According to a new interview with Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac may be packing it in — or at the very least, saying goodbye to the road for good. The 77-year-old McVie, who returned to the band in 2014 after a 16-year hiatus, spoke to Retropopmagazine.com about the Mac heading back on tour, and said, “That’s an impossible question to even answer. If we do, it would be without John (McVie) and without Stevie (Nicks), I think. I think I’m getting a bit too old for it now — especially having had a year off. I don’t know if I could get myself back into it again. I know Mick (Fleetwood) would do it in a lightning strike, but I couldn’t possibly say . . . We’re certainly not touring this year either.”
In 2018 and 2019, following the firing of Lindsey Buckingham, Fleetwood Mac — with Heartbreakers guitarist/songwriter/producer Mike Campbell stepping in to cover lead guitar duties and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn supplying rhythm guitar and vocals — played an 88-date tour taking in shows in North America, Europe, and Oceania.
McVie shed light on her ex-husband, bassist John McVie’s desire to retire from the band: “He’s feeling a little bit frail. Y’know, he was ill — he’s fine — but he just hasn’t got the heart for it anymore. He wants to get on his boat. You reach a certain age where you go, ‘Hey, I’m not gonna bust a gut doing this anymore.’ Y’know, it all looks very nice when you come and see the show, but the work that goes behind it to get to that point is unbelievable.”
- Out now is the career-spanning Fleetwood Mac compilation, 50 Years – Don’t Stop also features rare photos from the band’s career along with new liner notes by veteran music writer David Wild.
- The collection features key tracks from the band’s earliest days featuring Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer, and Danny Kirwan, through the Bob Welch period, into the classic ’70s lineup with Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Lindsey Buckingham — all the eras of Fleetwood Mac are covered.
CHECK IT OUT: Fleetwood Mac on September 5th, 1982 performing “Don’t Stop” live at The US Festival: