It was announced overnight that Christine McVie had died at the age of 79. The singer/songwriter of the iconic band Fleetwood Mac had been with the band since 1971. However, not all of her time in the group was pleasant. In fact, in 2018, the band parted ways with guitarist Lindsey Buckingham. Later, McVie spoke candidly about this split.
McVie explained that the band felt they couldn’t do anything else at the time. She said, “It was the only route we could take because there was just too much animosity between certain members of the band at the time.”
She added, “There was just no way it could have continued as a five-piece with Lindsey in the band. So they just completely broke the band up or brought out the best in it.”
Buckingham’s departure was announced by the band in a statement. He would say, “Lindsey Buckingham will not be performing with the band on this tour. The band wishes Lindsey all the best.”
At the time, Buckingham said that his departure from Fleetwood Mac “wasn’t something I really did or chose to do”.
Buckingham continued: “I think what you would say is that there were factions within the band that had lost their perspective. What that did was damage, and that’s the only thing that really saddens me, the rest becomes an opportunity: it damaged the legacy. of 43 years that we had worked so hard to build.
A statement was subsequently issued announcing Buckingham’s replacements in the band. Fleetwood Mac said: “We’re delighted to welcome musical talents of the caliber of Mike Campbell and Neil Finn to the Mac family. With Mike and Neil, we’ll be performing all the hits fans love, plus we’ll be surprising our audience with a few tracks from our storied catalog of songs. Fleetwood Mac has always been a creative evolution. We look forward to honoring that spirit on this upcoming tour.” (sic) (Via Rolling Stone)
At the time, Buckingham claimed that the band’s manager, Irving Azoff, called him with a message from his bandmate Stevie Nicks. The message was: “Stevie never wants to be on stage with you again.”
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Mick Fleetwood added his own friendly take on the situation. He said: “The truth is, call it what you want, there was a company split, and it had to take place, and the remaining band members were rooting for it around something that was certainly a big deal for two people: Lindsey and Stevie.”
Nicks has also been involved in a few minor disputes with McVie over the years, but after the announcement of his death, she posted a heartfelt message about the singer.
She wrote on her Instagram account: “A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975 had passed away. I didn’t even know she was sick…until Saturday night. … I wanted to be in London; she wanted to get to London, but we were told to wait. So, since Saturday, a song has been going around in my head, over and over again. I thought I could possibly make it to London. sing it to her, and so, I’m singing to her now. I always knew that she would need these words one day.”
She then wrote the lyrics to Haim’s song Hallelujah, before adding, “See you on the other side, my love, don’t forget me, always, Stevie.”
The official Fleetwood Mac Twitter account also posted a statement regarding McVie’s death.
The band said: “There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie. She was truly unique, special and talented beyond measure. She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their band. life. We were so lucky to have a life with her. Individually and together, we deeply appreciate Christine and are grateful for the amazing memories we have.”
His family said the star died peacefully at the hospital.
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