Inducted in 1998 with Fleetwood Mac.

After baseball players, rock stars are maybe the most superstitious people on Earth. Therefore, I was not surprised when I heard about a Christine McVie pre-show ritual.

Fleetwood Mac

McVie shares the band’s routine before each show: 

“Before shows, we rub elbows and growl,” she described. She explained that the habit formed due to a band member’s illness. “It started once when someone had a cold, and we didn’t want to hug each other. So we started rubbing elbows. And we don’t kiss. We just go, ​Grrrr!” 

Add to that,  Stevie Nicks shares another important in-show ritual:

“When I finish ‘Silver Springs,’ Christine waits for me and takes my hand. We walk off and we never let go of each other until we get to our tent.”

She added, “In that 30 seconds, it’s like my heart just comes out of my body.”

Nicks’ legendary breakup anthem, “Silver Springs,” is about her ex-boyfriend and Fleetwood Mac bandmate, Lindsey Buckingham. Buckingham performed the song on stage with Nicks for years. It makes sense that Nicks would be so emotional about having the support of her only female bandmate after each performance. (From

Maybe that’s why Stevie offered McVie FIVE MILLION to rejoin the band!

Jaybeau Pre-Show Ritual

Since I do the show alone, I have no-one to hug, and I don’t have an elaborate Christine McVie Pre-Show Ritual.  But, I do have a few daily rituals:

  1. One, delicious DD’s coffee when I wake up
  2. Meditate, each morning for twenty minutes
  3. NEW: Hit the treadmill for twenty minutes.
  4. NEW: Sit outside on my deck with Bobo my cat, to prepare show.
  5. Make my and Heidi’s lunch

The only rock-star in my rituals is Bobo, my cat.  Here are more cool rock star pre-show rituals from PLUS, don’t forget to WIN Stevie Nicks tickets all week! Find out more at!



    Mick Jagger and Keith Richards

    Although The Rolling Stones have plenty of strange requests on their touring rider, such as cable or satellite television so that they can watch cricket matches, one of the band’s most bizarre requirements is a shepherd’s pie for guitarist Keith Richards. The rock icon loves the dish and will not go onstage unless he’s eaten one with an unbroken pie crust (he likes to break the crust himself). Richards once refused to perform when he discovered that the band’s security team ate his shepherd’s pie. He delayed the concert until a new one was made and served to him. Now that’s rock ‘n’ roll!

  • Frisbee-Weezer


    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 10: (L-R) Scott Shriner, Brian Bell, Patrick Wilson, and Rivers Cuomo of Weezer attend the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

    Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo and bassist Scott Shriner take a few minutes before every show to throw a Frisbee between them. “It helps warm up our hands, concentrate our minds, and get us in our own little world,” Cuomo revealed during a Reddit AMA.




    Dave Grohl

    For good luck before every show, the Foo Fighters listen and dance to Michael Jackson songs while taking shots of Jägermeister. “Some bands pray to God they’ll have the best show of their lives,” explained frontman Dave Grohl. “Some bands huddle in a rugby scrum and yell, ‘Go team!’ We listen to Michael Jackson’s Off The Wall and do Jäger bombs, which are Dave Lee Roth juice. If you want to be Dave Lee Roth onstage, you need at least four Jäger bombs to get you there.”

  • Hot Tea and Ironing-Led Zepplin

    Robert Plant

    Although Led Zeppelin was known for being at the center of many outrageous tour shenanigans during the 1970s, including trashing hotel rooms and throwing TV sets out of windows, they’ve mellowed out over the decades. Instead of finding drugs, alcohol, or groupies backstage, frontman Robert Plant prefers to get ready for a performance with a mug of hot tea and freshly-pressed shirts and slacks that he ironed himself. Plant believes the ritual helps him get “in the mood.”

  • Group Hug-Coldplay



    PASADENA, CA – AUGUST 20: Singer Chris Martin of Coldplay performs at the Rose Bowl on August 20, 2016 in Pasadena, California.

    British rock band Coldplay believes in having a quiet moment before they step in front of tens of thousands of adoring fans. “Before we play live we have a little moment where we’re just quiet, and [have a] supportive group hug,” lead singer Chris Martin revealed. Furthermore, Martin has his own way of getting ready before a successful show: “For me, there are about 18 things I have to do before I can go out to perform—most of them are too ridiculous to repeat! One is I have to brush my teeth before I go on stage, otherwise I just don’t feel smart enough.”

  • Beyonce'-Prayers and Massage


    Beyoncé, the former member of ‘90s girl group Destiny’s Child and successful solo artist, has won 22 Grammy Awards and 63 nominations. She and her husband rapper Jay-Z are parents to 6-year-old Blue Ivy Carter, who has already become an Instagram celebrity and casual art collector. She attends events with her parents and media outlets enjoy keeping an eye on her interactions with the power couple.

    In 2013, during the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, Beyoncé explained that in order to ease stress and help ensure a great performance, she spends a few hours relaxing before each show. “I say a prayer with everyone in the band, then we do a stretch,” she said. “I sit in my massage chair while they do my hair and make-up and I have an hour of peace and I have a playlist that I listen to every day.”

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