Fleetwood Mac is a British-American rock band, formed in London in
1967. The band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide,
making them one of the world's best-selling bands. In 1998, select
Fleetwood Mac were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame, and received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to
Music. In 2018, the band was declared MusiCares Person of the
Fleetwood Mac was founded by guitarist Peter Green, drummer Mick
Fleetwood and guitarist Jeremy Spencer. They lacked a permanent bass
guitarist for the first few months before Green convinced John McVie
to join, establishing the first stable line-up in time to record their
self-titled debut album.
Danny Kirwan joined as a third guitarist in
1969, and keyboardist Christine Perfect, who was used as a session
musician starting with the second album, later married
John McVie and
joined the band in 1970. During this time period, the band was
British blues outfit, scoring a UK number one with
"Albatross"; and had lesser hits with the singles "Oh Well" and
"Black Magic Woman". Personal problems led to original guitarists
Green and Spencer leaving in short order, replaced by Bob Welch and
Bob Weston. However, by 1974, Welch and Weston had both left, leaving
the band without a primary male vocalist or lead guitarist.
In late 1974, while the band was scouting studios in Los Angeles, they
were introduced to folk-rock duo
Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
The band sought to add Buckingham as their new lead guitarist, who
agreed under the condition that Nicks, his singing partner and
girlfriend at the time, also would join the band. The addition of
Buckingham and Nicks caused the band to take on a more pop rock/folk
rock sound, with their 1975 album
Fleetwood Mac becoming their best
selling record to date, reaching No. 1 in the US. Rumours (1977),
Fleetwood Mac's second album after the incorporation of Buckingham and
Nicks, produced four US Top 10 singles and remained at No. 1 on the
American albums chart for 31 weeks, as well as reaching the top spot
in various countries around the world. The album has sold over 40
million copies worldwide, making it the eighth-highest-selling album
to date. During the recording of Rumours, the band went through
personal turmoil, as both of the romantic partnerships in the band
Christine McVie and Buckingham & Nicks) separated,
though the band kept making music together.
The lineup remained stable through three more studio albums, but by
the late 1980s the band began to disintegrate. First to leave was
Buckingham, followed by Nicks in 1991, to be replaced by a series of
short-term guitarists and vocalists. In 1993, a one-off performance
for the Presidential Inauguration of
Bill Clinton featured the five
key members back together for the first time in six years, and by
1997, a full reunion occurred. In 1998,
Christine McVie retired from
touring, and the band stayed together as a four-piece with John McVie,
Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks. In 2014,
Christine McVie rejoined again full-time. The latest studio album by
the band was 2003's Say You Will, though a side project known as
Christine McVie was released in 2017 containing
contributions from the other band members except Nicks.
1.1 1967–1970: Formation and early years
1.2 1970–1974: Transitional era
1.3 1974: The fake Fleetwood Mac
1.4 1974: Return of the real Fleetwood Mac
1.5 1975–1987: Mainstream success
1.6 1987–1995: Departure of Buckingham and Nicks
1.7 1995–1997: Break-up
1.8 1997–2007: Reunion and Christine McVie's departure
1.9 2008–2013: Unleashed Tour and Extended Play
1.10 2014–present: Return of Christine McVie
4.1 Studio albums
5 See also
8 Further reading
9 External links
1967–1970: Formation and early years
Peter Green, 18 March 1970
Fleetwood Mac was formed in July 1967 in London when Peter Green left
British blues band
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. Peter
Green had replaced guitarist
Eric Clapton in the Bluesbreakers, and
received critical acclaim for his work on their album A Hard Road.
After he had been in the Bluesbreakers for some time, Green asked if
Mick Fleetwood could replace Aynsley Dunbar. Green had been in
two bands with Fleetwood—Peter B's Looners and the subsequent
Shotgun Express (which featured a young
Rod Stewart as vocalist).
John Mayall agreed and Fleetwood became a member of the band.
The Bluesbreakers now consisted of Green, Fleetwood,
John McVie and
Mayall. Mayall gave Green free recording time as a gift, in which
Fleetwood, McVie and Green recorded five songs. The fifth song was an
instrumental which Green named after the rhythm section, "Fleetwood
Soon after, Green contacted Fleetwood to form a new band. The pair
wanted McVie on bass guitar and even named the band 'Fleetwood Mac' as
a way to entice him. However, McVie opted to keep his steady income
with Mayall rather than take a risk with a new band. In the meantime,
Peter Green and
Mick Fleetwood teamed up with slide guitarist Jeremy
Spencer and bassist Bob Brunning, who was in the band on the
understanding that he would leave if McVie agreed to join. The Green,
Fleetwood, Spencer, Brunning version of the band made its debut on 13
August 1967 at the Windsor Jazz and Blues Festival as Peter Green's
Fleetwood Mac featuring Jeremy Spencer. Brunning merely played at a
handful of gigs with Fleetwood Mac. Within weeks of this show,
John McVie agreed to join the band as permanent bassist.
Fleetwood Mac's first album, Fleetwood Mac, was a no-frills blues
album and was released on the
Blue Horizon label in February 1968.
In fact there were no other players on the album (except for the song
"Long Grey Mare", which was recorded with Brunning on bass). The album
was successful in the UK, hitting No. 4, though it did not have any
singles on it. The band soon released two singles "Black Magic Woman"
(later a big hit for Santana) and "Need Your Love So Bad".
The band's second album, Mr. Wonderful, was released in August 1968.
Like the first, it was an all-blues album. The album was recorded live
in the studio with miked amplifiers and PA system, rather than plugged
into the board. They also added horns and featured a friend of the
band on keyboards, Christine Perfect of Chicken Shack.
