Unless you have been living in a cave in the outer Hebrides, cut off from electricity and the press and with no signal on your smartphone you will be aware that Fleetwood Mac have reformed, are cutting a new album and are going out on a 65 date tour which includes numerous UK dates and a headline appearance at this years Isle Of Wight Festival.
Fleetwood Mac may be heading into their final year. According to the band’s guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, the group will cease to operate in 2015 or soon afterwards. The Guardian reports that Buckingham has told told the American TV channel PBS that the forthcoming Fleetwood Mac album and tour would be their “last act”.
2014 was a big year for Fleetwood Mac: the original keyboardist and songwriter Christine McVie rejoined after quitting the band in 1998. They played a series of acclaimed gigs, and there is also the promise of the band’s first album since 2003, which will feature a number of new songs that McVie and Buckingham have worked on together.
Buckingham said that McVie “gave me a bunch of stuff to take home, I worked on it, came back, and she loved it. We went into the studio and came out with the best songs we’ve co-written in years.” Buckingham added: “Christine really fills the gap of the polarity that might exist otherwise, and helps things breathe.”
The current Fleetwood Mac lineup is the same one that oversaw the band’s most successful period, including the trio of classic 1970s albums Fleetwood Mac, Rumours and Tusk, as well as the poppy 1980s hit Tango in the Night.
The Express reports that while the members of Fleetwood Mac had a turbulent working relationship throughout, Lindsey Buckingham admits time apart has healed old wounds and recent recording sessions have been a success.
“We went in the studio for two months and came up with probably the best group of songs that we’ve done in years.”
Buckingham concluded: “We’re going to continue working on the new album, and the solo stuff will take a back seat for a year or two. A beautiful way to wrap up this last act.”