Mick Fleetwood shares his thoughts on the possibility of a Fleetwood Mac reunion following the death of longtime bandmate Christine McVie.
The 75-year-old musician told the Los Angeles Times that he did not believe the band would perform together again after McVeigh’s death in November at the age of 79.
“I think, right now, I really think the line in the sand has been drawn with losing Chris,” Fleetwood told the outlet at the 65th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
“I’d say we’re done, but then we’ve all said it before. Right now it’s unthinkable.”
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The UK native said he plans to perform again but “not as Fleetwood Mac.” He noted that his current bandmates Stevie Nicks, Mike Campbell and Neil Finn, as well as former member Lindsay Buckingham, have also been active in performing and touring.
“They all come out and play, so I’m going to do the same thing, find people to play with,” the drummer said.
At the awards show, Sheryl Crow and Bonnie Raitt, along with Fleetwood, paid tribute to McVie during the In Memoriam segment.
The trio performed Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 hit “Songbird,” which McVie wrote for the band’s Grammy Award-winning album “Rumours.”
Crowe played the piano as he and Wright sang the tune while Fleetwood accompanied them on drums. Before the Grammys, Fleetwood considered honoring McVeigh during the ceremony.
“This is a big moment,” he told Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet at the Crypto.com arena.
“I mean, selfishly, privately it’s another step of closure for losing Chris recently. She was like a sister to me, obviously a fellow band member in Fleetwood Mac and a loved one. , dear, dear friend.”
McVeigh’s death was announced in a statement shared on his official Instagram account on November 30.
“On behalf of the family of Christine McVie, it is with a heavy heart that we inform you of Christine’s death,” the statement said.
“She passed away peacefully in hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30, 2022, after a short illness.
“She was with her family. We ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this very painful time, and we would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and an incredible person, and worthy. Tribute to the musician’s life. Loved universally. RIP Christine McVie.
Fleetwood Mac McVeigh’s Instagram account also shared a statement.
“There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie,” he said. “She was truly one of a kind, special and immensely talented.
“She was the best musician anyone could have in her band and the best friend anyone could have in their lives. We were so lucky to have had her.
“Individually and together, we loved Christine deeply and are grateful for the wonderful memories we have. She will be greatly missed.”
Fleetwood also paid tribute to McVeigh on their social media pages. She shared a note that read, “This is the day my dear dear friend Christine McVie has flown away.. leaving us to listen with bated breath to the sounds of this ‘songbird’. is given. All that love is all around us to reach out and touch in this precious life we have been gifted.”
“A part of my heart flew away today.. I will miss everything about you Christine McVie. The memories are too many.. They fly away from me.”
The British-born singer, songwriter and keyboard player was the creative force behind some of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits, including “Everywhere,” “Little Lies,” “Say You Love Me,” Includes “Songbird” and “Don’t Stop”.
He was a constant presence in a band known for its frequent line-up changes and unstable personalities – notably Nicks and Buckingham.
McVeigh joined the band in 1970 after marrying the band’s bassist, John McVeigh. She remained with Fleetwood Mac until 1997 when she announced she was leaving the band after suffering a fear of flying.
After several years of semi-retirement, McVie returned to the band in 2014. Fleetwood Mac embarked on a world tour featuring Buckingham and Nicks. McVie and Buckingham collaborated for the 2017 album “Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie,” which debuted at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 chart. It was the last album McVie recorded before his death.
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