Mick Fleetwood on the Future of Fleetwood Mac After the Death of Christine McVie
Mick Fleetwood walked the red carpet of the Grammy Awards last night (February 5) and was asked about the future of Fleetwood Mac.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Fleetwood told the outlet he plans on continuing to perform. However, it won’t be under the Fleetwood Mac name. He said, “I think right now, I truly think the line in the sand has been drawn with the loss of Chris,” referring to Christine McVie. Fleetwood added, “I’d say we’re done, but then we’ve all said that before. It’s sort of unthinkable right now.”
He said in reference to his Fleetwood Mac bandmates that are still performing, “They all get out and play, so I’m gonna be doing the same thing, finding people to play with.” Fleetwood then added, with a laugh, “Anyone out there?”
Fleetwood performed at the Grammys with Sheryl Crow and Bonnie Raitt during the award show’s In Memoriam segment. The three performed a rendition of “Songbird,” which was written and sung by McVie and featured on Fleetwood Mac’s landmark 1977 album Rumours.
McVie died on November 30, 2022 at age 79 following a short illness. Details on the illness have not been shared with the public.
Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours': 30 Facts About the Iconic Album
Rumours, the landmark album from Fleetwood Mac, is an absolute monster, both critically and commercially.
There are countless breakup songs across the musical landscape, but Rumours — released on February 4, 1977 — is much more than that; it’s a breakup album that happens to be dripping with the band’s coked-out excess. The making of Rumours, of course, is famous for everyone in the band breaking up with each other and its other “indulgences.” (AKA: So much cocaine it would make Tony Montana blush.)
Truthfully, personal lives absolutely falling apart have never sounded so catty and catchy at once as they do on Rumours. Between the divorce filing of John McVie and Christine McVie, the breakup of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham (and Nicks’ eventual “shacking up” with Mick Fleetwood) and Mick Fleetwood’s own marriage on the rocks after his wife had an affair, the band weren’t exactly hurting for material.
In short, Rumours is the ultimate cheating/break-up record. In honor of its anniversary, here are 30 facts about the iconic album.