Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac recently told Billboard.com that the band is “looking at the idea of touring sometime in the first half of 2009,” with the potential of featuring both new material and a new female bandmate. And it might just be Sheryl Crow!
Crow’s name has been mentioned as the possible new addition, though Buckingham told Billboard.com,
“I don’t think anything is written in stone yet.” He added, "I think we were all a little surprised (Crow) was announcing that to the world with such certainty…We have talked about the possibility of bringing another woman into the scene to kind of give Stevie a sort of foil and shake it up a little bit. (Crow) was certainly a name that has come up. We’ll have to see.”
A "foil"? That’s irritating. Would they hire a dude to be Lindsey’s "foil," or would he simply be an accomplished musician in his own right?
Sigh. Anyway, according to Dictionary.com, a "foil" is "a person or thing that makes another seem better by contrast."
As much as I worship the ground that Stevie Nicks spins on, I’m not sure that Sheryl Crow is the best woman for this particular job. Crow is a force of nature in her own right, and her production of (not to mention her appearance on) Stevie’s 2001 solo album, Trouble in Shangri-La, helped make it one of Stevie’s best solo efforts since 1983′s Wild Heart.
If Fleetwood Mac wants to add some sheen to their resident gold dust woman, then maybe a better "foil" might be one of these ladies:
Amy Winehouse. She shares Stevie’s love of the Motown sound and would, by contrast, make Stevie look even cleaner and soberer.
Eve. Her song about Stevie’s favorite musical instrument showcases some decent moves, but their 30 year age difference by default makes Stevie a more expert tambourinist.
Lil Kim. At 4’11" Lil Kim would be the sort of "foil" over whom the 5’1” Stevie could tower, even when not wearing her signature platform boots.
Britney Spears. Her atrocious hair extensions would make Stevie’s Crystal Gayle-esque blonde locks look so natural you’d think she got them at Whole Foods.
Feel free to make your own suggestions, as Lindsey himself might just be trolling the AfterEllen.com blog today.