There’s new music AND a world tour on the way from a crowd-favourite band…
Thursday, 22 May 2014
Christine McVie has confirmed that she has rejoined Fleetwood Mac, as well as announcing a new album is on the way.
Upon winning the Lifetime Achievement award at the Ivor Novello’s this afternoon, the singer said: “I would like to announce that I have rejoined Fleetwood Mac and we’re in the process of writing a new album for next year.”
Christine also confirmed that Fleetwood Mac will be going on a world tour.
News of her return comes as no surprise after Mick Fleetwood told the crowd at Uncle Willie K’s BBQ Blues Festival in January: “This is the worst-kept secret there is, but Christine McVie will be rejoining Fleetwood Mac.”
McVie has not been with the band full-time for over 15 years.
The most interesting narrative of Fleetwood Mac — one every music writer hopes to chronicle and every fan dreams about when reading between the lines of “Rumours” — involves romance and adultery. The stories behind lyrics of heartbreak and betrayal and love and acceptance are well-documented, but in recent interviews with Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie, the bandmates assert that the past is just that.
Fleetwood Mac released its best-selling album “Rumours” nearly 40 years ago; Christine McVie left the band 16 years ago. Now, the five members have reunited for an album and an international tour, “On With The Show.”
“It’s been the most profound experience of my entire life,” Christine McVie said of returning to the group in an interview with HuffPost Entertainment. “The chemistry between the band is stronger than it ever was.” In March of this year, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie joined Buckingham and Christine McVie at Studio D in the Village Recorder in Los Angeles, where they made 1979’s “Tusk.” (Nicks was unable to be there due to prior scheduling conflicts, Buckingham and McVie said.) They laid the groundwork for eight tracks, mostly written by Christine McVie and began to reestablish the legacy and future of Fleetwood Mac. Continue reading →
It’s proving to be a very busy year for the legendary Stevie Nicks. Not only is she about to head out on tour with a reunited Fleetwood Mac, but she’s also in the midst of finishing up her own new solo album.
Photo by Kristin Burns
Tentatively titled “24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault,” Nicks’ forthcoming collection includes lost and stray tracks that she’s written and recorded through the years, but never made it onto an album. The selections for “24 Karat Gold” were all newly recorded, and co-produced by Nicks, Dave Stewart and Waddy Wachtel.
Nicks’ publicist, Liz Rosenberg, says that Nicks hopes to release the album in October on Reprise/Warner Bros. Records. She recently recorded the “24 Karat” tunes in Nashville, and will continue working on the album in Los Angeles. Continue reading →
Minus Stevie Nicks, the band are recording ‘blues-based’ and ‘commercial’ songs in the studio in which they made Tusk
Fleetwood Mac have almost finished eight songs for a possible new album. The new recordings feature Christine McVie but not yet Stevie Nicks, who has been absent due to other commitments. “The chemistry was just unbelievable,” Lindsey Buckingham has said.
Minus Nicks, Fleetwood Mac spent two months at Village Recorder studio, in Los Angeles, working in the same room in which they recorded their 1979 album Tusk. “We’re all very excited about [the new music],” Buckingham told Billboard in a recent interview. “Knowing me, I’m going to be pushing for a double album.” Though eight tracks are “75% done”, they are now putting the sessions on pause as McVie returns home to England. The group will reunite for live rehearsals at the end of July, ahead of their world tour, and are unlikely to release anything before 2015. Continue reading →
It appears that Christine McVie will be returning to Fleetwood Mac to do more than play some old songs in concert. The group — sans Stevie Nicks, who was busy with “some other commitments,” according to Lindsey Buckingham — has just finished a nearly two-month run in Studio D at the Village Recorder in Los Angeles, where Fleetwood Mac made 1979’s “Tusk” album, working on a batch of new songs by McVie and Buckingham.
“This has kind of been a project in slow motion, that’s the only way I can put it,” Buckingham tells Billboard. “We got in the studio not knowing what to expect, and the chemistry was just unbelievable… We got eight tracks very far along, like, 75 percent done. It just played out really organically in a way that seemed appropriate.” Buckingham says the new songs came from ideas McVie brought into the band, and coupled with material he worked on previously with Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, the group has “about 14 or 15 things, and some other things we want to get to down the line” even before Nicks begins making contributions.
Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac in the studio (Kevin Winter/Getty images)
“We’re all very excited about it. Knowing me, I’m going to be pushing for a double album,” Buckingham says with a laugh. Continue reading →
Los Angeles Times BY RANDY LEWIS May 2, 2014, 2:30 p.m
Christine McVie eases comfortably into the corner of a leather sofa, about a foot between her and Lindsey Buckingham. He leans forward and side by side, they listen to the playback of “Too Far Gone,” a danceable new Fleetwood Mac song they’ve written together over the last few weeks at a West Los Angeles recording studio.
“This was a great collaboration,” Buckingham said. “I had a track without any singing on it, and she wrote the song over it.”