even look for it, and it just comes. So, I thought, okay, I'm going to record it. And, I called my favorite producer, Greg Kurstin, and I said, "I would like to record this." And, he goes like, "Okay, great." He recorded it, he played everything except the lead guitar solo by Waddy Watchel. And, I went in and sang it, and with this whole COVID thing, it's not all so easy to just do that, but we did it, and we wanted to put it through a record company, because it was early in the summer. And so, that of course then takes a while, and then I had to go back on the road. So, it was not ever a protest song. Stephen Stills wrote it about the kids on the Sunset Strip getting together to go to the Roxy, and Troubadour, and everything. And then, the police said, "Well, you can't be keeping everybody in the Hills awake. So, you have to be gone by 10 o'clock." And, of course, I don't go to bed till eight in the morning. So, just imagine. It's like, you have to be off the streets at 10 o'clock, and they're like, "Are you serious? That's not going to happen." So, it turned into riots. I mean, they were like, "You're not going to tell us when we have to go to bed. So, we're not going to leave." So, that's really what he wrote it about. I had no idea, but it is. That's the truth.
How She Approached Covering The Song and What She Hopes Fans Get Out Of Listening To It...
So, everybody has their own meaning for that song, but I just think that somewhere in Stephen Still's amazing songwriting, visionary, whatever you want to say, for what it's worth, he managed, in that song, to cover everything. To cover everything that everybody's complaining about, and fighting against, in the entire world. He managed, in that song, to touch on everything so subtly… you could have said, "Okay, is that song about gun violence? Is that song about women's rights? Is it about immigration?" You wouldn't have had any idea exactly what it was about, but you could take it all in to be about anything that you personally wanted it to be about. But, I know, if I'm going to sing some really famous rockstar guy’s song, I better sing it well, or I'm going to get totally panned. So, I put everything I have into doing an interpretation of a song written by a man and sung by a man...especially such a famous man and songwriter as Stephen Stills. So I really did try to stay as within Stephen's realm as I could. And that's really, basically what I tell the audience is, "This is a song I long wanted to record. This seemed to be the right time. And I hope that you, whatever you're..." I don't know if I ever said whatever your views on anything are, I hope that you can rise above that and take it for what it is. And also, I just hope you like the song.