Mick Fleetwood Goes His Own Way: Quotes from Thoreau | Sunday Express

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By: Mick Fleetwood
Sun, March 30, 2014

“If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured, or far away.” – Henry David Thoreau

The production for Tusk was Fleetwood Mac's chance to divert from the expected[GETTY]

The production for Tusk was Fleetwood Mac’s chance to divert from the expected[GETTY]

Thoreau’s quote so brings to mind the experience of making the album Tusk. Much like when the Beatles made their White Album, Tusk, for us, was our walking away from predictability.

Kudos to Lindsey Buckingham, who was determined to break the mould of what we had done with Rumours and get away from the possibility of what can so often happen when success impedes artistic expression.I think Tusk was the most important album we ever made. It’s also my personal favourite and now I can appreciate how it was a crucial platform for us all, especially Lindsey. It satiated his drive to try new things.

It was also a time when we each learned to find our own voice. Coming out of the emotional rollercoaster of Rumours, the drama remained. A real shift had occurred, resulting in each of us pinpointing our singular creative method of survival. Continue reading

Fleetwood Mac announce North American tour with Christine McVie | The Guardian

Sean Michaels
The Guardian (UK)
Friday 28 March 2014 18.55 GMT

The singer and keyboard player is “very, very happy” to be rejoining the band after a 16-year absence

Centre stage … Christine McVie, reunited with bandmates Mick Fleetwood, left, and Stevie Nicks, right. Photograph: David M Benett/Getty Images

Centre stage … Christine McVie, reunited with bandmates Mick Fleetwood, left, and Stevie Nicks, right. Photograph: David M Benett/Getty Images

Fleetwood Mac have announced a new North American tour, on which they will reunite with Christine McVie for the first time in 16 years.

“I’m a pig in a pile of poo really,” McVie told Rolling Stone. “It is a time warp; it is very, very happy. None of the nonsense with the drink and the nasty stuff. We’re all grown up, of course.”

For now, Fleetwood Mac have scheduled 34 concerts across the United States and Canada, spanning 30 September to 20 December 2014. “[We’ll] pick up end of January [2015] and complete America, and we can do the world, really,” McVie said. “And there’s a studio album somewhere in the mix too … We’re all committed to keep on going until one of us says ‘stop it’.” Continue reading

Christine McVie Returns to Fleetwood Mac After a Long Hiatus | People

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By K.C. BAKER
03/27/2014 at 09:00 AM EDT

It’s a Fleetwood Mac lovefest!

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Christine McVie
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After leaving one of the most successful rock bands of all time 16 years ago, Christine McVie is back – and her band mates couldn’t be happier.

“We’re thrilled,” the band’s co-founder and drummer, Mick Fleetwood, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “She’s just the dearest of friends and we’ve remained that way always. We’ve always missed Chris. To have a key, key member return to the fold is huge. It’s really not happened, to my knowledge in any shape or form, on this level.”

McVie, 70, whose songs “Little Lies” and “Say You Love Me” were among Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits, tells PEOPLE exclusively, “I honestly could never in my wildest dreams have thought I could return to the band. It’s just a dream come true. I go to bed going, ‘This is so great. This is what I’ve been yearning for all these years and I didn’t know it.’ We’re family. We’re very lucky.”

All five members of the band reunited this morning when McVie, along with her ex-husband, John McVie (who is “on the mend” after a cancer diagnosis last year, she says), Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks appeared on Today to officially announce the return of the keyboardist and singer/songwriter. Continue reading

Q&A: Christine McVie Can’t Wait for Fleetwood Mac World Tour | Rolling Stone

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March 27, 2014 9:30 AM ET
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“I had some deluded idea that I wanted to hang out with my dogs and bake cookies. I don’t know what I was thinking”

The return of Christine McVie to Fleetwood Mac has been a poorly kept secret over the past few months, but it’s still shocking to hear her voice on the phone for an interview about the group’s upcoming reunion tour entitled On With the Show. She’s the songwriter and vocalist on some of Fleetwood Mac’s most enduring hits – including “Don’t Stop,” “Little Lies,” “Everywhere” and “You Make Loving Fun” – but she quit the group in 1998 and disappeared completely from the scene. The remaining members said over and over again that she’d never return. 20140326-christine-x600-1395867086

Rolling Stone spoke with her about leaving the band, what she’s been up to during the past two decades and what the future holds for Fleetwood Mac.

