Gentleman Reg has created a touching tribute to Stevie Nicks by covering not just her song “Wild Heart,” but recreating an intimate backstage moment captured during a 1983 Rolling Stone photo shoot that took YouTube by storm last year (we posted it last February).
This video cover of “Wild Heart” is extremely faithful to the original Stevie Nicks YouTube video, down to singer Reg Vermue’s facial expressions and shy giggles in between phrases. !! omg blog !! is thrilled to be premiering it on the Internet, as we are confident that Reg shares Stevie’s ability to capture hearts over the YouTubes.
Here is what Reg had to say about the process and motivation for creating this video:
“The [original Stevie Nicks] YouTube clip was shown to me by my musician friend Jim Guthrie. And it was shown with this kind of ‘you HAVE to see this’ sort of enthusiasm. There’s something about it being spontaneous and totally live that just makes it easy to connect with. It has a singing in the shower privateness to it. You almost never get that kind of a glimpse into any celebrity’s life, and especially not one like her. She’s so in her element here. Needless to say, the [Stevie Nicks] album version of the song is completely different, way over produced, has way too many lyrics, and really makes me feel nothing.
So i came up with an interpretation of the song based on this clip and we’d been playing it in our live show over the last year, and people seemed to like it so we recorded it and put it on our e.p. that came out in December. And then in February we just had some time, and thought, let’s take it a step further and cover the actual clip.”