Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham On The Group’s New Album Plans

by Jim Fusilli
The Wall Street Journal

Extending their tour into 2015 won’t deter Fleetwood Mac from recording what might become their first album in almost three decades of new songs composed by Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks.

During a telephone conversation last week, Buckingham said McVie had presented him with demos of her new compositions. “Piano and voice,” he said. He brought them back to his studio in Los Angeles. With McVie’s approval, he added, “I took massive liberties with them.”

Nicks was “otherwise engaged. A running commentary these days,” he said, perhaps referring to preparations for her exhibition of her self-portrait photography now ongoing at the Morrison Hotel galleries in Los Angeles and New York as well as the release last week of “24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault,” her album of new versions of old, mostly unfamiliar compositions. “Christine and I were able to concentrate on each other,” Buckingham said. “We were exploring some new turf. That became enlightening to me.”

With Christine McVie back in the band for the first time in 16 years, Fleetwood Mac will be on the road through next March. “We never envisioned finishing the album in the short term,” he said. “We set it aside. Stevie will come in and participate. I have material I had been working on. There’s no danger that it will slip between the tracks. It’s too profound to.”

Buckingham hinted the band might tour behind new material. The current “On With The Show” concert tour features only songs from Fleetwood Mac’s hit-making era from 1975 through 1987’s “Tango in the Night,” the last album to feature Buckingham, McVie and Nicks with drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie.

“Once we finish it,” Buckingham said, “we can think about going out and trying something new.”

As for the vibe now among the quintet with Christine McVie back on board, he said, “It’s a very interesting thing when someone who helped to define the interaction leaves for that amount of time. You don’t know how it’s going to play out. But this something that feels really good. It feels really circular.”

Article from The Wall Street Journal


  1. It's kind of sad that Lindsey always feels compelled to take a swipe at Stevie whenever he can. Her new CD is a hit with both fans and critics. I am sure that bothers him as well.

  2. Buckingham said McVie had presented him with demos of her new compositions. “Piano and voice,” he said. He brought them back to his studio in Los Angeles. With McVie’s approval, he added, “I took massive liberties with them.”//

    Nicks was “otherwise engaged. A running commentary these days,” he said,//

    Whether he's speaking about Stevie or Chris, he's always so negative. Making assumptions about Stevie's personality; slamming Chris's songwriting skills. FM should never have let LB take over the shop.

  3. At any rate, it's cool that Stevie did her record when she did. She'll have her studio chops sharp when it comes time to do her part on the new FM record. I can't wait to hear the new songs that they've all been working on. Rock on.

  4. As a long time fan the new album means so much more to me than a live tour. Stevie seems to get that things are coming to an end and we are reaping the rewards of her effort to get un-produced material out in the last hour. I'd love to see another volume of vault songs followed by a scaled down Rhiannon project -- all of her finished tracks newly recorded with artwork. That would be a really nice bookend to a stellar career.

  5. Typical passive aggressive Lindsey. Instead of congratulating Stevie and giving her his support behind her latest solo ventures, all he can muster was that she was "otherwise engaged." Well, perhaps she wouldn't feel such a need to express herself outside of the confines of Fleetwood Mac if Lindsey wasn't such an arse to work with. Indeed, it must drive him crazy that she is currently the belle of the ball (with a Top 10 major label album to boot) while he practically couldn't give away copies of his last solo album. He would have probably been more sympathetic if Stevie released a dud album and the critics and fans were howling with disapproval.

  6. Maybe if Stevie stopped being a "legend" and got back to being about music - as in actually writing it rather than raiding the past-glory-song-vault - the news might be better.

    1. You can take the legend out of the legend. There is no other woman in rock who at 66 had the appeal to fill 20k + arenas let alone the sad lot of younger ones. Get over yours sad anonymous self

  7. Once again Lindsey takes the low road and has to make negative comments about Stevie. I find it amazing that when Christine left the band he did nothing but rave about Stevie, but now that Christine is back, he has latched onto her. This is a shining example of why I don't care for him or his music. Both Christine and Stevie are supportive of each other and Buckingham, why he can't do the same baffles me. I wish he would leave again........