Showing posts with label Interview. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Interview. Show all posts

Friday, March 22, 2019

Christine McVie talks Glastonbury, rock 'n' roll and retirement

Christine McVie: inside the world of Fleetwood Mac, then and now
As the band prepares for its UK return in June, Christine McVie talks Glastonbury, rock 'n' roll and retirement

By Ella Alexander | Harpers Bazaar
Mar 21, 2019

June 2019 will be a big month for music fans for two reasons – an under-the-radar, little-known festival called Glastonbury and the return of Fleetwood Mac, the band’s first UK dates in six years. Sadly, this year at least, the two aren’t linked, but lead vocalist and songwriter Christine McVie says any decision to perform at Glastonbury isn’t down to the band itself.

“It isn’t up to me, it’s up to the management,” said McVie. “It’s their decision and down to logistics. I can’t say yes or no to Glastonbury, but I’d like to – so long as I don’t have to wear wellington boots on stage. Or maybe I’d just have to roll with it – wellie boots with mud.”

For now, fans will have to make do with two UK gigs at Wembley (the first time that McVie has performed in the UK with the group since officially rejoining), one of which sold out so fast that the band added a further date. Over 50 years after the band were first formed, appetite for Fleetwood Mac shows no signs of waning.

“Maybe people are just wondering when the first one of us is going to pop off because we’re not youngsters anymore,” laughs McVie. “Maybe people want to see us because they think it’s the last chance. We’re a young band at heart; you’d never think we are the age we are. We’re never static. It’s going to be fantastic.”

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

INTERVIEW Christine McVie Attitude Magazine

"I don't see any reason why we can't do another tour and make another record."

With a 50-year legacy of friendship, fallouts and iconic folk-rock hits, the Fleetwood Mac story is as epic as they come in music.

Over the years band members Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks have married, divorced, made up, fallen out, and continued to release some of the most defining pop hits of the last century - and the drama hasn't waned now most of them are in their seventies.

Disagreements over current world tour 'An Evening with Fleetwood Mac' led to Buckingham's sacking from the group in April last year, with the guitarist and vocalist settling a lawsuit against his former bandmates in December.

Talk of that lawsuit is strictly off-limits as Attitude meets Christine McVie ahead of Fleetwood Mac's two planned dates at Wembley Stadium this June, but the British-born singer is a characteristically open book when it comes to discussing the legacy of a band that has defined her life since 1970.

Despite standing as the (relative) calm at the centre of the Fleetwood Mac storm, McVie has had plenty her own ups and downs during the course of her career, most notably retiring from the group in 1998 for 16 long years after developing a debilitating phobia of flying.

Since rejoining the group onstage at Wembley in 2014 McVie hasn't looked back however, and as the 75-year-old songstrees discusses eveything from Fleetwood Mac's unlikely inclusion in American Horror Story to why the popularity of her signature track 'Songbird' has been both a blessing and a curse, it's clear she's having the time of her life...

You've had a bit of a break from touring over the last few weeks - do you feel fully rested and recuperated?

Monday, October 08, 2018

INTERVIEW Lindsey Buckingham In the Studio rare in-depth conversation

Lindsey Buckingham made breathless headlines earlier this year by being fired from Fleetwood Mac, but us longtime watchers of that never-ending soap opera know well that for over a forty year period now, Buckingham’s role has resembled Al Pacino‘s mafia Don Corleone character in Godfather 3  exclaiming, “Every time I think I’m out, they pull me back in!” So before you get to feeling too sorry for Lindsey for being summarily dismissed and are tempted to start a GoFundMe page for him, realize that it is quite possible that getting sacked may have been the only way out of his contractual obligation to the Big Mac tour. And who knows? Maybe the old Br’er Rabbit routine was the best way out of a bad situation for Buckingham, who has put the free time to great use by collecting the best of his solo albums Law and Order, Go Insane, Out of the Cradle, Under the Skin, Gift of Screws, and Seeds We Sow  with live performances and even a couple of new songs into Solo Anthology- The Best of Lindsey Buckingham.

This  In the Studio rare in-depth conversation with the very private Lindsey Buckingham begins with his growing up in a very competitive Northern California family of over-achievers ( his older brother was on the US Olympic swim team ); developing his musical chops with his high school transfer classmate Stephanie Nicks; moving to Los Angeles for their first shot at recording the tasty but ill-fated Buckingham Nicks  album in1973; and after being unceremoniously dropped from their record label, the star-crossed opportunity which miraculously appeared with a veteran British band recently located to LA, Fleetwood Mac; “Trouble” from his first foray solo on 1981’s Law and Order; the infectious title song from Go Insane in 1984;  “Countdown”  from Out of the Cradle in 1992; and the fourteen year layoff effort  Under the Skin from Lindsey Buckingham in 2006 which included “Show You How“. Bonus chestnuts include the singalong “Holiday Road” from National Lampoon’s Vacation, live versions of “Never Going Back Again” and “Go Your Own Way”, and one of the new songs, “Hunger“.

