CNN Headline News Interview
5th May 2004
CNN: There for awhile, the members of Fleetwood Mac
did go their own way, but they got back together last year for a new
studio album, and now there's a new tour on the way, and a new live
CD and DVD coming as well. And here to talk more about that is the
Mac singer, songwriter, guitarist, Lindsey Buckingham joining us now
live from New York. We're so glad to have you here. Thanks for being
on Headline News.
LB: It's good to be here.
CNN: At least, if anything, this proves that last year's reunion
album, Say You Will, was not a one shot thing. You've got all this
activity coming up, it's gonna be a busy summer for you. Did you
miss the band members, the crowds, the music, what?
LB: Well, I think you, you know, the reconvening of this group of
people was more about just fate. A series of circumstances led us
to this and the significant thing is that we're enjoying it alot
more than we were able to before. We're all come through the other
side of our various struggles, and we're just friends now. We're
having a great time.
CNN: That kinda gets into my next question, that alot of the baggage
from getting the band going and struggling through and having all of
this great success and then seeing the rollercoaster of fame and all
of this pop stardom, that maybe the pressure is off maybe more than
LB: Well, it is, yes, and obviously, there was a certain [shows
Dance era footage again] kind of convolution that took place in
terms of having couples that were breaking up within the band at
that time, kind of exercises in denial you might say, so yeah, we're
having a better time than we've ever had.
CNN: Sounds like. I'm gonna try to make it to the show here in
Atlanta. When I go, I'm gonna wanna hear, the old favorites, you
know, Rumours, was a very big high school album for me and I'm
dating myself right now, [LB laughs] but I'm gonna wanna hear the
songs the way I remember hearing them when I had the 8 track playing
in my car. I know that there is the temptation to wanna change
things up because you've played these songs so many times and I'm
wondering how you go about making those decisions about are we gonna
try to throw some changes into Go Your Own Way or some of the other
classics or do you realize that people wanna hear them the way you
LB: Well, I think the way you introduce newness into the show isn't
so much about changing the classics up, it's about striking a
balance between the old material and new material. So, we have a
pretty healthy selection of songs from the Say You Will album, but
you don't wanna screw around too much with the old songs, those are
pretty much the same as they've always been.
CNN: I mean we're talking about, looking at some off the DVD and CD,
Dreams, Rhiannon, Come, Big Love, Landslide, Silver Springs, Stand
Back Go Your Own Way. You've gonna get a pretty good mix here, as
well as introducing folks to Say You Will, which brings me to my
next question. Are you getting a good mix of folks who have been
with you since the very beginning and maybe some younger fans are
just now learning about Fleetwood Mac.
LB: Well, yes, we're very surprised, well, maybe not THAT surprised,
but when we were touring, before, a few months ago, there were alot
of I hate...I hesitate to say kids, but relatively speaking [They
both laugh], alot of 20 year olds out there. I think they've
rediscovered what we're doing and seem to find it fresh in the
context of what's going on today, so that's nice to see.
CNN: Well, they're gonna get more chances to rediscover Fleetwood
Mac this summer. This tour starts this weekend, I believe, in
Madison, Wisconsin and then June 15th, the release of Live in
Boston, deluxe CD and DVD package. Lindsey Buckingham, good luck
with everything this year with Fleetwood Mac and thank you for being
LB: Pleasure being here, thank you.
CNN (lady) to CNN (guy): If it's any consolation, Rumours is the one
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