Fleetwood Mac reunion world tour planned this year
Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, John McVie and Lindsey Buckingham are staging a Fleetwood Mac reunion for an international tour this year.
And there has been speculation that former keyboard player/vocalist Christine McVie might rejoin them or at least get up on stage at their London concerts.
The “will she/won’t she” debate was fuelled last month when Christine, who left the group in 1998, made a surprise appearance with Mick at a show in Maui, Hawaii and performed ‘Don’t Stop’ – one of the hit numbers from Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” album.
Christine, who wrote ‘Don’t Stop’, had gone to Hawaii at Mick’s invitation and he was open with the media about his hopes of seeing her return to play with the group.
She also met her former husband John who, like Mick, lives in Hawaii, and was due to travel on to Los Angeles to see Stevie and Lindsey.
What made Christine’s trip remarkable was that when she left Fleetwood Mac in 1998 it was said that she hated flying and wanted to retire from touring. She had not been back to the United States since then.
Although Christine, who first came to prominence with Chicken Shack and the UK No. 14 hit ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ has declined offers in the past to rejoin Fleetwood Mac, she did go and see the group perform in London in 2003 and in 2008, showing that relations were friendly.
Her last performance with Fleetwood Mac in 1998 was for their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Fleetwood Mac, who last toured in 2009, begin a 34-city tour of the United States in April and come to the UK in September and October.
The new tour marks the 35th anniversary of the release of “Rumours”, one of the most successful albums in recorded history with sales exceeding 40 million copies.
“Rumours” were ‘Dreams’ (No.1 in America), ‘Go
Your Own Way’, ‘Don’t Stop’ and ‘You Make Loving Fun‘.
To coincide with the tour and anniversary, a new deluxe reissue of “Rumours” with previously unreleased studio and live tracks has just been releas-ed by the Rhino record label.
“Having started Fleetwood Mac with John McVie in 1967, it has always been so gratifying that despite the various incarnations, the band has survived,” said Mick.
“Throughout the years, though, the one thing that has remained constant is our fans. I am looking forward to getting back behind the kit, reconnecting with the fans and sharing the stage with my fellow band members.”
Stevie, who like her then boyfriend, Lindsey, joined the group in 1975, said: “After spending four days at Lindsey’s house working on music and one really
fun day doing a crazy photo session, I am quite excited about this year.
“Everything seems to be falling into place. 2013 looks like the year of Fleetwood Mac.”
Lindsey said: “I’m really looking forward to hitting the road with Stevie, Mick and John in 2013.
“It’s been over three years since we’ve toured together and happily the break allowed me to explore a lot of uncharted territory as well as experience tremendous growth creatively. I’m excited to bring that back to the band.
“When everyone in Fleetwood Mac wants the same thing at the same time, it’s cause for celebration. Long live Fleetwood Mac!”
John said: “I’m really looking forward to going back on the road.”
The name Fleetwood Mac came about when group founder Peter Green decided to draw on the surnames of Mick and John.
The Peter Green era produced the UK No.1 ‘Albatross‘ and other major hits like ‘Man Of The World’ and ‘Oh Well‘, both of which reached No.2.
The biggest UK hits from the Mick, John, Stevie and Lindsey years include ‘Tusk’ (No.6), Oh Diane (No.9), Little Lies ( No.5) and ‘Everywhere (No.4). The singles from “Rumours” did not chart as high in the UK as they did in America or elsewhere in the world.