See Lindsey Buckingham in concert Tuesday in San Francisco, Friday Los Angeles, Saturday San Diego, October 15 Boulder, Chicago October 17,Pittsburgh October 18, Warner Theater in Washington DC October 19, Charlotte October 21 and on through December 9. –Redbeard

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

A Conversation with Fleetwood Mac

Listen to Andy Greene's audio interview with all the members of Fleetwood Mac the formed the basis of his Rollingstone interview piece from last week.

Where did Lindsey Buckingham go? As they prep for a new tour, the members of Fleetwood Mac explain it all to Andy Greene.

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Coming Up on CBS THIS MORNING - Fleetwood Mac April 25, 2018 with Anthony Mason

Hopefully Anthony Mason can shed some light on what broke the chain when he sits down with Fleetwood Mac on CBS This Morning Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

Check local listings.
Broadway World

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Interview Stevie Nicks: ‘I was so sick — I couldn’t shower. I almost died’

Saturday's edition of The Times UK has a four page interview spread with Stevie. Check out the full interview at

The Fleetwood Mac singer talks about her past lovers, drugs hell — and why, at 68, she’s not too old to get married

Saturday, October 22, 2016

INTERVIEW Stevie Nicks on the importance of being a romantic

Stevie Nicks on the importance of being a romantic
The Creative Independent

Do people often ask about your songwriting process?

They do. You know, they say, “Do you write about people? Do you write about love affairs? Do you write about what’s happening now? Do you write about what happened to you a long time ago in the past? How do you summon those memories up?” I always say to them, as a writer you don’t have any one way. You write about what inspires you right now. If what inspires you right now is that song “Missing You” by John Waite because you just happened to hear it on the radio, then so be it. That was my song back when I was with Joe Walsh and whenever it comes on I just have to sit down. My mind races back to that time in my life and if I let myself I could run right to the piano and write another song. I don’t always let myself do that anymore, but that’s what it inspires.
As a writer you don’t have any one way. You write about what inspires you right now.
I can be sitting in a parking lot waiting for my assistant to come to the car and I see a couple walk by and I can see their fingers gently touch and see him open the door for her and look at her and her look at him and for a moment they just stand still in time… and then I can go home and write a song about them. Or I can see a movie—say, it’s a movie with Michael Fassbender called The Light Between Oceans—and I can’t get this movie out of my head. The tragedy of this movie is so intense and so beautiful you can hardly stand it and you go home and think about it for days afterwards. It’s everything I can do to not just say “Stop everything I have to go and write a song about this movie because I need to write a song about this fictional relationship that I can’t stop thinking about.”

When people ask me about songwriting, that’s what I tell them. Pay attention to your feelings. It can be anything. Everything. And yes, I can write a really super romantic song today even though I’m not really in a relationship nor have I been in one for a long time. I can take ideas right out of the air, but I have to be really inspired. It has to be something truly inspiring that pushes me to go and write a poem, and then that poem is something that, when I have the time, I will take to the piano. That has always been my process since I was 15 years old.

You’ve spoken about the connection between poetry and songwriting. Is writing poems and songs your way of making sense of the world?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

INTERVIEW Stevie Nicks speaks with Keith Caulfield of Billboard Magazine

Pop Shop Podcast featuring: Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow
Billboard co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and senior editor Katie Atkinson interview Stevie Nicks.

We spoke to the legendary Stevie Nicks a little while back, and in our conversation, we talk about her upcoming tour, her 24 Karat Gold album, how she compiled the set list for the show and the possibility of a new Fleetwood Mac album from the classic Rumours-era lineup of the band. Plus, Nicks discusses how she’s “heartbroken” that she’ll never be able to perform her famed hit “Stand Back” with Prince, as the song was inspired by the Purple One’s single “Little Red Corvette.”

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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Mick Fleetwood Interview... Talks Maui Gallery, Future of Fleetwood Mac and New Music


As far as Fleetwood Mac is concerned, you guys wrapped up a world tour – your first in more than a decade with Christine McVie back in the fold – a little less than a year ago. What does the future hold for the band?

Well, we're all dedicated to getting together about a year or so from now and going and doing another two years of touring all over the world, probably. And we also have a huge amount of recorded music. A huge amount. None of it's with Stevie. Or very little. Some of it is very, very old stuff that Lindsey maybe did with her years and years ago. We're not quite sure what will happen with it. But you know, doing this band is a huge investment. We're only off the road for less than a year, and when you add in the time it takes to put a tour together, do rehearsals, get it up and running, the whole thing, it's three years that you don't do anything else. And Stevie has her own life and career and I think … you know, she just doesn't want to spend the time right now. And we're quietly saddened about that but also I sort of understand.

