Wednesday, May 07, 2014

via Billboard Fleetwood Mac Revives Chemistry In Studio: 'We Get Chills,' Says Christine McVie

Fleetwood Mac Revives Chemistry In Studio: 'We Get Chills,' Says Christine McVie

By Gary Graff
Source: Billboard

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie talk about collaborating ahead of the band's upcoming tour. "We've been working very closely together, so there is a freshness"

It appears that Christine McVie will be returning to Fleetwood Mac to do more than play some old songs in concert. The group -- sans Stevie Nicks, who was busy with "some other commitments," according to Lindsey Buckingham -- has just finished a nearly two-month run in Studio D at the Village Recorder in Los Angeles, where Fleetwood Mac made 1979's "Tusk" album, working on a batch of new songs by McVie and Buckingham.

"This has kind of been a project in slow motion, that's the only way I can put it," Buckingham tells Billboard. "We got in the studio not knowing what to expect, and the chemistry was just unbelievable... We got eight tracks very far along, like, 75 percent done. It just played out really organically in a way that seemed appropriate." Buckingham says the new songs came from ideas McVie brought into the band, and coupled with material he worked on previously with Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, the group has "about 14 or 15 things, and some other things we want to get to down the line" even before Nicks begins making contributions. 

"We're all very excited about it. Knowing me, I'm going to be pushing for a double album," Buckingham says with a laugh.

Describing the new songs -- which include "Carnival Begin," "Red Sun" and "Too Far Gone" -- McVie says, "There's a wide variety, starting from sort of blues-based songs to very commercial songs. It's very, very exciting. We get chills when we hear them. They sound really fresh. There's an element, I guess, that hasn't really existed so much in the past although it has been there in the fact Lindsey and I have been collaborating more. We've been working very closely together, so there is a freshness and obviously there are parts for Stevie to sing on all of these songs, which she will do eventually."

When the rest of the world hears them remains up in the air, however. Fleetwood Mac released a four-song digital EP in April of 2013, and Buckingham and McVie say they don't expect to have a new album ready before the group's upcoming tour starts September 30 in Minneapolis.

"We haven't finished what we've done here," McVie explains. "these are just tracks with some overdubs, and they're certainly not finished. I go back to England now until the beginning of rehearsals, which is the end of July, and then we're rehearsing and then we're touring, so we won't really have time to (finish the songs). There's some talk about some time next year. Fleetwood Mac always take a long time to make a record -- you know what."

Buckingham concurs, though he acknowledges that there may be a bit of clamor for the new music once word of the sessions leaks out, which may effect the timetable for the material's release. "We want to plant some seeds of awareness about what we're doing," he says. "We won't want to pretend it doesn't exist. We're very proud of it, and we do want to get the word out. But we'll have to see how much clamor there is by the time we get into rehearsal and we have some time to let these seeds grow and see what kind of interest there is. That may inform our decisions one way or the other."

Buckingham, meanwhile, says he's particularly stoked that making new music is part of McVie's return after a 16-year absence. "It just took on a life of its own for sure," he says. "For years I was telling everybody, 'Y'know, she'll never be in the band again. She's gone.' I really believed that. But right now the whole thing has really got such a circular feel to it. And if you're talking about one more act for this play or whatever you want to call it, I can't think of a better way to do it." 

Fleetwood Mac formally announced McVie's return in January after she joined the group on stage in London last September. McVie -- who released one solo album, 2004's "In the Meantime," during the interim but mostly spent her time as "a retired lady of leisure with the Range Rover and the Dogs" in rural England -- has gone through therapy to overcome a fear of flying that was one of the reasons he left the group. And she promises that she's back in Fleetwood Mac "for perpetuity, yeah. For as long as I'm around. I'm here. I'm committed." And she adds that returning to the studio with the group was like getting back on the proverbial bike.  

"I thought I was going to get nervous coming in the studio, but it's felt very easy and natural," she says. "Before I got to L.A. Lindsey and I had been ping-ponging ideas on computers and that; I'd send him my very, very rough, funky demos and he made some kind of sense out of them and sent them back to me with him playing guitar and they started to turn into really lovely ideas. I really missed playing with them and the chemistry of it all and started to really, really desire to start doing something again, and the only people I could think of that I would have any desire to do anything with would be them, Fleetwood Mac."

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

INTERVIEW: Lindsey Buckingham talks about Village Recordings w/ Christine McVie for NEW Fleetwood Mac Album


Lindsey Buckingham revealed that Fleetwood Mac is currently in the studio recording its first studio album in over a decade -- with the full classic lineup teaming up for the first time since 1987. Buckingham explained that a substantial amount of the material came from the group's 2012 sessions for their Extended Play EP, released last year: 

"There was a bunch of material that I cut with John (McVie) and Mick (Fleetwood), about a year-and-a-half ago, before we hit the road last time. And a couple of those made it into the show and we put out this little EP from that -- but there were quite a few other things. So, y’know, we had that as a starting point for an album."

"We were here at the Village for I think 4 weeks, then we took a week off, and then we were here for another 4 weeks. And this is our last few days.  And we got 8 tracks, very far along... You know like 75% done in that amount of time. And all of those except for 1 are Christine, or co-writes between Christine and myself. Because it seemed like the priority was to work on her stuff then to get her feeling comfortable and feeling far along with this process and we managed that very well".

Listen to the Audio of Lindsey explaining their time at The Village:

Part 1 Basic Tracks | Part 2 Eight New Tracks

Source: 100.9 The Mix

Monday, May 05, 2014

VOTE for Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum "CMT Performance of the Year" Award at

Please vote for Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum for "CMT Performance of the Year" Award for  their performance of "Rhiannon" from last years Cross Roads.  Vote HERE at CMT. You can log in with Facebook / Twitter or by logging in to CMT.  Must be a U.S. resident over 13 to vote.  Vote in each category... Stevie and Lady Antebellum's category is "Performance of the Year".  Make sure you read the RULES.

More on their episode of Cross Roads HERE.

Neil Young , Stevie Nicks and Lionel Richie are among several artists from outside the world of country music who scored nominations for the 2014 CMT Music Awards .  The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will compete against each other for the CMT Performance of the Year prize at the ceremony, which will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 4, at 8 p.m. ET on CMT.

Young received a nod for a duet rendition of his song "Long May You Run" with his old buddy Willie Nelson , which was featured on an episode of CMT Crossroads titled Willie Nelson & Friends from Third Man Records .  Nicks, meanwhile, was nominated for a performance from her own CMT Crossroads appearance, which featured her performing with Lady Antebellum .  They're nominated for their collaborative version of her Fleetwood Mac classic "Rhiannon."  As for pop/R&B legend Richie, who had a surprise hit with his 2012 country duets collection, Tuskegee , he garnered a nod for his medley performance of "Oh No"/"All Night Long" with Luke Bryan from the 2013 CMT Artists of the Year special.

Other nominees for CMT Performance of the Year include modern-rock band Fall Out Boy   and pop group OneRepublic , who are being recognized for their respective CMT Crossroads duets with Dierks Bentley and The Band Perry .

Miranda Lambert is the leading nominee for the 2014 CMT Music Awards with a total of six.  Voting for the CMT Music Awards is now open at and will run through June 1 at midnight.  Tickets for the show go on sale this Saturday May 10 at 11 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.

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Sunday, May 04, 2014

Chart Updates: Fleetwood Mac "Rumours" "Greatest Hits" and "The Very Best Of"

Nothing too remarkable going on this week with albums charting in various countries... Few ups and downs and a couple of re-entries.

(Previous week in parenthesis)

U.S.A. -  Chart date May 10, 2014
# 49 (33) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
# 50 Re-entry: Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac

AUSTRALIA - Chart date May 5, 2014
# 32 (29) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

# 50 Re-entry: Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits

# 3 (4) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

# 10 (8) Sound City - Real to Reel (Feat. Lindsey, Stevie and Mick)

CANADA - Chart date April 20, 2014
# 21 (27) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
# 81 (49) Fleetwood Mac - Greatest Hits

UK - Chart date May 10, 2014
# 85 (86) Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

# 21 (17) Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

IRELAND - May, 2014
# 63 (48)  Fleetwood Mac - The Very Best Of

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Photo: Mick Fleetwood chillin on a plane Maui bound with headphones on #FleetwoodMac

Mick Fleetwood spotted on his way back to Maui, May 1, 2014

Photo by: Sirius Summit

Daily Mail
Mick was actually on his way to Maui, not landing in Los Angeles as the article suggests.  And he's carrying a Ukulele not a guitar.

Going his own way! Legendary musician Mick Fleetwood opts for serious flower power as he lands in Los Angeles  

He is one of the most successful singer/songwriters in the world, noted for his contribution to Fleetwood Mac's commercial success which first exploded in the 1970s.

But Mick Fleetwood was still channeling something of a flower-power vibe when he landed in Los Angeles airport on Friday.  