Shortly after the release of their second album,
Fleetwood Mac added
guitarist Danny Kirwan, then just eighteen years old, to their
line-up, recruited from the South London blues trio Boilerhouse,
consisting of Kirwan on guitar with Trevor Stevens on bass and Dave
Terrey on drums. Green and Fleetwood had been to watch Boilerhouse
rehearse in a basement boiler-room and Green was so impressed, he
invited the band to play support slots for Fleetwood Mac. Green wanted
Boilerhouse to become a professional band but Stevens and Terrey were
not prepared to turn professional at the time, so Green sought to find
another rhythm section by placing an ad in Melody Maker. There were
over 300 applicants, but when Green and Fleetwood ran auditions at the
Nag's Head in Battersea (home of the Mike Vernon
Blue Horizon Club),
the hard to please Green could not find anyone good enough to replace
the pair, so he invited Kirwan to join
Fleetwood Mac as their third
Green had been frustrated that
Jeremy Spencer had little desire to
contribute to Green's songs. A self-taught guitarist, Kirwan's
signature vibrato and unique style added a new dimension to an already
complete band. With Kirwan, the band released their first number one
single in Europe, "Albatross". Around this time they released their
second American album, English Rose, which contained half of Mr.
Wonderful, new songs from Kirwan, and their third European album
called The Pious Bird of Good Omen, which was a collection of singles,
B-sides, and a selection of some work the band did with Eddie Boyd.
When the band went to the United States in January 1969 they recorded
many songs at the soon-to-close
Chess Records Studio, with some blues
legends of Chicago including Willie Dixon,
Buddy Guy and Otis Spann.
These would prove, however, to be Fleetwood Mac's last all-blues
recordings. Along with their change of style, the band was also going
through some label changes. Up until this point, they had been on Blue
Horizon. With Kirwan in the band, however, the musical possibilities
were too great for them to stay on a blues-only label. The band signed
Immediate Records label and released "Man of the World",
another British and European hit single. For the B-side Spencer
Fleetwood Mac as "Earl Vince and the Valiants" and recorded
"Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonite", typifying the more
raucous rock 'n' roll side of the band.
Immediate Records was in bad
shape and the band shopped around for a new deal. Even though The
Beatles wanted the band on
Apple Records (
Mick Fleetwood and George
Harrison were brothers-in-law), the band's manager Clifford Davis
decided to go with
Warner Bros. Records
Warner Bros. Records (through Reprise Records, a
Frank Sinatra-founded label), the label they have stayed with ever
Fleetwood Mac's first album for Reprise, released in September 1969,
was the well-regarded Then Play On. Although the initial pressing of
the American release of this album was the same as the British
version, it was altered to contain the song "Oh Well", which featured
consistently in live performances from the time of its release through
1997, and then again starting in 2009. Then Play On, which was the
band's first rock album, featured only the songs of Kirwan and Green.
Jeremy Spencer, meanwhile, recorded a solo album (he was backed by the
rest of the band) which consisted of many 1950s-style rock and roll
In July 1969,
Fleetwood Mac opened for
Ten Years After
Ten Years After at the Schaefer
Music Festival at New York City's Wollman Rink. They re-appeared at
the festival in 1970.
By 1970, Peter Green, the frontman of the band, was not in good
health. He had taken
LSD in Munich, which may have contributed to the
onset of his schizophrenia. German author and filmmaker Rainer
Langhans mentions in his autobiography that he and
Uschi Obermaier met
Peter Green in Munich, where they invited him to their
"High-Fish-Commune". They were not really interested in Green; they
just wanted to get in contact with Mick Taylor: Langhans and Obermaier
wished to organise a "Bavarian Woodstock". They wanted Jimi Hendrix
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones to be the leading acts of their Bavarian open
air festival. They needed Green just to get in contact with The
Rolling Stones via Mick Taylor.
Green's last hit with
Fleetwood Mac was "
The Green Manalishi
The Green Manalishi (With the
Two-Prong Crown)" (first recorded at the Boston Tea Party in February
1970 and later recorded by Judas Priest). This recording was released
as Green's mental stability deteriorated, and he wanted to give all of
the band's money to charity. Other members of the band did not agree,
and subsequently Green decided to leave the band. His last show with
Fleetwood Mac was on 20 May 1970. During that show, the band went past
their allotted time and the power was shut off, although Mick
Fleetwood kept drumming. Some of the Boston Tea Party recordings
(5/6/7 February 1970) were eventually released in the 1980s as the
Live in Boston album, with a more complete remastered 3-volume
compilation released by
Snapper Music in the late 1990s.
1970–1974: Transitional era
Kirwan and Spencer were left with the task of having to fill up
Green's space in their live shows and on their recordings. In
Fleetwood Mac released Kiln House. Kirwan's songs
moved the band in the direction of rock. Meanwhile, Spencer's
contributions focused on re-creating the country-tinged "Sun Sound" of
the late 1950s. Christine Perfect, who had retired from the music
business after one unsuccessful solo album, contributed to Kiln House,
singing backup vocals, playing keyboards and drawing the album cover.
Fleetwood Mac were progressing and developing a new sound,
Perfect was asked to join the band. They also released a single at
that time; "Dragonfly" b/w "The Purple Dancer" in the UK and certain
European countries. Despite good notices in the press, the single was
not a success and the B-side has been reissued only once, on a Reprise
German and Dutch-only "Best of" album, making it one of their most
1973 line-up with Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Bob Weston, John
McVie, and Bob Welch.
