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
Rolling Stone Online

“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.

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“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