Let’s go back to 1998. Why did you quit the band?
Well, I initially developed a great fear of flying. It was a real phobia. I also bought a house in England and decided, to a degree, I was really tired of the road. I wasn’t just burned out, but I was tired of traveling and living out of a suitcase. I’m quite a domestic person by nature and the nomad thing had got a bit stale on me, really.

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Fleetwood Mac Announce Reunion Tour Dates With Christine McVie | Rolling Stone

March 27, 2014 9:30 AM ET
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“Being back is really a time warp,” McVie tells Rolling Stone. “I feel like a pig in poo”

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A little over a year ago, Stevie Nicks told Rolling Stone there was “more of a chance of an asteroid hitting the Earth” than Christine McVie returning to Fleetwood Mac. Well, it might be time to prepare for armageddon because the Mac’s keyboardist and singer – who quit the band in 1998 after a three-decade stint in the group – is returning for a world tour beginning this September and a possible new album.

Q&A: Christine McVie Can’t Wait for Fleetwood Mac World Tour

The tour, entitled On With the Show, will kick off on Tuesday, Sept. 30 in Minneapolis, Minn. at the Target Center, with the band performing 34 shows in 33 cities across North America. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, March 31 at 10 a.m. through Sunday, April 6 at 10 p.m. Tickets go on sale beginning Monday, April 7 through the Live Nation mobile app and Live Nation’s at website.

McVie says that her decision to leave the band was very simple. “I had some deluded idea that I wanted to live the ‘country lady’ life,” she tells Rolling Stone. “But I went through a divorce and I felt isolated in the country. I grew quite ill and depressed.” McVie realized the best way to fix her life was to rejoin Fleewood Mac, though Lindsey Buckingham admits he had some reservations when he first heard she wanted back in. “I wanted to make sure she grasped the weight of would it would entail,” he says. “She also had to understand that if she was coming back that, basically, she has to stay. She wants to do it.” Continue reading

Fleetwood Mac Announces “On With The Show” Tour | Press Release


FLEETWOOD MAC IS BACK…IN FULL…

CHRISTINE MCVIE RETURNS TO FLEETWOOD MAC AS BAND ANNOUNCES ON WITH THE SHOW 33-CITY NORTH AMERICAN TOUR, OPENING IN MINNEAPOLIS ON SEPT. 30

It’s official! After a 16-year absence, Christine McVie will be re-joining Fleetwood Mac band mates Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks as they launch the On With The Show Tour. The tour will kick off on Tuesday, Sept. 30 in Minneapolis, Minn. at the Target Center and the reunited band will perform 34 shows in 33 cities across North America. Christine has not toured with the band since 1998’s The Dance Tour.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, March 31 at 10:00 a.m. through Sunday, April 6 at 10:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale beginning Monday, April 7 through the Live Nation mobile app and at www.livenation.com.

Fleetwood Mac is also scheduled to appear on TODAY’s Summer Concert Series on the Plaza At Rockefeller Center on Oct. 9. Continue reading

Christine McVie rejoins Fleetwood Mac | USA Today

Edna Gundersen
USA TODAY
Mar 27th, 2014

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — “It’s like she never left,” Lindsey Buckingham says about Christine McVie’s return to Fleetwood Mac, the band that sold 45 million copies of 1977’s Rumours and spawned almost that many rumors during its tumultuous 47-year run.

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Christine McVie is rejoining Fleetwood Mac, after leaving the band in 1998.(Photo: Matt Mindlin)

Here are the facts: After leaving the band in 1998, singer/keyboardist McVie has rejoined, completing Mac’s most popular, successful and creative incarnation.

A world tour is in the works, with U.S. dates starting Sept. 29 in Minneapolis, 17 years after this lineup last hit the road. Tickets go on sale April 4. McVie and Buckingham have been crafting songs for a new album. The last studio release to feature full participation from all five Macsters was 1987’s Tango in the Night.

