Tag: Christine McVie
Fleetwood Mac have recently announced their return to the road in 2013, with 34 U.S. dates announced starting in April, and now thankfully. have announced they will also be releasing some new music before the tour.
Stevie Nicks has announced that the band have recorded three songs, including two new tunes, 'Sad Angela' and 'Miss Fantasy.' The third track dates back to the sessions for the 1973 Buckingham Nicks album, which was released prior to the two joining Fleetwood Mac.
Stevie says the tracks should be released digitally in January or February, and stated that "since nobody really cares about albums anymore, if you can come up with two or three great songs and just put them out there...people can at least hear how we sound today."
Nicks added how impressed she is with the sound of the group today and that Fleetwood Mac has never broken up: "It's really wild to me. It blows my mind. Because we've never stopped, our voices and everything...sound extremely young to me because when you keep working, things don't change."
"We didn't break up. We never break up. We just take a break and do our own things, and when it's time [to regroup] everybody's ready." She compares getting together with the band again after its hiatus to "a big, fantastic Halloween party when you haven't been to a Halloween party in three years."
Christine McVie's name always comes up when Fleetwood Mac reconvene, but Nicks says her participation is as likely as “an asteroid hitting the earth. She is done. You know when you look in somebody’s face and you can just tell? She doesn’t want to do it anymore. She doesn’t want to fly. She doesn’t want to come back to America. When she left, she left.”
In separate interviews, Lindsey Buckingham says the rest of the band was geared up for a new album, not just a couple of new tracks, and says the band even went as far as to potentially record eight new songs in an effort to engage Nicks. Buckingham told Rolling Stone he believes his bandmate might have been intimidated by the new material. “I think she was very defensive against the idea of making an album.”
In regards to McVie coming back to the Mac, Buckingham told CBS, “Well, that’s a good question. It’s an odd thing for me, in many ways I’m having a better time in the band as a foursome, only because it opens up a range of things that I can do. Except for maybe 'Don't Stop,' we don’t do a lot of her stuff. It opens up the amount of material we can play, it allows me to be more of a 'guy,' to be more of who I am up there."
Buckingham did add however, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t miss McVie’s contributions to the group. "I would be shocked if she ever expressed any interest to do anything with us. Shocked and pleased. She (McVie) ended up getting a divorce, she ended up selling her house in L.A., she moved back to England, she quit the band, she sold her publishing. She didn’t necessarily have to burn as many bridges as she did,” Buckingham explained. “Everyone sometimes wonders whether or not there might have been more of a middle ground for her to strike, not necessarily in terms of her staying in Fleetwood Mac. But she just wanted to reinvent herself. She seems to want to lead the antithesis of the life she led before, and I don’t pretend to understand such a radical change, but it was obviously something she needed.”
Fleetwood Mac starts rehearsals on Feb. 15, with the 2013 tour kicking off on April 4th in Columbus, Ohio.
Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist and vocalist Bob Welch, who also had a solo career, sadly has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Nashville, TN. Police spokesman Don Aaron said the 65 year old Welch was found dead with a chest wound by his wife at their Nashville home around 12:15 p.m. Thursday (June 7).
Aaron said Welch apparently had had health issues recently and that he left a suicide note. Welch was a guitarist and vocalist for Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974, and a part of the albums 'Future Games' (1971), 'Bare Trees' (1972), and 'Mystery to Me' (1973). Those albums weren’t immediate commercial successes, but eventually they went achieved Gold or Platinum certification in the U.S.
After leaving Fleetwood Mac, he formed the British rock group Paris in 1976, then had solo hits including 'Sentimental Lady' in 1977 from the album 'French Kiss.' 'Sentimental Lady' was originally recorded as a Fleetwood Mac song in 1972, and his solo version included Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham on backing vocals. He also had a solo hit with 'Ebony Eyes' in 1978.
Welch was not included among the members of Fleetwood Mac when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. At the time he told the Cleveland Plain Dealer, "It was an important period in the history of the band. Mick Fleetwood dedicated a whole chapter of his biography to my era of the band and credited me with 'saving Fleetwood Mac.' Now they want to write me out of the history of the group. It hurts."
Many musicians have paid tribute to Bob via Twitter, including Nikki Sixx, Michael DesBarres, Bryan Adams, Foghat and the Roots’/Late Night With Jimmy Fallon's ?uestlove:
R.I.P. Bob and thanks for all the wonderful music and memories. Our heartfelt condolences go out ot his family and friends.
Here's Bob from a BBC documentary in 1995 talking about his time in Fleetwood Mac and meeting former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green
Here's video of Bob performing 'Sentimental Lady' with Christine McVie and Mick Fleetwood
'Ebony Eyes' with Stevie Nicks at Cal Jam II in 1978 and from The Roxy in 1981
Fleetwood Mac footage form 'The Midnight Special' in 1973
'Precious Love' from 1979