Why Christine McVie won’t go back to Fleetwood Mac
No return: Fleetwood Mac with Chrstine McVie
Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham would love Christine McVie to return to Fleetwood Mac – but they don’t believe it will ever happen.
McVie, ex-wife of bassist John, quit the band in 1998 and released her last solo record in 2004. She’s seen her former band twice since leaving, once in 2003 and again in 2009, but did not join them on stage on either occasion.
Mac recently confirmed long-standing rumours of a 2013 world tour and the possibility of a new album, with two songs having been recorded and more tracks awaiting completion.
But Buckingham would be astonished if McVie were to play any part. He tells CBS: “She ended up getting a divorce, she moved back to England, she quit the band, she sold her publishing.
“She didn’t 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. I don’t pretend to understand such a radical change – but it was obviously something she needed.”
Nicks, when asked about her thoughts on a reunion, tells Rolling Stone: “There’s no more a chance of that happening than an asteroid hitting the earth.
“She is done. You know when you look in somebody’s face and you can just tell? She doesn’t want to do it any more.
“She doesn’t want to fly. She doesn’t want to come back to America. When she left, she left. She sold her house, her piano, her car. She went to England and she has never been back since 1998 – so it’s not really feasible, as much as we would all like to think that she’ll just change her mind one day. I don’t think it’ll happen.
“We love her, so we had to let her go.”
McVie, described by neighbours in the Kent village of Wickhambreaux as a near-recluse, last made headlines in 2010 when she and a consortium of landowners fenced off some fields, denying locals access to a nearby river. The consortium also cut down a willow tree popular with the villagers.