Fleetwood Mac plan world tour for 2013The Guardian Newspaper
Tuesday 4 December 2012
The band have announced 34 North American dates, followed by shows in Europe and Australia, if ‘everything goes well’
Fleetwood Mac will embark on a world tour in 2013. The band have announced the first concerts in what Stevie Nicks has called “the year of Fleetwood Mac,” which will include gigs in Europe, America and Australia.
“For now, I have no particular vision of what this tour is going to be,” Lindsey Buckingham told Rolling Stone. That’s not actually very surprising: Fleetwood Mac haven’t released a new album since 2003’s Say You Will, and they were touring worldwide as recently as 2010. Even still, fans have been hungry for a comeback; there was considerable alarm this spring, when Mick Fleetwood said that Fleetwood Mac might never tour again.
“It’s the perfect time to go back out,” Nicks declared. The band’s initial announcement comprises 34 North American dates, from 4 April to 12 June. “If everything goes well we’ll be in Europe doing festivals this summer,” she explained. “Then we’ll actually tour Europe, which is different than just doing festivals. Then we might do 15 or so shows in Australia.”
While there is no new Fleetwood Mac album, Nicks admitted, “We actually have two new Fleetwood Mac songs that I cut with Lindsey two weeks ago.” The two musicians spent four days recording at Buckingham’s house, “[hanging] out with his family … and really [connecting] with him again.” “We’re pretty proud of what we have done,” Nicks said, “and we’re looking at it through the eyes of wisdom now, instead of through the eyes of jealousy and resentment and anger.”
In his remarks earlier this year, Mick Fleetwood complained that Nicks and Buckingham’s solo careers had undermined the larger band. On this new tour, Buckingham revealed, the show may contain “an extended middle portion” featuring “just me and Stevie”.
Formed in 1967, Fleetwood Mac have released 17 studio albums. They have sold over 40m copies of their 1977 smash, Rumours, making it one of the bestselling records of all time.