Hey, it's Julie Devereaux. File this under "rumors"! This is an interesting development in the continuing saga of Fleetwood Mac. I bet the songs are going to be superb! With Lindsey's production skills and Christine's song writing? I'm very much looking forward to hearing what they've come up with. Read on!
The rest of Fleetwood Mac has apparently given up on Stevie Nicks contributing to the group's new music -- and has come up with an intriguing Plan B.
The group will take the songs Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie wrote and recorded during 2014 and put them out as Buckingham McVie, an album whose title makes reference to the Buckingham Nicks album that duo released during 1973, just before joining Fleetwood Mac. The rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie also play on the album.
No release date or track list has been revealed yet, but the material was recorded at Village Studio in Los Angeles after McVie rejoined Fleetwood Mac following a 16-year break. Buckingham tells us that he and McVie have long shared close relationship in the studio and enjoy working on each other's material:
"I would say that it's...an intangible thing. It's a very strong thing of what I always thought was, for lack of a better term, the whole being greater than the sum of the parts...and I think in that sense Christine and I as two musicians who are very well-grounded in their craft have a kind of symmetry of respect and love for each other on a creative and a musical and a personal level, and I think that was a big part of what that whole being greater than the sum of the parts was at the time. The fact that what I could do for her, I did it for Stevie too but the fact that she (McVie) could infuse her sensibilities into my stuff and I could tap into what I did as a producer, say, and give back so much to her."
There's been talk of a Fleetwood Mac tour later this year, though it's not known how this new development might affect things. Nicks has more dates booked on her 24 Karat Gold Tour into the spring.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.