With Christine McVie back, Fleetwood Mac will return to their magical best

The Guardian
Mon 13th Jan 2014

 Don't stop … Christine McVie's songs often bristled with optimism, at least on the surface. Photograph: REX


Don’t stop … Christine McVie’s songs often bristled with optimism, at least on the surface. Photograph: REX

Fleetwood Mac’s original songbird is to rejoin the band, and will bring optimism, beauty and bittersweet melancholia

When Mick Fleetwood announced to a Hawaii audience that Christine McVie would be rejoining Fleetwood Mac on a permanent basis, you couldn’t really argue with his assertion that it was the “the worst kept secret there is”. During an interview in December 2013, McVie surprised me by saying she would be “very delighted” to reclaim her place in the group she left in 1998. Not long after, Steve Nicks responded by telling Billboard that McVie “didn’t need to ask”. You hardly needed Hercule Poirot’s mobile number to work out what “woman wanting to rejoin a band” plus “band happy to let woman rejoin band” might equal.

Still, the fact that McVie, who turned 70 last year, wants to renounce a hermetic life in a mansion in Kent, which seemed to consist largely of cooking, gardening and looking after dogs, in favour of stepping back on the road with one of the best and most dysfunctional bands of all time is cause for celebration. Continue reading