Is Mick Fleetwood hinting that Fleetwood Mac is eying a farewell tour??? Is he insinuating leader Lindsey Buckingham will return to the band??? Fleetwood is clearly in brand damage control following Christine McVie's surprisingly negative take on the future of Fleetwood Mac. McVie, who clearly stated that age, health, and disinterest would preclude Stevie Nicks, John McVie — and possibly herself — from ever hitting the road again as the Mac, garnered enough public outcry that she was forced to backtrack on her statements.
During a new chat with Rolling Stone, Mick Fleetwood was pressed whether Fleetwood Mac might gear up for a “farewell” tour, and admitted, “I’m very aware that we’ve never played that card. I think the vision for me, and I think it would be hugely appropriate, is that we actually say 'this is goodbye' and go out and actually do that. That has always been my vision and I’m a flatly confident that we can do that. We owe it to the fans.”
Regarding McVie's recent remarks about the future of the group, Fleetwood joked, “I think she got out of bed on the wrong side that day. She meant to say, 'We’ve done so much. I don’t know whether or not we can keep going.' Anything other than that, she can speak for herself. But I can assure you we are alive and well. And she has no regrets. She just got caught up in whatever she was saying and she also felt she had been misunderstood.”
Fleetwood touched on McVie's comment that her ex-husband, bassist John McVie, is content to live his life on board his boat, and explained, “He’s always more interested in going sailing until you put it in front of his face. He’s so not caught up in the drama of the workings of the band. That has always been my world. I’ve never not known John to answer the call and say, 'Show me the gig and I’ll plug my bass in.'”
Fleetwood revealed that he and Lindsey Buckingham have made peace and are back in touch, having moved past the ugliness and legalities that caused his 2018 exile from the band: “I’ve really enjoyed being re-connected with Lindsey, which has been gracious and open. And both of us have been beautifully honest about who we are and how we got to where we were. My vision of things happening in the future is really far-reaching. Would I love to think that (reunion) could happen? Yeah. I’d love to think that all of us could be healed, and also respect the (current) people who are in the band, Neil Finn and Michael Campbell.”
As far as whether star-crossed lovers Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks could ever work together again, Fleetwood said: “I can’t speak for the dynamic with Stevie and him. I don’t even need to protect it. It’s so known that they’re chalk and cheese in so many ways, and yet not.”
Back in 2012 during a Q&A at the Hamptons International Film Festival, Stevie Nicks touched upon some of her longtime issues with Lindsey Buckingham: “I mean, obviously, I didn't go out with that guy, 'cause he was, like, a jerk. I went out with him 'cause he was gorgeous, and he had a beautiful smile, and a wonderful laugh, and he was a lot of fun. . . in the beginning (laughter, applause). And then, like men and women do, they get possessive, and consuming, and all-powerful, and wanting to run the show completely. Either you let me drive with you or I'm not gonna do it.”