Christine Perfect, who by this point had married bassist John McVie,
made her first appearance with the band as
Christine McVie at Bristol
University in May 1969 just as she was leaving Chicken Shack. She had
success with the
Etta James classic, "I'd Rather Go Blind", and was
twice voted female artist of the year in England. Christine McVie
played her first gig as an official member on 6 August 1970 in New
Orleans. CBS Records, which now owned
Blue Horizon (except in the US
and Canada), released an album of previously unreleased material from
Fleetwood Mac called The Original Fleetwood Mac. The
album was relatively successful, and the band continued to gain
While on tour in February 1971,
Jeremy Spencer said he was going out
to "get a magazine", but never returned. After several days of frantic
searching, the band discovered that Spencer had joined a religious
group, the Children of God. Liable for the remaining shows on the
tour, they convinced Peter Green to help finish the tour. He brought
along his friend, Nigel Watson, who played the congas (twenty-five
years later Green and Watson collaborated again to form the Peter
Green Splinter Group). Green, however, would only be back with
Fleetwood Mac temporarily, so the band decided to search for a new
In the summer of 1971, the band held auditions for a guitarist in
their large country home, "Benifold", which they jointly bought with
their manager Davis for £23,000 (equivalent to £326,500 in 2016)
prior to the
Kiln House tour. A friend of the band named Judy Wong
recommended her high school friend, Bob Welch, who was living in Paris
at the time. The band had a few meetings with Welch and decided to
hire him, without actually playing with him or listening to any of his
In September 1971, the band released Future Games. Due to Welch's
arrival and Spencer's departure, the album was different from anything
the band had done up to that point, and there were many new fans in
America who were becoming more and more interested in the band. In
Europe, CBS released Fleetwood Mac's first Greatest Hits package,
which was predominantly composed of songs by Peter Green, though there
was one song by Spencer and one by Kirwan.
In 1972, six months after the release of Future Games, the band
released the well-received album Bare Trees. Though mostly composed by
Bare Trees featured Welch's "Sentimental Lady", which would be
a much bigger hit for him five years later when he re-recorded it for
his solo album French Kiss, backed with
Mick Fleetwood and Christine
McVie. It also featured "Spare Me a Little of Your Love", a bright
Christine McVie tune that became a staple of the band's live act
throughout the early to mid-1970s.
While the band was doing well in the studio, their tours were more
Danny Kirwan developed an alcohol dependency and became
alienated from Welch and the McVies. It was not until he smashed his
Les Paul Custom guitar before a concert, refused to go on stage, and
criticised the band afterwards, that Fleetwood was finally convinced
that he had no choice but to fire Kirwan.
The next two and a half years proved to be the most challenging for
the band. In the three albums they released in this period, they
constantly changed line-ups. In September 1972, the band added
guitarist Bob Weston and vocalist Dave Walker, formerly of Savoy Brown
and Idle Race. Bob Weston was well known for playing slide guitar
and had known the band from his touring period with Long John Baldry.
Fleetwood Mac also hired Savoy Brown's road manager, John Courage.
Fleetwood, The McVies, Welch, Weston, and Walker recorded Penguin,
which was released in January 1973. After the tour, the band fired
Walker because his vocal style and attitude did not fit in with the
rest of the band.
The remaining five carried on and recorded
Mystery to Me
Mystery to Me six months
later. This album contained Welch's song "Hypnotized" which got a lot
of airplay on the radio and became one of the band's most successful
songs to date in the US. The band was proud of the new album and
anticipated that it would be a hit. However, things were not well
within the band. The McVies' marriage at this time was under a lot of
stress, which was aggravated by their constant working with each
other, and John McVie's considerable alcohol abuse. During the
tour, Weston had an affair with Fleetwood's wife, Jenny Boyd
Fleetwood, the sister of
Pattie Boyd Harrison. Courage soon fired
Weston and the tour was cancelled, so due to lack of touring, the
album sold less than its predecessor.
1974: The fake Fleetwood Mac
In 1974, the band's manager, Clifford Davis, then claimed that he
owned the name Fleetwood Mac, and recruited members of a band called
Legs (which had recently issued one single under Davis'
management) to tour as Fleetwood Mac.
Fleetwood Mac consisted of Elmer Gantry (vocals, guitar),
Kirby Gregory (guitar),
Paul Martinez (bass), John Wilkinson
(keyboards) and Australian-born drummer Craig Collinge (formerly of
The Librettos, Procession and Third World War). The members of the
Fleetwood Mac apparently had been told that
Mick Fleetwood would
join them on later dates, and claimed that Fleetwood had been involved
in the early planning stages of the tour before dropping out.
As the tour got underway, Fleetwood Mac's road manager, John Courage,
realised that the line-up being used wasn't authentic. Courage ended
up hiding the real Fleetwood Mac's equipment, which helped shorten the
tour by the fake band, which soon dissolved. But the lawsuit that
followed—regarding who actually owned the rights to the band name
"Fleetwood Mac"—put the real
Fleetwood Mac out of commission for
almost a year. While the band was named after
Mick Fleetwood and John
McVie, they had signed contracts that showed the band forfeited the
rights to the name.
In the aftermath of the dissolution of the fake Fleetwood Mac, nobody
from that lineup was ever officially made a part of the real Fleetwood
Mac, although some of them later acted as Danny Kirwan's studio band.
Gantry and Gregory went on to become members of Stretch, whose 1975 UK
hit single "Why Did You Do It" was written about the fake Fleetwood
Mac touring debacle. Gantry later collaborated with The Alan
Parsons Project. Martinez, meanwhile, went on to play with the Deep
Purple offshoot Paice Ashton Lord, as well as Robert Plant's backing
1974: Return of the real Fleetwood Mac
During the fake
Fleetwood Mac months, Welch stayed in
Los Angeles and
connected with entertainment attorneys. He swiftly realised that the
band was being neglected by Warner Bros., and that if they wanted to
change that, they would have to change their base of operation from
England to Los Angeles, to which the rest of the band agreed
immediately. Rock promoter Bill Graham wrote a letter to Warner Bros.
to convince them that the real
Fleetwood Mac were, in fact, Fleetwood,
Welch and the McVies. But while this did not end the legal battle, the
band was able to record as
Fleetwood Mac again. Instead of getting
Fleetwood Mac decided to manage themselves.[citation
In September 1974,
Fleetwood Mac signed a new recording contract with
Warner Bros., but remained on the Reprise imprint. The quartet
released their album
Heroes Are Hard to Find
Heroes Are Hard to Find in September 1974 and for
the first time in its history, the band had only one guitarist. While
on tour they added a second keyboardist, Doug Graves, who had been an
engineer on Heroes Are Hard to Find. In late 1974, Graves was
preparing to become a permanent member of the band by the end of their
I'm looking forward to adding something to this already great band; I
helped engineer their album 'Heroes Are Hard to Find' and got to know
each member well. It came to me as a shock when Mick asked me to join
but I am enjoying playing live with the band, and hopefully will start
a new studio album with the band soon.