Do you think there will be a new record?

I really don't know. The hope was that there was going to be. I do know that when Christine came back, she came back with a bag full of goods. She fucking wrote up a storm. She and Lindsey could probably have a mighty strong duet album if they want. In truth I hope it will come to more than that.

So nothing's planned ... but it could happen.

There's always a "could happen" [laughs]. But one thing that's for sure — there really are dozens of songs. And they're really good. And so you think, "Shit, I don't want it to be that, decades later, when we're all pushing up daisies, someone hears this stuff and goes, 'Well, that should have come out!'" So we'll see.

Full interview by Richard Bienstock at Rollingstone

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham at USC - Full Interview

Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac shares his life in music at USC as part of Professor David Belasco's series, The Leap.

Includes performances of: Never Going Back Again (10:51); Bleed to Love Here (37:44); Big Love (1:04:27); Tusk (1:27:15); Go Your Own Way (1:32:30).

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Lindsey Buckingham Interview on Larry King Now will air Wed, March 25th, 2015

Larry King will air his recent interview with Lindsey Buckingham this Wednesday, March 25, 2015 on

New episodes of Larry King Now are posted at 2PMET. You can watch them after they premiere online anytime at Ora TV or Hulu.

Friday, March 06, 2015

1980: Stevie Nicks with Molly Meldrum

In February 1980, while Fleetwood Mac were touring Australia promoting their double album 'Tusk', Stevie Nicks came into the Countdown studios in Melbourne to record a brief interview with host Ian 'Molly' Meldrum.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Check out this Vh1 Classic Interview with Lindsey Buckingham - Europe Tour Confirmed!

Eddie Webb interviewed Lindsey on August 26th... Hit the image for the Vh1 Classic Rock Nights website and check it out.  Lindsey confirms with Eddie that he's doing some shows in Europe!  No specific dates or cities mentioned... This is awesome news for the European fans of Lindsey who have been waiting for this moment.
Interview length is approx. 30 minutes. Two songs included "In Our Own Time" + "Rock Away Blind"

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Still following her ‘Dreams’

Stevie Nicks tours behind new album that takes her in many different directions

By Sarah Rodman
Globe Staff / August 26, 2011
Boston Globe

Stevie Nicks will twirl her way to the stage of the Bank of America Pavilion on Monday, and she’s thrilled to be hitting the road in support of her latest solo release, “In Your Dreams,’’ her first in a decade and what she calls one of the best of her career.

Produced and partially co-written by erstwhile Eurythmic Dave Stewart - with help from Glen Ballard - at a studio in Nicks’s Los Angeles home, the album finds the Fleetwood Mac chanteuse covering a lot of ground. She spreads her patented brand of mystical glitter on everything from the emotional ode to our troops “Soldier’s Angel,’’ featuring Mac compatriot Lindsey Buckingham on guitar and vocals, to the expansive rocker “Wide Sargasso Sea.’’

We chatted with Nicks recently on the phone from LA.  Check out that interview here

Sunday, August 14, 2011

At 63, the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman never seems to stop working, either on her solo career or with the band that shot her to superstar status in the 1970s

Stevie Nicks: timeless, tireless 
Toledo Blade

When Stevie Nicks last performed in Toledo, a thunderstorm threatened to blow her and her band right out of town.
"It blew so hard it almost knocked some of our set down," Nicks said in a phone interview, recalling her appearance at the Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre in 2008, which finally began after a downpour delayed the show for almost two hours. "Of course I remember. But you know it turned out to be a magical night."
The rock and roll legend returns this week, with no worries about weather conditions. Her concert is scheduled for Friday at the Huntington Center.
Nicks, calling from her home near Phoenix last week, is embarking on a tour to promote her seventh studio solo album, "In Your Dreams." It debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard charts, an impressive showing in a business dominated by younger artists.
At 63, the Fleetwood Mac frontwoman never seems to stop working, either on her solo career or with the band that shot her to superstar status in the 1970s. She did a mini-tour earlier this year with Rod Stewart. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer seems everywhere these days, with guest appearances on all of TV’s top competition shows.
It’s hard to imagine that it’s been nearly 40 years since she and then-boyfriend Lindsey Buckingham joined three remaining members of the English-based Fleetwood Mac and skyrocketed to success with a run of best-selling albums, most notably "Rumours," which sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.
Nicks released her first solo album, "Bella Donna" in 1981 and it went to No. 1 and spawned the hits "Edge of Seventeen," "Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around" (with Tom Petty), and "Leather and Lace" (with Don Henley). She’s overcome battles with drug addiction to develop a career that spans generations, which she discussed in a recent interview.
How do you approach writing songs, because you’ve often said you don’t write for your generation?
I try to make my music as timeless as possible. I don’t think that any of my songs are directed to people in their 70s. My songs are directed towards the whole world. I think love in many ways, when you’re writing about it, is not different. When I fell in love with the first guy I fell in love with at 15½ and I wrote my first little love song and told my mom and dad I was going to be a songwriter, I was in love with that guy at 15½ [in the same way] as I have been in love with anyone since.
So when I write, that’s how I write, I look back to 15 and come up to how old I am now and I see so many similarities. I don’t think a lot of things change. I think a lot of people think it does. I write for people who think love is timeless.
Unlike the old days where we didn’t see Fleetwood Mac or yourself on TV much, you were everywhere the past few months, especially on the talent shows (Dancing with the Stars, The Voice, America’s Got Talent.) How is it different in promoting albums from years past?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Stevie Nicks to play Toledo's Huntington Center on Aug. 19th

