Fleetwood Mac are amongst the world’s most beloved and best-selling bands. With a career stretching over fifty years, it would be hard to meet someone who hasn’t heard of them.
Fleetwood Mac have not toured since their An Evening with Fleetwood Mac tour in 2019, which was intended to be a farewell tour featuring their classic Rumours line-up. Their long-time guitarist Lindsey Buckingham was fired before the tour began and after the tour concluded, the future of the band was uncertain.
Plans for new music with new members Neil Finn and Mike Campbell ultimately did not materialise. Following a short illness, long-time member Christine McVie passed away at the age of 79 in November of 2022.
The future of the band has been in question since, and Stevie Nicks has recently revealed some potentially disappointing but understandable news. Speaking in a recent interview with Vulture Magazine, Nicks was emphatic that with McVie’s passing, the band would no longer continue on.
“We had a really great time and it was a huge tour. That was there in the realm of possibility. But when Christine died, I felt like you can’t replace her. You just can’t. Without her, what is it? You know what I mean?” Nicks said.
“She was like my soul mate, my musical soul mate, and my best friend that I spent more time with than any of my other best friends outside of Fleetwood Mac. Christine was my bestfriend.”
Nicks closed out her comments on the band’s future by saying, “Who am I going to look over to on the right and have them not be there behind that Hammond organ? When she died, I figured we really can’t go any further with this. There’s no reason to”.
Nicks’ comments echo similar sentiments expressed by drummer Mick Fleetwood earlier this year to the LA Times.
“I think right now, I truly think the line in the sand has been drawn with the loss of Chris,” Fleetwood said about the future of the band.
“I’d say we’re done, but then we’ve all said that before. It’s sort of unthinkable right now.”
Fleetwood indicated that all of the surviving members of the band would continue to perform either solo or as part of other acts. Nicks in particular has had a distinguished solo career and is currently on tour, sharing some select dates with Billy Joel.
While the band’s surviving members will keep performing for a while yet, it appears that the curtain has closed on Fleetwood Mac. Their whirlwind path as a band has finally come to an end after over five decades of chart-topping success.