Mick Fleetwood spoke about his rekindled relationship with Lindsey Buckingham — but also hinted that a Fleetwood Mac reunion with the guitarist may not be in the cards.
During a chat with Relix, Fleetwood talked about the pair making peace, having moved past the ugliness and legalities that caused Buckingham’s 2018 exile from the band: “I also reconnected with Lindsey Buckingham, and that’s been a nice connection to have. (Some of the animosity) has definitely gone away, and he actually reconnected with me when he heard that (Fleetwood Mac co-founder) Peter (Green) had passed away. And we’ve had some really enjoyable, philosophically a-OK conversations. We know there were things that weren’t going right, and that were going right, and I get quietly reminded about that. That’s why, no matter what we were unhappy about, the reconnect is great.”
Fleetwood went on to say, “And I never fail to mention — his input helped perpetuate the whole creative process within the ranks of Fleetwood Mac. It’s a story that should never go away — just like Peter’s story. I still hold him in high regard. Both he and I are able to talk about all these things — these memories — as two people. It’s no secret that he and Stevie (Nicks) are like chalk and cheese; it’s just too much for them to co-exist. But it’s nice to be through that period and to know that we’re talking and philosophically OK with everything.”
Lindsey Buckingham’s firing came to a surprise to many — especially seeing as how when we last caught up with Buckingham he told us that his relationship with Stevie Nicks was stronger than ever and still extremely important to him: [“Whatever happens with Stevie, I would just wanna, with the band in general obviously, but I mean with Stevie in particular, because I’ve known her for so long, since I was about 16, one thing that would be very important to me by the time we say ‘we’re not gonna do this any more,’ would be that Stevie and I end up in a really good space together, y’know?”] SOUNDCUE (:19 OC: . . . space together y’know)
- Mick Fleetwood touched upon Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham‘s strained relationship, telling Relix: “It’s no secret that he and Stevie are like chalk and cheese; it’s just too much for them to coexist. But it’s nice to be through that period and to know that we’re talking and philosophically OK with everything.”
- Just released is Fleetwood Mac‘s 1980 concert collection, Fleetwood Mac Live. The new three-CD/two-LP collection, was primarily recorded during the band’s then-recent world tour behind Tusk, and features a remastered version of the original release on both 180-gram vinyl and CD, plus more than an hour of unreleased live music recorded between 1975 and 1982 on the third disc.
- In addition to the Tusk-era material, live tracks were culled from both the band’s road dates as far back as 1975. New additions to the set feature material from the 1982 dates in support of that year’s Mirage, along with such favorites as “Second Hand News,” “The Chain,” “What Makes You Think You’re The One,” “Gold Dust Woman,” “The Green Manalishi (With The Two-Pronged Crown),” “Hold Me,” and “You Make Loving Fun.”
- Out now is Mick Fleetwood & Friends’ Celebrate The Music Of Peter Green And the Early Years Of Fleetwood Mac.
- The show was recorded on February 25th, 2020 at the London Palladium, featuring Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman, Kirk Hammett, Noel Gallagher, Jeremy Spencer, Zak Starkey, Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, John Mayall, Christine McVie, and Steven Tyler, among others.