Is Mick Fleetwood hinting that Fleetwood Mac is eying a farewell tour??? Is he insinuating leader Lindsey Buckingham will return to the band??? Fleetwood is clearly in brand damage control following Christine McVie‘s surprisingly negative take on the future of Fleetwood Mac. McVie, who clearly stated that age, health, and disinterest would preclude Stevie Nicks, John McVie — and possibly herself — from ever hitting the road again as the Mac, garnered enough public outcry that she was forced to backtrack on her statements. During a new chat with Rolling Stone, Mick Fleetwood was pressed whether Fleetwood Mac might gear up for a “farewell” tour, and admitted, “I’m very aware that we’ve never played that card. I think the vision for me, and I think it would be hugely appropriate, is that we actually say ‘this is goodbye’ and go out and actually do that. That has always been my vision and I’m a flatly confident that we can do that. We owe it to the fans.”
Regarding McVie’s recent remarks about the future of the group, Fleetwood joked, “I think she got out of bed on the wrong side that day. She meant to say, ‘We’ve done so much. I don’t know whether or not we can keep going.’ Anything other than that, she can speak for herself. But I can assure you we are alive and well. And she has no regrets. She just got caught up in whatever she was saying and she also felt she had been misunderstood.”
Fleetwood touched on McVie’s comment that her ex-husband, bassist John McVie, is content to live his life on board his boat, and explained, “He’s always more interested in going sailing until you put it in front of his face. He’s so not caught up in the drama of the workings of the band. That has always been my world. I’ve never not known John to answer the call and say, ‘Show me the gig and I’ll plug my bass in.'”
Fleetwood revealed that he and Lindsey Buckingham have made peace and are back in touch, having moved past the ugliness and legalities that caused his 2018 exile from the band: “I’ve really enjoyed being re-connected with Lindsey, which has been gracious and open. And both of us have been beautifully honest about who we are and how we got to where we were. My vision of things happening in the future is really far-reaching. Would I love to think that (reunion) could happen? Yeah. I’d love to think that all of us could be healed, and also respect the (current) people who are in the band, Neil Finn and Michael Campbell.”
As far as whether star-crossed lovers Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks could ever work together again, Fleetwood said: “I can’t speak for the dynamic with Stevie and him. I don’t even need to protect it. It’s so known that they’re chalk and cheese in so many ways, and yet not.”
- In December 2018, Lindsey Buckingham revealed that his lawsuit against the members of Fleetwood Mac had been settled.
- Buckingham’s lawsuit read in part: “This action is necessary to enforce Buckingham’s right to share in the economic opportunities he is entitled to as a member of the partnership created to operate the business of Fleetwood Mac. . . By excluding Buckingham from participating in the 2018-2019 Fleetwood Mac tour in breach of their fiduciary duties of loyalty and good faith and fair dealing, the Defendants intentionally acted to interfere with Buckingham’s relationship with Live Nation and the prospective economic benefit he was to receive as a result of his participation in the tour.”
- According to the filing, “a deal was made with Live Nation that would earn each member of the group an estimated $12 million to $14 million for 60 concerts.”
- Set for deluxe reissue on April 9th is Fleetwood Mac‘s 1980 concert collection, Fleetwood Mac Live. The new three-CD/two-LP collection, was primarily recorded during the band’s then-recent world tour behind Tusk, and features a remastered version of the original release on both 180-gram vinyl and CD, plus more than an hour of unreleased live music recorded between 1975 and 1982 on the third disc.
- In addition to the Tusk-era material, live tracks were culled from both the band’s road dates as far back as 1975. New additions to the set feature material from the 1982 dates in support of that year’s Mirage, along with such favorites as “Second Hand News,” “The Chain,” “What Makes You Think You’re The One,” “Gold Dust Woman,” “The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown),” “Hold Me,” and “You Make Loving Fun.”
CHECK IT OUT: Fleetwood Mac on November 6th, 1979 performing “Sisters Of The Moon” live in St. Louis: