‘We were never too stoned to play’ Fleetwood Mac: the comeback interview | The Times

The Mac are back, with live shows, songs and a re-release.

Will Hodgkinson meets Mick Fleetwood and Christine McVie
The Times

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 It is 36 years since Rumours, the soft-rock masterpiece by Fleetwood Mac, became the soundtrack to separation. Songs such as Go Your Own Way, The Chain and You Make Loving Fun articulated the new rules of relationships for the baby boom generation, capturing the reality of affairs, tensions, betrayals and break-ups and selling more than 40 million copies in the process. For much of the 1980s, arguing over who got the copy of Rumours was as much a part of divorce as lawyer’s fees and pretending to like each other in front of the kids.

MAC-MAINn_1665500aFleetwood Mac – from left, John McVie, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks – at the time of Rumours

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Rumours hit a nerve because it came from a place of truth. Fleetwood Mac’s keyboardist Christine McVie was divorcing its bassist John McVie. The singer Stevie Nicks was splitting with her childhood sweetheart, the band’s guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. Stuck somewhere in the middle was the drummer Mick Fleetwood, who was recently divorced from his wife. Everyone dealt with the situation in the only way rock stars in the 1970s knew how: by taking huge amounts of cocaine. Continue reading

Mick Fleetwood: ‘Rumours is who we are’ – Telegraph

Telegraph.co.uk
Thursday 07 February 2013
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With their 35-year-old album back in the charts, the Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood talks to Neil McCormick about its stormy story and long legacy.

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Don’t stop… Mick Fleetwood behind the kit in 2009  Photo: REX

‘It’s good therapy,” says Mick Fleetwood, settling back to talk about Rumours,
an album released 35 years ago that continues to haunt the lives of everyone
involved. “There’s still a fascination about it, it’s who we are and what we
are, the reason why we made all that music. It forces you to think about
yourself, how you’ve developed or undeveloped, screwed up or not, what you
learnt from that, and whether you have truly moved on from the hurt, fear
and loathing.”

Fleetwood Mac’s classic 1977 album is back in the charts, a reissued expanded
edition going straight in at No  3 this week. “It’s this mutant thing, with
a life of its own,” says Fleetwood about the enduring appeal of an album
that has already sold more than 40 million copies. “It shaped me as a
person, because we went through a damage, making that album,” admits the
tall, hirsute, elegantly attired 65-year-old drummer. “I know it sounds
like, ‘Oh my God, when will those people grow up?’ Well, the reality was
maybe we didn’t actually ever grow up. But it’s never too late. We’re not
finished yet.” Continue reading