Stevie Nicks: No More Fleetwood Mac Albumsby Best Classic Bands Staff
If you were hoping to have a new Fleetwood Mac album to listen to some time this year—or ever—you’re probably going to be disappointed. According to Stevie Nicks, in an interview in Rolling Stone, the group’s recording days are now behind them.
Asked whether there would be a new Mac studio release, Nicks was blunt: “I don’t think we’ll do another record,” she told the magazine. And the reason is not because they don’t want to. “If the music business were different, I might feel different,” she says. “I don’t think there’s any reason to spend a year and an amazing amount of money on a record that, even if it has great things, isn’t going to sell. What we do is go on the road, do a ton of shows and make lots of money. We have a lot of fun. Making a record isn’t all that much fun.”
Nicks is obviously not referring to the upcoming Lindsay Buckingham / Christine McVie album. Two of the quintet’s other members–the band’s namesakes, in fact–Mick Fleetwood and John McVie are participating in the project, due this May.
The 68-year-old Nicks says in the interview that, although she enjoys being part of a band, there are advantages to being on her own. “In my solo career, I get to be the boss,” she says. “Having both, for a Gemini like myself, is perfect. And I knew that in 1981: that me having a solo career would only make Fleetwood Mac better.”
If the rumors prove true, Fleetwood Mac will be performing their only concert dates for 2017 as part of a mini-festival this summer called Classic East and Classic West. The Mac and the Eagles would headline the shows, which would take place in July at Citi Field in New York and Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles. According to a report in Billboard earlier this month, Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers will join the Eagles on Saturday, July 15, in Los Angeles and Saturday, July 29, in New York. On Sunday, July 16 and Sunday, July 30, Journey and Earth, Wind & Fire will open for Fleetwood Mac.
Regardless of Fleetwood Mac’s future, Nicks told Rolling Stone that retirement is not on the table for her. “I’ll never retire,” she says. “My friend Doug Morris, who’s been president of, like, every record company, said to me once, ‘When you retire, you just get small.’ Stand up straight, put on your heels, and get out there and do stuff. I want to do a miniseries for the stories of Rhiannon and the gods of Wales, which I think would be this fantastic thing, but I don’t have to retire from being a rock star to go and do that. I can fit it all in.”
Watch Fleetwood Mac perform “Rhiannon” in 2016
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