However, Graves did not ultimately join full-time. In 1980, Christine
McVie explained the decision:
"He (Doug Graves) was there to back me up, but I think it was decided
after the first two or three concerts that I was better off without
him. The band wanted me to expand my role and have a little more
freedom, so he played some organ behind me, but he didn't play the
same way I did...
Robert ("Bobby") Hunt, who had been in the band Head West with Bob
Welch back in 1970 replaced Graves. Neither musician, however, proved
to be a long-term addition to the line-up, and Welch left soon after
the tour ended (on 5 December 1974 at Cal State University), having
tired of the touring and legal struggles. Nevertheless, the tour
enabled the Heroes album to reach a higher position on the American
charts than any of the band's previous records.
1975–1987: Mainstream success
After Welch announced that he was leaving the band, Fleetwood began
searching for a possible replacement. While Fleetwood was checking out
Sound City Studios in Los Angeles, the house engineer, Keith Olsen,
played him a track which he had recorded in the studio, "Frozen Love",
from the album
Buckingham Nicks (1973). Fleetwood liked it, and was
introduced to the guitarist from the band, Lindsey Buckingham, who
coincidentally was at Sound City that day recording some demos.
Fleetwood soon asked him to join. Buckingham agreed, on the condition
that his music partner and girlfriend, Stevie Nicks, also become part
of the band; Fleetwood agreed. Buckingham and Nicks joined the band on
New Year's Eve 1974 (within 4 weeks of the previous incarnation
In 1975, the new line-up released the eponymous Fleetwood Mac. The
album proved to be a breakthrough for the band and became a huge hit,
reaching No.1 in the US and selling over 5 million copies. Among the
hit singles from this album were Christine McVie's "Over My Head" and
"Say You Love Me", and Stevie Nicks' "Rhiannon" and "Landslide"
(actually a hit twenty years later on The Dance album).
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Behind the scenes the band was fraying apart in 1976; with the success
of the band also came the end of John and Christine McVie's marriage,
as well as Buckingham and Nicks' long term romantic relationship. Even
Fleetwood was in the midst of divorce proceedings from his wife,
Jenny. The pressure put on
Fleetwood Mac to release a successful
follow-up album, combined with their new-found wealth, led to creative
and personal tensions, fuelled by high consumption of drugs and
The album Rumours (the band's first release on the main Warner label
after Reprise was retired and all of its acts were reassigned to the
parent label) was released in the spring of 1977, in which the band
members laid bare the emotional turmoil they were experiencing at the
time. Critically acclaimed, it was the recipient of the
for Album of the Year for 1977. The album generated multiple Top Ten
singles, including Buckingham's "Go Your Own Way", Nicks' US No.1
"Dreams" ( sample (help·info)), and Christine McVie's
"Don't Stop" and "You Make Loving Fun". Buckingham's "Second Hand
News", Nicks' "Gold Dust Woman" and "The Chain" (the only song written
by all five bandmates) also received significant radio airplay. By
2003, Rumours had sold over 19 million copies in the US alone
(certified as a diamond album by the RIAA), and a total of 40 million
copies worldwide, making it the second biggest selling album of all
Fleetwood Mac supported the album with a lucrative tour.
On 10 October 1979,
Fleetwood Mac was honoured with a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame for their contributions to the music industry
at 6608 Hollywood Boulevard.
Buckingham was able to convince Fleetwood to allow his work on their
next album to be more experimental and to work on tracks at home, then
bring them to the band in the studio. The result of this was the
20-track double album, Tusk, released in 1979. It spawned three hit
singles; Lindsey Buckingham's "Tusk" (US No. 8), which featured the
USC Trojan Marching Band; Christine McVie's "Think About Me" (US No.
20); and Stevie Nicks' 6½ minute opus "Sara" (US No. 7). "Sara" was
cut to 4½ minutes for both the hit single and the first CD-release of
the album, but the unedited version has since been restored on the
1988 greatest hits compilation, the 2004 reissue of Tusk and Fleetwood
Mac's 2002 release of The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac. Original
guitarist Green also took part in the sessions of Tusk, but his
playing for the
Christine McVie track "Brown Eyes" is not credited on
Tusk sold four million copies worldwide. Fleetwood blames the album's
relative failure on the RKO radio chain playing the album in its
entirety prior to release, thus allowing mass home taping.
The band embarked on an 11-month tour to support and promote Tusk.
They travelled across the world, including the USA, Australia, New
Zealand, Japan, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the
United Kingdom. In Germany they shared the bill with reggae superstar
Bob Marley. It was on this world tour that the band recorded music for
Fleetwood Mac Live album, which was released at the end of 1980.
The next album, 1982's Mirage—following 1981 solo albums by Nicks
(Bella Donna), Fleetwood (The Visitor), and Buckingham (Law and
Order)—was a return to a more conventional approach. Buckingham had
been chided by critics, fellow band members and music business
managers for the lesser commercial success enjoyed by Tusk. Recorded
Château d'Hérouville in France and produced by Richard Dashut,
Mirage was an attempt to recapture the huge success of Rumours. Its
hits included Christine McVie's "Hold Me" and "Love in Store"
Robbie Patton and Jim Recor, respectively), Stevie
Nicks' "Gypsy", and Lindsey Buckingham's "Oh Diane", which made the
Top 10 in the UK. A minor hit was also scored by Buckingham's "Eyes Of
The World" and "Can't Go Back".
In contrast to the Tusk Tour, the band only embarked on a short tour
of 18 American cities, the
Los Angeles show being recorded and
released on video. They also headlined the first US Festival, on 5
September 1982, for which the band was paid $500,000 ($1,267,931
today). Mirage was certified double platinum in the US.
