Christine McVie Questions Fleetwood Mac’s Future Tour Plans

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Christine McVie from a 2014 post on her Facebook page

Christine McVie has weighed in on Fleetwood Mac‘s future touring plans and, based on her estimable opinion, it’s hard to imagine that its current core members will do so again. In an interview that aired on BBC Radio 2, the singer-songwriter-keyboardist said that she didn’t think she, Stevie Nicks, or John McVie would tour with the band. For those keeping score, that leaves just Mick Fleetwood, 73, who, she says, “would do it in a lightning strike.”

Pressed further by interviewer Johnnie Walker on the Feb. 7, 2021, “Sounds of the 70s” program, the 77-year-old McVie said, “I think I’m getting a bit too old for it. Especially having had a year off, I don’t think I can get myself back into it again.”

Walker then asked her about her ex, John McVie. “Yeah, he’s feeling a little bit frail. You know he was ill. He’s fine; he just doesn’t have the heart for it. You reach a certain age where you go, ‘I’m not gonna bust a gut doing this.’ It all looks very nice when you come and see the show but the work that goes behind it to get to that point is unbelievable.” John McVie turned 75 last November.

Regrettably, Walker didn’t follow-up with her on why she didn’t think the 72-year-old Nicks would participate. McVie hedged a bit about the band’s future, though. “We’re certainly not touring this year,” referring to the ongoing pandemic.

The wide-ranging interview also covered how the former Christine Perfect joined the band and how they adapted when Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined.

Fleetwood Mac’s most recent tour went from 2018-2019, when the group added guitarists Mike Campbell and Neil Finn. The pair replaced Buckingham who was booted from the band in 2018.

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  1. Da Mick
    #1 Da Mick 10 February, 2021, 10:37

    If Mac really is done with touring so soon after their last tour, was it really necessary to boot Lindsay out of the band, and end things with such bad blood? For all we know, this might have something to do with that. For when you take Buckingham out of Mac’s live show, there’s not much left beside a spinning Nicks. As much as I like McVie’s voice and songs, Buckingham gave Mac their live personality with dynamic stage his energy and talents. Not to be cruel but Nicks’ voice has shriveled to a one-dimensional croak.

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    • JCB
      JCB 11 February, 2021, 10:39

      Ms. McVie wrote more hits than Lindsey or Stevie, that is a fact. She had nothing to do with Lindsey “getting the boot”, Mick owns the band. Lindsey and Christine did a tour together in 2017 /18 if you don’t remember. They put an album out together and it’s quite good. You’d be totally wrong about the band operating without Buckingham, I love his playing / singing but they do fine without him. I saw the band in 2019 with Mike Campbell and Neil Finn filling in for Lindsey, they were amazing. Finn’s voice is incredible as is his guitar playing, Campbell is a legend, deservedly so. I also saw the Mac in the early 90’s with Rick Vito and Billy Burnette filling in for Lindsey as he had quit. That was a monster tour, totally incendiary guitar playing. When Vito soloed on “Isn’t It Midnight” I thought the roof was coming off. They killed it that night. I like Lindsey a ton, seen him several times solo, great per usual, but the Mac goes on without him just fine.

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