30th May 2015 By Michael Brown
Rock superstar Mick Fleetwood has revealed plans to walk Hadrian’s Wall in memory of his mother Biddy.
The 67-year-old, who has just begun an international tour with the rest of Fleetwood Mac’s classic line up of John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, lost the 98-year-old in January.
And Rumours has it that the star, unless he’s telling Little Lies, will be visiting one of the region’s Seven Wonders.
The trek would take place after the band completes its On With The Show tour, with the final date fixed for October 30 in Australia.
Richard Dashut, who co produced the band’s 40 million selling album Rumours, posted a tribute to Mick’s mother on his Truth and Consequences blog in January.
Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks believes that every band should have a mix of men and women because it “casts a romantic spell”.
In an interview with Mojo magazine the Go Your Own Way singer said: “I think every band should have a girl in it, because it’s always going to make for cooler stuff going on than if it’s just a bunch of guys.”
She added that the mixed gender dynamic “casts a romantic spell,” despite whether any of the members of the group are together or not.
Fleetwood Mac has returned to the UK this week as part of their European tour, playing with keyboardist Christine McVie for the first time in 16, to rave reviews.
On Wednesday night British singer and songwriter Adele met Nicks before the show, and posted a picture of the pair together on Twitter, with the message: “So tonight was THE best night of my life. I love you Stevie Nicks!! The queen of melodies! Thanks for everything x”.
So…tonight was THE best night of my life. I love you Stevie Nicks!! The queen of melodies! Thanks for everything x pic.twitter.com/OKukHIpiV4
Whatever the band’s internal dynamic, it seems to work for the music
The internal dynamic of the Fleetwood Mac soap opera has always lent an additional frisson of interest to their performances, so the return of Christine McVie after an absence of 16 years made the band’s current show especially intriguing.
No surprise, then, that they should open with “The Chain”. Even without its obvious message that “the chain keeps us together”, it serves to reintroduce all the elements that make the band special: Mick Fleetwood’s earth-shaking bass-drum pulse heralding the re-constitution of those sylvan three-part harmonies, and John McVie’s massive bass bridge leading into the first of a series of dazzling guitar solos from Lindsey Buckingham. If only, in retrospect, they had stayed true to the show’s natural arc and eventually closed with the obvious money-shot encore, “Don’t Stop”, rather than deflating its impact by tacking on several more songs to an already overlong show.
But for a while, there’s no faulting this reunion, which of course relied heavily on “Rumours”, their defining epic of Californication. Even the weaker numbers, like “Second Hand News” and “Gold Dust Woman”, get an airing, the latter inflated into an interminable bout of melodrama.But once things settle down, there are some sublime performances tonight, several of them from Buckingham, a seriously underrated guitarist. His solo presentation of “Big Love”, a whirligig flurry of acoustic arpeggios and hammered notes, is extraordinary; though I could have done without the preceding lecture on the production of Tango in the Night and how it represented a “meditation on the power and importance of change”, or whatever. It’s almost as if he’s trying to epitomise the West Coast new-age weirdo – and that’s Stevie Nicks’ job, surely? Continue reading Fleetwood Mac, O2 Arena, gig review: There’s no stopping these sublime rockers | The Independent→
“There’s nothing to fault except Nicks’s getting so lost in her cocaine-warning song, ‘Gold Dust Woman’, that it goes on for a week – time that could have been better spent hearing the blaring ‘Tusk’ again. Apart from that, it’s just about perfect.”
“With that taut, explosive rhythm section, Buckingham’s imaginative flair, Nicks’ wildcard charisma and Christine McVie’s singalong soulfulness restored to the heart of the matter, there is really no way this band could be anything less than extraordinary.”
“When the individuals surrendered to the collective, the evening turned celestial. Harmonies sparked off each other on The Chain; the comforting ‘Don’t Stop’ and its dark twin, ‘Go Your Own Way’, were all singalong moments of adult pop perfection.”
Published at 12:01AM, May 29 2015
Four out of Five stars
After leaving one of the most dysfunctional bands in rock, Christine McVie is back, and Fleetwood Mac’s classic line-up are performing together for the first time in 16 years. “Our songbird has indeed returned,” beamed Mick Fleetwood, and the giant drummer wasn’t the only one feeling elated during a show full of potent renditions of their Seventies standards: The Chain, Go Your Own Way, Rhiannon.
Elation or desolation — they don’t really do anything in between.
