Christine McVie has clarified the comments she made in a recent radio interview which suggested Fleetwood Mac would never tour again.
During a recent interview on Sounds of the 70s at BBC 2Christine McVie at BBC2, said she felt she was “too old” to tour with Fleetwood Mac again.
The singer and keyboardist, 77, also expressed doubt that singer Stevie Nicks and bassist John McVie would agree to take part in any post-coronavirus road trip, although she was sure drummer Mick Fleetwood would sign up.
“That’s an impossible question to even answer,” McVie said when asked about a future tour on BBC Radio 2 recently. “If we do, it would be without John and without Stevie, I think. I think I’m getting a bit too old for it now – especially having had a year off. I don’t know if I could get myself back into it again.”
McVie has now addressed the fall-out from her comments in a new Rolling Stone interview, confessing she’s “thrilled” to see so many people are interested in Fleetwood Mac’s future.
“I’m thrilled to see that everyone still cares so much about Fleetwood Mac, how humbling to know what a lasting impact this band has had,” she said. “To clarify my recent comments, I was specifically asked if Fleetwood Mac would tour again. I gave a cheeky answer indicating that the band might be ‘done with that’ or ‘you just never know’. I always intended to convey that, particularly after the last year, we just don’t know what the future holds.
“In no way are any members of Fleetwood Mac ‘done’ with being part of the band. If anyone took that from my statement, that was a misperception and not intended. Fleetwood Mac is part of the DNA of who I am, and I know the same is true for Stevie, Mick and John. As for future touring… Who knows. We continue to hope for the best.”
Christine McVie married Fleetwood Mac’s John McVie in 1968, with Peter Green as best man. The couple divorced in 1976, but they stayed in the band together. From 1979 to 1982, she was engaged to Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys. She then married keyboardist Eddy Quintela in 1986, before divorcing in 2003.
Christine McVie was talking to BBC Radio2DJ, Johnnie Walker for his ‘Sounds Of The 70s’ show. She let this bit of info out when Johnnie asked her about plans for FM to tour again anytime soon –
‘Any plans for the year, or not ? Might Fleetwood Mac tour again ?’
‘Hey … y’know, that’s an impossible question to even answer … if we do it will be without John and be without Stevie I think. I think I’m getting a bit too old for it now, especially having had a year off – I don’t know if I can get myself back into it again. I know Mick would do it in a lightning strike … but we’re certainly not touring this year either.’
Christine McVie has been a driving force of Fleetwood Mac’s success since she joined the band with then-partner John McVie in the 1960s. Christine McVie was born on July 12, 1943. She celebrated her 77th birthday in 2020. She was born in the Lake District village of Bouth, Lancashire, and grew up in Smethwick near Birmingham.