McVie wants back in Fleetwood Mac
Christine McVie has admitted she’d love to rejoin Fleetwood Mac – but guitarist Lindsey Buckingham could prevent it from happening.
She rejoined her bandmates for a guest appearance on the UK leg of their current world tour, which has been cut short after her ex-husband, bassist John McVie, was diagnosed with cancer and required urgent treatment.
It was the first time she’d been seen on stage with them since quitting in 1998 after 28 years. And she says she’d be delighted to make a more permanent return.
McVie tells the Guardian: “I like being with the band, the whole idea of playing music with them. 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.
“I think I was just music’d out,” she says of her decision to leave. “I suffered from some kind of delusion that I wanted to be an English country girl. It took me 15 years to realise it’s not really what I wanted at all.”
Rejoining her former colleagues was a very easy thing to do, says McVie. “It was amazing, like I’d never left. I climbed back on there again, and there they were: the same old faces on stage.”
It’s been suggested Buckingham prevented her making more guest appearances because a longer-term return could be seen as a gimmick – and she sympathises with the argument. “From his point of view it was a business thing,” she says. “Promoters would be asking why I wasn’t playing in Amsterdam or Berlin. They obviously wanted headlines about them, not me, and I quite agree with that.”
She underlines that the issue hasn’t been discussed with the band, adding: “It’s a long way down the path if it were to happen, John’s got to get well first. He’s having his treatment in LA right now. They caught it really early so he should be up and running in a couple of months.”
Mac won a Classic Rock award earlier this month for their 40th anniversary edition of Rumours.
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