Legendary band of the 70s and 80s, Fleetwood Mac, are back together for a world tour and are planning to perform the album that both catapulted them to stardom and emphasised their deep and damning fractures, Rumours.
Christine McVie, credited with writing many of Fleetwood Mac’s hit songs, singing and playing keyboard in the group, grew up a mere stone’s throw from Birmingham and received most of her musical training within the city. Back then she had not yet married Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie and was still known as Christine Perfect, and any thoughts of being a rock star in America were entirely fantastical. Yet, upon joining the band in 1970, life changed very quickly for McVie. Within four years she was married, had jetted off to the rock and roll capital of the world, welcomed new members Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham and written the band’s first ever hit song ‘over my head’.
Fleetwood Mac were onto a winning formula from the start, they weren’t afraid to pour their personal life into their music, which paved the way to success and some very turbulent times. Rumours was written during a time when all members were going through breakups and divorce, and there was so much raw emotion being weaved into their music. The only song on the album that all five members were credited with contributing to was also their most iconic, ‘The Chain’. This song, more than any, epitomises the internal fracture in the group, while being a testament to their power as a combined force.
And if, you don’t love me now
You will never love me again
I can still hear you saying
You would never break the chain”
– Fleetwood Mac, The Chain
Although they went on to produce several more hit albums together through the 80s and 90s Christine McVie finally called it a day in 1998 and has been in semi retirement up until her shocking return to the band in 2014. Now, at last, after a few years easing back into the lifestyle (though not quite as wild as before) and with an impressive side project with Lindsey Buckingham under her belt, the iconic band are back in full force ready for their world tour kicking off this June.
The ultimatum posed in ‘The chain’ is still as relevant today as it was in the 70s, after all, the chemistry and clashing within the group is what made their music reach so deep. When asked recently about the reformation of Fleetwood Mac, Christine McVie had this to say; “The chemistry was still there. To me, that was the biggest thing: Would the chemistry be there? Can we really go ahead and do this? And it was obvious within the first moment of plugging in the instruments that the magic was still there. It was a fantastic feeling”.
For more information on Fleetwood Mac’s upcoming world tour visit: fleetwoodmac.com