Fleetwood Mac Reunion: Stevie Nicks Ready to Roll

    May 14, 2014
    Mike Tuttle
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Fleetwood Mac was a band long before Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham signed on. In fact, they had released nine albums before then. But there is no doubt that their best work was with that lineup: Mick Fleetwood on drums, John McVie on bass — that would be the “Fleetwood” and “Mac” in the name — with John’s then-wife Christine McVie on piano and vocals, Lindsay Buckingham on guitar and vocals, and Stevie Nicks on vocals … and tambourine.

The group recorded their self-titled album, then Rumours, Tusk, Mirage, and Tango in the Night. Then Buckingham left in 1987. He came back in 1997, but Christine McVie left, ostensibly because she had a fear of flying and did not like to tour.

But now the whole “classic lineup”, as it is called, is heading back out together, which puts those great harmonies back together again.

Stevie Nicks recently received an Icon Award from BMI, one of the groups that manages music rights in the United States. On that occasion, Nicks talked about going back out on the road with the full lineup. She said Christine McVie had told her she wanted to tour with the band again.

“I’m like, ‘Well, you’ve convinced us over 16 years that you were never coming back. You finally, actually convinced us. So, are you kidding?'” Nicks said

McVie was totally serious.

“And I said, ‘Well, Chris, have you seen us in concert lately? Because you should see us, because it’s very physical,” Nicks said. “It’s almost three hours, and you kind of have to be an athlete. So, get a trainer.’ And she did! She did, totally!”

The tour kicks off September 30 in Minneapolis and will span 33 cities.

Christine McVie had joined the band onstage at the O2 Arena in London in September of 2013 for a performance of “Don’t Stop”, a song that she penned and sang on. It was considered a one-off. But the bug must have bitten McVie again.

Back then she had said, “I like being with the band, the whole idea of playing music with them,” she said. “I miss them all. If they were to ask me I would probably be very delighted … but it hasn’t happened so we’ll have to wait and see.”

Christine’s ex-husband, bassist John McVie, had been diagnosed with cancer, but they caught it early and he will be with the “classic lineup”.

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  • just me

    Dont these guys have a so called reunion every 6 months?

  • TFT

    I am thrilled that they are all together again. Have loved this band for many years since my high school days. I wish some of the artist today would learn a lesson from this group. It’s the music that really counts and not all the other drama and BS. FM you still have it. Please continue to make music and make people happy.

  • Kermudgeon

    Fleetwood Mac’s best work was when they were a kick a$$ blues band, long before NIcks joined on.

    • Robert Geake

      I remember those days-but I only discovered their early LP’s after getting into the band with this lineup…I think Bob Welch contributed to some fine material as well-“Bare Trees” is still one of my favorite albums…

      • Robert Jackson

        you’re dead-on. Would remind you of the early Pink Floyd music to what they transitioned to later on. The quality of the recordings were moving at a fast pace. Pink Floyd was way ahead in being able to slit the sounds and record it, Relics…… Mac’s recordings were great (guitar-vocal- backup). Hope you enjoyed “the music” as much as I did and to some degree today. Man, we lived at a good time………

  • John

    They were alright, but Peter Green was the man. These guys did a nice job but went from raw blues/rock jam band, to a heavily produced pop/rock band when Nicks/Lindsay joined. Stick a pretty girl front and center and sell tickets… Gained radio play and lost some musical cool.

  • Robert Jackson

    Those first 9 albums were of a different style but veryyyyyyy good music. Bob Welch!!!!!!! Saying all that, if you missed seeing them in concert doing the “Rumors” tour, you missed out. To see and hear them at that point in their lives, was musically mind blowing, period. Their personal lives??????? were out of control.

  • Henry

    WOW ! Let he good times roll :)

  • chukalukabus

    Most people know nothing of the early mac. There is some serious good music in those 9 albums. They should release a compilation of the best of that early work.
    I saw Fleetwood Mac in the early times with this line up at the Ector County whatever. It was a 20,000 seat arena plus with the floor. Fleetwood was the opening act for God knows who (place was packed). This is when bands could tour and make money… even as an opening act. In other words, pre union days for roadies.

    Between Midland, Odessa, and Lubbock, you could see every major touring band in sold out rocking arenas. Good times.

    I will say this, Mac sucked that night. Nobody knew who they were.

    As it worked out they turned out some of the best music in the 70’s and 80’s. If Mc Vie is back, I will see them in Texas I hope. Checking out their schedule after this. This is going to be great. Bring your kids. This band rocks.

    No crotch grabbing here. Just damn good music.

  • Art Shaffer

    This lineup which began in the mid 70’s was probably the best…it created a unique synthesis of different music styles plus its newer members, Nicks, Buckingham, and Christine Mcvie could churn out a lot of great melodies. I love their music but hate to say this… I believe that their window of creativity closed a long time ago. Just can’t get very excited about a reunion tour.

  • jeanniem22

    My daughter asked me to go with her in Philly to see them – shes a Stevie fan – I saw them twice years ago. I honestly can’t believe we shelled out $210 per ticket – but what the hell you only live once!

  • Anna Lopez

    Well you guys enjoy the concert for me. I can’t afford tickets. Sheesh, when I was in high school I could go see them for $20. Literally 1/10 of today’s prices.

  • Mick

    The best Fleetwood Mac was the original with Peter Green. Serious musicianship back then, and very innovative. Black Magic Woman, Oh Well, Green Manalishi. Nothing after that even comes close. Buckingham et al. may have the commercial hits, but Peter Green was one of the greatest guitarists to every walk that planet.