Christine McVie Eyes a Return to Fleetwood Mac
Fifteen years after leaving Fleetwood Mac, singer/keyboardist/songwriter Christine McVie says she’d like to return to the band. In an interview with The Guardian, she said, “I like being with the band, the whole idea of playing music with them.”
She joined her old bandmates onstage in September at their concert at London’s O2 Arena for “Don’t Stop,” which may have re-kindled her interest in being in the band. She told the Guardian, “I miss them all. If they were to ask me I would probably be very delighted … but it hasn’t happened so we’ll have to wait and see.” On discussing why she left in the first place, she said, “I think I was just music’d out. I suffered from some kind of delusion that I wanted to be an English country girl… and it took me 15 years to realise that it’s not really what I wanted at all.”
“She ended up getting a divorce, she ended up selling her house in L.A., she moved back to England, she quit the band, she sold her publishing,” Buckingham continued in our interview. “She didn’t necessarily have to burn as many bridges as she did. Everyone sometimes wonders whether or not there might have been more of a middle ground for her to strike, not necessarily in terms of her staying in Fleetwood Mac. But she just wanted to reinvent herself. She seems to want to lead the antithesis of the life she led before, and I don’t pretend to understand such a radical change but it was obviously something she needed.”
Originally known as Christine Perfect, McVie wasn’t a founding member of Fleetwood Mac but she joined the band in 1970 after marrying bassist John McVie. Part of the classic Rumours era lineup, she wrote and sang some of the band’s biggest hits, including “Over My Head,” “Say You Love Me,” “Don’t Stop,” “Songbird,” “You Make Loving Fun,” “Think About Me,” “Hold Me” and “Little Lies.”
Fleetwood Mac currently consists of the other members of the Rumours era lineup: drummer Mick Fleetwood, singer Stevie Nicks, guitarist/singer Lindsey Buckingham and bassist John McVie. They recently cancelled a tour of Australia and New Zealand when McVie was diagnosed with cancer. Concerning her ex-husband’s prognosis, Christine said it’s looking positive: “They caught it really early so he should be up and running in a couple of months.”
Curiously, the Guardian notes that their McVie interview is taken from a larger piece including Stevie Nicks, set to run later this year.