Fleetwood Mac are reunited after 16 years.
Vocalist and keyboardist Christine McVie, the voice of ‘Say You Love Me’, ‘Songbird’ and ‘Little Lies’ has returned to the the legendary band after taking a break to live a quiet life in the English countryside.
“I had developed a chronic fear of flying, so that inhibited my movement a lot. But, as the years went on, I spent the first five years restoring an old house and thinking, ‘I just want the Range Rover, the dogs, the Wellington boots – to be this Sloane Ranger.’ I don’t know what I was thinking,” she says.
Though her band mates thought she’d never be back, Christine changed her mind.
“I did want to write and play music again, but there was only one band that I ever would have considered,” she says.
After McVie departed, the other four members went ahead as Fleetwood Mac, which remains to this day one of the best-selling bands of all time, with more than 100 million albums sold worldwide over nearly 50 years. But, they say, things were not the same without her:
“Christine’s absence was missed by Stevie (Nicks) a great deal, in terms of having her comrade there, it did change the approach to the show a little bit, and so when you are able to bring back that whole body of what Christine has to offer and add it into that show, it really fills out that chemistry in a way that’s meant to be, and it really feels like such an appropriate new chapter for the band,” says Lindsey Buckingham, who himself left the band for a ten-year period before returning in 1997.
Fleetwood Mac are currently touring the United States and Canada.
They are also working on a new album which they hope to release next year, the first recorded by the original quintet since ‘Tango in the Night’ in 1987.