Following Mirage, the band went on hiatus, which allowed members to
pursue solo careers.
Stevie Nicks released two more solo albums
(1983's The Wild Heart and 1985's Rock a Little), Lindsey Buckingham
issued Go Insane in 1984, the same year that
Christine McVie made an
eponymous album (yielding the Top 10 hit "Got a Hold on Me" and the
Top 40 hit "Love Will Show Us How"). All three met with success and it
was Nicks who became the most popular. However, also during this
Mick Fleetwood had filed for bankruptcy, Nicks was admitted to
Betty Ford Clinic
Betty Ford Clinic for addiction problems, and
John McVie had
suffered an addiction-related seizure—all attributed to the
lifestyle of excess afforded to them by their worldwide success. It
was rumoured that
Fleetwood Mac had finally broken up; however,
Buckingham commented that he was unhappy to allow Mirage to remain as
the band's last effort.
The Rumours line-up of
Fleetwood Mac recorded one more album for the
time being, Tango in the Night, in 1987. Initially, as with various
Fleetwood Mac albums, the material started off as a Buckingham
solo album before becoming a group project. The album went on to
become their best-selling release since Rumours, especially in the UK
where it hit No. 1 three times over the following year. The album sold
three million copies in the USA and contained four hits: Christine
McVie's "Little Lies" and "Everywhere" (the former being co-written
with McVie's new husband Eddy Quintela), Sandy Stewart and Stevie
Nicks' "Seven Wonders", and Lindsey Buckingham's "Big Love". "Family
Man" (Buckingham and Richard Dashut), and "Isn't It Midnight"
(Christine McVie), were also released as singles, with lesser success.
1987–1995: Departure of Buckingham and Nicks
1987–1991 line-up of Fleetwood Mac
Although a ten-week tour was scheduled, Buckingham backed out at the
last minute. He tried to explain to his bandmates that he felt his
creativity was being stifled by his remaining in the band. A group
meeting at Christine McVie's house on 7 August 1987 resulted in much
rancour and recrimination, as well as an alleged (in Mick Fleetwood's
autobiography) physical altercation between Buckingham and Nicks.
Buckingham left the band the following day. Following
Fleetwood Mac added two new guitarists to the
Billy Burnette and Rick Vito, without auditions.
Burnette is the son of
Dorsey Burnette and nephew of Johnny Burnette,
both of The Rock and Roll Trio. He had already worked with Mick
Fleetwood in Zoo, with
Christine McVie as part of her solo band, done
some session work with Stevie Nicks, and backed
Lindsey Buckingham on
Saturday Night Live. Furthermore, Fleetwood and
Christine McVie had
played on his Try Me album in 1985. Vito, a Peter Green admirer, had
played with many artists from
Bonnie Raitt to John Mayall, and worked
John McVie on two Mayall albums.
The 1987–88 "Shake the Cage" tour was the first outing for this
line-up, and was successful enough to warrant the release of a concert
video (simply titled "Tango in the Night"), filmed at San Francisco's
Cow Palace arena in December 1987.
Capitalising on the success of Tango in the Night, the band continued
with a Greatest Hits album in 1988. It featured singles from the
1975–1988 era, and included two new compositions: "No Questions
Asked" written by Nicks, and "As Long as You Follow" written by McVie
and Quintela, which was released as a single in 1988 but only made No.
43 in the US and No.66 in the UK. It did, however, reach No.1 on the
US Adult Contemporary charts. The Greatest Hits album, which peaked at
No. 3 in the UK and No. 14 in the US (though has since sold over 8
million copies there), was dedicated to Buckingham by the band, with
whom they had now reconciled.
Following the Greatest Hits collection,
Fleetwood Mac recorded Behind
the Mask. With this album, the band veered away from the stylised
sound that Buckingham had evolved during his tenure in the band (also
evident in his solo works), and ended up with a more adult
contemporary style from producer Greg Ladanyi. However, the album
yielded only one Top 40 hit, McVie's "Save Me". Behind the Mask only
achieved Gold album status in the US, peaking at No.18 on the
Billboard album chart, though it entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 1.
It received mixed reviews, and was seen by some music critics as a low
point for the band in the absence of
Lindsey Buckingham (who had
actually made a guest appearance by playing on the title track).
Rolling Stone magazine said that Vito and Burnette were "the
best thing to ever happen to Fleetwood Mac" and the British Q magazine
also praised the album in their review. The subsequent "Behind the
Mask" tour saw the band play sold out shows at London's Wembley
Stadium, and on the final show in Los Angeles, the band were joined
onstage by Buckingham. The two women of the band, McVie and Nicks, had
decided that the tour would be their last (McVie's father died during
the tour) though both stated that they would still record with the
band. However, in 1991, both Nicks and
Rick Vito announced they were
Fleetwood Mac altogether.
In 1992, Fleetwood himself arranged a 4-disc box set spanning
highlights from the band's 25-year history, titled 25 Years – The
Chain (an edited 2-disc set was also available). A notable inclusion
in the box set was "Silver Springs", a
Stevie Nicks composition that
was recorded during the Rumours sessions but was omitted from the
album and used as the B-side of "Go Your Own Way" instead. Nicks had
requested use of the track for her 1991 best-of compilation TimeSpace,
but Fleetwood had refused her request as he had planned to include it
in this collection as something of a rarity. The
disagreement between Nicks and Fleetwood garnered press coverage, and
is believed to be the main catalyst for Nicks leaving the band in
1991. The box set, however, also included a brand new
Rick Vito composition, "Paper Doll", which was released
in the US as a single. As both members had left the band by this
point, the track was presumably a leftover from the Behind the Mask
sessions. There were also two new
Christine McVie compositions, "Heart
of Stone" and "Love Shines", the latter of which was released as a
single in the UK and certain other territories. Lindsey Buckingham
also contributed a new song, "Make Me a Mask", which bore all the
markings of an insular Buckingham studio creation, devoid of input
from other band members.
