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