Buckingham, McVie: LP Due in Summer; Mac Farewell in ’18by Best Classic Bands Staff
(Update: Mar. 16): According to an interview with Uncut, the album is now scheduled to come out in the summer. And while we still wait for official confirmation on the Fleetwood Mac / Eagles 2017 summer festivals, McVie tells the magazine about the band’s longer-range touring plan: “The 2018 tour is supposed to be a farewell tour,” says McVie. “But you take farewell tours one at a time. Somehow we always come together, this unit. We can feel it ourselves.”
Our original item about the album from January 13…
Fleetwood Mac fans eager for a follow-up to 2003’s Say You Will will have to make due with the news today of the unlikely pairing of members Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie. In an interview published in the January 13 Los Angeles Times, the pair revealed that they are collaborating on a studio album with the rather ordinary working title, Buckingham McVie. The paper says it’s expected in May.
And to further tease Mac fans, two of the quintet’s other members–the band’s namesakes, in fact–Mick Fleetwood and John McVie are participating in the project. That leaves one Stevie Nicks as the sole member of the band who’s not involved.
After her return to the band, following a long (1998-2004) hiatus, McVie and Buckingham began collaborating. McVie tells the Times: “We’ve always written well together, Lindsey and I, and this has just spiraled into something really amazing that we’ve done between us.”
Watch the band perform at her first concert back, September 30, 2014
Buckingham had apparently been noodling around with various songs. “It was just pieces with no wording,” McVie says. “So I put melody and lyrics on some of his material.”
“That was a first,” says Buckingham. “She would write lyrics and maybe paraphrase the melody — and come up with something far better than what I would have done if I’d taken it down the road myself.”
For Fleetwood Mac, McVie penned the classic rock hits “You Make Loving Fun,” “Don’t Stop” and “Think About Me” and co-wrote “Hold Me.” Buckingham wrote “Go Your Own Way,” “Second Hand News” and “Tusk.”
The collaboration’s working title is reminiscent of a 1973 release from Buckingham Nicks. Though a commercial flop, the two were subsequently invited to join Fleetwood Mac in 1975.
Related: The story of Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk”
Of the new work, Buckingham says: “All these years we’ve had this rapport, but we’d never really that about doing a duet album before.”
As for “the mother ship,” for those keeping score at home: since 1990’s Behind the Mask–a span of 27 years–the group has released a whopping two studio albums.
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