Stevie Nicks has dreams she likes to sell. Her crystal visions of magic, eternal love and enchanting characters beckon. It’s those poetic fairy tales shrouded in mist set to music — and that voice. 

by: Vicki L. Kroll
Toledo Free Press

As the shawl-wearing rock star twirls through the mystical seasons of her life, fans still cry out for “Rhiannon.” And “Edge of Seventeen,” “Dreams,” “Landslide,” “Stand Back,” “Gold Dust Woman.”

She’s one of the few artists with a successful solo career while in a band. With Fleetwood Mac, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2003. The group has sold 48.5 million discs, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, and Nicks solo has tallied 10.5 million.

“In Your Dreams,” her seventh solo record, debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 in May, and the music is hauntingly familiar. Dave Stewart, formerly of Eurythmics, co-produced the disc and co-wrote seven songs.

“When you’ve been part of a duo like Dave and I have, the spirit of Annie Lennox and Lindsey Buckingham float with you,” Nicks said during a teleconference with four newspapers, including Toledo Free Press Star.

She talked about what it was like during the nine months when Stewart was at her house working on the record.

“The fireplace is on, and all the moons and stars are on the ceiling, and it’s all totally this magic living room that I live in, and he just starts playing his guitar and he’s like, “Well, come on, let’s go ahead.” And I’m like a deer in the headlights: Oh my God! Does he expect me to sit here and write a song with him? With him in the room? So I did, I just started kind of reciting my words in a sing-songy way, and that song in 15 minutes became the third to the last song on the record, “You May Be the One.’

” Nicks recalled how they talked about poetry — and resurrected a gem.

“I said I wrote a song once that was to an Edgar Allan Poe poem named ‘Annabel Lee.’ And he said, ‘Can we hear it’” And I said, “Sure,” and I went and got the demo out of the vault and played it for he and [co-producer] Glen Ballard and they loved it. They loved the fact that I had written it when I was 17, and they loved the fact that I didn’t even make a demo of it until 1996, so it lived in my head from 1965 until 1996.”

The singer said “Secret Love,” another song from the new disc, was written in 1975.

“When I first joined Fleetwood Mac in the fifth day of 1975, we — both Lindsey and I — already had a ton of songs that didn’t make it on the “Buckingham Nicks” record that were really good, like, for instance, ‘Rhiannon,’ so we would just put the songs away.

“And then you join Fleetwood Mac and you have three writers,” she said. “And you’re writing like crazy because you’re experiencing this new band and this crazy thing — and you only get three or four songs.

“So then two years goes by until you do your next record, and you’re writing all through that two years — you’re on the road, I’m writing in my journal,” Nicks said. “By the time we get to ‘Rumours,’ I’ve got all the songs that didn’t go on ‘Fleetwood Mac’ that also aren’t going to fit on ‘Rumours.’ So I call it the song vault, so all those little songs go into the vault. And then every time I do a record, I peruse through all those songs.”

The songwriter has a few thoughts about casting musical spells.

“You just need to be a good storyteller,” she said. “The truth speaks volumes. So that’s what I always tried to do was be totally truthful, and none of my songs are made-up stories, they’re all real, they all came out of my journals, they all came out of my prose writing, which someday I’ll put into a book you guys all will get to read.”

In the meantime, fans can see Nicks’ “In Your Dreams” tour, which will stop at the Huntington Center on Aug. 19. Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert range from $49.50 to $125.

The 63-year-old talked about prepping for the tour with a show at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.

“We weeded,” she said. “‘Stand Back,’ ‘Edge of Seventeen,’ ‘Gold Dust Woman,’ ‘Sorcerer,’ ‘Landslide,’ we did the musts, the must-haves, and then we did seven new songs. And the reviews that came back from that show were like the old songs were great, but there was a special light around the new songs that we haven’t seen in a long time.”