Mick Fleetwood Open to Reunion With Lindsey Buckingham, Imagines Fleetwood Mac Farewell Tour
With the concert industry closed for the foreseeable future and his bandmates spreading to different locations around the world, Mick Fleetwood really doesn't know what the future holds for Fleetwood Mac. But that didn't stop the drummer from looking ahead and sketching a possible farewell tour in his head.
"I'm very aware that we've never played this card," he told Rolling Stone on the phone from his home in Hawaii. "I think the vision for me, and I think it would be most appropriate, is that we actually say 'this is goodbye' and go out there and actually do that. That has always been my vision and I am absolutely confident that it will we can do it. We owe it to the fans. "
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The comments seem to contradict Christine McVie's recent testimony to the BBC, in which she said bassist John McVie was "a bit frail" and no longer had the "heart for it". She also said, "If we do it it'll be without John and without Stevie [Nicks], I think ... I'm getting a little old for it now. I don't know if I can get into it again."
McVie later went back on the comments and Fleetwood said they should not be taken literally. "I think she got out of bed on the wrong side that day," he says with a laugh. "She wanted to say," We have done so much. I don't know if we can go on or not. "Anything else she can speak for herself. But I can assure you that we are safe and sound. And she has no regrets. She was just caught up in what she was saying, and she also felt like she had been misunderstood." be. "
Christine McVie also said that John McVie mainly focused on sailing his boat around the world, but Fleetwood says that never stopped him from participating in band activities. "He's always more interested in going sailing until you put it in front of his face," he says. "He's not so involved in the drama of the band's work. It's always been my world. I never knew John would take the call and say," Show me the gig and I'll plug in my bass. "
There has been no reason for McVie to hook up his bass since Fleetwood Mac ended their last world tour in November 2019. It was their first tour since Lindsey Buckingham and Neil Finn split from Crowded House and Mike Campbell split from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to fill the void. "It was a huge, really beautiful world tour that was hugely successful in every way," says Fleetwood. "And a happy tour."
They initially planned to book about eight stadium shows with other great artists the following year, but the pandemic made that impossible. In July of last year, the founding guitarist of Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, died just months after Fleetwood held a grand tribute concert in his honor at the London Palladium.
It was a devastating blow to Fleetwood, but it also caused him to reconnect with Buckingham after two years of bitter estrangement. "I really enjoyed being reconnected with Lindsey, who was friendly and open," says Fleetwood. "And we were both very honest about who we are and how we got to where we were."
The reconciliation leads to an obvious question: could Buckingham return to Fleetwood Mac for the farewell tour Fleetwood is planning on his mind? "Strange things can happen," says Fleetwood. “I consider Fleetwood Mac one huge family. Everyone plays an important role in our history, even someone like the early seventies guitarist Bob Welch who was huge and is sometimes forgotten. Lindsey's position in Fleetwood Mac will never be forgotten for obvious reasons as she should never be forgotten. "
“My vision of future events is really broad,” he continues. “Would I like to think that [reunification] could happen? Yes. I would like to think that we could all be healed and also respect the people in the band, Neil Finn and Michael Campbell. "
The main obstacle to seeing Buckingham again is his relationship with Stevie Nicks, which has been strained for decades and finally reached a breaking point in early 2018. No reunification tour can go on without the two getting some kind of relaxation. "I can't speak to him and Stevie for the dynamic," says Fleetwood. "I don't even have to protect it. It's so well known that in many ways they are chalk and cheese and yet they are not."
For now, Fleetwood is just glad he's talking to Buckingham again. "I know I intend to make music and play with Lindsey again," he says. "I would love it. It doesn't have to be in Fleetwood Mac. And Fleetwood Mac is such a strange story. All the players in the game can speak and speak for themselves. Somehow I would love it if the elements that aren't healed are I love the fantasy that we can cross that bridge and everyone can walk with creative, holistic energy and everyone can be healed with grace and dignity. "
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