Miami New Times Blog
By Hans Morgenstern
Fri., Mar. 13 2015
By all accounts, Fleetwood Mac is one of the great rock ‘n’ roll bands. But there weren’t many people who would’ve predicted its classic lineup would be together and touring sports arenas in 2015.
Over the course of the 38 years since the release of the group’s masterpiece, 1977’s Rumours, Fleetwood Mac’s members have come and gone for reasons of madness, romantic turmoil, and creative tension. All the while, the rhythm section — drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie — has stuck it out.
Speaking by phone from a Dallas hotel room, Fleetwood says: “I will take some credit that I’ve always been, almost to the point of being obsessive, saying, ‘We’ve got to keep going. We’ve got to keep going, dude.'”
The band is currently in the middle of its hit U.S. tour, appropriately titled On With the Show. To catalog and dissect the members’ comings and goings is a book-length endeavor, so let’s start with the latest news. Last year, singer/keyboardist Christine McVie, former wife of the group’s bassist, returned to the fold, finally recreating the Fleetwood Mac from the height of its popularity between 1975 and 1987. There were reunions in the ’90s, and even an official break-up from 1995 to 1997, but the band could never stay together long enough for a new album featuring the treasured cast that produced the self-titled “White Album,” Rumours, Tusk, Mirage, and Tango in the Night. Continue reading Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood on ‘Making New Music With the Absolute Lineup’ | Miami New Times
The Guardian (UK)
10th March 2015
Mick Fleetwood says Stevie Nicks has yet to contribute songs, but Lindsey Buckingham has ‘a great chunk of wonderful songs’
As ever, Fleetwood Mac seem unable to agree among themselves, though at least this time there are no blizzards of cocaine and bitter relationship splits involved. Earlier this year, Lindsey Buckingham – the band’s de facto leader – told PBS the group will end this year, or shortly afterwards.
But now drummer and founder Mick Fleetwood has said it may be “a couple of years” before they get round to releasing the album Buckingham insists will be their swansong. Fleetwood says the band’s touring has got “in a good way, out of control” and so they have been unable to finish the album.
Fleetwood told ABC Radio (via Classic Hits): “We’re building up this whole sort of dossier of material, a glut of stuff.” Buckingham apparently “has a great chunk of wonderful songs pretty flushed out and finished”, and the only thing missing is new material from Stevie Nicks, who has been ambivalent about committing to a new record.
Still, Fleetwood said: “My inclination is, the music will not be wasted. It will come out one way or another. I truly hope and I quietly believe it will be Fleetwood Mac, and Stevie will do some lovely stuff, and within the next couple of years we will get that done.”
Fleetwood Mac have been touring heavily over the last year, with many more shows to come this year – with Christine McVie back in the band playing keyboards, which also widens their choice of material. In recent years, with McVie absent, the band have chosen not to play her songs.
The band come to the UK this summer for a series of dates, including a headline show at the Isle of Wight festival.
Music Blog on Austin 360
by Peter Blackstock
February 28th, 2015
On Sunday, the Erwin Center welcomes back the classic lineup of Fleetwood Mac: Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood. This lineup of the group, whose 1977 album “Rumors” is one of just eight albums to have sold at least 40 million copies, last played the Austin concert arena in 1982, a show we discuss in detail in the Austin360 section of Sunday’s American-Statesman.
We spoke by telephone on Thursday with Lindsey Buckingham, who offered a good bit of detail about the full band’s current reunion as well as some background about their past. What follows is an assemblage of highlights from that conversation.
Austin360/American-Statesman: Four of you had been touring and recording off and on since the 1997 full-band reunion, but this is Christine McVie’s first reappearance since 1998. Why did she decide to return for this tour?
Lindsey Buckingham: When she left, I think she really was just looking for a change. And there certainly has been precedent for this fivesome to have made exits and returns. I did that myself after producing the “Tango in the Night” album and then did not do the tour. That was for other reasons at the time. But I think with Christine, she was just at a point in her life where she was kind of tired of the whole discipline of recording and writing and touring, and was feeling somewhat ungrounded by that. She’d had a series of relationships that hadn’t held for her, and I think she put some of that down to the kind of life she had to lead and what she had to prioritize. I mean, I’m sure it was way more complex. But basically, back then, she burned all of her bridges in Los Angeles. She sold her house and basically moved back to England, and ensconced herself in a completely different universe. Continue reading Fleetwood Mac: Going long with Lindsey Buckingham | Austin360