Article by: Andrea Martin. Media by: Charley Phillips
For the first time in 16 years, people will finally be able to see Fleetwood Mac fully in their prime. With the rejoining of Christine McVie, the band will be embarking on a new U.S. tour that will feature hits from their timeless albums such as, Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, and many more.
Fleetwood Mac originally toured in 2013 even though McVie was hesitant about touring again, as she has a deep fear of flying. After performing with the rest of the band at the O2 Arena in London, England, McVie caught the music bug again and will be lending her voice for audiences to hear for the first time since 1998. At the graceful age of 71, her voice still remains intact and still retains its beautiful depth that many fans fell in love with.
Fleetwood Mac was originally founded in 1967 by drummer Mick Fleetwood (easy to tell where they got the band name), and went through transitional line up changes before it was finally able to settle with the onset of Lindsey Buckingham (guitarist), Stevie Nicks (singer/songwriter), Christine McVie (keyboardist, singer/songwriter), and John McVie (bass guitarist). This core would create their biggest hits together in the 70s, which would solidify their place in music history.
In 1975, The Mac would release their self-entitled album, which would spawn three singles: “Over My Head,” “Rhiannon” and “Say You Love Me.” The album also contained the song “Landslide,” a well-known Nicks’ hit that is one of Fleetwood Mac’s signature songs. This album gained the band some attention but it was nothing compared to what their next album would do.
Fleetwood Mac gained huge recognition for their Rumours album that would propel them to national stardom. Released in 1977, the album told the downward spiral of romance and also embraced the interpersonal upheavals of the liberated 70s. During the course of recording this album, each member went through some sort of personal battlement with relationships. Fleetwood began to experience problems with his then-wife as well and these conflicts would present the basis by which Rumours would exist on.
The album had four singles: “Go Your Own Way,” “Dreams,” “Don’t Stop,” and “You Make Loving Fun.” The album gained widespread acclamation and went on to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year during the 1978 Grammy Awards. Today, the album is considered Fleetwood Mac’s greatest accomplishment and is appreciated by young and old alike.
With McVie’s comeback, the attention that Fleetwood Mac has gained has been non-stop. The legendary status of the band is cemented, but the re-entering of Christine McVie changes the whole attitude and atmosphere of the band. The Mac wasn’t the same without McVie when it toured in ’13. Now, there’s a new sense of anticipation and respect as the band is back together to sing harmonious tunes that set the foundation for music within the 70s and today.
Fleetwood Mac’s tour dates can be viewed at their website: http://www.fleetwoodmac.com/events