Fleetwood Mac revival spurred Christine McVie’s return hopes
Christine McVie has gone into detail about some of the things that make her want to rejoin Fleetwood Mac.
And she says her guest appearance with the band in London in September felt like getting back on a bike she’d fallen off.
McVie still doesn’t know if the reunion will actually take place. But she tells the Guardian of her 1998 retirement: “At the time, they tried to persuade me to stay so hard, but back then I’d made my mind up that I’d done enough touring. I just couldn’t live out of a suitcase any more. Whereas now I would really rather like to again.”
She’s attended therapy and cured her fear of flying, another issue that made it tough to remain part of Mac’s hectic touring schedule. In addition, McVie has been re-energised by seeing a new generation of fans discover the band’s music. “I have friends with grandchildren in their teens and they’ve got Rumours, Tusk, all the live stuff,” she says. “And they dig it, man, they really like it!”
Another factor is having seen the band from side stage – and she’s been particularly inspired by watching drummer Mick Fleetwood’s performances. She reflects: “You see Mick from the side of the stage, and it’s contagious. He puts so much energy and joy into playing the drums. He looks like a big Santa Claus up there with his beard and belly – oh God, don’t tell him I said that!
“But he’s so incredibly strong for someone who is 67, 68 or whatever he is. He puts everything into it. He comes off stage and puts ice packs all over himself, then puts on a coat that’s three times too big for him, fastens it up and walks around so his muscles don’t get seized up. It’s the same thing every night for him.”
Stevie Nicks recently said that if McVie wanted to rejoin she didn’t even need to ask. But a decision is unlikely to be made until bassist John McVie completes his cancer treatment. “The prognosis looks good,” says his ex-wife. “He’ll be up and running again in a couple of months.”
In the meantime she’s basking in the enjoyment of her guest spot. “I climbed back on there again, and there they all were: all the familiar faces. It was like falling of a bike – it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as I thought. In fact it felt great!”
Fleetwood Mac’s 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Rumours won a Classic Rock Award last month.