Fleetwood Mac Back in Top Form
The Age Newspaper
18th February 2004
Veteran rock outfit Fleetwood Mac say they are performing better
than they ever did, allowing them to be more experimental with their
music. Fleetwood Mac are in Australia for their current world tour
guitarist Lindsey Buckingham couldn't be better. "I am certainly in
my own mind at the top of my game and that is only because I took
the time to study and be quiet and to allow things to
come in," he said from his Sydney hotel. "I spent about 10 years
basically meditating, approaching music in a very singular way and
The 70s band is best known for their mega-platinum album Rumours,
while their song Don't Stop became a Bill Clinton campaign anthem.
Buckingham is joined in Australia by Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and
Stevie Nicks. Christine McVie is notably absent from the tour,
choosing to keep a low profile living in rural England.
Fleetwood Mac used its personal upheavals as fodder for Rumours and
have recently released a new album, Say You Will, which promises a
mix of classic old-style and new songs. Buckingham said he was able
to express more individuality in his music now that he had passed
through the "sex, drug and rock 'n' roll" years. "I have never had
this much fun. Part of that is because there is a lot that I can
bring back and everyone else is not only clear to receive it but
wants it." He said the band members, now in their 50s, had grown and
felt less pressure to perform a certain way. "There is, by
definition, a distancing from the audience. All you can do is
somehow go out there and get in touch with how you feel is fresh and
new about what you are doing," he said. "If you really want to keep
the artist side of yourself alive, you have got to try to present
something which is somewhat challenging to them and presents the new
side of what we are doing along with the familiarity and it is not
an easy equation."
Commenting more generally on the group, he said all members were
playing at their peak. "In many ways we are doing the best work of
our lives now and there is no reason to take that lightly other than
the fact that there are still politics and push-pulls in the band
and those people who want to do different things with the band."
Looking forward, Buckingham hopes Fleetwood Mac will have plenty
more albums to come.
Thanks to Michelle for the article