July 24, 1997, PASADENA, Calif. -- (Copyright ©1997, N.Y.P. Holdings Inc.)
The rumors are true: Fleetwood Mac is back.
The legendary '70s rock group has reunited for a new live album, an MTV concert special and, starting in September, a cross-country tour.
VH1 kicks off the promotional push for the big Mac reunion tonight at 8 with "Fleetwood Mac: Classic Albums," an hour-long look at the making of "Rumours," the mega-selling 1977 album which spawned a series of hit singles, including "Don't Stop" and "You Can Go Your Own Way."
Band members Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie and John McVie were all interviewed for tonight's special, which chronicles the behind-the-scenes drama -- both musical and romantic -- which accompanied the production of the album.
"I didn't really dig up any painful memories ," says Nicks, who was ending a rocky romance with Buckingham while "Rumours" was being made. "I tried to put myself back into where I was when I wrote each song."
Nicks and Buckingham weren't the only ones coming apart during the making of "Rumours." John and Christine McVie were also ending a long relationship, while Fleetwood was having problems of his own. Rather than hamper production of the album, the band members believe their private battles served as the creative fuel for an album which went on to sell 25 million copies worldwide.
"When you have two couples, whether they're still together or not, in a band, it's dramatic. It's tense," says Nicks. "I was talking to Don Henley a couple of weeks ago and I said, quot;Well, you know you were never in love with Glenn Frey or Joe Walsh. It's different.'"
While it's been 20 years since Buckingham and Nicks broke up, the two are only now putting their past behind them.
Before their recent reunion, "I had issues about Stevie that hadn't been resolved," says Buckingham. "We had broken up in '77 and I left the band in '87. You'd think, 10 years -- get on with it, buddy."
But because the two continued to work together for so long after their split, "rather than try to confront each other and resolve anything, I think we just went, "OK, we'll just let it go," says Nicks.
Adds Buckingham: "Much of the Fleetwood Mac dynamic was an exercise in denial in order to get through it. Now those things have been dealt with so I can appreciate Stevie and feel warm things for her without any of that other stuff."
The legendary tension between Nicks and Buckingham truly seems to be a thing of the past.
Sitting together in a small hotel conference room recently just after a large press conference, the two seem so in synch with one another that another kind of Fleetwood Mac reunion -- a romantic one between Nicks and Buckingham -- almost seems feasible.
Nicks laughs gently at that notion. "Maybe when Lindsey and I are 60 years old, we'll look around and we'll say, "You know what, there just isn't anybody better around. Maybe we'll just get married or something,'" she says. " Lindsey and I ... are becoming really good friends again. It's real nice. I don't think we were all that good of friends before."
Tonight's special will be followed by a 90-minute MTV concert special on August 12, followed by the August 19 release of "The Dance," a 17-song album of music from the concert, which was recorded in May.
Nicks and Buckingham are hopeful that the new projects are successful, but neither is obsessing about how fans will react.
"We're not desperate," says Nicks. "This isn't going to kill us. Therefore, this is going to be way better. However it goes is OK."
Adds Buckingham: "We've got the goods, and that will transcend any cynicism that is out there. The road will take care of itself. The album is another story. It will hopefully catch on because of the strength and the truth of it.
"If it doesn't," he says, "you can't really worry about it."
Thanks to Robert Beaton for the submission.