MORE: McVie missed Fleetwood Mac’s ‘tight chemistry’

“We’ve only been in the studio a week, and it’s been really beautiful,” says Buckingham, 64. “I have very high hopes for all of this. It took getting into the studio before we started to see things unfold in an effective and comfortable way. Christine was not sure how her voice was going to be. It will be a little bit of a slow process with her piano chops. But all the stuff inside her is still intact, and she’s getting in touch with a process that’s been lying dormant for a while.” Continue reading

McVie missed Fleetwood Mac’s ‘tight chemistry’ | USA Today

Edna Gundersen,
USA TODAY
Mar 27th, 2014

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Looking back on her 1998 exit from Fleetwood Mac, Christine McVie recalls how considerate and obliging her bandmates were, particularly Stevie Nicks.

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An undated early photo of Fleetwood Mac (from left): Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, John McVie, Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham.(Photo: Herbert Worthington, Warner Bros.)

A few years later, “Stevie offered me $5 million to come back,” McVie says. “She was begging me, ‘Don’t leave me in this wilderness.’ ”

As it turned out, McVie’s 15-year exile left her feeling a bit lost in the wilderness, leading to this year’s surprise reunion of the classic lineup that lit up the charts with Rhiannon, Say You Love Me, Go Your Own Way, Dreams, Think About Me, You Make Loving Fun, Don’t Stop, Tusk and Hold Me.

A tour is booked, new songs are being recorded, and “we all have great affection for each other,” McVie says.

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Bad blood played no role in McVie’s departure. She was road weary after 28 years of “being one of the guys, raised in taverns and pubs with smoking, beer-drinking men.” Continue reading

Mick Fleetwood Goes His Own Way: On the road | Sunday Express

Sunday Express (UK)
By: Mick Fleetwood
Sun, March 23, 2014

The life I love is making music with my friends, and I can’t wait to get on the road again – Willie Nelson, On The Road Again.

Fleetwood Mac knew all about excess on tour [PA]

Fleetwood Mac knew all about excess on tour [PA]

All of us are familiar with my friend and comrade Willie Nelson’s lyrics. As far as I am concerned, there’s never been a truer sentiment written, since I love all those old feelings of excitement that ramp up before any tour starts.My first real tour started with the release of our hit record, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac. We toured throughout Europe. Lugging equipment, setting up stages, taking small planes, ferries and buses, we had an itinerary of crummy, shared motel rooms, often sneaking five to a room and using overcoats for blankets. We travelled on no sleep and bad food, in broken-down vans, sometimes even hitchhiking to gigs. I loved every minute of it.

I adapted to the rhythm and the chaos of travelling so well because it was in my blood, having been raised in the Air Force. For me, it was the birth of the “Road Dog” – the bloke who is happier and more comfortable on the road than at home. I developed my skills as a ringmaster, organising and taking control of getting that circus out on the road. Continue reading

Mick Fleetwood Goes His Own Way: Motoring nostalgia | Sunday Express

Sunday Express (UK)
By: Mick Fleetwood
Sun, March 16, 2014

DID you know that in the 17th and 18th centuries, “nostalgia” was deemed a mental disorder?

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Actually, I have friends who would agree because when it comes to me and my cars, my nostalgia knows no bounds. It is an important link between my past and present self.

Each car I’ve owned has a story attached. My first was a London taxi that I bought for £12 from a neighbour in Notting Hill Gate.

The perfect vehicle to carry my equipment and take me from gig to gig, I loved that cab, with its solid doors and the familiar diesel rattle and hum. I’ve never had another car that could match the turning radius.

After the cab, vanity got the better of me and I bought a Jaguar XJ-120 sports car for about £60. It was a wreck, leaked as much oil as it used petrol. I couldn’t afford to buy the hard-top roof for the winter so, rain or shine (mostly rain), I drove it with no top at all.

I had a system to weather the storms; a leather cape, one of my dad’s Air Force flying helmets, goggles and enormous Air Forceissue gloves. I’d bomb down the motorways like a mad speed racer, arriving at my destination (no heater) frozen half to death, frost-bitten and soaked to the bone. Continue reading