28th Sept 2013
As the legendary band hit the UK, Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood tell Jenny Stevens how they got Christine McVie out of retirement — and why the Mac are still as relevant as ever
It’s been 35 years since Fleetwood Mac ‘ s seminal album ‘Rumours’ was released, setting in amber the band’s place in rock’n’roll history. But as they prepare to play their ﬁrst gigs in the UK in fouryears this week , Fleetwood Mac have never been more relevant. It’s impossible not to feel the impact their formula of heart-trodden lyrics swathed in glossy soft rock is still having on the music scene. Last year, Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, Mascis, MGMT, Tame Impala and Lykke Li were all lining up to appear on a Mac tribute album. Haim frequently drop ‘Oh Well’ into their sets, and Mumford & Sons regularly close theirs with ‘The Chain’.
This week, for the ﬁrst time since she left in 1998, the group’s former vocalist Christine McVie —who penned Mac classics including ‘Don’t Stop’ and ‘Songbird’ —will come out of retirement to perform one songwith her former band at London’s 02 Arena. It’s the ﬁrst time the full ‘Rumours’ line-up have performed together in 15 years, but not for lack of trying on the band’s part. Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood tell NME they had been asking her to appear with them onstage for years, but had hit what felt like a permanent brickwall. No she ﬂnally feels it’s the right time to come back to the fold, albeit temporarily. Continue reading