Mick Fleetwood also released a deluxe
hardcover companion book to coincide with the release of the box set,
titled My 25 Years in Fleetwood Mac. The volume featured many rare
photographs and notes (written by Fleetwood himself) detailing the
band's 25-year history.
Some months after this, the Buckingham/Nicks/McVie/McVie/Fleetwood
line-up reunited at the request of US President
Bill Clinton for his
first Inaugural Ball in 1993. Clinton had made Fleetwood Mac's "Don't
Stop" his campaign theme song. His subsequent request to perform it at
the Inauguration Ball was met with enthusiasm by the band. However,
this line-up had no intention to reunite again.
Inspired by the new interest in the band, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie,
Christine McVie recorded another album as Fleetwood Mac, with
Billy Burnette taking on lead guitar duties. However, just as they
made the decision to continue,
Billy Burnette announced in March 1993
that he was leaving the band to pursue a country album and an acting
career. Bekka Bramlett, who had worked a year earlier with Mick
Fleetwood's Zoo, was recruited. Solo singer-songwriter/guitarist and
Traffic member Dave Mason, who had worked with Bekka's parents Delaney
& Bonnie twenty five years earlier, was subsequently added. By
March 1994, Billy Burnette, himself a good friend and co-songwriter
with Delaney Bramlett, returned with Fleetwood's blessing.
The band, minus Christine McVie, toured in 1994, opening for Crosby,
Stills, & Nash, and in 1995 as part of a package with REO
Speedwagon and Pat Benatar. The tour saw the band perform classic
Fleetwood Mac songs from the initial 1967–1974 era. In 1995, at a
concert in Tokyo, the band was greeted by former member Jeremy
Spencer, who performed a few songs with them.
On 10 October 1995,
Fleetwood Mac released the unsuccessful Time
album. Although hitting the UK Top 60 for one week the album had zero
impact in the US. It failed even to graze the Billboard Top 200 albums
chart, a stunning reversal for a band that had been a mainstay on that
chart for most of the previous two decades. Shortly after the album's
Christine McVie informed the band that the album was her
last. Bramlett and Burnette subsequently formed a country music duo,
Bekka & Billy.
Just weeks after disbanding Fleetwood Mac,
Mick Fleetwood announced
that he was working with
Lindsey Buckingham again.
John McVie was soon
added to the sessions, and later Christine McVie.
Stevie Nicks also
Lindsey Buckingham to produce a song for a soundtrack.
In May 1996, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie,
Christine McVie and Stevie
Nicks made an appearance at a private party in Louisville, Kentucky
prior to the
Kentucky Derby (with
Steve Winwood filling in for Lindsey
Buckingham). A week later, the Twister film soundtrack was released,
which featured the Stevie Nicks-
Lindsey Buckingham duet, "Twisted",
Mick Fleetwood on drums. This eventually led to a full Rumours
line-up reunion when the band officially reformed in March 1997.
1997–2007: Reunion and Christine McVie's departure
Fleetwood Mac performed a live concert recorded on a
Burbank, California soundstage on 22 May, and from this
performance came the 1997 live album The Dance, bringing Fleetwood Mac
back to the top of the US album charts for the first time in 10 years.
The album returned
Fleetwood Mac to their superstar commercial status
that they had not enjoyed since their
Tango in the Night
Tango in the Night album. The
album was certified a 5 million seller by the RIAA. A successful arena
tour followed the
MTV premiere of The Dance, which kept the reunited
Fleetwood Mac on the road throughout much of 1997, the 20th
anniversary of their Rumours album. With the added ensemble of Neale
Heywood on guitar, Brett Tuggle on keyboards,
Lenny Castro on
percussion, and Sharon Celani (she had toured with
Fleetwood Mac in
the late 1980s) and Mindy Stein on backing vocals, this would,
however, be the final foray of the classic line-up with Christine
McVie for 16 years. As of 2015, Brett Tuggle, Neale Heywood, and
Sharon Celani still perform with
Fleetwood Mac as touring musicians.
Stevie Nicks and
Lindsey Buckingham on the Say You Will Tour, 2003
Fleetwood Mac were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame. Members inducted included the original band—Mick Fleetwood,
John McVie, Peter Green,
Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwan—and
Rumours-era members Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Lindsey
Buckingham, but not Bob Welch, despite his key role in keeping the
band alive during the early 1970s. The Rumours-era version of the band
performed both at the induction ceremony and at the
program that year. Peter Green attended the induction ceremony but did
not perform with his former bandmates, opting instead to perform his
composition "Black Magic Woman" with Santana, who were inducted the
same night. Neither
Jeremy Spencer nor
Danny Kirwan attended.
Fleetwood Mac were also the recipients of the "Outstanding
Contribution to Music" award at the BRIT Awards (British Phonographic
Industry Awards) the same year.
Christine McVie left the band. Her departure left Buckingham
and Nicks to sing all the lead vocals for the band's 2003 album Say
You Will, although Christine did contribute some backing vocals and
keyboards. The album debuted at No.3 on the
Billboard 200 chart (No. 6
in the UK) and yielded chart hits with "Peacekeeper" and the title
track, and a successful world arena tour, which lasted through 2004.
The tour grossed $27,711,129 and was ranked No. 21 in the top 25
grossing tours of 2004.
Around 2004–05, there were rumours of a reunion of the early line-up
of Fleetwood Mac, involving Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer. While
these two guitarists and vocalists apparently remained unconvinced of
the merits of such a project, in April 2006, during a
question-and-answer session on the Penguin
Fleetwood Mac fan website,
John McVie said of the reunion idea:
If we could get Peter and Jeremy to do it, I'd probably, maybe, do it.
I know Mick would do it in a flash. Unfortunately, I don't think
there's much chance of Danny doing it. Bless his heart.
