Rockers are back on stage and
enjoying their good fortune
By Alan Sculley
Special to The Detroit News
September 12th 2004
The current version of Fleetwood Mac is hoping to record another
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In spring 2003, as Fleetwood Mac got set to release its new studio
CD, �Say You Will,� drummer Mick Fleetwood knew any extended future
for the reunited group might hinge on the CD tour.
�Hopefully, this will be a happy and successful tour,� he said in a
March 2003 interview. �If that is the case, I think everyone is
really open to making more music and doing it quickly.�
The fact that Fleetwood Mac is wrapping up a return trek across the
United States that began in the spring, says volumes about the
quality of life within the group, which includes guitarist/singer
Lindsey Buckingham, singer Stevie Nicks and bassist John McVie. (Longtime
singer/keyboardist Christine McVie did not rejoin the band for �Say
�It could have turned into a nightmare, and it didn�t,� Fleetwood
says of the 2003 tour.
The key to the group�s future was how Buckingham and Nicks would
mesh on tour. Fleetwood confirmed that even after finishing �Say You
Will,� the two still had issues dating back to their 1970s romance
that fell apart around the time of the band�s 1976 landmark album,
�What was really important was our new front line,� Fleetwood says.
�It�s really Stevie�s and Lindsey�s deal. They�ve never necessarily
seen eye to eye on a lot of things.� The sure sign that the two are
getting along, he adds, is the simple fact that �we are still out
here doing this (tour).
�They have really found what they had when they were
Buckingham/Nicks, and it�s been magical.�
All current bandmates have expressed hope for doing another studio
album, and Fleetwood says he expects it will be more of a
collaborative work than �Say You Will,� which was spearheaded by
Meanwhile, there are several current projects for Fleetwood and the
band. He has a solo CD coming out this fall, and earlier this year
three classic Fleetwood Mac albums, �Fleetwood Mac,� �Rumours,� and
�Tusk,� were re-released. The latter two each feature a bonus CD of
previously unreleased demos and outtakes.
Those reissues were followed by �Live in Boston,� a two-DVD, single
CD concert recording culled from last year�s two-show stand.
�It�s certainly an important document to me, as they (live
recordings) all are,� Fleetwood says. �This is the first one without
Christine, so, in many ways, it�s very different in terms of what�s
happening between the four of us up there on stage, and it turned
out real good.