After 15 years away, Christine McVie is rejoining the tumultuous group
At last Rumours fans will have their “Dreams” come true: Christine McVie confirmed Thursday she’s definitely going back again and rejoining Fleetwood Mac more than 15 years after leaving.
The singer and keyboardist who quit the band in 1998 told Carson Daly the news on the Today show, where she and the band appeared together. “I think that can be said with a definite capital ‘Yes,'” she said. She also revealed for the first time just why she quit the group: “I had a fear of flying. I hadn’t flown for 15 years.”
Fleetwood Mac has undergone dramatic line-up changes since its formation in the 1960s. But McVie’s return marks a reunion for the Rumours-era members—singer Stevie Nicks, guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie — for a new album and an upcoming world tour.
“I have very high hopes for all of this,” Buckingham told USA Today. “It took getting into the studio before we started to see things unfold in an effective and comfortable way. Christine was not sure how her voice was going to be. It will be a little bit of a slow process with her piano chops. But all the stuff inside her is still intact, and she’s getting in touch with a process that’s been lying dormant for a while.”
McVie briefly reunited with Fleetwood Mac last autumn when she appeared on stage with them during a London concert.
Just a few weeks after the performance, John McVie — Christine’s ex-husband — announced his cancer diagnosis. But the bassist was on hand during the TODAY appearance to say he was “getting better,” and would be touring with the band.
It’s nice to know that after more than four decades of tumultuous changes, Fleetwood Mac still knows how to shake things up.