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Final Word: Who had it worse than Taylor Swift? Stevie Nicks

Move over Taylor Swift, there's a big-time concert Thursday in Phoenix, as the Valley's own Stevie Nicks is playing with Fleetwood Mac at the US Airways center.

I know, I know, Taylor Swift is really cute and a great role model for young girls with her wholesome good looks and modest, elegant wardrobe. All the moms (and dads) I know who took their girls to the show can't stop talking about how great a message Swift imparts to the crowd about "not hating" and just being who you are.

But Stevie Nicks was making music nearly 40 years before Taylor Swift was even born. In 1977, Stevie and her band released "Rumors," which was the best-selling album of that year, and of all-time the year it was released. It's still in the top ten and that was back in the day when you had to shell out money for the whole album, not just the single on iTunes.

You think your relationships are difficult Taylor? Stevie had one romance with her bandmate, Lindsey Buckingham. After that messy breakup, she had another romance with her drummer, Mick Fleetwood.

When her best friend died from leukemia shortly after giving birth, she married the father to be a mom to the baby. She later said, of the marriage, "We didn't get married because we were in love, we got married because we were grieving and it was the only way we could feel like we were doing the right thing." That lasted three months.

She even did some time at Betty Ford for rehab and has been clean since 1986. Talk about "Trouble." But she kept it together and kept on writing and performing some of the best music we had in the 1970s and 1980s.

Taylor Swift, with the number of love songs you've written and stories of life's angst that you have shared, one would think you had been through five decades worth of heartbreak and drama. Stevie Nicks actually HAS. I am really looking forward to the concert.

Hitler Tea Kettle

By the way, I checked out the Hitler Tea Kettle from the expansion segment with Mac Watson at 12:40.

I think the picture of the tea kettle might be mistaken as Hitler-esque, but in person? JCPenney has removed the billboard AND the kettle from it's website.

This is a serious tempest in a teapot.

About the Author

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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