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Yesterday the Today Show teased a special announcement from legendary supergroup Fleetwood Mac. To tell you the truth, I wondered what that announcement could possibly be. Were Stevie and Lindsay finally getting back together? Were they touring with Sheryl Crow sitting in for keyboardist and singer Christine McVie, as had been rumored over the years? No. Even better.
Christine McVie has rejoined the Mac after a 16 year absence and the group plans to embark on a world tour set to kick off in September, with a possible new album to follow.
Last year, when asked if there was a chance McVie might return, Stevie Nicks told Rolling Stone there was “more of a chance of an asteroid hitting the Earth”.
So why did McVie leave the band in 1998 in the first place after three decades as a member of one of rock’s most formidable acts? Fear of flying. But also, she felt she wanted to live a simple life in the country. After going through a divorce and feeling isolated and depressed. And when she left, she told the band they could hang onto her pianos and keyboards. Stevie Nicks did, and she’s got them stashed all over her house to this day, ready to be reclaimed by McVie, telling The Today Show “It looks like I’m having an estate sale in here.”. Lindsey Buckingham had reservations about her return, telling Rolling Stone “I wanted to make sure she grasped the weight of what it would entail. She had to understand that if she was coming back, that, basically, she has to stay. She wants to do it.”
Fleetwood Mac formed in 1967 – it’s only original member today, being drummer Mick Fleetwood. McVie joined the band in 1970 while married to bassist John McVie and contributed some of the band’s most memorable songs, among them Don’t Stop, The Chain, Over My Head, Hold Me, Say You Love Me, Think About Me, You Make Lovin’ Fun, Little Lies, and the gorgeous Songbird off Rumours. As has been well documented, the band went through infamous personal relationship struggles and the McVies’ marriage ended in divorce during those turbulent times, while the band was recording Rumours, still it’s most successful album and one of rock history’s most classic and biggest sellers. Despite the personal tumult, the band stuck together and the show did indeed go on.
The band’s last performances with the original Rumours line up were at 1998′s Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony where they were inducted and at that year’s Grammy Awards show. After that, McVie announced her retirement from touring, but not from music altogether. She released a solo album, In the Meantime, in 2004.
For tour information, visit their website. I’m hoping to get my hands on tickets to one of the NY/NJ area shows. How about you?