The 66 year-old was clearly going his own way as he arrived in California, where he stood out from the crowd in a clash of colours. 

The acclaimed musician - whose hits include Tusk, You Make Loving Fun and Go Your Own Way - looked like he was back on the east coast to write or record new music as he carried his guitar.

Wearing a bright yellow jacket with pale blue trousers, he accessorised with a pink and white floral scarf and a pair of tan boat shoes.

He also wore his hair in a ponytail, although much of it was covered by his purple-rimmed hat.

Clearly dressed to impress, he attracted many onlookers with his quirky attire as he walked through the airport's arrivals terminal.

But the attention will be welcome now that the British-born star is about to embark on a Fleetwood Mac reunion tour from September, which will see all five original back together on stage.

This will see them perform until 20 December, performing all of their favourite hits.

The Chain group - featuring John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks - have recently welcomed back Christine McVie.

After 15 years of living in the tranquil English countryside, the 70 year-old has made the decision to return to the band for a planned tour. 

The British-American band were formed in 1967 in London. Their smash-hit album Rumours sold 40 million and topped the U.S. chart for seven months, but their stardom was blighted by cocaine-fuelled excess.

Photo: Dave Stewart and Waddy Wachtel at the mixing desk working on new Stevie Nicks album

Photo: Dave Stewart

Things appear to be moving along quickly... Today, Dave posted a picture on Facebook of himself and producing partner Waddy Watchel at the mixing desk working on Stevie's new album.  Which to me indicates the recording is done and they are at the mixing stage... or does that happen as you move along during the recording process?

"at the mixing desk with my great pal and producing partner Waddy Wachtel for 
Stevie Nicks new album"

Friday, May 02, 2014

Australia TV Alert: @StevieNicks @FleetwoodMac and Lindsey Buckingham in May

Oprah's Master Class with Stevie Nicks 

Channel 128 Discovery Health
Saturday 3 May, 2014 1:30pm
Sunday 4 May, 2014 8:30am

Soundstage: Fleetwood Mac
Join MAX as we bring you an exclusive Fleetwood Max event that takes you closer than no other.

Channel 805 MAX - Duration 90 mins.
Sunday 4 May, 2014 8:30 am
Monday 5 May, 2014 7:00 pm.
Tuesday 6 May, 2014 6:00am.

Talks Music with Lindsey Buckingham

Channel 132 Studio - Duration 60 mins.
Wednesday 14, May, 2014 5:30pm
Thursday 15, May, 2014 4:00am
Thursday 15, May, 2014 1:30am

Audio/Video/Photo: Stevie Nicks: Veterans Matter PSA

Photo courtesy of Rico Roman
Then-Sgt. Rico Roman, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, receives a visit from legendary musician Stevie Nicks while recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in April 2007. Rico was riding in a humvee in the region of Sadr al-Yusufiya, Iraq, when it struck an improvised explosive device. Both of Roman’s legs were injured in the blast. After a year of therapy and rehabilitation, Roman made the hard decision to have his left leg amputated above the knee. (Photo courtesy of Rico Roman) - See more at: SOLDIERS

John Mellencamp, Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty Support New Campaign to House Homeless Veterans

More than a dozen celebrities, including rock legends John Mellencamp, Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty and ZZ Top's Dusty Hill, are taking part in a new campaign to raise awareness about the plight of homeless U.S. military veterans.  The initiative, organized in conjunction with the Ohio-based Veterans Matter program, seeks to raise money to help vets find a place to live.

The artists have recorded audio and video spots asking for donations by visiting, or by texting "VETS" to 41444.  

So far, Veterans Matter has helped find housing for more than 230 veterans and/or their family members in six states.  The program's goal is to house 1,000 more by the end of the year.

"There are still 60,000 more veterans out on the street that need your help," Mellencamp says in his testimonial.  "Help get the word out and share this on all your social media.  Veterans matter.  We must take care of our own."

For her part, Nicks says, "Thousands of veterans are homeless and living on the streets of our nation tonight.  Streets where they're being beaten, robbed, killed.  Let's take care of our own.  Please join me in housing 1,000 veterans as fast as possible."

Other stars who have contributed messages to the initiative include Kid Rock, author Mitch Albom, and country artists Kix Brooks, Darius Rucker, Darryl Worley, Emerson Drive, and Jennifer Nettles.

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Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac are collaborating on their first new material in 15 years

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac are collaborating on their first new material in 15 years. The band is hitting the road, including sold-out shows at the Forum in Inglewood, this year with McVie rejoining the storied group.

