Interview for Say You Will Tour (Los Angeles Daily News)
Los Angeles Daily News
HEADLINE: THE MAC IS BACK;
FLEETWOOD AND COMPANY RETURNS TO PROMOTE 'SAY YOU WILL'
BYLINE: Sandra Barrera, Staff Writer
Mick Fleetwood was hunkered down in a Los Angeles studio, working on former Fleetwood Mac member Lindsey Buckingham's next solo project, when the door began to rattle.
It was the folks from Reprise.
"You know, it's coming up on 25 years since 'Rumours' was out. Be great if you guys got back together - nudge, nudge, hint, hint," Fleetwood recalls the conversation going. "Eventually so much of that was going on, Lindsey said, 'Let's do it.' "
That 1997 reunion was met with great enthusiasm, resulting in the partly new, partly classics album "The Dance," an MTV "Unplugged" special and a whirlwind concert tour.
Little was seen or heard from the classic '70s rock lineup again until this April, when Fleetwood Mac released "Say You Will," its first studio recording of all new material with Buckingham and Stevie Nicks since 1987's multiplatinum "Tango in the Night."
"We always intended to do what we're doing now by halfway through 'The Dance' tour, which was six years ago," Fleetwood says. "We had a Fleetwood Mac alive and well."
The band has since lost Christine McVie to the lure of retirement. Her voice, however, appears on some of the new 18-track set (the lion's share of which was written by Buckingham) that has the rest of Fleetwood Mac on the road in support of it.
Days before its release, Fleetwood was at home in Woodland Hills reflecting on the journey of the past six years as the result of a phone call made to him in the mid-'90s.
When he picked up the phone, Fleetwood - living on the East Coast at the time - recalls hearing Buckingham's voice at the other end of the line say: "Would you like to play on some stuff that I've been doing?"
He didn't think twice.
Accepting the invitation, Fleetwood packed his bags and was off to Los Angeles to meet with Buckingham. The two were estranged since Buckingham announced he was leaving the group (founded in 1967) that he and Nicks were so instrumental in popularizing in the mid-'70s.
Together with Fleetwood, McVie and her ex-husband, John McVie, the band produced such memorable hits as "Dreams," "Don't Stop," "Sara," "Hold Me" and "Little Lies."
But by 1987, Buckingham was becoming dissatisfied with his position in the group. It led to some heated shouting matches with Fleetwood. But the past was forgotten once the music started to flow.
"The chemistry of these people when they play together and sing together is so intact ... that made me and Lindsey instantly realize that was still there, and everything was just made so much easier," Fleetwood says.
After the success of "The Dance" - more than 5 million copies were sold in the United States alone - it was decided the album was to be followed by Buckingham's solo work and tour. And then the band could work on the next Fleetwood Mac record.
But Buckingham was lost in the matrix of the studio, which resulted in putting everything else on hold. Fleetwood journeyed to Europe to pass the time, while Nicks made another solo record.
As she was about to go on tour, Buckingham emerged from his dungeon to announce he was contributing to the band's follow-up the songs on which he and Fleetwood had worked.
Nicks also pens some tracks on the new "Say You Will," which adds another hit to the band's already extensive catalog with "Peacekeeper."
"Some of this is a long, long time coming," Fleetwood says. "Some of this is incredibly fresh in terms of the songwriting ... because when you hear it, you don't know whether Lindsey worked on that for five months or five years. And in truth, it doesn't matter."
Where: Staples Center, 865 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles.
When: 8 p.m. July 11 and 12.
Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, 2695 E. Katella Ave., Anaheim.
When: 8 p.m. July 16 and 17.
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