In interviews given in November 2006 to support his solo album Under
the Skin, Buckingham stated that plans for the band to reunite once
more for a 2008 tour were still on the cards. Recording plans have
been put on hold for the foreseeable future. In a September 2007
Stevie Nicks gave to the UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph,
she noted that she was unwilling to carry on with the band unless
Christine McVie returned. However, in a more recent interview,
Mick Fleetwood said "... be very happy and hopeful that we will
be working again. I can tell you everyone's going to be extremely
excited about what's happening with Fleetwood Mac."
2008–2013: Unleashed Tour and Extended Play
On 14 March 2008, the
Associated Press reported
Sheryl Crow as saying
that she would be working with
Fleetwood Mac in 2009. Crow and Stevie
Nicks collaborated a great deal in the past and she has stated that
Nicks has been a great teacher and inspiration for her. In a
subsequent interview with Buckingham, he said after discussions
between the band and Crow, the potential collaboration with Crow "lost
its momentum". However, in a June 2008 interview, Nicks denied
that Crow would be joining
Fleetwood Mac as a replacement for
Christine McVie. According to Nicks, "the group will start working on
material and recording probably in October, and finish an album."
On 7 October 2008,
Mick Fleetwood confirmed on the BBC's The One Show
that the band were working in the studio and also announced plans for
a world tour in 2009.
In late 2008,
Fleetwood Mac announced that the band would tour in
2009, beginning in March. As per the 2003–2004 tour, Christine McVie
would not be featured in the line-up. The tour was branded as a
greatest hits show entitled "Unleashed", although they played album
tracks such as "Storms" and "I Know I'm Not Wrong". The first show was
on 1 March 2009, and in February they announced a slew of new dates.
During their show on 20 June 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana, Stevie
Nicks premiered part of a new song that she had written about
Hurricane Katrina. The song was later released as "New Orleans" on
Stevie Nicks' 2011 album In Your Dreams with
Mick Fleetwood on drums.
In October 2009, the band began a tour of Europe that carried on into
early November, followed by a tour of Australia and New Zealand in
December. Also in October,
The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac was
re-released in an extended two-disc format (this format having been
released in the US in 2002), premiering at number six on the UK Albums
Chart. On 1 November 2009, a new one-hour documentary, Fleetwood Mac:
Don't Stop, was broadcast in the UK on BBC One, which featured recent
interviews with all four current band members. During the
documentary, Nicks gave a candid summary of the current state of her
relationship with Buckingham, stating "Maybe when we're 75 and
Fleetwood Mac is a distant memory, we might be friends."
On 6 November 2009,
Fleetwood Mac played the last show of the European
leg of their Unleashed tour at London's Wembley Arena. Christine McVie
was present in the audience, so
Stevie Nicks paid a tribute from the
stage to a standing ovation from the audience, stating that she
thought about her former bandmate "every day", and went on to dedicate
that night's performance of "Landslide" to McVie. On 19 December 2009,
Fleetwood Mac played the second to last act of their Unleashed tour to
a sell-out crowd at what was originally intended to be a one-off event
at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands, New Plymouth, New Zealand. Tickets,
after pre-sales, sold out within twelve minutes of public release, and
another date (Sunday 20 December) was added and also sold out. The
tour grossed $84,900,000 and was ranked No. 13 in the highest grossing
worldwide tours of 2009. On 19 October 2010,
Fleetwood Mac played a
private show at the Phoenician Hotel in
Scottsdale, Arizona for TPG
(Texas Pacific Group).
On 3 May 2011, the Fox Network broadcast an episode of Glee entitled
"Rumours" that featured six songs from the band's 1977 album. The
show sparked renewed interest in the band and its commercially most
successful album, and Rumours reentered the
Billboard 200 chart at No.
11, the same week that Stevie Nicks' new solo album In Your Dreams
debuted at No. 6. (Nicks was quoted by Billboard saying that her new
album was "my own little Rumours." ) The two recordings sold about
30,000 and 52,000 units, respectively.
Music downloads accounted for
ninety-one percent of the Rumours sales. The spike in sales for
Rumours represented an uptick of 1,951%. It was the highest chart
entry by a previously issued album since The Rolling Stones's reissue
Exile On Main St.
Exile On Main St. reentered the chart at No. 2 on 5 June 2010.
In a July 2012 interview, Nicks confirmed that the band would reunite
for a tour in 2013.
Fleetwood Mac bassist
Bob Brunning died on 18 October 2011,
at the age of 68. Former guitarist and singer Bob Weston was found
dead on 3 January 2012, at the age of 64. Former singer and
guitarist Bob Welch was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound
on 7 June 2012, at the age of 66. Don Aaron, a spokesman at the
scene, stated, "He died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound
to the chest." A suicide note was found in the residence (Tennessean
Music Team). The musician had been struggling with health issues and
was dealing with depression. His wife was the one to discover the
The band's 2013 tour, which covered 34 cities, started on 4 April in
Columbus, OH. The band performed two new songs ("Sad Angel" and
"Without You"), which Buckingham described as some of the most
"Fleetwood Mac-ey" sounding songs since Mirage, with the latter song
re-recorded from the Buckingham-Nicks era. The band released their
first new studio material in ten years, Extended Play, on 30 April
2013. The EP debuted and peaked at No. 48 in the US, and produced
one single, "Sad Angel". On 25 and 27 September 2013, the second and
third nights of the band's London O2 shows,
Christine McVie joined
them onstage for "Don't Stop".
On 27 October, the band announced that
John McVie had been diagnosed
with cancer, and that they were cancelling their New Zealand and
Australian performances in order for him to undergo treatment. They
stated that "We are sorry to not be able to play these Australian and
New Zealand dates. We hope our Australian and New Zealand fans as well
Fleetwood Mac fans everywhere will join us in wishing John and his
family all the best." According to
The Guardian on 22 November
Christine McVie stated that she would like to return to
Fleetwood Mac if they wanted her, and also affirmed that John McVie's
prognosis was "really good."