LA Times

Photo by Michael Robinson Chavez Los Angeles Times
Her fear gone, Christine McVie's muse soars with Fleetwood Mac reunion
Christine McVie eases comfortably into the corner of a leather sofa, about a foot between her and Lindsey Buckingham. He leans forward and side by side, they listen to the playback of "Too Far Gone," a danceable new Fleetwood Mac song they've written together over the last few weeks at a West Los Angeles recording studio.
"This was a great collaboration," Buckingham said. "I had a track without any singing on it, and she wrote the song over it."
"We've been doing that quite a bit lately, haven't we?" McVie said.
Helping McVie write songs, Buckingham said to her, "is something you always wanted me to do for you, which was not necessarily the case with Stevie. She's a little more complicated in her needs."
It's a scene that would have been pure rock 'n' roll fantasy barely two years ago.
At that point, McVie was securely ensconced in her 17th century mansion in rural northern England, having retired from touring and recording with a band she'd been part of for a quarter century. Crippled by a fear of flying that made the idea of a trip to Los Angeles — or anywhere else — unthinkable, the '70s rock goddess stopped touring in 1998 and spent much of her time cooking and gardening.
But last week, the woman who wrote and sang many of the group's cornerstone songs, including "Don't Stop," "You Make Loving Fun," and "Little Lies," traded banter cheerfully with Buckingham, who expressed sheer delight at resuming the creative relationship they'd once enjoyed, both saying they've not only picked up where they left off, but agreeing that "it's better than ever."
In fact, it's the same studio they built 35 years ago when the British-American band was starting work on one of the most ambitious projects of the group's storied career, the two-disc "Tusk" album, which followed blockbuster "Rumours," one of the 10 bestselling albums of all time.
After a smiling McVie flashes double thumbs-up to engineer Mark Needham, Mick Fleetwood squeezes his unmistakable 6-foot-5 inch frame through the control room door and starts munching a forkful of salad out of a green plastic container. He grabs a digital camera off a coffee table and points it at his bandmates. McVie obliges him by twisting her mouth into a goofy grimace as he snaps the shot.
"There was some worry about whether it was a good idea to come back here," said Fleetwood, 66. "Maybe it would be better to go someplace new, someplace we hadn't worked before. But since we started working here, it couldn't be more fantastic."

F. Scott Fitzgerald's observation that "there are no second acts in American lives" notwithstanding, it appears that the Grammy-winning quintet is positioning itself for precisely that.
Of the band's five members, only Stevie Nicks isn't on the premises, busy attending to other commitments, they say. While Christine McVie and Buckingham signed off on the latest tweaks to "Too Far Gone," John McVie and Fleetwood worked on other facets of the new material.
McVie's return to the fold for an upcoming full-band reunion tour, announced in January, was surprise enough to music fans who'd been assured for a decade and a half that McVie had checked out of Fleetwood Mac and wasn't coming back. But things began to change a couple of years ago, when she began to reassess her decision.
She continued to write in her self-imposed retirement, and put out an appealing solo album in 2004, "In the Meantime." It was that project that helped plant the seed for her eventual return.
"It had some good songs on it, but I went about it all wrong, " said McVie, 70, still looking the part of the quintessential rock 'n' roll singer and songwriter in her brown leather jacket, over a white tank top and tight black jeans. "I did it the wrong way, with the wrong people, I didn't want to fly, I didn't want to promote it. I just did it in my garage and nothing happened with it. That caused a certain amount of angst, and then I just stopped."
Then a couple of years ago, she sought out a therapist to help her with the fear of flying. "He asked me, 'If you were to go anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?' I thought about it for a little bit, and I said 'Hawaii.'
"He said, 'Buy your ticket.' Then he said, 'You don't have to use it. Just buy it'," she said. Buckingham laughs at her revelation, saying, "I didn't know that part."
After a period of being gradually desensitized to the idea of flying, she said Fleetwood drove to her home to meet her, and together they got on a plane to Maui. There she joined him and her ex-husband, John McVie, at a performance by their blues band.
"I did a couple of songs there, it felt good onstage, and then I thought, I'm really missing out on something—something that's mine, that I've just given up, and I'm not paying respect to my own gift," she said. "I saw that if I want to start to play again, there's only one band I want to play with, and that's Fleetwood Mac."
That led to her first appearance in 15 years with Buckingham, Nicks, McVie and Fleetwood when the 80% edition of the group performed at the O2 Arena in London last year, a one-night reunion that set the stage for her return to the band.
That would have been reason enough for Fleetwood Mac fans to celebrate, but as McVie put it, her return wasn't simply for the full-group reunion tour now scheduled to start in the fall.
"I committed to join the band hook, line and sinker — recording, everything," she said.
Having overcome her flying fears, a new sense of liberation is manifesting in McVie through an outpouring of songwriting, much of it with Buckingham. Over the last eight weeks, Buckingham said they've written and recorded eight new songs, which will help populate a new Fleetwood Mac album along with seven or eight more the band recorded about 18 months ago while gearing up for a 2013 tour.
Another McVie-Buckingham collaboration they previewed, "How I Feel," is a buoyant number with all the markings of a hit.

