Backstage Secrets Hidden And Not Meant For The Audience

By Jack Ripley | June 1, 2023

Stevie Nicks Brought Her Own Coven Of Witches On The Road

Our favorite musicians give us great performances in the studio and on stage, but backstage glimpses and behind-the-scenes facts tell us even more. They are human beings who sometimes keep it real and other times behave like divas. Some of their behavior is relatable and other things they do will blow your mind. In the end, it's a loop that tells you more about the music you already love -- take a look at these scenes of performers living everyday lives, and enjoy these tales of what happened backstage and stories behind the moments that made them pop stars and rock gods.

The recording of Combat Rock had been rough on The Clash; the band was actually slowly breaking up and everyone needed a break leading up to the album's release date. Joe Strummer was set to go to Texas to hang out with his friend (and Clash opening act) Joe Ely. It may even have been a publicity stunt -- a few days of "Where's Joe?" to get the band into the music press. But Strummer did not go to Texas. He really did just disappear.

In 1975, Stevie Nicks (with her then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham) joined Fleetwood Mac, and immediately made significant contributions to the group's successful self-titled 1975 album. "Rhiannon" and "Landslide" are not only great Fleetwood Mac songs, they are among the greatest songs of the '70s. When the band went out on tour in support of the album, Stevie Nicks ended up miserable. 

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Stevie Nicks (center) with Fleetwood Mac. Source: Buzzfuse

Nicks developed a close friendship with bandmate Christine McVie, which helped her overcome the loneliness she was feeling. She also attracted a mysterious group of attractive blondes who dressed in flowy black garments -- in other words, the Stevie Nicks look. "My first impression of touring with Fleetwood Mac was seeing Stevie and her acolytes," Kenny Loggins recalled. "She seemed to collect talented, young, beautiful girls who would then dress like her and follow her around all the time.”

Joe Strummer Disappeared And Ran The Paris Marathon In 1983

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Joe Strummer running the London Marathon. Source: NME

Strummer actually hid out in Paris, shacking up in a girlfriend's apartment, going to museums, growing a beard, and drinking his fill at the local brasseries. Oh, and he also ran the Paris marathon -- as you do. This wasn't Strummer's first marathon; he'd run the London marathon, and in both cases he followed a strict training regimen that he later shared with an interviewer:

Drink 10 pints of beer the night before the race. Ya got that? And don’t run a single step at least four weeks before the race… None at all. And don’t forget the 10 pints of beer the night before. But make sure you put a warning in this article, ‘Do not try this at home.’ I mean, it works for me and Hunter Thompson but it might not work for others. I can only tell you what I do.