WITH Fleetwood Mac and their best-selling album making a comeback, we reveal the truth behind Rumours…
By: Anna Pukas
In February 1976 Fleetwood Mac were at the top of their game. Their 10th album released the previous year had sold four million copies. Now the band – drummer Mick Fleetwood, bassist John McVie, his keyboards player and singer wife Christinalito McVie, guitarist-singer Lindsey Buckingham and singer Stevie Nicks – were gathered at Record Plant, a recording studio in Saus Northern California, to start work on the follow-up.
But for all their success, away from the music their lives were a mess. All five were going through painful break-ups – mostly with each other.
After nearly eight years John and Christine McVie had called time on their marriage and Christine was already involved with the band’s lighting engineer. The Americans Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks who had been together since school were splitting up amid much acrimony. Drummer Mick Fleetwood was newly divorced from model Jenny Boyd (sister of Patti, who was married to George Harrison) and was about to complicate things by embarking on a two-year affair with Stevie Nicks. Continue reading