Their woes, singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham noted wryly, have been “quite well documented”. From past ones — the implosion of Christine’s relationship with bassist John McVie and Buckingham’s with singer Stevie Nicks — to present ones — John is in remission from cancer. When Nicks dedicated a song to Adele (“You’re gonna be me in 40 years”), you could imagine Adele appreciating the sentiment but not envying everything Nicks has been through. Continue reading Fleetwood Mac at O2 arena, SE10 | The Times→
The soap opera of the band member’s personal lives has always lent a certain depth and texture to Fleetwood Mac, says Neil McCormick
The Chain made for a suitably dramatic opening, showing off the restored Fleetwood Mac to full effect with that fantastic bass, thunderous drums, blood quickening guitar solo and gorgeous wall of harmonies insisting the chain cannot be broken. Going straight into You Make Loving Fun drove the point home, showcasing Christine McVie’s smooth vocal and funky keyboards. “I think we can safely say our girl is back” trilled Stevie Nicks.
This tour marks the full reunion of the classic line-up, with the return of Christine McVie after 16 years. The band have become almost the definition of a heritage act in her absence, regularly touring sets of their greatest hits to nostalgic audiences, so you can’t really say she was missed. But there is no doubt she restores some balance, both in musical and pop cultural terms.
Musically, she takes some of the weight off virtuoso guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, her smooth, lush pop songs softening his sharper arty edges. Flowing gems as potent as Everywhere, Little Lies and Songbird were restored to their rightful place in the centre of a Fleetwood set and for that alone audiences have reason to be grateful.
But there is a sense too that the dysfunctional family is back together, healing old wounds with the balm of time and music, a message that, in itself, speaks volumes to lifelong fans
Reunited for a mammoth tour, Fleetwood Mac are now planning an album. But for all their attempts to put on a show, they are still riven by backstage tensions
Forty years after the line-up that conquered the world with Rumours first came together, Fleetwood Mac are still having problems agreeing on anything much. The return to the fold 16 months ago of Christine McVie, after an absence of 16 years, is one development they all speak positively about, with none of the usual caveats and festering agendas.
“There’s Stevie on one side of the spectrum,” says Lindsey Buckingham, the band’s coiled, restless, 65-year-old musical director and, what seems like a lifetime ago, Stevie Nicks’s boyfriend, “and me kind of on the other, in terms of sensibilities. Christine sort of bridges that gap.”
Where Buckingham talks in the clinical manner of a scientist, Nicks dives right in. “Christine’s coming back was like the return of my best friend after years away. It’s much more fun now. We were always a force to be reckoned with, and that’s happened again.” Continue reading Going their own way | The Sunday Times→
All five members – Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, John and Christine McVie – open up in exclusive interviews in the new issue of MOJO.
EVEN FOR A band who have experienced more than their fair share of intrigue, drama and line-up turmoil, Christine McVie’s return to Fleetwood Mac may be the most extraordinary turn-up yet.
A classic shot of Fleetwood Mac on the cover of MOJO 260, on sale in the UK from Tuesday, May 26.
Ahead of enormous UK shows and even (whisper it) a new album, all five members of the band have elected to speak to MOJO in a series of individual interviews tackling the entirety of their career.
That includes good times, bad times, “carnage and intrigue” and a massive “rubber dildo called Harold”… of course.
Plus the free, 15-track CD that comes with the magazine traces Fleetwood Mac’s roots through a series of classic blues and rock’n’roll recordings, including songs from Buddy Holly, Robert Johnson, Elmore James and more.
ISLE of Wight Festival organiser John Giddings broke down in tears when he discovered Fleetwood Mac had agreed to headline his bash.
The American musical legends will close the Main Stage on the Sunday when they play the event for the first time.The Little Lies band are rumoured to have turned down Glastonbury for the opportunity to perform at the festival which takes place between June 11-14.
Giddings revealed he started to sob after receiving email confirmation that the group would be topping the bill at his annual musical gathering.
He said: “I was standing in my bedroom and I was too scared to open the email because I was convinced it was going to say: ‘Thank’s very much, but no thanks’.
“It came from their manager and their agent. I had gone directly to their manager because their is more than one with five people being in the band.
“He said I had no chance. So I tried to surround them all and talk them all into it at the same time.
“I started crying when I read the email. I read it out to my wife. It was a magic moment. Saturday morning, 10.30.”