When Stevie Nicks decided to record her first solo album in 10 years, she called her old pal, Eurythmics veteran Dave Stewart.
Not only did he prove to be a particularly well-suited writing partner and producer, he shared a unique historical circumstance that bonded them in a special sort of kinship: Like Nicks, Stewart had been part of a duo that was both musical and romantic. And like Nicks, his romance ended before the musical connection did.
Stewart, of course, was in love with Annie Lennox when the pair gained fame. Nicks had joined forces with Lindsey Buckingham when they were high school students. When Buckingham was invited to join Fleetwood Mac, he said the Buckingham-Nicks duo, which had released one dead-in-the-water album, was a package deal.
By the time they split, they had put their indelible stamp on what would become one of the best-selling albums of all time, 1977’s “Rumours.” And as if this isn’t enough couple trivia, “Rumours” is actually a chronicle of two band couples coming apart — Nicks and Buckingham and John and Christine McVie.
Then, of course, there was the affair between Nicks and band co-founder and drummer, Mick Fleetwood. But now this is getting confusing.
Fleetwood Mac members have since splintered and come together again more than once. In the meantime, each has made solo forays.
Nicks, who comes to Boston on Tuesday, July 10, has notched the most successful solo career of any Fleetwood Mac veteran. Her string of hits, with and without Fleetwood Mac, represents one of pop music’s most beloved canons: The list includes “Rhiannon,” “Landslide,” “Dreams” (a favorite topic), “Edge of Seventeen,” “Leather and Lace” (a duet with one-time lover Don Henley), “Stand Back” and, with Tom Petty, “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”