"There's a lot of pop in what we've been doing," Buckingham, 64, says with a giddy smile, his signature shock of kinky hair still shooting skyward even as it has morphed over the years from dark brown to salt-and-pepper shades.
Following this round of recording, the album will be shelved while they gear up for the new tour, which opens Sept. 30 in Minneapolis and includes three nights at the Forum in Inglewood.
"I think we both came in with a certain level of ... not anxiety, but acknowledging that there were certain unknowns as to how this was going to go, or where it was going to go, or whether it would only get so far and then hit the wall," Buckingham said. "It's almost like the whole being greater than the sum of the parts, which was always a way to describe Fleetwood Mac.
"When someone takes such a long hiatus, you don't know if that was a moment in time; if that [working relationship] is still there," he said. "You know the potential is still there, but are the tools for getting in touch with it still there? But actually, it's better than ever, wouldn't you say?"
"Absolutely," McVie said instantaneously. "You've heard what the tour is called?" she asks, as if to underscore the theme of rejuvenation for the new chapter in the continuing story that is Fleetwood Mac. "On With the Show," she said, answering her own question.
Working together again, Buckingham said, "has been a really profound couple of months. I can't think of anything better for the next act for this band."
by Randy Lewis

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Stevie Nicks's Legend Keeps Twirling at Night of 1000 Stevies. Bring on the shawls, lace, flowing hair and white-winged doves

Photo: Roger Ressmeyer

Bring on the shawls, lace, flowing hair, white-winged doves and perpetual twirling. It’s time for the annual Night of the 1000 Stevies, a tribute to the mysticism-drenched siren Stevie Nicks, whose charisma after all these years draws people from around the world to perform her signature songs to a crowd of cheering tambourine holders.

Read The Full Story by: Michael Musto at The Blot Magazine


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Go Hard or Go Home... Stevie Nicks and Dave Stewart Crank Out 15 New Tracks in Nashville!

From bunny... to bear... Whatever it takes, Stevie and Dave are gettin' the job done! 

This sounds really encouraging... The fact that they have 15 songs done in a week and a half is pretty remarkable!.... Hopefully we get to hear all 15!

BMI Icon Award Presented to STEVIE NICKS May 13th at BMI's 62nd Annual Pop Awards

Photo: Kristin Burns
April 30, 2014
Media Alert

Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), the leading global music rights organization, to honor GRAMMY Award-winning artist Stevie Nicks. Additional invited guests include:

Adam Levine, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Lumineers, Fall Out Boy, Florida Georgia Line, Sheryl Crow, Shakira, Mac Miller, Skylar Grey, Vanessa Carlton, Andy Grammer, Paul Doucette, Lady Antebellum, Jeff Bahsker, Alex Da Kid, Rodney Jerkins, Bonnie McKee, Busbee, Claude Kelley, Brenda Russell, Noel Zancanella, Nathaniel Motte and more hit-making scribes

BMI's 62nd Annual Pop Awards is a black-tie, invitation-only dinner that will present the BMI Icon Award to Stevie Nicks for her unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.

The evening will also recognize the songwriters and publishers of the past year's most-performed pop songs in the United States from BMI's repertoire of more than 8.5 million musical works. The BMI Pop Song, Songwriter and Publisher of the Year will also be named during the ceremony.

The 62nd Annual BMI Pop Awards will be hosted by BMI Vice President & General Manager, Writer/Publisher Relations, Barbara Cane, BMI CEO, Mike O'Neill and BMI President Del Bryant.

Tuesday, May 13. Press check-in will be at 5:30 p.m.; arrivals begin at 6:30 p.m.; awards begin at approximately 9 p.m. Access is for arrivals only. 

Beverly Wilshire Hotel
Grand Ballroom
9500 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212