During an appearance on CBS This Morning yesterday, Fleetwood Mac’s spiritual siren, Stevie Nicks, said that the band is planning to reunite next year.
“It’s the plan,” Nicks said. “Because that’s what we do. I do my thing, and Lindsey [Buckingham’s] out doing his thing.”
Focus has long been on Buckingham and Nicks and their place within Fleetwood Mac, but the last time the band toured they were only two of a foursome. Mick Fleetwood and John McVie have been with the group since the start, and their last names are what make up the rock band’s title. However, most fans came to know the group in their highly successful 1975 to 1987 period, when Fleedwood Mac was more popularly known as a five-person band (though others have come and gone from the group over the years).
At the time “The Mac” also featured Christine McVie (John’s wife at the time), as well as Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks– who were also a couple at that time. According to the rock band’s Wiki page, “Fleetwood Mac’s second album after the incorporation of Nicks and Buckingham, 1977’s Rumours, produced four U.S. Top 10 singles (including Nicks’ song ‘Dreams,’ which was the band’s first and only U.S. number one) and remained at No.1 on the American albums chart for 31 weeks, as well as reaching the top spot in various countries around the world. To date the album has sold over 40 million copies worldwide, making it the eighth highest selling album of all time.”
As the two people front and center at every concert and interview, Buckingham and Nicks were often considered the faces of the group. This, along with turmoil among the band members’ personal relationships, led to Fleetwood Mac’s eventual break up.
Nicks quickly established a very successful solo career. Buckingham found success as well, though not on the same level. Eventually the band was brought back together, in part due to then-President Bill Clinton asking them to perform their hit “Don’t Stop” at his Inaugural Ball in 1993; this was the President’s campaign song during that election year. However, as Fleetwood Mac started creating albums and touring again, Christine McVie decided to leave the group. Since then, it’s been Mick, John, Lindsey and Stevie.
In a 2011 interview with Rolling Stone, guitarist Buckingham did say that the band was looking to reunite in 2012 for a tour and possible album, but added, “Nothing is on the books right now. With Fleetwood Mac, there’s a lot of landmines out there politically and it’s hard to get everybody on the same page at the same time