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New York Post (03/11/2004), Fleetwood Flack

New York Post, March 11, 2004

by Adam Buckman

All this time I had the impression that Stevie Nicks was the willful diva of Fleetwood Mac.

It turns out it was Lindsey Buckingham.

That's the impression gained from this fascinating fly-on-the- wall documentary filmed while the band (minus Christine McVie) recorded last year's reunion album, "Say You Will."

The 90-minute film - titled "Fleetwood Mac: Destiny Rules" - will air without commercials Sunday night on VH1, a novelty for which the music channel is to be heartily commended.

Don't watch this if you're hoping to hear the band perform a lot of songs. They don't.

Do watch this if you relish the opportunity to get an up-close-and-personal look at the latest chapter in the 30-year soap opera that is Fleetwood Mac.

Filming of "Destiny Rules" began in fall 2001 and ended in May 2003, when the band embarked on the first leg of its ongoing reunion tour.

Judging from the documentary, it's a miracle the band was able to reunite for five minutes, much less make an album and go on tour.

With Christine McVie's absence blamed on a scheduling difficulty, the film has singer/ songwriter/guitarist Buckingham joining fellow band members Mick Fleetwood (drums), John McVie (bass) and Nicks, the band's throaty vocalist, in a rented house in California to prepare for recording their new CD.

Somehow, they manage to eventually agree on the songs, but not before Lindsey clashes with Mick over whether the CD should be a double or single album (it wound up a single disc with 18 tracks) and then battles Stevie over who they should hire to mix the songs, some of which were written by Lindsey and some by Stevie.

At one point, Lindsey even lectures Stevie on how to write - advice she doesn't particularly appreciate coming from an ex-lover with whom she was once so tortuously involved.

"It's the poet that I am - it's the way I write," says Stevie, dismissing Lindsey's attempts to change the tense of one of her lyrics. You go, Stevie.

In the end, the band (still minus Christine) comes together for the album and the tour - not necessarily for love, but for money, which makes this documentary one of the most honest ever on the business of rock 'n' roll.

Date: 2004-03-11         Number of views: 2280

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