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.