Stevie Nicks Nixes Fleetwood Mac Reunion

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Stevie Nicks has closed the door on a Fleetwood Mac reunion tour, saying in an interview published on October 2, 2023, that, “Without [Christine McVie], what is it?” In the interview, with Vulture, Nicks was asked if she could “envision a scenario where the band can ever tour again.” Nicks’ answer was clear: “When Christine died, I felt like you can’t replace her,” later adding, “Her songs, you take out all of those songs. Christine was the pop star. She wrote all those really super pop hits. None of the rest of us could write those songs. What would happen is we’d have to take the songs, out, like we did when she actually retired for 18 years. We couldn’t re-create those songs. So we became a much more hard-rock band.”

Earlier this year, Mick Fleetwood had stated publicly what has been painfully obvious for a while. Fleetwood Mac is no longer. The band’s co-founder offered a similar insight in an interview that he gave to the Los Angeles Times on the red carpet at the Grammy Awards on Feb. 5, 2023. Fleetwood performed on the Grammy Awards broadcast as part of a tribute to his longtime bandmate, Christine McVie. “I think right now, I truly think the line in the sand has been drawn with the loss of Chris,” he said. “I’d say we’re done, but then we’ve all said that before. It’s sort of unthinkable right now.”

The news of McVie’s passing at age 79 stunned the music world when it was announced on November 30, 2022. There had been no public announcement of an illness. Earlier that year, she had issued Songbird, a collection of songs from her solo career, and after a lengthy period of no interaction on her social media platforms she had had a burst of activity there and done several interviews to promote its release. The orchestral version of the title song earned the Grammy for Best Arrangements, Instruments and Vocals.

In his interview, Fleetwood mentioned that Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham were busy with touring and other projects, while politely ignoring Buckingham’s surprise forced departure in 2018. The drummer said he’ll do the same, “but not as Fleetwood Mac. They all get out and play, so I’m gonna be doing the same thing, finding people to play with,” he told the Times.

Once inside, Fleetwood was joined by Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow as they performed a tribute to McVie.

Fleetwood was one of the speakers at the Celebration of Life for Christine McVie, held on Jan. 9 in Malibu. “When we first learned that we might be losing Christine, there was an immediate coming together of everyone in the band and the Fleetwood Mac family with the hope and possibility that we would not lose Chris. And now since the loss of Christine, we all are still trying to come to terms with the fact she has really flown away.

“I’ve been blessed to be a part of a family that created a safe place for Chris and the band’s music to unfold. I am extremely honored for her to have been in my family’s life for over 55 years.”

Buckingham turns 74 on October 3. Nicks turned 75 on May 26. John McVie, who turns 78 in November, has previously announced his retirement. And Fleetwood turned 76 on June 24, and is now dealing with the devastation of the loss of his restaurant from the Lahaina fires.

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  1. JCB
    #1 JCB 8 February, 2023, 07:56

    She was the glue in that band since she joined in late 1969. “Future Games”, the first album she was featured on in 1970, remains a classic. One of R+R’s great voices and her songs will last forever. I first saw the band in the spring of 1975, the last in the spring of 2019. It was quite a run. They always delivered. Thanks Mick!

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  2. Da Mick
    #2 Da Mick 8 February, 2023, 08:34

    There’s no doubt that Christine’s loss is tragic to Fleetwood Mac fans, and anyone who’s ever loved her music, In so many ways, she brought life back to that band long ago, and had become an essential part of its spirit. But I’d have to say that FM had officially died in 2018 when you allowed Stevie Nicks to bully the band into kicking out Lindsay Buckingham. Because if Christine was the soul of the band, Lindsay was the heart. Even if Christine were with us today, it’s doubtful that FM as a band could ever really function again. If it did, even as a long-time fan, it’s not a band I would be interested in.

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  3. Special K
    #3 Special K 4 October, 2023, 07:52

    This proclamation by Stevie is at odds with the fact that the band toured for 18 years without Christine and that Stevie appears to have been the driving force behind ousting Lindsey and then the band toured without him. Though I don’t doubt that Stevie deeply mourns the loss of her friend these comments do not seem to ring true and that there is something more to this.

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  4. Dr. Bristol
    #4 Dr. Bristol 4 October, 2023, 19:13

    Christine was the pulsating pop heart who shone alongside Kirwan, Buckingham and even Stevie. But the best FM years were when she and Bob Welch built the bridge that would transition a hardcore blues band into commercial rock royalty. (I was always a Christine guy, but I also prefer MaryAnn over Ginger and Bailey Quarters over Jennifer…)

    Bob Welch not being inducted into the R&RHOF with the others was a travesty. He literally saved that band from extinction.

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  5. Rocking Chair
    #5 Rocking Chair 5 October, 2023, 20:03

    Stevie and Mick are right. There’s no continuing without Christine (and Lindsey). But Mick and John could reinvent the band with new members and songs as they have already done successfully several times in the past. That is their real genius.

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