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Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (09/26/1997), Mac's reunion going surprisingly well
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Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, September 26, 1997

Mac's reunion going surprisingly well

By JONATHAN TAKIFF Knight-Ridder

Clearly, guys don't "tell all" the way girls do.

So there's pop diva Stevie Nicks in the new Spin magazine, blabbing everything to Courtney Love. Stevie's remembering how messed up she was in Fleetwood Mac, how paranoid she became about her success, how she could share lines of cocaine with perfect strangers, how she bounced from her teen-age love and career partner Lindsey Buckingham to Don Henley and then to the big daddy of the band, Mick Fleetwood, in the process breaking up his happy home. Tsk, tsk.

Why, Stevie's got so much personal gossip to chew, there isn't even time to discuss the other soap opera of the Fleetwood Mac band - one-time marriage mates John and Christine McVie.

But get Lindsey Buckingham on the phone to discuss the surprisingly happy and so far successful reunion of Fleetwood Mac, and you get a model of good taste and discretion.

Yes, it was he who pulled the plug on the Big Mac, walking out the door 10 years ago when the nrfriction got to be impossible, Buckingham allows.

Still, he's not telling much. "Let's just say it was nuts. Whatever habits people had, it was difficult to get a creative atmosphere going. The last album we did, 'Tango,' was, um, lacking a lot of interaction. That album took 10 months. We saw Stevie for three weeks."

The creative/producerly backbone of the group, it was also Buckingham who inadvertently started the ball rolling for a Fleetwood Mac reunion timed to this year's 20th anniversary of their megahit album, "Rumors." You know, the 25 million-selling phenomenon that yielded four Top Ten hits and spent 134 weeks on the charts - 31 of them at No. 1.

"I called Mick in to work on my own album last summer," Buckingham recalled. "And when it came time to do some bass parts, I asked Mick who he thought we should use. I should have known what his answer would be - John McVie."

As the music started flowing, and the old chemistry bubbled up, Lindsey asked Christine McVie to sing harmonies. "The magic, the energy, the pure joy of working together was stronger than ever," he recalled.

Some great tracks for Buckingham's own album came out of the gigs, he says. "My set is 90 percent done, but I was persuaded to put it down, wooed into doing this (reunion album and tour) by Mick, who was actively lobbying for it to happen, and then by (Warner Bros. executive) Russ Thyrett, who said my album could wait but this couldn't."

The icing on the cake was when Stevie Nicks let it be known she was interested in getting together again with the gang.

"If you'd asked me a year ago if this could happen, I'd say absolutely not," Buckingham said with a laugh. He also can't believe how well it's been going. Even the media have been "surprisingly open to the idea, not cynical as I'd anticipated."

Thanks to Karen for submitting this and to Anusha for formatting and sending it to us.


Date: 1997-09-26         Number of views: 1407

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