By Andy Greene
March 27, 2014 9:30 AM ET
Rolling Stone Online
“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.
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.