2014–present: Return of Christine McVie
On 11 January 2014,
Mick Fleetwood announced that Christine McVie
would be rejoining Fleetwood Mac, and the news was confirmed on 13
January by the band's primary publicist, Liz Rosenberg. Rosenberg also
stated that an official announcement regarding a new album and tour
would be forthcoming. In October 2014, Nicks appeared in American
Horror Story: Coven while Fleetwood Mac's song "Seven Wonders" was
playing in the background.
On with the Show, a 33-city North American Tour opened in Minneapolis,
Minnesota on 30 September 2014. A series of May–June 2015 arena
dates in the United Kingdom went on sale on 14 November, selling out
in minutes. Additional dates for the tour were added, extending into
In January 2015, Buckingham suggested that the new album and the new
tour might be Fleetwood Mac's last act and that the band would cease
to operate in 2015 or soon afterwards. He concluded: "We're going to
continue working on the new album, and the solo stuff will take a back
seat for a year or two. A beautiful way to wrap up this last act".
On the other hand,
Mick Fleetwood stated that the new album may take a
few years to complete and that they are waiting for contributions from
Stevie Nicks, who has been ambivalent about committing to a new
In August 2016, Fleetwood revealed that while the band has a "a huge
amount of recorded music", virtually none of it features Stevie Nicks.
Christine McVie however, have contributed multiple
songs to the new project. Fleetwood told Ultimate Classic Rock, "She
[McVie] ... wrote up a storm ... She and Lindsey could probably have a
mighty strong duet album if they want. In truth, I hope it will come
to more than that. There really are dozens of songs. And they’re
really good. So we’ll see." 
Stevie Nicks explained her reluctance to record another album with
Fleetwood Mac. "Is it possible that
Fleetwood Mac might do another
record? I can never tell you yes or no, because I don't know. I
honestly don't know… It's like, do you want to take a chance of
going in and setting up in a room for like a year [to record an album]
and having a bunch of arguing people? And then not wanting to go on
tour because you just spent a year arguing?". She also emphasized the
point that people don't buy as many records as they used to.
Christine McVie announced a new album titled Lindsey
Buckingham/Christine McVie, which features
Mick Fleetwood and John
McVie on a few tracks. Lindsey Buckingham/
Christine McVie was
released on 9 June 2017, and was preceded by the single, "In My
World". A 38-date tour was arranged, which began on 21 June and
concluded 16 November.
Fleetwood Mac also plan to embark on
another tour in 2018.
Fleetwood Mac headlined the second night of
the Classic West concert (on 16 July 2017 at
Dodger Stadium in Los
Angeles) and the second night of the Classic East concert (at New
Citi Field on 30 July 2017).
In November 2017 the band announced a deluxe reissue of their 1975
self-titled album. The reissue features a remastered version of the
original album along with unreleased outtakes, alternate versions and
live versions. The repackage was officially released worldwide on 19
Fleetwood Mac were announced at the MusiCares Person
of the Year in 2018 and reunited to perform several songs at the
Grammy-hosted gala honouring them. Artists including Lorde, Harry
Little Big Town
Little Big Town and
Miley Cyrus also performed..
In April 2018, the song "Dreams" re-entered the Hot Rock Songs chart
at No. 16 due to a viral meme featuring the hit song. This chart
re-entry comes 40 years after the song topped the Hot 100. The songs
streaming totals also translated into 7,000 "equivalent album units"
-- a jump of 12 percent -- which helped the album "Rumours" go from
No. 21 to No. 13 on the Top Rock Albums chart..
Kiln House Tour – 1970
Future Games Tour – 1971
Bare Trees Tour – 1972
Penguin Tour – early 1973
Mystery to Me
Mystery to Me Tour – mid-1973
Heroes Are Hard to Find
Heroes Are Hard to Find Tour – 1974
Fleetwood Mac Tour – 1975
Rumours Tour – 1977
Tusk Tour – 1979–1980
Mirage Tour – 1982
Shake the Cage Tour – 1987–1988
Behind the Mask Tour – 1990
Another Link in the Chain Tour – 1994–1995
The Dance – 1997
Say You Will Tour
Say You Will Tour – 2003–2004
Unleashed tour – 2009
Fleetwood Mac Live – 2013
On with the Show – 2014–2015
Main article: List of
Fleetwood Mac members
Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion (1967–1995, 1996–present)
John McVie – bass guitar (1967–1995, 1996–present)
Christine McVie – vocals, keyboards (1970–1995, 1996–1998,
Lindsey Buckingham – vocals, guitars, keyboards (1974–1987,
Stevie Nicks – vocals, percussion, piano (1974–1991,
Fleetwood Mac discography
Fleetwood Mac (1968)
Mr. Wonderful (1968)
Then Play On
Then Play On (1969)
Kiln House (1970)
Future Games (1971)
Bare Trees (1972)
Mystery to Me
Mystery to Me (1973)
Heroes Are Hard to Find
Heroes Are Hard to Find (1974)
Fleetwood Mac (1975)
Tango in the Night
Tango in the Night (1987)
Behind the Mask (1990)
Say You Will (2003)
The 1967–1969 era
Blue Horizon albums (Fleetwood Mac, Mr. Wonderful,
The Pious Bird of Good Omen
The Pious Bird of Good Omen and
Fleetwood Mac in Chicago) and 1971
The Original Fleetwood Mac
The Original Fleetwood Mac have been remastered and
reissued on CD, as have the 1975–1987 era
Warner Bros. studio albums
Fleetwood Mac, Rumours, Tusk, Mirage, and Tango in the Night
In 2013, a deluxe edition of Rumours was released. The same year, Then
Play On was remastered and reissued on CD. Remasters of "Then Play
On", "Kiln House", "Future Games" and "Bare Trees" were released on
vinyl, initially bundled with a 7" single of "Oh Well, Parts I &
II", then released separately in 2014. In 2015, a 5CD/1DVD/2 LP deluxe
edition, a 3CD expanded edition, plus a 1CD remaster of Tusk was
released. In 2016, multiple editions of Mirage remastered were
released. A 30th anniversary edition of
Tango in the Night
Tango in the Night was
released 31 March 2017.
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